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July 14, 2010

Farmingdale State College Student Receives Carol’s Cause Award

Amy Olenick Honored for Excellence in Nursing Studies

Amy Olenick, a BS nursing degree candidate at Farmingdale State College, received the Carol's Cause Award for Excellence in Nursing Studies. The award is given to honor academic achievement in nursing.

A resident of Lake Ronkonkoma , Olenick is entering her junior year at Farmingdale. She has a strong interest in home health care and hospice nursing. Once she has completed her bachelor's degree in nursing, she hopes to pursue additional education to become a nurse educator. She is also a recipient of a Presidential Scholarship at Farmingdale.

During her clinical rotation as a sophomore nursing student, Olenick demonstrated excellent assessment skills as well as compassion while caring for patients. Active in the Student Nurses Association, she served as a class representative in 2008 and co-secretary in 2009-2010; in 2009-2010, she will serve as the organization's co-president. Olenick participates in community events, including Farmingdale State College blood drives and breast cancer walks. In the fall, she will volunteer at a soup kitchen and work on a project to collect holiday presents for the Pediatric Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Carol's Cause is a not-for-profit organization founded by Farmingdale State College alumnus Joe Laino. He created the organization to fulfill the dying wishes of his wife, Carol R. Laino, who wanted to help other women affected by gynecological cancer. Carol often referred to nursing students as well as the doctors who treated her at Winthrop as her "angels."