Fall 2019 Nursing awardees

On Saturday, December 14, Concordia University Ann Arbor School of Nursing celebrated the Pinning Ceremony for the Delta Class, the third cohort to graduate from CUAA's school of nursing.

Each semester, Concordia’s nursing faculty and staff nominate students from the graduating cohort who best represent the core values of the nursing program: service, excellence, compassion, and integrity. An additional award, the Nightingale Award, was created as a tribute to Florence Nightingale who embodied nursing as her life’s vocation. The recipient of this award exemplifies that same character and calling.

Related: Check out the school of nursing award winners from Spring 2019

Tommy Thompson

Compassion Award

Tommy Thompson

Presented by Kathleen Sheehan: “There are many definitions for the word compassion about all the definitions I researched had an element of action. Compassion motivates people to help. People act out of a sense of compassion. A truly compassionate person must be an active participant..” Read more…



Stanley Stinson

Service Award

Stanley Stinson

Presented by Betsy Cambridge: “The award I am giving today is for a student who exemplifies service.

Service is one of our program’s cornerstone virtues.  It is defined simply as that act of doing something for someone else without the expectation of being rewarded.” Read more…



Susan Sielicki

Integrity Award

Susan Sielicki

Presented by Peggy McLaughlin: “The award I am giving today is for a student who exemplifies integrity. Integrity is defined as soundness of moral character, and adherence to ethical principles.  In the Bible, the Book of Proverbs mentions integrity: “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.” (Proverbs, 10:9, GNB) and, “If you are good, you are guided by honesty.” (Proverbs, 11:3, GNB).” Read more…


Ilona Rozina

Excellence Award

Ilona Rozina

Presented by Anita Simmons: “The award I am giving today is for a student who exemplifies Excellence.

Excellence is one of our program’s cornerstone virtues.  It is defined as the demonstration of actions and character that show merit or greatness that are above the expected level.” Read more…


Hattie Thomas Nightingale Award

Hattie Thomas

Presented by Cindy Fenske:

For the sick it is important to have the best. —Florence Nightingale

“Florence Nightingale is an iconic figure who is responsible for the philosophy and underpinnings of modern day nursing. Prior to her, nursing was looked down upon as unimportant and was a low status job. Through her efforts, nursing was reborn into the trusted profession we know today.” Read more…

Sha'Lynn WilliamsAcademic Excellence Award

Sha’Lynn Williams

On Sunday, December 15 at the December Commencement ceremony, another award was given to Sha’Lynn Williams (’19, right), representing the Delta class for her Academic Excellence. Faculty from Concordia’s academic departments nominate one student per academic year who represents excellence in and out of the classroom.

To Williams’ left is Micah Penhallegon (’19), representing the Justice and Public Policy department for academic excellence. Penhallegon also delivered the student address for CUAA’s 2019 December Commencement.

Learn more about Concordia’s school of nursing here.

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