Joyce Racer Scholarship presentation was held on Tuesday, November 8, 2011.
Joyce Racer was a Radiologic Technologist at Cooper University Hospital for 34 years. She was well liked by not only the Radiology students but also her Radiologic Technologists peers, the Radiologist, and all those who encountered Joyce at Cooper. Joyce had made enormous contributions to the Department. Cancer took the life of Joyce Racer at an early age. She loved working with students and to perpetuate her memory, her family started the Joyce Racer Scholarship Fund through the Cooper Foundation, for a deserving student in the, School of Diagnostic Imaging/Medical Radiography program. The 2nd year student, to be considered for this award must have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA, has written a short essay on why she/he chose the field of Medical Radiography, which includes one or two points on what excited the student during their rotations at clinical education settings and a form filled out by Clinical Instructors, from each site, appraising their professional characterizes as a Student Radiographer.
The presentation was held during National Radiologic Technology week celebrating all of our Imaging Technologists (Medical Radiography, CT, MRI, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy) at Cooper University Hospital.
In attendance were the 1st and 2nd year Medical Radiography students, Clinical Instructors, staff Technologists, Joan Dantonio, Director of the Center for Allied Health Education; Ray Baraldi, MD, Chairman of the Department of Radiology, Jerry Mullin, Administrative Director of Radiology, along with School Faculty, Martina Harris, Director of the School of Diagnostic Imaging, Frank Williams, Assistant Director, Jeff Goldstein, Clinical Educator and Mary Tartaglione, Coordinator of the Schools Advanced Imaging program.
Martina Harris gave the short history of the Joyce Racer Scholarship. Joan Dantonio said a few words on behalf of education itself. Dr. Baraldi gave a wonderful speech about the positive future of the Imaging field and how important education is to the Medical Imaging field. Jerry Mullen then presented the $1000 scholarship awards to the following three 2nd year students: Matthew Crowley, Lauren Grisso and Gina Worrell.