The ACNM 59th Annual Meeting and Exhibition was held in Denver, Colorado with several thousand attendees. Frontier Nursing University faculty, staff, alumni, students and preceptors attended the conference and well represented the University in everything from posters to education session presentations to awards.

** Check out Photos from ACNM HERE! **

FNU Exhibit Booth

FNU’s booth was busy as ever! Everyone was excited to get their 75th Anniversary buttons as well as their badge ribbons, and there was strong interest in the post-master’s DNP program. FNU books, t-shirts and stuffed horses were sold with total gift shop sales of more than $1500. The new “Unbridled Service: Growing Up and Giving Back as a Frontier Nursing Service Courier” book was a big hit, and author Dr. Anne Cockerham was onsite to sign the books.

Annual FNU Reception - Highest Attendance Ever

The FNU annual reception was well attended with more than 180 guests - the highest attendance yet! FNU President Dr. Susan Stone gave updates on current happenings at FNU while Director of Development Denise Barrett spoke to the crowd about upcoming events and campaigns for the University’s 75th anniversary. FNU Mary Breckinridge Chair Kitty Ernst also gave a motivational speech to attendees.

PRIDE Student Essay Winners

Two FNU PRIDE students attended the ACNM Annual Meeting with all expenses covered, for their winning essays in the PRIDE Ambassador Essay Contest. The two PRIDE student ambassadors were Sarah Monson and Ebony Simpson. They helped man the FNU exhibit booth and the sign-in table at the reception, and they also attended many education sessions and the Midwives of Color Committtee (MOCC) reception.

View Ebony Simpson's Video Essay

View Sarah Monson's Video Essay

Kudos to FNU Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Students

Honors and Awards

Faculty Honors and Awards

  • Susan Stone – Chair of the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME)
  • Tonya Nicholson – DOME chairperson
  • Barbara Anderson – elected to the ACNM Board Region VII Representative
  • Kim Couch – Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes Kim for her unusual and exemplary effort in the field of community service, innovation in midwifery practice, education and research.
  • Anne Cockerham – Teacher Excellence Award
  • Laura Manns-James –  ACNM Foundation Graduate Fellowship Award

Other Mentions

  • Meghan Garland – President-elect of the Healthy Start Coalition of Polk, Hardee and Highland counties in Central FL
  • Diana Jolles – March of Dimes Nursing Scholarship recipient

Student Activities and Honors

  • Jennifer Rudnik, CNEP 113 – 3rd place, ACNM 20th Century Midwives Legacy Project
  • Allison Scholl, CNEP 106 – 3rd place, ACNM 20th Century Midwives Legacy Project
  • Gretchen Scott, CNEP 106 – Honorable Mention for the ACNM 20th Century Midwives Legacy Project
  • Sarah Drexler, CNEP 91 – Poster – Colorado Nurse-Midwifery History
  • Christy Anderson, CNEP 109 – MN Affiliate of ACNM-Student scholarship recipient
  • Alisha Wilkes, CNEP 103 – WA Affiliate of ACNM- Student scholarship recipient
  • Sarah Monson, CNEP 119 –  PRIDE student ambassador & FNU essay contest winner
  • Ebony Simpson, CNEP 104 – PRIDE student ambassador & FNU essay contest winner
  • Adrianna Hernandez – ACNM Page Rep

Alumni Honors

  • Monica Newby, MSN, CNM (CNEP Class 1) – ACNM Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Tanya Bailey, MSN, CNM (CNEP Class 28) – ACNM Fellow Inductee

FNU Posters and Presentations

Various FNU faculty and staff presented education sessions or posters at the conference:

  • Tonya Nicholson
  • Tanya Tanner
  • Rebeca Barroso
  • Nicole Lassiter
  • Diana Jolles
  • Kathryn Osborne
  • Tia Andrighetti
  • Stephanie Boyd
  • Susan Stone

Other News

FNU graduate and CNM Kendra Adkisson arrived at the FNU reception in full “Call the Midwife” dress to honor the hit PBS show and the work midwives have done for decades.

Dawn Thompson, President of, stopped by the FNU reception. FNU also sponsored her Saturday keynote session.