Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

Franklin University is proud of its faculty and staff and provides this page to share their accomplishments. If you wish to interview members of the Franklin community, please contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations at 614.947.6581 or via email at sherry.mercurio@franklin.edu.

March

Dr. Karen Miner-Romanoff, Dean of the College of Health & Public Administration, Dr. Leslie King, Chair, Department of Health, and Jenine Larrabee received an award from the Academic Forum Conference for Outstanding Conference Paper. Their paper, entitled: Public Health and Crime: Integrating Education-Industry Partnerships within a Framework of Epidemiological Criminology, highlights Franklin's work with industry and the University's innovative and forward thinking curriculum.

On March 18, Dr. Tom Hrubec, Program Chair, Accounting, Forensic Accounting, and Business Forensics, presented at the monthly meeting of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) Heart of Ohio Chapter. Dr. Hrubec’s presentation,
“Accounting (What You Need to Know to be Dangerous!),” focused on providing definitions of key accounting terminology and financial reporting tools in order to be more effective in communicating with an organization’s accountants.

Human Resources Management adjunct professor Dr. Patty Glines-Kotecki, was the first place recipient of the International Society for Performance Improvement’s 2014 Distinguished Dissertation Award.  This award honors both research excellence and the usefulness of the study in furthering the field of human performance. In addition to the recognition from ISPI, Patty received an invitation to publish an article in Performance Intervention Quarterly, presented at the 2015 conference, and was also awarded a stipend.  Dr. Glines-Kotecki’s dissertation, “Building Organizational Capability: A Study of Knowledge Management Practices, Reasons, and Results,” explored human performance practitioner’s perceptions on the reasons for using knowledge management practices and the benefits resulting from the use of such practices in an organization. She was awarded her PhD in Education by Capella University in 2011.

Franklin Registrar Frank Yanchak, and Tracy Kern, Registrar Technical Coordinator, were highlighted in The Successful Registrar (Vol. 14, Issue 2). The article “Automate curriculum review to save time, trouble,” discussed the online curriculum review process developed by
Yanchak and Kern, using Hyland Software’s OnBase program. 

Suzanne Smith, Director of AIE, and Kristen Yanchak, Assistant Director of Current Student Communication, presented “Implementing an Online New Student Orientation” at the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education (NODA) Region 7 Conference on Saturday, March 8 at The Ohio State University.

Lucy A. Snyder, Content Editor, International Institute for Innovative Instruction, had her story “Through Thy Bounty” published in the March issue of LampLight Magazine.

February

Dr. Leslie King, Chair, Department of Health & Program Chair, Master of Healthcare Administration, presented a webinar on the topic “Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare Education” to the Association of University Programs in Healthcare Administration (AUPHA).

JoAnn Jordan, Health Information Management Program Chair, was selected by the AHIMA Foundation’s Center for Excellence in Education as a member of the Faculty Development Workgroup.

Dr. Gail Baumlein, Program Chair, Nursing, has been invited to present a seminar on Virtual Simulation at the Ohio League for Nursing annual Education Summit to be held in Columbus, in April, 2014. 

Dr. Karen Miner-Romanoff (Dean, College of Health and Public Administration and Department Chair of Public Administration), Dr. Leslie King (Chair, Department of Health & Program Chair, Master of Healthcare Administration), and Jenine Larrabbee’s paper entitled Public Health and Crime: Integrating Education-Industry Partnership within a Framework of Epidemiological Criminology was accepted in a double, blind peer review for the Academic Forum conference in March.

Dr. S. Michael Kravitz, Adjunct Professor, recently co-authored a new book: Caring for Your Challenging Relatives and Friends with Susan D. Schubert, M.A. Published in November 2013 by PESI Publishing & Media, this book is companion guide to Kravitz’s earlier book: Caring for
Challenging Patients and Family Members that was published 2 years ago. The first book was written for nurses and allied medical professionals to help them provide more effective care for their patients. The most recent book focuses more on effective care giving for challenging relatives and friends.

Alex Heckman, MPA Program Chair and Public Administration Department Chair, presented “Ethical GPS: The Foundational Competency of Exceptional Leaders” for the Dublin (Ohio) Chamber of Commerce - Leadership Dublin Program on Feb. 11, at OCLC in Dublin.

Brad Bradford, Adjunct, recently served as a judge at a Shakespeare recitation contest at The Ohio State.

January

Dr. Tom Seiler, Dean, Ross College of Business, was recently appointed to the Cross-Institutional Program/Course Sharing Taskforce of the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Ohio.  The Taskforce is comprised of deans and directors from five independent colleges and universities in Ohio.  The purpose of this taskforce is to identify opportunities for independent colleges and universities to work together on issues such as sharing courses, programs, and certificates for low enrollment courses and courses not offered by an individual institution for students.

Dr. Blake Renner, Director of Graduate Engagement, Retention Programs & Community Standards, and Dr. Lynne Hull, Dean of Students,  presented at the annual Ohio College Personnel Association (OCPA) on Thursday, Jan. 30.  Their presentation, “Effectiveness of Assistance for Transfer Students,” examined previous research on transfer students, provided recommendations for Student Affairs professionals on how to best serve transfer students, provided recommendations focused on student success to improve retention and graduation rates of transfer students, and analyzed student success for transfer students at Franklin University.

Terry Porter, Academic Advisor, College of Arts, Sciences & Technology, presented at the Annual OASPA/OCPA conference. His presentation was titled “From Classroom to Community: Educating Non-Traditional Students for Civic & Community Engagement.”

Dr. Leslie Mathew, Program Chair, Healthcare Management, was invited to participate at the Boston Strategy Conference of Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) Medical Sciences, held at Harvard University, Feb. 7-8.  Dr. Mathew will join Harvard faculty and founders of this first privately funded university in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, to learn how higher education and medical education is being used as a vehicle of “science diplomacy” to engage with the people of the North Korea. While in attendance, he joined in an off-the-record strategy conference of Pyongyang University of Science and Technology Medical (PUMS), with the Founder and President of PUST, founding leaders and deans of PUMS, and faculty currently teaching students of North Korea.

On Jan. 28, Todd Whittaker, Program Chair, Information Technology and Information Security, presented at the 23rd Annual Ohio Tax Conference.  The presentation was titled “Applying the Sales & Use Tax to New Technology.”  In his presentation he discussed the technology portion along with co-presenter Ted Bernert, a partner at Baker & Hostetler LLP.  The central ideas of the presentation revolved around distinguishing “software” from “services” in new technologies for the purposes of sales tax.

Christine Allen, Assistant Director, Global Academic Programs, won honors in three categories at the Columbus American Marketing Association’s Annual AIM (Achievement In Marketing) Awards. She took home an award in the Email Marketing category for her Global MBA Facebook email launch. She also won an award in the social media category for her Global MBA Facebook. Additionally, Allen was a winner in the overall category of Online Marketing for her Global MBA Facebook, which encompassed seven subcategories.
     The annual industry-recognized competition honors excellence in marketing and communications for initiatives completed during 2013, with local agencies, companies and organizations scooping up awards. National industry experts from three states reviewed award entries via a two-phased evaluation process.

Wayne Miller, Dean & Executive Director of AIE, was a judge for the Miss Hilliard Scholarship Pageant on Saturday, Feb. 8.  This was his eighth time serving as a judge for the Miss Ohio Scholarship Program.

Lucy Snyder, Content Editor, Ross College of Business, had her short story “Antumbra” published in the February 2014 issue of Apex Magazine.

Alyssa Darden, Reference and Assessment Librarian, was recently interviewed for an article that will be featured on AllBusiness.com about using research guides as a professional development tool specifically in the field of accounting.

JoAnn L. Jordan, Program Chair, Health Information Management, will serve on the CEE Faculty Development workgroup of the Council for Excellence in Education for a two-year term.

