GMU Colleagues Capture International Recognition for Documentary

Posted: December 5, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

George Mason colleagues Jeanne Sorrell, associate dean for academic programs and research in the College of Nursing and Health Science, and Jerry Drake, faculty support specialist in the Division of Instructional and Technology Support Services, are very excited about their latest filmmaking venture. The team recently was named by the board of directors of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing as the 2001 recipient of the Nursing Media Electronic Award for their documentary Stories of Quality Lives: Ethics in the Care of Persons with Alzheimer’s. The two also were recognized for their work earlier this year at the society’s regional competition.

With more than 120,000 active members, Sigma Theta Tau is the second largest nursing organization in the world, comprising 406 chapters located on 503 college and university campuses in the United States and abroad.

In a separate competition, Sorrell and Drake received a Bronze Plaque award, also known as a Chris Award, from the Film Council of Greater Columbus for Quality Lives. The Chris Awards highlight the oldest and one of the most prestigious documentary, entertainment, and informational competitions in the United States. More than 30 countries were represented this year in 113 categories.

Sorrell plans to market the Quality Lives video nationally to nursing schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and home health care agencies. She also will use it as a teaching tool in her classes.

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