Finger Lakes Health’s College of Nursing Celebrates 2012 Pinning and Graduation Ceremonies

The Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing graduated its third class with a pinning ceremony and commencement exercises last week. Thirty-eight students were pinned and graduated this year.

The pinning ceremony took place on Friday, May 18, at the Ramada Inn – Geneva Lakefront, and the commencement ceremony was held at The Smith Opera House in Geneva on Sunday, May 20. Photos from both events can be viewed on Flickr and accessed from Finger Lakes Health’s website at

Patrick Boyle, Vice President of Human Resources at Finger Lakes Health, welcomed students to the commencement ceremony and recognized the faculty for a job well done. Dr. Jose Acevedo, President & CEO, Finger Lakes Health gave the President’s Address and Victoria Record, MS, RN, Dean of the College gave the Dean’s Address. NYS Senator Michael F. Nozzolio, 54th District, gave the keynote address. Other speakers included class president, Jennifer Childs, and class vice-president, Elizabeth Charles. Dominic Fonte, Chair, Finger Lakes Health Board of Directors presented diplomas.

Victoria Record, MS, RN, presented special awards. The Academic Achievement Award for the highest academic achievement in the nursing program was presented to two students: Elizabeth Charles of Geneva and Jaimie Hedge of Waterloo. Receiving the Clinical Practice Award for outstanding service in medical and surgical nursing was Ashley Lancaster of Lyons; and receiving the Geriatric Practice Award for outstanding service in geriatric nursing was Elizabeth Chase of Farmington.

The Patricia Schillaci Memorial Award for the graduate nurse, who has demonstrated the ability to couple technology with caring, compassionate nursing care, was presented to Elizabeth Charles of Geneva.

Laura Finnan of Naples received the College of Nursing Class Choice Award, presented to the graduate nurse who demonstrated principles of relationship-based care by creating healthy relationships with the people he or she works with and cares for, selected by class vote.

The Outstanding Student Achievement award, given to the graduate nurse who has demonstrated consistent commitment and growth in the academic and clinical setting, was awarded to Angela VerMeulen of Wolcott and Nicole Reynolds of Prattsburgh.

Kaitlon Jensen of Phelps was the recipient of the Florence Nightingale Award, presented to the graduate nurse who demonstrates a spirit to improve the healthcare environment. The Heart of Nursing Award recognizing a graduate nurse who has consistently shown enthusiasm and the spirit of nursing was presented to Jennifer Rossi of Rushville.

The Graduate Nurse Engagement Award, presented to the graduate nurse who demonstrates the five C’s: Clarity, Competency, Confidence, Collaboration and Commitment leading to the ability to adapt to a change healthcare environment, was awarded to Amanda James of Branchport and Debra Turner of Phelps.

In honor and recognition of James J. Dooley, past long-tenured President & CEO of Finger Lakes Health, who served as the first President of the Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing, the James J. Dooley Memorial Award was presented to Samantha Gable of Ovid for serving as a role model and mentor to others and demonstrating a love for family, community and the healthcare profession.

Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing graduates for 2012 are: Kayla Alicea and Rachel Nielsen of Seneca Falls; Morgan Balistreri, Emily Bienvenue, Elizabeth Charles, Melissa Grummons, Susan McCormack, and Samantha Wright of Geneva; Kristen Bement and Naomi Thompson of Canandaigua; Jessica Byer, Jaimie Hedge, and Kristen White of Waterloo; Elizabeth Chase of Farmington; Jennifer Childs of Livonia; Lisha Correa of Newark; Tammy Coston of Clifton Springs; Kristen Earl of Penn Yan; Laura Finnan of Naples; Samantha Gable of Ovid; Nancy Galens of Stanley; Penny Gause of Rochester; Kelly Hayes of Clyde; Amanda James of Branchport; Kaitlon Jensen and Debra Turner of Phelps; Sara Klaczko of Cayuga; Ashley Lancaster of Lyons; Pamela Materson and Erin Presley of Shortsville; Cheryl Partridge of Victor; Maureen Polcovich of Auburn; Samantha Pratt of Dundee; Nicole Reynolds of Prattsburgh; Jennifer Rossi of Rushville; Elizabeth Snyder of Walworth; Angela VerMeulen of Wolcott; and Megan Waite of Romulus.

Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing offers flexibility to students seeking an associate’s degree in Applied Science with a major in nursing. As a privileged part of Geneva General Hospital, its unique hospital-based program allows for students to gain clinical experience on its campus in Geneva, NY.