Four Nursing Faculty, Advisor recognized for Helping Make Kent State Accessible for All

From Touch Point Online Magazine, Summer 2019 – Vol. III, Issue 2

Kent State University is committed to making its physical and digital environments accessible and inclusive. On Friday, May 3, College of Nursing faculty members Mary Bacha, MSN, RN; Krista Hawkins, MSN, RN; Cheryl Brady, MSN, RN, CNE; Lorene Martin, MSN, RN, CRNP and Academic Recruitment and Retention Coordinator, Katie Bowen, M. Ed., were among those recognized by Kent State’s Student Accessibility Services (SAS) and The Office of the Provost for having positively impacted a student’s academic experience by helping to make the university an accommodating and welcoming place for students with disabilities.

The Student Accessibility Services office provides reasonable accommodations for all Kent State students with disabilities who register with the office. While accommodations are determined on a case by case basis, some of the most utilized accommodations include extended time for exams/quizzes, a reduced distraction setting for taking exams/quizzes and tape-recorded lectures. 

“Faculty play a major role in the success of students. Creating an inclusive and supportive environment for students to flourish within can have a great impact on their education,” said Elise Finney, access consultant, Student Accessibility Services. “Our office values faculty members who make Kent State undeniably accessible. The recognition of these faculty members is a small display of our gratitude for their continuous dedication and work in going above and beyond for our students.” 

Below are excerpts from the nominations submitted by nursing students:

“One of the scariest things about applying to the nursing program with hearing loss was figuring out the stethoscope, but Mary Bacha helped me find one that works best for me. She was understanding and receptive to all of my questions and went out of her way to meet with me in the lab to test out a normal stethoscope, even offering to let me borrow one of hers before deciding whether or not to purchase an amplified stethoscope. She made my first semester as a nursing student an absolute breeze. I never felt like my voice wasn't being heard or that no one was making an effort to understand my struggles. I will forever be thankful for Professor Bacha. I feel confident tackling the nursing program head on despite my hearing loss.”

“At the beginning of the semester, I shared my medical setbacks and how they may affect my attendance and classwork with my professors. Krista Hawkins and Cheryl Brady were interested in how to help and accommodate me. While I was in the hospital, they asked how I was doing and worked with me regarding the class, lab, and clinical I missed. I am very thankful for their help and consideration during my time of need.”

“I needed someone to read my exam to me. Lorene Martin could have found someone else, but instead, she read it to me herself. In doing so, she better understood why I struggled so much with my exams. Afterwards, we talked about how to improve my testing abilities. During tutoring sessions, she also helped me break down the reading so I could better understand the material. Mrs. Martin has given me the confidence to continue pursuing my goal of becoming a nurse.”

“When I started as a freshman, Katie Bowen was genuine and real with me about what we could do for my situation. A number of difficult discussions and decisions had to happen. Many people didn’t care, but she did and still does. She is an amazing woman.”

Learn more about Kent State University’s Student Accessibility Services

POSTED: Friday, July 5, 2019 - 12:37pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 11:05am
Mariah Gibbons