2023 Accomplishments

Three Walsh University faculty celebrated commencement at Youngstown State University on May 6, 2023. Dr. Alexia Lairson, Dr. Michele Tilstra and Dr. Matthew Mucha each were awarded a PhD in Health Sciences. For all three of these faculty, this is their second earned doctoral degree, having each earned clinical doctorates previously.

Dr. Alexia Lairson PT, DPT, PhD, GCS is an assistant professor and the Director of Clinical Education for the Walsh University Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Dr. Lairson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Youngstown State University in 2006 and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Walsh University in 2009. She is Board-Certified in Geriatric Physical Therapy. Dr. Lairson’s dissertation was titled “Exploration of Financial Management Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes for Entry-Level Physical Therapist Practice in the United States.”

Dr. Michele Tilstra, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, CHT is an assistant professor and the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for the Walsh University Master of Occupational Therapy program. Dr. Tilstra has a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Louisiana State University and a Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate with an Education Specialty from Rocky Mountain University. She is a Certified Hand Therapist. Dr. Tilstra’s dissertation was titled, “Cultural Competence with Humility using Interprofessional Multicultural Learning Activities.” Her primary research interests include mental/behavioral health interventions, professional behavior development, and trauma-informed fieldwork supervision and clinical care.

Dr. Matthew Mucha PT, DPT, GCS graduated from the Walsh University DPT program in 2017 and completed a geriatric residency at the Cleveland VA Medical Center in 2018, where he continues to serve as a physical therapist and residency instructor. Dr. Mucha teaches in the Walsh University Doctor of Physical Therapy program as adjunct faculty in the area of adult development and geriatrics. His primary area of research is the role of individual and professional values in physical therapy.

2022 Accomplishements

For the fifth Division II Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) Advanced Leadership Institute, Jacqueline Novak, Ph.D., Interim Dean, School of Arts, Sciences and Education and Faculty Athletic Representative,
joined 14 other renowned athletics representatives to develop an enhanced understanding of the roles and critical functions of a Division II FAR at the campus, conference and national levels. Selected in spring 2022, these participants all previously participated in one of the FAR Fellows Institutes and demonstrated examples of how they had used information and skills from that event to enhance their work with student-athletes and within intercollegiate athletics.

In August of 2022, Phil Pillin, MA, Visiting Instructor of Theology, gave a presentation at MicroCon 2022 in Las Vegas on the common good and micronational sovereignty.

Dr. Julie Szendrey, Professor of Business in the DeVille School of Business, in collaboration with Dr. Laci Fiala, Associate Professor at Hiram College, presented the research "Faith Influences Finances?  An Empirical-Based Working Paper" at the Christian Business Faculty Association (CBFA) Conference held at Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN, in October 2021.  

Dr. Julie Szendrey, Professor of Business in the DeVille School of Business, in collaboration with Dr. Laci Fiala, Associate Professor at Hiram College, authored the article "Family Communication, Resources, and Income in Adolescence and Financial Behaviors in Young Adulthood" appearing in the Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning (2021). 


Dr. Julie Szendrey, Professor of Business in the DeVille School of Business, authored the article "VITA in a Marketing Research Course: It's Not Just for Accounting Students Anymore" appearing in the Journal of Education for Business (2022).


Dr. Timothy Smith, Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry, recently published an article in the International Journal of Crystallography (IUCrData) on the structural elucidation of (Phenyliodosyl)benzene tosylate dihydrate in May 2022.  

Thomas Roblee, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands, recently published two new music compositions for percussion ensemble through PerMus publications. The works, titled Sunrise Relay and Ghanaian Sunset were released during Summer 2022 and are available with descriptions here (scroll to "Percussion Ensembles"). Each work is created with original material, using structures of traditional music to drive overall music forms.

The multi-year process of publishing these pieces involved collaborations with students at Lake Middle School and Strongsville High School. I directed students during rehearsals, focusing on techniques and musical elements of each composition. Following this, they premiered the works and recorded videos that are available for viewing on the publisher's website.

