2021 Grant Updates

Walsh University’s School of Behavioral and Health Sciences was awarded a $1.9 million federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant for the creation of a program to address the unmet behavioral health needs in underserved populations of Northeast Ohio.The four-year grant will enhance both CHD and OT programs through inter-professional education and training for students, faculty, and clinical supervisors. The HRSA application was led by Grant Project Co-Directors Dr. Michele Tilstra, Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, and Dr. Tiffany Peets, Associate Professor, Coordinator of Clinical Mental Health Professional Practice. 

 

 

2021-22 Accomplishments

Professor Diane Belfiglio's oil pastel, "Boston Bricks II," was one of 135 pieces selected for inclusion in the 85th National Midyear Show at The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, OH. The exhibition runs through September 5, 2021.

Ute S. Lahaie, Ph.D., Dean of Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment,  presented the session entitled “Taking the Pulse of the Undergraduate Experience during the Pandemic: From Insight to Action” at the Summer 2021 Virtual Meeting of the Ohio Association for Institutional Research and Planning (OAIRP), on Friday, July16 2021. In addition, Dr. Lahaie served as panelist for the OAIRP presentation on “Institutional Ingenuity: Responding to the Virtual Needs of Today, how have IR Communities Adapted?” along with other panelists from Ohio University, Denison University, and Sinclair Community College. 

Director of Digital Media Production Shaun Horrigan produced two new documentaries on PBS Western Reserve in which he served in several roles including co-director, producer, writer, director of photography and editor.

“Lines Broken: The Story of Marion Motley,” and “Black College Football Hall of Fame: Journey to Canton.” Both premiered in February but are re-airing now for Hall of Fame week and Black College Football HOF promotional reasons. https://www.pbswesternreserve.org/blogs/program-highlights/spotlight-on-our-region/

Director of ELearning Mary Beth Messner was nominated and elected to be a QM Ohio Professional Development Coordinator. This is a prestigious appointment with only two elected to this position in Ohio.   

Dr. Jan Finneran and Dr. Judy Kreye of the Byers School of Nursing were recently published in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. The title of their article is “Empowering the novice family nurse practitioner: Promoting readiness to practice through immersion in an innovate educational strategy.”  

Associate Dean of Students Tiffany Kinnard (TK) Payton graduated from the United Way Project Blueprint for Diversity Equity and Inclusion on June 4. This is the program’s second graduating class. The graduation honored 14 class participants for their completion of the program, which is designed to identify, recruit, train and place diverse volunteer leaders into policy making roles to enhance the effectiveness of nonprofit agencies. 

Frances Morrow, Student Affairs - Counseling and Health Services, was awarded $43,346 from the Ohio Department of Higher Education Governors Emergency Education Relief Fund.

Carrilyn Long,
Student Affairs, was awarded $2,500 from the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges for the MOSAIC Peer Mentoring Program.

David Brobeck, Ph.D., Division of Education, was awarded $50,000 from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education DoE for the development and implementation of a statewide support system based on the Science of Reading as a means to improve literacy outcomes. 

Katherine Brown, Ph.D., School of Arts and Sciences, received an ArtsinStark grant for $1,560.00 to support the Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition, Gallery Talks, and Workshops.

Pete Tandler, Ph.D., Division of Mathematics and Sciences, received a $1,000 Hamilton Syringe Grant award from the Hamilton Company to be used towards the purchase of the syringes, needles and accessories outlined in your grant application.

Frances Morrow, Student Affairs - Counseling and Health Services, was awarded $31,451.61 in CARES Funding from the Ohio College Initiative at Prevention Action Alliance.

Director of Academic Achievement Kathy Buttermore was recently notified that the Sliders Program has been recognized nationally as a Program of Promise by The National Organization of Student Success, NOSS, formerly NADE, the National Association for Developmental Education. The Sliders Program identifies students who are struggling academically and provides extra help so that they can get back on track. Program of Promise winners will be announced at the NOSS virtual conference later this month.  

The Walsh University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program organized and sponsored a virtual clinical instructor credentialing course in May. The American Physical Therapy Association’s Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program is provided to clinicians and designed to cultivate leaders and mentors in the education of physical therapy students. Demand for this course was high due to many offerings being cancelled due to COVID-19. The Walsh DPT program was one of the first in Ohio to offer the course in a virtual format. All participants serve as clinical instructors to the program’s DPT students, and many were alumni of the Walsh DPT program.   

