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Rochester Area Colleges Continuing Education Association Honors Three Students at St. John Fisher College


Rochester Area Colleges Continuing Education Association Honors Three Students at St. John Fisher College

The Rochester Area Colleges Continuing Education Association (RACCE) recently presented three St. John Fisher College students with Outstanding Adult Student Awards. Chad DiBiase, Mary Dixon, and Natalie Masco were formally recognized by the RACCE at a banquet on April 27.

The awards recognized the extraordinary achievements of 30 adult students from ten area colleges who have excelled academically while also juggling responsibilities outside of the classroom, such as families, jobs, and community involvement.

DiBiase will complete his B.S. degree in Management in December 2011. He is co-founder of Fisher's Veterans Affairs Club and volunteers for the Marine Corps Honor Guard. A veteran of two of the three theatres in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom as an infantry marine, Sergeant DiBiase looks forward to earning his MBA, then possibly working for the FDIC and pursuing advanced study in business ethics. In addition to attending Fisher, DiBiase is a platoon sergeant, squad leader, and martial arts instructor in the United States Marine Corps.

Dixon will graduate this May in Fisher's R.N. to B.S. program. She started out as an LPN in 1978 and completed her two-year nursing degree in 1984 at Genesee Community College. During the last 18 of her 33 years as a nurse, Dixon has specialized in oncology. She educates patients and families on chemotherapy and its side effects, gives chemotherapy treatments, and orders medications and supplies. She was recently inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society of nursing, and received the Award for Distinguished Nursing by an RN in Medical Oncology at Highland Hospital in 1998.

Masco began her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Fisher in the Spring of 2010. She recently added courses in the Post Master's Nursing Education program and anticipates her program completion next May. She works as a nurse practitioner for the University of Rochester Medical Center in the Department of Hospital Medicine, and she cares for urban adolescents at Threshold's School-Based Health Center at Franklin High School. Over the past 3 ½ years, she has taken part in four medical missions to Zambia, El Salvador, and Kenya. Upon her degree completion, Masco plans to teach and provide opportunities for students and nurses to take part in medical missions as a way to promote the health of underserved, developing nations and empower nurses, locally and worldwide.

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