Dr. Michele Tilstra, Clinical Assistant Professor & Academic Fieldwork Coordinator Master of Occupational Therapy, and recent MOT alumni Claire Killian, Faithe Ondracek, and Jessica Baylor presented a continuing education course at the Ohio Occupational Therapy Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 17, 2022. The course was titled, “The Importance of Occupational Therapy in Populations who Have Experienced Homelessness, Sex Trafficking, and Mental Illness: Student Perspectives after Inaugural Program Implementation in the Community.”

Dr. Michele Tilstra, Clinical Assistant Professor & Academic Fieldwork Coordinator Master of Occupational Therapy & Dr. Dana Ilg, Clinical Assistant Professor Master of Occupational Therapy completed a poster presentation at the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference in San Antonio, Tx on April , 2022. The poster was titled, “Trauma Informed Fieldwork Supervision Influences Student Professional Behaviors.”

Dr. Michele Tilstra, Clinical Assistant Professor & Academic Fieldwork Coordinator Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) and Dr. Tiffany Peets, Associate Professor of Counseling and Human Development (CHD) & Coordinator of Clinical Mental Health Professional Practice presented a continuing education course for MOT and CHD clinical supervisors and students on October 27, 2021 entitled “Interdisciplinary Professional Forum: Technology and Self.”

Drs. Ute S. Lahaie (Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness),  Amy J. Heston (Professor of Inorganic Chemistry / UPAC Chair 2022-23), and Mary S.Cook (Adjunct Faculty Walsh University / UPAC Chair 2021-22 / Executive Director of the Ohio League for Nursing) gave a presentation entitled   “Optimizing Assessment for HLC Accreditation:  Strategies and Initiatives” at the Ohio Association for Institutional Research and Planning’s (OAIRP) Fall 2022 Conference on October 21, 2022 in Columbus, OH.

Walsh University was selected to host the QM Ohio Annual Member Meeting (AMM) on Fri., May 12, 2023.

Dr. Amy Heston, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry / QM Faculty Liaison for eLearning, has been appointed Chair of the 2023 QM Ohio AMM.

Dr. Stephanie Bachman, Chair of the Occupational Therapy program earned a Doctor of Health Science degree from the University of Indianapolis on May 7, 2022.

Emde, R. & Limoges, C. (2022).  Clinical Supervision in a Virtual World.  Michigan Mental Health Counseling Association.

Limoges, C. & Emde, R. (2022).  Clinical Supervision in a Virtual World.  International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision (IICCS) National Catholic School of Social Service.

Silva, I. S., Silva, M. B., & Alvim, H. G. (Eds.) (2022). Globalization and education: A humanizing interdisciplinary outlook (Globalização e educação: Um olhar interdisciplinar humanizador). E-book funded and published by the Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso do Sul (Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil). Published in both English and Portuguese. Editora UFMS. https://repositorio.ufms.br/handle/123456789/4813

Alvim, H. G., & Katusiime, D. (2022). Global partners in dialogue: Toward a pedagogy of collaboration (Parceiros globais em diálogo: Em direção à uma pedagogia colaborativa). In Silva, I. S., Silva, M. B., & Alvim, H. G. (Eds.), Globalization and education: A humanizing interdisciplinary outlook (Globalização e educação: Um olhar interdisciplinar humanizador) (pp. 22-44, 171-195). Editora UFMS. https://repositorio.ufms.br/handle/123456789/4813

Dr. Amy J. Heston, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry / QM Faculty Liaison for eLearning,  Dr. Ute S. Lahaie, Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment, and Dr. Mary S. Cook, Adjunct Faculty at Walsh University / Executive Director of the Ohio League for Nursing, gave a poster presentation entitled “Launching Effective Assessment Practices Through Collaborative Leadership”, at the IUPUI Assessment Institute in Indianapolis, IN, on 10/09/2022.

Dr. Ute S. Lahaie, Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment;  Dr. Mary S. Cook, Adjunct Faculty at Walsh University / Executive Director of the Ohio League for Nursing; Dr. Seth. Hepner, Director of General Education / Assistant Professor of English gave a poster presentation entitled “Assessment Made Simple Through Targeted Professional Development” at the IUPUI Assessment Institute in Indianapolis, IN, on 10/10/2022.

