University of Vermont

CNHS Students Honored

Graduating Seniors Receive Awards for Leadership, Scholarship, Service

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences is pleased to announce the following senior honors.

HONORS COLLEGE SCHOLARS

Claudia Abbiati, The Assessment and Development of an Instrument to Measure the Speech Related Attitudes of Preschoolers Who Stutter. Advisor: Barry Guitar, Ph.D.

Stacey Chung, FcGammaRIIa Expression in Patients with Previous Heart Attack. Advisor: David Schneider, Ph.D.

Ashleigh DiLaurenzio, Social Networking and Feelings of Acceptance, Loneliness and Relationships in ASD and Neurotypical Populations. Advisor: Patricia Prelock, Ph.D.

Clarissa Drill, Student Nurse Practitioner Communication Skills when using an Electronic Health Record (EHR) during Health History Taking. Advisors: Sarah Abrams, Ph.D. and Mary Val Palumbo, DNP.

Emily LaPenta, Bedside Report and Implications for Clinical Nursing Education. Advisor: Jeanine Carr, Ph.D.

Jillian Leikauskas, An Analysis of Ethics and Public Health Knowledge on College Students Vaccination Choices. Advisor: Burton W. Wilcke, Jr., Ph.D.

Mukta Mukta, The Role of Culture and Social Structures in Bengali Adults with Type 2 Diabetes in Managing Their Health Condition. Advisor: Sarah Abrams, Ph.D.

Vanessa Perez, Small Molecules Inhabit C. albicans Biofilm Growth on Medical Substrates. Advisor: Sarah Abrams, Ph.D.

MCNAIR SCHOLARS

Tony Jiang, Medical Laboratory Science. The Role of Kinesin’s Neck-linker Length in Navigating the Microtubule Landscape. Mentor: Christopher Berger, Ph.D.

Mukta Mukta, Professional Nursing. The Role of Culture and Social Structures on Bengali Adults with Type 2 Diabetes in Managing Their Health Condition. Mentor: Sarah Abrams, Ph.D., R.N.

Jillian Tanych, Exercise and Movement Science. Perception and attitudes towards physical activity in healthy weight and obese adolescents. Mentor: Connie Tompkins, Ph.D.

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS AWARDS

MARGARET KYTE MEMORIAL AWARD for outstanding academic performance.

Gabrielle Marcotte

RODNEY EVERHARD AWARD for outstanding clinical promise.

Claudia Abbiati

CSD AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE for demonstrated excellence in scholarship, leadership, and professional promise.

Kellie Brockel

ELEANOR M. LUSE GRADUATE STUDENT AWARD IN COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS given to the graduate candidate who demonstrates the highest academic achievement, clinical service and professionalism.

Lynn Varley

DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAL LABORATORY AND RADIATION SCIENCES AWARDS

MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Vanessa Perez

Danielle Gurcillo

F.W. VAN BUSKIRK AWARD in recognition of the senior student with the highest grade point average in the Nuclear Medicine Technology program:

Amy Smith

F.W. VAN BUSKIRK AWARD in recognition of the senior student with the highest grade point average in the Radiation Therapy program:

Sara Agan

CLINICAL ACHIEVEMENT IN NUCLEAR MEDICINE TECHNOLOGY AWARD in recognition of outstanding qualities of professional attitude and cooperation in the patient care setting:

Adam Blewett

CLINICAL ACHIEVEMENT IN RADIATION THERAPY AWARD in recognition of outstanding qualities of professional attitude and cooperation in the patient care setting:

Trevor Cook

DEPARTMENT OF NURSING AWARDS

DEPARTMENT OF NURSING “Spirit of Nursing Award” given to a senior nursing student who demonstrates a commitment to excellence through his or her community, professional and academic achievements:

Caitlin Sartor

CLARISSA PETERS ALLEN AWARD to an outstanding graduating baccalaureate student who exemplifies the conscientious, motivated character of Clarissa Peters Allen:

Clarissa Drill

FAYE CRABBE AWARD established to honor the memory of the founder of the School of Nursing at UVM, a leader who valued nursing scholarship and service. Awarded to the senior majoring in Professional Nursing who excels in scholarship, nursing ability and service to the university:

Alexis Gadwah

FLETCHER ALLEN HEALTH CARE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN CLINICAL NURSING PRACTICE established in 1998 by the nurse administrators at FAHC to recognize a graduating baccalaureate student who demonstrates excellence in clinical practice in any setting:

