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February 2009

Release Date: Feb. 24, 2009ASU Logo

ASU Nursing Student Wins Statewide Award

Angelo State University nursing graduate student Anita Wheeler received the 2009 John P. McGovern Award from the Texas School Health Association (TSHA) at the organization’s annual conference Jan. 30-31 in Austin.

The McGovern Award recognizes and honors individuals for their outstanding contributions and distinguished service in the field of school health. Wheeler is currently the coordinator of the School Health Program for the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and also serves as the state school nurse consultant. In the conference program, she is described as “a great example of one of those quiet leaders who has contributed significantly to improving the quality of coordinated school health in Texas.”

A former board member and past president of TSHA, Wheeler originally joined DSHS as the Texas School Health Network coordinator after serving more than six years as the school health specialist for Education Service Center (ESC) Region XV in San Angelo.

A native of Arlington, Wheeler received her associate nursing degree from Angelo State in 1983 and her bachelor’s degree in 2001. She is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at ASU in the nurse educator track.

The TSHA was organized in 1976 by a group of health professionals with the purpose of promoting and improving the health and well-being of the children of Texas. Its members come from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, but all are ultimately committed to teaching healthy lifestyles to children.

Dr. John P. McGovern is an internationally renowned physician noted for his work in the area of school health promotion and disease prevention. He is a charter member of the TSHA and was the first recipient of the award that now bears his name.

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