2010 BGSU Firelands Pinning Ceremony

Huron, Ohio – On Saturday, Dec. 17, Bowling Green State University Firelands College students will participate in a pinning and recognition ceremony in conjunction with their attainment of degrees in respiratory care.

Twenty-one students will earn their associate degree in applied science in respiratory care technology.  These students will participate in the pinning ceremony.

The pinning ceremony is a 1,000-year old symbol of service to others.  The earliest ancestor of the pin dates back to the Maltese Cross and was adopted by the Crusaders.  The nursing profession assumed the ceremony for their graduates and was soon joined by other professions that serve in direct patient care.

Those students are:

Jeffrey Aldrich II                       Sandusky

Brittany Barron                         Norwalk

Alicia Castelli                              Avon Lake

Samuel Deeb                             Spencer

Rachel Ferrer                             Lorain

Lora Hall                                       Vermilion

Timothy Ice                                North Ridgeville

Hope Janney                              Sandusky

Joseph Jaudon                          Elyria

Ryan Kocsis                                 Castalia

Tonia McClure                           Elyria

Jonathon McCully                    North Ridgeville

Heather Mellott                       Fremont

Jacquie Moore                          Norwalk

Brandon Neese                        Sandusky

Racheal Pelham                        Norwalk

Ashley Powers                          New London

Ana Rivera-Wilson                   Elyria

LaTasha Washington               Elyria

John Whitesel                           New London

Amy Zorn                                    Sandusky

Six students will earn their bachelor’s degree in science for allied health care with a respiratory care specialization.

Those students are:

Amanda Meixner                     Huron

Brittney Mills                             Fremont

Amie Musser                             Milan

Louis Stevens                            South Amherst

Shawn Smith                              Norwalk

Brittany Zeiter                           Norwalk

The ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the BGSU Firelands Cedar Point Center Auditorium.  The event will feature keynote speaker Harold G. Freehling Jr.

Freehling has been the vice president of support services for O.E. Meyer Co. Health Care Services, Sandusky, since 1984 and a long-time member of the BGSU Firelands Respiratory Care Advisory Board.  He also spent 10 years as the director of respiratory care at Providence Hospital in Sandusky. 

He has more than 35 years of experience in health care and holds a master’s of arts in health care administration from Central Michigan University, Mount

Pleasant, a bachelors of liberal studies from BGSU, and a diploma in respiratory care from the University of Chicago.