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Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing welcomes graduates into the profession

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing welcomes graduates into the profession

Loyola’s Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing celebrated several special events for graduate and undergraduate Nursing, Health Systems Management, Exercise Science, and Dietetics students last week.

Honors and Pinning Ceremony
The school held its spring 2015 Honors and Pinning ceremonies and receptions on Tuesday, May 5. One event, held at the Lake Shore Campus, honored Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates and recognized outstanding achievements while a similar ceremony, held at the Health Sciences Campus, recognized Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing students.

Pinning has historically served to welcome nursing students into the profession of health care. The following awards and honors were presented during the ceremony:

  • Alumni Awardees: Rachel Kim, Monica Bomben
  • Laura Difiglio Klink Scholarship Awardees: Kelsey Bouler
  • Julia Lane Silver Medallion Awardees: Kelsey Bouler, Jana DiDomenico, Shannon Jordan, Clare Marlin
  • Carol Kraft Awardees: Janice Dobosz, Karina Leon
  • Gladys Kiniery Clinical Excellence Awardees: Cecily Supan, Christine Gleason
  • Dean’s Gold Medallion Awardees: Clare Marlin, Megan Ryan
  • Scholastic Honor Certificates Awardees (GPA of 3.5 to 3.69): Samantha Anderson, Bailey Day, Vinita Ghai, Suman Gowda, Gabriela Iwan, Paige Kelly, Haley Ktsanes, Keimia Mehrabian, Carolyn O’Connor, Rizwana Patel, Megan Prouty, Victoria Pryal, Kelly Slayden, Claire Swiontek, Amanda Wong
  • Scholastic Silver Medallion Awardees (GPA of 3.7 and above): Victoria Biondo, Monica Bomben, Abigail Carlson, Kara Dal Lago, Allison De Grauwe, Lacey Eberle, Jacqueline Garreau, Sylvia Goczol, Lidia Kartashova, Amy Norman, Megan Ryan, Abla Saadeh, Vanessa Samson, Sarah Warnez, Hannah Wirtz, and Yardley Wulf
  • Spirit of St. Ignatius Award: Sarah Warnez

To view photos of the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing ceremony, click here.

Celebration of Magis
Health Systems Management and Exercise Science graduating seniors participated in the Celebration of Magis, a year-end event honoring all graduates and their families. Magis, which means “more” in Latin, was chosen as the celebratory theme as a way of emphasizing a lasting connection between graduates and Loyola’s Jesuit principles of giving, doing and being more for others.

A Magis pledge and blessing were offered at the ceremony to distinguish the graduates’ new careers as ones marked by values, ethics, and service. The following awards and honors were presented:

  • Scholastic Honor Certificates Awardees (GPA of 3.5 to 3.69): Health System Management students Elijah Ampo, Michael Brennan, Lucianna Da Fonseca, Rebecca Jones, Victoria King, Brian Meyer, Sheridan Taormina, Kevin Trieu, and Exercise Science student Alexandria Cummuta
  • Scholastic Silver Medallion Awardees (GPA of 3.7 and above): Health System Management students Iwona Barnas, Irvin Erazo, Victoria Gordon, Janaki Panchal, Ishani Patel, Parisa Piri, Kyla Marie Pomer, Mallory Ursul, and Exercise Science student Allison Rydberg
  • Spirit of St. Ignatius Awardees: Health System Management students Luis Garcia, Victoria Gordon, Sheridan Taormina, and Exercise Science students Alexandria Cummuta and Sam French
  • Advocacy and Leadership Awardees: Health System Management students Ishani Patel and Luis Garcia, and Exercise Science student Brennan Martin
  • Dean’s Gold Medallion Awardees: Health System Management student Janaki Panchal and Exercise Science student Allison Rydberg

Commencement
Commencement for the graduate school was held on Tuesday, May 5, while commencement for the undergraduates took place on Wednesday, May 6, both at the Lake Shore Campus. Melanie Dreher, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean emeritus, Rush University College of Nursing, was the guest speaker for the undergraduate ceremony. Exercise Science student Alexandria Cummuta was the student speaker. Click here to browse 2015 Commencement photos. 

Day of Scholarship
The Day of Scholarship took place for Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Dietetics students on Thursday, May 7, at the Health Sciences Campus. The event highlighted the scholarly work of these students and celebrated the completion of their coursework.

MSN students are required to complete their comprehensive examination paper on a self-selected topic. Graduates then present their topic to other students, faculty members, and invited guests.

Forty-eight graduates presented their work. Topics ranged from recognition of blunt abdominal trauma to antibiotic resistance to the effectiveness of patient portals.