William Woods University Plans Commencement Dec. 9

A University of Missouri administrator who also is a William Woods University graduate and adjunct faculty member will be the commencement speaker at WWU Dec. 9.

The speaker, Michele M. Reznicek, R.N., M.B.A., J.D., serves as Campus Institutional Review Board compliance officer over behavioral and social sciences research at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

A total of 432 students will graduate. With increased campus enrollment and the growth of the university’s outreach programs, William Woods now holds graduation ceremonies in May, August and December each year. The combined total of graduates in 2005 is 1,124.

The commencement ceremony and hooding of candidates for graduate degrees will be held at 7 p.m. in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center. The university will grant 12 associate of art, two bachelor of art, 72 bachelor of science, one bachelor of fine art, two bachelor of social work, 69 master of business administration, 233 master of education and 41 specialist of education in school administration degrees.

Students from Graduate and Adult Studies cohorts in 26 communities will receive their diplomas. They include Aurora, Camdenton, Cape Girardeau, Carthage/Joplin, Chillicothe, Columbia, Festus/Hillsboro, Hannibal, Jefferson City, Kirksville, Lebanon, Liberty, Malden, Moberly, Mountain View, Ozark/Rogersville, Paris, Perryville, Pleasant Hill, Poplar Bluff, Raymore, Rolla, Sikeston, Springfield, Steele and West Plains.

In addition, approximately a dozen students from the Southeast Asian island of Taiwan will graduate. William Woods has had a program of educating students from Taiwan since 1992.

The commencement speaker, Reznicek, is charged with assuring the safety and welfare of human subject research participants in compliance with applicable federal and state regulations, institutional policies and local law.

She also is an adjunct faculty member in the graduate business program at William Woods University. In addition, she serves as a compliance consultant to health care institutions and organizations.

Reznicek started her career as a nurse, completing training as a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1979, and earning her A.D.N. from Moberly Area Junior College in 1985. She earned a B.S. from the University of Missouri in 1992, while employed as an intensive care nurse and clinical nurse specialist in neonatology research at the University Hospital and Clinics. She is a licensed Registered Professional Nurse in the State of Missouri.

She earned a juris doctorate from the University of Missouri in 1995, and is licensed to practice law in the state of Missouri. In 2000, she added a master of business administration degree from William Woods University. While in private legal practice, she focused on medical malpractice, personal injury, regulatory compliance and employment discrimination.

Reznicek was appointed the bureau chief of health facilities regulation for the State of Missouri’s Department of Health, overseeing the licensure and regulatory compliance of all statewide health facilities and hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, urgent care clinics, renal dialysis, rural health clinics and mammography sites.

She served on the federal and state Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) taskforce to assure compliance with the regulations governing emergency medical treatment. She was nominated by the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) for Vice President Gore’s Hammer award, which recognized teams working to build a better government.