On Saturday, April 9, 2011, Jefferson College of Health Sciences held its second annual Accepted Students Day, sponsored by the JCHS Office of Admissions. The event is a chance for students who have been accepted into one of our programs at JCHS to visit the campus and hear about academics, financial aid, student life and much more!
The day kicked off with registration in the lobby at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital, home of JCHS. Checking our visitors in (from left to right) are Connie Cook, Associate Director of Admissions; Ruth Taylor, Office of Admissions Department Secretary; and Danna Dudding, Office of Admission Department Secretary.
Our guests were treated to breakfast snacks in the JCHS Museum, just off of the lobby before the event kicked off.
As things got started, our accepted students were divided into groups. They were stationed in four of our classrooms, where they heard many different presentations. This presentation was made by Judith McKeon, JCHS Director of Admissions.
Our accepted students in attendance came with a variety of guests in tow, including family, friends and supporters of all kinds.
JCHS Administration was represented by Lisa Allison-Jones, Dean for Academic Affairs. She spoke about how seriously we take academics at our College and why our approach to teaching and learning is different than other colleges and universities.
One of our most popular sessions was a Q-and-A with some of our current students.
The student panel included current JCHS students (from left to right) Ally Thompson, Brook-lynn Velvin, Jalissa Richards, Kelsey Stokes and Kelly Price.
The attendance at this year's event was really great with well over 200 people joining us on campus, including students and their families and friends.
Part of the fun was the distribution of door prizes. Here, current JCHS student Kelsey Stokes hands a canvas bag to a lucky accepted student who had her name randomly picked.
Part of our student panel, Ally Thompson (left) and Brook-lynn Velvin were all smiles when asked about the food and our future residential spaces at the Patrick Henry building in downtown Roanoke.
Our accepted students were encouraged to bring family members and friends to help them decide if JCHS is the right fit for them.
An important part of college is student life and all of the activities to do on a campus. To address that issue, our Student Affairs crew made presentations about everything from residential halls and activities to clubs and special events. Here, JCHS Assistant Director of Student Life Elizabeth Costa speaks to one of our groups.
All of us at JCHS were excited about the opportunity to let our accepted students and their families know about the great things we have to offer!
In another room, Emily Moore, Coordinator of the JCHS Learning & Writing Center, provides information about the academic support we provide to students throughout the year including tutoring and writing assistance.
Next, Stacey Lilley, JCHS Director of Counseling & Wellness, discussed the resources available to help support the emotional and physical well being of our students during their time with us.
Among the topics Stacey addressed were counseling opportunities and wellness activities.
All of the classrooms containing our accepted student groups were almost completely full—a feat for a rainy, Saturday morning in late spring!
Between sessions, our Financial Aid crew posed for a portrait. They included (left to right) Wendy Holmes, Financial Aid Representative and Student Work Study Specialist; Anita Ella, Financial Aid Assistant and Student Work Study and Loan Specialist; Michelle Brewer, Financial Aid Representative and Student Work Study and VTAG Specialist; and Debra Johnson, JCHS Director of Financial Aid.
JCHS Director of Financial Aid Debra Johnson talks to our accepted students about how to finance their education.
Wendy Holmes, JCHS Financial Aid Representative and Student Work Study Specialist, answers questions from the audience about opportunities to work on campus while a student.
Addressing another group, JCHS Dean for Student Affairs Scott Hill replies to a parent's question about student housing.
Next up was Zac Widner, JCHS Coordinator of Student Affairs, who introduced via PowerPoint, all of the members of the Student Affairs team.
While our student panel got the most questions from the accepted students in attendance, our Student Affairs team got the most questions from parents.
After the general sessions were finished, the accepted students were divided again by the academic program or area they were interested in. Here, William McVaugh, Program Director of Mathematics & Sciences, talks to his group of students.
In a nearby classroom, Tracy Hudgins, Academic Advisor and Instructor in Nursing, explains the different tracks a student can take in our program.
Ave Mitta, Program Director of the JCHS Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, describes the academic requirements to our interested accepted students.
Next door, Ally Bowersock, Program Director of Health & Exercise Science, summarizes the program and all of the great careers a graduate can pursue.
Down on the second floor, JC Cook, Program Director of the Emergency Services Program, talks to a large group about the advantages of having a four year degree in Emergency Services, which can lead to careers as a paramedic, fire fighter and much more!
If you joined us at Accepted Students Day this year, we hope you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to seeing you again on campus when programs begin this fall!