Harlan Schottenstien, Adjunct, helped organize and teach several classes for a group of 70 students from Hubei, China. The students, were here for a program called American Education Experience. The students come from a variety of backgrounds including biology, medicine, engineering, law, economics, business, architecture, the arts, and various other humanity subjects. Students receive instruction in English Conversation and Culture, as well as classes in their interest areas. The experience includes site visits to the Columbus Museum of Art, CCAD, the State House, State of Ohio Supreme Court, and the corporate offices of Abercrombie & Fitch and The Limited.

Kate Schultz, a Testing Specialist in the Student Learning Center, has had a poem accepted for publication in the literary publication The Meadow.

Clifford A. Collins, Assistant Director of Risk Management, was just elected as President of the Board of Directors for the Central Ohio Membership Alliance of InfraGard, a partner organization with the FBI. InfraGard is a network of member alliances of industry professionals volunteering as critical infrastructure subject matter experts in one or more areas. InfraGard facilitates the real-time exchange of information and expertise related to the protection of critical infrastructure, the majority of which is owned by the private sector. The local chapter also works with Ohio Homeland Security, the regional Fusion Center, and Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security (FCEM&HS).
     Collins was also recently appointed to serve on the FCEM&HS Integrated Risk Management (IRM) Work Group, as well as the FCEM&HS Training and Exercise Committee (FCTEC).

Lucy A. Snyder, Content Editor, Ross College of Business had her short story “Approaching Lavender” published in the Chiral Mad 2 anthology in December 2013.

Rachel Choudhury, Nursing Adjunct, recently had a number of presentations accepted for presentation, including the following: Beyond Codes: Translating Genetics to Nursing Practice, Podium Presentation at the AACN Baccalaureate Nursing Education Conference held Nov. 22 in New Orleans; “I Think, Therefore I Am”: Use of Critical Reflection in Developing Self-Efficacy, Poster Presentation at the Elsevier Faculty Development Conference on Jan. 2-5; and “Grading Rubrics: What’s in it for Faculty?,” Oral/Podium Presentation at the NLN/STTI Nursing Education Conference to be held in Indianapolis on April 2-4.
     In addition, Choudhury has been elected to the NLN Nominations Committee 2013- 2016, and STTI Leadership Succession Committee 2013-2017.

Heather Jenkins, Karyne Kuzawski, Jessica Mason, and Suzanne Smith submitted a paper titled “International Perspective on Academic Integrity” that has been accepted for presentation at the International Business Conference in Florida, to take place in late February.

Megan Fourcaud, Student Support Coordinator Beavercreek, was recently appointed as the Speaker Series Advisor for the Beavercreek Young Professionals (BYP). In this role, she will be coordinating professional development and networking opportunities for the nearly 200 members of the organization. BYP signed an Educational Partnership Agreement with Franklin in 2013. The agreement provides a tutition benefit for its members who enroll in Franklin degree programs. The group also awards an annual scholarship to one of its members who is also a Franklin student.

Dr. Thomas Seiler, Dean of the Ross College of Business, has been appointed to the United Way of Central Ohio Finance Committee, effective January 2014. The Committee provides strategic direction and oversight for the financial operations of the organization including the operating budget, pledge collections and other financial matters. The Committee reports to the United Way of Central Ohio Board of Trustees.

Daron Larson, Instructional Librarian, was featured in Capital Style magazine as a contributor in the newly published collection of 101 Tips for living well. To read the article, visit: http://ow.ly/sLWoI

December
Dr. Martina Peng
, Chair, Department of Accounting, Finance & Economics, conducted a Tax Planning Strategies workshop on Monday, Nov. 11 at the New Directions Career Center. Dr. Peng also participated in the Insuring Ohio Futures event at Wright- Paterson Air Force Base on Monday, Dec. 2, educating active duty airmen on how Franklin’s Risk Management & Insurance major can help them take advantage of career opportunities in the insurance industry.

In November, Dr. Pam Shay, Vice President of AIE, presented at the 25th Annual WCET Meeting in Denver. Her session, entitled “State Authorization: Who, What, When, Where, Why..,” informed the audience of higher education administrators, faculty, and “techies”, about the history and future of state authorization. In addition, participants learned how to build some helpful systems and processes for managing the complex world of state approvals.

Sandy Brubaker, Director of the Beavercreek location, has been elected to the Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for a two-year term.

Patrick Kemmer, Director of University Project Support Services, has been elected President of the Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club for 2014-2015. There are over 100 members who serve local and global charitable missions primarily aimed at bettering the lives of needy children.

Barbara Carder, content editor in the College of Arts, Sciences & Technology, is the first recipient of the Graduate Certificate of Instructional Design. The certificate program consists of four courses in the Instructional Design & Performance Technology graduate program: IDPT600, IDPT610, IDPT620, and IDPT640.

Dr. Harold Bashor, MBA Program, is joining Dr. R. Thangavelu of the Modern College of Business and Science (MCBS), Franklin University’s Global Partner School in the Sultanate of Oman, on the Advisory Panel for the International Conference: “Business Excellence, Strategies and Transcendence (BEST) 2014.” The Conference will be sponsored by the Department of Business Administration, Gulf University of Science and Technology of Kuwait, and held in Chennai, India, on Jan. 23.

On Nov. 4, Dr. Alex Heckman, Chair, Public Administration programs, presented, “Ethical GPS: The Foundational Competency of Exceptional Government Leaders” for Emerging Leaders Program at the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services.

Paul Rusinko, Research Associate in Institutional Effectiveness, co-presented with Franklin’s Business Intelligence partner, Information Builders, at the Northeast Association for Institutional Research (NEAIR) Conference, which was held Nov. 9-12 in Newport, R.I. The presentation, “Franklin University’s Business Intelligence Gateway: Empowering Data-Informed Decisions using WebFOCUS,” highlighted the University’s transition from our prior, manually edited, Excel-based enrollment reports to the successful implementation of the University’s current, automated, Business Intelligence Gateway (bi.franklin.edu).

November

Dr. Pamela Shay, Vice President for Accreditation & Institutional Effectiveness, recently presented at the Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning Conference (ADEIL). The title of her two presentations were: “State Authorization 101: The Basics of State Authorization” and “State Authorization 201: Maintaining Compliance for Multi-State Institutions: Developing Processes for Success.”

Dr. Charles Saunders, Accounting Lead Faculty, recently received the Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) from the Institute of Internal Auditors. This professional certification is based on work experience, as attested to by his supervisors, and subject matter knowledge, as demonstrated by satisfactory completion of a written examination. The CRMA complements Dr. Saunders’ other professional credentials, which include Certified Internal Auditor, Certification in Control Self-Assessment, and Certified Public Accountant (Ohio, inactive). While on faculty at Franklin, Dr. Saunders developed and currently manages and teaches a course in risk management in the M.S. in Accounting program.
     Dr. Saunders also recently facilitated a panel discussion, “Enterprise Risk Management--Lessons Learned: How Organizations Implement ERM” at the IIA Central Regional Conference in Columbus. Panel participants included: Clifford Collins, Assistant Director of Risk Management at Franklin; Donna Storay, Adjunct Instructor of Risk Management at Franklin and Director of Risk Management at Wells Fargo Bank; Carolyn Smith, Internal Auditor, Columbus City Schools (and Franklin alumna); Sarabeth LeMoine, V.P., Internal Audit, OhioHealth Corp.; Dave Morlan, Director of Enterprise Risk, Alliance Data; and William Dokko, Senior Vice President, Technology Audit Group, Huntington Bankshares, Inc.

Dr. Chunbo Chu, Program Chair and Lead Faculty, Computer Science had an article published, along with Venkat Gudivada and Rajeev Agrawal on the topic of Online Teaching and Learning Strategies for Programming intensive Courses. The article was published in the Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Information Technology: New Generations (ITNG 2013), pages 781--782. April 2013.

Dr. Leslie King, Program Chair, Master of Healthcare Administration, presented an Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) Webinar titled “From Web 3.0 to eLearning 4.0: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare Education.”

W. Barry Adams, Adjunct Professor for Global Issues has been appointed to serve on U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s Interviewing Committee for the Ohio Senator’s 2014 nominations to the U.S. Military Service Academies. Adams was also recently nominated for the Award for Excellence in Global Engagement as part of his alma mater’s (Ohio University) celebration of International Education Week sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. Isidoro Talavera’s, Philosophy Professor and Lead Faculty, College of Arts, Sciences & Technology, groundbreaking treatise, “The Fallacy of Misplaced Temporality in Western Philosophy, Natural Science, and Theistic Religion,” has been accepted for publication in the Forum on Public Policy. This prestigious journal of the Oxford Round Table seeks to disseminate knowledge with regard to salient issues in public affairs. This includes research and policy advancement in both the public and private sectors that  address government issues at state, national, and international levels of discourse.

Dr. Brenda Jones, Communications Program Chair, was elected Central District Representative for the Ohio Communication Association (OCA) at their annual conference on Oct. 5 held at Marietta College. In addition to serving this two-year term, Dr. Jones will also serve as conference site coordinator for the 2014 OCA annual conference to be hosted at Franklin, welcoming 140-150 communication faculty and students from the region.

Barbara Carder, Dr. Joel Gardner, and Dr. Sharon Taylor, faculty members of the College of Arts, Sciences, & Technology, co-authored a poster presentation that has been accepted for presentation at the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy at Virginia Tech in February. The poster presentation is titled: Using a Team Approach to Redesign the First Course in a Master’s Level Instructional Design and Performance Improvement Program.

Dr. Harold Bashor, Professor MBA 727 International Business Management, BSAD 476 Global Business Issues, and HUM 305 Global Issues recently achieved literary fame when his new book, Marie Antoinette’s Head: The Royal Hairdresser, the Queen, and the Revolution, was selected by the New York Post as a Five Top Picks of the week. In his new book, Dr. Bashor chronicles the escapades of the hairdresser to the queen of France. Autie invented the elaborate pouf hairstyle associated with the decadence of Versailles. As the only man allowed to live among the women of the French court, his own life was filled with sex and intrigue. Oddly, the man arguably responsible for the queen’s head appears to have had two himself: French newspapers report his execution near the time that Marie Antionette was famously beheaded. But there are also reports of Autie living in Paris on a French pension long after her death.

October
Dr. Gail Baumlein
, Department Chair of Health & Program Chair of Nursing was re-elected to serve a three-year term on the National League for Nursing (NLN) Board of Governors. The NLN is an  organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education, with over 33,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members.
     In addition, Dr. Baumlein recently presented at the NLN Education Summit, held in Washington, D.C. Her presentation topics were: “E-Portfolios: Your one-stop shop for program assessment” and “Virtual simulation and serious gaming: Are YOU ready? Your students are!” Attendees at the NLN Education Summit included over 1,500 nurse educators from all 50 states. The keynote address at the summit was offered by Dr. Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Alex Heckman, Chair, Public Administration Programs, presented at the Indiana Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) Leadership Retreat in Carmel, Indiana. The title of the presentation was, “A Master(s) Plan for You: Competencies and Degrees for Advancing Your Career and Improving Your Community.”

Marnie Glanner and Roland Graham, Jr. from Franklin’s leadership team at our Indianapolis location joined Dr. Heckman at the conference to highlight Franklin’s partnership with IPRA.

Dr. Ray Forbes, Chair of the Business Psychology master’s degree program, Dr. Brenda Jones, Chair of the undergraduate Communications program, and Kristan Jones made a presentation on “Business Psychology: A Response to an Interdisciplinary Trend in Business” to the regional conference of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) recently held at Franklin University.

Jo Ann Judy, adjunct faculty, presented a grammar refresher entitled “Good Writing Begins with Good Grammar” for the administrative staff of The United Way of Central Ohio at the annual Administration  Retreat on Sept. 20.

Lucy A. Snyder, Content Editor, Department of Management and Marketing, will have her book Soft Apocalypses published by Raw Dog Screaming Press in 2014. Soft Apocalypses is a collection of her short fiction pieces. In addition, Lucy’s short story “Abandonment Option” was just published in the anthology What Fates Impose. Lucy Snyder’s Bram Stoker Award-winning story “Magdala Amygdala” recently appeared in Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 5.

September

Dr. Gail Baumlein, Department Chair of Health & Program Chair of Nursing, was re-elected to serve a three-year term on the National League for Nursing (NLN) Board of Governors.  The NLN the National League for Nursing is an organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education, with over 33,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members.
    Dr. Gail Baumlein also recently presented at the National League for Nursing Education Summit, held in Washington, DC.  Her presentation topics were: E-Portfolios: Your one-stop shop for program assessment and  Virtual simulation and serious gaming: Are YOU ready? Your students are! Attendees at the NLN Education Summit included over 1500 nurse educators from all 50 states.  The keynote address at the summit was offered by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Demonstrating the University’s innovative spirit and commitment to student success, Dr. David Decker, President, Franklin University, participated in a panel discussion at the Columbus Metropolitan Club.  The luncheon forum focused on the topic of “Education Equation: The New Student, The New College,” and featured Columbus Dispatch journalist Encarnacion Pyle, and panelists Dr. David Harrison, President-Columbus State Community College, and Dr. Kathy Krendl, President-Otterbein University. The forum discussed four main areas related to the issues facing colleges and universities today: Student success, Student migration, Student debt, and the movement toward competency-based education.

The University hosted its Inaugural Scholarship Forum “From the Classroom to the Field and Beyond” Poster Presentations on Sept. 25.  The forum showcased the innovative and important scholarly contributions from a variety of fields and disciplines by students, faculty, alumni, and community partners.  Community partners, faculty, and students illustrated their work and research in a poster-style session that shared knowledge and discoveries beyond the individual and program in order to benefit the entire university community.   
   More than 40 abstracts were accepted and included in a booklet distributed during the event.  In addition, abstract information will be available online through the Library’s Resource Guide tool in the next few weeks.  Excellence in several categories were recognized including:     
Outstanding Student Poster:  Douglas Patrick (Criminal Justice Administration student)
Oustanding Faculty Poster:  Dr. Michelle Buchberger
Outstanding Abstract Poster (overall):  Dr. Joel Gardner, Barbara Carder, E’lise Flood, Dr. Rob Wood, and Dr. Sharon Taylor (team submission)

Lucy A. Snyder, Content Editor, Department of Management and Marketing, will have her book Soft Apocalypses published by Raw Dog Screaming Press in 2014. Soft Apocalypses is a collection of her short fiction pieces.
    In addition, Lucy’s short story “Abandonment Option” was just published in the anthology What Fates Impose.
    Lucy Snyder’s Bram Stoker Award-winning story “Magdala Amygdala” also appeared in Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 5.

As Franklin celebrated its 144th Commencement, the University also recognized Wendy Neaville and Dr. Souren Soumbatiants from its faculty as recipients of the distinguished Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award. Each trimester, two faculty members are honored with the Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award. Graduating students are asked to identify one undergraduate and one graduate faculty member who had the most significant influence on them throughout their educational experience at Franklin University. The award recognizes those who have challenged students intellectually and guided them in finding the significance of the course content as it relates to them both personally and professionally.

Dr. Karen Miner-Romanoff has been named Dean of the College of Health & Public Administration. Dr. Miner-Romanoff previously served as the Program Chair of the Criminal Justice Administration program. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University, a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration from The Ohio State University, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Toledo-College of Law where she graduated valedictorian, and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University.

