The pinning ceremony for the 2016 class of licensed practical nurses at Kaskaskia College Vandalia’s Campus was held on Wednesday, Dec. 7. It was a very memorable moment in the lives in these students who have worked so hard to achieve this goal.
Mary Schulze, Director of the Vandalia Campus, welcomed students and their families and introduced the faculty and guests: Dr. Penny Quinn, president and CEO of Kaskaskia College; Dr. Gregory Labyak, vice president of instructional services; Nancy Kinsey, vice president of administrative services; Susan Batchelor, vice president of student services; Lisa Motch, MSN, RN, LPN coordinator; Dr. Kimberly Storm, Vandalia Campus LPN instructor; Becky Carter, BSN, clinical instructor; and Wendy Blythe, Vandalia Campus support specialist.
Quinn shared a few words with the class and their families and friends as she congratulated the students recognizing their hard work and dedication to the program.
Students Kaitlin Crabtree and Cidnie Wilmoth, on behalf of the students, thanked family members, husbands, parents and children, as well as friends, and teachers.
Storm then shared her thoughts with the class and the audience as she explained the honorableness of becoming a nurse by sharing the history of the nursing pin and the Florence Nightingale Lamp.
Becky Carter presented students Carrie Crundwell with the Outstanding Academic Performance Award and Cidnie Wilmoth with the Outstanding Clinical Performance Award.
Stevie Coates presented an entertaining slide show about the class’s journey over the past 11 months.
The presentation of the LPN Class of 2016 was presented for pinning by Lisa Ring, the pins were presented by Storm and the Florence Nightingale lamps were presented by Carter.
Those receiving pins were Chrishae Anthony, Shawna Caylor, Stevie Coates, Katlin Crabtree, Carrie Crundwell, Barbara Leblanc, Jennifer Melton, Crela Stow, Jacob Thomas, Cidnie Wilmoth and Marta Zarzecka.
Following the ceremony, family, friends, and guests enjoyed a video presentation produced by the students of pictures taken throughout the semester. The program ended with a prayer by Schulze and the nursing graduates reading of the Nurses’ Pledge. The students exited the room carrying their Florence Nightingale lamps.
A reception with refreshments followed for the students, their families and friends in the lobby of the Simma-Kelly Building.
The next LPN class will begin in January 2017. For more information on how to apply to nursing programs at Kaskaskia College contact the Nursing Department at Centralia, 545-3346.
Pictured are: In front, from left to right, are: Katlin Crabtree, Albers; Crela Stow, Kinmundy; Barb Leblanc, Mt. Vernon; Carrie Crundwell, Highland; and Shawna Caylor, Vandalia. In back are professors Lisa Ring and Kimberly Storm, Jacob Thomas, Mulberry Grove; Jennifer Melton, Sandoval; Cidnie Wilmoth, Salem; Stevie Coates, Ramsey; Marta Zarzecka, Vandalia; and Becky Carter, Clinical Instructor. Not pictured is Chrishae Anthony of East St. Louis.