Dr. Mary Barakzai of the Central California Center for Excellence in Nursing at California State University, Fresno and Beverly Miller, a lecturer in the university’s Department of Nursing, will enter the Central San Joaquin Valley Nursing Hall of Fame.

The two will be inducted during the seventh annual Nursing Hall of Fame Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Smittcamp Alumni House on campus.

This award honors the distinctive careers of nurse leaders who have promoted the profession through a lifetime of work and experience within the region – Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced and Tulare counties.

Barakzai has worked more than 35 years as a family nurse practitioner, nurse midwife and educator. She joined the Fresno State faculty in 2003.

Barakzai has influenced families, students and legislators through her clinical practice, teaching and writing. She also has developed and implemented advanced-practice curriculum in Thailand and Colombia.

Miller has worked more than 40 years as a nurse and 20 helping prepare students for nursing careers. She has been a Fresno State faculty member since 2007.

Miller has developed a curriculum embraced by nurses across California and her influence on behalf of children’s health has extended to national education and credentialing committees.

Created in 2004, the Valley Nursing Hall of Fame is a collaborative project involving nursing leaders throughout the region. It is sponsored by Fresno State’s College of Health and Human Services, the Nursing Leadership Council of the Central San Joaquin Valley and the Mu Nu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.

The cost of the luncheon is $40 per person, and tables of 10 are available. A $20 no-show fee will be billed for reservations that are not honored. Seating is limited. The reservation deadline is Sept. 8.

For reservations and additional information, contact Patricia Daniels at pdaniels@csufresno.edu or 559.278.2041.

(Copy by University Communications news intern Sadie Thomas)

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