Nursing Hall of Fame Award Information

Award Guidelines

Dr. Lois M. Frels was the founding director of the Iowa Wesleyan Nursing program, 1973-77.  She went on to direct the Nursing Division at Bradley University, 1977-1991. She later served as an independent nursing consultant. She was recognized by Iowa Wesleyan University with the Belle Babb Mansfield Award in 2016.  Her husband was the late Calvin Frels and her sons are A. J. and Mark ’76 Frels.


To provide an ongoing opportunity for Iowa Wesleyan University to recognize individuals for extraordinary service and achievement in advancement of the Iowa Wesleyan Nursing program.

Dr. Frels is credited with laying the foundation for the Nursing Program and guiding the program toward its accreditation.

Deadline for submitting nominations will be December 31 each year.

  • Nominees must have provided extraordinary service to or in support of the IW Nursing program.
  • Nominees must have made a significant contribution directly to the Nursing program.
  • A significant contribution is defined as efforts in the areas of curriculum development, recruitment, clinical facilities development or community development. A significant contribution could also come from maintaining credentials, new program development, or grant proposal development.
  • Nominees may be part of the IW Nursing program (graduate, nursing administrator, faculty member, staff member) or an external community partner.
  • Employee nominees will preferably have been employed by IW three years or more total time (this can be a combination of full-time and part-time). The three years need not be consecutive.
  • Nominees who have been published will receive additional consideration.
  • Nominees will be considered for contributions dating to the start of the program in 1973.