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NY State’s First Lady Michelle Paterson to Deliver Address at NYU College of Nursing Graduation

May 6, 2009
N-444, 2008-2009

This year 383 graduating nursing students from the New York University College of Nursing will have the opportunity to hear from an individual who has devoted her entire life to healthcare - First Lady of New York Michelle Paige Paterson. On May 11th, The First Lady will address the 2009 graduating class of the College of Nursing at 11:00 am at the New Amsterdam Theater, 214 West 42nd St., New York, NY.

“We feel very privileged to have the First Lady speak at our graduation ceremony,” said Terry Fulmer, dean of the College of Nursing. “Her lifelong commitment to healthcare and community services provides a valued example for our students as they prepare to enter this wonderful field.”

During the ceremony, Dean Fulmer will present First Lady Paterson with the Helen Manzer Award in recognition of exemplary leadership for the health of the state and nation. As First Lady, Paterson has been fueling her passion for health and wellness by championing a statewide program that mirrors her Harlem-based health initiatives, “Healthy Steps to Albany: First Lady’s Challenge.” This expanded program implores middle school students to embrace healthier eating and fitness habits.

On top of her daily demands as First Lady, Mrs. Paterson is currently the Director of Integrative Wellness at Emblem Health, formally HIP. There she is charged with implementing evidence-based programs that encourage healthy living. Prior to this position, Mrs. Paterson was the Director of External Affairs and Corporate Contribution for HIP (Health Plan of New York).

Additionally, Dean Fulmer will present awards to honorees Robert I. Grossman, M.D. and Tara A. Cortes, PhD, RN. Dr. Grossman will receive the Distinguished Clinician Award for contributions to the clinical enterprise, while Dr. Cortes will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award for her dedicated involvement and service to the College of Nursing community.

Reporters interested in covering the ceremony should contact Christopher James at 212.998.6876 or christopher.james@nyu.edu


About NYU College of Nursing
The College of Nursing at the College of Dentistry is located on New York University’s historic Greenwich Village campus in New York City. The College of Nursing is one of the leading nursing programs in the United States. The College offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Master of Science and Post-Master’s Certificate Programs; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Research Theory and Development. For more information, visit www.nyu.edu/nursing.

This Press Release is in the following Topics:
College of Nursing, Events and Traditions

Type: Press Release

Press Contact: Christopher James | (212) 998-6876


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