For more information about the IUPUI Assessment Institute, see Overview: Assessment Institute: IUPUI.

In April, Dr. Whetstine presented her work focusing on Ethics in the Pandemic at the 18th Annual Critical Care Symposium in Manchester England. This international symposium boasts a multidisciplinary faculty representing five continents and draws over 400 attendees. 

In September, Dr. Whetstine and her colleagues presented on The Relationship between Medical Mistrust, Vaccine Hesitancy, and Social Media at the 12th Annual Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference.

Dr. Whetstine is quoted in the October issue of Medical Ethics Advisor regarding the unique ethical issues that arise with patients who do not have surrogates for medical decision making: https://www.reliasmedia.com/articles/court-appointed-guardians-for-unrepresented-patients

Regional conferences presentation

Xu, Yanmei, Eugenia Johnson-Whitt, and Anna Mark. “Service-Learning in the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Review of Challenges and New Directions”. Annual Meeting of North Central Sociological Association. Indianapolis IN, April 2022. 

Dr. Christina Gabele and Dr. Angela Gager participated in a poster presentation on behalf of Walsh University’s Byers School of Nursing and Cleveland Clinic entitled, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Capacity and Role in Adult Depression Care, at The Ohio State 2022 APP Conference in Columbus on 9/16/2022.

Dr. Christine McCallum was re-elected as Vice President of the American Physical Therapy Associations Academy of Education. Her second term of office spans July 2022-June 2025. 

Trinity Thompson, Ciara Budhi and Elizabeth West represented Walsh University DPT students at the 2022 OPTA Leadership Conference held in Columbus 9/17/2022.  These students are part of the DPT Class of 2025. Dr. Alexia Lairson represented licensed professionals and Walsh DPT at this conference as well. 

Dr. Jaime Paz serves as an Associate Editor and is an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy, 2013-present. 

Dr. Alysha Walter has been accepted to be a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy. 

Peer reviewed Publications and Presentations 

Miller, MI.Walter A, OPTA Linking Evidence and Practice, Columbus, Ohio: Physical Therapy Management of Individuals with Advanced Heart Failure in the Intensive Care unit: A Case Series; Miller, M. Isabell, SPT Walter, Alysha, Donohue, Lindsey: poster mentor and co-presenter – September 16, 2022 

DePietro N, Rinaldi J, Nieschwitz C, Robinson H, Walter A. Effect of pulmonary rehabilitation on dyspnea and exercise tolerance in patients with interstitial lung disease: a systematic review. Physical Therapy Reviews. 2022;doi:10.1080/10833196.2022.2027658 

Carballada, C, Mihalik, M, Newman-Caro, A, Walter, A. Effectiveness of the 6-Minute Walk Test as a Predictive Measure on Hospital Readmission and Mortality in Individuals With Heart Failure, Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy: June 02, 2022 - Volume - Issue - 10.1097/JAT.0000000000000195 

Monti R, Fernandez-Fernandez A. The Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic Shoulder & Elbow Score used as a patient-reported outcome measure for the youth and high school aged baseball athlete. IJSPT. 2022;17(5). 

Dietz Z, DeWeese D, Shaw N, Huth C, Ball J, Reeves V, Monti R, & Bitzel R.  Stride length and torso biomechanics as they relate to medial elbow injuries in adolescent aged baseball pitchers: A clinical commentary. IJSPT. 2022;17(4):732-737 

Monti R, Fernandez Fernandez A.  The Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic Shoulder & Elbow Score Used in the Youth Baseball Athlete. Poster Presentation.  American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Section Meeting, San Antonio, Texas. Feb 2022  

Monti R, Deleandro D.  Lead Shoulder Post-Operative Stabilization and Return to Baseball Hitting.  Poster Presentation.  American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy, Annual Meeting & Scientific Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana. Sept 2022 

Doty A, & Terhune H. Longer is Better: Using Longitudinal Studies to Improve Outcomes for Youthand Adults with Disabilities. Presented Educational Session at Combined Sections Meeting, APTA in San Antonio, TX, Feb. 2022.​ 

Stone J, Ortenzi D, Sims APaz J. Physical Therapy Screening of Chronic Inflammatory Risk Factors: A Review of Literature. Poster Presentation at Ohio Physical Therapy Association, Linking Evidence And Practice Conference. September 2022. 

