Have you visited the Jefferson College of Health Sciences Bookstore lately? Visit with us for all your collegiate items. We even have gifts for mom and dad, alumni, faculty and staff. The Bookstore also carries novelty and seasonal products. Located on the fourth floor of Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital on the Jefferson College campus at 101 Elm Avenue, SE, Roanoke, Virginia.
STORE HOURS: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. PHONE: (540) 985-8296 Drop by the bookstore today and see whatâ€™s waiting for you! Or visit us online at www.jchs.edu/jefferson-collegehealth-sciences-bookstore
Sections A Letter from the President........................................................................................................... 2 Jefferson Matters Magazine............................................................................................................................. 3
Roanoke Times’ Dan Casey: Graduates’ Earnings Not a Factor of School’s Size........... 4
Jefferson College Partners with Radford University and the Virginia
Tech Carilion School of Medicine on the Virginia Intercollegiate Anatomy Lab.......... 5
Jefferson Celebrates Spring Commencement Ceremony in Elmwood Park’s
New Amphitheater............................................................................................................. 6
BE Next at Jefferson College of Health Sciences.......................................................................... 8 Your Gift. Their Education. Our Health....................................................................................... 12 Jefferson Life
A Truly Heroic Effort........................................................................................................ 13
Spring & Summer 2014 Academic Honors Lists............................................................ 13
The Virginia Science Festival Comes to Jefferson College............................................. 14
Jefferson Named a Military Friendly School for 2014-15.............................................. 15
A Special Birthday Celebration During the Virginia Science Festival.......................... 15
Jefferson College Convocation 2014............................................................................... 16
Jefferson Takes on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.......................................................... 16
Jefferson Kicks Off the Academic Year with Party in Elmwood.................................... 17
The Jefferson Community Comes Together for Annual Spirit and
COW Day Celebrations.................................................................................................... 18 Beyond Jefferson
Jefferson College Alum Marci Stone Named Emergency Manager for
the City of Roanoke.......................................................................................................... 19
Jefferson’s Wilton Kennedy, D.H.Sc. has been Named VAPA’s
Humanitarian of the Year................................................................................................ 19
Jefferson College, VTCSOM and Virginia Tech Students Partner on
Service Projects................................................................................................................. 20
Jefferson College Alum Sean Anderson Has a Memorable First Day on the Job......... 22
Looks Who’s Visiting Jefferson........................................................................................ 23
One of Our Newest Blue Healers: Ruby Grace Wright................................................... 24
Jefferson BSN Students Kaithlin Wilson and Alex Tam Married.................................. 24
Check Out Jefferson’s New LinkedIn Page..................................................................... 24
Be Counted at Jefferson College of Health Sciences.........................................inside back cover Calling All Graduates.....................................................................................................back cover
College Accreditation Jefferson College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate and masters degrees. Contact the SACSCOC at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA, 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4501 for questions about the accreditation of Jefferson College of Health Sciences.
Mr. Stephen A. Musselwhite Chair Ms. Ellen Wade Vice Chair Mr. Joseph B. Wright Secretary/Treasurer Ms. Jeanne Armentrout Ms. Maryellen F. Goodlatte Dr. David M. Gring Ms. Brenda Hale, R.N. Mr. Keith F. Helmer Dr. Maxine M. Lee Mr. William R. Reid Rev. Joy Sylvester-Johnson The Honorable Philip Trompeter Mr. G. Robert Vaughan, Jr. Ms. Lori Viar Mr. Gary D. Walton
Jefferson College Named a Top Health & Medicine School by Virginia Living
College Board of Directors
College Administration Nathaniel L. Bishop, D.Min. President Lisa Allison-Jones, Ph.D. Dean for Academic Affairs Glen Mayhew, D.H.Sc. Associate Dean for Institutional Effectiveness Anna Millirons, M.B.A., C.P.A. Dean for Administrative Services Scott Hill, M.S. Dean for Student Affairs Francis C. Dane, Ph.D. Chair, Arts & Sciences Sharon L. Hatfield, Ph.D. Chair, Community Health Sciences Susan Polich, Ed.D. Chair, Rehabilitation & Wellness Ava G. Porter, D.N.P. Chair, Nursing Connie Cook,. M.B.A. Director of Enrollment Management Magazine Editors Mark A. Lambert Erik W. Williams Writers Mark A. Lambert Erik W. Williams Catherine Doss Photography Mark A. Lambert Erik W. Williams Sue Campbell Sarah Cox Laura White Kevin Hurley Photography Muncy Fine Photography Design & Printing Source4 JEFFERSON CHRONICLE
A Letter from the President Dear Alumni and Friends of Jefferson, It’s hard to believe, but in 2015, I will celebrate the fifth anniversary of my Presidency at Jefferson College of Health Sciences. During my tenure, I have watched as incoming students signed the Convocation Book and made a personal commitment to serve others and to begin their studies. Subsequently, I have shaken the hands of those same students as they crossed the stage to accept their Jefferson College diplomas just a few years later. I am incredibly proud of these bright, caring, compassionate and competent individuals. They are the lasting legacy of everything we do at Jefferson. As first a member of the College Board of Directors and now as President, I have known for years how special Jefferson College is and about the outstanding character of our students, faculty and staff. After much hard work, it is rewarding for me to hear our institution being honored and recognized on a regional, statewide and national scale. On the next page, you’ll read about how Virginia Living magazine named Jefferson one of the top four-year Health & Medicine Colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia—one of only four colleges and universities singled out for this honor. On the same page, you’ll see that U.S. News & World Report has named three of our graduate programs as some of the best in the country. We’re also being highlighted in our