By Cathy Read and Debra Pino

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The KILN scholars and mentors celebrated the year at an awards and recognition event on April 24, 2013.  Special guests included CSON Dean Susan Gennaro and Price Family Foundation representative Joanne Duhl.  KILN director Cathy Read thanked Dean Gennaro for her unwavering support of the program and acknowledged the generosity of the Price Family Foundation, which provided funding to sustain KILN.  Scholars and mentors were congratulated on their accomplishments and enthusiastic participation in KILN.

The highlight of the evening was the presentations by three graduating KILN scholars, Cattleya May, Sandra Dickson and Siobhan Tellez.  Cattleya is completing the master’s entry into nursing program and will become certified as a family nurse practitioner this summer.  She has shown tremendous leadership and creativity through her involvement with the Graduate Nurses Association and New Careers in Nursing Scholars Network steering committee.  Sandra and Siobhan were among the original participants in KILN and will graduate with their BS in nursing. Both have been dedicated participants in KILN and outstanding leaders, scholars, and mentors to others at Boston College.  All three speakers expressed their gratitude for the opportunities afforded them by the KILN program and reflected on their personal stories and future plans.

Cathy Read and Debra Pino presented the student and mentor awards, and Dean Gennaro concluded the ceremony by offering words of encouragement to the students and presenting a plaque to Joanne Duhl from the Price Family Foundation.  Joanne noted that it was very rewarding to get to meet the beneficiaries of the Price funds and expressed her positive impressions of the program.

The following awards were presented:

Outstanding Scholar award, bestowed upon seniors and/or second year graduate students who exemplify the mission of KILN:

Sandra Dickson
Siobhan Tellez

Key award, given to KILN students who demonstrate noteworthy scholarship by excelling academically, demonstrating a passion for learning, and sharing knowledge with others:

Amanda Barbosa
Malika Weekes

Inclusivity award, presented to KILN scholars who embrace all and engage others in nursing and healthcare by promoting community cohesion while respecting each individual and demonstrating a sincere interest in learning and caring about others:

Denice Calub
Diana Paris

Leadership award, given to KILN scholars who demonstrate outstanding leadership in the nursing and Boston College communities:

Andrea López
Cattleya May

Rising Star award, for KILN scholars who demonstrate significant potential for future contributions to nursing:

Tiffany Maxwell
Yvonne Shih

Mentorship awards, for outstanding service as a mentor to KILN scholars:

Dr. Viola Benavente
Dr. Luanne Nugent
Dr. Judith Shindul-Rothschild

Congratulations to all the awardees!