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Convocation Awards and Recognitions Spring 2016

JMU's Convocation Center proved to be a great location for the Nursing Convocation held on the morning of May 6th this year. Graduates were relieved when they did not have to limit the number of attendees who could take part in this special celebration. The stands were filled with proud and excited parents, family and friends as 92 BSN, 37 RN-BSN, and 21 MSN students were recognized during the pinning and hooding ceremonies.

Afterwards there were many congratulations, hugs, tears, pictures and goodbyes as the new graduates prepare for the next chapter in their lives. To see more pictures go to our JMU School of Nursing Facebook Page!

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Merck Scholar Award
This Award is given to the undergraduate nursing student who has achieved the highest cumulative GPA. The recipient of this award was Jessica Sprouse. Jessica has accepted a position at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg, VA.

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Marcia Dake Rockingham Memorial Hospital Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice
This Award is chosen by faculty and was given to Tiffany Washington. Tiffany will be working on the Medical Oncology Unit at Sentara Obici Hospital in Suffolk, VA. Outstanding

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Undergraduate Senior Peer Award
This Award is given to a student who is nominated by the senior class and then chosen by a vote of the class. This year's recipient was Amy Proietti-Fox. Amy will be working at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, VA.

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Victoria Alcantara Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award
This is the highest undergraduate student honor. Faculty members select a student who demonstrates excellence in promoting the profession of nursing, actively pursues knowledge, is involved in the university and the community, and exemplifies caring in their nursing practice. This award was presented to Talia Startsman. Talia has accepted a position with the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital.

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Honors Program Recognizes Four
The honors program at JMU is an academic community that engages highly motivated and intellectually gifted students in exceptional experiences that develop excellence in leadership, scholarship, and service.This year's students are Sara Greco- who is planning to enroll in a nurse residency program in the southeast United States, Catherine Herron- who will be working with the pediatric population in the Delaware area , Alexandra Mason- who will be working at Georgetown University Hospital in Washinton, DC., and Erica Reighard- who has accepted a position with the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC in the Cardiac ICU.

Elizabeth Chang and Heather Sims were recognized as ROTC graduates. These graduates have made a commitment to the armed forces and to serve our country. The additional rigors of the ROTC experience promote excellence in leadership for these graduates.

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Outstanding Graduate Leadership Award
This award is presented to a student who excels in academic and clinical performance, service and leadership, and innovation. Chosen by the faculty,this year's recipient is Laurie Taylor.

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School of Nursing Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice
This award, voted on by the faculty , is presented to a graduate who demonstrates clinical excellence and is compassionate, caring, and respects human dignity. This year's recipient is Kelsey Cooper.

RN-BSN Awards


The RN-BSN Scholar Award went Matthew Wayner for having the highest GPA and outstanding academic performance.

The Outstanding RN-BSN Peer Award which is nominated by the class and chosen by a vote went to Joslin Hultzapple.