OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University will award an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree to Sister Stephanie Mongeon at the university’s 126th commencement Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. in the Dee Events Center.
For more than 40 years, Sister Stephanie has served the greater Ogden community through her various roles in the health care field and her steadfast commitment to patient advocacy, pastoral care and leadership in volunteerism.
In addition to receiving the honorary degree, Sister Stephanie will deliver the commencement address.
Sister Stephanie first came to Ogden in 1965 when she accepted the position of Director of Dietary Services at St. Benedict’s Hospital. She served in that role until 1980, when she became Nutrition Educator and Consultant at St. Benedict’s. During her eight years in this role, she presented wellness lectures, education programs, a diabetic consultative series and information on weight reduction.
In 1988, Sister Stephanie was named Vice President for Mission Effectiveness at St. Benedict’s Hospital. When the hospital became Ogden Regional Medial Center in 1994, Sister Stephanie transitioned into her current role as Director of Community Relations and Mission Services.
Sister Stephanie’s caring and dedication extend beyond her work at the hospital. She has served on many civic and church related boards and committees, including the Ogden Rescue Mission Clinic Board, Weber-Morgan Board of Health and the United Way Executive Board.
In 1979, Sister Stephanie played an instrumental role in helping the Benedictine Sisters organize the St. Benedict’s Foundation as a means to channel charitable contributions toward improved health care. After the hospital’s change to new ownership, the sisters retained control of the foundation and have continued to strengthen its role in assisting children, women and families throughout Northern Utah. Sister Stephanie continues to serve in a leadership role for the foundation.
Early in her career, Sister Stephanie discovered her love of teaching, working as a high school and college instructor for 10 years. She has also taught WSU nursing students and become locally renowned for her engaging lectures on a wide range of topics, including education, nutrition, health care and public service.
A native of North Dakota, Sister Stephanie graduated from the College of St. Benedict in 1954 with a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition. She served an internship in dietetics at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and later earned her master’s degree in institutional management from Kansas State University in 1964.
Sister Stephanie recently celebrated 50 years as a sister of St. Benedict.
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