Dr. H. Catherine Miller
2020 Distinguished Alumna
St. John’s College of Nursing Alumni Association has selected Dr. H. Catherine Miller as the recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Alumna Award.
Dr. Miller is a 1970 graduate of St. John’s School of Nursing. She received a BS degree from Sangamon State University in 1981, a Master’s degree from SIU, Edwardsville in 1986, and completed her doctoral degree in Educational Organizations & Leadership, Higher Education Administration in 2009. Catherine was nominated by Ruth Nonneman, Gail Petro, Marsha McFall and Cindy Trainor.
This group of colleagues taught together at St. John’s School/College of Nursing. They accomplished their master’s degrees together and have remained friends ever since. A lifelong learner, Catherine continues to develop by attending current conferences (2019), presenting on varied topics that enhance excellence in nursing practice. Catherine has helped many communities through presentations and consulting.
As a faculty member Catherine was committed to teaching excellence in nursing through research-base theory and interventions. She always emphasized a caring approach that treated the patient as whole, with mind, body and spiritual needs.
Catherine served as the Assistant Director of St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing from 1988 to 1990. Catherine emulates all the characteristics we hold dear when you look at the St. John’s Nursing pin and think excellence in all aspects of nursing. has worked diligently through her career as a steward of quality nursing practice.
Gail Petro worked with Catherine at St. John’s School/College of nursing and Illinois State University/Mennonite College of Nursing. In Catherine’s role as Associate Dean for Academics and Interim Dean, Gail always found Catherine to be prepared for meetings able to answer all questions. Her sense of duty was foremost when she provided support for the curriculum, faculty and students. Review of the pre-licensure program course content, objectives, student progress and needs of the faculty were the underpinnings that guided Catherine each time they met. Catherine’s knowledge, guidance and strong work ethic is much appreciated. Her communication skills and ability to listen along with her passion for teaching were always evident when meeting.
Most appreciated was Catherine’s knowledge of education and her lived experiences with committee work at the university level and outside the university, that provided a strong base for us to make correct that supported the nursing program’s philosophy. Catherine was most supportive in talking with students experiencing difficulties in their education. She worked with diversity students through her development of a diversity grant to help them achieve their best in nursing.
Catherine’s love for history and her strong work ethic led her to create the 100th anniversary book of the history of Mennonite College of Nursing. Catherine is a great example of St. John’s core values for nursing, care, respect, competence and joy. Therefore, we nominate Dr. Catherine Miller as the 2020 Distinguished Alumni.