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Otterbein professors and administrators work to advocate for their respective fields

Otterbein professors and administrators work to advocate for their respective fields


By Lauren Heberling ’19

Otterbein has no shortage of caring and passionate educators who strive to make their field better for the future of their students.

Professors from the departments of nursing and education, along with administration from the Courtright Memorial Library, work outside of their classrooms to advocate in their respective fields. In turn, they advocate for the future of their students who will one day hold careers in these areas of study.

Education

Education is a prime topic of discussion for advocacy efforts across the country. Kristen Bourdage, chair and associate professor of the Department of Education, along with faculty members Bev Good and Paul Wendel, advocate for advancement and change by educating state legislators about their field in hopes that politicians will vote favorably on education issues in the house and senate.

Good has done advocacy work by organizing “Day at the Square.” This event allowed librarians and K-12 educators to make appointments and meet with state legislators. The Otterbein professors stressed that legislators want to hear from their constituents about concerns and prevalent issues in the education field. The people who participated helped by representing a larger group of educators.

“Take every opportunity to speak up because you can speak for many. A lot of people advocate without realizing it,” Good said.

Nursing

Nurses are critical to everyone’s health care and Dr. Kay Ball, professor of nursing, has done her part in advocating for nurses across America. From 1992-1993, Dr. Ball was the president of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, a non-profit membership organization dedicated to providing perioperative nurses with nursing education, standards and clinical resources.

Her connections and expertise earned Dr. Ball an invitation to work at the White House in 1994 under the Clinton administration. She worked to advocate for the nursing community during Hilary Clinton’s health care reform efforts.

She is currently in charge of the legislative committee of the Mid-Ohio District Nurses Association where she talks to state representatives about the nursing community and its needs. Dr. Ball advocates for advanced practice, writes editorials to support various health care issues and lectures about the importance of nurses’ health.

“If you’re friends with people, advocacy comes easy; friendship and validation go hand-in-hand,” said Dr. Ball.

Library Media

College students are able to do more research online than ever before without the effort of having to search through numerous books and references. This privilege is credited to tools like OhioLINK. OhioLINK is Ohio’s academic library consortium that allows K-12 and higher education students to acquire scholarly resources in an easy and affordable way.

Tiffany Lipstreu, director of the Courtright Memorial Library, advocates for OhioLINK because she understands its importance to Otterbein students. The ability to use OhioLINK is impacted by state funding, so Lipstreu and the librarian community in Ohio work hard to get the word out about what it is, what it does and why the state should continue to fund the academic resource.

She has worked to create promotional videos for OhioLINK that feature Otterbein education professors and students, has attended events that promote student research made possible by OhioLINK and supported OhioLINK’s Pelotonia charity team. Her efforts to educate people about OhioLINK have helped ensure students across Ohio are given access to information they would not have otherwise.