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Col. Carolyn Jolitz

From her first assignment with the U.S. Army to her current role as nurse executive, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumna Carolyn Jolitz ’84, has served the nation with honor and excellence.

As a young officer in the U.S. Army, Col. Jolitz earned the coveted Expert Field Medical Badge, which she continues to wear to this day. In 2005, she earned membership in the exclusive Order of Military Medical Merit.

As deputy commander for nursing with the Army Medical Activity in Fort Knox, Ky., Jolitz is the senior nurse executive for the Army Hospital and six large medical facilities in four states. She is responsible for all aspects of nursing care and practice for active duty, reserve and civilian nurses at all levels.

In addition, she has worked to standardize peer review for nurses across all Army hospitals in the U.S. and abroad.

Joliz will be among the five UWO alumni honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award by the UWO Alumni Association at a dinner Friday, Oct. 22, as part of 2010 Homecoming activities.

In her own words …

Spending time with family, running and shopping.

Professional associations:
Sigma Theta Tau International (1983-present), Military Official Association of America (2008-present), American Nurses Association (2007), Order of Military Medical Merit (July 2005) and Army Nurse Corps Association (1997-present).

Volunteer work:
Church activities.

Achievement(s) of which you are most proud:
I am most proud of my ability to maintain a strong, family-focused life, while attaining positions in the highest echelons of the executive nursing arena and highest rank in the Army Nurse Corps.

Favorite UWO professor:
Dr. Rosemary Smith.

What does your UWO education mean to you?
My education at UWO set the stage and opened the doors for my future career in Army nursing.

Learn more about Homecoming 2010.

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