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URI nursing students, community leaders elected
to international honor society of nursing

KINGSTON, R.I. -- June 5, 2001 -- Twenty-two undergraduate students at the University of Rhode Island, seven graduate students, two doctoral students, and eight community leaders have been elected to membership in Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. They were inducted through the Delta Upsilon Chapter-at-Large at URI in a ceremony held on May 4 at the Quonset ‘O’ Club in North Kingstown.

Membership in the society is awarded to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral nursing candidates who achieve high scholastic averages and to graduates of nursing programs who have made outstanding contributions to nursing as community leaders.

Sigma Theta Tau International is a prestigious organization of nurse leaders, scholars and researchers. The honor society, founded at Indiana University in 1922, currently has 356 chapters at more than 400 college and university campuses worldwide. The honor society is committed to improving the health of the public by advancing nursing science.

JUNIOR STUDENTS INDUCTED: Estella Cabrera of Pawtucket, R.I.; Mary Chase of Middletown, R.I.; Nancy Clarke, R.N. of Hope Valley, R.I.; Brienne Cronin of Plymouth, Mass.; Gail Delaney-Kimball of Wakefield, R.I.; Kami Girolimon of Cumberland, R.I. ; Karen Hoogendoorn of Middletown, R.I.; Christine Ide of Warwick, R.I.; Erin Montgomery of Little Compton, R.I.; Melissa Moroni of Smithfield, R.I.; Lisa Pallini of Cranston, R.I.; Rayna Restante of Cranston, R.I.; Gail Sherman of Warwick, R.I.; Mary Sullivan of Providence, R.I.; Joanne Wilhelm, R.N. of Narragansett, R.I.; and Katharine Wolf of Danbury, Conn.

SENIOR STUDENTS INDUCTED: Brigitte Ellington of Tiverton, R.I.; Norma Grills of Westerly, R.I.; Nancy Martins of Cumberland, R.I.; Kerri Mennella of North Providence, R.I.; Anilda Pena of Providence, R.I.; Jane Wayniri of Wakefield, R.I.

GRADUATE STUDENTS INDUCTED: Linda Dame of Exeter, R.I.; Mary Foster of Westwood, Mass.; Mary Haley of Hope, R.I.; Melanie Koehler of Saunderstown, R.I.; Cynthia Martufi of West Kingston, R.I.; Kiersten Crawford Sullivan of Cumberland, R.I.; Phary Walker of West Warwick, R.I. .

DOCTORAL STUDENTS INDUCTED: Laurie Lauzon Clabo of Portsmouth, R.I. ; Suzanne Tracy of Nashua, N.H.

COMMUNITY LEADERS: Elizabeth Bloom, R.N. of Narragansett, R.I.; Cristiana Delossantos, R.N. of Providence, R.I.; Claudette Jobin, R.N., M.S. of Johnston, R.I.; Tracy MacSwain, R.N., M.S, of Charlestown, R.I.; Candace Powell, R.N., M.S. of Jamestown, R.I.; Anne Marie Rameika, R.N. of Wakefield, R.I.; Carol Ross, R.N., M.S. of Smithfield, R.I.; and Linda Silvestri, R.N., M.S. of Charlestown, R.I.

In addition, the following awards were given:

Steiner-Brem Award for Excellence in Parent-Child Health Nursing -- Anilda Pena, of Providence, URI student; Jennifer Haggerty, of Woonsocket R.I., Rhode Island College student.

Graduate Scholarship Award, URI – Mary Haley, of Hope, R.I., midwifery student
Undergraduate Scholarship Award, URI – Gail Delaney-Kimball, of Wakefield, R.I.

Louisa White Award -- Carol Shelton, of R.N., PhD., of Providence, professor of nursing Community College of Rhode Island.

Chapter Service Award – URI Assistant Professor of Nursing Mary Louise Palm, R.N., M.S., of Kingston, R.I.

Excellence in Service Awards – Bernice Petrarcca, of North Providence, secretary, RIC Rejeanne Asciolla of Coventry, secretary, URI

Research Awards presented to doctoral students at URI --John Aflague, of West Roxbury, Mass., professor at RIC; Paulette A. Osterman, of North Kingstown, R.I.; professor at CCRI; Nancy D. Blasdell, of North Kingstown, R.I.; Alicia J. Curtin, of Warwick,R.I., who works at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket; Margaret Barton-Burke of West Roxbury.

For Information: Patricia Z. Stout, 401-874-5348, Dave Lavallee 401-874-2116

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