Monday, February 26, 2018

Dietetics and Exercise Science Students Participate in Health Fair

On Friday, February 23, Dietetics and Exercise Science students participated in a Health Fair at Mifflin Elementary School in Mansfield. Students created interactive stations on nutrition and physical activity. Mifflin students in grades kindergarten through 4th grade attended the health fair. This is the second year Health Sciences students have participated.


Melissa Grubich Hunter, physical education teacher at Mifflin Elementary School, is pictured with
Denise Reed and Beth Patton, both professors in the Health Sciences department. 

Friday, January 26, 2018

CONHS Faculty Members Honored with Annual Mentor Awards

Pictured above (L to R) are Mary Camm, Dr. Deana Kehres, Dr. David Vanata,
Grace Reichard, Dr. Dennis Gruber, Jessica Zeitz, Jill Solis and Dr. Jeri Berryman
Eight Ashland University faculty members were honored during the University’s 32nd annual Academic Mentor Awards recognition ceremony held Jan. 26. Of the eight, five are CONHS faculty members. The program recognizes faculty whose academic leadership with regard to students extends beyond the classroom. The mentors, each nominated by an Ashland student, were presented an engraved silver plate at the event held in John C. Myers Convocation Center. 

Recipients from the CONHS this year are Dr. Jeri Berryman, clinical assistant professor; Dr. Dennis Gruber, chair of Health Sciences Department and clinical assistant professor; Deana Kehres, clinical assistant professor; Jill Solis, adjunct clinical education instructor; and Dr. David Vanata, associate professor of Health Sciences.

Friends, colleagues and family members attended the luncheon, joined by members of Ashland’s administration and Board of Trustees. Provost Dr. Eun-Woo Chang welcomed the guests and presided over the event, while also commending the award recipients and the students who nominated them. The awards were presented by Dustin Ness, chairman of the academic affairs committee of the Board of Trustees; and President Dr. Carlos Campo provided remarks.

Students nominated faculty or staff members using the criteria of history of their relationship, how they benefited academically, how their personal development has been enhanced by their mentor and what impact the mentor has had on the student’s progress at the University. Selections were made by the Academic Affairs Committee of the Ashland University Board of Trustees from the information included in the nomination letters.

Students who submitted winning nominations included: Nicole Ziegler, a senior from Medina, Ohio, majoring in Nursing, nominating Berryman; Jessica Zeitz, a senior from Bellevue, Ohio, majoring in Athletic Training, nominating Gruber; Mary Camm, a senior from Findlay, Ohio, majoring in Nursing, nominating Kehres; Gabrielle Hetzel, a senior from Hilliard, Ohio, majoring in Nursing, nominating Solis; and Grace Reichard, a senior from Nevada, Mo., majoring in Dietetics, nominating Vanata.

Berryman, who joined Ashland University in 2013, serves as a clinical assistant professor in the Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She received a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ohio State University, an Associate Degree in Nursing from Regents College and an LPN from North Central Technical College.

Gruber, chair for the health sciences department, clinical assistant professor and program director for athletic training, joined Ashland University in 2003. His areas of expertise include acute and chronic pain and qualitative research. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Youngstown State University, a Master of Science from Ohio University and an Ed.D. in Curriculum Studies from Georgia Southern University. He is a site visitor and review team member for CAATE and a certified athletic trainer. 

Kehres, who serves as clinical assistant professor of nursing in the Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences, joined Ashland University in 2014 and she holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ashland University and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Akron. 

Solis joined Ashland University in 2017 and currently teaches Advance Simulation and Complex Care Clinicals through the Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University and is working to complete her Master of Science in Nursing as a Nurse Practitioner.    

Vanata, who joined Ashland University in 2002, serves as director of the Dietetics program and as associate professor of health sciences in the Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Stockton College, a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from Florida State University and a Ph.D. Human Nutrition from the University North Carolina Chapel Hill.

In nominating the recipients of this year’s Mentor Awards, the students wrote one-page essays about their mentors. Passages from these essays were distributed at the luncheon.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Students Donate to Project Night Night

Ashland University Nursing students donated Night Night Packages to homeless children 12 and under. Students were able to send 11 Night Night bags to Harmony House and Richland County Children Services.

