Distinguished alumni awards presented to two SCC graduates

Heather Talbott is a 2003 graduate of SCC.
Jon Ruyle is a 2004 SCC graduate.

Two Southeast Community College alumni were honored for their contributions in the workforce.

Heather Talbott, a 2003 graduate of the Licensed Practical Nursing program, and Jon Ruyle, a 2004 graduate of the Surgical Technology program, received Distinguished Alumni Awards from the College during a ceremony Tuesday morning on the Lincoln Campus.

Talbott is the Trauma Outreach and Injury Prevention Coordinator at Bryan Medical Center. She quickly advanced her career after SCC by earning a Registered Nurse diploma from BryanLGH, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Master of Science degree in Nursing in Administration & Leadership, also from Wesleyan. She is working on her post-MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate.

Talbott said she was humbled to be selected as one of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni.

“The faculty and education that I was blessed to know and discover will be something I will be forever thankful for,” Talbott said.

Talbott’s career began as a charge nurse at Legacy Estates. From there she worked at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital and Bryan Medical Center. She is grateful for her time at SCC.

“Little did I know that the education I received at SCC in the Practical Nursing program more than 13 years ago would be such a firm foundation for my career,” she said.

Talbott is expected to graduate in May with her MSN from Clarkson College in Omaha.

Ruyle is the Service Line Coordinator for Neuro/Spine and Orthopedic Surgery at CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney. He was nominated by Sharon Rehn, program chair for SCC’s Surgical Technology program.

“Jon has gone above and beyond for his profession and his community,” Rehn said. “The neuro surgeons he works with are extremely impressed by his knowledge and ability to lead others to achieve excellence.”

Ruyle also assists SCC’s Surgical Technology program by organizing and assisting in workshops in Lincoln and Kearney.

“This honor has been earned by a number of people, least of all by me,” he said. “My wife, family and co-workers have all attributed to my professional growth, and I couldn’t be more thankful for their unwavering support.”

Ruyle is pursuing his R.N. degree through Central Community College.


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