Allied Health Pinning Ceremony 2017

Allied Health Pinning Ceremony 2017


Welcome to
the Allied Health Pinning Ceremony for the Spring 2017 Graduating Class. Welcome graduates, family, friends, faculty and distinguished guests.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>I’d now like to invite Marlow Stack, Respiratory Care Program graduate to
the podium to lead us in the pledge of allegiance.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>I pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,
and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God. Indivisible with liberty and
justice for all.>>[APPLAUSE]>>Thank you, Marlo.>>Thank you.>>I’d like to introduce our
distinguished guest here tonight, Dr. Matthew Reed, Vice President for
Learning at Brookdale Community College.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>Dr. Jean Emond,
Dean of the Health Science Institute.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>Dr. Teri Kahn, Director of
the Radiologic Technology Program.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>Kathleen Tagar, MSRT, Radiologic Technology.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>Program technical coordinator.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>Professor Carol Shadle, Director of the Respiratory Care Program.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>Assistant Professor Joanne Boyd, Clinical Director of
the Respiratory Care Program.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>I’d now like to invite Dr. Matthew Reed to the podium
to address the graduates.>>[APPLAUSE]>>Thank you. I’m just old enough that it still
surprises me on these ceremonies when they say silence your cell phones. As a student I remember being
surprised at graduation, that I thought that the ceremony was
supposed to be about us the students was in fact more about the parents. And now that I’m a parent,
I completely get it. So I would just like to ask everyone
please join me in thanking the parents, the families, the friends,
the significant others for the support that these students
have received in this program. Thank you.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>And now for someone who actually
knows what’s she’s talking about. I’d like to welcome Dean Jean Emond.>>[APPLAUSE]>>Good evening, welcome. I have the distinct honor of offering
official congratulations on this. It is such an incredible milestone. I’ve seen so much change over you in what really is
just 60 weeks of training and education. And that’s a kind of remarkable peak, because you see people come in who
know nothing about these areas. And within the last couple of weeks and
we’ve watch people studying for finals. The depths of their knowledge, their dedication to the program
is absolutely overwhelming.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>I was doing some research recently and
realize that 60% of people who work in healthcare are actually
in the Allied Health Field. In healthcare at the moment, we throw around a lot of terms,
like affordability, ethical care, Safety. None of that would be
possible without the work of the professionals that are in
these Alied Health Fields. And so the work that you’re doing,
the work you’re going to be doing is so absolutely necessary. And as someone who’s approaching
that age that I’m needing more and more healthcare, I am so
very glad that you’re going to be there. So I wanna thank all of you for
the work you’ve done and the dedication you’ve shown and
once more to congratulation you. I also wanna take this opportunity
to thank the faculty who have done an incredible job. They are among the best teachers anywhere.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>And I wanna thank my office staff, Sharon Katie Riggers,
Bruce Don, who have done so much to keep this program organized and
to help arrange tonight. So once more, congratulations.>>[APPLAUSE]>>Thank you, Dean Emond. I’d like to invite Dr. Kahn to the podium to present an award for
the Radiologic Technology Program.>>[APPLAUSE]>>Should I stand or should I stand?>>[LAUGH]
>>I’ll stand.>>[LAUGH]
>>Good afternoon everyone, I’m so very proud to stand before you,
and the graduates of 2017. You are here today,
to witness the fruits of their labor and celebrate their accomplishments as they
move on to their professional lives. The Allied Health Program
at Brookdale are not easy. Students spend hours a day in classrooms, in their laboratories and
in the clinical setting. It is more than a full time job and many
of them hold full time jobs in addition. [COUGH] They have in addition
ten hours of homework a week. Graduating and gaining clinical
competency is a great accomplishment. To the graduates,
education is the seed of life and power. You have learned valuable skills, you may
use that work and also everyday in life. You have learned professional
behaviors and ethics. And it is now your duty to share
your knowledge with your patients, coworkers, your family and your friends. You must [COUGH] act in
accordance to the professional principles that you have learned. This is not just as work, but everyday. A true healthcare professional, Will continue to work towards
being a good communicator, altruistic which means doing the best and
the benefit for all others, and possessing a strong sense
of service and professionalism. As a healthcare professional it is your
duty to help others, educate others, and to be a valuable member of
the healthcare team and your community. Every day, every hour, you are not
a professional just at work but every minute of every day. You have a duty to preserve and
improve the health and well-being of all persons
you come in contact with. Martin Luther King Jr. once said the time
is always right to do what is right. Healthcare is a profession of honor,
respect and compassion. You must be honest in what you do. Do not cheat your patient from
a quality encounter or care. Care for your patients as they were
