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UHC Accolades - Week of 5/17/20

UHC Accolades - Week of 4/17/20

As a campus community, UHC has much to celebrate! Please take a look at our recently spotlighted candidates for graduation: Congratulations Class of 2020!

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“Something that stood out to me at UHC was the level of support I got from my professors/ school staff. During my time at UHC, my professors have always supported me and helped me get through any situation, especially during my pregnancy. I’ve met great friends and people who I know I will continue to have relationships with after graduation."

-Donisha Banks, Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling #UofHC2020


"People always warned me that high school would go by in the blink of an eye, but no one told me that college would go by twice as fast. The University of Holy Cross quickly became a second home to me, even before you could live on campus! I am a better version of myself because of the time I spent here. I have met some of the best people, and I've built friendships that will last a lifetime. I am so grateful to my professors, my mentors, and my advisors for all that they have done in helping me reach my goals. I am sad that my time here has ended, but the memories I've made while at UHC will forever hold a special place in my heart."


-Kayla Albarado, Bachelor of Science in Neurodiagnostic Technology #UofHC2020


Student organizations: The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) - President; Tri Beta Honor Society; Pre-Med Honor Society; Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honors Society (ODK)


"Attending the University of Holy Cross is a family tradition. I am a third generation graduate, and I couldn’t imagine spending these past four years anywhere else."

-Ann Murphy, Bachelor of Science in Biology #UofHC2020

Student organizations: AMSA- Vice President, TriBeta- Vice President, PMHS- Honor Board Chairman, and Omicron Delta Kappa



 "My experience at UHC has been amazing, and I am extremely happy that I chose to get my master’s here!"

-Tysheia Munson, Master of Education in Educational Leadership #UofHC2020­



"My memories from the University of Holy Cross are ones that I will treasure always. I am so thankful for each of my professors that have guided me through my years of study at UHC. I truly feel that I am well prepared for my future endeavors."

-Morgan Dufour, Bachelor of Science in Biology #UofHC2020



 "The University of Holy Cross has been my home since 2013, back when we were Our Lady of Holy Cross College. Throughout my seven-year journey, I have grown tremendously as a person. I started out as an extremely quiet person, only staying at school for class and going straight home. I wasn’t the person to speak up and put myself out there to make friends. As I got more comfortable, I started to open up more. And now I’m leaving with amazing, life-long friends. The University of Holy Cross is more than a college to me. It truly is a second home that will always have a place in my heart."

-Nicole Robards, Bachelor of Science in Nursing #UofHC2020

Student organizations: Louisiana Association Student of Nurses UHCNO Chapter; Student Nurse Association



 "My experience at the University of Holy Cross was like no other! I have never felt like another number. My professors took pride in knowing my name and face. I’ve had the pleasure in meeting classmates who are now my family. We have studied together, encouraged each other, and of course, shared plenty of laughs along the way. UHC has shown me that the possibilities and opportunities are endless in the Counseling field! Congratulations to all the 2020 graduates, and thank you to all my professors and classmates who have helped to make me a great counselor!"

-Chelsea Smith, Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling #UofHC2020



 "The faculty and staff at the University of Holy Cross put students first. The Executive Leadership program is designed to challenge the mind, warm the heart, and prepare executive-level leaders for what they may encounter in an organization. I'll be forever indebted to my major professor, Dr. Donaldo R. Batiste, for challenging me to become the best version of myself."

-Michelle Bertram Douglas, Doctor of Education in Executive Leadership #UofHC2020

Dissertation Title: “An Action Research Study Exploring the Impact of Learning Communities on Mathematics Achievement and Teacher Efficacy in a Charter School Seeking Replication.”



 "One of the things that attracted me to this school initially was the diversity and experience of the professors and the diversity in the student body. This school has been a God-send to me and my family. The faculty and staff are truly amazing."

-Zaria Green, Bachelor of Science in Biology #UofHC2020



 "My experience at the University of Holy Cross was amazing and taught me to never give up no matter how hard things get! When I toured UHC as a senior in high school, I knew this was the college for me, and I stopped looking elsewhere. I loved that I was able to have one-on-one with all my professors, and they were always there to help me. I met some of my best friends through UHC. I cannot be more grateful to all my professors who helped me grow as a student, both academically and professionally."

-Brooke Dias, Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology #UofHC2020


 "My experience at UHC was always pleasant. Everyone I came in contact with was helpful from the library staff to the financial aid office. My classmates and teachers were very supportive. I have gained lifelong friends and a career."

- Chelsey Mercier, Bachelor of Science in Nursing #UofHC2020

Student organizations: Student Nurses Association, National Student Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing


 "I have been a part of the University of Holy Cross since August 2012. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in May of 2017. In January of 2018, I decided to return to the University for my Master’s degree in school counseling. UHC is a home away from home. The faculty, staff, and students are one big family. I received so much support and guidance from all of my professors. I have gained many lifelong friends and colleagues throughout these past 8 years. A big shout out to the Counseling department that has really been a major part of my life. I will be returning to UHC in the fall to pursue a doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision."

-Jamal Boudion, Master of Arts in School Counseling #UofHC2020

Student organizations: ODK society, Chi Sigma Iota, Heart and Mind mentor, AGSC­



"I’m so honored and proud to be graduating from the University of Holy Cross Nursing Program!"

-Summer Novak, Bachelor of Science in Nursing  #UofHC2020



"My experience at UHC has been life changing. Everyone was always so helpful, and I appreciated the small environment of the University. When my family and I experienced a tragedy, my Nursing faculty and classmates were so supportive. I will never forget their compassion. I have gained lifelong friends during my time here, and I am confident to begin my nursing career!"

-Amanda Posey, Bachelor of Science in Nursing #UofHC2020

Student organizations: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Student Nurses Association


 "I love UHC. I started UHC at 16 turning 17, and I’m now 23. UHC has been a big part of my growth and nursing school journey! I’m so thankful to have been a part of the UHC family. I’ve spent a big part of my life attending UHC basically every day, and now I won’t be. It’s very surreal."

-Kevia Gettridge, Bachelor of Science in Nursing #UofHC2020

Student organizations: SNA, NSNA, LASN



"Thank you to the professors for the motivation, knowledge, and leadership. UHC cares about their students, and it shows. Thank you, UHC, for having me in the family!"

-Angela Nguyen, Bachelor of Science in Health Science #UofHC2020



 "The University of Holy Cross will always have a special place in my heart. I love that I was able to build my relationship with God while getting my Nursing degree. Thank you to the wonderful Nursing faculty who have pushed me to be the best nurse I am destined to be."

-Natalia Troches, Bachelor of Science in Nursing #UofHC2020

Student organizations: Community Service Coordinator UHC SNA chapter, member of LASN, member of NSNA



"UHC has helped to develop me into the Nurse that I will be. I will take each and every experience and lesson learned with me into the field. I am more compassionate, confident, and ready as I have ever been. The instructor’s wisdom and encouragement have been so valuable for the past 3 years. I hope to make them and the University proud!"

-Kristen Perez, Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Student Organizations: Senior Class President, member of Xi Psi Chapter-at-Large of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, member of SNA, member of LASN, member of NSNA University of Holy Cross Nursing



"Transferring to UHC was the best decision that I could have made for myself academically, socially, and spiritually. I have made friendships that will last a lifetime, and I will cherish that forever. The relationship I have developed with my professors has helped me to become a better teacher, and to not only mold young minds, but also the young hearts of my future students.  Previously attending Southeastern University, I knew it was in my best interest to return home to New Orleans. I knew that I wanted to attend a small college and to be able to have that 1-on-1 experience with my professors. After doing research, I knew that UHC would be the place that I would be able to call ‘home.’”
-Hayley Kennair, Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education



"University of Holy Cross is a true light in our community. I have had the opportunity to be enrolled at a Holy Cross school ever since 6th grade. I wouldn't trade that experience for anything. UHC offers students the opportunity to mold themselves into well-rounded citizens while receiving personalized education. UHC has always supported me and has always been a positive light for both my family and our community. The education you receive here cannot be replicated. It is an education for both the mind and the heart."
-Brenton Guerin, Bachelor of Science in Psychology  
Student organizations: Student Government Association - President, Psychology Club - Vice President, Omicron Delta Kappa, Ambassadors, Campus Ministry



"The University of Holy Cross is where I met my best friend and grew my future. Some of my professors have a special place in my heart."

- Paige Walther, MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling  




“You are stronger than you think.”
- Tiffany Watson, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Student organizations: SNA, LSNA, NSNA



"College inspired me to think differently. It's like no other time in your life."
- Lari Oleynik



"Having a college education is all about keeping an open mind. Holy Cross introduced me to new ideas, philosophies, and all the different ways you can look at life.  It also taught me that you will never truly finish the path you set, so many opportunities are given to you.  The way our teachers teach just might inspire you to set a different path.  My favorite aspect of a UHC education, is how all my teachers made me feel like nothing was impossible, no matter what, they make time to help and get to know their students."

-Isela Shamp, Bachelor of Science in Neurodiagnostic Technology and Biology

Student organizations: Student Government, Organization of Latin American Society (OLAS)




"UHC was very personable, and I always felt like I could go to the faculty if I needed help."

- Mallory Horton, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Student organizations: SNA.




"My experience at the University of Holy Cross has been one that I will forever treasure. I enjoyed the closeness of faculty and students that the intimate environment permitted, the spiritual guidance that was provided, and even the rigorous academic expectations. UHC has taught me to challenge myself to accomplish seemingly unreachable goals. I am honored to have attended such a prestigious Nursing program. I will always be proud to be an alumna of the University of Holy Cross!"

- Nicole Downey, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Student organizations: Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society




"Choosing to attend the University of Holy Cross for college was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I met some of the best friends and most encouraging mentors. I cannot say thank you enough to my wonderful professors who have helped me grow, both academically and professionally. I will forever cherish all the late night study sessions in the annex, parties in the student lounge, and camaraderie with my classmates."

-Kailey Loetzerich, Bachelor of Science in Biology

Student organizations: Ambassadors, Omicron Delta Kappa, Pre-Medical Honor Society, American Medical Student Association, and TriBeta



"My experience at UHC was one that I will always remember. UHC was my family away from home. My classmates and my instructors have always been so welcoming. I grew closer and closer to every person I met throughout my journey at UHC. Truly, my family."

- Skylar Gonzales, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Student organizations: Student Nurses Association, National Student Nurses Association, Louisiana Association of Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing




"My experience at UHC taught me to never give up, and it's never too late. It may have been hard today, but tomorrow the sun will shine."

- Shelita Harrison Weber, Bachelor of Science in Social Counseling



"I have been what I would consider a lifelong student at Holy Cross. I began my undergraduate degree in 2006, but had to leave in 2010 due to personal reasons and was unable to complete my degree. For 5 years I dreamed about returning, and I came back in 2015 to not only complete my Bachelors degree, but also a Master’s degree. I was nervous about returning, but the second I walked onto campus and was greeted by some familiar faces and open arms; I was immediately put at ease. My professors and friends have become more like family and have shown a genuine interest in my academic and personal growth that I will always treasure. I love being a part of the UHC family so much that I will be returning for the Fall 2020 semester to begin working towards my Ph.D.  I will be a 3rd generation graduate of Holy Cross. My mom, Grandma, and other relatives have all graduated from the University. I have been roaming the halls of Holy Cross since I was in elementary school, and it truly is a second home to me.”

-Patti-Rae Arocha, Bachelor of Science in Social Counseling and Master of Arts in School Counseling. 

Student organizations: SGA, ODK (Treasurer 2019-2020), AGSC (Secretary 2019-2020), Chi SIgma Iota



"Since my first day at the University of Holy Cross, I knew it was the place for me! I built relationships that I will forever cherish, not only with classmates, but also professors. With these relationships I was able to become a better teacher and will take all lessons learned with me throughout my career. Just as the professors at UHC had such a positive impact on my life, my hope as I begin my profession as an elementary educator, is to have the same impact on my future students’ lives.  Many of my family members attended, and graduated, from the University of Holy Cross. After seeing their experience, I knew this school could be the one that helped me achieve my goal of becoming a teacher someday!”

