Faculty and staff achievements

Anna Pascarella

Anna Pascarella, manager, Delivery Services, has been elected to a national position, one of four college and university representatives serving on the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee. The committee, which represents colleges and universities in the National Association for Colleges and Universities Mail Services, meets quarterly with U.S. Postal Service representatives in Washington D.C. to discuss postal issues and provide feedback that will impact how the mail affects colleges and universities. Pascarella has held a variety of leadership positions with NACUMS over the past 13 years.

Hillary Fuhrman, director of Assessment, was interviewed for a publication, Lessons from the Field: Using Data to Catalyze Change on Campus, issued by the National Survey of Student Engagement. YSU and the Office of Assessment are featured in the article, titled “Widely Sharing Results Through Customized Reports.” In her comments, Fuhrman discussed how YSU shared the 2013 NSSE results through workshops. Out of 621 institutions using the NSSE data, YSU’s use of its custom report builder was among the highest in the country.

Craig S. Campbell , professor, Geography, made a presentation titled “The Fall and Rise of the ‘Sport of Kings’ on Western Reserve – Seven Ranges Border of Northeastern Ohio,” at the annual meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education in Washington D.C.

Vicki Kress, professor, Counseling, director, Community Counseling Clinic, and coordinator of Clinical Mental Health and Addiction Counseling Programs, Counseling, Special Education, and School Psychology, was awarded the Robert O. Stripling Award for Excellence in Standards by the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. The award, presented in Philadelphia, recognizes an ACES member who demonstrates a commitment to leadership in the advancement of standards for counselor education programs, enhancement of the profession through competency-based credentialing, program development and counselor preparation, and establishing a history of excellence in the formation and implementation of professional standards in counseling, counselor education and supervision. Kress’s award, in particular, recognizes her contributions to Ohio becoming the first state to require accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs for licensure.

Chester R. Cooper, Jr., professor, Biological Sciences, presented a poster in Paris at the 2015 Cell Wall Conference sponsored by the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology. Cooper also served as chair of a scientific session at the conference. The poster was co-authored by Sarah Eisnaugle and Josh Engle, who worked with Cooper as graduate students and completed their MS degrees this year; Julio Budde, molecular biology specialist; Tom Diggins, professor, Biological Sciences; Sumanun Suwunnakorn, a former PhD student of Chiang Mia University in Thailand for whom Cooper served as international research mentor; and Nongnuch Vanittanakom, professor of Microbiology and his collaborator from Chiang Mai University. Suwunnakorn is now a postdoctoral investigator at the University of Rochester Medical School.

Patricia Sarro
, professor, Art, co-authored a book titled Designing for Eternity: Architectural Models from the Ancient Americas. Published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name, the volume explores the creation and context of small-scale architectural effigies placed in tombs and shrines in the Precolumbian Americas. Sarro served as consultant for the exhibition, which opened at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Oct. 26.

Jill Tall, associate professor, Biology, and coordinator, Anatomy and Physiology, has been named an adjunct clinical instructor in the Department of Family Medicine at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pa. She is also the lead author on a paper, titled “Minimal Impact of an Electronic Medical Record System,” that was published in The American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Michael Jerryson
, associate professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies, has co-edited a book, The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence, which was recently released in paperback. The Oxford Handbooks publish books in paperback only when the hardcover version has shown considerable sales and interest in its initial years. The cost of the paperback is more affordable and will make Jerryson’s book a more feasible choice for assigned reading in classes.

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