own community, as you’ll see on page 4. In April 2014, Roanoke Times columnist Dan Casey praised Jefferson College for the opportunities we provide our students, and Roanoke NBC affiliate WSLS10 aired multiple stories about Jefferson over the summer of 2014. Knowing how much we have grown and changed, we took the opportunity this year to review who we are, what we do and why we do it as we serve the residents of southwest Virginia and beyond. At the intersection of education and healthcare, Jefferson College educates the next generation of healthcare professionals not only to excel in their professions, but to drive their professions forward. On page 8 of this edition of the magazine, you can learn more about how we inspire, challenge and prepare our students to BE Next. It was a fascinating project, and as you’ll see throughout this issue, we have refreshed our logos, colors and styles to better reflect Jefferson as the progressive place we are, where the cream of the crop are learning to lead tomorrow’s healthcare professions. Included here are two perfect examples of how our graduates are excelling in their chosen professions. On page 19, you’ll meet Marci Stone, a Jefferson graduate who was recently named the new Emergency Manager for the City of Roanoke. And, on page 22, we profile Emergency Services alum Sean Anderson’s first day on the job after graduation, when he saved a life. The recognition doesn’t stop with our students and alumni; our faculty continue to win accolades and recognition. I was proud to learn that Dr. Wilton Kennedy, Director of Clinical Education and Associate Professor in the Jefferson Physician Assistant Program and Assistant Professor with the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, was named the Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants’ Humanitarian of the Year for 2014. Wilton’s dedication in leading medical missions to Africa is well known on our campus. It’s wonderful that his efforts are being recognized outside of our community as well. It’s a thrilling time to be a Jefferson College Blue Healer. With record numbers of students on campus and more academic opportunities offered than ever before, we have accomplished an incredible amount over the last few years. The previous half decade has been a whirlwind, and I look forward to continuing our drive, grounded in service and collaboration, toward preparing our students to meet the demands and become leaders in their chosen healthcare profession. Sincerely,
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Nathaniel L. Bishop, D.Min. President, Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Jefferson College Named a Top Health & Medicine School by Virginia Living Magazine Jefferson College of Health Sciences has been named one of the top Health & Medicine colleges in the state by Virginia Living magazine. Jefferson is one of only four colleges chosen for this honor in the four-year college category. The recognition appears in the magazine’s September/October edition, which hit newsstands on September 5, 2014. The digital edition of the magazine is available at http://issuu.com/capefear/ docs/2014_10oct-issuu?e=3709906/9087852. Virginia Living’s Top High Schools & Colleges 2014 is part of the publication’s annual “State of Education” supplement. This supplement profiles 148 public and private high schools and colleges leading the way in education innovation around the state. It recognizes schools for their excellence and innovation in five categories: Arts & Humanities, Science, Math & Technology, Performing Arts, Health & Medicine and Capital Improvements. After careful and thorough review of each school’s programs and accomplishments, Virginia Living’s editors selected schools that have instituted programs or recently begun capital improvements aimed at strengthening students’ experience in the classroom, on the field and in their communities. From large public research universities to two-year colleges and small private liberal arts colleges, and from public school systems to private boarding schools, Virginia Living’s Top High Schools & Colleges 2014 is the resource for anyone interested in knowing why Virginia’s schools are consistently ranked among the country’s best.
Recognition of Jefferson’s Excellence
at a glance…
In U.S. News and World Report’s Annual School and College Rankings, released in September 2014, three of Jefferson’s graduate programs are nationally ranked in their Grad School Health Programs listing: • Physician Assistant: #62 in the nation out of 123 ranked programs • Occupational Therapy: #100 out of 151 ranked programs • Nursing: #265 out of 442 ranked programs You can see Jefferson College’s information at http:// tinyurl.com/o2urqtg. You can see the Grad School Rankings homepage at http://tinyurl.com/p8lmhuv.
Jefferson College President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop was featured in a story about the recognition which aired on Roanoke NBC affiliate WSLS. You can see the WSLS story online now at http://tinyurl.com/mx8arof.
This article by columnist Dan Casey appeared in the April 30, 2014 edition of The Roanoke Times. It is reprinted here verbatim with the permission of The Roanoke Times.
Roanoke Times’ Dan Casey: Graduates’ Earnings Not a Factor of School’s Size We’re heading into college graduation season, which means that many young and wet-behindthe-ears diploma holders will be hunting for their first post-college employment. In view of that, here’s a little pop quiz.
Elmwood Park. There, 142 graduates will collect their diplomas. A handful of those will be associate degrees. A larger number will earn masters. The majority (64 percent) will earn bachelor’s degrees. All will be in a health-related field.
field can become a registered nurse at JCHS in as little as 16 months of full-time coursework. The median wage for a registered nurse in 2012 was just above $65,000, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
What’s the Virginia institution of higher education, public or private, from which graduates on average can expect to earn the highest initial first-year salary?
On average, those bachelor degree holders can expect to earn $56,400 in their first year of work, according to that report, which is based on SCHEV data from 2009-10, the most recent year available.
Some of you probably guessed Washington and Lee University in Lexington or the University of Richmond, two top-notch private universities in our commonwealth. Or perhaps Virginia Tech, because of all the higher-salaried engineers it produces. Or maybe you guessed the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, the state’s flagship public university.
This fact opened a few eyes when it appeared in the Wall Street Journal in February 2013 and later that year in the New York Times.
Jefferson College traces its roots to the early 1900s, when there were two schools for nurses in the Magic City. Those combined in 1965 under the leadership of William Reid, the founding administrator of Community Hospital. He still sits on the JCHS board.
