Finger Lakes Health’s College of Nursing Celebrates 2013 Pinning and Graduation Ceremonies

The Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing graduated its fourth class with a pinning ceremony and commencement exercises in May. Forty-seven students were pinned and graduated this year.

The pinning ceremony took place on Friday, May 17, at the Ramada Inn – Geneva Lakefront, and the commencement ceremony was held at The Smith Opera House in Geneva on Sunday, May 19. 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. Suzanne Sullivan, RN, JD, Executive Secretary, NYS Board of Nursing gave the keynote address and class president, Kimberly Seidel, gave the class address. Victoria Record, MS, RN and Martha DiCicco, MS, RN 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: Michelle Jacot of Trumansburg and Jessica Ellis of Penn Yan. Receiving the Clinical Practice Award for outstanding service in medical and surgical nursing was Lisa Spence of Oaks Corners and Erin Russell of Geneva; and receiving the Geriatric Practice Award for outstanding service in geriatric nursing was Jennifer Yancey of Seneca Falls and Michelle Riggs of Newark.

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 Jared Colletti and Corey Bradley, both of Phelps.

Kimberly Seidel of Geneva 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 Emily Heberle of Shortsville.

Angela Dumas of Fairport 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 Lauren Keese of Sodus.

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 Kimberly Seidel of Geneva and Megan Lamphier of Middlesex.

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 Lauren Dean of Clyde for serving as a role model and mentor to others and demonstrating a love for family, community and the healthcare profession.

The first annual Aubrey DeMillo Memorial Award was presented to Michelle Jacot of Trumansburg. This award was established in memory of Aubrey DeMillo, a member of the Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing Class of 2013.

Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing graduates for 2013 are: Dorothy Adjei, Kara Fitzsimmons, and Jennifer Topor of Farmington; Hayley Ameele and Tracy Shultz-Halpern of Williamson; Frances Barber-Moore, Danielle Gollaher, and Kellie Green of Canandaigua; Keri-lyn Barsoom, William Goff, and Tom Morehouse of Waterloo; Shane Blind of Webster; Corey Bradley and Jared Colletti of Phelps; Donna Catchman, Jennifer Demer, Michelle Riggs, and Elizabeth Scoville of Newark; Alexandra Coggi and Katie Stocum of Victor; Alyson Colton, Karen Ireland, Erin Russell, Kimberly Seidel, and Jill Snyder of Geneva; Lauren Dean of Clyde; Angela Dumas of Fairport; Fatima Dumbuya of Henrietta; Jessica Ellis, Christine Lyon, and Carrilee Morris of Penn Yan; Shannon Finucane of Penfield; Kriste Frasier and Linda Vanderstyne of Rochester; Emily Heberle of Shortsville; Michelle Jacot of Trumansburg; Lauren Keese of Sodus; Megan Lamphier of Middlesex; Melissa Mandurano and Melissa Miller of Clifton Springs; Brandie Salisbury of Marion; Christine Schwartz of East Rochester; Lisa Spence of Oaks Corners; Brandy Tarby of Auburn; Tina Webster of Stanley; Robin Woodard of Ovid; and Jennifer Yancey of Seneca Falls.

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.