College of Nursing

Honored Alumni Award

The Honored Alumni Award is bestowed upon alumni of BYU College of Nursing who have given outstanding (beyond the normal expectation) service to their profession, community, nation, or church. The honoree is featured in the annual College Honored Alumni Lecture Series and is honored at a special luncheon with the President of the University. The honoree is a guest of the University at all Homecoming events.

Honored Alumna 2012: 

Lezli Matthews

 Honored Alumni Award

30 Years in Nursing: What Have I Learned About the Art?

2012 Honored Alumna Lezli Matthews says that being a nurse is “being all about the patient.” From all accounts, that is precisely what Matthews is.

After earning her associates degree from Brigham Young University and her bachelors from the University of Phoenix, Matthews became a Nurse Manager of the Intermountain Burn Center. Currently she works at the University of Utah Burn Center as a Nurse Manager and is involved with several committees and organizations related to burn care, including the American Burn Association and the National Faculty for the Advance Burn Life Support Program.

She states “I am deeply moved by the human body’s ability to heal with the right treatments and care. I am even more incredibly moved by the strength of spirit and the growth that comes from tragedy and challenges. Just like the phoenix from the flames, these survivors are heroes to me.  I am reminded on a daily basis how small or insignificant my worries can be in life’s bigger picture.”

In September 2012, Matthews celebrated 30 years of service to University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics.

Past Honorees

  • 1995 Patricia Isaacs
  • 1994 Myrna Warnick
  • 1993 Rae Jeanne Memmott
  • 1992 Jennie Van Drimmelen
  • 1991 Chloe Tillery
  • 1990 Rayola Anderson
  • 1989 Lucie Ann Campbell Jarrett
  • 1988 Jewel Bartholomew
  • 1987 Rich Porter Dean
  • 1986 Sue Ann Christensen
  • 1985 Mary Ann Young
  • 1984 Susan Gardner
  • 1982 Mary Ellen Edmunds
  • 1980 Leslee A. Swendsen Boss
  • 1976 June Leifson