Each June at the annual graduation celebration, at least five students are recognized for excellence in the school’s core attributes of leadership development, interprofessional and interdisciplinary education, transformative research, cultural inclusiveness and innovative technology. A Teaching Excellence Award recognizing a faculty member was added in 2016. Below are photos and a list of all excellence award recipients at previous graduation celebrations.

2017 Student Excellence Awards


From left, Dean Heather M. Young, Barbara Abeling, John James, Sarah Reed, Jerry Yang and Hayatullah Niazi

Nursing faculty recognized five students with awards of excellence highlighting the school’s five core attributes:

  • Excellence in Leadership Development: Hayatullah Niazi
  • Excellence in Interprofessional Education: Jerry Yang
  • Excellence in Transformative Research: Sarah Reed
  • Excellence in Cultural Inclusiveness: John James
  • Excellence in Innovative Technology: Barbara Abeling

2017 Dignity Health Dean’s Leadership Awards


From left, Dean Heather M. Young, Associate Professor Elena O. Siegel and Family Nurse Practitioner Director Elizabeth Rice and Maricel Lumaquin

For the first time, students and faculty submitted nominations for the Dignity Health Dean’s Leadership Awards, which were made possible by the Dignity Health Dean’s Chair for Nursing Leadership Endowment. The awards honor staff and faculty in three areas: Diversity and Inclusion, Teaching and Research. Those recognized include:

  • Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion: Maricel Lumaquin
  • Excellence in Teaching: Elizabeth Rice
  • Excellence in Research: Elena O. Siegel

2016 Student Excellence Awards


From left, Associate Dean for Academics Theresa Harvath, Dean Heather M. Young, Goretti DeNava Arreygue, Gloretha Wilcots, Sally Moyce, Annie Ngo Tat and Alexandra Sabella

Nursing faculty recognized five students with awards of excellence highlighting the school’s five core attributes:

  • Excellence in Leadership Development: Alexandra Sabella
  • Excellence in Interprofessional Education: Annie Ngo Tat
  • Excellence in Transformative Research: Sally Moyce
  • Excellence in Cultural Inclusiveness: Gloretha Wilcots
  • Excellence in Innovative Technology: Goretti DeNava Arreygue

2016 Teaching Excellence Award


From left, Associate Dean for Academics Theresa Harvath, Assistant Adjunct Professor Kupiri Ackerman-Barger and Dean Heather M. Young

For the first time, students and faculty submitted nominations for the Teaching Excellence Award, the recipient deserving special recognition for his or her enthusiasm in the classroom, teaching innovations, responsiveness to students, and ability to stimulate thought, involvement and independent efforts by students. Associate Dean for Academics Theresa Harvath presented the inaugural award to Kupiri Ackerman-Barger, an assistant adjunct professor and assistant director for the Master's Entry Program in Nursing.


2015 Student Excellence Awards


From left, Dean Heather M. Young, Donn Kropp, Dale Risenhoover, Pam Ibanez, Satish Mahajan, Jerry John Nutor and Rocio Hernandez

Nursing faculty recognized six students with awards of excellence highlighting the school’s five core attributes:

  • Excellence in Leadership Development: Rocio "Cio" Hernandez
  • Excellence in Interprofessional Education: Jerry John Nutor
  • Excellence in Transformative Research: Satish Mahajan
  • Excellence in Cultural Inclusiveness: Dale Risenhoover and Pam Ibanez
  • Excellence in Innovative Technology: Donn Kropp

2014 Student Excellence Awards


From left, Robin MacPherson-Dias, Katherine Kim, Bertha Odhiambo and Deborah Greenwood

Five students were recognized by nursing faculty with awards of excellence highlighting the school’s five core attributes:

  • Excellence in Leadership Development: Lauren Burke
  • Excellence in Interprofessional Education: Robin MacPherson-Dias
  • Excellence in Transformative Research: Katherine Kim
  • Excellence in Cultural Inclusiveness: Bertha Odhiambo
  • Excellence in Innovative Technology: Deborah Greenwood

2013 Student Excellence Awards


From left, Christy Solorio, Issa Sidibe, Kimberly Higgins, Sergio Camarillo, Anita Depatie and Dean Heather M. Young

Five students were recognized by nursing faculty with awards of excellence highlighting the school’s five core attributes:

  • Excellence in Leadership Development: Kimberly Higgins
  • Excellence in Interprofessional Education: Issa Sidibe
  • Excellence in Transformative Research: Christy Solorio
  • Excellence in Cultural Inclusiveness: Sergio Camarillo
  • Excellence in Innovative Technology: Anita Depatie

2012 Student Excellence Awards


From left, Charles Johnston, Ren Bee, Jody Johnston, Linda Luna, Jennifer Mattice and Dean Heather M. Young

Five students were recognized by nursing faculty with awards of excellence highlighting the school’s five core attributes:

  • Excellence in Leadership Development: Charles Johnston
  • Excellence in Interprofessional Education: Ren Bee
  • Excellence in Transformative Research: Jody Johnson
  • Excellence in Cultural Inclusiveness: Linda Luna
  • Excellence in Innovative Technology: Jennifer Mattice