Among all students anticipation is running high for the end of the 2017-2018 academic year that is fast approaching. But the level of expectancy and excitement is highest among Seniors, who have worked so hard for so long to reach the goal that is so close: Commencement 2018. We congratulate all MCCN students who have reached this important milestone – master’s and bachelor’s degree recipients – and are grateful to these senior students who took a moment to share their parting thoughts:

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

Greetings!

Spring has finally arrived, and with it a flurry of activity as students, faculty and staff prepare for the countdown to the end of the academic year, exams and Commencement Weekend celebrations. On May 3, the Blessing and Hooding Ceremony for our Graduate program will be held and we are particularly excited because 2018 is the first year that MCCN will confer the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, along with Master’s degrees. This marks an important milestone for the College.

The next day is the Undergraduate Pinning and Recognition where BSN graduates receive their MCCN pin, an important symbol of transition from student to professional nurse. On Saturday, May 5, the 112th graduating class will assemble – along with their families and friends and faculty and staff – for Commencement. I am looking forward to all of these activities and am also honored and humbled to be your Commencement speaker this year.

Three sisters—Diamond, Angel, and Gold – of the family of Akabuaku – will be together for the Campus Ministry Washington, D.C., Mission Trip from Monday, May 7 to Saturday, May 12. This is the second year that Diamond and Angel will be joining this 7th annual Campus Ministry venture with seven other missioners.

Rho Omicron welcomed members and guests to the February 19 general membership meeting where they enjoyed networking, lunch and an engaging presentation by MCCN faculty members Patty Severt, MSN, RN, instructor and Amanda Page, MFA, assistant professor. Their presentation centered on an integrity project in which they had collaborated: "Building Integrity into Nursing Curriculum and Culture." They presented the background for their project that was based on asking the question, "What kind of nurse will a person be if he/she cheats in nursing school?" Results were presented from their literature review that concurs that the dishonest behavior will transfer into the professional realm. Types of dishonest behavior were presented as well as recommendations from the literature to deter dishonest behavior. After the presentation, faculty members were given the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. This promoted a rich and vibrant discussion among faculty, staff, and deans. From this presentation, a meeting was requested of Patty and Amanda by the president to develop this project into the next phase of planning and implementation. Additionally, faculty asked that this wonderful and thought-provoking presentation be given at other faculty meetings. Patty and Amanda want to say, “Thank you Rho Omicron for this wonderful opportunity!”

SNAM-Lancaster sponsored a "baby shower" for needed baby items for the Lighthouse, a local shelter for families who are recovering from domestic violence. At the shower, which was on Tuesday, March 27, were cake, punch and door prizes!

The MCCN-Lancaster campus enjoyed a Spring Fling on Tuesday, March 20. Students colored Easter eggs, had fun with a photo booth, and won a few Easter baskets.

Congratulations to the following students for winning door prizes at the Spring Wellness Festival, which was held on Monday, March 26.

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