May 16, 2008 Contact: Shannon Guess (505) 272-0261 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALBUQUERQUE , N.M. – The University of New Mexico College of Nursing Gamma Sigma chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International recently recognized the exemplary contributions of local nurses at its spring induction ceremony. Below is a list the of award winners: Jeanne Boyle, BSN, RN - Research Award Boyle works as a research nurse with the Department of Neurology at the UNM Health Sciences Center. Jenny Vacek, RN, MSN - Estelle Rosenblum Educator Award Vacek is an instructor at UNM College of Nursing. Karen Carlson, RN, PhD - Marion Fleck Mentor Award Carlson serves as the Interim Dean of UNM College of Nursing. Three additional people were honored as “Living Legends.” Not only did each individual serve as a dean at the UNM College of Nursing, but they were also active in the Gamma Sigma chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. Below is a list of the honorees: Living Legend Honors: Dr. Estelle Rosenblum Dr. Virgina Crenshaw Dr. Marion Fleck Sigma Theta Tau is an international nursing honor society that promotes scholarship, professional development and service to improve the fields of nursing and patient care. Currently, more than 405,000 members have been inducted from 114 countries. The CON-affiliated chapter, Gamma Sigma, celebrated its 30th anniversary this year.