Professor of Sociology Dr. Michelle Bemiller recently spent several days with the staff of Golden Key Center for Exceptional Children, Inc., as they took part in Walsh’s Restorative Justice program, focusing on the diversity of individuals.

Professor of Philosophy Dr. Leslie Whetstine was interviewed in the Medical Ethics Advisor, which is a monthly periodical that covers current clinical issues in ethics and medicine. The article is titled "Effective Remote Communication Improves End of Life Care,” and it discusses how remote communication methods were used during the pandemic to maintain vital connections between the healthcare team, patients, and their families, and considers how such approaches may continue to play a role in the post pandemic clinical environment. https://www.reliasmedia.com/articles/148071-effective-remote-communication-improves-end-of-life-care 

Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry and Physics Dr. Timothy Smith and Professor of Chemistry Dr. Amy Heston were invited to speak this summer with the Assessment Institute highlighting Walsh’s partnership with Shimadzu. The title of the presentation is “Evaluating Essential Chemistry Laboratory Skills Utilizing Shimadzu Instruments:  A Novel Partnership Driving Student Success at Walsh University.”

Megan Pellegrino, Director of Museum Studies and​ Director of the Hoover Historical Center,  has conducted virtually presentations to more than 400 North Canton third grade students at St. Paul’s, Greentown, Orchard Hill, and virtual students throughout the month.  In the first of the two presentations, Pellegrino highlighted the contributions of The Hoover Company to the development and history of North Canton. In a separate presentation, she spotlighted the 84 British children brought to North Canton by The Hoover Company during World War II and fostered by local families until the war ended and they could safely return home.  

The Division of Education will be featured in a new book with a chapter about the Walsh and Christ the Servant Teaching Parish partnership and approach to teacher education. Rethinking School-University Partnerships: A New Way Forward provides educational leaders in K-12 schools and colleges of education with insight, advice, and direction into the task of creating partnerships. https://www.infoagepub.com/products/Rethinking-School-University-Partnerships

Ute S. Lahaie, Ph.D., Dean of Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment was appointed by the National Student Clearinghouse to serve on the Data Collective Advisory Committee for the Postsecondary Data Partnership (PDP). The advisory committee consists of 20 members who have been selected from over 400 public and private institutions nationwide.  The Postsecondary Data Partnership (PDP) is a nationwide effort to help colleges and universities gain a fuller picture of student progress and outcomes, meet various reporting requirements, and identify where to focus their resources. The partnership is dedicated to the idea that easier access to better data helps you, the higher education professional, develop actionable insights and make informed decisions to support student success. (Postsecondary Data Partnership - National Student Clearinghouse)

Sophomore Education major, Tara Ebert, along with Professor Jennifer Vokoun and Dr. Ron Scott, presented the poster "The Food Design Institute: Connecting Campus and Community by Design" at the Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) conference on Friday, March 26, 2021. As a founder of the Cavs Cave, Tara Ebert presented her work with the campus pantry. Director of the Food Design Institute, Jennifer Vokoun, shared some of the initiatives of the Institute, and Dr. Scott presented on the campus farm, established with a grant from UFWH, as well as some of the Food Design Institute's cross-curricular projects. Walsh University previously hosted the national summit of UFWH and Campus Kitchen in 2017.

Rachel Constance, Ph.D., Associate Professor History, presented Pandemic Stories as a part of the Portage County Deanery series on January 12. The Zoom talk was based on her Walsh University: Pandemic Stories Oral History Project, a collaboration between the Byers Institute, the Renacci Center for Civic Engagement, the Food Design Institute and the Walsh University Archives. Read more about the series at: https://www.walsh.edu/pandemic-stories.html

Stephanie Koontz ’08, Director of Alumni Relations, will present in an upcoming workshop for the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Northeast Ohio.   

Christine McCallum, PT, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Education; Physical Therapy Professor, co-chaired an 11 member national taskforce which investigated the Physical Therapy Professions Clinical Education Placement Process.  The 20 page report outlines 9 recommendations that pertain to various components of clinical education, including the development of a common language of the term placement process.  The taskforce was the first collaborative effort between the ACAPT’s National Consortium of Clinical Educators and the Academy of Education’s Clinical Education Special Interest Group. 

