President John Langell shared updates from across the University during a Campus Update on Monday, Dec. 5. Some highlights:

  • Recent grant awardees include Terri Robinson ($5,000 from Ohio LINK); Danielle Hupp ($20,222.44 from Child Guidance and Family Solutions); Ruth Simera ($500,000 from Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services); and Patricia Thornborough ($567,800 from University of Toledo).
  • Ph.D. candidate Nicole Rose will defend her dissertation Wednesday, Dec. 7, via Zoom. Rose is a student in the School of Biomedical Sciences at Kent State University and the NEOMED Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology.
  • The College of Medicine dean search continues. More than 60 surveys were received from the campus community following each candidate presentation. Of the three remaining candidates, one will be in the area before winter break to meet with local health systems. Remaining candidates will be scheduled in the new year.
  • The Board of Trustees met Dec. 1 with new chairperson Phil Trueblood. The Board approved $2.1 million in capital projects, including replacement of duct work in the gross anatomy lab, roof replacements for Buildings C and D, and replacement of an air handler.
  • Two students – Trinity Samson and Gabrielle Robinson – presented at the recent AAMC conference.
  • Friday, Dec. 16, if the last day of operations before winter break. Campus operations staff, NEOMED Police and CMU staff will remain on campus. NEOMED Health Care will be open with reduced hours (more information in an upcoming Pulse).

Following Dr. Langell’s remarks, members of the campus community shared success stories related to the University’s Strategic Plan.

  • James Barrett, senior executive director of strategic enrollment initiatives, shared the accomplishments of the University Enrollment Council, tasked with recruiting and retaining a more diverse student body.
  • Brian Harrell, writing specialist, shared stories and statistics from the Writing Center.
  • Janet Coon, associate director of governmental relations, shared information about the student advocacy group, which has been able to travel to Columbus and other locations to meet with legislators thanks to Strategic Initiative Funding.

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