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June 2011 Issue

Interim Dean Chery Hoying, PhD, pins Nicholas Lukens, who finished Phase II of the Accelerated Pathway program and earned and earned his BSN in 2011.
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BSN Graduates Recognized at Nursing's Traditional Pinning Ceremony

By Angela Koenig
Published June 2011

It’s been a long held tradition at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing—since 1891, in fact—that the college’s newly credentialed nurses get "pinned” by faculty members upon completing all of the rigorous coursework and clinical skills classes required to receive a professional nursing title.

The pin that UC nursing students receive today is a little different from the original 1891 design, but it’s the exact same design the college adopted in 1916, when UC became one of the first schools in the country to offer a bachelor of sciences in nursing (BSN) program.

On June 11, 2011, 120 BSN students held with tradition and received their pins to the applause of approximately 700 family and friends.    

In addition to the pinning ceremony, student awards and the BSN senior class gift were presented. The gift was a donation of $100 in books to a community library in Honduras. The books were delivered by two of the seniors, Molly O'Brien and Jessica Schneider, while they were in Honduras with faculty member, Tina Weitkamp earlier this year. 

The following students were recognized during the Awards Ceremony: 
Neva Mote Stevenson Award for Excellence in Clinical Nursing Practice: Allysia R. Billow
Roberta Clark Hoffman Award for Advancing the Professional Status of Nursing: Jessica M. Knochel
Michelle LaMendola Award: Jessica L. Schneider
Outstanding Undergraduate Senior Award: Kevin L. Mullen

RN/BSN Perseverance Award: Tammy Mansfield, RN

RN/BSN Leadership Award: Jeanene Perkins, RN

Accelerated Pathway Leadership Award: Natalie M. Givens

Outstanding Graduate Student Award: Megan Brissie
Elizabeth L. Kemble Award: Jason Schenck

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