Nurses Pinning Celebration

Photo: Courtesy of Kai Porter, KOB-TV

On Thursday, May 11, a celebratory pinning ceremony welcomed 48 nursing graduates, including 12 students who had come from ITT Tech after it abruptly closed.

Kicking off the festive ceremony was a surprise for Dean of School of Sciences, Health, Engineering and Math Jenny Landen. Dr. Nancy Ridenour, Nurse Practitioner, Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of New Mexico was introduced by President Randy Grissom. She announced a new endowment that she recently established at Santa Fe Community College Foundation to honor Dean Jenny Landen: the Jenny Landen New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium Project Support Endowment, which will provide funds for students, faculty and program expenses with preference for NMNEC work being done in conjunction with Santa Fe Community College and UNM’s Schools of Nursing.

There were the usual tears of joy, but particularly grateful were the ITT Tech students, who thanked Interim Nursing Director Terri Tewart.  Tewart, herself, was tearful to see this day finally arrive for her former ITT Tech students and she thanked SFCC as the only nursing school in the state to accept the students. The joyful moment was captured in this report on KOB-TV.

Congratulations to the following graduates who were pinned.:


Rebecca Benage

Joshua Binder

Amy Bowers

Maggie Brannigan

Dennis Chavez

Violet Chombwe

Leigh-Ann Garfield

Ashley Gates

Jordan Haarhues

Laiven Jean de Chantal

Nicholas Leonard

Kassandra Martinez

William Meadows

Andrea Romero

April Sandoval

Jacquelyn Sandoval

Mankah Tadfor

Priscilla Tembe

Martha Vasquez

Hannah Whitmore



Deanna Aragon

Leah Begin

Darlene C de Vaca

Joshua Griego

Teresa Hernandez

Paulina Hill

Ingrid Koster

Callie Miller

Adrian Quintana

Valerie Rivera

Veronica Romero

Leanne Shannon

Hannah Talley

Adrianna Tapia

Silvia Santiago



Julian Bailon

Avilia Chacon

Cynthia Estrada

Rachael Graham

Felicia Griego

Vanessa Jimenez

Benita Lovato

Christine Lujan

Makandle Mercer

Holly Mora

Meghan Mora

Marcie Moriarty