The scene was somber June 2 as the faculty of Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing led the Class of 2010 into the auditorium of the Fashion Institute of Technology. Each professor carried mortarboards and white roses in honor of late Dean Emeritus Rose Muscatine Hauer, RN, MA.
Graduating at the top of the class was Raluca Lavinia Moldovan, summa cum laude, who received the Seymour J. Phillips Award for highest scholastic achievement presented by honorary trustee Carol P. Green.
Commencement speaker Carol A. Etherington, RN, MSN, FAAN, associate director of Vanderbilt Universitys Institute for Global Health in Nashville, encouraged the graduates to embrace technology but not to be dependent on it, and to speak up because silence can. Beth Israel Medical Centers Mary Walsh, RN, MSN, vice president for patient care services and CNO, also offered congratulations.Raluca Lavinia Moldovan, summa cum laude, center, visits with Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing faculty, from left, Program Chair and associate professor Lynn Rubenstein, RN; associate professors Zelda Suzan, RN; Lorraine McGrath, RN; and Ellen Smith, RN.
Salutatorian Erin Scott Rogerson received the David L. Podell Award for consideration of patients welfare, and the Sherman and Paula Raskin Award for academic and clinical excellence in obstetrical nursing. The Rita Hillman Award for academic excellence coupled with compassionate patient care went to Leticia S. Klaiber.
The Rose M. Hauer Award of the PBISN Alumni Association was presented to Noel Emde and Stephen Matthew Heffner. Additional awards also were presented.
At the programs conclusion, Associate Dean Marilyn Parker, RN, EdD, led the International Pledge for Nurses, followed by a candle-lighting ceremony presided by program chair and associate professor Lynn Rubenstein, RN-BC, MA.