In early May 2013, JCHS celebrated our impending Spring Commencement Ceremony with several department and program-centered celebrations.
Things kicked off on Friday, May 3, with a celebration in honor of our 2013 graduates from the JCHS Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Program. The event took place in the Auditorium at the Carilion Clinic Rehab.
Each graduating student from the MLS Program received a certificate. Here, we find Artista Hairston proudly displaying her certificate.
Next up was MLS grad Amanda Garifo.
MLS grad Christopher Rigney with his program certificate.
MLS student and soon-to-be new grad Aisha Ali shows off her new program certificate.
Finally, MLS grad Allison Preston gives us a glimpse of her certificate and her beautiful smile!<P>
The entire JCHS community congratulates our Medical Laboratory Science students on all you have achieved!
Our next celebration was held on Wednesday, May 8 in honor of our Health & Exercise Science Program graduates. Posing here, we find (left to right) Program Director Dr. Ally Bowersock; HES student Jonathan Altizer; JCHS President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop; HES students Taylor Hite, Wyatt Roop, Jessica Quarles, and Alicia Dillon; and HES faculty member Johanna Ferguson.
HES grads Taylor Hite and Jessica Quarles share a smile!
Wyatt Roop, a 2013 graduate of the HES Program, celebrating with his fellow grads.
HES grad Alicia Dillon posing prettily for the camera!<P>
All of us at JCHS celebrate our Health & Exercise Science students on their 2013 graduation!
Also held on Wednesday, May 8 was our 2013 Respiratory Therapy (RT) Program Pinning Ceremony, which took place at the Sunnybrook Plantation in Roanoke. Here, our students and RT faculty pose for a group shot.
Inside, our RT students, faculty and staff gathered with their families, friends and loved ones for a great celebration luncheon.
It was a wonderful opportunity for our students to gather together one last time before graduation and to celebrate this milestone in their lives. And having their friends and families on hand made the day even more special!
We also welcomed guests to the pinning ceremony who have helped support our RT students as they worked toward earning their degrees.<P>
We would like to recognize the hard work and dedication of our Respiratory Therapy students as they accept their diplomas and transition into their professional lives!
On Thursday, May 9, we find ourselves at Billy's Restaurant in downtown Roanoke for our Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program Pinning Ceremony.
Our Master of Ceremonies was Ave Mitta (far right, standing), Director of the OTA Program at JCHS.
The event kicked off with a special greeting and congratulations from Dr. Lisa Allison-Jones (right), Dean for Academic Affairs at JCHS.
OTA faculty member Karen Layman (right) snaps a photo of three of our OTA grads during the dinner.
OTA faculty member Dr. Gillian Rai (right, with Ave Mitta) recognized our hard-working OTA students for their dedication and announced she would be moving to a position with the Master of Occupational Therapy Program at JCHS next fall.
The 2013 recipients of the JCHS OTA Program's "Travis Nichols Exemplar Award" were (left to right, with Ave Mitta and Gillian Rai), Christina Williams, Erika Holt and Stacey Preston.
Then, it was time for the awarding of our OTA Program pins. Each of our 24 OTA grads came to the front of the room when their names were called and accepted their pins and a gift bag from the program. <P>
JCHS is proud of the incredible accomplishments of the 2013 graduates of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program!
Also on Thursday, May 9, we celebrated our 2013 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program's Pinning Ceremony at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Roanoke.
Attending to recognize our new BSN graduates was JCHS President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, pictured here with Nursing faculty member Cindy Marcum.
Acting as our Master of Ceremonies was Dr. Ava Porter, Chair of the JCHS Nursing Department.
As part of the ceremony, the BSN students receive their pins, which are actually small medallions worn on a ribbon around the neck.
Coming to the stage to receive their pins is also a great opportunity for our BSN students to thank their professors for their support in reaching their goals and earning their degrees.
And, it shines a bright spotlight on our BSN grads, highlighting their persistence and hard work during their JCHS tenure!
A new JCHS BSN grad checks out her pin during the Spring 2013 Pinning Ceremony.
The students then took part in the "Lighting of the Lamp." The lamp is an iconic symbol of the dedication nurses undertake when they enter the profession.
The lamp can be traced back to Florence Nightingale, a pioneer in the field of nursing, many of whose techniques are still in use today.<P>
The entire JCHS community congratulates our Bachelor of Science in Nursing students on your graduation and wishes you well!
Thursday, May 9 was also the day we recognized the JCHS Arts & Sciences Department's outstanding students at the annual Arts & Sciences Awards Ceremony, held at the Hotel Roanoke.
It was a chance for our faculty and students from a number of different programs to come together and celebrate our upcoming Commencement Ceremony!
MLS Program Director Laura Link (left), poses with MLS graduate Aisha Ali at the Arts & Sciences Awards Ceremony.
Our students looking beautiful as they celebrated together!
Many of our faculty and staff members were on hand to support our graduating students and catch up with each other as well. Here, we find (left to right) Dr. Kurt Neidigh from our Mathematics & Sciences Department; Gayle Clary, who oversees the Educational Testing Center at JCHS; and Susan Tolliver, our Science Lab Coordinator.
We were also joined by family members of our students, who attended to congratulate and celebrate their loved ones' accomplishments.
JCHS President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop greeted the crowd and welcomed them to the Arts & Sciences celebration event.
Among the awards given out at the ceremony were the Outstanding Student Awards. Here, student Samuel Pearce receives the award from Mathematics & Sciences faculty member Dr. Rick Carliss (left) and Dr. Francis Dane, Chair of the Arts & Sciences Department.
Our next Outstanding Student Award recipient was Sara Woods, who accepted her award from Dr. Bob Reese (left), Director of the JCHS Health Psychology Program and Dr. Dane.
Our next Outstanding Student Award went to Brook-Lynn Velvin, who was given her award by Dr. Reese and Dr. Dane.
Finally, MLS student Christopher Rigney was presented his Outstanding Student Award by Laura Link and Dr. Dane.
MLS Christopher Rigney with MLS Program Director Laura Link and JCHS President Bishop posed for a photo at the end of the Arts & Sciences Award Ceremony. <P>
JCHS would like to wish our Arts & Sciences graduates and award recipients, as well as all of our 2013 Spring graduates, the very best. Great job, everyone! Come back and see us often!