Spring 2012 Newsletter


College of Health Professions eNews
Spring 2012
Dear Alumni,

I hope you enjoyed the last edition of our new and improved newsletter! To all Physician Assistant and Nursing Alumni, please send me your 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

Pace offers nurses who have gone through our FNP program the opportunity to give back to the professions by becoming preceptors.  Learn more in a Q&A with Jane Dolan, MSN, RN, Graduate Placement Recruitment Coordinator.
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  • There's still time to register for "Seeing Alzheimer's Differently" workshops and symposium at Pace on April 25.  Details here.
  • Pace has joined forces with Michelle Obama to help veterans. Read more here.
  • THANK YOU alumni who participated in a recent survey on a possible adult-geriatric acute care program.

  • Congrats Class of 2011 grads who took the NCCPA (National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants) certifying exam. These 55 students received a 100% pass rate!  Kudos to the 8 who received perfect scores!
  • Cohorts 1 and 2 of the DNP Program are excited to announce a new fund in honor of Dr. Joanne Singleton.  Read more
  • Give the "Gift of Knowledge" - a gift certificate that alumni/ae can give a friend who is applying to a nursing graduate program to waive the application fee. Learn more here.

New SpaceThere’s a lot that’s new at the College of Health Professions, from our new space and simulation labs to our nursing curriculum changes. Read more

Dr. Linda Mundy

Dr. Linda Mundy graduated from Pace University in 1978 and has used her nursing degree throughout her varied career. Read more

Nursing StudentsNursing and PA students are making a difference locally and around the world.  PA students recently partnered with an organization to ensure that leftover medical supplies would not be discarded; nursing students travelled to Nicaragua on short-stay study abroad trips.  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

Catherine C. Luria, MS, ARNP -- Graduate School of Nursing 1968, says, “I am currently serving on the Board of Directors of ARNP United of WA State - the state wide organization representing all NP in all specialties - focus is mainly on legislative issues... Read more
Maryann Collins (1986) was featured in a recent NorthJersey.com article for being named a national HIV Hero. Read More
Susan McDonald, PhD, CPNP, RN (1987) says, "I successfully defended my dissertation 'The Lived Experiences of Mexican-Heritage Mothers Caring for Overweight Preschool Children' at the University of Texas at Tyler on April 4, 2012.  I had received my masters in nursing at Pace in 1987."
P. Kay Kermani, NPP, BC, ('05)  says, “An update since graduating from the Pleasantville Psychiatric NP program in 2005: I work doing psychiatric evaluations and treating outpatients at Spectrum Behavioral Health in Poughkeepsie and Fishkill… Read more  

Monica Furman, RPA-C (BS class of 2008, completion MS class of 2011) has won first place in the PAragon publishing awards for her article (published with Professor Denise Rizzolo, PhD, PA-C) “Evaluating the patient with vertigo: A complex complaint made simple” in JAAPA. Read more

Stephen Ferrara, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, ('11) was recently elected President of the Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State. Read more

Robert E. Burke, DNP, RN ('11) recently published “Group Visits Hold Great Potential For Improving Diabetes Care And Outcomes, But Best Practices Must Be Developed” in Health Affairs.

Renee McLeod-Sordjan, DNP, RN, ('11) recently published “Assessing Functional Health Literacy Among Hispanic Elders With Chronic Disease” in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners