The Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-Colorado Academic Team Luncheon was held March 12 in Denver. Two CCA students were honored at the ceremony: Emily Serff (American Sign Language Interpretation) and Anita Mansouri (Nursing, second from right with college President Betsy Oudenhoven, Sen. Nancy Todd, and Rep. Su Ryden).
Both CCA representatives have gripping backgrounds.
Mansouri's career path appeared predetermined after earning a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology in her native Iran then working in clinical laboratories and hospitals in the serology, microbiology, and hematology fields. But her passion changed to nursing when she moved to the U.S. and earned a Certified Nursing Aide certificate. She currently administers medication to Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients and loves the fact that she's helping people that really need the care she provides. Mansouri plans on transferring and eventually earning her master’s in Nursing.
Medical issues in her own family shaped Serff's educational path into American Sign Language. The oldest out of seven children, five of her siblings where adopted. One of her brothers is legally blind, in a wheelchair, and has a feeding tube. Another has had numerous heart surgeries. Others were exposed to drugs when they were in the womb. Her two youngest brothers cannot talk, even though they’re ages seven and four. Learning sign language is, in large part, for them. But she simply fell in love with sign language and the Deaf community. Serff hopes to one day adopt deaf children after earning her bachelor’s at University of Northern Colorado.