Dettenrieder is First Recipient of Prestigious President’s Award for Liberal Arts in Practice

October 6, 2009

Professor Emerita of Nursing Sharon Davidson Dettenrieder ’65 was honored October 3 with Hartwick College’s inaugural President’s Award for Liberal Arts in Practice. The recognition, established this year by President Margaret L. Drugovich, celebrates Dettenrieder’s work toward extending the values of a Hartwick education into her life’s work. The award was presented during Saturday’s Nursing Alumni Reception, as part of this year’s Homecoming & Reunion weekend.

“I am shocked, I am overwhelmed. I have to say thank you and thank you and thank you,” Dettenrieder said in accepting the award. “I could not have done half of the things in my life without a Hartwick education. It was and continues to be a hallmark. I am deeply honored.”

Surrounded by her colleagues, students, and friends, Dettenrieder was lauded as instrumental in founding the College’s Transcultural Nursing program, which has provided an invaluable experiential link for generations of Hartwick nurses and bettered the lives of people in St. Thomas Parish, Jamaica. Among her many accomplishments are the establishment of Hartwick’s chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society; the creation of the Partnership for Nursing Opportunities Program with Bassett Healthcare, which aids both Hartwick students and the broader community; and her work on countless critical faculty and department committees.

The award was created this year to recognize a member of the Hartwick community who demonstrates his or her commitment to bringing theory and practice together to generate new knowledge and understandings; continually develops his or her capacity for critical thinking, ethical action, and reflection; seeks to build a deeper understanding of similarities and differences across time and space; values and applies diverse approaches to building knowledge; expresses the significance and importance of individual and collective actions; encourages others to take inspiration from the products of human ingenuity; maintains a passion for learning; nurtures creativity; has made meaningful contributions to present and future communities; and honors others--all while encouraging others to do the same.

Those are lofty expectations, Drugovich said in announcing Dettenrieder as this year’s recipient.

“You embody all that Hartwick College has meant to so many, for so long,” she said. “As an alumna of this venerable institution, your passion for its values and virtues has been shared with many during your time among its faculty, and your legacy carries on in the work that continues here today, with you ever by our side.”

Dettenrieder joined the Hartwick faculty in 1986 and was appointed Chair of the Nursing Department in 2000. In the Oneonta community, she has served as an advocate and member of numerous organizations, including the Catskill Area Hospice and the EDD Memorial Fund, which she established in memory of her son, Eric.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,480 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick’s expansive Liberal Arts in Practice curriculum merges traditional liberal arts study, personalized teaching, and experiential learning approaches to emphasize Connecting the Classroom to the World. Add to that a wide range of off-campus internships, collaborative research, study-abroad opportunities, and a unique January Term, and Hartwick prepares students for the world ahead. Strong financial aid and scholarship programs keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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