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  • March 10, 2016

Otterbein Graduates Get Jobs

In 2013, Otterbein surveyed its graduates and reported that data in this newsletter. Results from the 2014 survey will be highlighted in the Spring newsletter, along with news from the first graduates of the Master of Arts in Educational Mathematics program. This spring, the first class of Master of Science of Allied Health graduates entered the workforce. Here’s an update on those graduates:

  • Tina Glade is a Program Coordinator Cancer Services at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center.
  • Amanda Sampsel is an Outreach Athletic Trainer at Olentangy Orange High School through OhioHealth Sports Medicine.
  • Romie Graham is an Assistant Football Coach- Wide Receivers at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA.
  • Brianna Burke is a Wellness Coach, Lifestyle Coach and Personal Trainer at the John E. Bickley/Gahanna YMCA.
  • John LaCorte is the Pitching/Strength Coach – Baseball at Otterbein University.
  • Austin Curbow is the Assistant Track Coach - Strength and Conditioning, and Hurdles at Otterbein University.
  • Pat Schick is the Head Varsity Boys Soccer Coach at Olentangy High School.
  • Megan Presson is the Assistant Department Head - Member Services at Lifetime Fitness.

More Alumni Updates

  • Julie Johnson - Adapted Physical Education, employed by Dublin City Schools. Julie is our first APE graduate!
  • Melissa Wells, BSN, RN, CPAN - published “The Journey: A Story of an Associate Degree RN’s Path to Advanced Practice Nursing,” Ohio Nurses Review. July/August 2014.
  • Anita Moore, MSN - received the 2014 Dissertation of the Year Award from Northcentral University. Her dissertation was titled “Experiences of African American Women Declining or Delaying Breast Cancer Surgery: A Phenomenological Study.”

Faculty & Program News

Congratulations to nursing faculty, Dr. Kay Ball, for being inducted into the Cornelius Leadership Congress.

Congratulations Dr. Eva Fried, nursing faculty contributing author to "Guidelines for Midwifery and Women's Health" 5th edition.

Congratulations Dr. John Chovan, nursing faculty, contributing author to "The Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing" 4th edition.

Nursing Professor Takes Smoke-Free Operating Room Message Across the Globe
  Committed to seeing healthcare workers and patients in a safe environment in the operating room, Dr. Kay Ball, associate professor of nursing, traveled to New Zealand in October. Dr. Ball spoke twice in New Zealand-once at the International Federation of Perioperative Registered Nurses Conference in Queenstown and once to Perioperative Nurses in Christchurch. She is a strong advocate in sharing the message regarding implementation strategies for creating a smoke free operating room. Dr. Ball also spoke at the Operating Room Managers’ Conference in Vancouver, Canada in December. She presented on the "Partnership Between Otterbein and OhioHealth to Create a Perioperative Nursing Program." Whether teaching in the classroom at Otterbein or sharing her knowledge around the world, Dr. Ball's passion for nursing is clear to all who meet her.

Professor's Diverse Interests Aid Student Learning
Before heading to campus to teach in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, Dr. Henry Smith can be found in his barn working with his performance reining quarter horses. On the weekend, he might be in the woods off-roading with his Hummer, or enjoying a spin in his ’06 blue Dodge Viper convertible. Smith’s wide-range of interests provide a strong foundation as he prepares business leaders through Otterbein’s MBA program.

Otterbein Responds to Increasing Need for Nurses
Ohio’s colleges and universities are granting more advanced degrees to nurses than ever before, according to information recently published by The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO). “The public demand for quality care has increased steadily over the last decade and Otterbein University’s nursing enrollment has responded to the demand,” stated Barbara Schaffner, Dean of Professional Studies and The Graduate School. Read the full story.

Professor Featured in Westerville Magazine
Otterbein University professor Kay Ball has made it a priority to educate her fellow nurses on the importance of their own wellness – and to ensure their working conditions are optimal for good health. Read the full article in Westerville Magazine.

Nursing Grants

Nurse Anesthetist Traineeships

Project Director: Brian Garrett

Purpose: The purpose of this project is to increase the numbers of certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) in central Ohio and rural Ohio Appalachia. Before this program began at Otterbein in 2010, there had not been a nurse anesthesia program in central Ohio since 1987. This award will be used to 1) fund graduate nurse anesthesia students past their first 12 months of study, and 2) financially support minority and underprivileged nurse anesthesia students past their first 12 months of study.

Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration, 7.1.2014 through 6.30.2015

/ The Graduate School

The Graduate School is located in Roush Hall, room 208.

Office Hours
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p/ 614.823.3210
e/ grad@otterbein.edu

/ Personnel

Barbara Schaffner
p/ 614.823.1735
e/ bschaffner@otterbein.edu

Terry Magas
Assistant to the Dean
p/ 614.823.3274
e/ tmagas@otterbein.edu

Gaby Miller
Graduate Education Recruiter/Counselor MAT
p/ 614.823.1346
e/ gmiller@otterbein.edu

Dorothy Crider

Graduate Nursing Admission Recruiter/Counselor
p/ 614.823.3272
e/ dcrider@otterbein.edu

Amy Featherstone
Graduate Education and MAEM Recruiter/Counselor MAE
p/ 614.823.3271
e/ afeatherstone@otterbein.edu

Patricia Hohlbein
MBA and Allied Health Program Recruiter
p/ 614.823.1095
e/ phohlbein@otterbein.edu

Deb Williams
Admission and Data Management Coordinator
p/ 614.823.3270
e/ dwilliams@otterbein.edu