Melissa Smith

BSC Alumna Melissa Smith Wins “Excellence in Teaching Award”

Melissa Smith is the
embodiment of “passing it forward.”  The 2011 Bluefield State College Imaging Science graduate has been named
the North Carolina Community College 2022 “Excellence in Teaching” award recipient.  Her achievement was
featured in a recent story in the Winston-Salem
Journal newspaper

She is the Magnetic
Resonance Imaging Program Coordinator at Forsyth Technical Community College.  “One of the biggest factors in
my selection, according to the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges, was my role in Forsyth Tech’s
acquisition of a one-of-a-kind Magnetic Resonance Imaging simulator,” Smith said.  The MRI simulator was
installed last March after a three-year quest to secure funding for the project.

“Now, in the safety of a
simulation, our students can be engaged in realistic, virtual scenarios.  It’s a great way for students to
practice and learn from their errors, without adversely impacting a patient’s health,” Smith explained.

Smith, who grew up in Logan, WV, and had several friends who were graduates from
BSC’s radiography program.  “I took courses online, but I always had easy access to my professors,” she
recalled.  “I was a working professional with small children and I needed a program that permitted me to handle
my family, work, and education responsibilities.”

“The first time I stepped
on the campus was at graduation,” she continued.  “The minute I graduated and saw my faculty, they were excited
for me and celebrated my success.  I really felt we knew each other before we met in person.” 

The bachelor’s degree from BSC was essential for Smith’s
career goal of becoming an imaging educator, and she accepted an offer to join the Forsyth Technical Community
College imaging science faculty.  “Today, I take so much from what the Bluefield State faculty modeled for me
and use it to teach our students,” she observed.

The BSC alumna will receive the “Excellence in Teaching Award”
at a formal ceremony in May.  “I am honored and humbled to be able to shine a light on the entire amazing
profession of medical imaging and therapy,” Smith said.  “It is a wonderful marriage of science and

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