Diane Belfiglio, Assistant Professor of Art and Studio Coordinator at Walsh University has had her work accepted into two professional juried shows this fall. Belfiglio’s oil pastels, Ormond Beach I and Ormond VI, were two of 57 works selected from 164 entries for the Stark County Artist’s Exhibition at the Massillon Museum.  The show opened September 26, 2020 and runs through January 17, 2021. Her oil pastel, Boston Bricks III, was one of 75 works selected from 471 entries in the 75th Ohio Annual exhibition at the Zanesville Museum of Art. For the first time in its history, the exhibit will run online only and can be found at: www.zanesvilleart.org. The show opens October 22, 2020 and runs through January 8, 2021.

Patricia Berg, D.B.A., Assistant Professor of Business, was elected to serve on the Board of Directors to the Christian Business Faculty Association (CBFA) last week. CBFA works to "empower Christian business faculty to transform the world for the glory of God." The CBFA is a 1,200-member national faculty association that hosts an annual conference each year and publishes two peer-reviewed journals, The Christian Business Academy Review and the Journal of Biblical Integration in Business. The 2021 conference will be held in October in Nashville, Tennessee, at Lipscomb University.   

Rachel Constance, Ph.D., Associate Professor History, provided an insightful interview on the origins of Thanksgiving on the holiday’s 400th Anniversary. The interview aired on WHBC’s Live and Local Show, on Wednesday, November 24. You can listen to it in its entirety here.  

Julie Szendrey, D.B.A., Professor of Business, on her recent podcast related to her recent published research. The series is called How to Science Your Way to Wealth with Dr. Julie Szendrey. Click here to hear the podcast. 

Drs. Christine McCallum, Leigh Murray, and Alexia Lairson from Physcial Therapy collaborated with Occupational Therapy Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Michele Tilstra to complete a systematic review  published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education in September 2020. The article was entitled, “Assessment of employability skills: A systematic review of the availability and usage of professional behavior assessment instruments” (https://doi.org/10.26681/jote.2019.030411 ). With the evidence found in the systematic review, the authors proposed a new framework for professional behavior advising for therapy students. Dr. Lairson and Dr. Tilstra presented the findings in a platform presentation for the Educational Leadership Conference in October of 2020. Their presentation was entitled, “Development of employability skills-A conceptual framework for professional behavior advising” (https://apta.confex.com/apta/elc2020/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/26846).

Melisa A. Barden, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, co-authored a teaching blog for the Society for Teaching of Psychology, Excellence in Teaching Blog. The article explores the topic of “Facilitating Student Application of Social Psychology Concepts to a Real World Problem” by Jennifer M. Knack (Clarkson University) and Melisa A. Barden (Walsh University) and it can be read in its entirety here.

Patricia Berg, D.B.A, Assistant Professor of Business, presented at the Heidelberg University Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Colloquium on Friday, October 9, 2020 via a digital conference. Her presentation title is “Leveraging the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership to Foster Successful Integrated Healthcare Teams." The Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Colloquium will focus on practical implementation of utilizing interdisciplinary teams in treating and caring for those in under served and vulnerable populations. Area professionals will be sharing their knowledge and experience in this vital area.

Teresa Fox, Vice President of Marketing, Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer,  joined the 34th Class of Leadership Stark County this fall. Leadership Stark County engages and educates Stark County’s community leaders through a range of programs tailored to meet business and community needs by working with community organizations to identify, prepare, and position persons for leadership within these organizations. https://www.cantonrep.com/news/20200815/leadership-stark-county-announces-34th-class

Director of Elearning Mary Beth Messner and Director of User Support and Classroom Technology Jennifer Loudiana presented their award-winning program for Institutional Remote Learning Initiatives on June 18, 2020 at the Open Apereo 2020 Conference. Link to the presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQYViHqZJ6I.

Walsh was honored at the international Open Apereo Conference for its great work in keeping the full educational experience going in the midst of the COVID-19 upheaval. The Apereo Teaching and Learning Awards have a long history of recognizing innovation in teaching and learning. The award grew out of the Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award (TWSIA) which began in 2008 as part of the Sakai community.

Jennifer Clevinger, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, presented at the virtual BOTANY 2020 conference on July 28, 2020. This is a national meeting for several societies including the Botanical Society of America and the American Society of Plant Taxonomists.  Her presentation was entitled "Teaching Field Botany: Online But Still Outside" and can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0PwiuXCz90.

