The St. Elizabeth College of Nursing conducted its Moving-Up Day ceremony on Aug. 27 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, with a reception that followed in the college. The ceremony recognized 60 students who have advanced from the first year of the nursing program (freshmen students) to the second year (senior students). College President Marian Kovatchitch presided over the ceremony and was assisted by Coordinator of Curriculum Resources Doreen Rogers. Replicas of Florence Nightingale's lamp were presented to each student by the class advisors and the following awards were distributed:
For Excellence in Academic Achievement: Weekday student: Daniel Freedman; Weekend student: Holly Sellers.
Students who demonstrated clinical excellence (in skills and caring) during their previous nursing courses were presented with awards made possible through the Mildred Balutis Memorial Scholarship fund. The awards for Excellence in Clinical Achievement: Weekday student: Stacey Harris; Weekend student: Jennifer Winchell.
For Leadership within the College Community: Weekday student: Jennifer LeGuelaff; Weekend student: Sarah Hoffman.
Awards were made possible through American Legion Post No. 229 in Utica for students who Exemplify the College's Model of Nursing. Recipients were: Weekday student: Jennifer Mazzaferro; Weekend student: Diana Natali.
The Weekday Class of 2013 presented three scholarships: one to a student who has returned to school to take nursing as a second career. This award went to Kimberly Sadlon. A second award was given to a student who is currently working in the health care field while attending St. Elizabeth College of Nursing. This award was presented to Cassandra Roberts. The third award went to Kayleigh Coupe, as a reminder "of the friends and classmates with whom you started your nursing education."
An award went to Angela Perry in memory of Rose Maggiolino, graduate of the class of 1941, and mother of RoAnn Destito, commissioner of the state Office of General Studies. The family and friends of Maggiolino presented a scholarship to a senior student who was a graduate of Proctor High School and who has demonstrated perseverance in reaching her goal.
A scholarship was awarded to a senior student in memory of Georgianna Humpf, who fought a courageous battle against cancer until her death in late 2012. Her family wanted to recognize a student who exemplifies Humpf's spirit of volunteerism. The scholarship went to Tayler Madden.
The second annual Marie C. McQueen Scholarship was awarded to a senior student for demonstrated commitment to her faith, compassion, volunteerism and courage in the face of adversity. The scholarship is made possible through the not-for-profit American Family Foundation. The scholarship was presented by Sister Dolorosa, McQueen's sister, and Bob and Nancy McQueen, Marie's son and daughter-in-law. The scholarship went to Alexandra Walczak.
The inaugural St. Marianne Cope Scholarship was awarded to Rebecca Frost for her demonstrated service to the community, perseverance, leadership skills and patient advocacy-those qualities and virtues of St. Marianne. The scholarship was made possible through the generous donations by the Board of Directors of St. Elizabeth College of Nursing and was presented by Sister Anna Mae Collins, CSJ, chairperson of the college's board.