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URI nursing students inducted into honor society

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- April 14, 2006 -- The University of Rhode Island chapter of a national nursing honor society inducted 40 students and 13 nurse-leaders at its 25th anniversary celebration earlier this year.

Delta Upsilon is the URI Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, a prestigious organization of nurse leaders, scholars and researchers. The honor society, founded at Indiana University in 1922, has 431 chapters at 515 college and university campuses worldwide. The honor society is committed to improving the health of the public by advancing nursing science.

Membership in the society is awarded to bachelorsí, mastersí and doctoral candidates who achieve high scholastic averages, and to graduates of nursing programs who have made outstanding leadership contributions to nursing.

URI senior Beatrix Mattyasovsky of Wakefield and URI graduate student Jean Salera of Cranston were each awarded the Delta Upsilon Chapter Scholarship in addition to being inducted into the honor society.

The Francine Brem Award, given to the student that exemplifies passion for pediatric nursing, was awarded to senior Nicole Graham of Johnston.

URI Nursing Professor Jean Miller of West Kingston received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Further information regarding induction as a student or nurse leader may be obtained through the local chapterís website,, or by contacting Tracey MacSwain, University of Rhode Island faculty counselor, at

The inductees are:


Elena Cahoone Peace Dale RI
Kathleen Carter Portsmouth RI
Natasha Cestaro Pawtucket RI
Mary Costa Rumford RI
Maureen Damour Milford MA
Lindsay DiGennaro Saugus MA
Angela Fernandez Cranston RI
Jody Graham Plymouth MA
Nicole Graham Johnston RI
Christina Illiano Coventry RI
Christie Jeffries Greene RI
Bea Mattyasovsky Wakefield RI
Herine Omer Providence RI
Rebecca Orellana Wakefield RI
Andrea Paulo Cumberland RI
Auren Pope East Greenwich RI
Rebecca Russo North Reading MA
Allison Ryan N. Kingstown RI
Lindsey Sperry Bedford NH


Heather Bender Warwick RI
Joan Brennan Saunderstown RI
Gina Marie Cozzolino Westerly RI
Gerald Francis Dornhecker Chepachet RI
Joan R. Dugas Peace Dale RI
Kathleen Hanley Pawtucket RI
Jeanne Knight S. Kingstown RI
Laura Lamiroy Coventry RI
Jane McPhillips Saunderstown RI
Susan A. Place Barrington RI
Jennifer Pomposelli-Al Fawaz Chepachet RI
Jo Ann Reinheimer-Stengel Newport RI
Marcella Remer Thompson East Greenwich RI
Jean Salera Cranston RI

RN to BSN Students:

Angela Creta Cranston RI
Michelle Creamer Johnston RI
Steven Creamer Johnston RI
Dawn Demers Pawtucket RI
Ellen Cerullo Johnston RI
Rose Marie Hehl Middletown RI
Karyn K. Rizzo Blackstone MA
Diane Smith Hope Valley RI

Nurse Leaders:

Susan Bryant North Scituate RI
Lucy Chaves Seekonk MA
Virginia M. DeNicola N. Kingstown RI
Maria Dolce Providence RI
Rosemarie O. Gagnon West Kingston RI
Jeanne Henry Newport RI
Luz Marquez-Mocarsky Cumberland RI
Walter A. Pannone N. Kingstown RI
Teresa Petteruti Cranston RI
Nancy Robin Harrisville RI
Jean Marie Rocha Attleboro MA
Nancy Lee Souza Portsmouth RI
Jennifer Ann Thiesen Portsmouth RI