Fall 2011 Newsletter



College of Health Professions eNews
Fall 2011
Dear Alumni,

Our electronic newsletter is new and improved for the College of Health Professions. Welcome to Physician Assistant alumni readers -- please send me your alumni news! As always, this newsletter is designed to showcase all the wonderful work College of Health Professions students, faculty, staff and alumni/ae are doing! Please continue to stay in touch with us or re-connect to tell us what YOU are doing so we can update your colleagues on your accomplishments.


Sharon Lewis, editor
     What's New

Nursing students are getting hands-on experience through internships. 
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  • In the first half of 2011, Lienhard nursing graduates who were first-time test takers had a 100% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN! Read more 
  • The College of Health Professions recently graduated its first nursing and PA students. Read more 
  • Lienhard School of Nursing is now accepting applications for our "Grow Our Own" program from alumni who are under-represented in the field of nursing.  Read more 
  • The College of Health Professions continues to engage in the Strategic Planning process with energy and enthusiasm!  Read more 
  • In 2011, we celebrated the graduation of the first Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) cohort group. Read more 
Students Without Borders

Physician Assistant StudentsPace University's College of Health Professions provides excellent international opportunities for all its students, enabling them to gain new perspectives on healthcare. Recently, nursing students had the opportunity to study in the Netherlands; Physician Assistant students returned from international rotations in India and Ecuador.  Read more 

Jeffrey Hewitt '81Jeffrey Hewitt Memorial

Lienhard alumnus Jeffrey Hewitt '81 died of a cardiac arrest on December 23, 2010 in Massachusetts at age 59. A double Pace alumnus, Hewitt was President of the Lienhard Advisory Board and a generous donor and advocate for the Lienhard School of Nursing. In June, Lienhard held a memorial service and tree planting ceremony, which was attended by many members of the Hewitt family.

Sharon Lewis, College of Health Professions' communication director, was fortunate enough to interview Hewitt for this newsletter before his sudden death.  Read more

     On Our Radar
Nursing students are on the cutting edge

Nursing StudentsNursing professor Elizabeth Berro, MA, RN, PNP, is piloting the use of iPads in the classroom. She says that in the near future, "The concept of the traditional classroom may lose its appeal and become extinct." So if a student can 'attend' lectures online, why come to class?  Read more


Alumni/ae sound off: Alumni/ae sound off: they're being elected to run nonprofit organizations, winning awards, sharing Pace memories, and more. Send us your news! Where are you working? Did you write a book or win an award? Did you just get married, have a baby, or celebrate another milestone in your life? You can e-mail chpcommunications@pace.edu; please include your credentials and year of graduation, and we'll include your news in the next issue. Read more

MaryAnne Laffin, RN, MS, FNP, CNM, FACNM, FNP 1978, has been elected President of the National Perinatal Association. Read more 
Catherine M. Concert, DNPc, RN, FNP-BC, a graduate of Pace four times over, most recently in 2011 from the DNP program at the Lienhard School of Nursing's first Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) cohort, and in '78, '84 and '98 from the FNP program, says, "I am a Nurse Manager and Senior Nurse Practitioner in Radiation Oncology at Beth Israel Medical Center in NY ... Read more 
M. Michelle Porthouse, NP-C, ACHPN, says, "I am a 1980 graduate of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Pace University. For the last 7 years I have been the sole Nurse Practitioner in Palliative Medicine Services at Mary Washington HealthCare System, Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, VA ... Read more 
Helena Duffy, RN, NP, CDE, AAS '81, BS '83, was recently featured in Nurse.com magazine (formerly Nursing Spectrum) in an article entitled " A Patient Promise: Bronx Program aims to close diabetes care gap." Read more
Patricia Coleman-Gardella, MS, RN, FNP-BC, class of 1996, says, "Hello to everyone. Started late (at 51), have worked in a variety of interesting and challenging places, the last being 3 years for the Psychiatric component of Tallahassee memorial Hospital ... Read more 
Myrlhene Descollines, RN, MPA, '98, '02, has been appointed by The Wartburg Adult Care Community to the position of Administrator of Homecare Services. Read more 
Samara Adler, BSN, RN, CDP '09, recently graduated from the Nurse Residency program at Westchester Medical Center, where she works in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Read more
Larry Rebich, RN, CDP, '10, says, "I've been working nights as an orthopedic med/surg nurse at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases in the city ... I've just started in the hospital's Perioperative Resident Program which is 6 months of classroom and practical learning, after which I'll work as a circulating or scrub nurse in the OR ... Read more
Paule Joseph, '11, was admitted to the doctoral program at the University of Pennsylvania.