All of you would be wrong. Here’s the answer, according to data compiled by the State Council of High Education for Virginia, and issued in a report last year by CollegeMeasures.org: It’s the itty-bitty, gets-little-respect Jefferson College of Health Sciences right here in Roanoke. On May 9, JCHS will hold its graduation ceremonies in the new amphitheater in
More Recognition of Jefferson’s Excellence
at a glance…
Roanoke NBC affiliate WSLS-10 covered Jefferson College’s emerging excellence with two stories during summer 2014. You can watch both stories online by following the links below. • Virginia Living Magazine Names Jefferson College of Health Sciences as a Top Health & Medicine College: http://tinyurl.com/mx8arof • Healthcare Career Supply and Demand Balances Out in Roanoke: http://tinyurl.com/ll5zjwm
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But when you think about the kind of degrees the relatively tiny college offers, it’s not too surprising. They’re concentrated in a field for which, as our population ages, there’s a quickly growing demand. I spent some time Tuesday over at JCHS looking into this interesting nugget and learned some other facts about the home-grown college. • It has roughly 1,000 students (up from 200 in 1988). They come from 29 states, but a majority are from within a 50-mile radius of Roanoke. • Just more than 95 percent of its grads will land a job within three months of graduation — one in their degree field, not lifeguarding or waiting tables. • Annual tuition is $22,400. That’s certainly not cheap but it’s 23 percent lower than the average for private colleges and universities in Virginia (yes, JCHS is a not-for-profit private college). • A full 70 percent of its graduates reported earning more than $50,000 annually in the college’s most recent (non-scientific) survey. • The top earners emerging from its programs are those who get a master’s degree in the college’s highly competitive physician assistant program. Out of the gate, they can expect to earn annual salaries that begin in the range of $70,000. A few will top $100,000. (No wonder that each year JCHS gets 800 applications for the program’s 42 slots.) • Because it accepts credits from other colleges, a bachelor’s degree holder in some less marketable
Until 1982, when it began granting accredited degrees, JCHS was more or less a trade school for nurses and other health workers. Today it’s owned by Carilion Clinic and is headquartered in the former Community Hospital on Jefferson Street at Elm Avenue. It offers nine bachelors’ degree programs and four masters programs. In terms of incomes for recent grads, those degrees and their narrow concentration in the health field are the principal reason the college fares so well compared to many others with much broader academic offerings. “We sit at the intersection of health care and education,” JCHS President Nathaniel Bishop told me Tuesday. In terms of job-hunting, security and income, these days that’s a very good place for any graduate. Of course, people have many ways to slice and dice data. And yes, statistics sometimes lie. And certainly money can’t buy you happiness. Nor will a bachelor’s in nursing if you have your heart set on being an anthropologist or a museum curator. On the other hand, many graduates these days are loaded with a student debt level that’s higher than ever. Decent-paying jobs can be hard to come by. And money can pay bills. The older you get, and the more responsibilities you have, the larger in importance that one looms. Just ask anyone who hasn’t had a raise in the past seven years.
Jefferson College Partners with Radford University and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine on the Virginia Intercollegiate Anatomy Lab
Jefferson College President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop (second from left) with Steve Arner, Carilion Clinic Senior Vice President; Cynda Johnson, M.D., M.B.A., President and Dean of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine; Congressman Bob Goodlatte; Virginia Senator John Edwards; and Michael Wray, Rector of the Radford University Board of Visitors.
Jefferson College of Health Sciences, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Radford University hosted a “wall-breaking” ceremony for the new Virginia Intercollegiate Anatomy Lab on Friday, October 3, 2014 at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital (CRCH). The lab will be located on the eighth floor of CRCH in downtown Roanoke and will house 15 anatomy tables. Because the $2.5 million project is being completed in the existing CRCH building, there is no ground to break. In place of that symbolic gesture, walls were broken since the space is being rebuilt to suit the needs of the new anatomy lab. Jefferson College and Radford’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program are housed within the hospital now.
Keynote speaker Bob Goodlatte addresses the audience at the announcement.
“This ceremony marks a key step in the collaborations between our academic institutions,” said Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, President of Jefferson College of Health Sciences. “Not only do all of our students learn how to work together in the shared space, but it makes good economic sense to build one dedicated lab for all three schools rather than three separate facilities.” When complete, the shared space will allow the institutions to continue their program of Interprofessional Education and interdisciplinary work, which allows healthcare students to learn how to work collaboratively in clinical settings before entering their professions. “This new lab will be a vital part of our students’ education,” said Michael Wray, Rector of the Radford University Board of Visitors. “Working with the students from the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Jefferson College will help our students be better equipped to treat their patients.”
President Bishop with Virginia Senator John Edwards.
Jefferson College Dean for Academic Affairs Dr. Lisa Allison-Jones.
Media Coverage of Our Wall-Breaking Ceremony
at a glance…
Speaking at the ceremony, in addition to Dr. Bishop, were Mr. Wray, President and Founding Dean of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Dr. Cynda Johnson, Carilion Clinic Senior Vice President Steve Arner, and Congressman Bob Goodlatte.
• WDBJ 7: Community Leaders Take a Swing for New Training Facility, http://tinyurl.com/l48rpzj
“We are excited about this project because it fits so well with our dynamic, innovative learning culture aimed at educating physician thought leaders who are equipped to adapt and excel in the ever-changing medical landscape,” said Dr. Johnson.
• The Roanoke Times: New Medical Lab a Collaboration of 3 Area Colleges, http://tinyurl. com/kg3wtou
The lab is scheduled to be completed by late spring 2015.
• WSLS-10: New business and health care partnerships are growing Roanoke’s economy, http://tinyurl.com/kfqkyua
• WVTF Public Radio: A Collaborative Effort Breaks Ground. Actually... Breaks Concrete!, http://tinyurl. com/met2zx5
Jefferson Celebrates Spring Commencement Ceremony in Elmwood Park’s New Amphitheater Jefferson College of Health Sciences celebrated its Spring 2014 Commencement Ceremony for the first time in Elmwood Park’s new amphitheater on May 9, 2014. Elmwood Park is located just across Elm Street from the Jefferson campus at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital. For over 100 years, Elmwood Park has evolved from the distinguished home and gardens of P.L. Terry—one of Roanoke’s founding citizens—to downtown’s premier greenspace. After an extensive renovation process, Jefferson College partnered with the City of Roanoke to utilize the beautiful new amphitheater space for our first outdoor graduation event in the school’s history. A total of 126 Jefferson students on the master’s, bachelor’s and associate degree levels accepted their diplomas and became alumni of the College during the event. These students graduated from 12 different academic programs at the College. At the ceremony, Jefferson College welcomed City Manager Christopher Morrill as the Commencement Speaker. Morrill was appointed City Manager of the City of Roanoke on March 1, 2010. Previously, he served nine years as Assistant City Manager of the City of Savannah, GA. From 1999 through 2001, he worked for the Research Triangle Institute as Senior Municipal Finance Advisor to the South African National Treasury under a USAID-funded project. In this position, he assisted the South African government in developing local government finance legislation, municipal budget reforms, and capacity-building programs. On this and the next page are photos from the ceremony, as well as a complete list of our spring graduates. Please join us in congratulating our Spring 2014 graduates on their outstanding accomplishments and very bright futures!
