May 17, 2017
UTICA – The St. Elizabeth College of Nursing (SECON) graduated 68 new nurses on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Of the 68 graduates, 49 attended weekday classes and 19 participated in the evening/weekend program. The 111th graduation ceremony was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Utica, following a procession across Genesee Street.
College President Varinya Sheppard, DNP, RN, CENP, Shannon Holtslag, MS, RN, and Beverly Plante, MS, RN, CNE, deans of Student and Faculty Development, presented the graduates with their associate in Applied Science degrees. Senior class advisors Kim Panko, MS, RN, and Lisa Streeter, MS, RN, CNE, presented them with the SECON pin.
Scott Perra, FACHE, president/ CEO of the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS), welcomed the graduates, faculty, staff and participants. The commencement address was given by W. Anthony Mandour, MD, a retired area urologist and member of the SECON Board of Directors.
Valedictorian is Caitlin Bingham of Clinton, New York. Salutatorians are Lindsey LaFountain of Clinton and Shannon Perez of Rome, New York.
The College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc., and registered by the New York State Education Department.
The following awards were presented to the top students of the graduating class:
The St. Elizabeth Medical Staff Award was presented to Valedictorian Caitlin Bingham of Clinton, New York.
The Guild of St. Elizabeth Medical Center Award was presented to Salutatorians Shannon Perez of Rome, New York, and Lindsey LaFountain of Clinton, New York.
The Alumni Association of the St. Elizabeth College of Nursing Clinical Award was presented to Weekday graduate, Sarah Day of Mohawk, New York, and Weekend graduate, Daniel Howard of Leonardsville, New York.
An Award in Memory of Jaden Zechariah Goico, given to a graduate who demonstrated clinical excellence in the area of Obstetrics/Gynecology or Pediatrics, was awarded to Rebecca Evans of Frankfort, New York.
The Rose Shaffer Kolmer Memorial Award, presented to a graduate who persevered in the goal of becoming a St. Elizabeth graduate, was awarded to Maurice Luck, III of Herkimer, New York.
The Capraro Memorial Award was presented to Lauren Biamonte of Marcy, New York.
An award was given in memory of Judy Snizek, who was a registered nurse in the St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) Intensive Care Unit for 27 years. At the request of her family and co-workers, this award is presented to a graduate who exemplifies Judy’s spirit of caring and compassion for her patients. The 2017 was awarded to
Katherine Medina of Utica, New York.
An award in memory of Charles Weiss, a SECON graduate and a RN employed at MVHS, was given by his friends and co-workers from the SEMC Emergency Department to a graduate that showed exemplary teamwork, brings humor into patient care and is an independent thinker. This award was presented to Jolene Tibbitts of Whitesboro, New York.
An award in memory of Dr. John Hobika and Andrea Hobika Petrone was presented to Amanda Bohling of New Hartford, New York.
An award in memory of Beverly Kalinoski-Fiebiger was presented to Allison Zaleski of Utica, New York.
A 1999 graduate of the College has established a yearly scholarship to be awarded to a SECON alumnus with a 3.0 GPA or higher and is continuing his or her education for a BSN in the Utica or surrounding areas. This award was presented to Alexa Yousey of Castorland, New York and Vadim Zhushma of Marcy, New York.
Graduates by Hometown: