On Saturday, April 13, 2013, Jefferson College of Health Sciences held its fourth annual Accepted Students Day (ASD), sponsored by the JCHS Office of Admissions.
It was beautiful spring day at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital on the JCHS campus where the event was held.
The event is a chance for students who have been accepted into one of our programs at JCHS to visit the campus and hear about academics, financial aid, student life and much more! Here, some of our accepted students check in at the beginning of the day.
Our guests were treated to breakfast snacks in the JCHS Museum, just off of the lobby before the event kicked off.
A new JCHS student checks in at our 2013 ASD event.
One of our participants check out her handouts just after checking in.
Among those greeting our ASD families were our mascot, Jeff the Blue Healer and JCHS Assistant Director of Admissions Sarah Ross (right), who happily posed for a few snapshots!
There was a genuine sense of excitement among our soon-to-be Blue Healers as they met some of their classmates for the first time and learned more about the education they were about to embark upon.
The event also gives parents, caregivers and spouses the chance to not only visit campus and see what their loved ones will be learning, but to get to know other JCHS families.
Even our littlest guests got to know our beloved JCHS family members, like this little lady who posed with Jeff.
The participants each received a packet of information that detailed the day's activities and more information about their programs of study and the College as a whole. Plus, they got some cool JCHS freebies!
JCHS Dean for Administrative Services Anna Millirons (right) shares a laugh with Ruth Taylor from the JCHS Office of Admissions.
JCHS Faculty members were also on hand to greet our new students. Here, Nursing faculty member Tracy Hudgins (left) chats with an ASD participant.
In addition to the faculty, members of the JCHS staff were also on hand to welcome our new students as they arrived and checked in.
Many of our ASD participants knew each other and took the opportunity to catch up before the official program began.
Between students and families, we had over 150 visitors for our 2013 ASD event!
The program kicked off with a greeting from JCHS President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop.
Dr. Bishop welcomed the students and their families to our campus and to the exciting, fast-paced world of healthcare—a stable, growing professional area that will allow our graduates to care for our families, friends and neighbors for decades to come.
After Dr. Bishop, JCHS Director of Admissions Judith McKeon greeted our guests and pointed our ASD families to the classrooms and labs upstairs where the activities would continue.
In one of our large classrooms, accepted students and their families listen to a presentation from Jennifer Slusher, the JCHS Director of Counseling and Wellness.
In an adjacent classroom, Emily Moore, the JCHS Coordinator of the Learning & Writing Center, detailed the academic support we provide for our students.
ASD students and their families hear about support services available to them in the classroom and out through our Student Affairs Department.
Randall Thornton, from the JCHS Office of Financial Aid, fills the ASD participants in on details about paying for their college educations and resources we make available to them.
In another classroom, Sarah Ross talks about the admissions and financial aid process at JCHS.
Some of our ASD participants and their families during one of the information sessions.
JCHS Assistant Director of Financial Aid Wesley Vorberger details the steps to completing applications for federal, private and institutional financial aid resources.
After our information sessions, the ASD students and their families had the chance to browse the JCHS Bookstore for some awesome logo items from their new school!
After a break, the students then broke out into information sessions for the academic programs they will be entering as students. Here, Melody Sharp, Program Director for the Post-Licensure and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programs, greets her new folks.
In another classroom, JCHS Health & Exercise Science faculty member Johanna Ferguson introduces the program to her new student and her family.
Next door, Ave Mitta, Director of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, welcomes her new students and their families.
Rebecca Duff, Director of the JCHS Physical Therapist Assistant Program, hands out information about her program to the new students entering in fall 2013.
Director of the JCHS Respiratory Therapy Program Chase Poulsen summarizes the program's curriculum for his new students.
Francis Dane, Interim Program Director of the Mathematics & Science, discusses his program.
Bob Reese, Director of the Health Psychology Program, details what his new student will learn when she comes to JCHS this fall.
And, in our largest classroom, Rebecca Greer (left), Director of the Pre-Licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, talks to a very large crowd of students and their loved ones about her program. <P>
All of us at JCHS would like to thank everyone who attended our 2013 Accepted Students Day event. We hope you had a great time and enjoyed your visit with us on the College’s campus. We can't wait to greet you as official JCHS student this fall!