the relative you love and cherish. Make them comfortable
even if they do not ask. Complete the test with competency and
care, and go above and
beyond what is asked of you. You make a mistake, be honest about it. Take the time to learn the right way and
share what you know with others. Provide a clean and safe environment for
yourself and others. Yes, it is your responsibility
to make sure it’s clean. And ensure the facilities are safe for
your patients, coworkers and yourself. Healthcare is a profession of honor and
honesty. Respect yourself and
your patients by caring for yourself, staying healthy, and improving your
life through additional education. And surrounding yourself with
those who have positive attitudes. And dream to overcome any
obstacle that gets in your way. Be compassionate. The greatest reward of being a healthcare
professional is to receive recognition, respect, and compassion. Compassion and respect will be bestowed
upon you when you show compassion and respect to others, and
all those around you. You’ll be recognized for
your hard work, dedication, and expertise,
you cannot expect this unless you give it. As a healthcare professional
you have a duty to yourself, to your patients, to your family and
to your community. May your careers be fruitful and
rewarding. May you continue your education,
and educate all those around you. May you have the strength to
carry out your duties with honor, respect, and compassion. And may you be the changemakers
to improve healthcare delivery. Congratulations! [APPLAUSE]>>[APPLAUSE]>>Now, I’d like to present the radiology technology program student awards for
academic excellence, clinical excellence, and for the student who has shown the most
improvement throughout the two years. First I’d like to ask Patricia Rygold
to come up to receive her award.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>For academic excellence. [APPLAUSE]
>>Patricia constantly throughout the entire program tirelessly
has achieved the highest scores on most of our exams, projects,
and other assignments. She was unbeatable, congratulations.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>Second, the award is for clinical excellence. I would like to call Jesse Orango.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>Up to the podium, Jesse has shown exceptional
clinical skills, compassion for his patients, and
the ability to work with respect and professionalism with
everyone he encounters.>>[APPLAUSE]>>And our award for most improved goes to a student
who was extremely quiet, shy, and
possessed very little confidence at first. In the two years we have known him
he has shown an amazing change. He now speaks and acts confidently and has impressed all the faculty
with his transformation. I would like to bring up Evan Preston.>>[APPLAUSE]>>Congratulations everyone, and the entire class of 2017, good luck and may your careers be rewarding and
satisfying.>>[APPLAUSE]>>Thank you, Dr. Kahn. I would now like to invite Professor
Shidell to the podium to present awards for the respiratory care program.>>[APPLAUSE]>>Ha, I do like being tall. Good evening and welcome. I brought my entourage because I feel
I cannot give out awards without the two faculty that have been side by
side with each of these students for the last two years. I’ve been teaching in the field
of respiratory care now for a good 27 years and
I’ve been working in the field for 30. And during that entire time we have
seen many many students accomplish what these 20 students
have accomplished today. The things that Dr. Kahn mentioned
are incredibly important and I hope each one took to heart what was said, that it’s important,
our patients are our number one priority. I always said that in the clinical
setting I said the students come second, when you’re in the clinical
patients are first. Safety, cleanliness, infection control, everything else matters is what
you’re doing with Patients. One of the things though that
I always enjoyed was a quote by Mya Angelou that said, it’s not what
you say to a person that they’ll remember. And it’s not what you do to
a person that they’ll remember, but it’s how you made them feel. And I hope that each of the graduates, and we’ll remember that when they work with
the patient, their family members, and everyone else involved that,
that’s what they’ll remember. And congratulations, the whole
class of radiology and respiratory.>>[APPLAUSE]>>I feel every one of the respiratory therapy students have
solely deserve an award. Everyone was a fledgling when they began. And now they are working towards becoming
more and more confident everyday. And hope that they’ll have
the opportunity out in the world soon, as soon as they get a chance
to get a hold of those boards. But what I would like to do is recognize the Lambda Beta Honor Society
of the top 25% of the class. They’ll receive the honor of membership
into this society which is connected with the American Association for
Respiratory Care, our national society. And it recognizes scholarly work, and their commitment to the profession
of respiratory care. The first recipient is Dawn Carpenter.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Our next recipient is Nicole Finnegan.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Britney Foster>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Vanessa Catulo.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>And our last recipient is Kate Sablinski.>>[APPLAUSE]>>Good job, Kate!>>[LAUGH] [APPLAUSE]>>Again, I thank you for your time here to help celebrate with your
family and friends, and we’ll continue.>>[APPLAUSE]>>Thank you, Professor Shidell. Now graduates, it’s time for
the presentation of pins. As all allied health students, we’ll
tell you the support study groups and friends on your courses that lead you to
a successful completion of these rigorous programs. It is only fitting that your fellow
students will be the ones to pin you tonight, as they were with you
throughout the entire program. I would like to invite Dr. Terry Kontep, and
