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Finger Lakes Health News 2016
Finger Lakes Health’s College of Nursing Celebrates 2016 Pinning and Graduation Ceremonies
Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing graduated its seventh class with a pinning ceremony and commencement exercises in May. 68 students were pinned and graduated this year.

The pinning ceremony took place on Sunday morning, May 22, at The Smith followed by a graduate lunch at Belhurst. The commencement ceremony, also held at The Smith, took place later in the afternoon on May 22nd. Photos from both events can be viewed on Flickr and accessed from Finger Lakes Health’s website at

Patrick Boyle, Vice President of Human Resources at Finger Lakes Health, welcomed students to the commencement ceremony and recognized the faculty for a job well done. Dr. Jose Acevedo, President & CEO, Finger Lakes Health gave the President’s Address and Dr. Victoria Record, Dean of the College gave the Dean’s Address. Ann Harrington, Executive Director of NYONEL (New York Organization of Nurse Executive Leaders) gave the keynote address and class president, Mia Parker , gave the class address. Dr. Acevedo and Dr. Record presented the diplomas.

Dr. Victoria Record, EdD, RN, and Martha DiCicco, MS, RN presented special awards. The Academic Achievement Award is given to both a student who started the program in September and to a LPN that transferred into the program in January was presented to two students: Sarah Spencer and Patrice Bullock.

Receiving the Clinical Practice Award for outstanding service in medical and surgical nursing was Lisa Santiago; and receiving the Geriatric Practice Award given to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding nursing care to the geriatric population was Laurence Wrobeh.

The Patricia Schillaci Memorial Award given in honor of Patty Schillaci, a nurse at Geneva General Hospital who committed to using technology to enhance patient care delivery. This award recognizes a student who demonstrated the ability to couple technology with caring compassionate nurse’s care was presented to Kelly Kier.

Josue Estela received the Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing Class Choice Award, presented to the graduate nurse who demonstrated principles of relationship-based care by creating healthy relationships with the people he or she works with and cares for, selected by class vote.

The Outstanding Student Achievement award, given to the graduate nurse who has demonstrated consistent commitment and growth in the academic and clinical setting, was awarded to Jamie Barber.

Brittany Wright was the recipient of the Florence Nightingale Award, presented to the graduate nurse who demonstrates a spirit to improve the health care environment. The Heart of Nursing Award recognizing a graduate nurse who has consistently shown enthusiasm and the spirit of nursing was presented to Ciara McCarthy.

The Graduate Nurse Engagement Award presented to the graduate nurse who demonstrates the five C’s: Clarity, Competency, Confidence, Collaboration and Commitment leading to the ability to adapt to a change healthcare environment, was awarded to Lisa Empey.

In honor and recognition of James J. Dooley, past long-tenured President & CEO of Finger Lakes Health, who served as the first President of the Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing, the James J. Dooley Memorial Award was presented to Crystal Lane for serving as a role model and mentor to others and demonstrating a love for family, community and the healthcare profession.

The Aubrey DeMillo Memorial Award, established in memory of Aubrey DeMillo, a member of the Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing Class of 2013 was presented to Victoria Craft and Jessica Zanghi. This award is given to a graduate(s) who shares the same philosophy of nursing that Aubrey evidenced with every interaction she had with patients, peers and faculty; patience, compassion, determination to learn, confidence and passion.

The William J. DiCicco Memorial Award honors the graduate nurse who exhibits the attributes that Bill demonstrated throughout his life: devotion to family, a strong work ethic, the value of education and love of country was awarded to Melissa-Ann Aman.

The Emily Carson Memorial Award ,is given in memory of Emily, a 2010 graduate who was an extraordinary nurse, a loving mother, daughter and sister and an unwavering patient advocate. Emily had such a powerful connection to people in the organization and community because of her great spirit, warm sense of humor, dedication to the nursing profession and the compassion she displayed for her patients. Ciara McCarthy was honored with this award.