Dr. Bishop with a new graduate.
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Commencement Speaker Christopher Morill, City Manager of Roanoke.
Grads anxiously await their turn to come to the stage.
SPRING 2014 GRADUATES Master of Science in Nursing Reneé Glimer Altizer Adriane Marie Brigid Biggio Mary Jo Anne Bowman Curtis Craig Cornell Margaret O. Gichana Elizabeth Suzanne MacLeod Tracy W. Stewart Dallas Adam Taylor Dedria Reneé Tuck Rebecca B. Underwood Jessica S. Walker Kristie G. Williams
Jefferson College President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, Roanoke City Manager Chris Morrill and Carilion Clinic President and CEO Ms. Nancy Howell Agee.
Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science Frostie Lynne Blankenship Alexandra June Brumfield Lindsey Elizabeth Cash Brittany Danielle Clinebell Shannon Michelle Snyder
Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant
Bachelor of Science in Emergency Services James W. Calhoun Timothy Mark Carter II Neal Macy Conyers Joshua Edward Epperson Anne Carlton Gravitt Jordan Michael Keyser Joseph Russell Pollard Britni Gallimore Price Larry Scott Stewart, Jr.
A new grad emotionally hugs Dr. Karen Layman.
Bachelor of Science in Health & Exercise Science Brittney Angel Crews Kasondra Dawn Frango Megan Renee Hostetter Brenna Marie Link
Bachelor of Science in Health Psychology Blair Jordan Terry
Dr. Bishop poses for a portrait with a new grad.
Jennifer Bryan Brennan Antonia Shea Carrasco Randi Reneé Dunbar Kristin Ann McCoy Bryan G. Nicewonder Nicole M. Schneider
Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management
Undergraduate speaker Sally K. Chamberlain.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Nicole Brooke Alley Chelsey Lynne Burnette Crystal Marie Burton Ronald Howard Milton Clark Sarah Ann Clingenpeel Lauren B. Cumella Amy Michelle Curtis Lisa Marie Dishner Lauren Nicole Haislip Consuela Hancock
Kenneth A. Bird April Michelle Brewster Carissa Michelle Broughman Gordon Terry Clarke, Jr. Audrey Ellen Conner Aaron Michael Cosgrove Georgina Doyle Alexis N. Farmer Candice M. Guy Morgan Elizabeth Holt Susan H. Holt Morgan Grey Huffman Benjamin L. Johnson Erin Kateland Johnston Chandler Allan Jones Erin Paige Lipscomb Elizabeth Ann Lutz Brandon Lee Meadows Amy Nicole Minucie Amanda Ashley Lodge Rawlins Amy D. Richardson Scott C. Richardson Tayler Ashley Shull Susan Wechsler Smith Danielle Nicole Stump Brian S. Taylor Brooke Melissa Wright Jay B. Wynn
Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy Dr. Rhoda Murray places a graduate hood on a master’s degree grad.
Dr. Lisa Allison-Jones congratulates a graduate.
Tiffany Nicole Ashley Jennifer Nicole Colvin Brooke Nicole Harris Alexandria DéJour Hendricks Markeita Shanice Hunt Antionette Ella Booker Cecil Kamau Kelsie Rae Leffue Jessica Hope Lumsden Connie Sue Markham Haleigh Mae Meyers Victor Anthony Ozoeze Kimberly Anne Rosenberger Patricia Marie Tampasis Adrian Barbour Thornhill
Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant
Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
Brittany Hope Boothe Jordan Austin Campbell Brittney Shae Eversole Tempe O. Gilbert Angela McDaniel Hodge Stephanie Ann Peck Amelia A. Stevens
Betsie Kay Johnson Melinda Anne Litz Takako Long Michelle Leigh Meier Jessica Nicole Nester Bethany Pickens Frantz Denis Pierre Kristen Elizabeth Price Debra Sue Reid Molly Eliza Richardson Colleen Frances Rutledge Gabriella Fowler Shelden Megan Marie Simmons Ashley Elizabeth Smith Chelsea Reneé Stephens Brittany Leigh-Anne Tobias Shannon Patrice Wheeler Chelsea Danielle Wiseman Manisha Yadav
Kelly Marie Bowles Sally K. Chamberlain Landra Deanese Christie McBryde Jennifer F. McPherson Alexa Flynn Morin Cherie Neighbors Sarah Kristin Pegram Barbara Lee Perdue Tina L. Triplett Allison Q. Whitlow Brent Matthew Williams
Grads blowing bubbles during the ceremony.
Last year, Jefferson College of Health Sciences began work on a daunting project—defining who we are, what we do and why we do it to the residents of southwest Virginia and beyond. While those questions can be easily answered from the vantage point of any particular program or department at Jefferson, how do you explain to the public at large who Jefferson College is collectively, considering that we:
• Welcomed over 1,100 students from 30 states to campus this fall, while 84% of our student body lives in-state.
• Offer 23 academic programs in subjects as varied as Family Nurse Practitioner, Healthcare Management, Health & Exercise Science, Biomedical Sciences and more.
