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College of Nursing and Health Professions to
honor six distinguished alumni Oct. 24
October 20, 2009 --
alumni from Arkansas State University’s College of Nursing and Health
Professions will be honored Saturday, Oct. 24, as part of ASU’s 2009
Homecoming weekend celebration. The group is being recognized at a
reception from 2-4 p.m. in Room 223 of the new Donald W. Reynolds Center
for Health Sciences. The reception is open to the public, and tours of
the Reynolds Center are available.
The distinguished alums include Mary-Katherine Hardin, Master of
Communication Disorders (MCD), Certificate of Clinical Competence-Speech
Language Pathology (CCC-SLP), of the Department of Communication
Disorders; Donna Parker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and Dr.
Patricia Guy-Walls representing Social Work; DeJuan J. Daniel, Master of
Physical Therapy (MPT), of the Physical Therapy department; Brad Bauer,
Radiology Specialist (Radiography), from the Department of Medical
Imaging and Radiation Science; and Heather Bastel, Master of Science in
Nursing (MSN), Registered Nurse (RN), Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
(APRN), Family Nurse Practitioner (BC-FNP), recognized by Nursing.
“We are pleased each year to recognize some of our outstanding alumni,”
said Dr. Susan Hanrahan, dean of the College of Nursing and Health
Professions. “Not only do they make the departmental faculty proud, but
represent the college and university in a distinguished fashion to the
community at large. They are excellent role models for our students.”
Hardin is a 1998 graduate of ASU from the Master in Communication
Disorders program. An outstanding student, she now serves as the
director of the Child and Youth Pediatric Clinic in Batesville, Ark. She
and her husband, Chris, reside in Batesville.
Parker earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work in 1987 and
went on to receive her Master of Social Work degree in 1989 from the
University of Tennessee’s College of Social Work in Memphis, Tenn.
Parker now has 20 years of experience. Prior to her appointment as
director of field education at ASU’s Department of Social Work, she
worked as a mental health therapist at Families, Inc. in Jonesboro.
Dr. Guy-Walls received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with an
emphasis in social work in 1979. Now an instructor at Arkansas State,
she went on to obtain her master’s degree in social work in 1994 from
the University of Arkansas-Little Rock when UALR offered its first
cohort program at ASU. Dr. Guy-Walls, who earned her PhD in social work
in 2004 from Jackson State, has 10 years experience teaching at ASU in
social work, sociology, criminology and geography. She also spent four
years working as the curriculum development specialist for the Arkansas
Partnership in Public Child Welfare IV-E Grant.
Daniel represents the Department of Physical Therapy as its
distinguished alum. A 2003 graduate from the Master of Physical Therapy
program, he is currently director of rehabilitation services at Delta
Memorial Hospital in Dumas, Ark. Under his leadership, the physical
therapy staff has increased as the department continues to grow to meet
the needs of area residents by offering inpatient, outpatient, and home
health therapy services. Daniel also serves as the center coordinator
for clinical coordinating internship experiences for student therapists
at the hospital.
Daniel is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and is
recognized as a credentialed clinical instructor by that organization.
He provides pro-bono athletic training services to high school students
in his area, currently notably including Grant Gill who has verbally
committed to play at ASU next year. Daniel is also associated with
Arkansas Heart Hospital, providing clinical physical therapy services on
an as needed basis. He served as an interviewer last year at ASU’s
physical therapy department for the Doctor of Physical Therapy
admissions committee. During his time at ASU, Daniel was selected Most
Professional Physical Therapy student in 2002 and 2003.
Brad Bauer is the 2009 recipient of the Department of Medical Imaging
and Radiation Science distinguished alumni award. A 1986 graduate of the
Radiologic Technology program, Bauer has been employed at St. Bernards
Health Care center since receiving his diploma. He was recently
appointed director of operations at St. Bernards Imaging Center.
Bauer began his career in radiography before moving to computed
tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and is one of a
handful of people nationwide who hold quality management certification
in radiology. He previously served as quality control technologist for
After receiving her bachelor of science in nursing degree in 1999,
Bastel began work at St. Bernards Health Care as a nurse in the
intensive care unit. After five years, she began work in internal
medicine and then oncology with Clopton Clinic in Jonesboro. After
receiving her Master of Science in Nursing in 2004, she was certified as
a clinical nurse specialist. She also served as a preceptor for nursing
Bastel was recognized in 2006 by District 6 of the Arkansas Nurses
Association as Outstanding Nurse in a Clinical Setting. She returned to
ASU in 2007 and earned a post-master’s degree family nurse practitioner
certificate and achieved national certification. Bastel recently joined
a family practice clinic in Paragould.