The ANA Nursing Leadership Award was presented to Josue Estela. This award recognizes an outstanding nursing student who has demonstrated significant leadership abilities in the classroom through campus activities and in the community at large. Through recognized and unofficial leadership, this graduate has made a difference with fellow students in campus and community healthcare activities and organizations.

Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing Five Star Bank Scholarships for $2,500 each were awarded to two students who completed their first year of the Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing RN program. The funds will be allocated to support the students second and final year of the program. Jon M. Fogle, Regional President of Five Star Bank, presented the scholarships to this year’s recipients’ Shannon Pessin and Shannon Wilson.

Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing graduates for 2016 are Melissa Ann Aman (Interlaken), Jamie L. Barber (Newark), Kingsley Barnie (Rochester), Andreana Brown-Cunningham (Rochester), Patrice Bullock (Newark), Giselle Clarke-Cabezas (Trumansburg), Jennifer Elisabeth Calarco , Cum Laude, (Newark), Ashley S. Chapman (Port Byron), Paige N. Colacino (Newark), Sarah Kathleen Coogan (Canandaigua), Amber L. Cosby (Farmington),Victoria Craft (Rochester), Mary J. Crespo (Newark), Jacqueline Cruz (Rochester), Seteria L. Davis (Rochester), Tiffany M. Daymon (Rochester), Tonya R. Eddinger (Bloomfield), Jessica Edler (Farmington), Sheletta D. Elliott (Auburn), Lisa Anne Empey (Farmington), Josue Victor Estela (Fairport), Rosemary C. Giancursio (Canandaigua), Tiffany L. Gokey (Fairport), Sarah Ann Gostomski (Palmyra), Katie Gulvin (Clifton Springs), Michael F. Harris (Wolcott), Yerdanos S. Hailemariam (Rochester), Graham Anthony Hensser (Penn Yan), Megan Katherine Hey (Stanley), Heather Lynne Hillyard (Williamson), Kelly Taylor Kier (Macedon), Crystal Marie Lane, Cum Laude, (Canandaigua), Pamela M. Lawhorn (Rochester), Samantha Lewis (Lyons), Lisa Loperfido (Auburn), Brittany E. Marquez (Auburn), Ciara M. McCarthy (Canandaigua), Jamell McLawrence (Newark), Lisa Marie Meringola (Geneva), Kristen A. Miles (Auburn), Samantha M. Moru (Seneca Falls), Lisa Mundt (Fairport), Natessa A. Negron (Geneva), Jessica Olkosky (Shortsville), Nikki O’Malley (Newark), Mia M. Parker (Rochester), Nadine N. Patrick (Clifton Springs), Danasha Overton (Rochester), Meghan Maureen Pelton (Auburn), Erik V. Peterson (Naples), Amanda Jean Proctor (Stanley), Caitlin L. Putman (Wolcott), Lisa S. Santiago (Rochester), Karen L. Scholler (Geneva), Kashari Snowden (Rochester), Chelsea A. Snyder (Seneca Falls), Christina Marie Speck (Auburn), Hannah Catherine Spencer (Waterloo), Sarah Christine Spencer , Cum Laude, (Waterloo), Jennifer Ann Tomion (Stanley), Ann Marie Trepkowski (Clifton Springs), Nikole Kristine Vitetta (Auburn), Dantae Weathers (Rochester), Nichole L. Wilson, Cum Laude, (Auburn), Brittany Kirsten Wright (Palmyra), Laurence C. Wrobeh (Rochester), Buddy Unger (Auburn) and Jessica E. Zanghi (Canandaigua).

Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing offers flexibility to students seeking an associate’s degree in Applied Science with a major in nursing. As a privileged part of Geneva General Hospital, its unique hospital-based program allows for students to gain clinical experience on its campus in Geneva, NY.

Photo Cutline: Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing Class of 2016.
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