Alumni Success Story

Saxophonist Bobby Selvaggio, Kent State's Director of Jazz Studies as well as an alumnus, continues to help invigorate Northeast Ohio's thriving Jazz scene. Earlier this year, he recorded his 11th album, Re:Invented, as leader live at one of Cleveland's premier performance venues, the Bop Stop. The album, to be released Oct. 4 by Dot...

Ohio native Amy Likar (BM ‘91) grew up in Cuyahoga Falls and began studying piano when she was 8 years old with Jane Butcher. When Amy was 10, she began playing flute in Lincoln Elementary’s band, directed by Michael Corbissero, also a Kent State alumnus. At his suggestion, Amy began taking flute lessons with...

The Heimat String Quartet had their Carnegie Hall debut on Monday, March 4. They presented Mozart’s String Quartet No. 14 in G Major, Dvorak’s String Quartet No. 14 in Ab major, Op. 105, and premiered a newly commissioned work by composer Anthony Vine. Founding members of the quartet, violinists Aubrey Holmes and Patrick Shaughnessy, graduated...

Paul Bassett, BSN ’11, Boston, MA, loves adventure. His most recent quest - hiking Japan's Mount Fuji in July 2017 with 19 teammates, six of whom were cancer patients. The expedition was made possible by the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation’s (MMRF) initiative, Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma. This program provides support for teams...

Rebecca Herr’s (’71) advice for students is that “although they can’t be an expert at everything, they need to remain curious.” Herr’s own sense of curiosity became a passion for adventure.  Her appreciation for exploration inspired her to begin mission work in India in 1999, where she has helped mentor nursing students in various...

Jason Rothaermel, BSN, MBA, was recently recognized as a "Leader in Nursing" by the American Health Council for his expertise in Oncology. Rothaermel, who received his bachelor of science in nursing from Kent State University College of Nursing in 1998, is the current standing Regional Director of The Oncology Nurse Education Team at AbbVie Labs. ...

Lisa Aurilio, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, was recently promoted to Chief Operating Officer at Akron Children's Hospital. Aurilio received her master of science in nursing degree from Kent State University College of Nursing in  1999. Aurilio served as the hospital's Chief Nursing Officer for 7 years in which she was responsible for ensuring...

Tracy Schwab, MSN ’17, was recently announced as the 2017 New Member Pillar Award recipient from the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) nursing honor society.   The recipient of this award is chosen from over 500 chapters around the world who are eligible to nominate a new member, according to outgoing Kent State University College of Nursing...

Claire Zangerle, MSN, MBA, RN, has recently been appointed as Allegheny Health Network’s chief nurse executive. Zangerle is a 2006 graduate of Kent State’s master of science in nursing program. Since 2008, Zangerle has served as president and chief executive officer of the Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio. In her new role, Zangerle will...

Brian S. Monter, MSN, MBA, RN, has recently been appointed president of University Hospitals Bedford and Richmond Medical Centers. Monter is a 2007 graduate of Kent State’s nursing and business administration (MSN/MBA) dual-degree program.  Since 2012, Monter has served as the chief operating officer at South Pointe Hospital in Warrensville...