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Barbara Donaho Distinguished Leadership in Learning Award



Saturday, April 16th, 2011
6:00 p.m.



Kent State University
Student Center Ballroom


Morris Beverage, president of Lakeland Community College; Susan Stocker, dean and chief administrative officer of Kent State University at Ashtabula; and Mary Ogrinc, senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Lake Heath, at Lake Health’s TriPoint Medical Center.Kent State University at Ashtabula is partnering with Lake Health and Lakeland Community College to expand educat

The notion of a partnership between Kent State University and fashion mogul Donna Karan isn’t such a strange thing to imagine. Kent State’s School of Fashion Design and Merchandising is recognized as one of the top fashion schools in the country. So it may come as surprising to learn that the new collaboration between Kent State and Karan involves not fashion, but the university’s College of Nursing.

Kent State University’s College of Nursing today announced approval from the Ohio Board of Regents to offer the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, one of two terminal degrees in nursing. Kent State already offers the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and beginning in Spring 2011 will offer the DNP, which prepares advanced practice nurse clinical scholars as leaders in translating research evidence into clinical practice. 

The American Academy of Nursing recently selected 116 outstanding nurse leaders for induction as Fellows. The induction ceremony was held Nov. 13 during the Academy’s 37th Annual Meeting and Conference that was held in Washington, D.C.

Kent State University Professor of Nursing Carol Sedlak, director, nurse educator program, is one of the professionals who received the honor.

Dr. Susan Taft, associate professor and director of graduate management programs in Kent State University’s College of Nursing, has been awarded a two-year, $410,000 grant from the Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future (PIN) program, led by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Northwest Health Foundations (NWHF). Funding is provided by four foundations, adding the Cleveland Foundation, which matches the $200,000 award from RWJF and NWHF, and the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation.

Assistant Nursing Professor Lorene Martin recently won one of Kent State University’s Summer Teaching Awards. Martin, who teaches at Kent State University at Salem, is spending the summer developing a student mentoring program known as "Students Helping Students: A Student Nurse Mentoring Program”

“Receiving this award is such an honor,” Martin says. “But more importantly, it’s giving me the time to develop a program I feel very passionate about and one that will have a positive effect on our students.”

Kent State University’s College of Nursing has received funding to award 10 $10,000 scholarships from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) through the RWJF New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program. This is the third consecutive year that Kent State has received the RWJF scholarship assistance, bringing the total amount of funding in three years to $400,000. 

Dr. Ratchneewan Ross, an associate professor in Kent State University’s College of Nursing, has received a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach and conduct research in Thailand. Ross will teach research methodology to graduate students and doctoral candidates at five universities in Thailand from June to October 2010.  While in Thailand, she also will conduct seminars for nursing faculty and conduct her own research project.