On Friday, April 29, 2011, the JCHS Respiratory Therapy Program held its 2011 Honor Awards and Pinning Ceremony at the Sheraton Hotel in Roanoke.
The ceremony is held annually to highlight the accomplishments and upcoming graduation of Respiratory Therapy students at the Spring Commencement event in May.
Among the guests at this year's ceremony was JCHS President<BR>
Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, pictured here with Respiratory Therapy Program<BR>
Director Dr. Sharon Hatfield.
At the front of the room was a table with all of the pins, plaques, certificates and other awards that would be given out later in the day.
Enjoying the luncheon before the awards ceremony was (left to right) Judy Caffee, Department Secretary for Respiratory Therapy; Doug Wright, Assistant Professor in RT; and Sharon Hatfield, Program Director of RT.
Respiratory Therapy students Erica Branham (left) and Chelsea Synstad watch as lunch is served.
JCHS President Nathaniel L. Bishop welcomes the students, faculty, staff and guests of the Respiratory Therapy Program to the event.
RT Assistant Professor Doug Wright chats with Sharon Hatfield.
Chase Poulsen, Director of Clinical Education for the JCHS RT Program, acted as the master of ceremonies, leading the blessing.
JCHS Respiratory Therapy student Brittney Sutton talks over lunch with her classmates.
Linda Cochran (left), Assistant Professor in the RT Program, with Robin Lozano, an RT Program Clinical Preceptor.
RT Associate Professor George Steer discusses the ceremony with Chase Poulsen.
JCHS Respiratory Therapy student Megan Pappas listens to her classmates chat over lunch.
Chase Poulsen is all smiles.
JCHS Respiratory Therapy student James Nehls looks a little down in this photo, but he was actually very engaged in conversations with his classmates throughout the event.
JCHS Respiratory Therapy student Kim Welch checks out some photos during the luncheon.
Douglas Hundley (right), a JCHS RT Program Clinical Preceptor, talks with colleagues as Patrick Nichols, Carilion Clinic Director of Neonatal Pediatric Respiratory Care, listens.
JCHS RT students Ashley Nichols and Kim Welch pose for a photo.
As the students took pictures of each other, Chase Poulsen points out the paparazzo trying to be inconspicuous in the corner!
JCHS RT students Shelley Flood and Ashley Nichols check out their photo.
Respiratory Therapy Program Director Sharon Hatfield welcomed everyone and kicked off the awards portion of the ceremony.
First up was the award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, which went to Megan Pappas.
Next, the award for Outstanding Clinical Achievement was given to Lane Carper.
The Respiratory Therapy Program then recognized its Clinical Preceptors, which included (left to right) Shane Thompson, Douglas Hundley, Patrick Randolph and Deborah Zerwekh.
The RT Program then recognized those students being inducted into the Lambda Beta Society, the national honor society for the respiratory care profession. Sharon Hatfield places a cord around the neck of an inductee, which will then be worn by these students at commencement.
Next up was the pinning ceremony, in which RT students receive a pin on a ribbon worn around the neck. The students are then congratulated by the RT faculty. Here, RT student Stephanie Byers shakes hands with Chase Poulsen.
Sharon Hatfield gives a pin to RT student Marissa Sparks.
After the pinning ceremony, RT student Jenna Lawler stood to speak on behalf of the class, thanking the faculty for their instruction and guidance. Sitting next to Jenna were (left to right) George Steer, Lane Carper and Courtney Emert.
The JCHS Respiratory Therapy Class of 2011 (left to right): Shemelia Brandon, Ekaterina Davidova, James Nehls, Chelsea Synstad, Lane Carper, Ashley Nichols, Erica Branham, Kimberly Welch, Jenna Loller, Brittney Sutton, Shelley Flood, Kortney Emert, Megan Pappas, Stephanie Byers and Marissa Sparks. Not pictured are Angela Gray, Nicole Harding, Joshua Selby and Danielle Troutt.