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Touch Point Online Magazine: Kent State University College of Nursing
Volume II, Issue 1 – Feb. 15, 2018
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Touch Point is an online magazine, released twice a semester, for Kent State University College of Nursing alumni, faculty, and friends.

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A Message from Dean Barbara Broome


Dear Friend,

As a two-time alumna of this great institution, Kent State University College of Nursing holds a special place in my heart. For more than 50 years, Kent State College of Nursing has prepared the next generation of nurse leaders and what an exciting year 2017 was for us! Here are some of the highlights.

In this issue of Touch Point, we will introduce you to two individuals who embraced nurse leadership roles while caring for others following hurricanes Irma and Maria. All over the world, there are Kent State nurses changing healthcare outcomes and providing compassionate, holistic care. As we pause after celebrating our 50th Anniversary, we contemplate and look forward to the next 50 years.

Barbara Broome, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Dean, College of Nursing

Following the aftermath of the hurricane, a torn Puerto Rican flag hangs over a building

Alumna Answers the Call; Heads to Puerto Rico Following Hurricanes


Janine Smalley was familiar with disaster, after having lost everything in a house fire. When Hurricane Maria crashed into Puerto Rico, she was anxious to help. What she found there after her plane landed surprised her.

Here is her inspiring story »
Photo of Debra Thomas holding her name badge

College of Nursing Extends Aid to Student Following Hurricanes


When two hurricanes hit the Virgin Islands in September, they left a path of utter destruction and upheaval in their wake. For RN-to-BSN student Debra Thomas, these disasters left her with the choice between buying food & fuel or paying her tuition. Her advisor was ready to help.

Scholarship enables student to continue studies»
Dr. Tim Meyers presents Ann James with the DAISY Faculty Award

Prof. Ann James, ‘92 & ‘15, Honored with DAISY Faculty Award


For the fourth year in a row, Kent State College of Nursing honored an outstanding faculty member with the DAISY Faculty Award, recognizing and celebrating the contributions faculty make to the future of nursing.

Discover what makes her our DAISY Faculty Award winner »

Couple Establishes New Scholarship for Nursing Students

Marsha and Dewey Wineland at the 2017 Founder's Gala

Wanting to make a difference, Marsha and Dewey Wineland recently established a scholarship that will substantially impact not only the lives of two scholarship recipients, but also the future of the College of Nursing.

The Marsha and Dewey Wineland Scholarship for Nursing Education will significantly help the financial burdens of two students – one from an Appalachian county – and will be awarded on merit and financial need.

Learn about their positive impact »


Recognitions and Publications


Please join us in congratulating our alumni, faculty, and students on their recent accomplishments and publications, including:

  • Recognitions by the Ohio Nurses Association
  • A book written by over 20 Kent State nursing alumni
  • Nine faculty publications and five student publications

View Recognitions & Publications »


Did You Know?


The Center for Nursing Research at Kent State University College of Nursing was founded in 1991.

Center of Nursing Research staff

Now located in its own suite on the second floor of Henderson Hall, it maintains full-time staff who provide a full range of services to encourage, facilitate, and promote nursing research conducted by faculty and students.

Learn how the Center for Nursing Research supports faculty and student research success »

Runners nearing the finish line at the Race into Finals

Join us as we
‘Race into Finals!’


MAY 5, 2018 @ 9 A.M.

Join us for a scenic 5k or 1 mile fun run/walk through Kent State campus. Funds raised will benefit the College of Nursing Student Emergency Fund.

Registration fee includes race timing, post event snacks and a t-shirt (while supplies last). Register today to support students and have a blast!


Sign Up Today »


Preceptors Needed


Now it is your turn to share the Kent State nursing legacy of excellence. Embrace this perfect opportunity to give back and pass along your knowledge to the next generation of nurses. Now offering 12 free CE hours to preceptors each year! Learn more about becoming a Kent State preceptor at the link below.

Become a Preceptor »

Share your story in the next edition of Touch Point


No matter if you graduated with the first class or just stepped off campus as a new graduate, we want to celebrate you.

To be featured in an upcoming edition of Touch Point, we invite you to share your nursing stories, memories, honors and accomplishments with us by emailing It is you, our alumni and friends of the college, who showcase the undeniable Kent State College of Nursing impact throughout the world.


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