Thursday, December 14th, 2000
Owens Campus respiratory care students win award
An engraved spittoon was the unusual trophy brought home recently by students in the respiratory care technology program at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. Students won the spittoon and a cash prize for finishing first in the "Sputum Bowl," an academic competition held as part of the Maryland/DC Society for Respiratory Care's Annual Symposium on Cardiopulmonary Science. The contest format is based on the old "College Bowl" TV series. Delaware Tech students competed against teams from the University of the District of Columbia, Salisbury State University, Allegheny Community College, and Essex County Community College. Team members Kristen Coker, Keri Davidson, David Dixon, Beni Miller, Penny Ruhl-Hearn, and Gail West won by a three-question margin over the Salisbury State team in the final round. Respiratory Care Department Chair Jay Little and instructor Amy Thomas were the team coaches. "Our team did a great job, especially when you consider that Salisbury State has a bachelor's degree program while our students are studying for an associate degree," noted Little. "This is a prestigious award to bring home, and I'm very proud of them."