the first radiologic technology graduate.>>[APPLAUSE] Ashley Alberta.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Jennifer Langdon.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Jessie Orango.>>[APPLAUSE] [LAUGH] [APPLAUSE]>>Michael Bordner.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE] [LAUGH]>>Joseph Butler. [APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Ally Capparela.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Alexander Chula. [APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Katelyn Zaizack.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Tina Caltrela.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Jaclyn Theobald.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Jilliam Falco.>>[APPLAUSE]>>[APPLAUSE]>>Dominic Gagliano.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Tiffany Genon.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Alexa Garcia.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Martin Guilfoyle.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Matt Guzzo.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Megan Lawson.>>[APPLAUSE]>>[APPLAUSE]>>Amina Margerum.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Shannon McGuinness.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Marion Machela.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Christina Nice.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Maria O’Tarra.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Chelsea Palermo.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE] Erica Patrick.>>[APPLAUSE]>>[APPLAUSE]>>Elisa Portente.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Evan Grastin.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Patricia Regal.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Meg Shaffer.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Courtney Smith.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Samantha Spinazola.>>[APPLAUSE]>>Samantha.>>[APPLAUSE]>>Jennifer Vanbuskirk.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Kristen Wilbert.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Casey Yager.>>[APPLAUSE]>>Casey.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>Sylvia Zukowski.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Let’s have a big round of applause for our radiologic technology students.>>[APPLAUSE]>>I would now like to invite Professor Carol Chatelle to pin
the first respiratory care graduate.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>Shay Baht.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Hansi Bin Ami.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>[LAUGH]>>David Basia.>>[APPLAUSE]>>Way to go David. [APPLAUSE]>>Paul Kamarda.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Dawn Carpenter.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Jessica DeAlavera.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Nicole Phinigan.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Bertney Foster.>>[APPLAUSE]>>Way to go.>>[APPLAUSE]>>Victoria Greene.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Minerva Waniko.>>[APPLAUSE]>>[LAUGH]>>[APPLAUSE]>>Vanessa Cotula.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Go girl, go girl, wear it.>>Raul Palma.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Gerhard Pulliez.>>[APPLAUSE]>>[INAUDIBLE]>>[LAUGH] [APPLAUSE]>>Catherine Pitco.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Kate Sovulskis.>>[APPLAUSE]>>You go, Kate.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>[INAUDIBLE]>>[LAUGH]>>Jessica Scaberemooch.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Marlo Stack.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Caroline Terry.>>[APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>Sandy Bayehoe Gonzales.>>[APPLAUSE]>>[APPLAUSE]>>Lucinda Woods.>>[APPLAUSE]>>[APPLAUSE]>>Let’s have a big round of applause for our Respiratory Care graduates.>>[APPLAUSE]>>And now, the farewell speakers. I’d like to invite Patricia Regal
to the podium to deliver the farewell address to the Radiology
Technology Program graduates.>>[APPLAUSE]>>I’m having so much fun.>>This is so much fun.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>I think it’s important to spend the moment
thanking our support systems, the people who reminded
us that we could do this. The people who pushed us to be better. The ones who gave us rise, covered
our shifts, or watched our children. The ones who made us coffee or
tea while we studied. Please know your
investment is appreciated. Thank you for your understanding,
your love, and your support. We could not have gotten here without you. I also wanted to congratulate
my fellow students. I remember that first day when
we were all looking around, wondering what we were
getting ourselves into. How some of us, including me, thought
we were supposed to wear our scrubs and immediately felt out of place when
we realized we didn’t have to. Remember that first
chest x-ray evaluation? We were all terrified, and that first day of clinicals when we were
just trying to not do something wrong. Now we take chest x-rays in moments. We get the tunnel view without hesitation,
and can operate a C-arm in sterile conditions. It still amazes me that two years
ago I didn’t know any of you. Man, my life must have been boring. Not only did you win me over with
all your amazing qualities, but I consider you family. So let me tell you a little
bit about my family. We walk into a room and quickly take
it over and are two voice risks for other students to study. That’s an actual fact. People have told us to be quiet or
have got up and left on multiple occasion. Everyone says hi to each
other because we want to. We have jokes to share,
updates on drama, and we rely on each other to keep
us on top of weekly assignments. We get excited when someone tells us they
got SI joints, a sternum or a calcaneus. We relate and support each other
when we majorly mess something up or are having a hard time because