Dr. Michelle Buchberger, Program Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies, had her contribution to a core textbook in Interdisciplinary Studies published with Sage Publishing. http://www.sagepub.com/booksProdDesc.nav?prodId=Book239309  The book, Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies, was co-authored with Allen F. Repko and Rick Szostak.

Dr. Leslie Mathew, Program Chair of Healthcare Management, was presented a Service Recognition Award by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)/Greater Ohio Health Leaders Forum (GOHLF) Central Ohio Chapter, at the Ohio Hospital Association Annual Meeting / ACHE Day. The award was presented for his many years of service to the American College of Healthcare Executives/Greater Ohio Health Leaders Forum.

Dr. Eunice Luyegu, Faculty, Instructional Design & Performance Technology, just returned from a very successful sabbatical in Kenya. While there, she delivered a series of workshops for the faculty of Moi University in the city of Eldoret. Moi is a large and well-respected University in Kenya, over 30,00 students and growing, close to 300 programs, etc. 
• http://www.mu.ac.ke/index.php/university-news/422-workshop-ononline-
blended-learning-pedagogy-technology
http://www.mu.ac.ke/index.php/introduction

Terra Brown, Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Staff & Senior Vice President, Administration has been chosen to sing The National Anthem at the opening ceremony
for the internationally televised PGA tournament, the President’s Cup. Her Oct. 2 performance will be held at the Columbus Commons, where Terra will serve as the warm-up performance for Rascal Flatts who will take the stage at the end of her performance. A former contestant on Columbus Has Talent, and the recent singer of the Star-Spangled Banner at commencement, Terra’s October event will be televised on the Golf Channel.

Christine Allen, MBA Program Coordinator, has been elected President of the Columbus
Chapter of Executive Women International® (EWI®) for the 2013/2014 board year. Christine has represented the University as part of its membership with EWI and previously served on the Board of Directors as Vice President/President-Elect. As President, Allen will hold the responsibility of leading the Chapter in all its endeavors. She will preside at all Chapter general meetings, oversee members leading committees and will serve as an ex-officio of the committees.

August
Dr. Leslie J. King, MT (ASCP), Program Chair, Master of Healthcare Administration, was interviewed by Magna Publications for the August edition of Online Classroom publication for his work on reading and reacting to non-verbal student cues in the online classroom. The article is titled “Monitor Nonverbal Communication to Know When and How to Intervene in the Online Classroom.”

JoAnn L. Jordan, MPH, RHIA, CCS-P, CPHIMS, Health Information Management Program Chair, received her CPHIMS designation at the end of June. HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology.

Sonja Simpson, Earth Science Adjunct Instructor gave a presentation at the American Public Works Association (APWA) Annual International Congress. In addition to giving a presentation, Simpson was awarded the 2013 Manager of the Year in Administrative Management.

Bruce Ramsey, Program Chair, Marketing, presented Aug. 13 to the Columbus Chapter of Executive Women International (EWI) on the topic of “Creativity in the Workplace.” Attendees were guided through a variety of creativity-enhancing exercises.

Dr. Timothy F. Reymann, Program Chair of the Business Administration and Management & Leadership Programs chaired two program sessions at the Academy of Management’s 73rd Annual Meeting Aug. 9-13 in Orlando, Florida. The annual meeting had over 8,000 attendees from 88 countries. The theme of the meeting was “Capitalism in Question”. The sessions Dr. Reymann chaired were titled: “Power and Politics: Forms and Consequences” for the Academy’s Organizational Behavior Division and “Context of Leadership” for the Academy’s Organization and Management Theory Division.

Dr. Gail Baumlein, Chair, Department of Health, recently attended and presented at Sigma Theta Tau International, the 24th International Nursing Research Congress held in July in Prague, Czech Republic.  Over 2,000 attendees, representing more than 50 countries, were present for this global conference.  Her presentation topics were: E-Portfolios: A Model for Quantitative and Qualitative Assessment of Outcomes, and Virtual Gaming as an Effective Pedagogy in Teaching Critical Decision-Making.

Michelle Buchberger, Ph.D.  Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies, had her contribution to a core textbook in Interdisciplinary Studies for Sage. http://www.sagepub.com/booksProdDesc.nav?prodId=Book239309 published.   The book, "Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies," was co-authored with Allen F. Repko and Rick Szostak.

Dr. Mike Posey, Program Chair for Public Relations and Co-Program Chair for Social Media Design, presented at this year’s Business First Social Media Summer Camp. Attendees listened to Dr. Posey’s presentation on “Social Media:  What’s All The Talk About?”  The presentation focused on how to leverage the power of social media in developing strategic relationships to build your business.

Dr. Isidoro Talavera (Philosophy Professor and Lead Faculty, Department of Humanities & Communication Arts) presented at the Oxford Round Table Forum on July 29 at Oxford University in England on the topic of “The Fallacy of Misplaced Temporality in Western Philosophy, Natural Science, and Theistic Religion.” This prestigious Forum seeks to disseminate knowledge with regard to salient issues in public affairs.  This includes research and policy advancement in both the public and private sectors that address government issues at state, national, and international levels of discourse.

Brad Bradford, adjunct faculty member, recently had the following two Letters to the Editor published: "Weighing Quality of Life" (The New York Times, July 23) and “Humanities are the search for higher purpose" (The Columbus Dispatch, July 17).

Dr. Thomas Seiler, JD, CPA has recently earned a new professional accounting designation - the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. The CGMA designation demonstrates a professional’s management accounting expertise in such areas as leading strategically with management to make more informed decisions; helping organizations manage change, risk and uncertainty; protecting corporate assets; and promoting operational efficiency and effectiveness.

Dr. Harold Bashor is participating in the seminar, “Intercultural Competence: An Emerging Focus of International Higher Education” sponsored by the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) on Aug. 9. Dr. Bashor is currently working on his upcoming paper, “Faculty Preparedness in Transnational Education: Pre-Assignment, On-Site, and Post-Assignment Engagement” to be presented at the International Conference on Transnational Education and Learning (ICTEL) in Milwaukee, Wisc. The conference will highlight trends, opportunities, and challenges in transnational education and learning. Dr. Bashor teaches Global Issues and International Business in the MBA program. He has also taught in Poland and Oman with Franklin’s global partner schools.

Dr. Bob Barrett, Adjunct Instructor, has recently presented a number of papers, including:

  • July 12: “Teaching Online in Today’s Virtual Learning Environments” at the European Conference on Technology in the Classroom 2013 (13 ECTC) in Brighton, United Kingdom.
  • July 8: “Creating an International Expatriate Training Team:  Lessons Learned and Best Practices Uncovered” at the 8th Annual London Business Research in London, United Kingdom.
  • July 2: “Reconfiguring E-Learning:  Phasing out Rote for Reality” 5th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EduLearn13) in Barcelona, Spain.
  • Work is in progress with three international editors on the final stages of three chapters for three book projects.
  • Dr. Barrett was also selected as the keynote speaker for the upcoming 2013 International Conference on Advanced Education Technology and Management Science (AETMS2013), to be held on Dec. 1-2, in Hong Kong, SAR, China.  His keynote speech will focus on Education Technology.

On Wednesday, July 24, Franklin joined with the Columbus Dispatch, and four other sponsors to host the Affordable Healthcare Act Panel Discussion.  The event, held in Ross Auditorium, addressed the steps local business owners need to take to become compliant with the Jan. 1, 2014, federal healthcare requirements. Dr. Leslie Mathew, Program Chair Healthcare Management served as a panelist for the first of its kind event for Columbus.

