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
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
“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
“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.