Message from the Lambda Beta President

As we approach graduation soon, Lambda Beta is excited to share many new updates with our educators and members. New opportunities for our students will blossom as they graduate and choose an initial career path that may include a specialty area. Our newsletters have focused on a specialty area over the past two years. Claire highlights the transport RT and their role in the profession in this newsletter. We hope these articles can build a library of options for our students.

It is a time to honor academic excellence in many ways. Both pins and honor cords denote achievements from Lambda Beta as a symbol of the student’s accomplishments. We also announce the 2022 Lambda Beta Scholarships and Awards. Our board is happy to reveal a new electronic submission process this year. This is at the center of our mission, to support academic excellence. We need each of you to support our students as they apply for these scholarships that will be awarded at the 2022 AARC Congress. We are happy to answer any questions concerning this process.

We continue to follow the career paths of previous scholarship winners. The response from this group has been so positive that you will find two spotlights this spring focusing on Rae Griffin, BHS, RRT, and Vincent Lorme, MBA, BSRT, RRT, RRT-NPS, RCP. They are amazing individuals! Our profession is in very good hands with these young leaders. We hope these articles inspire our current students and educators.

Del Mar College’s respiratory care program is featured in this edition. We are proud of the hard work occurring in so many programs regardless of the challenges.

It is the board’s great pleasure to announce two major updates. The first is an online portal to allow schools to pay chapter dues, enter membership nominations and order memorabilia. This should streamline the process for our education programs. The second change is an updated bylaw to increase flexibility in the qualifications for Lambda Beta membership while maintaining the focus on academic achievement.

This year, our board welcomes two new members, Amanda Roby, MHHS, RRT, RRT-SDS, CCSH, RPSGT, RST, and John W. Lindsey, Jr., MEd, RRT-NPS, FAARC. We honor and extend our heartfelt gratitude for the exceptional service of Kerry E. George, RRT-ACCS, MEd, FAARC, and Teresa A. Volsko, MBA, MHHS, RRT, CMT, FAARC, as they completed their terms on the board.

As we continue through 2022, I would like to express my sincere appreciation for each of our educators and Lambda Beta members. Together, we’ll work to raise the awareness and understanding of the respiratory care profession. Lambda Beta thanks you for your continued support! 

Sincerely,

Susan Blonshine, BS, RRT, RPFT, AE-C, FAARC

President, Lambda Beta Society