July

Dr. Thomas Seiler, Dean, College of Business, served as a judge for Business First’s 2013 Top Corporate Counsel to select the best corporate attorneys in central Ohio. Dr. Seiler served along with other notable attorneys from Central Ohio including Mark Koogler, Partner with Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur,  Bridgette Roman, Sr. VP and General Counsel with Community Choice Financial Co., and Kevin Shook practicing attorney in business litigation at Frost, Brown, & Todd. Prior to coming to Franklin, Seiler was a practicing attorney for Bank One Corporation and its subsidiary, First USA Credit card from 1998 to 2002. Dr. Seiler previously served as a judge for this award in 2011.

Adjunct Faculty member, Belal Kaifi, was recently accepted as a Fulbright Scholar Specialist with the U.S. State Department. The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) promotes linkages between U.S. academics and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas. Dr. Kaifi teaches Global Issues at Franklin.

June

Dr. Lynne Hull has been appointed Dean of Students. Her experience in developing student programs, student services, advising, and enrollment bring a comprehensive level of experience and expertise to continue the University’s commitment to supporting student success. As the Dean of Students, Dr. Hull will have responsibility for the strategic leadership of student engagement services and initiatives in support of student success. These areas include undergraduate and graduate student advising, community standards, disability services, career services, student engagement activities, and international student services. In this role, she will develop and implement strategies that increase student retention and engagement through the development of collaborative relationships with faculty, academic resources, enrollment management, and institutional effectiveness areas.

Dr. Mike Posey, Chair of Public Relations and Co-Chair of Social Media Design presented a seminar on “Using Social Media to Network” at the Columbus Business First “Build Your Network Program” on Tuesday, June 18.

Dr. Charles Saunders, Accounting Lead Faculty, presented findings, data analysis results, and implications derived from his dissertation research to the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) 5th Annual Meeting at the University of Saskatchewan on June 14. The title of Dr. Saunders’ presentation was, “Education for Life at Native American Tribal Colleges.”

Dr. Yuerong Sweetland, Director of Assessment, and Dr. Lewis Chongwony, Instructional Design Faculty, made the following presentation at the 3rd Annual Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE) Conference: Travelling the Journey of Outcome Mapping: From Theory to Practice.

Executive Women International’s Columbus Chapter (EW I of Columbus) awarded Franklin University’s Christine Allen, MBA Program Coordinator, as Co-Representative of the Year for 2013 at its recent Annual Firm Night. The award honors exceptional contributions of effort, time, and talent. Christine Allen currently serves on the Board of Directors as Vice President/President Elect/ASIST Chair.

Lucy A. Snyder, Content Editor, Department of Management and Marketing, received the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction at the Bram Stoker Awards Weekend in New Orleans, for her short story “Magdala Amygdala.” http://www.locusmag.com/News/2013/06/2012-stoker-awards-winners/

Dr. Kody Kuehnl, Chair, Department of Social & Natural Sciences Lead Faculty and subject matter expert on freshwater mussels, was invited by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to participate in a revision of the State of Ohio’s Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CWCS), a document that provides tactical direction for conserving wildlife diversity in Ohio.

Dr. JoAnna Williamson has been appointed the hair of the Department of Management and Marketing, and Dr. Martina Peng, C.F.P. has been appointed the Chair of the Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics, both within the College of Business. In their roles as Department chairs, Drs. Williamson and Peng will promote and support the vision and mission of the College of Business. Their primary responsibilities will include oversight of academic quality within the Department, guidance and support for faculty and related staff, as well as serving as key advisors to the Dean of the College.

Leslie J. King, Ph.D., MT (ASCP), Lead Faculty, Master of Healthcare Administration, presented at the 2013 Annual Distance Learning Administrators Conference in Georgia in June on Web 3.0 to eLearning 4.0: Artificial Intelligence in Distance Education.

Franklin University graduate and adjunct instructor Paul Carringer was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in May by Colorado State University, School of Education. Carringer majored in Education and Human Resource Studies with a specialization in higher education leadership.  Carringer’s dissertation is titled “The Community College President: Working with and Through the Media to Advance the Institution” and is a study of successful media relations cases across North America. The study had as its focus community college presidents and marketing communication lead executives. The dissertation will be published and available in the summer of 2013.

Dr. Blake Renner, Director of Community Standards and Academic Planning, gave a presentation at the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) 6S Conference on May 30.  The purpose of this presentation titled, “An Investigation of Effectiveness of Assistance for Transfer Students at Franklin University” was to analyze student success for students who transferred credits from another institution. The study also identified recommendations of how to better serve students who transfer and to assist in their degree completion.

Patricia Weekley, Academic Advisor, recently attended the Ohio Reach Summit as a service learning project. Weekley served as the Franklin liaison at the summit.  The purpose of Ohio Reach is to support the recruitment and retention of emancipated foster youth.   It is her sincere hope that through her work with groups such as Ohio reach, she can inspire others at Franklin to join supporting Ohio Reach’s efforts to recruit and retain emancipated foster youth at the college level.

May

Dr. Pam Shay, Danielle Buckius, and Leslie Weibush, all from Franklin’s Office of Accreditation &  Institutional Effectiveness (AIE), presented at the April Higher Learning Commission’s Annual Conference in Chicago. Their presentation, entitled “The State Authorization Rubik’s Cube: Strategic Thinking for Your Institution,” detailed AIE’s work in securing the necessary state authorizations for Franklin  University’s programs, and discussed the many interconnected factors institutions must consider when making their authorization and accreditation decisions during strategic planning.

Dr. Shay also presented at the annual conference of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) in San Francisco this month. Her presentation, “State Authorization 101,” provided an overview of best practices for state authorizations and shared information on how to manage processes and track regulations, applications, approvals and renewals.

Franklin adjunct Wendi Finn was this year’s honoree for the annual Credits to the Profession award. Finn has a bachelor’s degree in accounting, a master’s degree in systems security, and is CPA and CISA certified. In 2004, Finn founded IS Security Solutions, LLC to assist organizations in control  consciousness, security awareness and process improvement. For her presentation at this event, Finn spoke about the importance of Information Technology and Auditing. After her presentation, a Credits to the Profession plaque was presented to her in recognition of her achievements and contributions to the accounting profession.

Dr. Charles Saunders, Accounting Lead Faculty, facilitated and led two continuing professional education events on enterprise risk management (ERM) for the Institute of Internal Auditors’ (IIA) Louisville, Kentucky Chapter. In addition, on April 22, he facilitated a Chief Audit Executives Roundtable discussion, and on April 23 led a one-day seminar for members of the Louisville Chapter. Discussion questions and topics for both events were derived from a course on ERM developed by Dr. Saunders for Franklin’s M.S. in Accounting program, and included issues such as identification of risk in an organization, analysis of the organization to gain analytical intelligence about risk, the relationship between risk and control, and the management and implementation of ERM. Dr. Saunders and Dr. Thomas Seiler, Dean, College of Business, are both long-time members and past presidents of the IIA Central Ohio Chapter of (IIA).

Dr. Kody Kuehnl attended the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society’s 8th Biennial Symposium entitled “Recovery and Restoration: From Concept to Implementation” held in Guntersville, Alabama. During the symposium Dr. Kuehnl co-authored four presentations including: Genetic structure and intraspecific phylogeography of three reproducing populations of the clubshell mussel (Pleurobema clava); Villosa 2.0: Elucidating relationships using morphology, biogeography, and molecular phyologenetic data; Reintroducing a federally endangered species to Ohio-the northern riffleshell Mussel; Freshwater mussels as biological indicators: accumulation and detection of viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus. In addition, Dr. Kuehnl co-authored a poster presentation at the 2013 West Virginia/Ohio joint American Fisheries Society Meeting held at Marshall University, in Huntington, WV.

Dr. Dan Bell and Dr. Brenda Jones have had their poster presentation accepted for the 10th Annual Sloan-C Blended Learning Conference to be held July 7-8 in Milwaukee, WI. Their poster is titled “The E3-Learning Threshold in Hybrid Courses” and blends Merrill’s E3 learning model with a distance-education and instructor-student interaction framework.

