CHP Faculty, Staff, Students Recognized

More than twenty CHP faculty and staff members were honored at Pace’s annual employee recognition ceremonies in November, 2016.  In addition to awards for years of service, several notable awards were presented.  Susan Cappelmann was honored with the Faculty Award for Distinguished Service; both Tracy Van Ness and nursing student Emerald Rodriguez won Jefferson Awards for service; and Debbie Sassano received a Professional Skills Certificate of Achievement.

Gina Pontrelli nominated Susan Cappelmann for the Faculty Award for Distinguished Service saying, “She is a colleague that everyone wants to work with.  Through various acts, Ms. Cappelmann continuously shows her commitment and dedication to our students. She is an energetic and hardworking individual who is always ready to assist students, staff and fellow faculty.  Ms. Cappelmann leads by example and is an excellent mentor for the newer faculty. She is always available to answer questions and is an excellent leader.  Professor Cappelmann does an excellent job in training our physician assistant students and offers quality lectures that enhance critical thinking skills. She is professional, pleasant, and constantly challenges herself to excel. Her professionalism and aptitude as a team player in terms of cooperativeness and consciousness are without question. I have been fortunate enough to work with Ms. Cappelmann since 2005, and I look forward to many more years ahead.”

Tracy Van Ness received a Pace University Bronze Medal Jefferson Award.  According to the Center for Community Action & Research at Pace, “Winners were chosen not only for the contributions they have made, but for the example they have set forth.  Since 2008, Pace University has proudly celebrated students, faculty, and staff who demonstrate the highest degree of personal, sustained commitment to service, and serve as a model of spirit and service  for the campus and beyond as part of the Jefferson Awards Champions.  Since then, sixty Jefferson Bronze Awards have been distributed and two national winners awarded (Lisa Bardill Moscariloto ’14 and John Cronin ‘11).”  

Nursing student Emerald Rodriguez was also honored with a Jefferson Award for service. Emerald is a junior and a first-year Resident Assistant in Alumni Hall who works with the Nursing First Year Interest Group (FIG). She has been a treasurer for Future Leaders In Health Care, an Orientation leader, and is currently an active member with Campus Community Action and Research and Gamma Sigma Sigma, a community service sorority. She participates in many community service opportunities including Pace Makes a Difference Day, Paint-A-School, and Alternative Spring Break. She aspires to be a Psychiatric Nurse at the VA.

Debbie Sassano received a Professional Skills Certificate of Achievement.  She has completed the following programs: Customer Service Training, Time Management Training, Addressing Emotions at Work, Women at Pace Forum, Goal Setting Training, and PMDP Training.