Chris Seeman, "The Earliest Reception of First Maccabees.” in The Books of the Maccabees: Literary, Historical and Religious Perspectives, ed. Jan Willem van Henten. Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium 328. Louvain: Peeters, 605-618.

Professor C. Chase Senk, Associate Professor of Business, presented a paper entitled "High Market Value Share Buybacks and Decreasing Equity Values: A Case Study Analysis of the Home Improvement Industry Over the Last Two Decades" at the Academy of Economics and Finance Annual Meeting on February 11, 2022.

In November 2021, the Walsh University Doctorate of Physical Therapy program hosted the third annual Research Symposium sponsored by the East Central District of the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (a component of the American Physical Therapy Association). More than 120 professionals and students gathered to learn from 12 presentations.  Walsh was very well represented, with 75% of the presentations authored by current alumni, students or faculty.   

Platform Presentations 

Faculty presentation  

Dr. Ryan Monti, Assistant Professor. A Patient-Reported Outcome Measure for the Youth and High School Baseball Athlete.  

Walsh University DPT Alumni Platform Presentations  

Dr. Darla Schwab (Class 2013, Physical Therapist, Aultman Health Foundation. When Pelvic Pain Isn’t Pelvic Pain; Importance of Differential Diagnosis and Screening  

Dr. Matthew Mucha (Class 2017, adjunct faculty Walsh DPT and Physical Therapist Cleveland VA), Cara Berg-Carramusa. Finding Value in Values.  

DPT Class 2022  

Allison Kuntz, Olivia Peters, Andrew Bello, Ryan Perkins.  ACL Injury Risk Screening and Reduction Program for High School Female Athletes. Faculty mentor: Dr. Leigh Murray  

Kylie Art, SPT, Courtney Ridenour, SPT, Maxwell Bauer, SPT, Stephanie Durbin, SPT. The effectiveness of physical therapy interventions for athletes post- concussion: A systematic review. Faculty mentor:  Dr. Amy Hassen-Miller  

Madi Collins, SPT, Lauren Oktavec, SPT, & Laura Vojak, SPT. Factors in Patients with Spinal Cord Injury: A Systematic Review & Meta-Analysis.  Faculty mentor: Dr. Bobby Phillips  

Caleb Manlet, SPT, Katie Singer, SPT, Gabby Pascu, SPT, Aidan Mlachak, SPT. How Can Physical Therapists Be Integrated into the Service Delivery Model for Individuals with Anxiety? Faculty mentor: Dr. Christine McCallum  

DPT Class 2022 Poster presentation  

Kyle Krempasky, SPT; Katherine Chlysta, SPT; Jonathan Morales, SPT Use of the CDC’s STEADI Tool at predicting falls in older adults: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Faculty mentor: Dr. Alexia Lairson


Professor Jennifer Vokoun, Director of the Food Design Institute, was an invited speaker on Friday, Oct. 14, at the 2nd Edition of the World Food Design Day focused on Food Design for Changing Cities. This online global event, featured food design experts and representatives from five continents, discussing potential challenges and goals for designers who want to innovate, design new food systems, and empower communities of learning.  Professor Vokoun represented the United States, along with Professor Audrey Bennett from the University of Michigan. Vokoun and Bennett have a forthcoming book in 2023, Critical Mapping for Sustainable Food Design for Food Security, Equity, and Justice. 

Dr. Britt Cooper and members of the Walsh University Chorale presented a program to the First Friday Club of Greater Youngstown Oct. 2022. The interactive program, entitled “Music in Worship Beyond the Pandemic,” featured selections by the Chorale and comments from Dr. Cooper on the spiritual need to fully restore music to worship and liturgy after COVID. 