As Franklin celebrated its 143rd Commencement the University also recognized Klaus Fricke and Dr. Joel Gardner from its faculty as recipients of the distinguished Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award. Each trimester, two faculty members are honored with the Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award. Graduating students are asked to identify one undergraduate and one graduate faculty member who had the most significant influence on them throughout their educational experience at Franklin University. The award recognizes those who have challenged students intellectually and guided them in finding the significance of the course content as it relates to them both personally and professionally.

Dr. Christopher Washington, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, was recognized by the Central Ohio Chapter of Pi Lambda Theta during its 50th annual Citations Dinner. Started in 1963, the dinner recognizes those who have distinguished themselves in their feild of expertise, most particularly in fields that advance the important missions of teaching and learning. Pi Lambda Theta is an international honor and professsional association that recognizes persons of superior scholastic achievement and high potential for professional leadership.

Joel Gardner, Ph.D., Program Chair - M.S. - Instructional Design & Performance Technology, gave a number of presentations and received social media accolades during the month of April for the following activities: Keynote presentation at the Cardinal Health Learning Conference; Presentation at the AEP Learning Conference; Peer-reviewed journal article accepted for publication: Francom, G., Gardner, J. (in press). What is task-centered learning? TechTrends; 10,000 view milestone for his YouTube video entitled “What does an instructional designer do?” :2,000 view milestone for his article “Applying Merrill’s first principles of instruction” via his blog at http://joelleegardner.blogspot.com/2011/10/article-applying-merrills-first.html.

Dr. Charles Saunders, Accounting Lead Faculty, presented his doctoral dissertation research at the American Educational Research Association 2013 Annual Meeting, in San Francisco on April 28. The title of Dr. Saunders’ presentation was, “Career and Technical Education Issues Among Students in Native American Tribal Colleges and Universities.” The presentation was based on Dr. Saunders’ research findings and implications derived from survey research involving students at eight Native American tribal colleges and universities located in the upper Midwest United States during 2010-2011.

Daron Larson, Instructional Resources Librarian, was the focus of an article featured in the May/June 2013 edition of Capital-Style. The article, titled “Meditation Teacher,” discussed Larson’s work teaching workshops on mindfulness as an approach to meditation, as well as his participation in a Harvard study last year to map the neuobiolgical benefits of meditation.

Dr. Gary Stroud, program chair for the M.S. in Human Resource Management program completed four books during his faculty sabbatical this past year. Titles of his books are: Excellence:The Path Chosen -Provides readers with the insight needed to develop organizational vision and employee engagement; • High Octane Mentoring – Lays out a road map for on-boarding new employees and step by step suggestions for developing an effective mentoring program; Those with Vision Lead – Focuses on nine work/life principles that will help leaders lower operating costs, increase productivity and enhance employee effectiveness; and How Unions Organize - Presents an insiders look at union organizing techniques and tactics.

Tyler Marinelli, Operations Coordinator, Student Learning Center, has been appointed to the 2014-2016 Ohio College Testing Association Board. She will serve as the Board’s Committee Chair beginning for a two-year term to start in July.

The following Student Learning Center staff members were recipients of the 2013 National College Testing Association (NCTA) Service Recognition Award. This award is given to those who have been actively involved in supporting NCTA this past year, either through committee or Board service or work on an initiative or project. Their contributions to NCTA will be recognized at the upcoming conference in Nashville: Sarah Christian, Testing Specialist, Tyler Marinelli, Operations Coordinator, and Katie Schultz, Testing Specialist.

Tom McClain, College of Arts, Sciences, and Technology faculty member, gave a presentation to the Dublin Chamber of Commerce for their “Lunch and Learn” Program titled “Sharpen Your Communications for Business Success.” Attendees represented a variety of businesses from the Dublin area such as banks, health care providers, telecommunications, and home construction and renovation.

Dr. Joel Gardner, Program Chair, M.S.  - Instructional Design & Performance Technology gave a presentation to the State of Ohio Training Association (SOTA) on May 10. He also had the following article accepted for publication: Francom, G., & Gardner, J. (in press). Task-centered learning differs from problem-based learning. Educational Technology Magazine. (will be published in May-June 2013 issue).

 

April

Dr. Ray Forbes, Chair, M.S. in Business Psychology, had his article “The Evolving Role of the Executive Coach: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” featured on the front page of the latest issue of the American Institute of Business Psychology newsletter.

Dr. Martina Peng, CFP®, Program Chair for Financial Planning, volunteered as a speaker at the financial literacy boot camp organized by the New Career Directions Center on Wednesday, April 10. The presentation content addressed tax planning strategies.

Lucy A. Snyder, MA, Content Editor, Department of Management & Marketing, has had her short story “Magdala Amygdala” nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. Winners will be announced in June at the World Horror Convention in New Orleans. The story has also been selected for inclusion in the next volume of the Best Horror of the Year anthology from Night Shade Books. The story originally appeared in the anthology Dark Faith: Invocations (Apex Publications, August 2012).

Krista Hilton, adjunct professor of writing and communications, has a poem included in “The Ides of March: An Anthology of Ohio Poets.”

Dr. Tim Reymann, Chair, Business Administration and Management & Leadership majors, served as a peer reviewer for six scholarly papers being submitted for acceptance and presentation at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AoM) to be held in Orlando, Florida. These reviews were completed for the Organizational Behavior and the Organization and Management Theory Divisions of the Academy. Dr. Ross Wirth, Dean of the College of Business, also reviewed three papers for the Organizational Development and Change division of the AoM. The topic for the international conference this year is: “Capitalism in Question.”

Dr. Doug Ross, Department Chair, Management & Marketing, and Bruce Ramsey, Chair, Marketing, participated in a Marketing Textbook Focus Group for McGraw-Hill. The two-day focus group sessions were held in Chicago and sought professors’ expert ideas and insights into desirable marketing curriculum and student outcomes. Dr. Ross and Mr. Ramsey were hand-picked to attend based on their depth of knowledge and expertise in marketing.

Dr. Charles Saunders, Accounting Lead Faculty, completed The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business Executive Business Communications Certificate Program. This program consisted of six sessions covering various business communications skills, including Conversations, Delegation, Branding, Negotiations, Effectiveness, and Conflict Management. Dr. Saunders also attended other Continuing Professional Education programs offered by OSU, Pi Lambda Theta (education honorary), and ISACA (Information Systems Auditing and Control Association).

Dr. Karen Miner-Romanoff, Chair, Criminal Justice Administration, was appointed as an Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Peer Certification Reviewer and Co-Founder of the new Scholarship and Education Section of the same society. The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) is an international association established in 1963 to foster professional and scholarly activities in the field of criminal justice.

Dr. Gary Stroud, Chair, Undergraduate Human Resource Management and Chair Graduate Human Resource Management Program, spoke at the regional Capital City Organization Development Network meeting on the topic of “What are the biggest changes in workforce trends within your organization that will impact the way you and your colleagues practice Organization Development?”

Dr. Joanna Williamson, Chair, M.S. – Marketing & Communication, was selected as a presenter for two workshops at the Ohio Women’s Network of the American Council on Education. For the workshops, she integrated a new application of the marketing communication theory from her doctoral dissertation into a presentation titled: “She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Sister: Mentoring the Next Wave of Women in Higher Education.”

Dr. Niccole Chandler-Hyatt, adjunct faculty, and Dr. Michelle Buchberger, Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies, gave a presentation, “Creative Thinking in the Interdisciplinary Curriculum” at The Michigan Academy of the Arts, Sciences, and Letters annual conference on Friday, March 22 at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. This multi-disciplinary conference included presentations in over 30 disciplines in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences and was attended by over 400 academics from the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia.

