JAMESTOWN - Seven students from the WCA Hospital School of Medical Technology received their certificates and graduation pins at a special graduation ceremony held in their honor at the WCA Hospital Auditorium in July.
The Class of 2012 graduates are: Christine Chudzinski (Albany), graduate of Canisius College; Laura Kobielski (Sherman), graduate of SUNY Brockport; Nicholas Perez (Churchville), graduate of SUNY Fredonia; Jessica Reed (Geneva), graduate of Elmira College; Meryl Roush (Ellicottville), graduate of SUNY Fredonia; Victoria Wilcox (Cattaraugus), graduate of SUNY Fredonia; Steven Wollaber (Cobleskill), graduate of SUNY Geneseo.
The graduation ceremony included remarks from Jon Sundholm, BS MT (ASCP), WCA Hospital Clinical Laboratory Manager, BS MT (ASCP). The invocation was given by the Rev. Donald Ray, retired WCA Hospital Chaplain.
From left: Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital president/CEO; P. Christian Yates, WCA Foundation Grants Committee chairman; Class of 2012 graduates Laura Kobielski, Jessica Reed, Christina Chudzinski, Meryl Roush, Victoria Wilcox, Steven Wollaber, Nicholas Perez; Brenda Ireland, WCA Hospital Board of Directors chair.
Michele Harms, MS MLS (ASCP) School of WCA Medical Technology Program Director, shared a "Year In Retrospect," reviewing the happenings of the busy and challenging internship year with the graduates' families and friends. "Unless you have been through our internship program, you have no idea the difficult and stressful yet wonderful year the graduates have accomplished. Much is demanded of them and to reach graduation is no small feat."
The graduates reviewed the memories of the year by showing a video presentation of photos taken during the school year. Janet L. McMillin-Jaszcz, BS MLS (ASCP)CM WCA School of Medical Technology clinical coordinator, took a special opportunity to recognize all of the faculty and laboratory trainers for their dedication to the Class of 2012 and to the school. Mrs. Brenda Ireland, WCA Hospital Board of Directors chair, and Janet presented each student with a certificate of completion and a class pin.
Ronald Pittock, BS MT (ASCP) manager of the Clinical Chemistry Laboratory at WCA, addressed the graduates. Pittock has worked at WCA Hospital for 37 years and teaches 35 lectures in clinical chemistry, immunochemistry, urinalysis and instrumentation. Harms relates, "Ron," as he is affectionately called, the favorite lecturer of the Class of 2012, often spending time after and during a lecture telling stories that bring the book learning to a real-life connection with their future patients.
P. Christian Yates, WCA Foundation Grants Committee chairman, presented the 2012 Murray S. Marsh Outstanding Student Award to Laura Kobielski. "The Outstanding Student Award is a wonderful way to reward and encourage a member of each graduating class," Harms states. "The winner of the award is determined by the primary faculty and education staff who have watched the graduates throughout the internship year gain and grow in their knowledge and wisdom as seen in grade point average, personal traits and a commitment to patients and community health.
At the close of the graduation exercises, graduates and their families and guests are invited to tour the WCA Hospital Clinical Laboratory.
For more information about the School of Medical Technology, visit the "career" section of the hospital's website at www.wcahospital.org.