Prof. Misiak started in radiography almost 40 years ago. He graduated from Overlook Hospital School of Radiography in Summit, New Jersey and received his Bachelor's degree from Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. After completing his degree he joined the staff at Overlook Hospital and began his teaching career at Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery. His teaching career eventually brought him to Glen Cove, Long Island where he served as the Radiography Program Director and to New York City Technical College.
In 1989 Prof. Misiak started the Radiologic Technology Program at Orange County Community College and served as Department Chair from 1989 to 2005. he has since returned to his first love; teaching full-time. Prof. Misiak serves as Interim Department Chair on occasion and he again finds himself in that position.
Over the years, Prof. Misiak's accomplishments include serving as President of the Association of Educators in Radiologic Technology of New York State, President of the Shared Governance system of Orange County Community College, President of the Staff and Chair Association and an Accreditation Site Visitor for the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. His experiences include teaching and taking x-rays in Gabon, Africa. In addition, Prof. Misiak has spoken at over 100 seminars and conferences. In his free time Prof. Misiak is very active in church activities.
Department of Diagnostic Imaging
Bob Misiak, Interim Chair
Orange County Community College
115 South Street, Middletown, NY 10940
Nicole Rushing, Instructor
Ms. Rushing has worked in the health care field for over 10 years. She is a Class of 2006 Alumni of the Diagnostic Imaging Program, SUNY-Orange. She began her career as an X-Ray Technologist at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, with a focus in the Emergency Room. More recently Ms. Rushing has worked as a Radiology Technologist at Crystal Run Healthcare in Middletown, NY, with a focus in orthopedics among areas. At the same time she continued her education in Computed Tomography (CT) and is a registered CT Technologist as well as IV and CPR certified. Additionally, she received her Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Management and Leadership from Nyack College, NY. Ms. Rushing has worked as a Clinical Instructor for SUNY-Orange since 2010 and during this time built an online Computed Technology Continuing Education Program currently being offered for registered technologists at the college.
Prior to becoming a Radiology Technologist, Ms. Rushing sold prescription eye glasses, performed prescreening for exams and made prescription eyeglass lenses. Although she learned a lot and enjoyed her work, it was during this time a visit to the doctor and viewing her own x-ray that prompted her to return to her first interest, radiography.
Recalling from high school she states, "I remember telling my advisor I wanted to be an x-ray technologist. He responded that I really had my work cut out for me and did not think it possible because I did not take enough math classes. I always did well in school though and did not let him discourage me. I worked hard and was very successful. My advice to students or future students is always do not let anyone discourage you or scare you from what you really want to do".
In addition to being on faculty, Ms. Rushing continues to work as an X-Ray and CT Technologist. In her free timeMs. Rushing enjoys being outdoors. Her interests include hiking, enjoying the beach, and outdoor photography. She is an active crafter, artist working in paint, and continues to enrich her skills taking art classes.