James Falter, Ph.D., CFP, CFA, DeVille School of Business Associate Professor, was featured in WalletHub's piece about business credit cards. You can find his recent contribution here:  https://wallethub.com/best-business-credit-card#experts=James_Falter

Christine McCallum, PT, PhD, was recently elected the Vice-President of the Academy of Physical Therapy Education (APTE).  She will begin her three year term in July 2020.  The Academy of Physical Therapy Education, one of the oldest sections of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), is committed to advancing physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and physical therapy students in their roles as educators in academic, clinical and community settings. As Vice-President, she will assist the Academy President to meet the strategic plans and goals of the APTE, and serve as the liaison between the Research Committee and the BOD.

Dawn L. Campanelli, EMBA/MBA Program Coordinator, DeVille School of Business, was recently elected to a second term on the Board of Directors for Women's Impact, Inc. For 2020, she is also serving as Chair of the Better Business Bureau Charitable & Educational Fund, Inc. and as a Director on the BBB Executive Committee, serving the Canton Region & Greater West Virginia.

Rebecca Coneglio, Vice President for Enrollment Management, has been named a member of the 2020 class of yStark! Twenty Under 40 Professional leaders. Organized by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Canton Repository, Twenty Under 40 recognizes 20 young engaged professionals across various sectors of the business, civic, government, arts, education and non-profit communities. Nominees are selected based on career acumen, community service and trusteeship, and personal and professional achievements. 

James Falter, Ph.D., joined WHBC host Bill Morgan on Thursday, April 2, for a follow-up conversation on the COVID-19 impact on the stock market. 

Tom Freeland, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, recently shared his expertise in this straightforward nine-minute video explaining why handwashing and social distancing are effective weapons in the fight against COVID-19. Watch it here. https://www.facebook.com/tom.freeland.98/videos/2840646022684228/

Leslie Whetstine, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, shares that this pandemic is directly showing the relevance of the Humanities in Healthcare. “My students are working on devising a morally defensible approach to resource allocation based, in part, on what's currently happening in Italy.”

Lee Horrisberger, Professional Associate Professor Humanities, and her COM 365 Public Relations and Writing class are collaborating via Zoom with their Community Service-learning partner, the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, on the "Walk with the President."  The class participated in the first virtual First Friday on April 3 by creating a video about the tour that will be shared with patrons of First Friday and with the Museum’s Stark-Tusc County Collaboration.  The video project reviews how the class improved the brochure, added social media outreach, and created videos with QR codes for stops along “The Walk.” The Vamonde App with “Walk with the President” is available here https://www.vamonde.com/adventure/a-walk-with-president-mckinley/781.  YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/jtX0jh3dSpo 

Katie Hutchinson, Student Engagement and Archival Services Librarian, recently acquired one of the Brothers of Christian Instruction robes from the 1960s. These robes were worn by the Brothers and Student Brothers when the University first opened. Stop by the Archives on the second floor of the Library or email archivist Katie Hutchison if you’d like to see the collection.

The Canton Repository spotlighted Walsh junior basketball forward Maci Sales and her inspirational story of how Type I diabetes hasn’t slowed her down. She is currently ranked the fourth in the G-MAC in scoring and second in rebounding for the 11th-ranked Cavaliers. Read the story here.  

The Walsh Museum Engagement Team (MET), the student club for Museum Studies, organized an informal symposium about the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris on Friday, Feb. 14. Drs. Rachel Constance, Chad Gerber and Katherine Brown discussed how the Gothic Cathedral has shaped or influenced their respective fields of study. The symposium explored how the accidental fire at the Cathedral in spring 2019 connected people worldwide through history, the arts, and theology.

EWTN Spotlight: FIC Brother Chrysostom Ahimbisibwe was prominently featured carrying up the Communion Gifts on EWTN during the live coverage of the Mass For Life at the National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Watch the clip here. 

Dean of the School or Arts and Sciences Dr. Michael Dunphy and DeVille School of Business Dean Dr. Rajshekhar Javalgi are co-sponsoring a special community event on cybersecurity for more than 100 non-technical business professionals on Wednesday, February 12, from 4-6 p.m., in GLC.

Recent graduate Amara Shomali ’19 credits her professors Dr. Koop Berry and Dr. William Davis as well as her Government and Foreign Affairs degree from Walsh for helping her to secure a new position as Congressional Fellow for Senator Susan Collins, in Washington, D.C.

