The College recognized its 26 student emergency medical technicians in November as part of National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Week — a way of honoring young volunteers who provide emergency medical services to the campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the academic year.
Current members from the Class of 2010 are Sujitha Amalanayagan, Christina Clark, Erin Evans, John Lofrese, Shyama Nair, Ben Saccomano, Ryan Seewald and Kendra Wulczyn; from the Class of 2011, Andrew Branting, Matthew Breen, Sam Cowan, Peter Garrett, Sarah Goodell, Kathy Lee, Travis Rosenblatt, Sam Ward, Caitlyn Williams and Keith Willner; and from the Class of 2012, Hailey Bobin, Kayla Brenden, Lauren Brousseau, Sarah Dreyer-Oren, Matthew Farrington, James Kruger, Sara M. Miller and Raul Patrascu. With Dr. David Petrie, the medical director, and Student Health Services Nurse Diann Lynch, the coordinator, the student volunteers make up the Hamilton College Emergency Medical Services team.
The students are state-certified EMTS who volunteer an average of 30 hours or more a week on call, responding to more than 100 medical emergencies each semester and balancing their academic and social lives with their volunteer commitment. Most take the EMT course on campus during the spring semester of their first year, which involves a three-hour class twice a week and several six-hour Saturday morning labs. Beyond the initial course, members are required to take weekly review quizzes and attend review sessions every three weeks.
Lynch and five of the students — Amalanayagan, Branting, Lee, Williams and Willner — also took part this fall in teaching an EMT course to 25 soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum who were preparing for deployment to Iraq. The course was organized by the Faxton-St. Luke's EMS Program Agency and the Central Oneida County Volunteer Ambulance Corps.