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Moravian College to celebrate Class of 2003 nursing graduates

Historic partnership with St. Luke’s Hospital yields first class of graduates

Nursing Graduation(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)—In 1998, St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network and Moravian College formed a historic partnership that established The St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing at Moravian College. The partnership created a unique and comprehensive learning experience for students leading to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing. On Friday, May 16 at noon, the two partners will join together to honor the historic Class of 2003 with a special program, “A Celebration of Nursing – The First Graduates,” held in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex on Moravian College’s Main Street Campus.

The program will begin with a welcome from professor Janet A. Sipple, R.N., Ed.D., chair of the nursing program, followed by an invocation by Reverend Otto Dreydoppel, assistant professor, Moravian Theological Seminary. After lunch is served, Dr. Sipple will chronicle the formation of the program and Michele August-Brady, R.N., D.N.Sc. will follow with a talk celebrating the nursing graduates. The program will then turn to “reflections” presented by nursing graduate Sara Walkiewicz, ’03, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Spencer (parents of Lauren Spencer, ’03 of Manahawkin, N.J.); and Paige T. Thompson, R.N., M.S.N., associate professor.

Nursing GraduationCarol A. Kuplen, R.N., M.S.N., vice president and senior nurse executive at St. Luke’s Hospital will discuss nursing practice. Curtis Keim, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs, Moravian College will also address the graduates. Richard A. Anderson, president & CEO, St. Luke’s Hospital, and Priscilla Payne Hurd, chair of the Board of Trustees, Moravian College, will present “A Partnership in Nursing Education.”

Moravian College will grant degrees to its inaugural class of nursing students at commencement on Saturday, May 17. Candidates for the Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Nursing, Class of 2003, include: Katie L. Killian (Easton, Pa.), Regina Lacombe, with honors (Andover, Conn.), Elizabeth L. Miller (Port Charlotte, Fla.), Erica L. Miller, with honors (Tatamy, Pa.), Grace A. Orpilla (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), Allen Smith, III, R.N. (Allentown, Pa.) Lauren B. Spencer (Manahawkin, N.J.), Nicole M. Spangler, with honors (Walnutport, Pa.), Amy E. Straub (New Milford, Conn.), Sara J. Walkiewicz, (Bethlehem, Pa.), Jennifer T. Wagner (Riegelsville, Pa.), and Melissa A. Wetzel, December 2003 (Allentown, Pa.).

Each of the graduates has a bright future in health care. Five graduates have accepted positions with St. Luke’s Hospital, 3 accepted in positions with Philadelphia-area hospitals, 3 will be working in out-of-state facilities, and one is employed by Lehigh Valley Hospital.