Every child who receives one of the Night Night Packages leaves the shelter owning a book which encourages reading and family bonding, a security blanket which can be cuddled, and a stuffed animal which can become a cherished friend. 

Monday, December 18, 2017

Alumni Hold Christmas Luncheon

The Ashland University Nursing Alumni held their Christmas luncheon at O'Charlies on December 13th. Those present: (left side) Pat Brook, Becky Banks, Carol Williams, Shirley Tipper, Sarah Strohminger,  (right side) Barb Mollica, Rowene Santalucito, Fran Hoeppner, Beth Griebling, Jane Beeching, Judy Davis and Susan Baker.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Nursing Alumni Attend Senior Sendoff

On Monday, December 4, the College of Nursing hosted a Senior Sendoff day. Representatives of the nursing alumni were present to meet the seniors and invite them to join the alumni association. In the picture below are (left to right) Barbara Mollica, Judy Davis and Pat Brook. Seniors also won alumni gifts. Those seniors were Madison Davis, Kathryn Knapp, Taylor Ludwig, May Pan and Amy Sanchez.


Monday, November 6, 2017

Nursing Alumni Association Annual Banquet

The Dwight Schar College of Nursing Alumni Association held their banquet on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at the Ontario Events Center. They honored the 1967 graduating class of Mansfield General Hospital School of Nursing. Those in attendance from the 50 year class were: Sharon McCafferty Doerner, Carol Grable Heter and Shirley Bowser Chambers. Also honored was the 1992 Class of MGH School of Nursing. Members present from the 25 year class were Alison Myers, Bonnie Lashley Kitzmiller, Carleen Brooks and Judith Blandi. Scholarship recipients were announced. The two recipients who were present, Angelina Hale and Alyssa Hanes, read the essays they wrote to apply for the scholarships. The alumni really enjoyed hearing from current students and it is apparent that we have very thoughtful capable young people entering the nursing profession. Winners of the raffle were: Fran Gengo, Cheryl Dunlap and Carolyn Bloodhart. Each received $100.

Sharon McCafferty Doerner, Carol Grable Heter & Shirley Bowser Chambers,
members of the MGH Class of 1967, celebrated their 50th Anniversary.
They each shared highlights of their careers and how things have changed over the years. 


The MGH Class of 1992 celebrated their 25th Anniversary at the Nursing alumni banquet.
They are Alison Myers, Bonnie Lashley Kitzmiller, Carleen Brooks & Judith Blandi.
Bonnie traveled from Florida to join the gathering.

Three $1000 scholarships were awarded by the Nursing Alumni Association.
Recipients were Angelina Hale & Alyssa Hanes. not pictured is Brooklyn Gottfried.
There were two scholarships awarded from the Endowed Fund. Each received $1014.
Those recipients are Mary Camm & Amanda Cole.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Clayburn Presents at Eagle Enrichment Series

On Tuesday, October 24, as part of the Eagle Enrichment series, Patti Clayburn, MS, RN, Clinical Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, gave a presentation, 'Alcohol, Heroin and Fentanyl, Oh My!', on Ashland University's main campus about the current heroin epidemic in Ohio as well as college-aged drinking and its consequences. "Although the heroin epidemic sees far greater numbers of overdoses and deaths in our state, binge drinking on college campuses is more of an epidemic with college students aged 18-24," says Clayburn. "Six alcohol poisoning deaths occur every day in the United States. Binge drinking results in serious consequences such as the potential for death, as well as the potential to be sexually assaulted (97,000 sexual assaults were reported in the U.S. last year due to alcohol on college campuses). Making students aware of these and other serious consequences is so important!"






Thursday, October 12, 2017

Faculty Present at STTI Chapter Meeting

Faye Grund and Patti Clayburn from AU College of Nursing, Billie Maglott from Mount Nazarene College of Nursing and Mark Fridline from Akron University presented their original research on mentoring within an accelerated nursing program at the Sigma Theta Tau International Rho Nu chapter meeting on October 2, 2017. The poster, entitled Accelerated Second Degree Mentoring Program, explains how the research showed positive qualitative results in that students who had a mentor nursing student (a student ahead of them in the program) felt support and friendship during the time of mentorship.