Each academic program at Jefferson and the people in it are like a section of a patchwork quilt, all special and unique in their own ways, coming together to form the larger whole. Our challenge was to define that larger whole for people. To explain why
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• Offer one-of-a-kind clinical opportunities in Roanoke, but have begun expanding the way we provide education through taking some of our programs 100% online. In short, there are many stories to tell in many different ways.
Jefferson College INSPIRES by continuing to be a leader in healthcare education in Virginia and why we’re beginning to be recognized on the national stage. To explain to prospective students from across the country how Jefferson CHALLENGES our students, leading to graduates who earn kudos for their skills and lucrative starting salaries. To show employers how our faculty PREPARES our graduates to be the kind of employees they want caring for our families, friends and neighbors every day. To show everyone how Jefferson College of Health Sciences is educating ethical, knowledgeable, competent and caring healthcare professionals to BE NEXT.
BE Inspired Merriam-webster.com defines inspiration as “a force or influence that inspires someone to be involved and create.” That is exactly what we’re doing for our students at Jefferson. We provide them with a unique, specialized, hands-on experience they won’t find anywhere else. We do that through: • An exclusive affiliation with Carilion Clinic. Jefferson is an integral part of Carilion Clinic, one of the most innovative health systems in the region. Jefferson students have the opportunity to experience some of the most outstanding clinical and interprofessional learning environments in the country. • Small class sizes taught by world-class faculty. Our students gain the experience they need from faculty with real-world experience in a variety of healthcare professions. The average student-to-faculty ratio is 16:1, with most of our classes averaging 25 students or less. • Our location in the heart of Roanoke, Virginia. Our campus is located in downtown Roanoke, Virginia, which was named an All-American City six times—one of only two cities in the nation to receive this honor. And just this summer, Roanoke was named #3 on the list of the 10 Best American Vacation Towns to Live in Year-Round by moneycrashers.com, with our parent company, Carilion Clinic, employing 6% of the total workforce in the city.
BE Challenged The health challenges that face our communities can’t be solved with yesterday’s solutions. Or even today’s. It takes people driven by what’s next. That’s why our faculty challenge students to grow and expand their horizons through programs like our Interprofessional Education (IPE) initiative. As our graduates enter the workplace, they will face a very complex system of innovative technologies and techniques used to treat patients every day. At the same time, they will be interacting with teams of highly skilled professionals who are experts in their respective areas. Through our IPE program, students in many of our programs work together in both clinical and non-clinical environments to understand how each member of a team is important to the health of the patient. At the same time, they are exposed to advanced technologies and treatments, giving them a jump on tomorrow’s opportunities. Included in the IPE program are students from Jefferson College and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM). Our program is so groundbreaking that Jefferson and VTCSOM are pleased to announce that Roanoke was selected as the site for the fifth Collaborating Across Borders (CAB V) conference in September 2015. The event, sponsored every two years by the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative, is the premier international conference on educating and implementing effective healthcare teams.
BE Prepared With 23 academic programs on the graduate, baccalaureate, associate and certificate levels, Jefferson offers tomorrow’s professionals many options for career paths in healthcare. And how competent are those professionals when they walk across the stage to receive their Jefferson diplomas? The numbers speak for themselves: • The Jefferson College Respiratory Therapy graduating class of May 2014 had a 100% first-time pass rate on their licensure examinations. • The Nursing program’s cohort that graduated in spring 2014 has a 96% firsttime licensure pass rate. • Overall pass licensure/certification pass rates for all Jefferson programs is 95%.
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• Over 97% of our graduates are employed in their chosen healthcare professions within three months of graduation. And our graduates love their alma mater: 92% of them would recommend Jefferson as a great place to get an education. So what is our story? How do we describe ourselves to others? What is it that we do at Jefferson? Simply put, at the intersection of education and healthcare, our students gain confidence and competence right from the start. With rigorous real-world learning and responsive academic support, they are fully equipped to excel in healthcare and move their professions forward.
It takes people driven by what’s next, and it takes Jefferson College of Health Sciences. It isn’t a place for everybody, just for people who know who and what they want to be. BE inspired with clinical experiences at Carilion Clinic right here in Roanoke. BE challenged by world-class faculty using innovative technologies and interprofessional education teaching techniques. BE prepared with superior healthcare education that ensures our graduates are equipped to meet the demands of their chosen healthcare profession.
At the intersection of education and healthcare, we educate the next generation of healthcare professionals not only to excel in their professions, but to drive their professions forward.
Your Gift. Their Education. Our Health. Itâ€™s all connected. Your gift to Jefferson College of Health Sciences supports our students in their goal to improve the health of the communities they serve. Discover how you can create a more educated and healthy community for us all by visiting www.jchs.edu/giving or call (540) 224-4644 for more information.
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A Truly Heroic Effort From August 13 through September 30, Jefferson College faculty and staff participated in the 2014 Employee Giving Campaign titled Jefferson Heroes. Answering the call to support Jefferson students and the College like never before, the employees turned in a truly heroic effort raising $21,714.40, an increase of 20 percent over 2013 totals! Thank you to all of our employee heroes! To join them in their efforts to support Jefferson College, visit www.jchs.edu/giving.
