Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing


School of Nursing Honors Newly Graduated Students

Honors and Pinning 12-15-12

The Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing held its Winter 2012 Honors and Pinning ceremony and reception on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at the Lake Shore Campus. The event honored graduating undergraduate students, recognized the outstanding achievements of student award recipients, and brought together students, their friends and families, alumni, faculty and staff to celebrate the health care profession.
The 'pinning ceremony' has historically served to welcome newly graduated nursing students to the profession of health care as they transition from students to nurses. This tradition continues today, with the pin serving to identify graduates as recipients of a world-class Loyola University Chicago health care education.
The following awards and honors were presented and acknowledged during the ceremony:

  • Dean's Gold Key: Julia Scheidler
  • Julia Lane Silver Key: Kathryn Garner, Meaghan Panfil, Siobhan Ruff, Julia Scheidler, Ingrid Stensvaag, Catherine Wolnik
  • Nursing Alumni Award: Andrew Soltys
  • Carol Kraft Memorial Award: Mark Romond
  • Gladys Kiniery Clinical Excellence Award: Andrew Soltys
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholarships: Adam Parker, Paulo Rios, Mark Romond, Andrew Soltys, Theresa Zumba
  • Ohio Health Critical Care Fellowship: Hailey Weber

As the student keynote speaker, Adam Parker, spoke about his experiences at Loyola and provided advice for his graduating colleagues. "I hope you all take what you have learned at Loyola and use it for the greater good. Keep your bag of tools close to you and remember to keep a little love in the back of your mind and in your heart," Adam said.
Theresa Zumba, one of the graduating students acknowledged during the event for being named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholar, said "[This honor] was the perfect culmination to the wonderful time I have had at Loyola University Chicago. I believe that through my nursing education I will be able to create the change I'd like to see in my community and beyond."