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The Graduate School

News and Events

Mark Your Calendar!
  • October 2 - Graduate Symposium, Speaker: Liz Lessner, 6:30 PM Roush Hall 114
  • October 28 - How to Pay for Graduate School Workshop, 6 PM Towers Hall 118
  • November 1 - Spring Term application deadline for International Students

Professor's Diverse Interests Aid Student Learning
Before heading to campus to teach in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, Dr. Henry Smith can be found in his barn working with his performance reining quarter horses. On the weekend, he might be in the woods off-roading with his Hummer, or enjoying a spin in his ’06 blue Dodge Viper convertible. Smith’s wide-range of interests provide a strong foundation as he prepares business leaders through Otterbein’s MBA program.

Allied Health Sees First Graduates

The Department of Health and Sport Sciences is proud to welcome Austin Curbow, John LaCorte, Romie Graham, Amanda Sampsel, Patrick Schick, Brianna Burke and Megan Presson (who graduated last summer) into its Master of Science in Allied Health alumni family. The students head into the full-time work world after Commencement on May 17.

Nursing Alumna to Receive Award at Alumni Weekend
When she became a family nurse practitioner in 2006, Ruth Downing '06, MSN, RN, CNP, SANE-A, founded Forensic Healthcare Consulting to teach medical and legal professionals to help victims of violence. Ruth will be honored as part of the 2014 Alumni Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 26, 10:30 a.m. in the Battelle Fine Arts Center. This year’s host is Dee Hoty '74. For details, see the Alumni Weekend schedule. Downing has been active in county, state and national initiatives addressing interpersonal violence. She has provided expert testimony in the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault and strangulation. She has trained nurses, physicians, law enforcement, social workers and grand juries on these topics, both in the United States and in Peru.  Since 2008, Downing has collaborated with the International Justice Mission, the River Church Community in San Jose, California, and Paz y Esperanza in Peru working on these issues.

Faculty Honors
  • Grace McDaniel, Department of Education, receives the 2014 MLK Peace and Justice Award. “The award reminds me of the valuable work that we, as teachers, do both in and outside of the classroom. I feel a sense of responsibility to engage my students in conversation and content that will move them to recognize the importance of access to quality education, and facilitate equitable learning environments and educational experiences for all children,” McDaniel said.  To quote the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.”
  • Three nursing faculty -- Barbara Nash, John Chovan, and Barbara Schaffner - will be honored as members of the top 100 Alumni from the OSU College of Nursing that are Health Care Transformers in conjunction with the 100th anniversary celebration of the College of Nursing, March 2014.
Otterbein Responds to Increasing Need for Nurses
Ohio’s colleges and universities are granting more advanced degrees to nurses than ever before, according to information recently published by The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO). “The public demand for quality care has increased steadily over the last decade and Otterbein University’s nursing enrollment has responded to the demand,” stated Barbara Schaffner, Dean of Professional Studies and The Graduate School. Read the full story.

Nursing Faculty Addresses Panel on Nurses Day at Ohio Statehouse
Dr. Kay Ball, Associate Professor of Nursing, spoke at Nurses Day at the Statehouse on Weds., Feb. 27. Nurses and nursing students from across the state attended this annual event to discuss policy matters with fellow nurses and legislators. The theme of the sold-out event was “Enter the Conversation, Change the World.” Read the full story.

For Better or Nurse

Otterbein University professor Kay Ball has made it a priority to educate her fellow nurses on the importance of their own wellness – and to ensure their working conditions are optimal for good health. Read the full article in Westerville Magazine.

Nursing Grants

Nurse Anesthetist Traineeships

Project Director: Brian Garrett

Purpose: The purpose of this project is to increase the numbers of certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) in central Ohio and rural Ohio Appalachia. Before this program began at Otterbein in 2010, there had not been a nurse anesthesia program in central Ohio since 1987. This award will be used to 1) fund graduate nurse anesthesia students past their first 12 months of study, and 2) financially support minority and underprivileged nurse anesthesia students past their first 12 months of study.

Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration, 7.1.2013 through 6.30.2014

/ The Graduate School

The Graduate School is located in Roush Hall, room 208.

Office Hours
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/ Personnel

Barbara Schaffner
p/ 614.823.1735
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Kate Carey
Associate Dean
p/ 614.823.3209
e/ kcarey@otterbein.edu

Terry Magas
Assistant to the Dean
p/ 614.823.3274
e/ tmagas@otterbein.edu

Gaby Miller
Graduate Education Recruiter/Counselor MAT
p/ 614.823.1346
e/ gmiller@otterbein.edu

Dorothy Crider

Graduate Nursing Admission Recruiter/Counselor
p/ 614.823.3272
e/ dcrider@otterbein.edu

Amy Featherstone
Graduate Education and MAEM Recruiter/Counselor MAE
p/ 614.823.3271
e/ afeatherstone@otterbein.edu

Patricia Hohlbein
MBA and Allied Health Program Recruiter
p/ 614.823.1095
e/ phohlbein@otterbein.edu

Deb Williams
Admission and Data Management Coordinator
p/ 614.823.3270
e/ dwilliams@otterbein.edu