Dr. Amy Heston will be the featured Quality Matters (QM) Success Story this week! The focus of the webinar that will be broadcast Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, is, “As an educator, you make a difference every day – and even small actions can create big waves.” Participants will learn how Dr. Heston put that principle into action at Walsh University. Dr. Heston, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, has been teaching at Walsh for 16 years. Her involvement in QM includes earning QM’s Teaching Online Certificate and serving as a higher ed Master Reviewer as well as a Peer Reviewer for higher ed, CPE, and K-12. She serves as Walsh’s QM Faculty Liaison for e-Learning to generate QM momentum and positive impacts across campus.  

Professional Assistant Professor and Studio Coordinator Diane Belfiglio has had 4 of her past community art projects accepted into the Public Art Archive, a national archive of public art installations throughout the United States. Music on the Walls installed at the Zimmerman Symphony Center in Canton, Music on the Walls installed in Birk Center for the Arts at Walsh University, The Art of the Periodic Table installed in the John Paul II Science Center at Walsh University, and The Art of Healthy Behavior installed at the Shipley Campus of Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health in Canton are all now listed in the national Public Art Archive. 

Professor Diane Belfiglio presented her paper, "Shell-shocked by the Pandemic: A Personal Account of Redesigning Studio Art Classes for Online Delivery," at the International Conference on Information Communication Technologies in Education (ICICTE) on July 8 via Zoom. Peer-Reviewed and edited proceedings will be available online with an ISBN number. 

Dr. Philip Kim, Associate Professor in the DeVille School of Business, recently contributed to an article in the Catholic Exponent about The Garage, a student-directed business incubator on campus, and student entrepreneurs who got their start at Walsh. Read the article

Dr. Mark Rogers, Chair of the Division of Communication, Media, and the Arts, contributed to an article in the Metroplex Magazine titled Area Universities Training the Next Generation of Storytellers (pages 30-31). 

Professor Diane Belfiglio's watercolor painting, Floral Fascinations V, was accepted into the Ohio State Fair Professional Juried Art Exhibition in the Cox Fine Arts Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds. The piece was one of 300 works chosen out of over 1100 submissions. The show runs July 26- August 7. Her solo show at Peg's Gallery in Hudson, Ohio, Summer Sunshine, is also currently on display until August 9. 

The Ohio Department of Higher Education awarded Walsh University a grant that enabled members of Student Conduct, Resolution Board, Title IX, Campus Police, and Prevention Education and Programming to participate in a two-day Restorative Justice training session this month facilitated by Professor of Sociology, Michelle Bemiller, Ph.D.  The training complements efforts of the Cavalier Safeguard Initiative 2.0, a campus-wide, cross-enterprise project at Walsh that is funded by the Office on Violence Against Women through the U.S. Department of Justice and led by Director of Prevention Education and Programming, Joy Raub.  Together, these efforts build the University’s capacity to expand informal resolution options for victims and survivors of sexual misconduct and interpersonal violence who might not want to engage in formal processes to address these situations. 

Walsh University’s Division of Education Received a $65,000 Grant from the Ohio Department of Education through a collaboration with the University of Cincinnati in support of the Ohio Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement initiative. Funding is being used to sustain Science of Reading applications from past grant funding at the undergraduate and graduate levels, while supporting new partnerships with local school districts. Read more

Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice Michelle Bemiller, Ph.D., has been asked to assist with an intensive Restorative Justice training at the University of San Diego for Catholic higher education administrators, faculty and staff interested in implementing restorative justice on their campuses.  
Dr. Bemiller’s areas of specialization include Restorative Justice, diversity and inequalities, crime/deviance, gender and work, and Sociology of the Family. Her scholarship examines the use of Restorative Justice in K-12 and higher education, the inclusion of special needs children within K-12 educational environments, and caregiver coping during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

On April 8th, 2022, Honors Co-Directors, Dr. Nina Rytwinski and Dr. Jennifer Clevinger presented a faculty roundtable titled "To Thesis or Not to Thesis That is the Question" at the Mid-East Honors Association Conference (MEHA) in Cleveland.   

