Fall pinning ceremony recognizes nursing degree candidates


Newman University recognized 15 candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree during the fall 2018 Nursing Pinning Ceremony.

The ceremony was held Dec. 14 in the De Mattias Performance Hall. The formal event allows for nursing candidates to receive their Newman University nursing pins, recognizing completion of the baccalaureate of science in nursing (BSN) program.

The Newman pin is unique to the university and was designed by the first graduating BSN class in 1984 at what was then Kansas Newman College. The traditional event for nursing program graduates dates back more than 130 years in the United States.

Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D.
President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D., welcomes attendees to the fall 2018 Nursing Pinning Ceremony.

The ceremony included a welcome from Newman President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D., and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Kimberly Long, Ph.D.

After the pinnings, students Anna Rosendale and Hannah Young shared memories from their time in the nursing program. 

Both speakers reminisced about the knowledge they gained, the lessons they learned and the important life skills they will take with them into their future.

The ceremony also included the naming of the Distinguished BSN Graduate Award.

The award is given to a graduating nursing student who has a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA and demonstrates an exceptional commitment to the nursing profession and involvement in the Newman and greater Wichita communities.

Nursing Pinning
(l to r): President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D., Ellen Kurtzweil, Director of Nursing Teresa Vetter and Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Jane Weilert.

The fall 2018 award was bestowed upon Ellen Kurtzweil of Wichita, Kansas.

Jane Weilert, dean of Nursing and Allied Health, said, “Ellen wrote on her nursing application in 2015 that ‘displaying confidence and compassion is how I hope people would describe me as a nurse.’ And in 2018, on the application for this award, she wrote, ‘I am most focused on being the best bedside nurse I can be and being an advocate for my patients with confidence and kindness. It will always be my responsibility to place my patients as my priority, even when I become busy and tired.’

“We as faculty believe those words — compassion, advocate, confidence and responsibility — describe Newman nursing,” added Weilert.

Kurtzweil will begin her career in the Wesley Medical Center Surgical and Intensive Care Unit while pursuing her nurse practitioner degree.

Kurtzweil said, “I’m really honored. I’ve enjoyed all these professors that have helped and supported me. I’m just really happy.”

She added that her experience at Newman was memorable and if there is one thing that she will take away from her experience in the program, it is that “nursing is the the little things and it’s in the details, and your patients notice those things.”

Top row, l to r: Jared Smarsh, Ellen Kurtzweil, Kylie Logan, Ahsley Hanlon and Lori Amber Hemmen. Middle row, l to r: Leighton Hainline, Breanna Pingry, Anna Rosendale, Emma Gerber, Makenzie Benson and Kyle Betzen. Bottom row, l to r: Madison Vanderford-Hagin, Kayla Williams, Madison Seiler and Hannah Young

The Newman University BSN candidates for fall 2018 are:
*Indicates Sigma Theta Tau inductee

Andale, Kansas

Madison Seiler

Jared Smarsh

Conway Springs, Kansas

Emma Gerber

Emporia, Kansas

*Leighton Hainline

Haysville, Kansas

Anna Rosendale

Madison Vanderford-Hagin

McPherson, Kansas

Makenzie Benson

Mulvane, Kansas

Hannah Young

Wichita, Kansas

Kyle Betzen

Lori Amber Hemmen

*Ellen Kurtzweil

*Kylie Logan

Winfield, Kansas

Breanna Pingry

Leesburg, Alabama

Kayla Williams

Tulsa, Oklahoma

*Ashley Hanlon



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