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Tania Thornton was presented this award during Convocation May 13 , 2011 for her stellar academic and leadership performance in Shepherd University's Baccalaureate Nursing Program.  Tania's scholarship is recongnized as she graduates Magna Cum Laude with outstanding grades in all of her nursing courses.  While excelling in academics, Tania's community service with the Montgomery County Association for the Deaf has been exemplary.  In addition, she has served as the secretary of Shepherd's Student Nurses Association.  Tania was chosen as a scholar for the Veterans Association Learning Opportunities (VALOR) program, one of only three chosen from many applicatns.  In recognition of her academic success, she has been chosen as a McMurran Scholar, Shepherd's highest academic honor. Tania embodies the Shepherd University's Department of Nursing Education expectations of trust, caring and integrity and has obtained the highest academic success.



Justin Hawkins was presented with this award  during convocation ceremony May 13, 2011.  Justin was recognized for his exemplary spirit during the journey of becoming a professional nurse.  Demonstrating outstanding qualities of commitment and leadership, Justin's passion to become a nurse epitomizes the American Nurses Association 2011 theme of "Nurses Trusted to Care".  His compassionate and caring attitude is witnessed by his patients, faculty, and colleagues.  With perseverance and vision to become a nurse, he has taken ownership of this journey and the climb has strengthened him to persevere, while advocating for his patients and quality nursing care.  Justin is grounded in Evidence Based Practice with a focus on patient-centered care.  Justin embodies the Shepherd University's Department of Nursing Education expectations of trust, caring, and integrity and best exemplifies the values and essence of nursing.


Senior Management students to Capitol Hill

The senior Management students in Spring 2011 visited Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. and presented their recommendations regarding a current national healthcare legislative issue.


Nursing Students Team up for Relay For Life

Shepherd University 9th annual Relay for Life took place April 15-16, 2011.  The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing, overnight event that gives everyone on campus opportunity to help fight cancer by raising money and awareness of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.  Teams of students camp out on Shepherd's Midway and take turns walking/running  as each team is to have a  representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps. 


This year 834 participants and 58 teams from Shepherd joined forces raising a total of:  $71,492.  Since 2003, Shepherd University has raised over $350,000 in support of American Cancer Society.


Externships at Winchester Medical Center

Four nursing students selected for externships at Winchester Medical Center. The group will commence employment May 9, 2011 for a ten-week program. Some of the candidates are now being formally invited to pursue CAN/tech roles. The students are Megan Burgess (renal), Nikki Fusco (near), Jonathan Humbert (emergency department), and Amanda Watson (4B/ortho).



Phi Kappa Phi Inductees

Alexandra Decker, second semester junior, and Nadine Riegel, entering the program in August, were inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at the 14th Annual Initiation of the Shepherd University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi on April 3, 2011. The by-laws of our chapter and the national society specify certain conditions to be observed when electing members. All initiates must be of sound character. For undergraduate students, only the upper 10 percent of the senior class and the upper 7.5 percent of the junior class with qualifying number of credit hours are eligible for election to membership. Congratulate both of these students for their induction and academic performance.


2010-11 Student Employee of the Year Award

Congratulations to Jamie Jordan, a new nursing student for Fall 2012. Jamie received the 2010-11 Student Employee of the Year award on April 13, 2011. She works in the biology animal lab. Jamie will now compete at the regional level and cheering her on to the nationals.


Nursing Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Nursing Honor Society Induction Ceremony was held in the Erma Ora Byrd Hall April 10, 2011. Congratulations to the eighteen nursing students and three nursing faculty. Inductees are: Anna Boh, Pamela Caruso, John Considine, Barbara Dorsey, Kristin Follin, Brian Grant, Jennifer Griffith, Justin Hawkins, Sarah Holland, Joseph Martin, Lannette Melody, Tali Omari, Lindsay Russell, Kathryn Shimp, Jordan, Shultz, Quirispina Stoebig, Jennifer Sullivan, Jane Wilhelm, Paula Donohue, Julianne Harp, and Lynne Hess.


Homecoming Queen

Nursing student, Anna Boh was crowned 2010 Homecoming Queen on October 15.  Anna is actively involved in student leadership and volunteer projects around campus.


Nursing Students Travel to Jamaica

On March 22, 2010 students from Shepherd's nursing and education departments traveled to May Pen, Jamaica, over spring break to serve in hospital and schools.

Students participating in this year's practicum are Emily McCoy,  John Considine, Amber Galanos, Candace Corbin, Loria Webb,  Sarah Crickenberger, Sarah Holland, Shannhan Elmore, and Summer McClintock. To help underwrite costs of the trip, the students hosted a Jamaican dinner fundraiser that featured traditional Jamaican fare, including jerk chicken, conch soup, and Jamaican fruit cake.  For more information


Nursing Students and Faculty Volunteer
at Martinsburg Free Clinic

It's a wake-up call for some nursing students on the brink of entering the workforce.  Each month, a group of Shepherd nursing students volunteers at the Trinity 6:34 Free Medical Clinic helping residents of Martinsburg who could otherwise not afford health care.

Christy Custer, senior nursing major from Inwood, and Evie Vitanza, senior nursing major from Shepherdstown, said that the experience has been rewarding.  Custer said that she feels a personal and ethical obligation to volunteer at the clinic.


Shepherd Student Awarded Nursing Scholarship

Nursing student Sarah Hollis was awarded the Peggy Collins Porterfield Nursing Scholarship for the 2009-10 academic year.  The Peggy Collins Porterfield Nursing Scholarship was established by her family and led by her daughter, Jennifer Porterfield, in honor of Peggy's successful nursing career at City Hospital in Martinsburg.  The scholarship is for a Jefferson or Berkeley county student seeking a nursing degree at Shepherd.


Senator Jay Rockefeller discusses health care
with Shepherd students:

On September 18, 2009 three nursing students Anna Boh, Kimberly Heishman, and Krissy Grosselin were honored to participate and voice their opinions on health care that concerns a majority of college students.


Nursing students receives distinguish award: 

Krissy Grosselin of the Shepherd university women's basketball team has been named District College Division II Women's Basketball Team as selected by College Sports Information Directors of America Honors (CoSIDA).

Grosselin, a first team selection who boasts a 3.92 grade point average as a nursing major, will advance to the national ballot and be eligible for ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors.

Two nursing students, Krissy Grosselin and Emily McCoy, inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma honor society .  See Shepherd University Magazine, Vol 15, No.1, Fall 2009 page 19.





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