WNC Nursing graduates at graduation ceremonies included L-R, Anna Alauria, Brittney Allen (class president), and Jennifer Evans (class treasurer)
Just hours after receiving their associate degrees on Monday, May 18, thirty-nine Western Nevada College nursing graduates were also recognized in a traditional pinning ceremony.
There, WNC, families and the public recognized students for their achievements in the program.
Receiving the Top Academic Student Award was Bethany Hinchliffe. Other award winners were Melissa Trubitsky and Jose Zepeda Barrios, Spirit of Nursing Award; Brittney Allen, Northern Nevada Nurse of Achievement Award; Hinchliffe, Allen, Janelle Martin, Jesseca Pacheco Larios and Heather Palmer, National Student Nurses' Association outstanding students; Aaron Kanow, Faculty/Student Liaison Award; and Hinchliffe and Keana Grover, Associated Students of Western Nevada outstanding students;
Nurse of distinction honors went to Cassidy Jost (presented by Michelle Meyer), Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center; Sandi Ellis (presented by Hinchliffe), Renown Regional Medical Center; and Natalie Walther (Pacheco Larios), St. Mary's Regional Medical Center.
A scholarship was established in memory of beloved faculty member Sherry Neil-Urban. The Keep Calm and Carry On scholarship will be presented to first-year nursing students in the coming years.
Dr. Judith Cordia, WNC's Nursing and Allied Health director and division chair, delivered the opening statements and WNC President Chester Burton provided the welcoming remarks.
Award presenters included Anna Anders, M.S.N. and R.N., vice president and chief operating officer at Carson Tahoe Health; Lisa Dunkelberg, M.S.N. and R.N.; Edda Gibson, M.S. and R.N.; Elizabeth Cordero, M.B.A and R.N.; Debi Ingraffia-Strong, M.S.N. and R.N.; and Catherine Fuller, M.S.N. and A.P.R.N.
Graduates hailed from numerous communities in the area:
Brittney Allen, Elena Crandell, Jennifer R. Evans, James L. Hewitt, Danielle A. Jones, Jennifer L. McCoun, Heather N. Palmer, Amanda N. Peachay, Daniel Perez, Marina O. Vyshutina, Cynthia A. Yenter
Della G. Morron, Melissa A. Trubitsky
Kimberly S. Dela Vega, Stacy M. Wallace
Tonya S. Ciofffi, Elizabeth A. Eubanks, Hannah L. Gonzales, Stephanie N. Pruitt, Sarah D. Rollins, Suzanne G. Thompson
Janelle M. Martin, Michelle M. Meyer, Jesseca Pacheco Larios, Kathryn J. Schaller
Anna L. Alauria, Keana M. Grover, Christian M. Jensen, Aaron T. Kanow, Laura M. Kruse, Esther Wegner, Sheri L. West
Bryce M. Becker, Jose D. Zepeda Barrios
South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Michelle S. Flury, Lavon C. Shay, Jennifer D. Webb
Maureen S. McDermott