25 future nurses recognized at CAC’s annual pinning ceremony

By Guy Harrison, Media & Marketing Specialist

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - Twenty-five Central Arizona College students were celebrated and recognized for completing the college's nursing program, one of the most challenging curriculums offered in higher education.

The program's 42nd Nursing Division Graduating Class was confirmed during the Spring 2011 Nursing Convocation held on May 12 in the Don P. Pence Center for Visual & Performing Arts at the Signal Peak Campus.

In particular, three students and one member of the program's faculty were recognized for their contributions to the program.

Carrie Soliday (Maricopa, AZ) was presented with a Certificate of Academic Excellence for having achieved the highest grade point average throughout the program.

Karen Hatch (Gilbert, AZ) was selected as the Outstanding Clinical Student, while Teresa Borquin (Maricopa, AZ) was given the program's leadership award.

CAC nursing professor Lynn S. Long was named the Outstanding Educator of the Year.

After a welcome given by Director of Nursing Cherrie Evans and CAC President Dennis Jenkins, the graduates were addressed by Allison Bethune, professor of nursing at CAC.

"You have acquired much knowledge over the past two years. You learned the value of reliability and accountability in making intelligent nursing decisions," she said.

Each of the 25 members of the graduating class received pins signifying the students' completion of the program. Following the pinning, Edna Williams (Phoenix, AZ), the class speaker, congratulated her fellow students.

"This group has become a family. We've been through a lifecycle together," she said.

Following a candle lighting ceremony, the graduating students took the Florence Nightingale Pledge.

Ironically, Thursday's ceremony came on the 191st birthday of Florence Nightingale. The pledge, an adaption of the physician's Hippocratic Oath, was written in 1893 by Lystra E. Gretter and the Farrand Training School for Nurses in Detroit, Mich.

The following 25 students received their pins during the convocation ceremony and received their associate of applied science degree during CAC's graduation ceremonies held throughout the district May 13-14. The information also includes the student's hometown.

Peter Atanasoff (Maricopa)
Sarah Atkinson-Rosales (Queen Creek)
Miranda Baer (Casa Grande)
Elvia Berlin (Gilbert)
Lindsay Boesel (San Tan Valley)
Teresa Bourquin (Maricopa)
Linda Bustos (Chandler)
Kirsten Falteisek (Chandler)
Leslie Galaz (Maricopa)
Karen Hatch (Gilbert)
Kristin Hendrickson (Maricopa)
Brian Hunt (Arizona City)
Melva Jaquez (Coolidge)
Candie Ramsey (Florence)
Ysidro Rodriguez (Coolidge)
Leah Sanger (Florence)
Shanna Scott (Florence)
Tara Shawcroft (Casa Grande)
Leigh Ann Schifflette (Casa Grande)
Carrie Soliday (Maricopa)
Lori Swink (Maricopa)
Jordan Trafan (Gilbert)
Kirk Vanderziel (Chandler)
Jessie Wilds (Buckeye)
Edna Williams (Phoenix)

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