Kent State University

Message not displaying correctly? View this message in your browser.
Touch Point Online Magazine: Kent State University College of Nursing
Volume II, Issue 4 – Dec. 6, 2018
Follow us on social:
Facebook icon
Twitter icon
Instagram icon
YouTube icon
LinkedIn icon

Touch Point is an online magazine, released four times a year, for Kent State University College of Nursing alumni, faculty, and friends.

Dean Barbara Broome, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Holiday Greetings from Dean Broome


This time of year makes me pause and reflect on all that we have to be grateful for here in the College of Nursing. I know it is important to keep our accomplishments in mind, especially as another year ends.

Enjoy more »
Drs. Tracey Motter, Barbara Broome, and Wendy Umberger hold the CCNE accreditation certificates

Nursing Programs Granted Continued CCNE Accreditation for Maximum Term


The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) granted 10 years accreditation to College of Nursing’s baccalaureate and master’s degree programs, as well as the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and the post-graduate APRN certificate program, extending to December 31, 2028.

Read more »
Project ECHO investigators. From left: Dr. Kimberly Williams, Dr. Andrea Warner Stidham, Dr. Wendy Umberger, Dr. Mark Arredondo

Kent State College of Nursing Designated a Project ECHO? Hub, First of its Kind in Nation


Investigators at Kent State University College of Nursing are using video teleconferencing technology, known as Project ECHO?, to reduce healthcare disparities and improve access to high quality care. It is the first ECHO? Hub housed in a college of nursing nationwide.

Learn more about Kent State’s ECHO? Hub »
Mary Kutchin (center) holds the Outstanding Teaching Award sign, surrounded by her fellow faculty members

Lecturer Mary Kutchin Receives 2018 Outstanding Teaching Award


As faculty member Mary Kutchin, MSN ‘91, RN, CNS, was preparing her students for an exam on the morning of Oct. 5, 2018, members of the University Teaching Council made a surprise appearance to announce that she had been selected as one of three 2018 Outstanding Teaching Award Recipients at Kent State.

See what makes Mary an outstanding teacher »
Austin Croft (center) holds his Congressional Award silver medal presented by Rep. Tim Ryan (right) and with Dean Barbara Broome (left)

Nursing Student Presented with Congressional Award by Rep. Ryan


Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) presented Kent State University nursing major Austin Croft with The Congressional Award Silver Medal on Tue., Nov. 27, 2018. Recipients of The Congressional Award Silver Medal have earned one of the highest honors Congress bestows upon a youth civilian.

Find out why he received this award and watch the ceremony »
Cast of Chicago Med

Erin Shelley, ‘91, Cast as Technical Expert on NBC’s Chicago Med


Wanting a career that would allow her to be independent and work from anywhere, Erin Shelley, Ed.D., MA, BSN ‘91, RN, was drawn to the nursing profession. These days, however, she practices nursing as “art imitating life” through her role as a Technical Expert on the hit NBC show, Chicago Med.

Discover what it’s like to be on a hit TV show »


Tom as a young child sitting on his mother's lap

Siblings Establish Service-Learning Scholarship in Mother’s Memory


Tom Jennings, ‘85, is a Peabody and Emmy award winning journalist and documentary filmmaker, but what inspires him are the lessons he learned from his mom, Mary Feran, an anesthesia nurse at Cleveland Clinic.

Jennings and his wife, along with his sister and brother, recently established the Mary Feran Jennings Service-Learning Scholarship, which will fund student community service experiences across the globe including at a refugee camp and at a Native American reservation.

Read more about their positive impact »


Photo of Ya-Fen Wang

Ya-Fen Wang, Ph.D., RN


According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 20 percent of children in the United States are obese, presenting serious health risks to children and adolescents and disproportionately affecting disadvantaged and minority children. To better understand and address this alarming trend, Dr. Ya-Fen Wang, Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing, examines cognitive-behavioral self-control skills, stress, physical activity, and overeating in children.

Learn more about her research »



5th Annual DAISY Faculty Award Recipient: Lorene Martin, MSN ‘05, BSN ‘96, RN, CRNP, was honored as this year’s Kent State College of Nursing Daisy Faculty Award recipient.

Publications: 10 faculty publications and four student publications.

Presentations: Nine faculty presentations, two student presentations, and one alumni presentation.

See all recognitions, publications, & presentations »

Senior Lecturer Lorene Martin (left) holds her DAISY Award certificate next to Assoc. Dean Tracey Motter (right)


Alumni Association Accepting Nominations for 2019 Awards


The Kent State University Alumni Association is accepting nominations for the 2019 Alumni Awards. These awards honor alumni who have made exceptional contributions in their profession, communities and the university. Five individual alumni awards will be granted along with one student award. Nominations are due by December 31. For details visit

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 personal 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.


Feedback and Suggestions


We want Touch Point to be a valuable resource for you. Please share your feedback and suggestions with us by emailing

Unsubscribe | Update Your Information | Donate | Forward to a friend | Visit our website
powered by Blackbaud
nonprofit software