Faculty/Staff News Now: CPM Grows Continuing Medical Education; Heather E. Adams Impact Award; Geauga Offers Job Training; Employee Wellness Offerings Scheduled for Several Campuses; RecycleMania 2020; Midterm Grading for Undergrads

CPM Grows Its Continuing Medical Education Program

The College of Podiatric Medicine (CPM) is sometimes cited as the lovely, uncharted stepchild of the University. Acquired in 2012 from private ownership under the name Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, its building rests on 27 acres in Independence, just eight miles south of downtown Cleveland. While its overall goals and operations are not dissimilar from that of the university, CPM holds one unique department, the Office of Continuing Medical Education that functions in a world of its own, often unbeknownst to those unfamiliar with the college.

Following the completion of a podiatry student’s four years at CPM, along with a minimum two-year residency program, the Council on Podiatric Medical Education requires physicians to complete several Continuing Medical Education (CME) hours on an annual basis in order to renew their license. The number of required CME hours are determined by each state organization and can be obtained by attending a few of the many lecture-based conferences put on around the country and abroad. The CPM Office of Continuing Medical Education has hosted conferences long before it merged with Kent State, and has become its leading connection with over seven thousand alumni around the world.

Each year CPM holds three CME conferences to meet the needs of its alumni as well as the country’s nine other podiatry colleges. The Foot & Ankle Renaissance, held each May and crafted by CPM’s Senior Associate Dean Vincent Hetherington, brings attendees to the university’s Florence Campus, Palazzo Vettori, for a 15-hour seminar incorporating tours of medically significant locations around the ancient city.

In August, the CME office teamed with CPM’s Institutional Advancement to welcome our alumni back to the college for a four-day, 25-hour CME program, the North Coast Foot & Ankle Symposium, flanked by alumni celebrations that create networking opportunities for students and alumni. Finally, in November, members of the CPM continuing medical education committee traveled to Orlando to host its largest and longest CME tradition, the Southeast National Conference. Last year, the 12th annual conference welcomed a CPM record-breaking 395 attendees to the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel, where lectures are held.

With each new year and different state that CPM hosts these conferences comes new licensure requirements. Throughout the year, the CME committee, chaired by CPM Dean Dr. Allan Boike, works to tailor each conference schedule while committee staff essential to the execution of the conference works with speakers, audio/visual equipment, sponsors and conference venue staffers to ensure a successful and fulfilling week of continuing medical education.

The most exciting aspect of CPM Continuing Medical Education is not merely the service it provides to alumni, but the effect it has on current students as well. All proceeds generated by CPM’s CME events benefit students through a direct contribution to scholarship funds. The conferences continue to grow, right along with CPM’s reputation in the world of continuing podiatric medical education and student scholarships.

For more information on CPM continuing medical education, visit the Continuing Education website.


Nominate a Colleague for the Heather E. Adams, Woman of Impact Award

The Kent State University Women’s Center and the Center for Sexual and Relationship Violence are seeking nominations for the Heather E. Adams Woman of Impact Award, given in honor ofHeather E. Adams, former executive director of the Women and Gender Centers, for her accomplishments and impact at Kent State.

This award will recognize someone who has had a positive and important impact on the lives of women and the entire Kent State community. Their leadership and work must have contributed to the overall well-being of female-identifying faculty, staff and students.

Ms. Adams became director of the Women’s Center in 2008 after previously serving as academic program director in the College of the Arts. She started her role as director of the Women’s Center on a 10-month contract and was quickly promoted to the position of executive director.

Ms. Adams grew the Women’s Center from a small campus department and resource area to the vibrant educational center and support system it has become. Over the years, she led a committed board that created spaces of warmth, support and care for women across all facets of the campus community.

During her tenure at the Women’s Center, Adams evolved the education and knowledge of the university community to support intentional sexual assault response and created the Center for Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services (SRVSS). This growth also included upgrading the Women’s Center and the physical space of SRVSS by expanding into the Williamson House, a vibrant hub for empowerment, leadership development, student support and engagement.