Professor Diane Belfiglio had her watercolor painting, “Lavish Lilies I,” accepted into the 79th Annual May Show currently on display at the Little Art Gallery in the North Canton Public Library. Judges selected 28 works from 130 entries. The show opened May 1 and runs through June 4, 2022. 

This April, Bianca Hicks, Director of Residence Life, kicked off her tenure as the President of the Northeast Ohio Housing Officers’ Association (NEOHO). ​The Northeast Ohio Housing Officers (NEOHO) is a regional college and university housing organization.  NEOHO provides affiliated professionals with opportunities to exchange ideas and resources, network within the region, and promote ethical decision-making within housing and residence life.  

Jennifer Vokoun, Director of the Food Design Institute, and Associate Professor of Graphic Design was the invited facilitator to the DESIS (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability) Lab at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, at the University of Michigan. She led an integrated design charrette titled “Making a Local Food Future Visible through Interactive Aesthetics” focused on a future vegetable farm theme park at Takunia Collin’s Willow Run Acres Farm in Ypsilanti, Michigan.  

The Walsh University Doctor of Physical Therapy program was recognized at the 2022 Ohio Physical Therapy Association’s Transform Conference on April 9. Walsh DPT participated in the OPTA Program of the Year Challenge and received a Core Value Superlative for Excellence. The award is recognition of the community and professional service, as well as advocacy activities, DPT students participated in to demonstrate their commitment to servant leadership and the profession of Physical Therapy.

Ute S. Lahaie, Ph.D., Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment, and Dr. Laci Fiala, Associate Professor of Sociology at Hiram College, had a presentation entitled “The Evolution of a Campus-Wide Syllabus Template” accepted at the 2022 Conference of the Higher Learning Commission. The presentation will be available on demand for participants of the HLC conference (April 1-5): General Program | On-Demand Presentations (eventscribe.net) 

Professor Kathleen M. Buttermore, Director of Academic Achievement, received the Outstanding Program of Progress Award from the National Organization for Student Success (NOSS) for her Sliders Initiative Retention Program.  The Sliders Initiative focuses on students who are in good standing but are below the GPA requirements for their majors or at risk of sliding into academic probation. Professor Buttermore has worked with over 1600 students in the past five years and has achieved an 89% success rate in keeping students in good academic standing.  

Dr. Karen Stock and Dr. Steven Edelson, both Associate Professors of Business in the DeVille School of Business had their conference presentation accepted: “The world at your fingertips: Experiencing global virtual teams by running X-Culture in a management classroom.”  

Additionally, Dr. Edelson had two other sessions also accepted (both with external collaborators) at the upcoming June-2022 MOTBS Annual Conference: "Engage the Guest Editors: JME Special Issue on Technology in Management Education” and "Returning to face the garbage fire in person! Reflections on experiential learning gone wrong.” 

Michelle Bemiller, Ph.D., a professor of sociology, social and behavioral sciences, in the School of Behavioral and Health Sciences has taught sociology, criminal justice and related courses for nearly a decade. Although she didn’t plan on becoming a college professor, her passion for reading, writing and sharing knowledge with others led her to a career that she believes is a good fit. Read more about her career journey in the Catholic Exponent

Dr. Christine McCallum, Physical Therapy program, and colleagues (Dr. Chalee Engelhard, University of Cincinnati and Dr. Leigh Murray, Graceland University) were selected for the Physical Therapy Learning Institute (PTLI) 2021 Education Influencer Award at the 2021 Education Leadership Conference for their platform presentation titled: Impact of task-fit malalignment on the Director of Clinical Education position: results of a Delphi study.  

Dr. Christine McCallum, Physical Therapy program and colleagues from Duke University (Dr Jamie Greco (PI), MGH Institute of Health Professions (Dr. Donna Applebaum) and the New York Institute of Technology (Dr. Lori Hochman) were recently awarded a $12, 417.00 grant from the American Physical Therapy Association. (A), Academy of Education. 

