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First class of Thiel College nursing students in nearly 20 years receives white coats


First class of Thiel College nursing students in nearly 20 years receives white coats

GREENVILLE, Pa.—As part of Thiel College’s new Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, the first class of nursing students since 2002 participated in their white coat ceremony recently.

“As the inaugural director of the Nursing Program at Thiel College, I am delighted to announce the B.S.N. Class of 2025,” Program Director Sarahbeth Abalos, Ph.D. said. “The students are a diverse and exceptional group who display academic excellence and possess the core values of nursing. The program is committed to emphasizing the social mandate of nursing to prepare the students to address the region's unique needs and advance the population's health.”

First-year nursing students received their white coats during the Sept. 30 ceremony as a symbol of their entrance into the medical profession and into their healthcare studies. The following nursing students are members of the Class of 2025 who received their white coats at this year’s ceremony:

  • Amanda Boozer ’25, of Hadley, Pa., is a 2015 Commodore Perry High School graduate.
  • Anna Boyd ’25, of Baltimore, is a 2020 Institute of Notre Dame (Md.) graduate.
  • Paige Butler ’25, of Ambridge, Pa., is a 2020 Ambridge High School graduate.
  • Luke Campbell ’25, of Newton Falls, Ohio, is a 2021 Ursuline High School graduate.
  • Ricardo Castillo ’25, of New Lenox, Ill., is a 2021 Lincoln Way West High School graduate.
  • Che Fuqua ’25, of Clairton, Pa., is a 2021 Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center graduate.
  • Annie Gool ’25, of Union City, Pa., is a 2021 Union City High School graduate.
  • Madison Grizzanti ’25, of New Castle, Pa., is a 2018 Neshannock High School graduate.
  • Alaina Harpst ’25, of Greenville, Pa., is a 2021 Greenville High School graduate.
  • Joshua Ickes ’25, of Greenville, Pa., is a 2021 Greenville High School graduate.
  • Niamani Jackson ’25, of St. Paul, Minn., is a 2021 North High School graduate.
  • Meghan Liscio ’25, of Hermitage, Pa., is a 2020 Sharon High School graduate.
  • Bridget Mazzant ’25, of Sharpsville, Pa., is a 2021 Sharpsville High School graduate.
  • Farah Messai ’25, of Greenville, Pa., is a 2021 Jamestown High School graduate.
  • Gracie Mosko ’25, of Greenville, Pa., is a 2021 homeschool graduate.
  • Elise Silloway ’25, of Sandy Lake, Pa., is a 2020 Lakeview High School graduate.
  • Haleigh Smith ’25, of Saegertown, Pa., is a 2021 Saegertown High School graduate.
  • Erika Smith ’25, of Greenville, Pa., is a 2019 Greenville High School graduate.
  • Ross Swartz ’25, of Greenville, Pa., is a 2021 Greenville High School graduate.
  • Cassie Thuranira ’25, of Greenville, Pa., is a 2020 Reynolds High School graduate.
  • Kaye Vizcarra ’25, of Pittsburgh, is a 2021 North Allegheny High School graduate.

“Thiel nursing is a brand-new program that has opened many doors for students that are interested in nursing. Being a part of this program can help anyone achieve their nursing career dreams quickly,” Boyd said. “I chose to be a part of this program because of the limitless opportunities I have been offered in it.”

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Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a Master of Science in speech-language pathology, a Leadership Master of Business Administration and a Management Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation.

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