"Like the Bible that ends in revelation,
or today's graduation that is called a commencement – life is about moving
forward … When we graduate from a life
event, we begin to reinvent ourselves whether we realize it or not. Here today,
we come to recognize these wonderfully motivated women and men who leave the doors
of Seton Hall with a toolkit to take on new challenges as they advance their
Keynote speaker and School of Health and Medical Sciences (SHMS) alumnus Daniel
Messina, PhD '05, senior vice president and chief operating officer of
CentraState Healthcare System in Freehold, New Jersey, inspired graduates and
guests with these poignant words at the SHMS Graduate Commencement and Hooding Ceremony on Saturday,
May 18, in the Walsh Gymnasium on the South Orange Campus. The gym was full to
the rafters with proud family, friends and faculty. View photos from the celebratory event.
The School's 151 newest alumni comprise
Master of Science degree recipients from the departments of Athletic Training,
Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant and Speech-Language Pathology; Doctor
of Physical Therapy degree recipients; and Ph.D. in Health Sciences degree recipients.
Thirty-one of the graduates also
received awards for academic, clinical, research and all-around excellence. Six
received the Nicholas DeProspo Award for Outstanding Service, named in honor of
the School's founding dean. Two research groups, Physician Assistant program graduates,
received the Health Science Research Awards for their presentations at the
School's 24th Annual Dr. George Perez Research Colloquium that took
place in early May. Twenty-three graduates and four faculty members were
inducted into the School's chapter of the Alpha Eta Society for Allied Health,
and five graduates entered the Pi Alpha Honor Society for Physician Assistants.
Dean Brian B. Shulman, PhD, also presented the inaugural Interprofessional
Education Award to two faculty members as well as the Archbishop John J. Myers
Outstanding Educator Award in Health Sciences Education. Click here for
a complete listing of all award recipients.
At the ceremony's conclusion, Dean
Shulman charged the new graduates to "Never, ever forget that the
future of healthcare is here. Never, ever forget that you are a vital member of
an interprofessional team that works together, not independently, to make a
difference in the health status and, most important, the quality of life for
each and every client or patient and their family members."
Fink, MS, a graduate of the Athletic Training program, will be one of those
difference makers. "I have been forced to think critically and think outside
the box," she says. "At first it was uncomfortable, but now, I embrace this way
of approaching my job." Fink will take her athletic training skills to the
University of Colorado at Boulder, which is within the NCAA's competitive
Pac-12 conference. She has accepted an intern position with the men's and women's
track and field teams.
graduate Anne Greener completed her second of three "bucket list" items when
she received her doctoral degree this year. She ran the New York City Marathon
in 1995 and has yet to travel to the moon, but, Greener says: "Checking off my
latest bucket list item [Ph.D.] became an eight-year journey that turned an
interest into a passion that I will continue to pursue." Greener's research focuses on
Medical Dosimetry education.
The School of Health and Medical
Sciences prides itself on being a place for healthcare students to "learn the
art and science of caring." The Class of 2013 embraces this mission and,
undoubtedly, will go on to make an impact in their professions and in the
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