2017 Lafayette Civic Cup honoring Dr. Mary B. Neiheisel
Thursday, November 9, 2017
6:00 p.m. reception / 7:00 p.m. banquet
$75 per person / $560 per table of eight
Dr. Mary B. Neiheisel is a Nursing professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The Texas native joined the graduate faculty in 1988 and was appointed as the first graduate nursing coordinator in the College of Nursing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Dr. Neiheisel began her studies at Baptist Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in San Antonio, Texas in 1960. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Incarnate Word College, San Antonio, TX. She received a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Colorado in 1965. She piloted the core courses for the nurse practitioner program at UL and served as the NP coordinator from 1996-2007. She was one Louisiana’s first Advanced Nurse Practitioners and NP educators.
Dr. Neiheisel is known as a champion of women’s health, the arts, and leadership programs throughout Acadiana. She regularly provides education to other nurses and members of the community, including on the issue of domestic violence. She is very involved with the arts community and has worked to enhance the arts culture in Lafayette. She has worked to increase leadership opportunities for area youth through the Junior Leadership program
She is a constant voice of community projects and sacrifices her personal time to serve others. She is currently serving on 10+ boards within Acadiana, supporting various causes throughout the area. She is frequently described as "giving unselfishly and tirelessly of her time.” Neiheisel is known as a generous donor to community organizations and an avid recruiter for community involvement.
A few of her notable accomplishments in the community include her money raising efforts to provide scholarships to women through Zonta International, her compassionate education about domestic violence through her work at Faith House, and the establishment of the Richard and Mary Neiheisel Dissertation Award.
She has spent many years raising money to provide scholarships to women through Zonta. She established the Richard and Mary Neiheisel Dissertation Award as well as the Richard Neiheisel/Phi Beta Kappa Graduate Award, both of which are endowed and enduring. She has spoken out against domestic violence and provides medical assistance to the residents at Faith House. She also assists in the rehabilitation of offenders through her volunteer efforts at Family Violence Intervention Program.