May 18, 2010
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740) 464-4854
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Web site: www.shawnee.edu
Graduating Nurses Pinned in ceremony at Shawnee State
The Department of Nursing at Shawnee State University held a
Pinning Ceremony for students receiving bachelor’s and
associate degrees in nursing on April 30 at the Vern Riffe
Center for the Arts.
The pinning ceremony is a public symbol of work well done.
It originated from the time when the Crusaders marched to
Jerusalem to recover the Holy Land. Among the Crusaders were
the Hospitallers in black robes with a white Maltese cross
sewn on the front of the robe. That cross became the symbol
of people who cared for the sick.
The pin itself relates to customs from the 16th century. It
was a symbol of noblemen who served kings with distinction.
Later, the privilege was extended to schools, and Florence
Nightingale chose the Maltese cross for the badge worn by
graduates of her school of nursing. In modern times, each
school has adopted a unique pin that is symbolic of the
Five students received a Bachelor of Science degree in
nursing. All students are listed in alphabetical order:
Jessica Hubbard, Kimberley D. Jodrey, Brittany Morgan,
Sandra Rogers and Connie Sullivan. The following 45 students
received an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing:
Frankie Benson, Kristi Chapman, Christopher Cruea, Brent
Downing, Jessica Eldridge, Kristen A. Fike, Sarah R. Fox,
Lena Gambill, Penny Hafer, Erin Hankins, Rae Heimbach,
Ashley Henderson, Christine Highland, Amanda Hill, Danielle
Holtz, Rana L. Howard, Deanna Hunt, Pamela Hunter, Richard
Jackson, Robert Charles Kerecz Jr., Andrea D. King, Kristen
Ann LaCoste, Melissa M. LeMaster, Matthew Little, Samantha
Brooke Mays, Kristyn M. McLaughlin, Robert S. Mitchell II,
Laken D. Moore, Kayla Page, Teresa Patrick, Erin M. Peoples,
Autumn Nichole Perry, Ashley F. Rapp, Charlene K. Rapp,
Deborahann Red, Kayla Ross, Joshua L. Salley, Michelle
Alexandra Slone, Tonya Renea Sowards, Casey Renee Stapleton,
Terry Stewart, Courtney Thornsberry, Regina E. Tolliver,
Jessica Waugh and Laurel Westberg-Walsh.