Spring 2014 Honors List THE JEFFERSON STUDENTS LISTED BELOW RECEIVED HONORS IN THE SPRING 2014 Dean’s List Hannah Alleman Amber Anderson Chelsea Arritt Brianna Barrow Adam Battaglia Victoria Bergman Thomas Boettner Claudia Bostic Jesse Bowling Robert Brackenrich David Breslin Timothy Breslin John Brindle
Courtney Britt Taylor Brogan Aleshia Carroll Landra Christie Brittany Cook Bethany Crane Tessa Davis Christina DiVittorio Mary Fix Dawn Greenough Shianne Gum Serena Hale Aimee Harrell
Ashlie Harris Rachel Hedges Jordon Helms Katie Holdren Katlyn Irvine Haley Jenkins Fransis Johnson Michaela Kern Samantha King Sarah Koss Kelsey Maass Katlen Manning Joanna Mason
Megan Matney Lindsay McIntosh Kristen Miller Emili Morgan Joanna Murray Lisa Nelson Caitlin Overstreet Autumn Palmieri Elizabeth Pegram Natalie Pfohl Ashleigh Rayman Marsha Redwine
Ashley Ries Molly Satterfield Maria Schianodicola Kimberly Schottelkorb Katie Setliff Shannon Staton Charles Stith Selene Takats Alexander Tam John Thatcher Ellen Tingler Monique Traynham
Ian Turcotte Whitney Turner Brandon Vaughan James Viars Rebecca Wasz Jordan Webster Allison Wilhelm Claire Williams Georgia Williams Kaitlin Wilson Austin Wood Chelsea Yeatts
Summer 2014 Honors List THE JEFFERSON STUDENTS LISTED BELOW RECEIVED HONORS IN THE SUMMER 2014 President’s List Lori D’Angelo
The Virginia Science Festival Comes to Jefferson College On October 10 and 11, 2014, Jefferson College was one of several host sites for the Virginia Science Festival in Roanoke and Blacksburg, VA. On this page are images of the students involved in the festival as they were introduced to Jefferson and our Emergency Services Lab and Operating Room Simulation Suites.
What is the Virginia Science Festival? The Virginia Science Festival: Imagination to Innovation brings together the worlds of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM). Organized by the Science Museum of Western Virginia and Virginia Tech, the first-ever Virginia Science Festival began Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, and concluded Oct. 11, 2014. The honorary co-chairs of the event are U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. Thousands of families came face-to-face with amazing research and technical achievements from Virginiaâ€™s educational, non-profit and for-profit institutions, and enjoyed hands-on experiences designed to inspire all ages with the wonders of science. In 2013, the Science Museum of Western Virginia was one of only 12 recipients nationwide chosen by Science Festival Alliance to receive a $10,000 grant to help bring the festival to life. Based in Cambridge, Mass., Science Festival Alliance provides funding to help start science festivals via the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which was established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then-President and CEO of General Motors, to support education in STEM and economic performance. The goal of the Virginia Science Festival is to fascinate people of all ages from across the Commonwealth and provide hands-on, interactive inspiration at a time when STEM careers offer the most opportunity for future employment, social and financial advancement.
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Jefferson College Named a Military Friendly School for 2014-15 Jefferson College of Health Sciences has been named to the 2014-15 “Military Friendly Schools®” list by G.I. Jobs Magazine, a publication of Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. “Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows Jefferson College of Health Sciences’ commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Director for G.I. Jobs and Vice President at Victory Media. “As interest in education grows, we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, worldclass resources to assist in their search for schools.” The Military Friendly Schools® website at www. militaryfriendlyschools.com features the full list of military friendly schools, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The over 1,700 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. “Our goal is to not only welcome back and honor our veterans’ service,” said Jefferson College President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, “but also to help these valued members of our community find their professional paths in life. And we think the incredibly diverse and exciting world of healthcare is the perfect fit for these courageous individuals.” Now in its fifth year, the 2014-15 list of Military Friendly Schools® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. The survey tabulation process, methodology and weightings that comprise the 2014-15 list were independently verified by Ernst and Young LLP. Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. A full story and detailed list of 2014 Military Friendly Schools® was included in the annual G.I. Jobs Guide to Military Friendly Schools®, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in October 2014. You can download a copy of this publication by going to www.militaryfriendlyschools.com.
A Special Birthday Celebration During the Virginia Science Festival at Jefferson During the Virginia Science Festival, Jefferson offered the “OR Experience,” where visitors were given the chance to “scrub in” and participate in a simulated operation. The experience was particularly meaningful for one visitor and her family. Saturday, October 11, 2014 was Gracie Holmgren’s birthday, and on that day 11 years ago she was born in the same room where the Science Festival OR simulations were being held at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital (CRCH) on the Jefferson College campus. Back in 2003, the room was a working operating room on the labor and delivery floor at CRCH, where Gracie was delivered by C-section. The 11-year milestone was also special for Gracie’s mother, Roseann Holmgren, who, in addition to giving birth in 2003, also graduated from the Jefferson College Physician Assistant Program. Gracie’s father, Gary Holmgren, who helped Gracie into her OR gown and mask for the simulation, also remembers being in the room 11 years ago. “I’m not as nervous this time,” he said. Jefferson College President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop presented Gracie with a birthday gift bag. Perhaps, 11 years from now, she’ll be a Jefferson College graduate herself!
Jefferson College Convocation 2014 Dr. Glen Mayhew, Associate Dean for Institutional Effectiveness, greets a new student.
On Tuesday, August 19, 2014, Jefferson College of Health Sciences hosted our annual Convocation Ceremony at St. John’s Episcopal Church in downtown Roanoke, just across the street from our campus at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital. Our 2014 Convocation Ceremony Guest Speaker was Randy Krantz, J.D., who began his career as a critical care nurse and later became an Assistant Professor/Director of the Paramedic Program at the College of Health Sciences. He graduated from law school at the University of Richmond in 1990. After private practice, he became an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in 1992 and was elected Bedford’s Commonwealth’s Attorney in 1995, where he still serves.
Some of our new students, all smiles at Convocation.
President Bishop greets students as they sign in.”
Jefferson Takes on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge On Tuesday, August 26, 2014, Carilion Clinic President and CEO Nancy Agee and COO Steve Arner challenged Jefferson’s College President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Less than 24 hours later, Dr. Bishop completed the challenge, along with Director of Development Erik Williams (left) and Associate Dean for Institutional Effectiveness Dr. Glen Mayhew (right). Dr. Bishop then challenged his fellow college and university Presidents in the Roanoke region to take the challenge. You can see a video of the Jefferson challenge in the Carilion Clinic Newsroom at www.carilionclinic.org/blogs/news-team/jefferson-college-health-sciences-answers.
