And the winner is...
Congratulations to Gretchen Woods, MA ’05, Avon, Ohio, the winner of the random drawing from correct submissions to the Squirrel Search contest. She received a box of squirrel-themed swag from McKay Bricker Framing & Black Squirrel Gifts in downtown Kent.
The black squirrels can be found in the spring/summer 2019 issue on
pages 9 (on top rail of bell stand, to right), 28 (at bottom right of pink neon sign) and 38 (on stool to right of seated
Thanks to all who entered!
Help for Healing Brain Injury
As a Kent State psychology department alum who worked in brain function research for my masters (but jumped to clinical psychology for my PhD), I was excited and proud to hear of the launch of the Brain Health Research Institute and Dr. Michael Lehman’s vision.
My husband incurred a traumatic brain injury in July 1999. Writing poetry has played a big part in his recovery that, given the extent of his injury, has been amazing. He is living proof of the benefits of a multidisciplinary approach that includes players like the Wick Poetry Center and [director] David Hassler.
Janeane Reagan, MS ’70, PhD ’81
Protect Your Passwords
Great article about security [“The Mean Streets of Cyberspace,”spring/summer 2019] and the example of the couple with shared passwords. The only time I’ve ever shared a bank password was with my friend (ironically, also named Susy). Luckily, I don’t think she memorized it, and I know she didn’t write it down. She hasn’t taken anything from me . . . yet.
Jeffrey Ali, DPM ’98
Broadview Heights, Ohio
On page 21 of the spring/summer 2019 issue there is an article about “KSU Pathways to Becoming a Registered Nurse.” There is another “pathway” that was overlooked. The College of Applied and Technical Studies offers the ADN [Associate Degree in Nursing] program on four campuses: East Liverpool, Tuscarawas, Twinsburg and Ashtabula campuses. It also has an LPN to ADN bridge and a Paramedic to ADN bridge.
All ADN graduates are eligible to take a state license test to become an RN. It is a great option that costs less than a four-year degree and gets students working sooner. Many of our graduates go on to earn their BSN and higher degrees as well.
Janet Peterson, RN, MSN, CNS
Nursing Skills Lab Coordinator
Kent State University at East Liverpool
As a tenured member of the nursing faculty and having served previously as the interim dean of the College of Nursing, I am well aware of the Institute of Medicine’s report and recommendation regarding the need to increase the number of BSN prepared graduates. However, you ignored another KSU pathway to becoming a registered nurse. The Associate of Applied Science Degree is offered on the Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Twinsburg and Tuscarawas campuses of KSU. Students who complete these [ADN] programs sit for the same licensing exam as the BSN grads.
Students who graduate from these programs continue to be hired at the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and community hospitals in our region. Between the four regional campus sites offering the associate degree, we are supplying hundreds of qualified registered nurses to the workforce. One advantage to this path is that once hired, employers will often provide tuition reimbursement to these RNs to complete their BSN. We strongly encourage students to obtain their BSN from the day they walk in our doors, and we highly encourage them to make a seamless transition from our program to the online RN to BSN offered thru the KSU College of Nursing. Many of the courses in the RN to BSN are taught by faculty from the ADN program on the regional campuses.
Susan Stocker, PhD
Dean and Chief Administrative Officer
Kent State University at Ashtabula
Portrait of a President
Great spring/summer  edition. Excellent articles all, and a beautiful portraiture of President Warren. Her warmth, personality and energy leap off the pages. No doubt she has provided remarkable leadership and will be missed greatly.
Mel Grossman, BS ’55
Reason for Optimism
I enjoy reading this magazine each time it arrives. It’s amazing what young students aspire to these days. I feel a little more optimistic about the future after reading some of the stories about these young men and women. Thank you!
Donna Dunn, RN ’94
Great Falls, Mont.
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