Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing holds 130th commencement

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Bridgeport, CT –The Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing (BHSN) held its 130th commencement May 2 at the University of Bridgeport’s Arnold Bernhard Center for the Arts and Humanities. A total of 88 students from Connecticut and Westchester County, NY – 54 in the traditional two-year class and 34 in the accelerated 16-month class – marked completion of their studies and are eligible to take the Connecticut licensure exam for registered nurses.

More than 20 students received awards and scholarships, including class speaker Christina Gizzi of Waterbury, who had the highest grade point average in the two-year group.

“You will have your struggles, you will question your ability but you will rise,” Christina said to her fellow graduates. “As nurses, we measure success in the eyes of our patients. Know you are making a difference.”

The commencement speaker was Cheryl Green, a former BHSN faculty member, now a nursing leader at Yale-New Haven Hospital and nursing professor at Sacred Heart University and the University of Bridgeport.

BHSN signed an agreement with the University of Bridgeport in 2015 to transition its current RN diploma program to a bachelor of science in nursing program to meet expected higher standards for hospital nurses.

Following are lists of graduates and award winners.

Accelerated Class

Alicki, Jamie, Milford Amos, Tiffany, D., New Haven
Cabral, Claudia B., West Hartford
Cefalu, Jr. Giancarlo A., Middletown
Cole-Sowell, Dominique, Derby
Davis, Kristina A., Shelton
Fleming, Jill Patane, Seymour
French, Mikal D., Milford
Fuller, Mary E., New Haven
George, Alison Clare, Prospect
Green, Thomas Andrew, East Haven
Heitz, Kurt Mikael, Ansonia
Jarvis, Chisteena M., Stamford
Jenkins, Mhaire Eilise, Stratford
Kelly, George T., Milford
King, Nicole M., Bridgeport
Laub, Jillian A., Waterbury
Mansfield, Roseanna, Bridgeport
Martinez, Amanda Marie, New Haven
Martucci, Jillian Marie, Easton
Matteo, Alessandra, North Haven
McGalliard, Elena Frei, North Haven
Melendez, Karitza, Bridgeport
Monticone, Donna, Oxford
Nadeau, Belle Ami, Seymour
Piazza, Nicholas J., Meriden
Quinones, Sandralie, Stratford
Raynard, Brittany Lynn, East Hampton
Ruge, Kayla Margaret, Bridgeport
Shackett, Marc J., Milford
Sterlin, Olga, Stamford
Suller, Megan Lynn, Shelton
Welch, Ellen Taylor, Meriden
Yohannan, Jincy, Port Chester, NY

Traditional Class

Adams, Michael James., Ansonia Adante, Christopher A., West Haven Askenback, Anita V., West Haven Baber, Sarah K., East Haven Benham, Sarah Alivia, Guilford Boothe, Rianne S., Bridgeport Cavallaro, Nicole A., North Haven Chelioudakis, Tara, Waterbury Clark, Amy Michelle, Fairfield Cunningham, Amy Elizabeth, Oakville Darash, Katherine C., Port Chester, NY DeLoma, Leeann, Shelton Dos Santos, Elizabeth Antonia, Shelton Erickson, Carlee Ann, Fairfield Falkowski, Barbara Philamena, Stratford Ferraro, Rachel P., North Haven Foss, Joanna, East Haven Franza, Lauren Mary, Glastonbury Gizzi, Christina Marie, Waterbury Gonzalez III, Luis Raul, Waterbury Greenberg, Jacquelyn, Hamden Hernandez, Kristen Nylee, Bridgeport Hill, Christopher R., Bridgeport Hill, Rhiannon Elizabeth, Newtown Jennings, Sally Graves, Southport Jesionka, Anna Marie, Shelton Kellner, Ashley, Stamford Krize, Jenna Rose, Monroe Levy, Nikki Lynn, Branford Mackin, Leanna, Milford Merina, Michaelle, Bridgeport Minaudo, Nicole Marie, Stratford Nichols, Aleshia Ann, Stratford Olson, Kelly Lorraine, Stamford Panilaitis, Melissa J., Waterbury Quezada Calle, Diana del Carmen, Bridgeport Quintero, Kristin N., Meriden Reid, Remona, Bridgeport Rivellini, Theresa Catherine, Wallingford Robinson, Bridget Latoya, Bridgeport Ryan, Theresa M., Monroe Sadick, Chelsea Rose, Seymour Shea, Rose C., East Haven Sorrentino, Jamie L., Hamden Stevenson, Marquita T., West Haven Stroud, Laura Leah, Shelton Sureja, Yesha Ramesh, Fairfield Swaby Grier, Alecia Antoinette, Derby Valie, Christine Marie, Waterbury Veeley, Meghan Elizabeth, West Haven Villano, Kara Grace, Milford Wadolkowski, Krystyna Danuta, Monroe Yost, Kimberly Catherine, Trumbull, CT Zorn, Jessica L., Waterbury

Special Awards (hometowns in parentheses)

Alumnae Association I Scholastic Awards
  • Christina Gizzi (Waterbury) Summa Cum Laude (highest GPA, traditional class)
  • Mhaire Jenkins (Stratford), Summa Cum Laude (accelerated class)
  • Sally Jennings (Fairfield), Magna Cum Laude (second highest GPA, traditional class)
  • Ellen Welch (Meriden), Magna Cum Laude (accelerated class)

Nursing Administration Award – Jamie Sorrentino (Hamden)
Department of Pediatrics Award – Christeena Jarvis (Stamford)
Medical Staff Award – Sally Jennings (Fairfield)
Stanley J. Dudrick, MD Surgical Nursing Award – Amy Clark (Fairfield)
Department of Medicine Award – Marquita Stevenson (West Haven)
Bridgeport Hospital Auxiliary Award – Kristina Davis (Shelton)
Cynthia T. Roberts Memorial Scholarship Award – Elizabeth Dos Santos (Shelton)
Nancy J. Bassett Nursing Award – Carlee Erickson (Fairfield)
Margaret Olah Award – Bridget Robinson (Bridgeport)
Herbert M. Bickel Memorial Award – Jenna Krize (Monroe)
Marian Blawie Memorial Scholarship Award – Ellen Welch (Meriden)
Anne Marie Kimball, RN Psychiatric Nursing Memorial Award – Anna Jesionka (Shelton)
Helen Baumister Memorial Award – Nicole Cavallaro (North Haven)
Emergency Department Scholarship Award – Barbara Falkowski (Stratford)
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Award – Mhaire Jenkins (Stratford)
Cedric & Lottie Newman Award – Jill Fleming (Seymour)
Mary Ellen Wynne Nursing Award – Krystyna Wadolskowski (Monroe)
Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing Faculty Award – Kurt Heitz (Ansonia)
Florence LeBrun Kamszik Nursing Award – Mary Fuller (New Haven)

Bridgeport Hospital, part of Yale New Haven Health, is a non-profit 501-bed acute care hospital with two campuses (plus 42 beds licensed to Yale New Haven Children's Hospital). Its Bridgeport and Milford Campuses serve patients from across the region. The hospital admits more than 23,000 patients and provides nearly 350,000 outpatient treatments annually. The Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital is the only burn center in the state and one of only 64 verified burn centers in the United States. Bridgeport Hospital is committed to providing safe, compassionate and cost efficient care to its patients and the community.