"The kind mentoring you receive from the people at Cazenovia - where staff and professors will drop what they are doing just for you - is remarkable."
Carolyne Hoskins was born and raised in Hawaii. She attended large universities in California: Loyola Marymount University and UCLA, and took classes at Duke University before moving to Syracuse with her husband and two children back in 1999. So when she took an Extended Learning class at Cazenovia College in 2006, she was surprised at how much faculty and staff cared about each student. She wondered, "Has college changed that much or is it just Caz?" "At Caz, I'm part of a family and have never felt excluded by traditional college students. They actually want me in their groups and are interested in my perspective," said Hoskins, who shared that she worked on the AIDS unit at UCLA as a student nurse in training back in the mid 1980s.
It all clicked for Carolyne when she enrolled in a Health Care Management course. "I found my niche and knew at that moment I belonged." She's never looked back, taking nine credits per semester in pursuit of a bachelor's degree in Management, with a specialization in Health Care Management.
Hoskins is especially proud of her role as an intern/volunteer in the Office of Patient Experience at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, NY. "I am working at analyzing how we can improve the patient experience by utilizing volunteers, and then training those volunteers to better assist nurses out on the hospital floor."
Hoskins says she would not have been prepared for this internship experience had it not been for the education, courses and faculty support she received from Cazenovia College. "The kind mentoring you receive from the people at Cazenovia-where staff and professors like Francine Varisco and Joni Koegel will drop what they are doing just for you-is remarkable."
Slated to complete her degree requirements in December 2015, Hoskins is excited about the next steps. She plans to take advantage of the 4+1 arrangement that Cazenovia College recently formed with Le Moyne College by pursuing her MBA at Le Moyne. "My goal is to become a Health Care Patient Liaison, helping to improve patients' relationships with their health care providers," said Hoskins, who is adamant that the United States has the very best health care providers in the world but delivers it the worst. "We have to get back to putting patients first."
When asked what she might think when she walks across the Commencement stage in May 2016, Hoskins pondered for a moment and then uttered a powerful response, "By building future leaders one student at a time, Cazenovia College has prepared me to make a difference in health care and provided me with the tools necessary to make our world a better place."