May 5, 2006 - Harrogate, Tennessee— Lincoln Memorial University held its annual Nurses Pinning Ceremony at the University’s Tex Turner Arena on Thursday, May 4th. More than one hundred and fifty students participated in this year’s ceremony, marking program completion for one of the University’s largest classes of allied health students. This year’s class includes students from the Harrogate campus, as well as from the University’s four extended campuses in Corbin, Kentucky, and Knoxville, Blount and Madisonville, Tennessee.

Graduates who received pins for the associate of science in nursing (A.S.N.) degree from the main campus in Harrogate are Amanda Ayers, Holly Blackburn, Erika Bolton, Tasha Brown, Melissa Campbell, Shannon Campbell, Christal Chumley, Virginia Couch, Joni Dodson, Lora Eldridge, Shelle Ellison, Margaret Feltner, Aaron Fox, Matthew Gent, Heather Harville, Jennifer Hicks, Brandi Hunt, Beth Jenkins, Jessica Kinsler, Kristie Leach, Rebecca Lessard, Chasity Long, Joseph Lowe, Amanda Martin, Lindsey Parda, Catherine Parks, Johnny Paul, Jessica Payne, Misty Pearman, Mona Redmond, Jennifer Sexton, Marcel Simo, Patty Smith, Julia Taylor, Joanne Thomas and Somer Tindell. Many of these students will return to Lincoln Memorial University in the fall to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Graduates who received pins for the associate of science in nursing (A.S.N.) degree from the extended site at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee, are Heather Ault, Meredicth Bailey. Teresa Baker, Joe Blair, Janaan Branch, Jason Cates, Desiree Chester, Katrina Deaton, Kimberly Dick, Hannah Duff, Felicia Glasgow, Christy Glazier, Regena Gosnell, Melissa Greene, Marty Griffith, Tia Harris, Samantha Hensley, Rebecca Hurst, Karna Johanson, Brooke Lakin, Kary Pickard, Peggy Shelton, Kathleen Stone, Rita Thacker, Jona Williams and Andrea Young.

Graduates who received pins for the associate of science in nursing (A.S.N.) degree from the extended site at Baptist Regional Hospital in Corbin, Kentucky, are Michelle Ball, Tina Barba, Rachel Bargo, Susan Bray, Marietta Brooks, Tracey Carr, Candace Cawood, Rachel Cline, Rebecca Davidson, Ray Frye, Anna Garland, Donna Gray, Missy Harvey, Ruth Hubbard, Tracy Mathis, Dorothy McKiddy, Melinda Moses, Stacey Reeves, Monica Smith and Tara Steadman.

Graduates who received pins for the associate of science in nursing (A.S.N.) degree from the extended site at Hiwassee College in Madisonville, Tennessee, are Cynthia Brown, Heather Brown, Amanda Carver, Melissa Cockrell, Amanda Craze, James Fritz, Anna Giacometti, Tammy Huey, Wallene Hunt, Jayne Ingram, Beth Marshall, Paula Martin, Brandi Millsaps, Lacey Newman, Sally Sherrod, Lisa Simpson, Ann Waltington, Shannon Welshan, Paula White and Michelle Youngblood.

Graduates who received pins for the associate of science in nursing (A.S.N.) degree from the extended site at Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, Tennessee, are Tessa Alexander, Ashley Blank, Ann Boring, Cynthia Branning, Gina Bridgeforth, Plashette Cassarella, Pamela Cox, Christopher Davis, Candida DiGregorio, Billiane Donnelly, Jamie French, Alan Griffin, Christy Hancock, Sulenna Hurst, Lori Hutchins, Angela Hyatt, Hannah Johnson, Heather Kagley, Kandice Keck, Wendy Kegg, Katrina Kepf, Jennifer Lane, Christie Lawson, Angela Lewelling, Michelle Lunsford, Tonya McCarroll, Daniel McCoy, Deirdra McNeilly, Curtis Meadows, Brenda Muzyngo, Jennifer Perea, Lindsey Robbins, Cheryl Rubin, Rudy Slaninka, Emilee Sliger, Burney Smith, Miranda Summitt, Cathleen Umbach, Nancy Veysey, Jessica White, Sabrina White and Glen Whittaker.

Fifteen students received pins for the associate of science in veterinary science degree. They are Jessica Abbott, Rachel Mae Bauer, Marie Blackburn, Tiffany Dunn, Melinda Fuller, Jennifer Hill, Elizabeth Howard, Jennifer Keathley, Kelly Krider, Heather L. Landenberger, Amy LaPlace, Rose Manny, Priscilla H. Stevens, Jessica Taylor, Tiffany Mae Warne.

Another six students received pins in recognition of completing the bachelor of science in medical technology degree. They are Jessica R. Dean, Rose Ann Daniels, Juli D. Dunn, Sarah G. Ramsey, Jessica M. Schroeder, Natasha R. Yeary.

After the graduating nurses were pinned, each took part in the traditional lighting ceremony. Their lamps represent both the Lamp of Knowledge and the lantern carried by Florence Nightingale when she made nightly rounds to tend the wounded soldiers of the Crimean War. The lamps held by faculty members symbolize the accumulated body of knowledge and skills that is fundamental to the practice of nursing. Faculty members pass the light to the new nurses. As each lamp is lit, the larger light is not diminished. Instead, the light is enlarged as each new nurse becomes a new circle of light. The graduating nurse is charged with the responsibility of carrying the flame to keep it bright and with sharing the light with new nurses. In so doing, it is believed the suffering of mankind will be lessened.

The nursing degree programs offered by Lincoln Memorial University are approved by the Tennessee and Kentucky Boards of Nursing and are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), which is officially recognized as a national accrediting agency for nursing education by the Council of Postsecondary Accreditation (COPA) and by the U.S. Department of Education. Students finishing the A.S.N. degree are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and upon successful completion may be licensed as a registered nurse. In addition to the associate nursing program, LMU also offers an RN-BSN completion program that is designed for working associate degree and diploma nurses who want to complete the baccalaureate degree. Further enhancement of the Nursing Program will include the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program, which will begin this fall. The MSN program will offer a concentration for Nurse Practitioners.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at

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