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Photo of 2016 Barbara Donaho Award recipientsThe 10th annual Barbara Donaho Distinguished Leadership in Learning Awards Ceremony was held at the Kent Student Center Ballroom on April 23, 2016.

The Tenth Annual Barbara Donaho Distinguished Leadership in Learning Awards Ceremony was held at the Kent State Student Center Ballroom on Saturday, April 23, 2016. Kent State University’s College of Nursing hosted the Diamond Anniversary Celebration with nearly 200 people in attendance, including award recipients, guests, faculty and staff. The recipients, or “preceptors,” were from 25 northeast Ohio hospitals, clinics, health networks, private medical practices, and public health agencies. These individuals were nominated by Kent State nursing students, faculty and staff.

Cynthia Roller, Ph.D., R.N., CNP, CNM, was a passionate nurse practitioner and researcher who passed away suddenly on Feb. 28, 2016, after a tragic accident. Earlier this year, she was selected by Kent State University’s College of Nursing as our Scholar of the Month for April. As a way to honor her and her research, the college and her family requested that we continue with our plan to feature her. Our academic community mourns the loss of an extraordinary colleague.

Kent State University College of Nursing is collaborating with the Portage County Health Department and the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) to stage a disaster simulation exercise on Tuesday, April 12, and Thursday, April 14, from 8:30 - 11 a.m. at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center - Kent campus. The Point of Dispensing Exercise will involve a mock Anthrax release, triage and treatment site. 

Two Kent State College of Nursing professors have been accepted to participate in the 2016 Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Workshop on Research Methods in Supportive Oncology in Boston, MA February 21-26. The workshop is funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute which covers most expenses, including the week-long workshop.     

Kent, Ohio – Ya-Fen Wang, Ph.D., RN, MSN, assistant professor in Kent State University’s College of Nursing, has received a $10,000 grant from the Lake Health Foundation in northeast Ohio. Dr. Wang’s one-year project, titled “Resourcefulness, Stress, and Overeating in Children,” will study whether children’s prolonged exposure to stressful situations such as school, family or environment encourages poor eating behaviors, which can lead to childhood obesity.

Kent State University College of Nursing students, John Wolfe, Erika Homrighausen, Kristin Miceli and Hunter Stein, were each awarded a one-year scholarship in the amount of $5,000 from The Hammerstrom Scholarship Fund. Administered by the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church of Dover, Ohio, the scholarship fund was established by Phillip Hammerstrom Jr., in memory of his wife, Marceil, who was a registered nurse at Cleveland Clinic and Union Hospital, and in memory of his father, Phillip Hammerstrom Sr.

Yvonne Smith, Ph.D., RN, assistant professor of nursing at Kent State University, appears on the cover of the latest Momentum magazine, a quarterly publication produced by the Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN). Dr. Smith is shown accepting a proclamation from the Ohio Nurses Association on behalf of the OBN in recognition of the OBN’s 100th anniversary. With her are Ohio Nurses Association CEO Lori Chovanak and immediate past-president Daniel R. Kirkpatrick at the association’s annual convention in October. 

Kent State University’s College of Nursing is collaborating with the Portage County Health Department and the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) to stage a disaster simulation exercise. The Point of Dispensing Exercise, which involves a mock Anthrax release, triage and treatment site, will take place Tuesday, Nov. 17, and Thursday, Nov. 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. 

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