Eight Clatsop Community College students have been selected as winners of the annual Information Literacy Award. The 2021 prize was divided equally among four students who shared the award for Nursing students and four students who shared the general award. The winners integrated extensive research, synthesizing complex source material and independent thinking to create compelling reading material. Each winner received a $150 check from the Clatsop Community College Foundation, who funded the prize this year.
The winners are:
- Ford Bauer and Mia Garrett- who both submitted research papers on Bipolar I Disorder
- Shea Gillanders- for her piece about Anorexia Nervosa
- Laina Humphrey- for her report, “One-Way Traffic Problems in Downtown Astoria”
- Ammon Larsen- for his proposal for affordable housing
- Amy Nichols- for her Chronic Liver Cirrhosis and Hepatic Encephalopathy nursing plan
- Jessica Slivkoff- for her outline to improve the plight of the homeless in Astoria
- Chase Swearingen- for his examination of the Toba catastrophe theory
Students cited an enterprising range of research sources, including websites, local journalists, books, magazines, scholarly journals, streaming movies, and personal interviews. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, no ceremony will be held this year.
The college library created the award to recognize student understanding and application of information literacy knowledge, otherwise known as research skills: the ability to find, access, and use a variety of information sources; the critical evaluation of information; an understanding of intellectual property; and ability to appropriately incorporate information into a college project. This knowledge reflects recursive learning and is acquired over the course of study at Clatsop Community College in multiple courses taught by campus faculty and the college librarian.
Each Spring, students submit their best research projects to the college librarian who evaluates the submissions using information literacy criteria. All eight students illustrated a strong grasp of the rapidly evolving world of information, as well as the ability to incorporate authoritative information into their own research.
Ford Bauer’s goals are to complete his Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree this June at Clatsop Community College and begin working as an RN in acute care within the state of Oregon this Summer. He has already been accepted to OHSU to complete his BSN while working full time. His long-term goal is to apply for a clinical master’s degree in Nursing after gaining several years of experience.
Mia Rose Garrett is a second-year nursing student with a passion for critical care and mental health. Upon graduation she plans to work locally as she pursues her BSN from OHSU. Mia’s long-term career goal is to become an advanced practice nurse practitioner and possibly return to Clatsop Community College as a nurse educator. In her free time, Mia loves to go camping, listen to music, and make arts and crafts.
Shea Gillanders is graduating from the Clatsop Community College nursing program on June 18th, and will be attending the Bachelor of Science in Nursing bridge program at OHSU this fall. She would like to pursue a graduate degree in Nurse Midwifery after gaining a few years of bedside nursing experience.
Laina Humphrey is taking classes in order to reach her goal of becoming a paramedic by the end of 2022 and may continue to work on fire science classes as well. Her long-term career goal is to become a flight paramedic, and potentially gain experience as a firefighter in the future. She would like to use her skills to serve others in their time of need no matter what that may entail, and to honor the people that she has lost in the past several years.
Ammon Larsen aims to achieve a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Oregon State University, and then do research at OHSU in an M.D or Ph.D. program. He plans to write many different research papers on his findings and hopes to get noticed by larger corporations looking for researchers so he can work with the brightest and help society advance.
Amy Nichols will graduate from CCC with her ASN in June and will be starting the RN to BSN program next fall at OHSU. She is currently in the interview process for her first job as an RN and is very excited to find out where she will be starting this career journey.
Jessica Slivkoff won the award for her proposal, “A Home for the Homeless.”
Chase Swearingen is pursuing an AAOT degree from Clatsop Community College, with intentions of attending Western Oregon University in Fall 2022. He plans to major in Business, with the goal of eventually starting his own business of helping people get their businesses up and running.
The library will be selling Thundermuck coffee again in fall for $1 per cup. Coffee proceeds go directly to the annual Information Literacy Award fund. For more information, see www.clatsopcc.edu/library or contact Dan McClure, Library Director, at email@example.com.
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