we have all been in that spot. I got into this program as
a way to provide for my family. I had no idea that my family
would grow like it has.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>As we approach the end of our education it
seems appropriate to talk about strength. The times when you find
yourself defeated and you whisper to yourself that
awful sentence I can’t do this. Strength is the other voice that says,
yes you can. Life is constantly challenging us,
making the lists longer, the walls higher,
the playing fields so very uneven. It is our responsibility to hold ourselves
accountable, to brush off our knees and keep going,. To take a deep breath and
say, what’s next? Well, we all have a very big
what’s next ahead of us. In a short time,
we will be working in facilities, and we will no longer be students. We will be radiologic technologists.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>Our training wheels are off and
no one is holding on, running next to us. We thought it was hard being student. Now we’re completely on our own and
we must spend a least a few months showing everyone that we can do
this efficiently and accurately while trying to
not to upset the patients. One day you are going to have that
day when you drop the $80,000 digital cassette or you crash the portable
into the foot of the patient’s bed. Or you have to clean up human
feces that isn’t your own and you will say I can’t do this. I hope on that day you remember all
the times in the past two years when you heard that. We are here, we did it. We’ve balanced 34 exams, 51 quizzes, 10 projects, reading assignments,
59 practices, 59 evaluations, 21 discussions lab time, 1,256 hours in clinical, 15 film evals, 12 finals, home life and
some of us even had jobs.>>[APPLAUSE]>>We can do this. So when you have that day when you
just can’t get the process and your patient is now blowing,
think of this experience. Think about how you nailed it and
how hard you used to think it was, how we’re here today and how much stronger
each of us are for having done so. Even when it was hard or I got aggravated,
I would look at you guys, I knew I was not alone. I knew that I could do this. I would think about how much more my life
is enriched just from getting the chance to become friends with all of you.>>Love you!
>>[LAUGH] You all have a very special place in my heart. Whether you text me asking when you have
to have your CE done by or have to submit your resume in PDF forms for a perspective
employer, I will be there fo you. I am excited to see how well we
are all doing in the future and to recall all of our wonderful
memories from these past two years. I wish all of you strength and prosperity. Thank you.>>[APPLAUSE]>>Thank you, Patricia. I’d would now like to invite Jessica
D’Oliveira to the podium to deliver the farewell address for
the Respiratory Care Program graduates [APPLAUSE]>>It’s all right. Hi, I’m Katherine Pytko.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>Nothing ever really runs that smoothly.>>[LAUGH]
>>Good evening, welcome friends, family, and loved ones to the 2017
Respiratory Pinning Ceremony. Today marks the end of
a very long journey. For the past two years we have
overcome the challenges and obstacles of this program. We poured our resources and our knowledge together which
helped us get to this point. Whenever you did not understand a concept, there was always someone
there to explain it to you. We’ve experience deep sorrows and
great joys throughout these few years, together we have conquered and
defied these hurdles. Someone was always there
to lend support and understanding in these difficult times. Without the love and
support of our families, friends, and loved ones,
this would’ve been an impossible task. It is because of our loved ones that
we were given the opportunity to further our education, so a big thank
you to them and a round of applause.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>On behalf of the class, I would like to thank Carol Schedel,
Joanne Boyd, and Mary Lambert->>[APPLAUSE]>>And all the clinical and lab instructors. Without the help of the clinical and
lab instructors, there would not be a respiratory program. Thank you to Carol and Joanne for
providing this program, because now we can
achieve our future goals. And Mary, you have made an indelible
mark on the respiratory community. No matter where you go,
whether they’ve been doing it for 3 years or 30 years,
they still remember you. The next endeavor will be getting
started in our new careers, a new job will offer new challenges,
facing new fears. But I am confident in
all our abilities and skills that we will make
the right decisions. Every one of us comes from
different backgrounds, countries, cultures, experiences making
us unique individuals, yet we all share some of
the same characteristics. We are all steadfast, dedicated,
and true in our convictions, therefore I am assured that we
will do well in our new career. People come in and out of our lives, but I hope to see you all
again on the next journey. I have learned so much from you, best of
luck, and may all our wishes come true. Thank you for this wonderful and rewarding experience.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>Thank you, Katherine, and I do apologize for that.>>[LAUGH]
>>In closing, I’d like to thank the Radiology,
Technology, and Respiratory Care faculty,
lab instructors, and clinical instructors. I would also like to thank
the Health Science Institute’s office for making this pinning ceremony possible. Now let’s have one more round of applause for the graduates.>>[APPLAUSE]
>>Congratulations, guys.>>[APPLAUSE]>>Thank you all for
joining us on this special evening. We ask family and friends to please
remain seated until faculty and graduates have proceeded out of the arena. Please drive home safely. Graduates, please stand. Exit the last row to first row,
congratulations.>>[APPLAUSE] [MUSIC]>>Congratulations, it’s off. [MUSIC]