JAMESTOWN - Five students received their certificates and graduation pins during the 43rd commencement exercise of the WCA Hospital School of Radiologic Technology. The evening proved to be an exceptional graduation night for the Class of 2012 as the graduates were given accolades from parents, friends, school faculty and hospital leadership for their milestone achievement.
WCA Hospital School of Radiologic Technology clinical instructor Amanda Bender gave the commencement address.
Garret D. Boner of Dunkirk, Ann Marie K. Pratt of Jamestown, Crystal R. Schwab of Franklinville, Tiffany M. Walters of Celoron and Lauren N. Williamson of Jamestown received their certificates and join the 200-plus graduates in the school's history to celebrate the conclusion of two years of study and clinical rotations.
From left: Christina Slojkowski, MSRT (R) School of Radiologic Technology program director at WCA; Brian Meagher, MD, board-certified radiologist; Tammara Hodges, WCA Hospital director of imaging services; 2012 school graduates, Garret Boner, Ann Marie Pratt (Murray S. Marsh Outstanding Student Award recipient); Crystal Schwab (Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology Accreditation for Academic Excellence Award recipient); Tiffany Walters, Lauren Williamson; Brenda Ireland, WCA Hospital Board of Directors chair; Amanda Bender, BS RT (R), WCA Hospital School of Radiologic clinical instructor.
The Murray S. Marsh Outstanding Student Award was presented by Brian Meagher, MD, board certified radiologist on staff at WCA Hospital, W.C.A. Foundation, Inc., vice chair, and awarded to Ann Marie K. Pratt.
The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology Accreditation for Academic Excellence was presented by Tammara Hodges, director of imaging services at WCA, and awarded to Crystal R. Schwab.
As part of the ceremony held in June at WCA Hospital, more than 100 family members, friends and hospital leadership enjoyed a slide show of shared memories from the Class of 2012, produced by Christina Slojkowski, MSRT (R) School of Radiologic Technology program director.
Bender, also a graduate of the school, Class of 2002, who delivered the commencement address, gave some words of advice to the new graduates.
"I realize that the last two years has had its stressful and challenging times for you, but you've handled it with grace and professionalism," Bender said. "We must remember in life that there will be times that may be testing or tricky for us, but what makes us who we are is not made up of what happens to us in our lives, but rather how we react to what happens to us. We can learn from the difficulties in life rather than letting those difficulties take us over. We must look for the positive in things rather than focusing on the negative and always try to make a bad or unfortunate experience a learning experience. If you let the worries and what ifs about life get in your way, then you will never be where you truly want to be in life. So follow your dreams and don't take no for an answer."
Brenda Ireland, WCA Hospital Board of Directors chair, and Amanda Bender presented the student certificates and class pins.
Classroom faculty for the Class of 2012 were: Program Director Slojkowski, clinical instructors Bender, Dawn Calimeri, Wendy Schmidt, Lisa Webster, Deborah Gorman, Vince Messina and Donna Hiller. Instructors for the Class of 2012 were Gail Borst and Candythe Kidder; Medical Advisor James Dahlie, MD, and Director of Imaging Services Tammara Hodges.
The WCA Hospital School of Radiologic Technology is a full-time, 24-month, hospital-based program. All didactic and clinical courses are provided on the hospital grounds. With its small class size and faculty/staff, student ratio, the program is able to provide individual attention with an emphasis on clinical experience. Upon completion of the program, the student receives a certificate of completion and is eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam as well as eligibility for New York State licensure.
Opportunities for career advancement are excellent following the required two-year basic education. The graduate radiographer can further his/her career through continuing education and experience. Areas of specialization include: Nuclear Medicine, Special Procedures, Ultrasonography, Computerized Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Radiation Therapy and Mammography.
To apply to the WCA Hospital School of Radiologic Technology, log onto www.wcahospital.org or call Slojkowski at 664-8366.