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Convocation speaker Randy Krantz, J.D., Commonwealth’s Attorney, Bedford County, Virginia.
Jefferson Kicks Off the Academic Year with Party in Elmwood On August 28, 2014, as we finished our first week of the fall 2014 semester, Jefferson let off some steam at “Jefferson College of Health Sciences Night at BB&T’s Party in Elmwood.” The event is held every Thursday night throughout the summer in Elmwood Park, just across Elm Avenue from our campus at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital. We welcomed our new and returning students as well as hundreds of residents from the Roanoke community, Jefferson College Board Members and friends of the College. Even our mascot, Jeff the Blue Healer, came out to play!
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The Jefferson Community Comes Together for Annual Spirit and COW Day Celebrations On April 22, 2014, the Jefferson College community came together for our annual Spirit Day celebration on the Reid Center Lawn, adjacent to Collegeâ€™s campus at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital. The event had traditionally been held at the beginning of the spring semester, but was moved to the end of the semester as a pre-graduation celebration. We enjoyed beautiful weather, great food and fun activities, including a climbing wall, inflatable slide, caricaturist and temporary tattoos. As a bookend to the Spirit Day event and as a way of kicking off the fall 2014 school year, Jefferson students, faculty and staff celebrated COW Day (Community, Organizations & Wellness) on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 in the same location. On this page are snapshots from both events.
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Jefferson College Alum
Named Emergency Manager for the City of Roanoke The following information was provided to Jefferson College of Health Sciences by the City of Roanoke, Virginia Fire-EMS Department: Roanoke Fire-EMS is pleased to announce that Marci Stone is the new Emergency Manager for the City of Roanoke. Marci was previously the Deputy Chief of Operations for Bedford County Fire & Rescue. She was also a Captain with the Roanoke Fire-EMS Department back in 2006. She brings years of experience with her to the job, not only in the fire service but also in Emergency Management. She has an associate’s degree from the Jefferson College of Health Sciences, a bachelor’s degree in fire administration and a master’s degree in business administration. She is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy.
We are very happy to have her back home in the City of Roanoke!
WILTON KENNEDY, D.H.Sc. has been Named VAPA’s Humanitarian of the Year Wilton Kennedy, D.H.Sc., PA-C, Director of Clinical Education and Associate Professor in the Jefferson College of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program, and Assistant Professor with the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, has been named the Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants’ (VAPA) Humanitarian of the Year for 2014. Award recipients are selected by VAPA leaders and include the following categories: Outstanding Preceptor of the Year, Physician Assistant Student of the Year, Physician/PA Partnership of the Year, Physician Assistant of the Year and Physician Humanitarian of the Year. The awards were presented at the VAPA President’s Inauguration & Awards Ceremony on July 21, 2014 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Wilton Kennedy, D.H.Sc.
Jefferson College, VTCSOM and Virginia Tech Students Partner on Service Projects On September 8, 2014, more than 150 students from Jefferson College of Health Sciences, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM) and the charter class of Virginia Techâ€™s new Translational Biology, Medicine and Health doctoral program participated in an afternoon of giving back to the Roanoke community. Our first annual Interprofessional Day of Service provided an opportunity for the students to get to know each other and launch of a yearlong curriculum of teamwork skill buildingâ€”especially when it comes to healthcare.
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“We want the students to start to learn how to operate effectively as a team,” said Dr. David Trinkle, Associate Dean for Community and Culture at VTCSOM. “After this activity, the students continue with a class in which they learn the roles and values of other health professions. Interprofessional training is an important part of our curriculum. Better teamwork leads to better patient outcomes.” During the Interprofessional Day of Service, teams comprised of medical students, nursing students, physician assistant students and those pursuing Ph.D.s were dispersed to seven local agencies. Locations included the Roanoke Public Library in downtown Roanoke, the Roanoke Rescue Mission, the Bradley Free Clinic, the Jefferson Center, Goodwill Industries of the Valley and the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission. In addition, the Food for Thought program at James Madison Middle School benefited from a 12’ x 3’ x 4’ compost bin that teams constructed in the gravel parking lot off Reserve Avenue, which was then transported to the school. Food for Thought, now in its second year, is a program focused on sustainable gardening, green lifestyle choices, the use of urban land for small-scale vegetable gardening and careers in related fields. Materials used to construct the bin were donated. In January 2015, the students will begin a semester-long community service project in which they will put what they have learned about working and communicating in teams into practice. “September 8 is a prelude to their bigger project,” Trinkle said. “It’s all in the name of giving to the community and learning important teamwork skills while they’re at it. We want our students to connect early with their local community and become an active part of the community during their studies here.” Catherine Doss, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, contributed to this article.
Jefferson College Alum Sean Anderson Has a Memorable First Day on the Job This story appeared on the May 5, 2014 newscast of WWBT-TV NBC 12 in Richmond, Virginia. It is reprinted here verbatim with the permission of WWBT-TV.
It’s an unforgettable first day on the job for a Henrico firefighter. He got the chance to save a life. 22-year-old Sean Anderson hasn’t been a firefighter for even a month yet, but he’s quickly learning that when a life or death emergency calls, there’s no time to wait.
Firefighters are trained to respond to all kinds of emergencies. That’s why the brand new recruit was able to jump into action when one man found himself in a dire situation—during a funeral. Whenever you need them, you can count on fire crews to get there as quickly as possible.