Dr. Lou Anne Manning, Lead Instructional Design Faculty, attended the annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy at Virginia Tech in February. The conference focused on higher education teaching excellence and the scholarship of teaching and learning. The conference showcased the best pedagogical practice and research in higher education today.

Dr. Barbara Fennema, Instructional Design Faculty, and Dr. Lou Anne Manning have been accepted to present at the annual Technology, Colleges, and Community Worldwide Online Conference on April 16-18. The presentation is titled: “Hitting the Mark – Create Questions that Generate Critical Thinking Discussions.”

Dr. Kody Kuehnl, Lead Faculty, Natural Sciences, attended the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society’s 8th Biennial Symposium titled “Recovery and Restoration: From Concept to Implementation” held in March in Guntersville, Alabama. During the symposium Dr. Kuehnl co-authored four presentations including: Genetic structure and intraspecific phylogeography of three reproducing populations of the clubshell mussel (Pleurobema clava); Villosa 2.0: Elucidating relationships using morphology, biogeography, and molecular phyologenetic data; Reintroducing a federally endangered species to Ohio – the northern riffleshell mussel; Freshwater mussels as biological indicators: accumulation and detection of viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus.

Dr. Charles Saunders, Accounting Lead Faculty, was a guest lecturer at The Ohio State University, College of Education and Human Ecology. The lecture was titled “Instructional Design in the Collegiate Setting,” and fulfilled a portion of the syllabus for an undergraduate course titled “Design of Corporate Training Programs.”  

Dr. Ray Forbes, Chair of the MS in Business Psychology, had his article “Through the Looking Glass: An Allegory of Strategic Change” published in the Spring 2013, Volume 31, Number 1, issue of the Organizational Development Journal.

Dr. Dabid Ni, Instructional Design Faculty for the Department of Social and Natural Sciences, recently had an article published in the Journal of World Education: Ni. X. & Dai, X (2013). Educational technology services in U.S Higher Education, Journal of World Education (317). (A journal administered by the China Ministry of Education).

Carissa Uhlman, Graduate Academic Advisor, presented at the Financial Literacy Summit at Ohio State’s Blackwell Inn Hotel Conference Center on Tuesday, April 2. The topic of her presentation surrounded the significant progress that she and her team have made toward impacting the University community regarding the topic of Financial Literacy. The Financial Literacy Team consists of: Carissa Uhlman, Carla Norris, Toni Duke, Stephanie Hicks, Dr. Martina Peng, Chris Tyner, and Kim Foster.

Dr. Michelle Buchberger, Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies, Lead Faculty: IDST, Literature, Graphic Design, and World Religions, Department of Humanities and Communication Arts presented her paper, ‘A safe dream? The adaptation of John Fowles’s ‘The Enigma’ at the National Annual conference of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association in Washington, D.C.

Christine Allen, MBA Coordinator, recently earned the designation as a Professional Certified Marketer (PCM) by the American Marketing Association. The PCM designation is earned by demonstrating a  mastery of comprehensive and core marketing knowledge and principles. It requires successful completion of a rigorous exam and a commitment to upholding the highest standards in the marketing field.

Amber Bice, Acquisitions Librarian Serials and Interlibrary Loan Librarian, has been elected to serve on the Society of Ohio Archivist Council for a two-year term (www. ohioarchivists.org).

March

Leslie Mathew, MD, MS, MBA, Program Chair of the Franklin University Healthcare Management major has recently passed the ACHE Board of Governor’s exam, and combined with several years of leadership and professional development, has met all requirements for status as a Fellow of the ACHE (FACHE designation). According to the ACHE, “Being board certified in healthcare management signifies your commitment to excellence, professional development and to the ongoing evolution of the profession. Fellows are recognized by their healthcare management colleagues, employers, policymakers and professionals in other healthcare disciplines as competent leaders who strive to make a difference in the health of our communities both here and abroad.” 

Dr. Christopher Washington, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, recently spoke to the Upper Arlington Rotary Club. His presentation “Get to Know Franklin University” emphasized the University’s efforts to be responsive to the needs of the business community. Drs. Wendell Seaborne (MBA Lead Faculty and Professor of Management) and Debra Petrizzo (MBA Lead Faculty) have had a paper accepted for publication and presentation at two conferences. The paper, titled “Partnering Internationally to Deliver a Hybrid MBA Program,” will be presented at the 2013 IACBE Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting in Orlando by Dr. Seaborne and at St. Leo University’s 4th Annual International Business Conference in St. Leo, Florida by Dr. Petrizzo. They will present the same paper this summer at the Franklin Faculty Professional Development Conference on June 7.

Dr. JoAnna Williamson, Chair, M.S. - Marketing & Communication, is co-author of a paper that was accepted for the March 2013 International Public Relations Research Conference in Miami, Florida. The paper, in collaboration with a former doctoral colleague from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a content analysis of major brands’ use of Twitter for public relations purposes.

Dr. Charles Saunders, Accounting Lead Faculty, participated in a team presentation on March 12 to a joint meeting of the Central Ohio Chapters of the Institute of Internal Auditors, and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association. The presentation, titled “Auditing Cloud Computing: Adapting to Changes in Data Management,” included remarks by two information systems auditors from American Electric Power Company, Mr. Jay Hoffman, Audit Director and a member of Franklin’s Accounting Program Advisory Board, and Mr. John Didlott, IT Audit Consultant.

Alan Rogers, Accounting Lead Faculty, served as a subject matter expert, providing an interview to WSYX (Channel 6) to discuss the implications of Governor Kasich’s proposed tax plan.

George Redmond, Business Administration Lead Faculty, also served as a subject matter expert for WSYX, providing an interview on the implications of tax changes for “big box” stores such as Walmart.

Kate Schultz, a Testing Specialist in the Student Learning Center, has had a poem accepted for publication in the literary publication Midwestern Gothic.

Jaylyn Corna of the SLC was recently nominated as the Board Administrator for the Junior League of Columbus. Jaylyn will serve as the Board Adminstrator for the 2013-2014 year.

Dr. Pamela Shay, Vice President of Accreditation & Institutional Effectiveness, recently traveled to Poznan, Poland, to consult and to facilitate a seminar for the administrators and staff of TEB Akademia. TEB Akademia is a unit of TEB Education Corporation, the largest private provider of higher education in Poland. The Franklin University MBA is offered in partnership with the Wroclaw School of Banking, a TEB education institution. The seminar provided guidance on the establishment, measurement and  assessment of student learning outcomes, the development of teaching effectiveness methodologies, and the creation of institutional effectiveness standards. With the aid of funds from the European Union, the seminar engaged more than 30 higher education professionals at TEB in a demonstration of the assessment and institutional effectiveness practices developed at Franklin University. Dr. Shay also consulted with a TEB Task Force regarding effective planning for implementation of a standardized curriculum and associated support processes.

Dr. Pamela Shay, Vice President of Accreditation & Institutional Effectiveness, was recently selected to represent not-for-profit institutions of higher education on the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board’s Performance Standards Advisory Committee. The Committee – which consists of 10 members and  includes leaders at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and Walden University, as well as members of the Wisconsin Legislature – was formed to establish performance standards related to academic  program completion and graduate employment as part of an ongoing effort to hold colleges and universities accountable for student results. This is a precedent-setting initiative for a state higher education agency and will have an impact on other states seeking to establish similar performance standards.

February
Dr. Terry Boyd, Director, Center for Continuing Education, presented “Policy and its Role in Effective Operations and Successful Team Leadership” to the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Court Executive Team. The audience was inclusive of the Administrative Judges of the largest counties in Ohio, along with their Magistrates and other executive team members. The dinner presentation was part of a two-day seminar based on executive team practice and responsibility. Upon concluding his presentation, Dr. Boyd was personally invited by the Honorable Diane Palos, Administrative Judge of Cuyahoga County and her executive team, to continue the discussion and to provide more insight for the functioning of her courts.

