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Respiratory Care Student Receives National Award and $2,000 Scholarship

Mary Alice Secola, a Norwalk Community College student majoring in Respiratory Therapy, has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship and Media Award from the Lambda Beta Society, the National Honor Society for the Profession of Respiratory Care.

Secola won the award for a PowerPoint presentation she submitted on heart disease. The PowerPoint was created for an NCC assignment on cardio pathology in Professor Maria Grayson’s class.

Secola is vice-president of the NCC Respiratory Club. She enrolled at NCC to begin a second career in respiratory care and will graduate in May 2014.

A Brookfield resident, Secola holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Fairfield University and a Master of Arts in Biological and Environmental Sciences from Western Connecticut State University.

Before enrolling at NCC, she was Coordinator of Respiratory Medical Publications for Boehringer Ingelheim, where she prepared clinical trial reports and created technical reports, research databases, and publications.

She formerly was a Research Assistant and Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory Assistant at Oral Roberts School of Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she helped first-year medical students learn about anatomy and the functioning of various systems including the respiratory, digestive, cardiac and neural systems.

Lambda Beta’s Media Award is sponsored by Applied Measurement Professionals Inc. and Dr. Tom and Mrs. Kim Hill. It will be presented at the American Association for Respiratory Care’s International Respiratory Congress on Nov. 16, 2013 in Anaheim, California. Secola will be unable to attend; accepting the award on her behalf will be Lisa Mariani, President of the Connecticut Society for Respiratory Care.