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PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (July 11, 2011)—Five nursing alums from La Roche College were honored at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing Cameos of Caring awards ceremony.

The Cameos of Caring awards program is committed to the recognition of nursing professionals that define the profession and make a difference in the lives of others. Celebrating its 12th year, the program honors the caregivers, role models, advocates and educators that touch the lives of patients, families, students and colleagues daily.

The five La Roche alumni honored with the awards are: Kimberly Kirsch (’87), Diana R. Paladino (’87), Elaine Sikon (’92), Laura Ann Kling (’98) and Becky Fry (’00).

Kirsch, currently employed with UPMC Passavant, received the La Roche College School of Nursing Alumni Award for the greatest progress in nursing practice. Paladino earned her Bachelor of Science degree from La Roche and serves as an associate professor for the Carlow University School of Nursing. Sikon also earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the college and currently works as a nurse leader and OR coordinator for UPMC St. Margaret. Fry graduated summa cum laude from La Roche with a Bachelor of Science degree and serves as the clinical coordinator for UPMC Horizon. As the unit director for UPMC St. Margaret Harmar Outpatient Center and GI Services, Kling feels nurses have the opportunity to influence people. “Nursing is the most trusted profession,” she explains. “Patients and families feel safe knowing we are advocates for their care.”

The Cameos for Caring awards gala was held on November 10, 2010 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. One of the featured presenters for the ceremony was Mike Clark, anchor for WTAE Channel 4 Action News. A former adjunct communications professor at La Roche College, he received an honorary doctorate from the college in 2004.

For more information regarding distinguished alumni, please contact the La Roche Alumni Affairs office at 412.536.1085.

About La Roche College : A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.

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