CHP Students Present at Scholarship Day

On April 19, the College of Health Professions hosted the annual Scholarship Day Celebration, a gathering of CHP students, faculty, and staff in celebration of research and scholarship. The event, hosted by the CHP Center of Excellence - ALPS, was held simultaneously on the Pleasantville and New York City campuses with video-conferenced presentations and digital displays of student and faculty posters. A record number of attendees (146) participated on the NY campus with posters featuring the works of PA, CSD, and nursing students and faculty covering every inch of wall space. In Pleasantville, a record 200 attendees joined the celebration with an impressive display of posters by nursing students and faculty. This year's theme was "Future Leaders" and the enthusiasm and professionalism of the students presenting their posters on a variety of critical issues certainly spoke to their leadership potential.

Dean Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN, gave greetings and presented three Dean's Awards. The Dean's Award for Outstanding Teaching was presented to Dr. Karen (Toby) Haghenbeck; the Dean's Award for Outstanding Research/Scholarship was presented to Dr. Kyeongra Yang; and the Dean's Award for Outstanding Service was presented to Dr. Jason Slyer.

A group of nine CHP students who had just returned from a spring break study abroad program in Costa Rica with Dr. Winifred Connerton gave a wonderful presentation about their experience, highlighting the different health care systems, practices, and cultures. Dr. Sophie Kaufman congratulated them on their participation in the first study-abroad program in Costa Rica opened to all CHP students.  She emphasized CHP's commitment to offering affordable global opportunities to CHP students to enhance cross-cultural understanding and cultural competence. Another illustration of this commitment was a video presentation by two students who studied in Belize during winter intersession.

Dr. Kaufman and PA Chair Susan Cappelmann presented the Best Student Poster Awards in the PA program to Merav Darzi, Ashley DeLutis, and Carl Pluviose for their poster "Is Vaginal Birth after Cesarean Delivery a More Viable Option than a Repeat Cesarean Delivery?"  Dr. Kaufman and Dr. Linda Carozza, CSD Program Director, presented the Best Student Poster Award in the CSD program to Lisamarie Serrone for "Young at Heart: A Literature Review of Cognition and the Importance of Music Therapy for Individuals with Dementia (A Proposal)."