The Nursing Department wishes to congratulate junior nursing student Elizabeth Viergutz as this year's Student Nurse of the Year (SNOY). Elizabeth is a 2013 graduate of Grace Christian School in Anchorage, Alaska. She is the daughter of Rebecca Bosek and Herbert Viergutz of Alexandria, MN. Elizabeth is majoring in Nursing and Spanish, and minoring in Psychology. She is a part of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Hispanic Honor Society; the Student Nurses' Association; and works as a Certified Nursing Assistant on the Oncology Unit at Sanford Health. She will graduate from Concordia College in May 2018. Elizabeth has been to over 50 countries and indicates, "I have seen how being a nurse can really help and impact people’s lives. I have a love for the Spanish language and people and want to do mission work in Spanish-speaking countries. My two favorite countries were Israel where I saw all of the sacred and spiritual sites, and Spain, where I walked the entire 500-mile trail called 'El Camino de Santiago.' I would like to thank my mom, dad, and older brother Matthew; the Kuhlman family; my advisor, Dr. Rydell; and all the Nursing professors and staff members who have always supported me and helped me to achieve my dreams to do the passion of my heart, soul, and mind." Elizabeth was nominated by the Student Nurses' Association during the fall of 2016, and selected as one of three finalists to be interviewed by faculty. Ultimately, she was chosen for demonstrating a love of learning, for her community involvement, and for her professionalism in the major as well as her potential for leadership. As this year's winner, she will coordinate the 2017 Expanding Your Horizons nursing event in conjunction with last year's SNOY winner Emily Luckhardt which encourages young adults to take science and math courses. We would like to congratulate Elizabeth on her accomplishments.