Sarah Kawasaki

FLETCHER ALLEN HEALTH CARE AWARD FOR INNOVATION IN NURSING PRACTICE established in 1998 by nurse administrators at FAHC to recognize a Master’s level student who demonstrates innovation in practice in any setting, breakthrough initiatives in patient care or patient education, or care coordination across the continuum

Carla Kolesar

VERMONT STATE NURSES’ ASSOCIATION CLINICAL EXCELLENCE AWARD presented to a graduating student in each program who, in the opinion of the faculty, best demonstrates outstanding clinical practice:

Bachelor’s program award: Kayla West

Master’s program award: Jennifer Allaire

VERMONT ORGANIZATION OF NURSE LEADERS AWARD to a graduating Master’s level student who consistently demonstrated outstanding scholarship, completed a thesis/project that advances and disseminates nursing knowledge about a leadership issue in nursing, and initiated a career plan that builds on the graduate education foundation to influence the future of nursing:

Shara Tarule

VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION ANN K. TWITCHELL COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES AWARD presented to a senior in the baccalaureate program who has shown scholarship and excellence in community health services:

Nicole St. Germain

STUDENT RECOGNITION AWARD for exemplary service to the Department of Nursing through commitment and participation in the Student Nurses’ Association:

Alexis Gadwah

Stephanie Onyekaba

DEPARTMENT OF NURSING COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE AWARD presented to a student for demonstrated collegial qualities through dedication to supporting student roles in the Department of Nursing, making a positive difference during undergraduate years and exemplary service to the Department.

Morgan Webb

KAPPA TAU CHAPTER, SIGMA THETA TAU INTERNATIONAL, NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY OF NURSING, GRADUATE STUDENT AWARD. Chartered in 1988, Kappa Tau is a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the National Honor Society of Nursing. The society recognizes nursing students for scholarship, nursing ability and potential leadership as well as outstanding community leaders:

Jessica Jannette

KAPPA TAU CHAPTER, SIGMA THETA TAU INTERNATIONAL, NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY OF NURSING, GRAUATE PROJECT AWARD

Carla Kolesar

KAPPA TAU CHAPTER, SIGMA THETA TAU INTERNATIONAL, NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY OF NURSING, UNDERGRADUATE PROJECT/THESIS AWARD

Mukta Mukta

KAPPA TAU HONORS THESIS AWARD

Shara Tarule

DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATION AND MOVEMENT SCIENCE AWARDS

ISOLA BRAUN AWARD awarded to the third year Doctor of Physical Therapy student who has demonstrated the greatest potential for development of professional competency and leadership:

Jonathan Robinson

MARGARET CORBIN AWARD to the third year Doctor of Physical Therapy student who has demonstrated high quality academic and clinical performance throughout the professional curriculum:

Abigail Spaulding

OUTSTANDING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT IN EXERCISE AND MOVEMENT SCIENCE AWARD given to an outstanding senior who exemplifies academic excellence, exceptional leadership, and a strong commitment to the profession of exercise science:

Marley Ford

Rachel Wellman

ATHLETIC TRAINING AWARD FOR PROFESSIONAL GROWTH given to the student who has shown exceptional growth in the areas of prevention, recognition, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries:

Emma Simmons

ATHLETIC TRAINING AWARD FOR FUTURE PROFESSIONAL given to the student who is viewed by the ATEP clinical instructors and faculty as having the qualities and desire to excel as a Certified Athletic Trainer. These qualities include high expectations for self and others, respect for self and others, caring nature, sense of responsibility, strong work ethic, confidence, flexibility, and constructive communication skills.

Grady Congleton

ATHLETIC TRAINING AWARD FOR EXCEPTIONAL SENIOR given to a graduating senior student who exemplifies scholarly excellence in the classroom as well as in his or her clinical assignments and has shown to have the potential to be a leader in the field of athletic training:

Sarah Daniels

HONOR SOCIETIES

SIGMA THETA TAU INTERNATIONAL, Kappa Tau Chapter of the Nursing Honor Society.

Students inducted in October of 2012:

Undergraduate students:

Michelle Bourgeois

Nicole Couchman

Mary Foley

Alexis Gadwah

Sarah Kawasaki

Emily LaPenta

Julia Petras

Morgan Nealy

Morgan Riddle

Caitlin Simpson

Ellen Thomas

Kristina Wilson

Graduate Student: Miriam Dowling