Page 23: Starting at top, going clockwise, left to right in each photo: 1) Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, President of Jefferson College; Nikki Giovanni, Virginia Tech Distinguished Professor and Poet; Dr. Lisa Allison-Jones, Jefferson Dean for Academic Affairs; Dr. Courtney Watson, Assistant Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at Jefferson; and Dr. Anthony Lack, Program Director of the Jefferson Humanities and Social Sciences Program. 2) Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop; John Rocovich, Chairman of Moss & Rocovich, Attorneysat-Law, P.C.; Dr. Lisa Allison-Jones, Jefferson Dean for Academic Affairs; and Erik Williams, Jefferson Director of Development. 3) Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop; Michelle M. Eberly, Program Officer for the Foundation for Roanoke Valley; Scott Hill, Jefferson College Dean for Student Affairs; Connie Cook, Jefferson College Director of Enrollment Management; and Anna Millirons, Jefferson College Dean for Administrative Affairs. 4) Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop; Michael Stowe, Managing Editor of The Roanoke Times; Michael Waldvogel, Founder of Waldvogel Commercial Properties; and Erik Williams. 5) Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop; Tyler Nguyen, Senior Director of Technology Strategy and Business Optimization at CoastalCloud — subsidiary of Graphene Consulting; Bill Bestpitch, Member of the Roanoke City Council; Ray Ferris, Member of the Roanoke City Council; Gary Heaton, Pastor at Greene Memorial United Methodist Church; and Erik Williams. 6) Sheila S. Umberger, Director of Libraries at the Roanoke Public Library; Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop; Dr. Lisa Allison-Jones; Mona Thiss, Director of the Carilion Clinic Health Sciences Libraries; Nathan Flinchum, Virginia Room Librarian; and Amber Yopp, Head of Youth Services.
“They’re calling you on their worst day, so it’s up to you to make it as positive of an experience as possible,” said Sean Anderson. It’s a lesson the 22-year-old firefighter learned right away—during his very first day on the job.
7) Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop; James Rollings, Executive Director of the Science Museum of Western Virginia; and Michael Hemphill, Director of Development and Marketing for the Science Museum of Western Virginia.
“We were here at the station getting ready for lunch and we were dispatched for a cardiac arrest,” he said. The victim was speaking at a funeral service, when suddenly—his heart stopped. Anderson went through seven months of extensive training before his first day and everything he learned proved to be vital.
8) Erik Williams; Judith McKeon, Jefferson College Director of Admissions; Sam Rasoul, Virginia House of Delegates (11th District); Mr. Samuel Louis Taylor, from the Office of U.S. Senator Mark Warner (VA); Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop; David Bowers, Mayor of the City of Roanoke; and Dr. Lisa Allison-Jones.
“We arrived and there were bystanders doing CPR on the gentleman. So we took over CPR and the paramedics on the engine started doing some advance life support skills and we were lucky enough to have the patient regain a pulse and start breathing after two defibrillations,” Anderson recounted. It’s a remarkable recovery on a rare first response. “To respond to a call and to have a return of circulation and to have a gentleman who was in cardiac arrest talk to you, for a first day, that’s rare,” said Lt. Jackson Baynard. But the new recruit doesn’t want all of the credit. “A lot of things went right that day and I played a small part in the big picture of what happened that day,” Anderson added. He’s just glad he knew what to do when seconds meant the difference between life and death. “To go on your first day and use all that training, to kind of be thrown into the deep end and have a positive result on the first day is pretty exciting,” he said. Though he’s only been on the job a few weeks now, Anderson says this was by far one of the most rewarding calls he’s received. Fire investigators say there were people on scene at that funeral who rushed to perform CPR before fire crews could even get there. First responders say that type of response from bystanders can be critical in saving a person’s life.
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9) Mark Lawrence, Vice President of Governmental Affairs for Carilion Clinic; Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop; Elizabeth Falcone, Senior Policy Advisor for U.S. Senator Mark Warner; Dr. Lisa Allison-Jones; Kristen Molloy, Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Tim Kaine; Dr. Glen Mayhew, Jefferson College Associate Dean for Institutional Effectiveness; Anna Millirons; and Scott Hill. 10) Erik Williams; Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop; Jim and Dr. Janet Johnson; Dr. Russell Jones, Professor of Psychology at Virginia Tech; Leah Keller, Partner at Cherry Bekaert; and Robin Marshall, Marketing & Business Development Coordinator at Hughes Associates. 11) Dr. Lisa Allison-Jones; Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop; Chad Scott, Financial Sales Manager III/AVP, First Citizens Bank; Dr. Elda Stanco Downey, Founder, Roanoke Spanish; Aisha Johnson, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Roanoke; Martha Chester, President of Hughes Associates Architects & Engineers; Juli Kent, Trust House; Jonathan Mitchell, Associate Vice President of Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors; and Erik Williams.
Look Whoâ€™s Visiting Jefferson In the five years that Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop has been President of Jefferson College of Health Sciences, he has led an initiative to bring literally hundreds of leaders to campus from industries like healthcare, manufacturing, public safety, government, education, and more. The purpose of the visits is to let our visitors know more about what we do at Jefferson and to take them on tours of our facilities at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital in the heart of downtown Roanoke. On this page, youâ€™ll see just a few of those tour groups from the past year. 5
One of Our Newest Blue Healers Ruby Grace Wright was born April 22, 2013 to William Wright, Fire & EMS Technology Class of 2009, and his wife Katie Wright. Thank you to Ruby’s proud aunt, Jennifer Wright Golla, Jefferson BSN Class of 2011, for submitting her information and photo! Ruby Grace Wright, with her father William Wright, ’09.
Jefferson BSN Students Kaithlin Wilson and Alex Tam Married Kaithlin Wilson and Alex Tam were united in marriage on July 12, 2014 at the Silver Hearth Lodge on Bent Mountain. Both are students in Jefferson’s Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program who will graduate in December 2014. The ceremony was officiated by Larry Lilley, Assistant Professor in the Jefferson College Nursing Program and Jefferson alum. Congratulations to the happy couple from all of us at Jefferson! Alex Tam and Kaithlin Wilson with Larry Lilley.
Check Out Jefferson’s New LinkedIn Page In an effort to continue expanding our online social media resources for alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of the College, Jefferson College of Health Sciences now has a LinkedIn page. You can visit the page by going to: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Jefferson-College-HealthSciences-4371648. We hope you will visit and take advantage of this great new online resource to help you network with your colleagues and connect with friends and acquaintances.
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