Mount Saint Mary College awards nursing pins to 35 students

December 17, 2013

Newburgh, NY -

Mount Saint Mary College recently held a pinning ceremony for 35 graduates of the college’s adult accelerated program.

Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM, president, gave an invocation and blessed the pins, which were presented to the graduates by chosen family members and friends.

The Mount Saint Mary College nursing pin displays the college seal, with the motto, “doce me veritatem,” which translates as “teach me the truth.”

Mount professors Jill Brennan-Cook, Dianne Murphy, and Andrea Ackermann offered the graduates words of encouragement and advice for their upcoming nursing careers.

“This evening signifies the tremendous amount of time and hard work that brought each student to this moment,” said Murphy. “Congratulations!”

The newly-minted nurses recited “A Nurse’s Prayer,” which speaks of dedicating one’s life to helping others.

Erica Vollano of Napanoch, NY, recipient of the class’s Leadership award, gave her reflections at the ceremony.

“We have come a long way. Our first steps felt scary…and now all those firsts are merely second nature to our professional nursing practice,” said Vollano. “Throughout our journey, we have had wonderful instructors that shared their amazing experiences and words of wisdom.”

Catherine Brenneman of Stormville, NY earned the General Excellence in Nursing award. She was enthusiastic about her accomplishment and her future career, but admitted that she would miss the camaraderie she found in spades at the Mount.

“I had a great time here and I learned so much,” Brenneman said.

The graduate credits Murphy with much of her success.

“She was amazing,” said Brenneman. “My time with her was a great way to end the program. She’s a great lecturer and very supportive of Mount students.”

Cook explained, “Catherine is a perfect example of an accelerated student who has juggled her family time around her school schedule and still obtained exceptional grades.”

Sadhana Subramanian of New Windsor, NY earned the award for Clinical Excellence.

Subramanian, originally of India, described her education experience as “really wonderful. I have no other words to describe it. Every class has been like an adventure – a new thing to look forward to and learn.”

The accelerated adults were also full of praise for their families.

Matthew Riner of Brewster, NY dedicated his pin to his wife, Kristen, and his daughter, Emma, “for enduring all the late night classes and weekend clinical rotations over the years.” He also thanked his mother, father and sister “for always being there with words of love and motivation.”

Corinne Pribanich of Danbury, CT said she couldn’t have graduated without the support of her family – especially her husband, Tim.

“I’m so thankful for their love and encouragement throughout this journey,” she said.

In addition to Vollano, Brenneman, Subramanian, Riner and Pribanich, the current Mount nursing graduates are: Taj-Monet Anthony of Middletown, NY, recipient of the Perseverance award; Kelleigh King of Cold Spring, NY, recipient of the Spirit of Nursing award; and Elena Ullman-LaDue of Lake Katrine, NY, recipient of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society Award for Leadership; Sandra Carrasquillo of Newburgh, NY; Donna Chan of Brooklyn, NY; Jennifer Clark of Hyde Park, NY; Janet Conte of Wallkill, NY; Victoria Cutler of Pine Bush, NY; Stephanie Darrer of Chester, NY; Jeanine Davison of Rock Tavern, NY; Irene Demata of Monsey, NY; Nicole Ferrell-Laskowski of Wurtsboro, NY; Pepita Grey of Port Ewen, NY; Gail Hammer of New Paltz, NY; Jessica Hastings of Rosendale, NY; Nadine Hutchins of Middletown, NY; Patricia Liardi of New Windsor, NY; Aimee Luchejko of Monroe, NY; Lisa Magliulo of Wappingers Falls, NY; Marion Mansueto of Middletown, NY; Elizabeth Quinones of Washingtonville, NY; Mary Margaret Schneider of New Paltz, NY; Donna Tabano of Pleasant Valley, NY; Wendy Thai of Montgomery, NY; Meghan Trainor of Wallkill, NY; Joanne Turner of Wappingers Falls, NY; Cindy Tyrrell of Fishkill, NY; Jennifer Vitiello of Hopewell Junction, NY; Jennifer Vogt of Wappingers Falls, NY; and Dawn Young of Hurleyville, NY.

The nationally accredited nursing program at Mount Saint Mary College boasts a high NCLEX-RN passage rate that consistently outperforms the state average.

High-tech patient simulators in the college’s Kaplan Family Mathematics, Science and Technology Center provide students with more varied scenarios than might be experienced in a clinical situation.

Extensive clinical and simulator experience helps students develop decision-making skills and critical thinking for real-world situations. Experienced Mount nursing graduates are in high demand.

The Mount also offers a fully online RN to BS degree program, which offers working registered nurses the quality of a traditional Mount education with the flexibility to fit their schedules.

Mount Saint Mary College, which offers strong fields of study in health professions, education, business, human services and liberal arts, is ranked a Top-Tier Regional University by U.S. News & World Report.