GCC Class of 2014 Nurses Receive Pins

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Allied Health Programs at Gateway Community College (GCC) held the Class of 2014 Pinning Ceremony on Tues., May 20 in the GCC Community Room, N100. The jubilant ceremony marked the transition from student to professional for 57 graduates from 25 towns across Connecticut.

A time-honored tradition, pinning ceremonies trace their origins to nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, who received the Cross of St. George from Britain’s Queen Victoria in 1855 for her service in caring for injured British soldiers. When special nursing schools were later founded using Nightingale’s principles and practices, the awarding of pins and medals to outstanding graduates became increasingly common until it was eventually established as a rite of passage from student to practitioner.
Since its inception in 2002, Gateway Community College’s nursing program has tripled in size, producing more than 500 graduates. Along with a state-of-the-art Yale-New Haven Hospital Nursing Suite, where students receive instruction in a realistic lab that is equipped with the latest technology, the program features award-winning faculty that is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, an organization nationally recognized as a specialized accrediting agency for both post-secondary and higher degree programs in nursing education. Gateway’s nursing program is the first program of its kind in the state community college system to offer courses and clinical rotations in the evening, making nursing a career option for working students who would otherwise be unable to participate in the program.
All 57 nurses will participate in GCC’s 22nd Commencement on Thursday, May 22 at Yale’s Woolsey Hall. The following students are in the Nursing Class of 2014:

  • Ansonia resident Stephanie N. Bennett;
  • Bethany resident Irena Z. Schneider;
  • Branford resident Laura Pantani;
  • Bridgeport residents Claudia W. Hardial, Stephanie Jean-Baptiste, Phillipa S. Nicholson, Jodi Ann Reynolds;
  • Cheshire resident Caroline E. Williams;
  • Clinton residents Amanda Flemming-Martinez, Anthony Francis Konsevich;
  • Cromwell residents Christopher Fontaine, Lisa L. McDermott;
  • East Haven residents Michelle Ann Elcuri, Sukanya Kornkaew, Kori Reynolds, Carlos Salazar-Alzate;
  • Groton resident Erica L. Korenkiewicz
  • Hamden residents Caitlin Bruni, Tina M. Fierlit, Ting Gao, Lauren M. Henderson, Michael D. Montefusco, Yaw Fui Yong;
  • Madison resident Janet C. Mader
  • Meriden residents Emily Gonzales, Ken Laude Jr., Michelene Panciera, Jessica Patino, Sandra Lacey Wells;
  • Milford residents Michele E. Cauchard, David Fernandez, Melissa A. Morse;
  • Naugatuck resident Carey Allen;
  • New Haven residents Jennifer C. Bolinao, Jacqueline M. Chanario, Monika Lopez, Eunice Udensi, Xia Yang;
  • Newington resident Maria Laufer;
  • North Branford resident Debra L. Bagni;
  • North Haven resident Dawn Patricia Morgan;
  • Orange resident Kimberly Bejnerowicz;
  • Portland resident Malgorzata Kostrzewa;
  • Southington resident Bozena Czajkowski;
  • Stratford resident Jenny Remetta;
  • Wallingford residents Henry Christensen III, Michelle D. Fabiani, Melissa C. Formica, Alison L. Ginter, Michael E. Tomasello;
  • Waterbury resident Michelle Marie Vincent;
  • West Haven residents Lorell Barnes, Candice Buenano, Vittoria Cappuccia, Christian U. Dim;
  • Wethersfield resident Mirnesa Abidovic;
  • Wolcott resident Shante M. Haynes.