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2017 Haley Awards Recipients

College of Nursing Margaret C. Haley Awards

Please join the College of Nursing and Alumni Relations for an evening celebrating the success of our alumni as well as an opportunity to network with professional nurses and continue the legacy at Seton Hall University. All College of Nursing alumni and guests are welcome.


Margaret C. Haley Award

  • Elizabeth Wise '87Elizabeth Wise ‘87
    Lehigh Valley Hospital - Pocono
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    • Elizabeth Wise is the President of Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono (LVH-P). For more than two decades she has held leadership positions at health care systems throughout the eastern United States. Prior to her role as President of LVH-P, for two years Elizabeth served as the chief operating officer and chief nursing officer at Pocono Medical Center and Pocono Health System.

      Elizabeth has also served as chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services at St. Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ and chief nursing officer and senior vice president at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. In addition, she has served in leadership roles at Christiana Care Health System in Newark, DE and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ.

      Elizabeth earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ and a master’s degree in nursing as well as a master’s degree in business administration from Rutgers University in Newark, NJ. She is a member of numerous professional organizations and Board appointments including the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce (Treasurer), American Red Cross and the American College of Healthcare Executives. Elizabeth is currently a Fellow in the Academy GE Fellows Program for Administrative Executives.

Nelson Aquino Humanitarian Award

  • Francis Hwang '06Francis Hwang ‘06
    Orthopedic Surgery Nurse Practitioner
    Johns Hopkins Medicine
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    • Francis Hwang is a Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner who specializes in Orthopaedic Surgery (Oncology and Sports Medicine) at Johns Hopkins Medicine. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Seton Hall University and then earned his Master of Science degree at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. He is currently back in school to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Maryland.

      He began his career in health care in the U.S. Army in 1997 as a combat medic, when he was just 17 years old. Since that time, he has logged over 20 years of experience in various areas of patient care (patient transporter, Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Room Nurse, Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit Nurse, organ procurement member, Operating Room Nurse, and Nurse Practitioner in Trauma Surgery and in Orthopaedic Surgery).

      As much as he loves being a clinician, he also loves teaching nursing students as a part-time clinical instructor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. The many professors and teachers he has encountered along his path have inspired him to also become an educator himself. His career was built upon strong mentors from Seton Hall who taught him to continuously challenge himself and to never stop learning. He strives to be able to stimulate in his students the same never-ending pursuit of knowledge as his teachers have done for him.

George J. Hebert Leadership Award

  • Laurie Sherwen ‘70Laurie Sherwen ‘70
    Dean, Samson College of Health Sciences
    University of the Sciences
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    • In 1970, Laurie N. Sherwen graduated with her BSN, Summa Cum Laude, from Seton Hall University College of Nursing, and was awarded the Ann Murphy Award for academic achievement. After serving as a pediatric staff nurse at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, she attended New York University for her MA and PhD degrees. Laurie served on nursing faculties at New York University and Rutgers University in the specialty of Parent- Child Nursing. She moved, in 1985, to the March of Dimes as the Project Director of the Maternal/Infant Core Competency Project, funded by the Division of Maternal-Child Health, Department of Health and Human Services. Laurie returned to academia in 1988, taking a position at Thomas Jefferson University Department of Nursing as the Nurse Researcher, and later moved into the position of Director of the Graduate Program. In 1995, Laurie became the Dean of the School of Nursing at The College of New Jersey, and from there took the position of Dean of the Division of the Schools of the Health Professions, Hunter College, CUNY (which included a School of Nursing and a School of Health Sciences). In 2008, she accepted the position of Dean, Samson College of Health Sciences, University of the Sciences. Laurie retired in 2015. During her long academic career in nursing, Laurie has had many accomplishments. She received funding for her research and training activities concerning perinatal-transmitted HIV infection from the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Public Health Service, and the March of Dimes. She is author or senior co-author of 27 refereed publications, 8 authored and edited books, and numerous chapters, non-refereed articles and monographs. Laurie was active in professional organizations including the American Nurses Association, New Jersey State Nurses Association, NAACOG and the National Perinatal Association, and made many juried presentations both nationally and internationally. She consulted with public and private entities, including the Bureau of Maternal Child Health, U.S. Public Health Service and U.S. Rehabilitation Services. Laurie served on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Perinatology and the Journal of Allied Health. Laurie was inducted as a Fellow in both the American Academy of Nursing and the Association of the Schools of the Health Professions. Other awards include the Hall of Honor, Seton Hall University College of Nursing in 2000, the March of Dimes Maternal-Child Nurse of the Year for 1991, the American Nurses Association Maternal-Child Nurse of the Year for 1992, and two American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Awards in 1984 and 1987 respectively. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Alpha Eta National Allied Health Honor Society, and Kappa Gamma Pi, National Catholic Women’s Honor Society. Laurie Lives with her husband, Doug, a MBA graduate of the SHU College of Business, in Haddon Heights and Ventnor, New Jersey.

Elizabeth Ann Seton Young Alumni Award

  • Alexa Birchenough '14Alexa Birchenough ‘14
    Senior Staff Nurse
    NYU Langone Medical Center
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    • Alexa Birchenough is a Nurse Clinician in the Congenital Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Seton Hall University and is completing her MS in Nursing Administration at New York University. After shadowing an Emergency Room nurse in high school, Alexa was selected for the New Visions Program for high school seniors, providing them with the opportunity to divide their class time between traditional high school curriculum and rotations at Geneva General Hospital. From there, Alexa attended Seton Hall University where she graduated cum laude with her BSN. With the help of her mentors from Seton Hall, after graduation, Alexa began her career as a nurse at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital within the Cardiac Telemetry Unit, moving to NYU in 2016. As her career progresses, Alexa plans to be a nurse leader in order to help and inspire nurses to deliver expert, quality care to their patients.

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Monday, October 29
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Bethany Hall, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ 07079

Seton Hall graduates of the Class of 2018
Alumni who have graduated in the past 10 years (2017-2008)
Seton Hall University Faculty and Staff
  • Recognition in digital slideshow presentation
  • Table of 10
  • Recognition in digital slideshow presentation
  • Recognition at table as table sponsor
  • VIP Parking
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Event registration summary
2018 Margaret C. Haley Awards:
Class of 2018 Ticket
Young Alumni Ticket
Faculty/Staff Ticket
General Admissions Ticket
Supporting Sponsorship
2016 Haley Awards

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For more information contact:

Erika Klinger, M.A. '11, Director of Campus Partnerships, Alumni Relations at or (973) 378-9827.