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UI nursing student honored as state's outstanding Army ROTC cadet

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Benjamin Eli Seeley of Donnellson, has been awarded the Governor's Award as the state's outstanding Army ROTC cadet for the year. He will receive his award from Gov. Terry E. Branstad in Des Moines on Wednesday, May 7. Seeley is a senior in the University of Iowa College of Nursing.

Seeley's letter from the governor's office said his accomplishments are "in keeping with the highest military traditions of the State of Iowa, the Reserve Office Training Corps, and the University of Iowa."

Seeley will graduate from the College of Nursing on May 17, the same day he is commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. He will be stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., working in the emergency department of Madigan Army Medical Center near Seattle. Seeley will also begin a critical care and trauma nurse internship at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas, in August. Parkland's post-graduate program for critical care and trauma nursing is considered one of the best in the country.

The Governor's ROTC award is the latest in a long line of such awards for Seeley. In recent weeks, he has been invited to join the Gamma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society, and was selected by his classmates to represent them as the student speaker at the College of Nursing commencement. Associate Dean of Nursing Eleanor McClelland characterized Seeley as an outstanding student and an excellent choice for student representative at the ceremony.


Note to editors and news directors: Seeley commonly uses his middle name, Eli, rather than Benjamin or Ben. If he is contacted, please refer to him as Eli.