Mary Rose Fiterman Receives Philip Derf Award

Friday, January 03, 2020

Philip Derf

Philip Derf was a student in our nursing program at SF State from 1990-1994 who was known as an extraordinary asset to his fellow classmates. His commitment to public service touched many of the faculty and students. Sadly, he passed away before completing the program. In his memory, it has become a tradition SF State School of Nursing that each graduating class chooses one classmate from amongst its ranks to receive the honorary award aptly titled the Philip Derf Award.

This Fall 2019 semester recipient is Mary Rose Fiterman (BSN). Michael Andrei Sario, a fellow classmate, presented the award during the Pinning Ceremony on December 19th, at McKenna Theatre, "In our cohort, this particular awardee never failed to put a smile on people’s face. Whoever she came across, she offered a wide, genuine smile. She certainly made an impact on each and everyone in the cohort, while I am not trying to undermine the impact that everyone else made, the awardee is a selfless and empathetic nurse who truly embodies the spirit of SF State Nursing."

Please join us in congratulating Mary Rose Fiterman!

Mary Rose Fiterman with Larry Vitale