- Kali Serpas, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.

Student organizations: President of Kappa Delta Pi, Vice President of APEL




"When I first toured University of Holy Cross as a senior in high school, I knew that this was the right school for me. Upon starting, I definitely knew that I had made the right decision attending Holy Cross because I gained a new family that I never knew I needed. My professors were such a big help to me along the way by always pushing me to be my best and to do my best. I am extremely grateful for this University and to the professors for supplying the knowledge I need in order to be successful in the medical field. This school might be a smaller university, but the amount of knowledge I have gained is so big."

-Kimberly Bonvillian, Bachelor of Science in Pre-Medicine

Student organizations: AMSA, PMHS, and Tri-Beta




"Being a student at UHC has been one of the most memorable times of my life. I learned many things throughout my years and I am grateful to have been able to learn from some of the best professors I’ve ever had and make friends that I know will last a lifetime. UHC will always feel like a second home to me.  I first heard about UHC when I was applying for college my senior year of high school. Although I started out at Southeastern Louisiana University, my heart led me back home and right to UHC, and I’m so thankful that it did."

- Jasmine Hamdan, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

 




"They say the best years of your life are your college years. That became true for me when my journey began at University of Holy Cross! I have met lifelong friends, attended many memorable school events, and was able to become involved in many organizations! The Nursing program was rigorous, but because of that, I know I am prepared to be the best nurse I can be for my future patients. My instructors have inspired me to one day go back to school in order to return to UHC to teach future nursing students.  After attending ULL and UNO, I wanted to find a program closer to home while still being able to receive a BSN, so when I came across UHC on the internet I knew its where I'd receive my degree!

- Kaitlynne Toups, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Student organizations: SNA Breakthrough to Nursing Coordinator, member of Sigma Theta Tau - Xi Psi Chapter International Nursing Honor Society, UHC Department of Nursing Honors Program Graduate, UHC Department of Nursing Peer Ambassador




"My experience at the University of Holy Cross was like being around family. The faculty was always there to assist in any way possible to assure my success! I heard about the University from a professor during my undergraduate program at another university.  Dr. Travis Johnson also a Holy Cross Alum, spoke very highly of the program and its leadership. Soon after I reached out to Dr. C. White from the Counseling department, and the rest was history!"

-Daniel Foy,
U.S. Army- Staff sergeant, Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Student organizations: AGSC




"There is one thing I have come to learn in my time at the University of Holy Cross: we are truly a family. The faculty/ staff spend a lot of time getting the people we are. Our teachers don't only teach us words from a text book, but they teach us life lessons that we will take with us long after we graduate. Our teachers are always there when we need them. My time as a whole here at UHC has been an unforgettable experience."

-Mallory Ottaway, Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Student organizations: I was president of Student Government for 3 years, I am currently in Chi Sig Iota, and I am Circle Coordinator of Omicron Delta Kappa




"My experience at the University of Holy Cross was an unforgettable experience and is one that I will cherish forever! While at UHC, not only did I have some of the best teachers that did an outstanding job preparing me for the School Leaders Licensure Assessment, and for the day that I step into the role of being a school administrator, but I was also able to meet so many wonderful classmates that I’m proud to call my friends! Congratulations to all of the graduates of 2019 and 2020 and thank you to all of my teachers and classmates that helped make me a better educator!"

-Kyle Weidenbacher, Master of Education in Educational Leadership



"My experience at the University of Holy Cross is one that I will cherish forever. I have made friendships and gained mentors here that will last a lifetime. Thanks to UHC and the amazing instructors, I know I am ready to bring the knowledge and lessons I gained here into my career."

-Ciara Bourg, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Student organizations: SNA-Historian, Sigma Theta Tau, NSNA, LASN



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