'87 graduate receives Distinguished Alumni Award from NCCA

SCC President Dr. Paul Illich presents Sharon Harms with her award.
Sharon Harms
Sharon Harms addresses the audience.

Sharon Harms, a 1987 Radiologic Technology graduate from Southeast Community College, received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Nebraska Community College Association during an awards ceremony Monday night at the Embassy Suites in downtown Lincoln. 

Harms was presented the award by SCC President Dr. Paul Illich.

Harms is the director of radiology at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, overseeing radiology departments at four locations.

“I’d like to thank Southeast Community College for selecting me for this honor,” Harms said. “SCC gave me a great foundation. The instructors were outstanding. I enjoyed the extracurricular activities at SCC such as sports. I had a great experience there.”

Harms was one of five people presented with the award Monday night. Each year the NCCA seeks the names of alumni from each of the five NCCA member community colleges: Southeast, Northeast, Central, Mid-Plains, and Western Nebraska.

Harms, who grew up in the Adams area, has worked at Bryan since 1989. After completing her education at SCC, she attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center for Sonography School. She obtained her bachelor’s degree, and currently is working toward a master’s degree at Nebraska Wesleyan University. She is Board-Certified in Sonography and is a Certified Radiology Administrator.

Southeast Community College provided me with a quality education in the field of Radiologic Technology,” she said. “This gave me a strong base for advancing my degree at the Nebraska Medical Center, which eventually led me to the director of radiology and GI Specialties position that I hold today. We are blessed to have a college like this in our community with excellent instruction and variety of programs. It also is worth noting the ongoing growth and change at SCC throughout the years, thanks to both past and present visionary leaders who set a course for the future and then make it happen.”

Harms said students who attend community colleges “get a solid foundation there.”

“It’s been a great experience, and I will always speak highly of Southeast Community College,” she said.

Harms is a member of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, the American Registry of Diagnostic medical Sonographers, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, the American Healthcare Radiology Administrators, and is a Certified Radiology Administrator. Earlier this year she received the 2014 AHRA Award for Excellence, a national recognition.

At a Sept. 24 graduation ceremony, Harms was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award for the Lincoln Campus.

Her community involvement is extensive. She volunteers for Helping Hands, the American Legion, Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach, Friendship Home, and the Hickman Area Community Foundation.

She and her husband Daniel, who recently retired as a firefighter for Lincoln Fire & Rescue, have a daughter, Leah, a recent college graduate.


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