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For Immediate Release

39 NRCC nursing students receive pins and degrees


Thirty-nine students in the 2014 associate degree nursing class at New River Community College received their NRCC nursing pins and their associate degrees at a recent ceremony at the college.

This is the tenth graduating class of associate degree nurses at NRCC and the graduates are now eligible to take their registered nurse licensing exam.

Wendy M. Downey was the keynote speaker. Downey is a 2009 graduate of NRCC’s associate degree nursing program and was the Outstanding Student in Nursing for that year. She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in nursing and is now enrolled in a top-ranking Doctorate of Nursing Practice program at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She most recently worked in a leadership role in providing hospice care in the New River Valley.

Teri Moore, associate vice president for student learning and nursing program head, provided background information on the design of the NRCC nursing pin. The pin includes a path, gate, sun and mountains encircled by the words “New River Community College Nursing.” The gate features the Roman numeral MMIII (2003), representing the starting year of the two-year nursing program.

Other nursing faculty participating in the ceremony were: Deborah Gerberich, Katrina Watson, Alicia Jensen and Robin Troxel.
NRCC president Dr. Jack Lewis conferred the degrees. Others participating in the graduation and pinning ceremony were Dr. Pat Huber, vice president for instruction and student services, and Dr. Mark Rowh, vice president for workforce development and external relations.

Nursing students receiving pins and degrees were:

From Floyd County: Leah Catherine Dickerson.

From Giles County: Benjamin Michael Broyles, Tara Leigh Hughes, Mallory Baker Johnston and Lisa Tomasulo Simon.

From Montgomery County: Michelle Earley Bullion, Amy Lynne Cherry, Cortney Michelle Cruttenden, Danielle Ashley Dougherty, Michael Joseph Flaherty, Tracie Jarrells Fleet, Trey Hull, Heather Renee Hundley, Jacqueline Marie Hunt, Arielle Mason Jesalva, Sandra Christina Keen, Debra Sue Lombard, Angie Sookyung Park, Rebecca Naomi Poe, Sarika Sahgal, Jessica Faye Scott, Frances “Sissy” Sheets, Miranda Shonteá Sowards and Jordyn Elizabeth Williams White.

From Pulaski County: Laura Lee Angle, Susan M. Brumfield, Brittany Anne Camper, Linda Irene Collins and Joshua Adam Toney.

From Radford: Timothy Daniel Dobson, Melissa Diane Farmer and Juan Carlos Urista.

From Bland County: DeAnna Danielle May.

From Carroll County: Bradley Don Goad and Caitlyn Underwood Ward.

From Roanoke: Carmen Marie Carroll.

From Salem: Diana Torricella Bates.

From Staffordsville: Jessica Ann Allen.

From Mt. Airy, N.C.: Jade Nicole Simmons.

Pictured nursing graduates:

MONTGOMERY COUNTY: first row, from left – Sandra Keen, Jacqueline Hunt, Rebecca Poe, Arielle Jesalva; second row, from left – Miranda Sowards, Angie Park, Jordyn White, Heather Hundley, Trey Hull, Amy Cherry; third row, from left – Tracie Fleet, Jessica Scott, Cortney Cruttenden, Sissy Sheets, Debra Lombard; fourth row, from left – Josh Toney, Michelle Bullion, Sarika Sahgal, Michael Flaherty

PULASKI COUNTY: from left – Linda Collins, Brittany Camper, Laura Angle

RADFORD CITY: from left – Tim Dobson, Melissa Farmer, Juan Urista

FLOYD COUNTY: Leah Dickerson

GILES COUNTY: from left – Mallory Johnston, Lisa Simon, Tara Hughes

CARROLL COUNTY: from left – Caitlyn Ward, Bradley Goad, Jade Simmons

BLAND COUNTY: Danielle May
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