Salem Nursing Pinning Ceremony Held

Kent State at Salem held its annual nursing convocation and pinning ceremony during which 23 students received their nursing pins and recited the nursing pledge. All are receiving degrees this year through the Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) program on the Salem campus.

Dr. Mary Lou Ferranto, coordinator of the BSN program at Salem, presented the 2018 class of graduates, while nursing faculty members presented various awards and the students’ pins. Special guests included Dr. David Dees, dean of the Kent State Salem Campus and Dr. Celeste Oprean, assistant dean.

Several students were recognized for their academic and leadership achievements. Abigail Kalaher, Delores Smith and Katlyn Willison each received the Award for Academic Performance; Benjamin Angelo and Jason Minard each received the Award for Clinical Excellence; Brandon Cooper and Alexa Tkacik received the Spirit of Nursing Awards; Alyson Zimbardi received the Community Service Award; and Alyson Zimbardi received the Nursing Leadership Award. 

Representing the BSN programRetiring Assistant Professor Ruth Ann Mullen was recognized for her years of teaching in the areas of OB/GYN nursing and as an internationally-certified lactation consultant. In her honor, Abigail Kalaher received the Ruth Ann Mullen Breastfeeding Award.

The Kent State Salem BSN class of 2018 includes Benjamin Angelo, Crystal Armstrong, Brianna Brown, Brittany Bryte, Lyndsey Clapper, Brandon Cooper, Molly Dennison, Candace Ferguson, Joshua Foster, Abigail Kalaher, Kelli-Jo Little, Jason Minard, Allison Moore, Paige Murray, Jordyn Nenadich, Clayton Poteet, Liezl Prins, Erin Rogel, Delores Smith, Alexa Tkacik, Katlyn Willison, Sara Yurcho and Alyson Zimbardi.

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Photo A: Receiving nursing pins during ceremonies for the Kent State Salem Campus were (from left): Delores Smith, Abigail Kalaher, Sara Yurcho, Brandon Cooper, Erin Rogel, Brittany Bryte, Alexa Tkacik, Brianna Brown, Katlyn Willison, Clayton Poteet, Molly Dennison, Jason Minard, Allison Moore, Alyson Zimbardi, Crystal Armstrong, Kelli-Jo Little, Jordyn Nenadich, Benjamin Angelo, Paige Murray and Candace Ferguson

Photo B: Representing the BSN program were (from left) Dr. Mary Lou Ferranto, coordinator; faculty members Phyllis DeFiore-Golden, Cheryl Brady, Krista Hawkins, Ruth Ann Mullen, Lorene Martin and Sherry DeWitt, department secretary.

POSTED: Friday, May 25, 2018 11:45 AM
Updated: Monday, March 27, 2023 02:36 AM