Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing


Students recognized for academics and other achievements

Honors and Pinning Spring 2013

The Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing held its spring 2013 Honors and Pinning ceremony and reception on May 10, 2013, at the Lake Shore Campus. The event honored bachelor of science in nursing graduates and recognized outstanding achievements.

Pinning has historically served to welcome newly graduated nursing students to the profession of health care as they transition from students to nurses.

Alumni President Susan Finn congratulated the graduates and welcomed them to the alumni family. “I hope you will always remember that you are not alone. You will be serving along-side more than 7,000 alumni of your school,” she said.

The graduate address was given by Christine Ninchich.

The following awards and honors were presented and acknowledged during the ceremony:

Dean’s Gold Key (the highest distinction awarded by faculty to graduating students in recognition of academic, service, and leadership at the University): Nicole Kennedy-Grant and Shaheen Patel.

President’s Medallion (awarded by the University in recognition of outstanding scholarship, leadership, and service): Katelyn Wander

Carol Kraft Award (named in honor of the nurse representative on the development committee for Loyola University Health System’s burn unit who became its first head nurse and was instrumental in the implementation of nursing practice standards; given to one nursing student who exemplifies potential excellence in nursing at the completion of the clinical role transition): Ronald Durham.

Gladys Kiniery Clinical Excellence Award (named in honor of the dean of the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing from 1947-66, whose leadership enabled the school to become the first fully accredited College of Nursing in Illinois; presented annually to a senior nursing student and a graduating ABSN student): Bich Pham and Kimberley Lang.

Nursing Alumni Award (presented to a senior nursing student and a graduating ABSN student nominated by a peer and endorsed by faculty for commitment to excellence, values-based leadership, service to Loyola and the community, and fellowship among nursing peers): Megan McMenamin and Matthew Hauman.

Exercise Science, Health Systems Management grads honored

On May 11, 2013, the Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing held an Awards and Recognition Ceremony for Exercise Science and Health Systems Management graduates.

The graduate addresses were provided by Meaghan Murray (Health Systems Management) and
Zachary DeCoster (Exercise Sciences).

Exercise Science Leadership and Advocacy Award: Zachary DeCoster.

Exercise Science Spirit Award: Brittany Prange.

Health Systems Management Dean’s Gold Key: Hilary Toaddy.

Health Systems Management Honors Program: Meaghan Murray.

Health Systems Management Maroon and Gold Society: Yvette Ssempijja and
Jonathan Winarski.

Health Systems Management Leadership and Advocacy Award: Beata Palarz and
Jonathan Winarski.

Health Systems Management Spirit Award: Ashley Mallek, Dakota Kunz, Noel Andrew, and Yvette Ssempijja.