Alumni Receive Awards for Achievements
Three alumni were honored for their outstanding achievements during the Alumni Annual Meeting on July 9, 2020. The meeting was held virtually and open to all alumni, including the newest graduates.
As part of the awards recognition during the meeting, the three alumni — Kaylin Dawson (left), Kimberly Haley (center), and Brady McNulty (right) — accepted their awards via video and spoke about their careers and accomplishments. Dawson, the recipient of the Carrie B. Lenburg Award, is a sexual assault nurse coordinator and has worked to provide education for better care of the sexual assault patient and child abuse patient. “My commitment to nursing education in the field of nursing has just begun … I am ready to see what the next steps for my future will bring,” she said.
Kimberly Haley, the recipient of the C. Wayne Williams Award, helps veterans transition into civilian life and is a strong proponent of giving back to the community. “Community involvement allows us to allow our future children — our grandchildren, in my case — understand the importance of helping others and emphasizing that and pairing [it with] good citizenship for years to come … .,” said Haley. “I look forward to encouraging others to provide public service and to helping others in the future.”
The recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award, Brady McNulty, found encouragement in words his mother used to say, as well as in his family members. Now he hopes to instill the same kind of dedication he showed in pursuing his degree in his children. “My hope is that by pushing myself everyday to be a better person, to be more useful to humanity, they [my children] will be inspired to push themselves further,” he said.
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Kaylin Dawson, Carrie B. Lenburg Award
Kaylin Dawson, of Cohoes, New York, is the recipient the Carrie B. Lenburg Award presented to a nurse who demonstrates a commitment to nursing education as well as academic and professional accomplishments in the field of nursing. Dawson works at Albany Medical Center as the sexual assault nurse coordinator. She is nationally certified in the adult sexual assault patient and is certified by the New York State Department of Health in the adult/adolescent sexual assault patient.
She is a member of the Albany Sexual Assault Response Team, the New York State Justice Center Task Force, Albany County Child Fatality Review Team, the Albany County Multi-Disciplinary Team, Multi-Disciplinary Policy and Planning Committee, and the Albany County Safe Harbor Task Force, and currently on the task force working to revise the New York State Sexual Offense Evidence Collection Kit. Dawson has attended specialized training for the care of the forensic patient, including courses on adult and pediatric sexual assault, human trafficking, child abuse, forensic investigations, and trial preparation.
Dawson earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Excelsior College in 2012 and a Master of Science in Nursing Education from Excelsior in 2020. Previously, she earned an associate degree from Hudson Valley Community College.
Kimberly Haley, C. Wayne Williams Award
Kimberly Haley is this year’s recipient of the C. Wayne Williams Award presented in recognition of outstanding public service and community involvement by a graduate. Haley, of Oneida, New York, is a disabled veterans’ outreach program specialist with Veterans’ Services, assisting veterans throughout Oneida and Madison Counties. She served in the U.S. Army, active-duty and reserve components, from 1982 to 1998 as a medic and licensed practical nurse.
She is a member of Oneida American Legion Post # 169 and promotes the legion’s community service programs and advocates for veterans and their family members. She also volunteers with local veterans organizations such as Clear Path for Veterans, Central New York Veterans Outreach Center, and Feed Our Vets. She has been awarded the Army Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and Achievement Medal carrying a first oakleaf cluster.
Haley is also a registered yoga instructor who teaches a style of mindful resilience yoga specifically for veterans. The style is in line with the ideas of the Veterans Yoga Project, an organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of military veterans.
Haley earned a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College in 2006. She is a graduate of the National Veterans’ Training Institute, University of Denver, Colorado, where she obtained skills in labor and employment, and case management.
Brady McNulty, Alumni Achievement Award
Brady McNulty of Roseburg, Oregon, is the recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award, which is presented to a graduate whose achievements may serve as a role model to inspire other graduates and students. McNulty is a pharmacist, cartoonist, and community volunteer. He is a board-certified geriatric pharmacist who provides medication therapy management as well as other services.
McNulty is a veteran of the U.S. Navy nuclear power program and is a member of the national staff of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and a representative of the Recreational Boating Safety program. He is also an assistant editor and cartoonist for the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s quarterly publication, the Navigator Express. His cartoons have appeared in various magazines and Oregon newspapers, as well as in publications of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. McNulty is a member of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has served on the boards of Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center and the Douglas County Celtic Society. He has served in numerous leadership roles as a Freemason.
In addition to a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering Technology from Excelsior College in 2011, McNulty earned an Associate of Science in Chemistry, an Associate of Science in Biology, and an Associate of Arts in Pre-Pharmacy, all from Del Mar College in 2010, and a Doctor of Pharmacy from Texas A&M University in 2014.