ASarah Bokovitz, a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Byers School of Nursing at Walsh University, provided her expertise to Canton’s WHBC radio on the current nursing shortage our country is facing.  She educated listeners on the $200,000 grant Walsh received from Ohio Board of Nursing to address the nursing shortage in Ohio, how the program and earning a nursing degree has changed during the pandemic, and the current state of the nursing profession. 

Dr. Ute S. Lahaie, Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment, and Dr. Laci Fiala, Associate Professor of Crime, Law, & Justice and Sociology at Hiram College had a presentation accepted for the Higher Learning Commission’s 2022 conference. The title of the presentation is The Evolution of a Campus-Wide Syllabus Template.   

The Walsh University Doctorate of Physical Therapy program hosted the third annual Research Symposium sponsored by the East Central District of the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (a component of the American Physical Therapy Association). More than 120 professionals and students gathered to learn from 12 presentations. Walsh was very well represented, with 75% of the presentations authored by current alumni, students or faculty. Read more here.

Dr. Michael Petrochuk, Interim Dean of the DeVille School of Business and Professor of Marketing & Healthcare Management at Walsh University provided his expertise to Canton’s WHBC radio on the current supply chain issue our country is experiencing for the first time in more than 95 years.  He educated listeners on the cause, how it is affecting the global economy, and how long we can expect to deal with this dilemma.  Dr. Petrochuk also shared that if you are concerned about holiday shopping this year, you should make your purchases by Veterans Day and shop locally. Listen here.

The Byers School of Nursing was awarded a two-year $200,000 grant from the Ohio Board of Nursing to increase enrollment in its BSN and address the national nursing shortage through several innovative initiatives. Funds support both the traditional undergraduate nursing licensure program as well as the hybrid Fast Track BSN. Initiatives funded through the grant will include a new partnership with Summa Barberton Hospital to provide nursing students clinical practice experiences, one-on-one mentoring and exploration of nursing roles within healthcare; a 2-3 day resident experience for high school students to gain exposure to Walsh’s campus and nursing facilities and faculty; creation of nursing-specific Career, Academics and Professional Success (CAPS) program in conjunction with the Office of Career and Experiential Education; and integration of Acadicus VR virtual reality simulation into the nursing curriculum.  

Professor Diane Belfiglio's oil pastel drawing, "Ormond Beach V," is one of 23 pieces accepted into the inaugural exhibition at the Ken Weber Community Campus at Goodwill in downtown Canton. The exhibit is entitled "See Your Neighbor: A Celebration of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion." The show runs through December 31. "My piece depicts multiple bird species peacefully sharing a small island in a tide pool. I thought that this piece spoke well to the theme of the exhibition," said Belfiglio. 

Tracey Herstich, APRN, DNP, CNP, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing at Walsh University provided her expertise to several media outlets covering the U.S. missionaries kidnapped in Haiti. Herstich first went to Haiti in 2011 while working for Akron Children’s Hospital.  When she came to Walsh University fulltime, she continued making trips to Haiti with students wanting to serve. That program has been on hold since 2018 due to civil unrest.  Although she never felt she was in danger, things have changed. Click to read news coverage.


The Byers School of Nursing was awarded a two-year $200,000 grant from the Ohio Board of Nursing to increase enrollment in its BSN and address the national nursing shortage through several innovative initiatives. Funds support both the traditional undergraduate nursing licensure program as well as the hybrid Fast Track BSN. Initiatives funded through the grant will include a new partnership with Summa Barberton Hospital to provide nursing students clinical practice experiences, one-on-one mentoring and exploration of nursing roles within healthcare; a 2-3 day resident experience for high school students to gain exposure to Walsh’s campus and nursing facilities and faculty; creation of nursing-specific Career, Academics and Professional Success (CAPS) program in conjunction with the Office of Career and Experiential Education; and integration of Acadicus VR virtual reality simulation into the nursing curriculum.   


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. 


Ute S. Lahaie, Ph.D., Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment, and Dr. Laci Fiala, Associate Professor of Sociology at Hiram College, had a presentation entitled “The Evolution of a Campus-Wide Syllabus Template” accepted at the 2022 Conference of the Higher Learning Commission. (April 2022)

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.