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Finger Lakes Health News 2017
Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing Celebrates 2017 Pinning and Graduation Ceremonies
Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing graduated its eighth class with a pinning ceremony and commencement exercises in May. 48 students were pinned and graduated this year.

The pinning ceremony took place on Friday evening, May 19, at the Geneva Ramada Lakefront. The commencement ceremony, held at The Smith, took place in the afternoon on May 21st. 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. Ann McMullen, Chair, Finger Lakes Health Board of Directors, gave the President’s Address and Dr. Victoria Record, Dean of the College gave the Dean’s Address. Marilyn Caldwell, New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, gave the keynote address and class president, Shannon Pessin, gave the class address. Mrs. McMullen 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: Caitlin Bonanni and Tamasha Mateo.

Receiving the Clinical Practice Award for outstanding service in medical and surgical nursing were Sarah-Anne Rindfleisch and Madison Van Hout; and receiving the Geriatric Practice

Award given to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding nursing care to the geriatric population was Laura LaFramboise.

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 Mackenzie Stanley.

Pamela Washak and Shannon Pessin received the Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing Class Choice Award, presented to the graduate nurse(s) 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(s) who has demonstrated consistent commitment and growth in the academic and clinical setting, was awarded to Jesus Ubilies and Nicole Saya.

The Heart of Nursing Award is given to the graduate who has consistently shown enthusiasm for nursing throughout the program was awarded to Ashley Sparacino.

Shannon Pessin and Hannah Young were the recipients of the Florence Nightingale Award, presented to the graduate nurse(s) who demonstrates a spirit to improve the health care environment.

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 Shannon Wilson.

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 Kari Strait 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 Nikkia Russell and Kayla Sosnowski. 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 Caitlin Bonanni.

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. Lyndsy Brown was honored with this award.

The Susan O’Brian Cecere Memorial Award is giving to a graduate who has displayed genuine caring for classmates as well as patients. This graduate displays selfless acts and affects everyone around them with their obvious caring qualities, calm demeanor and nurturing personality. This year’s recipient was Alexx Passalacqua.

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. Joseph Scibona, Area Sales Manager for Five Star Bank, presented the scholarships to this year’s recipients’ Carrie Holcomb and Fred Mbuyee.

Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing graduates for 2017 are Danielle Albring (Skaneateles), Gaylynn Barrett (Rochester), Latoyia Battle (East Rochester), Caitlin Bonanni (East Rochester), Rashee Bostic (Lyons), Lyndsy Brown (Branchport), Cassandar Catalfano (Auburn), Christopher Cipoletti-Ewell (Rochester), Sherrie Clancy (Auburn), Renata Culum (Cicero), Teri Dagnesi (Geneva), Rachel DeSain (Newark), Christina Gray (Williamson), Ashley Grimshaw (Ontario), Ashley Helfer (Ontario), Dante Hooker (West Henrietta), Antonia Holt (Rochester), Laura LaFramboise (Camillus), Danielle Lane (Spencerport), Timothy Lannon (Newark), Brenna Long (Geneva), Tamasha Mateo (Newark), Manuela Milliman (Wolcott), Tanya Minns (Geneva), Kristina Mitchell (Watkins Glenn), Alexx Passalacqua (Geneva), Shannon Pessin (Naples), Anthony Plavsity (Rochester), Amy Powers (Fairport), Sarah-Anne Rindfleisch (Union Springs), Nikkia Russell (Newark), Emilie Salato (Auburn), Nicole Saya (Syracuse), Brittany Siplin (Rochester), Kayla Sosnowski (Penfield), Ashley Sparacino (Rodman), Mackenzie Stanley (Red Creek), Kari Strait (Canandaigua), Allen Tratt (Auburn), Jesus Ubiles (Palmyra), Madison Van Hout (Geneva), Lucia Vassallo (Auburn), Erica Viverette (Rochester), Jennifer Wagner (Lyons), Pamela Washak (Waterloo), LaTanya White (Webster), Shannon Wilson (Phelps) and Hannah Young (Clyde).

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. Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing also has a dual degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in partnership with Keuka College.
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