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2018 Haley Award Recipients

48th Annual College of Nursing Margaret C. Haley Awards

Join the College of Nursing and fellow alumni for an evening of celebration and recognizing this year's honorees for their service, leadership and dedication to the nursing profession at the Highlawn Pavilion in West Orange, NJ. All College of Nursing alumni and guests are welcome.

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2019 Honorees

Margaret C. Haley Award

  • Linda Ulak ’75Linda Ulak ’75
    Associate Professor
    Seton Hall College of Nursing
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    • Dr. Linda Ulak is a member of the Seton Hall University class of 1975, receiving a B.S.N. She also received her M.S.N. in 1983 from Wagner College and then returned home to The Hall to earn her Ed.D. in 1991. She worked at St. Elizabeth Hospital from 1975-1986 full-time and then per diem until 2000. Dr. Ulak began her career in GYN then transferred to the SICU and on two occasions, received the Outstanding Professional Nurse of the Year Award. She also taught at Elizabeth General School of Nursing from 1985-1986 and began as faculty at SHU in 1986 in the undergraduate department. Teaching many different courses in the area of Adult Health (Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Health Assessment, Med-surg nursing, and Synthesis), Dr. Ulak served as the Undergraduate Chair as well as the Associate Dean of the Seton Hall College of Nursing. She now serves as the Program Director of the Accelerated BSN Program in Lakewood NJ. Dr. Ulak has served on numerous committees including Charter Day, University Rank and Tenure, APCCC, Catholicity Committee, Nominations and Elections, By-Laws and Research, Human Relations Council, Task Force on Minority Equity in Athletics, E.P.C., University Substance Abuse Committee, Faculty Senate and Merit Committee. For many years, she was the advisor or co-advisor to the Student Nurses Association and re-established the Health Fair as an SNA activity. She is also involved as a Gem Fellow, Praxis Program of the Advanced Seminar on Mission, the Center for Vocations & Servant Leadership & the Center Catholic Studies, Bernard J. Lonergan Institute at Seton Hall University. Dr. Ulak received awards from NJNLN for Education in 1997, the Gamma Nu Chapter award for Education and the Seton Hall University Outstanding Teacher Award in 1996. She has impacted the College of Nursing by bringing in multimedia/technology into the classroom including the creation of an elective course in Critical Care Nursing using critical care scenarios, a PDA program for drug information into the clinical area, a program that used laptops for students to test on in situations that NCLEX uses that was brought into the College E-Books and Sim Chart. Dr. Ulak has presented research nationally and internationally including in Hawaii, Greece and U.A.E., and Chile. She has been a Reviewer for AJN, as well as for chapters in critical care books and journals. Ulak published a cardiac chapter in the Medical Surgical Nursing textbook and has published several research articles related to women and cardiac issues. Dr. Ulak is a co-administrator of the Seton Hall College of Nursing Alumni Facebook page with Nancy Innella and volunteers with N.J. Special Olympics.

Nelson Aquino Humanitarian Award

  • Anne Connor ’78/M.P.A. ’94Anne Connor ’78/M.P.A. ’94
    School Nurse
    Bernards High School
    Seton Hall College of Nursing Alumni Association
    View Anne's biography »
    • In 1978, Anne B. (McGowan) Connor, a native of Staten Island, NY, graduated with her B.S.N from Seton Hall University College of Nursing. While working as a Registered Nurse on a telemetry unit at St. Mary’s Hospital in Orange, NJ, she attended graduate school part time at Seton Hall and received a Masters of Public Administration, Health Care Management in 1993. With her husband and three small children, she moved to Buffalo, NY in 1992, where she volunteered at Mercy Long Term Health Care to assist senior citizens with afternoon therapy sessions. After moving back to NJ, she was employed at Overlook Hospital, Summit, NJ as a per diem Float Pool RN. Anne returned to academia in 2000 and completed the Seton Hall University School Nurse Certification Program. Since 2001, she has worked as a Certified School Nurse at Bernards High School, Somerset Hills School District, Bernardsville, NJ. In 2015, Anne completed the Masters of Education in School Nursing and Health Education Program at Felician College Awards/Volunteer Activities/Affiliations: Teacher of the Year Award, Bernards High School Advisor, Bernards High School (BHS) Key Club, a student led organization that assists members to provide local community service activities. Annually organized Intergenerational Prom, where senior citizens from the community interact with high school students at a dinner dance held at the high school and funded through monies raised by students. Former Executive Board Member, Push to Walk (PTW), Oakland, NJ, a non-profit exercise facility that provides individual workouts and resources to clients suffering from spinal cord injuries and other forms of paralysis. Anne served as Secretary and Member of PTW Director Search Committee. During the five years at PTW, was involved in website development, various fundraising drives, and coordinated a six-month affiliation with PTW and Seton Hall's Stillman School of Business. Stillman students and the PTW staff developed a marketing plan that provided recommendations to attract more clients to PTW. Anne currently serves as Program Director, Somerset County School Nurse Association (SCSNA), a forum for professional school nurses in Somerset County that addresses a variety of school health topics fostering evidence based practices and research. She identifies program topics and recruits quality speakers to present on a variety of relative school health issues at multiple dinner meetings per year. She's the current President of the Seton Hall College of Nursing Alumni Association and was Secretary in 2018-2019. Anne is a member of SHU Bayley Society, SHU Hazard Set Forward Loyalty Society, National Association of School Nurses, American Nurses Association, New Jersey State School Nurses Association and Somerset County School Nurses Association. She submitted the following article for publication: “Developing Emergency Medical Response Teams in the School Setting, January, 2019. In her spare time, Anne enjoys attending Spanish classes in order to develop a command of the language to facilitate communication skills with English Language Learners in the high school where she is currently employed. She is a member of the Somerset Hills YMCA and enjoys workout classes. She has participated in various running races including the Semper Five Race in Seaside Park, NJ to honor those serving in the military and Ragnar Relay Race from Miami to Key West Florida to raise money for the American Cancer Society. She is an avid SHU Pirate Basketball Fan and has been a Season Ticket Holder since 1978. Anne lives in Basking Ridge, NJ with her Husband, Joe, and summers in Seaside Park, NJ. She has three adult aged children: Brian, SHU Associate Athletic Director, Joseph, Finance Analyst at Merck, and Colleen, RN Assistant Manager Thoracic Surgical Unit, Morristown Medical Center.

