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Respiratory Care Senior Brittany Wolfe Earns Prestigious National Scholarship

Wheeling Jesuit University is one of only 60 schools in the country to offer a Bachelor of Science Degree in Respiratory Therapy.

WHEELING, WV, Dec. 8, 2009 — Wheeling Jesuit University senior Brittany Wolfe has been awarded a national scholarship for respiratory care students, the $1,000 National Lambda Beta Scholarship. She is the daughter of Charles and Amy Wolfe of Wheeling and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Pramesa of Warwood and Mrs. JoAnn Wolfe of Wheeling.

“I am thrilled to receive this award and happy that I had the chance to attend the reception with my family,” said Wolfe, who plans to go on to become a Physician Assistant after completing her respiratory degree at WJU. (At right are Brittany Wolfe and Professor Marybeth Emmerth.)

Wolfe was recognized and honored at the Lambda Beta Reception on Saturday, Dec. 5 at the American Association for Respiratory Care International Respiratory Congress, held this year in San Antonio, Texas. Wolfe presented her paper and PowerPoint presentation at the congress. Her topic was on the effective use of nebulizers, “When Administering Drug Aerosol Therapy, How Does Varying the Liter Flow Rate Affect Drug Aerosol Particle Deposition.”

She has a cumulative GPA of 3.9 and participated in a recent service trip to El Salvador. Wolfe is also a graduate of Wheeling Central Catholic High School.

Labda Beta is a national honor society for students of respiratory therapy and was formed in 1986 to promote, recognize and honor scholarship, scholarly achievement, service, and character of students, graduates, and faculty members of the profession. The name of the society is based on the goals of the respiratory care profession: sustaining “life and breath” for all mankind. Lambda Beta Society currently has over 100 chapters established across the United States and Wheeling Jesuit’s chapter has been active for about six years, according to professor Marybeth Emmerth, who is the Respiratory Care Program Director at Wheeling Jesuit.

The scholarship is one of three awarded this year across the country and was open to students enrolled in an approved entry level or an approved advanced level respiratory care program based at a community college, college or university. Scholarship winners must be enrolled in good standing in a college or university with an active Lambda Beta Society Chapter, must be in the top 25 percent of the respiratory class with a minimum GPA of 3.0 of a 4.0 system, and must conduct and submit an independent, original literature review in compliance with the award guidelines and deadline.

Wheeling Jesuit University is one of 60 schools in the country to offer a Bachelor of Science Degree in Respiratory Therapy. Currently there are 34 students enrolled in the respiratory therapy program at WJU. Many Wheeling Jesuit graduates have gone on to become supervisors, educators, and managers in medical facilities throughout the country.

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