Park Slope Nursing Student to Graduate as Salutatorian at Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus Commencement
Class of 2010 commencement ceremony to take place on May 13
Alka Gupta,Assistant Director of Public Relations
Long Island University
After building a decade-long career as an award-winning commercial artist, Danielle Konopka of Park Slope, Brooklyn, still yearned to find her true calling.
“I always wanted to do something more meaningful with my career,” said Ms. Konopka, noting that a relative’s experience with heart surgery stirred her to enroll in the School of Nursing at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus in 2006. “The care he received from the nurses inspired and comforted me and my family. I felt then the importance of what nurses do for people, and I wanted to give back,” she added.
Four years after her return to school, the 37-year-old will graduate as the salutatorian of the Class of 2010 at the Brooklyn Campus with a 3.89 GPA.
“I wanted to channel my professional efforts toward making a difference in people’s lives,” said Ms. Konopka, who on Thursday, May 13, will receive a bachelor’s degree in nursing during the Campus’ commencement exercises, which will take place on the Campus athletic field.
She said the “extremely challenging” nursing program at the Brooklyn Campus helped to set her on a path toward making a difference. “I’ve been so impressed by the extent professors go to in enhancing our experience,” she added.
At the Brooklyn Campus commencement ceremony, more than 1,600 degrees will be conferred.
Richard Ravitch, lieutenant governor of the State of New York, will be the commencement speaker and will be one of four honorary degree recipients, including New York Knicks basketball legend and entrepreneur Bernard King, best-selling author Walter Mosley and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage.
Ms. Konopka earned a B.F.A. in graphic design from the School of Visual Arts. She worked as a senior designer at Grey Design & Promotion/G2 and as creative director at The A Team, winning the American Graphic Design Award of Excellence in 2001, 2004 and 2006.
Excellence also has characterized her academic efforts at the Campus, where she has been on the Dean’s List, is a member of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society and received the Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn B’32 Endowed Scholarship. Her plans after graduation include preparing for nursing licensure exams and eventually going into holistic nursing.
“Nursing is a stable career, there are a million different directions you can go,” she said. “You really get to be there for people when they really need you.”
The Brooklyn Campus is located in downtown Brooklyn at the corner of Flatbush and DeKalb Avenues.
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