Nursing Newsletter for Alumni and Friends
Hello Alumni and Friends of JMU Nursing,
With the completion of the 2014/2015 school year in May we recognized the success stories of our students at Spring Convocation. The graduating class consisted of 87 BSN, 10 RN-BSN (15 more in August), and 14 MSN students, all very prepared to either begin their nursing journey or continue to grow in their current nursing career. I would like to share with you those awards and accomplishments.
We begin by recognizing our ROTC graduates Catherine Amrosich and Erin Brymer. We applaud their commitment to the armed forces and to serve our country. The additional rigors of the ROTC experience prepare these nurses for leadership roles in the future.
Students who participated in the JMU Honors Program: Jennifer Corser, Kelsey Cunningham, Julie Glauber, Caroline Johnson, Mollie Moran and Taylor Schuler. This program engages highly motivated and intellectually gifted students in exceptional experiences that develop excellence in leadership, scholarship and service.
The Merck Scholar Award, given to the student with the highest GPA went to Gabrielle Armentrout.
The Marcia Dake Rockingham Memorial Hospital Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice is determined by the faculty and was given to Matthew Donovan.
Rachel Napoli, nominated by her senior class was awarded the Outstanding Undergraduate Senior Peer Award.
The Victoria Alcantara Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award 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. The very deserving recipient of this award was Hollie Sandone.
Our RN-BSN Scholar Award, given for the highest GPA and outstanding academic performance was given to Sarah Hartmen.
Stephanie Findley was chosen by her class to receive the Outstanding RN-BSN Peer Award.
The Outstanding Graduate Leadership Award went to DNP student Joyce Vivian. This award is presented to a student who excels in academic and clinical performance, service, leadership and innovation.
Julie Taylor received the Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice. Faculty present this award to a graduate who demonstrates clinical excellence and is compassionate, caring and respects human dignity.
We celebrate our entire graduating class along with the many other awards and success stories from this past year that have been shared in previous newsletters. At the same time we reflect back we also look to the future for opportunities of growth and development, in both faculty and programs, that allow JMU Nursing to accomplish their mission of engaging students, faculty and communities through dynamic and innovative nursing education, practice and scholarship to influence health in our world.
Best Wishes for a joyful and healthy Summer!
Julie Sanford, DNS, RN
Professor and Head of Nursing
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22840