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UC Blue Ash Nursing Student Earns Degree to Honor her Late Husband


Misty Bauer is gaining the courage to advance her education and her life after her husband was killed while serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.

Date: 8/7/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Pete Gemmer
Phone: (513) 936-1632

UC ingot   Misty Bauer will give special thanks to her late husband, U.S. Army Specialist Joseph Bauer, when she graduates in the 2014 Summer Commencement ceremony at the University of Cincinnati on Saturday, Aug. 9.

Misty credits Joseph with continuing to have an influence in her life, even after he and three other soldiers were killed by a land mine while on patrol in Afghanistan in 2010. She believes he has helped push her to move forward by advancing her education and accomplishing new goals.

“It took me a while to reach this point. I was in shock and then I was angry that he was taken from me, but now I am more appreciative of what I have,” said Misty, who is graduating from the nursing program at UC Blue Ash College. “I think Joe has helped outline my life for me. I am back in school, I am becoming more active like he was, and I plan to run in my first half-marathon this fall in his honor since he was a runner.”
portrait of Joe and Misty Bauer
Misty Bauer with her late husband, Joseph, who was killed while serving our military in Afghanistan


As an Ohio resident and the widow of a member of the military killed in the line of duty, Misty receives free tuition to attend UC Blue Ash through the Ohio Safety Officers College Memorial Fund, which is sponsored by the Board of Regents. She also gets help with her books and other fees through a Veteran Affairs education fund that was coordinated by the Veteran Student Affairs office at UC Blue Ash.

Misty is one of 22 students graduating from the LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) to RN (Registered Nurse) program at UC Blue Ash this summer. It is a one-year program that provides the additional education and clinical experience needed for a LPN to take the next step in his or her nursing career. The college also offers a traditional, two-year program that allows students to earn their associate degree and begin their career as a RN or continue their education toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

Misty, who works at Children’s Hospital Medical Center, plans to pursue her BSN through the UC College of Nursing on the Uptown Campus, where she is enrolled for the fall semester. She says that staying in school is, for now, kind of a coping mechanism. It helps her set goals and keeps her looking ahead.

She adds that her outlook on life is better than ever, because of what she has been through. “With what happened to Joe and getting to help children every day who are sick, it really helps me appreciate every day,” said Misty. “It’s all about perspective, everything you do in life. Your attitude will make your day – it can be good or bad, that’s your choice.”


UC Blue Ash College is a regional college within the University of Cincinnati. It offers one of the best values in higher education with access to a nationally recognized UC education in nearly 50 degrees and certificates, as well as tuition that is about half of most colleges and universities. The college is located on a scenic 135-acre wooded campus in the heart of Blue Ash, Ohio. To learn more, call 513-745-5600, visit us online at www.ucblueash.edu, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.