“Working on Capitol Hill has been a transformative experience and a powerful way to launch my career. As I take on my new Staff Assistant position, I will continue to build on the foundation that my professors helped me lay. The Government and Foreign Affairs program grew my passion for all things politics and widened my perspective of the world.”

Michael Dunphy, Ph.D., and Walsh’s new partnership with Shimadzu were profiled during an interview with Ohio’s News Network, Spectrum News 1, on Thursday, January 30. Click here to watch the interview.   https://spectrumnews1.com/oh/cleveland/news/2020/01/30/walsh-university-science-program-gets--1-1-million-upgrade

Professional Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands Thomas Roblee represented Walsh University as one of five conductors for the concert band at the annual Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductor’s Association Honors Festival, January 18-19, 2020. In addition, five Walsh music students were selected to participate including Sarah Durma (flute), Kelly Coakley (clarinet), Kaity Bryant (trumpet), Patrick Mulhearn (trombone), and Alyssandra Howe (percussion). The OPCICA Honors Festival is an opportunity for students from private colleges and universities across Ohio to rehearse and perform a culminating concert with professional musicians. OPCICA is comprised of 24 member colleges and universities.

Walsh alum Pacifique Niyonzima ’17 was honored by Kent State University with the 2020 Rozell Duncan Student Diversity Award. This annual award recognizes students who have demonstrated, through positive interactions with others, a respect and value for differing backgrounds and points of view within Kent State University or surrounding community.  Niyonzima is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Cultural Foundations within the Kent State College of Education, Health and Human Services.

Carrilyn Long, Director of Multicultural Affairs, along with more than 80 Walsh student volunteers provided service at North Canton Church of Christ food distribution program on Saturday, January 25, in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Together, they served over 800 families. 

John Kandl, Ph.D., Professor of English, presented the paper "History into Vision: Meditative Design in Micheal O' Siadhail's The Five Quintets" at the national College English Association Conference in New Orleans this past March. He will also present a version of this in the session for Walsh's board on February 7th.

Dr. Kandl has also been invited to serve as a permanent member of the editorial readers board for Slant: A Journal of Poetry, which is an international literary journal housed at the University of Central Arkansas.

Drs. Chalee Engelhard (University of Cincinnati), Christine McCallum and Leigh Murray are recipients of a 2020 Academy of Physical Therapy Education Educational Research Grant.  The project title is: Assessing the Director of Clinical Education roles/responsibilities task fit impact: A Delphi Study. The grant, in the amount of $9187.75, will be based out of the University of Cincinnati Physical Therapy program.

Stephanie Koontz, Director of Alumni Relations, was awarded a Diversity Scholarship to attend the CASE Conference in Chicago.

Dr. Patricia Berg and Professor Tanya Carson have an article titled "Resilience in the Business Curriculum: A Biblical Perspective and Directions for Future Research" that will be published in the Christian Business Academy Review journal March 2020.

Michael A. Frank, Director of the Walsh Fund, recently published My Christmas Story, which offers a reflection on the sacred religious story for children. A copy is available in the Br. Edmond Drouin Library. This is his first published work.

Patricia Berg, D.B.A., and Professor Tanya Carson, DeVille School of Businees, had an article titled "Resilience in the Business Curriculum: A Biblical Perspective and Directions for Future Research" published in the Christian Business Academy Review journal March 2020.

Karen Stock, Ph.D., DeVille School of Business, and students in the BUS 360 Management and Organizational Behavior class participated in a virtual team project called X-Culture.  The Walsh group were among nearly 5,000 students from around the world who worked together on an international business project.  Students learned to work on virtual teams with students from other countries and gained a better understanding of cultural differences and the challenges of dealing with technology and other time zones.  In addition, they worked on real projects for clients such as an international airport, cosmetics company, and a luxury resort, who may put their work into practice. Here is the link to the X-culture website https://x-culture.org/ 

Professor Carrilyn Long and Katherine Brown, Ph.D., received $20,000 from the City of Canton, Ohio for the “Future Curators: Walsh University Museum Studies Academy” grant.

Roja Baruwal (student) and Adam Underwood, Ph.D., (advisor) received $425 from the Sigma Zeta National Science and Mathematics Honor Society for the “Functional Implications of NAA10 variant E100K on Protein-Protein Interaction” grant.