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Ashland University Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences Receives $198,828 from the Ohio Board of Nursing for Pre Licensure Program

 Ashland University Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences Receives $198,828 from the Ohio Board of Nursing for Pre Licensure Program

Ashland University’s Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CONHS) was awarded $198,828 in renewal grant funding from the Ohio Board of Nursing’s Nurse Education Grant Program (NEGP). This two-year grant funding makes possible Ashland’s “Undergraduate Nursing Expansion: Services Excellence and Clinical Faculty Joint Appointments” project in partnership with OhioHealth Mansfield and Shelby Hospitals.

Goals of the project are to expand enrollment in Ashland University’s baccalaureate pre-licensure nursing education program by increasing available faculty resources and expanding clinical placement opportunities via implementation of two innovative models. Clinical site shortages and faculty shortages are national issues of concern in the education of future professional nurses and are barriers for universities to increasing enrollment.

Ashland University Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences Receives $199,325 from the Ohio Board of Nursing for Post Licensure Program

Ashland University Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences Receives $199,325 from the Ohio Board of Nursing for Post Licensure Program

Ashland University’s Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CONHS) was awarded $199,325 in renewal grant funding from the Ohio Board of Nursing’s Nurse Education Grant Program (NEGP). This two-year grant funding makes possible Ashland University’s Accent on the Individual: Increasing Student Enrollment and Faculty/Instruction Personnel through Academic/Health Care System Partnerships.

According to Dr. Faye Grund, dean of the Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences, this project expands on the previous NEGP grant project to increase baccalaureate professional nurses and promote graduate nursing education. NEGP 2015-17 grant program partnerships with Marion Technical College and Stark State College will continue through 2019, in addition to new grant partnerships with North Central State College and Avita Health System.

Ashland University Honors Professor with Taylor Teaching Award

Ashland University Honors Professor with Taylor Teaching Award

Ashland University’s Dr. Lisa Young, assistant professor of nursing in the Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is the recipient of AU’s 2017 Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award. AU Provost Dr. Eun-Woo Chang presented the award at AU’s Academic Honors Convocation on Sunday, April 23, in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel.

The award, first presented in 1997, was endowed by former Jeromesville residents the late Edward and Louaine Taylor as a way of supporting high quality teaching at Ashland University.

Ashland University's Accelerated BSN Program Named One of the Best in the Country

Ashland University Online Accelerated BSN Program Named One of the Best in the Country

Ashland University’s Accelerated BSN Degree Program has been named as one of the top 20 programs in the country by GeriatricNursing.org, a leading online resource for providing information on nursing schools and programs that offer geriatric nursing education.

“We are very pleased to have our Accelerated BSN Program identified as one of the top 20 in the country,” said Dr. Faye Grund, dean of AU’s Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Ashland University Featured as National College of Distinction

Ashland University Featured as National College of Distinction

Based on its excellence in engaging students, its great teaching, a vibrant campus community and its successful outcomes, Ashland University has been named as a College of Distinction for 2017.

“We are very pleased to be identified as a College of Distinction and believe that this recognition illustrates some of the things that we do best on this campus,” said AU President Dr. Carlos Campo. “We focus on great teaching as well as placing an emphasis on engaging students both inside and outside of the classroom with exciting living and learning environments, and that is drawing some attention.”

Ashland University Nursing Program Recognized by Credentialing Center

Ashland University Nursing Program Recognized by Credentialing Center

Ashland University’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program within the College of Nursing and Health Sciences’ Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program has met the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) certification eligibility requirements.

“This means that students completing the Ashland University FNP Doctor of Nursing Practice program have met the educational requirements to sit for the ANCC Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination, provided they meet ANCC's other eligibility requirements,” said Dr. Lisa Young, interim director of the DNP program.

Ashland University Faculty Receive Promotions and/or Tenure

Ashland University Faculty Receive Promotions and/or Tenure

A number of Ashland University faculty members received promotions and/or tenure following the action of the Ashland University Board of Trustees at its winter meeting. The promotions are effective at the beginning of the institution’s 2017-2018 academic year.

Those promoted to the rank of full professor at the University are Dr. Carla Abreu-Ellis in Initial Programs in the Schar College of Education; Dr. Jason Brent Ellis in the Doctoral Studies and Advanced Programs in the Schar College of Education; and Dr. David Foster in the History and Political Science Department in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Ashland University to Hold Nursing and Health Professions Open House

Ashland University to Hold Nursing and Health Professions Open House

Ashland University will hold an open house to showcase its nursing and health care majors on Presidents’ Day, Monday, Feb. 20. The event will begin at 1 p.m. in Myers Convocation Center on the AU campus.

“This event provides a comprehensive overview of the nursing and health programs available at Ashland University and allows our guests to see our facilities and interact with faculty, staff and current AU students,” said W.C. Vance, director of admissions at AU. The event also includes a campus tour and hands-on learning opportunities.

Ashland University Recreation Center to Host Annual Fit Fest

Ashland University Recreation Center to Host Annual Fit Fest

Ashland University’s Annual Fit Fest – the NIRSA Recreational Sports and Fitness Day -- will be held Feb. 19 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Ashland University Recreation Center. The event will include a triathlon, Mr. and Mrs. Fit competition, Sample Group X classes, vendors, prizes and food.

The event, which is free except for the triathlon, will be open to the public for the first time this year. All proceeds from the event will go to the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.

Ashland University Students Honor Their Mentors

Ashland University Students Honor Their Mentors

Eight Ashland University faculty and staff members were honored during the University’s 31st annual Academic Mentor Awards recognition ceremony held Jan. 27. The program recognizes faculty or staff whose academic leadership with regard to students extends beyond the classroom. The mentors, each nominated by an Ashland student, were presented an engraved silver plate at the event held in John C. Myers Convocation Center.

This year’s Mentor Award recipients are Nicole Dyer, assistant dean of Student Affairs and director of Student Life; Dr. Karen Estridge assistant professor of Nursing; Dr. Mason Posner, professor of Biology; Dr. Beth Patton, associate professor of Health Sciences; Dr. Ramona Rogers, adjunct professor of Criminal Justice; Dr. Brenda Rosler associate professor of Early Childhood Education; Linda Walther, adjunct professor of Foreign Languages; and Dr. Jeff Weidenhamer, professor of Chemistry.

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