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Chafey receives the Anna K. Fridley Award for Distinguished Teaching

On Wednesday, April 9, 2003 at the Annual Phi Kappa Phi Initiation and Awards Banquet, Dr. Kathleen "Kay" Chafey, PhD, RN received the Anna K. Fridley Award for Distinguished Teaching. This prestigious award is given annually to one or two persons at the MSU campus.

Phi Kappa Phi is a National Honor Society founded in 1897 with 280 chapters at Universities nationwide. The staff, faculty and students nominate a person whom they feel demonstrates distinguished teaching. The nominees are invited to put together an application which is reviewed by the Phi Kappa Phi President and anonymous committee members.

Dr. Chafey's work on the Caring for Our Own Project (CO-OP) was instrumental in her receiving this prestigious award. Dr. Chafey oversees the CO-OP project and plays a major role in working with reservation-based partners in the organization and development of the project. Dr. Chafey has extensive experience advising American Indian students and in working collaboratively with University support systems designed to assist these students. Dr. Chafey is a full professor with 30 years experience as a teacher, administrator and researcher, 20 of which have been spent in Montana. She is well known at the University and in the professional nursing community in the state of Montana. The Montana Nurses' Association honored Dr. Chafey in 1996 with its "excellence in nursing education" award.

For more information on the Caring for Our Own Project (CO-OP) see the College of Nursing link: http://www.montana.edu/nanurse/