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Touch Point Online Magazine: Kent State University College of Nursing
Volume II, Issue 2 – Jun. 15, 2018
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Touch Point is an online magazine, released four times a year, for Kent State University College of Nursing alumni, faculty, and friends.

Kimberly Cleveland stands in front of a statue of John Marshall

Lecturer & Nurse Attorney Admitted to Bar of U.S. Supreme Court, Encourages Student Involvement


Faculty member Kimberly Cleveland, JD, MSN, RN, C-MBC, uses her combined passion for nursing and law to inspire students to be more aware of and involved in healthcare policy and the community. Cleveland was recently admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, an opportunity that affords her the privilege of presenting a matter to the highest court in the land.

Learn how she is encouraging student involvement »
Dr. Davina Gosnell posing with faculty member Mary Kutchin and undergraduate program dean Tracey Motter following Homecoming 2017 festivities in Henderson Hall

Dean Emerita Gosnell Pays it Forward through Endowed Nursing Scholarship


A beneficiary of scholarships herself, former dean Davina Gosnell, Ph.D., understands how much they help students succeed. She established the Dean Davina J. Gosnell Endowed Nursing Scholarship to meet the unique needs of Kent State nursing students.

Read about the impact of her gift »
Erin Hawley gives Ann James a 'high five'

Student Thrives in Nursing Courses


Erin Hawley was excited to have a taste of independence and make new friends at Kent State. But what makes her college experience extra special is that she is the first student in the Career and Community Studies program – designed for students with intellectual or developmental disabilities, TBI, or autism – to take nursing courses.

Read more »
Barbara Donaho sits with the 2018 recipients of the Barbara Donaho Distinguished Leadership in Learning Award.

Northeastern Ohio Preceptors Honored with Distinguished Leadership Award


For the 12th consecutive year, the College of Nursing recognized the area's most outstanding preceptors with the Barbara Donaho Distinguished Leadership in Learning Award.

Find out more about the Donaho Awards and these outstanding preceptors »


Brooke Borgeson Gray hugs a Hatian child

Alumna Answers Call to Address Maternal & Infant Mortality in Haiti


Brooke Borgeson Gray, MSN, NP, ’72, has always worked with populations that are on the margin, finding her niche in public health nursing.

Following the heartbreaking news of the February 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, the country and its people weighed heavily on her heart. Within two weeks, she found herself in Port-au-Prince, right in the middle of the chaos.

Explore her medical mission work in Haiti »


Forging new and innovative pathways in nursing research, Dr. Pamela Stephenson and Dr. Yvonne Smith are contributing new knowledge to their respective fields. They are active researchers and educators conducting funded research studies and disseminating their findings through publications, presentations, and classroom interactions.

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Dr. Pamela Stephenson


Grounded in her expertise in the areas of palliative care, oncology, and end-of-life, Dr. Pamela Stephenson’s research focuses on spirituality and spiritual uncertainty at the end of life.

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Dr. Yvonne Smith


Dr. Yvonne Smith has expertise in several areas of nursing research, including nurses on governing boards and pedagogies related to online teaching and learning.

Learn more about these faculty members' expertise in teaching and research »



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Friend of the College of Nursing Recalls Improving Minority Retention Rate


In 1979, many African American students were dropping out of the nursing program at Kent State. Gerry Radcliffe, a nursing director who was completing her master's in Community Health Education, was asked to join a committee to help improve minority student retention. Over the next two years, Radcliffe attentively worked with a group of students, sharing her own story and the issues she faced.

Learn about her positive impact »

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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