Past recipients of the Heather E. Adams award include:

2017 – Heather E. Adams (Inaugural award)

2018 – Dianne Kerr, PhD

2019 – Alfreda Brown, Ed.D.

Nominate a colleague by completing a brief form byFebruary 28. This is a university wide award and Regional Campuses are encouraged to nominate. Nominees and the recipient will be honored at the Mothers, Mentors and Muses event onApril 7,from 5 - 7:30 p.m. at the Kent State Hotel and Conference Center.

Please direct questions to Cassie Pegg-Kirby, director of the Women’s Center, atcpeggkir@kent.edu;orJennie O’Connell, director of Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services, atjoconne5@kent.edu.


Geauga Campus Partners with Educational Service Center for Job Training

The Geauga Campus is not just an academic institution. It’s also a workplace where young adults with special needs receive on-the-job training and transferable skills that make them productive citizens in their own communities. Learn more.


Employee Wellness Offerings Scheduled for Several Campuses

A new year, a new semester means new opportunities to make yourself and your health a priority! Our regional campus wellness ambassadors have been busy in setting out to bring some excellent lunch and learns topics to a campus near you! Check out some of the upcoming lunch and learns heading to Trumbull, Ashtabula and Stark.

Kent State - Trumbull

Kent State – Ashtabula

Kent State – Stark

All sessions are available to all full and part-time employees. For employees participating in theWellness Your Way rewards program, each session is worth10 Tier Two points. Alight lunchwill be provided to all registered attendees at each session.Registration is open now and space is limited.

For questions, you may contact Employee Wellness at x20392 or wellness@kent.edu. You may also inquire with your campus employee wellness ambassador.


Take Part in RecycleMania 2020

RecycleMania, which runs February 2 – March 28, is an international waste reduction and recycling competition for colleges and universities.Over 300 institutions in the United States and Canada compete to see who can recycle the most and who can produce the least amount of waste, among other things.

2020 marks the 11th year Kent State University is competing in RecycleMania and the 20th anniversary of the competition.

By recycling and minimizing wasteat Kent State University you divert thousands of pounds of waste from landfills, protect the environment and conserve natural resources.To learn more, visit the RecycleMania website.


Important Information on Spring 2020 Midterm Grading for Undergraduate Courses

Online midterm grading for all Spring 2020 lower-division undergraduate courses (levels 00000, 10000, 20000) meeting in the full term (January 13 through April 28) begins Feb. 3, 2020, via FlashFAST. Please remember that midterm grading applies ONLY to courses that meet for the full semester.

The deadline for midterm grade submission is midnight on Tuesday, March 3. Midterm grades may not be reported after the deadline. The Grade Change workflow cannot be used to report or change midterm grades after the deadline, and the Registrar's Office will not accommodate other late submission requests.

Submit Midterm grades using Midterm Grades roster
To submit midterm grades via the Midterm Grades roster, login to FlashLine then click Faculty & Advisors/Faculty Dashboard/Grading Resources. Locate Midterm Grades to submit grades.

Submit Midterm grades using Grade Push (Blackboard Users)
If you use Blackboard there is a tool to make reporting your midterm grades easier—with a push of the button. The process is called Grade Push and it allows you to “push” the midterm grades recorded in Blackboard into our KSU Midterm Grade Roster, thus eliminating the time and effort spent manually entering them.

To access the Grade Push application, login to FlashLine then click Faculty & Advisors/Faculty Dashboard/Grading Resources. Locate Grade Push to submit grades.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the Grade Push application, please direct them to support.kent.edu.

Please note: The Grade Push application has been developed for Blackboard users as an option to assist in streamlining the university grading process. The use of this application is not mandatory, though it is encouraged.

Tips and Tricks
Grades Processing Tips and FAQs may be found on the Registrar's website. Any faculty member needing personalized instruction on submitting their grades via the Midterm Grades roster should contact their campus Registrar's Office during normal business hours.

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POSTED: Monday, February 3, 2020 - 9:51am
UPDATED: Monday, February 3, 2020 - 7:49am