Two South Philly women received awards from the Neumann University Alumni Association at the group’s annual recognition ceremony on March 7.
Sr. Rose Raymond Barba, OSF, received the 2023 School of Nursing and Health Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award. Sr. Rose began her nursing career as a licensed practical nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital before she decided to further her education at Neumann University (then, Our Lady of Angels College) to earn her RN and BSN. After graduation in 1978, she worked for 10 years in the Burn Center at St. Agnes Medical Center, beginning as a staff nurse and advancing to assistant head nurse.
After her tenure with the burn center, she continued at St. Agnes, working in utilization review and management, cardiac rehab and finally home care. Sr. Rose has also served on the provincial and general leadership teams for the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. She has been employed at the Assisi House, the Sisters’ retirement facility, for the last 13 years, recently transitioning from assistant administrator to staff in the pastoral service department where she collaborates closely with the director of nursing.
The university also presented Dariana Troilo with the 2023 Alumni Association Outstanding Senior Award. Troilo is on track to graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in health science/certified exercise physiology athletic trainer.
While thriving academically, she took advantage of other opportunities to make the most of her college career. Troilo served as a Mass sacristan, a Presidential Ambassador, the captain of the women’s soccer team and a member of the tennis team and the Health Science Club. She volunteers for Philabundance and plans to attend Neumann for her master’s degree in athletic training.