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CPTC Radiologic Technology Students Honored

April 23, 2015 08:48 AM

CPTC Radiologic Tech students pose for a picture

Members of the Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) Radiologic Technology Class of 2015 were recognized and commemorated with a pinning ceremony held April 23, 2015, at the CPTC Miller Lecture Hall on the Waycross Campus. Donna Yeomans, radiologic technology program director, assisted by Pam Johnson, program clinical coordinator, pinned ten graduating students, signifying they had met all necessary graduation requirements for degree completion.

Dr. Abraham Pallas, academic dean of allied health programs at CPTC, gave the welcome to family, friends, and graduates in attendance at the ceremony.  Several students in the radiology program took part in the ceremony. Cil Williams and Kelli Dixon presented the invocation.  Brittny Walker and Amanda Anderson welcomed and thanked those in attendance. 

Leah Thornton and Kathy Jarrell shared memorable stories of classroom, clinical, and personal experiences.  Closing statements let family and friends know their classmates were considered their “radiology family.”

Bailey McNeal and Jordan Watkins presented plaques to each clinical affiliate as an expression of dedication for aiding the class in completing their educational track.  Appreciation plaques were presented to Bacon County Hospital and Health System, Clinch Memorial Hospital, Coffee Regional Medical Center, Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross, Mayo Clinic Health System Orthopedics, South Georgia Physicians Group, and Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Select students and technologists were recognized throughout the ceremony.  Amanda Anderson presented the Outstanding Clinical Affiliate Award to Bacon County Hospital and Health System.  Dee Ann Russell presented the Outstanding Technologist Award to Amber Walker, RT(R)(CT)(ARRT) of Wayne Memorial Hospital for “always striving to make us feel as equals in order to make a more comfortable learning environment.”

Jessa Smith presented the Outstanding Technologist Award to Amy Taylor, RT(R)(ARRT), employed with Bacon County Hospital and Health System, for “directing us through the program as well as constantly giving us comic relief.”

Brittny Walker received the CPTC Outstanding Academic Achievement Award. The award, presented by program director Donna Yeomans, recognized Walker for “working tirelessly during her educational journey in pursuit of a 4.0 GPA.”  Yeomans also presented Leah Thornton with the CPTC Outstanding Clinical Achievement Award for “an exceptional work ethic, remarkable clinical skills, admirable interpersonal skills with technologists and classmates, and superb patient care skills.”

Pam Johnson, program clinical coordinator, on behalf of Bacon County Hospital and Health System, presented an award to Jessa Smith whom technologists felt excelled clinically and had a thoughtful and compassionate demeanor during her clinical tenure.  Johnson also presented an award on behalf of the Coffee Regional Medical Center to Jordan Watkins for exceptional clinical abilities and exceptional work ethic, especially dependability and professionalism.  Watkins was also noted for her cooperative nature and willing attitude. 

Mrs. Yeomans and Ms. Johnson addressed graduates prior to the ceremonial pinning. Mrs. Yeomans reflected on the educational road less traveled.  She also commented on the wonderful gift of satisfaction she receives when graduates advance in their careers and become successful from the positive impact they have made on the healthcare industry. 

“The key to your future is in your hands,” she said.  “Make those future decisions wisely, and select personal associations that are ethically, morally, and professionally sound. Let your light shine.  God allows us one life, one attempt at making our mark; make positive influences.” To lighten the mood, Yeomans concluded with some radiologic technology humorous quotes and unmentionable student recognition awards. 

Ms. Johnson spoke of student accomplishments, her 2-year tenure with the program, and her thoughts and feelings as program coordinator as she watches her first “official” group of graduates transition to work. According to Johnson, this group of students is also unique as the first group of radiology graduates of Coastal Pines Technical College. As a memento, Johnson prepared a number of x-ray survival items for students, which were presented to them with their pins. 

The following students were ceremoniously pinned:  Amanda Anderson, Kelli Dixon, Kathy Jarrell, Bailey McNeal, Dee Ann Russell, Jessa Smith, Leah Thornton, Brittny Walker, Jordan Watkins, and Cil Williams. 

Graduates then held their emotions in check for the video presentation of memorable photos from the past two years.  

Bailey McNeal shared closing remarks stating “these women have been our mentors, backbones, but most importantly, our friends.” She requested Mrs. Yeomans to come forward for a small token of appreciation for “giving us numerous life lessons, pushing us in the right direction, believing in us and taking the time to help us grow as individuals as well as radiologic technologists.”

Leah Thornton also shared closing remarks requesting Mrs. Johnson to come forward for gift recognition and for being “patient with us, always accommodating, and willing to listen to all of our different opinions. We always enjoyed being with you.”

Graduates of the radiologic technology program are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (AART) certification examination. For more information about the CPTC radiologic technology program, contact Donna Yeomans at dyeomans@coastalpines.eduor (912) 287-5837.

Appreciation is extended to the following individuals and organizations for their support in helping make the pinning ceremony a success: Dr. Abraham Pallas, Jack Harris at Teamgear Printing, Chad Boyett and the CPTC facilities staff, Mark Deal and the CPTC environmental horticulture program.  Radiologic technology instructors and graduates would also like to thank the following junior radiography students for operating the sound system and distributing programs: Abbie Brown, Sydnie Coar, Logan Dixon, and Kelsie Johnson.

CPTC officials and radiologic program administrators, instructors, and graduates are thankful for the technologists and staff who faithfully support the radiology program by attending biannual advisory committee meetings and annual pinning ceremonies.  Program officials and students are also grateful for the addition of Georgia Physicians South, d/b/a Blackshear Family Practice to their clinical rotation.  Community input is imperative for program and graduate success. 


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