George J. Hebert Leadership Award

  • Judith Schmidt, M.S.N. ’93Judith Schmidt, M.S.N. ’93
    New Jersey State Nurses Association
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    • Judith Schmidt, MSN, RN, CCRN is the current Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey State Nurses Association and the Institute for Nursing. Ms. Schmidt has been an active member of NJSNA for over 30 years. She has held numerous volunteer positions within the association from Regional President to State President. Ms. Schmidt spends most of her time advocating for the profession of nursing both in New Jersey and at the Federal Level. She has testified before legislative committees both in the Assembly and Senate here in NJ. Ms. Schmidt received her Associate’s Degree in Applied Science from Ocean County College, a Bachelor’s degree in the Science of Nursing from Richard Stockton State College and a Master’s degree in the Science of Nursing from Seton Hall University. Currently she is enrolled in a Doctor in Health Care Administration (DHA) Program at Capella University. Ms. Schmidt is certified in critical care nursing from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. She has been active in the community having served on several community-based fundraising committees. Ms. Schmidt has served as a board member for several Nursing School Advisory Boards and is currently on the Community Medical Center’s Board of Directors and Community Medical Center’s Foundation Board of Trustees in Toms River, NJ. She has presented on various topics including nursing politics to nursing schools, nursing associations and acute care hospitals.

Elizabeth Ann Seton Young Alumni Award

  • Rebecca Rondinella ’11Rebecca Rondinella ’11
    Interventional Radiology Nurse
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    View Rebecca's biography »
    • After graduating SHU in 2011, Rebecca took her first job in nursing working at Saint Joseph’s University Medical Center where she stayed in the Emergency Department for 6 years. There, she went on to earn her Board Certification in Emergency Nursing. She worked extensively in their level 2 trauma center as well as the pediatric and geriatric ED’s, and emergency psychiatric unit. Later, Rebecca went on to train new employees to work in these respected areas. She implemented a community outreach fall prevention program that is still in use, for which she obtained the RN stars award. She was a part of the ED Unit Advisory Council as well as the ED representative for the Nurse Practice Council. These councils met monthly to discuss improving patient outcomes and staffing needs, where she later became involved with creating the schedule. Having gone to the Philippines with Seton Hall during her junior year of college, Rebecca’s interest in global health was sparked. Since college, she has been on three medical missions where her team held clinics in villages with limited to no healthcare in the Philippines and Peru, and Haiti where she worked as volunteer staff in the area hospital’s ER and ICU. Being able to help and care for patients all over the world has given Rebecca a greater feeling of purpose that she could never have imagined. After working in the ED for 6 years and wanting to advance her career, along with her personal experience with cancer as her mom is a survivor, Rebecca decided she was ready for a change and took a position at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in their Interventional Radiology department in Sept 2018. Since starting, she was elected to help balance the schedule for the nurses and started training a new employee. Working with cancer patients has proven to be rewarding and complex and she is eager to learn more about cancer as she grows at MSKCC. Being a part of two Magnet institutions, Rebecca is filled with pride to be an autonomous nurse and she attributes much of her success to Seton Hall. Rebecca thinks fondly back at her time at Seton Hall in the College of Nursing and hopes to one day get her Masters in Education so she can help influence and pave the way for novice nurses.

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Monday, October 14
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: 1 Crest Drive, West Orange, NJ 07052

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Erika Klinger, M.A. '11, Director of Volunteer and Campus Engagement at or (973) 378-9827.