SDSU Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) faculty and staff along with all 36 MLS students attended the Annual American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Region V Symposium in Fargo, ND on September 26-27. Along with other members of Region V (North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin), SDSU students and staff attended sessions on Transfusion Reactions; Drugs of Abuse Testing; Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Facts; and Leadership Development. The event was closed with a touching talk titled "Cameron's Story-Life after the Rainbow," prompting attendees to make sure they are organ donors.
Additionally, SDSU Upward Mobility Instructor and Advisor, Stephanie Jacobson, presented on emotional intelligence to ASCLS Leadership Academy participants during the Symposium. The ASCLS Leadership Academy is designed to train ASCLS members to be effective leaders, which generally will benefit ASCLS, the profession, and society as a whole.
Students and staff also enjoyed the vendor show at the Symposium, networking with hospitals and colleagues. Ms. Stacie Lansink, MLS Program Director said, “Events like these help us showcase the work done by our excellent team of faculty and staff, but more importantly, it offers a tremendous opportunity to network with colleagues, learn new information, and bring this back to the classrooms and labs at SDSU. Additionally, our students meet their peers and get to build a networking portfolio of potential employers. We are proud to work with a dedicated group of students who are eager to learn and passionate about the profession.”
Overall, the symposium left SDSU MLS students, faculty, and staff excited about their profession and already looking forward to next year’s meeting, which will be in Sioux Falls, SD, October 8-9.