By WLC assistant professor of nursing Amanda Passint
On Friday, May 18, 2012, the School of Nursing held a reception in Generac Hall to commemorate the first graduating class from the WLC School of Nursing. Throughout the night, participants were able to celebrate the hard work, joys, challenges, and fruits of labor of the students, faculty, families, and supporters of the nursing program. Approximately 100 guests attended the reception.
During the short ceremony, Department Chair Prof. Rebekah Carey recognized a few of the many supporters of the program and helped participants to reflect upon the many triumphs of the program (see her comments at the end of this post).
Dr. John Kolander, WLC Provost, reflected upon the beginning of the nursing program and discussed the importance of having WLC nursing graduates in the community to act as servant leaders.
The 10 graduates from the class of 2012 were individually recognized and received their WLC nursing pins (receiving a pin with the school’s logo is a time-honored tradition among nursing graduates). The ceremony concluded with a song of thanksgiving to God for the blessings he has bestowed upon the WLC nursing program.
Congratulations to the Class of 2012, and thank you to all who have supported the WLC School of Nursing!
Prof. Carey’s remarks:
As we therefore have opportunity, let us do good to all – this bit of scripture is the underlying theme of our nursing program. Our opportunities have been many – our students’ goodness has shown through in multiple ways. The support from colleagues, friends of the college, and family members has been abundant! This evening we celebrate the hard work, the joys, the challenges, and the fruits of our efforts.
Our students stand before us. Our colleagues and families stand beside us. And the CCNE accreditation body has recognized us!
With a new program, comes many “firsts.” Besides a whole new curriculum, the members of the class of 2012 pioneered in other areas as well:
Kristen Luebbe was the first WLC Student Nurse Association president, essentially developing the organization from the ground up in 2008. Additionally, she is the first in her class to land a real nursing job – already in February!
Jillian Jackan was the first nursing student to present at the 2011Undergraduate Research Symposium, sharing her data on vision and hearing screening of elementary students in an urban school setting.
Amanda Kamla was the first second degree nursing student, as well as the first to attain a Level 3 in the ATI review, a distinction shared by fewer than 10% of nursing students nationally. She is also my first relative to be accepted into the nursing program!
Nathanael Rosenberg was the first nursing student to attain Scholar Athlete status as a WLC football player.
As written by the apostle John, “Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”
To our loved ones, friends, and colleagues in this room, you have loved with actions and in truth. Know that your prayers and support have blessed us greatly.