Alumni Success Story

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 from Kent State with their MM in Performance in 2017.

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 of doctors, researchers, nurses, patients, and loved ones to raise awareness and funding for new research programs.

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 clinical areas. Noticing the lack of nursing libraries while there, Herr began collecting nursing textbooks from professors and friends to donate to the students who needed them most.

Around the same time, Herr, and her husband, Eric, also began making donations to the Kent State University College of Nursing study abroad program. They gave when they were able, knowing Kent State played an important role in nursing education. The College of Nursing is meeting the needs of learners and preparing the next generation of leaders in nursing.

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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. 

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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 professional nursing practice and standards, in addition to overseeing patient service areas of both Akron Children's Hospitals, as well as the offsite patient care units within the adult hospitals. 

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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 New Member Pillar award is one of 13 International Awards for Nursing Excellence that will be conferred by the honor society in 2017. Schwab will receive this award in late October at the honor society’s 44th Biennial Convention in Indianapolis, IN.

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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.

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 Heights, OH, which included a one-year term as acting president. 

In his new role, Monter and his team will focus on physician recruitment, quality of care, patient experience, and employee and physician engagement.