Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Random Reminiscing

Jay's poor wife tore her achilles tendon playing volleyball last week. Immediately after hearing the news, at least half of us in the class thought of Professor Merkley and the story of his rehab experience when he tore his achilles tendon during church basketball. Oh the memories... : )

Get Well Soon Tipton Family... mainly Jenny, of course!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Time for a break... RSL game opener!

We finally had a less stressful weekend at hand (Please note that I didn't say "stress free" haha).
What better way to enjoy it than to attend the game opener for Real Salt Lake as they played LA Galaxy? Those of us that were able to go were cold and wet, but having a great time!
Me (Stephanie) and my husband, Kritt.
Back Row (From Right to Left):
Paul, Ryan & his girlfriend Sally, Val & her husband JD
Back Row (once more): Ryan, Sally, Val, JD, and Paul
Front Row (Right to Left):
Me (with my husband behind the camera), Aaron & his daughter Sylvie, Erick & his wife Kelly with their boys Ryan and Kaden
David Beckham (there are more pictures here)
RSL defeated LA Galaxy with a final score of 4-1.
It rained, it snowed, and the wind howled with no vengeance, but we had a lot of fun.

Now, it's back to the drawing board...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Team Coronary Steel Returns

Intramural volleyball introduces: Coronary Steel
For the second semester now our class has put together a volleyball team to represent SRNA's here at Westminster. The big rivals? The Faculty Team. That's the only team that beat hem last season. Pictured below are bits of the first game played. Not everyone could make it this week, but Coronary Steel was able to hold their own, winning both games played that night.
(From left to right)
Aubrey, Aaron, Amanda, Erick, Stephanie, Val, Russ, and Paul

Monday, March 14, 2011


There is not much to update because we all have our heads stuck in Pharmacology books and notes for our exam tomorrow. We seriously love what we are learning in this class... let's just hope that we retain all this information and the great tips we are receiving from Dr. Nagelhout.

Monday, March 7, 2011

In the name of education...

Being the only mom in the program right now, I found this event in class quite humorous and deserving. Erick stepped up in the name of education to demonstrate the litothomy position for the class. Dan Bunker, a CRNA who graduated in Westminster's very first MSNA class, was a guest lecturer focusing on Difficult Airways and Positioning.
Strong work, Erick. Your wife and kids should be proud! : )

Bring on semester numero dos...

We all respond to stress differently.
We all take on our piles of homework in our own way.
As Amanda shared with this photo, "Research and beer... what a pair!" : )

Our second semester of anesthesia school is well under way!

One semester down...

All fifteen of us can proudly say we survived our first semester of anesthesia school. It was not easy. It was not very fun, but we did it. The holiday break was long overdue. We went our separate ways to enjoy family time in various hometowns before the new year. This picture is one that Amanda snapped of Russ sporting the Griffin t-shirt in the Caymen Islands. Those two definitely had the right vacation planned!
Way to represent Westminster and one of our prestigous school colors: purple!!! : )

Happy Birthday, Russ!

Birthdays have seemed to come and go so fast! This was a shin-dig for Russ's birthday. I think he turned 23, like me this go round! Right, russ? Only once has the discussion come up that he could be my dad. ; ) Now, now... I am only poking fun! If you wrote this post perhaps there would be less humor. Next time.

First Semester in School- Physiology picture with Brett Merkley

This picture doesn't enlarge at good quality, but here we are! This was physiology our first semester at Westminster College. We started at the end of August 2010 and had a good few weeks of sharing unique facts and trying to get each other's names straight.
Brett Merkley was our Physiology instructor for that first class (He is James Stimpson's brother in law--who left us with many, fun memories!). Shoeleh Assemi taught our Basic/Organic/BioChem/Physics class which we all jumped through hoops to survive. Art Hupka supervised our Pharmacology class that we actually view via satellite. It is taught by John Nagelhout from Kaiser. That is one of the best classes we have ever had. Professor Nagelhout was truly born to teach (It's super helpful that he is a retired CRNA). Fall semester Anatomy was taught by Susan Shaw, a Veterinarian. She was great. She hooked up the dog owners with some free consults. : )
This semester (Winter 2011) we have Pharmacology (taught by John Nagelhout and supervised by Art Hupka), Physiology (taught by Jessamyn Markley), Research (taught by Han Kim and Sheryl Steadman), and Professional Aspects (taught by James Stimpson and Chris Torman).

So far, we are surviving!!!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Here we go!

Alright, this is the first, official post on our class blog. I am Stephanie Moore, one of the fifteen CRNA students at Westminster College. I started this blog not only because I am semi-addicted to blogging, but because it can be a fun way for us to post pictures and give updates as we eventually get separated by distant clinical sites and future jobs. Let's see where this thing goes!

Here's the little guy that helps keep me sane in this program: