Name: Nina Mariann Maniotis
Position: Phlebotomy Program Director / Instructor
How long have you been at WC? 10 years
What were your previous jobs? Medical Lab Scientist (Blood Bank and Microbiology supervisor); History GTA at UTA and Adjunct History Instructor at Ranger College and Tarleton State University; food and cocktail waitress.
What is the best part of your job? Teaching students to perform phlebotomy and about Medical Lab Science. Students are so full of optimism and energy. It is inspiring to be around them. I have three cohorts of about 25 students per year, so I am always getting to know a new group. When they complete, they move directly into a job, and many also enroll in other medical education programs. They become employed professionals right before my eyes; thus, Weatherford College has an immediate and direct impact on their quality of life.
Centered here on the WC Main campus, the Phlebotomy Program is able to service many students from areas north, west and south of Weatherford who otherwise would not be able to have this type of program available to them – as they live too far from the DFW metroplex. We have worked hard to establish the sophisticated lab and classroom that we have in the Don Allen Building. There students train as phlebotomists and lab assistants.
What are your favorite things to do when you are not working? Spending time with friends and with my large, interesting family, dancing, reading, writing, cooking and studying.
What was your favorite vacation? Our annual girls trip to Fredericksburg with our mother and children. We did it annually for 25 years. We had many Hill Country adventures.
What event helped shape your life? My father, Dr. James Maniotis, was an internal medicine physician and part owner of the Stephenville Hospital & Clinic. Therefore, I was allowed to begin working in the medical laboratory at the age of 15 in 1975. I learned laboratory techniques in the early era of lab medicine and have seen the methodologies grow in sophistication over the years. At that time, we had no large blood centers like Carter BloodCare. If a patient needed a blood transfusion in the night, we would look in a card file and wake up someone with the needed blood type to come to the hospital and donate. Being responsible for laboratory emergency call taught me professionalism and duty at an early age. I acquired Medical Lab Science credentials when I went to college. It has been a wonderful profession and paved the way for me to start the WC Phlebotomy Program in 2009 – one of only two accredited programs in the state of Texas and the only one that is a college credit program.
Who is the most famous person you have personally met? Ray Benson from Asleep at the Wheel, while dancing western swing at a concert.
How would you describe the activity level of campus life? During the fall and spring semesters, it is quite lively. Students gather around campus to talk. I have even seen them play the guitar on the library steps or play the piano in the Doss. There are many clubs and organizations. Doug Jefferson, Phyllis Tiffin, Linda Hutton, John Turntine, the kitchen staff and CBRE staff work hard to provide the hamburger luncheons, Mardis Gras, Casino Night, Welcome Week and other events for the students. The new We Care Club also is reaching out to support student life on campus. I would like to make students, faculty and staff more aware of the cultural events available at the Alkek Fine Arts Building here on campus. Choir, jazz band, art and photography exhibits, theater and the Guitar Festival are a great way to spend an evening, and these events are usually free of charge. Participation in student life builds lasting relationships and fond memories, and attending concerts and events is another way to show that we care about what our students and colleagues are doing.
How would you describe the quality of education students receive at WC? Excellent. We have a number of instructors who are top notch and spend an extraordinary amount of their time on instruction, tutoring, professional research and mentorship. We also have support from administration to provide quality instruction.
How does WC change the lives of our students? The ability to be exposed to the shared human experience of language, arts, theater, music, history, philosophy, sciences and mathematics has an intrinsic, ineffable value. Practical knowledge gained in teacher education, computer science, health sciences, public safety professions and continuing education lead to career proficiency. Whether a student gains a terminal degree or certificate at Weatherford College or they move to a university level degree, they leave Weatherford College changed for the better.
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