Dr. Kody Kuehnl co-authored a poster presentation at the 2013 West Virginia/ Ohio joint American Fisheries Society Meeting held February 19-21 at Marshall University. The presentation discussed how Mitochondrial DNA suggests stonerollers (Campostoma anomalum) from upper Shavers Fork have strong genetic similarities with the recently identified New River form.

Brad Bradford, adjunct faculty member, served as one of three judges at a Shakespeare recitation competition at the Drake Performance and Events Center at The Ohio State University on Feb. 17. The Columbus Branch of the English-Speaking Union of the United States, in cooperation with OSU’s Stand Up for Shakespeare, sponsored the event.

Jo Macek, Global Issues Adjunct, had an article published by eLearn online magazine.

On Feb. 2, the Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club held the 17th annual Chilly Open at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Pat Kemmer, Director of University Project Support Services, was again chairman of this fundraising event that supports 12 Central Ohio children’s charities. The event featured over 30,000  square feet of heated tents and pavilions that housed food from 30 premier local restaurants, drinks, children’s activities, live music from the DEBITS and from country/western artist Keith Anderson, and silent auctions which raised over $200,000 for the charities. For more information, go to www.chillyopen.org.

January
On Jan. 31, Dr. Terry Boyd, Director, Center for Continuing Education, presented “Policy and its Role in Effective Operations and Successful Team Leadership” to the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Court Executive Team.  The audience was inclusive of the Administrative Judges of the largest counties in Ohio, along with their Magistrates and other executive team members. The dinner presentation was part of a two-day seminar based on executive team practice and responsibility. Upon concluding his presentation, Dr. Boyd was personally invited by the Honorable Diane Palos, Administrative Judge of Cuyahoga County and her executive team, to continue the discussion and to provide more insight for the functioning of her courts.

Jo Macek, Global Issues Adjunct, had an article published by eLearn online magazine.

On Feb. 2, the Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club held the 17th annual Chilly Open at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.  Pat Kemmer, Director of University Project Support Services, was again chairman of this fundraising event that supports 12 Central Ohio children’s charities.  The event featured over 30,000 square feet of heated tents and pavilions that housed food from 30 premier local restaurants, drinks, children’s activities, live music from the DEBITS and from country/western artist Keith Anderson, and silent auctions which raised over $200,000 for the charities.  For more information, go to www.chillyopen.org.

Dr. Kathy Holloway, RN-BSN Program Chair, passed the National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) examination on Jan. 25. CNE certification is a mark of professionalism. For academic nurse educators, it establishes nursing education as a specialty
area of practice and creates a means for faculty to demonstrate their expertise in
this role. 

Dr. Sharon Massen, Course Manager, Department of Humanities & Communication Arts, has been invited to speak to the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association at their mid-year pharmacists
conference on Jan. 26. The speech will be titled: “Why Isn’t Communication as Easy as Taking a Pill! How Can We Deal with Conflict?” She will also be conducting a Roundtable Luncheon Discussion on “Conflict Resolution with Pharmacy Staff.”  
    Dr. Massen has successfully earned the Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) designation. Dr. Massen is a member of the Polaris North Star Chapter of IAAP and presented a seminar to the membership in January on certification: "How to and Why it is Important to
Become Certified.”

Todd A. Whittaker, Program Chair, Information Technology, gave a talk on Feb. 29 at the 22nd Annual Ohio Tax Conference, entitled “Sales Tax on Services and Multistate Taxation of Software/Cloud Computing Providers & Users.” 

On Jan. 24, Phyllis Duryee, Faculty Member, Lead Faculty, Global Issues, lectured to senior business classes at the Columbus Downtown High School on the topic of “Doing Business Internationally.”

Christine Allen (Franklin University MBA Program Coordinator) won two Achievement
in Marketing (AIM) awards at the Columbus American Marketing Association AIM
Awards held in January. Allen received one award for online/email marketing and
another for special event/event marketing. Allen received the AIM online/email marketing award for her development of a direct email marketing campaign in support of the launch of the MBA Program at Franklin’s Delaware, Ohio location.  In addition to her Franklin-specific efforts, Allen also won an AIM award for event marketing through her work with the Columbus Chapter of Executive Women International (EWI), of which Franklin University is a member institution. Allen received the award for her development of an event marketing plan that invoked greater understanding and engagement with the organization. (Allen was elected Vice President/President Elect for the 2012-2013 EWI Columbus Chapter. Part of her responsibilities in this position will be managing the organizations Adult Students in Scholastic Transition scholarship program.)

Holly McFarland, Director of the Center for Career Development, served as a panelist at the Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) event on Jan. 16. McFarland joined five expert panelists who addressed the issue of earning an advanced degree, undergraduate degree benefits, and the value of professional certificate programs across a variety of career fields and topics.

As a member of the Leadership Committee of the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA) and the Ohio College Access Network (OCAN), Evelyn Levino, Vice President for Government Relations & Institutional Compliance, presented the closing session to the Don Chenelle Leadership Class. Evelyn provided insights on “Successful Leadership” using positive attributes in positions of power.

Dr. Charles Saunders, Accounting Lead Faculty, spoke at a meeting of the Central Ohio Chapter - Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) on Jan. 10. The title of Dr. Saunders’ speech was “Information Risk in Enterprise Risk Management,” which considered and discussed the question, “Information systems and technology: Are they part of the problem, or part of the solution?”

December
Dr. Ray Forbes
, Program Chair, Master of Science in Business Psychology, has been awarded the Quality Research Award by the Journal of Arts and Humanities (JAH) for his paper entitled "Michelangelo's Message." The award, initiated by the Maryland Institute of Research(MIR) selected Dr. Forbes paper as the best paper for the Vol.-1,No.-1, August 2012 of Journal of Arts and Humanities(JAH),official Publication of MIR.

Dr. Bruce Campbell, Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics, has had an article entitled “Shareholder Value” accepted for the 2013 publication of the third edition of Wiley Encyclopedia of Management.

Dr. Charles Saunders, Accounting Lead Faculty, completed the Accelerated Certificate in Executive Specializations - Business Communications Certificate at The Ohio State University - Fisher College of Business. This certificate program consisted of six four-hour sessions on topics related to business and human resources management processes, including productivity, delegation, personal branding, managerial effectiveness, negotiations, and conflict management. All topics were presented by faculty members of the Fisher College of Business MBA program, and were completed during the Autumn semester, 2012.

November
Dr. Doug Ross
, Department Chair for Management & Marketing, delivered a presentation to the Columbus Chapter of Executive Women International (EWI) on Tuesday, Nov 13. The presentation content addressed how to apply marketing principles to your own workplace situations.

Krista Hilton, adjunct professor of Writing and Communications, presented, “Found Characters:Jump Start Your Fiction,” at Bowling Green State University’s annual Winter Wheat Writers Conference on Nov.18.

Dr. Redd Branner, Program Chair of Public Safety and Safety, Security, and Emergency Management, was was honored Nov. 10 during the seventh Annual Black Veterans Day Salute Honoring African American Veterans of the Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom Eras.  The Ohio State University Department of African American and African Studies Community Extension Center event honors those who served during the Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom Eras by bringing to the forefront the sacrifices made by those African American men and women who served in the U.S. military.

The paper Dr. Isidoro Talavera presented this past August at Oxford University in England, “Science and Religion: Drawing the Line,” has been accepted for publication in The Forum on Public Policy.  This prestigious journal seeks to disseminate knowledge with regard to salient issues in public affairs and includes research and policy advancement in both the public and private sectors that address government issues at state, national and international levels of discourse.

Accounting Lead Faculty Jeff Sefton, J.D., LL.M. has again been asked to co-moderate and present at the New Lawyer’s Training Program at the Ohio Association for Justice’s Annual Convention in May 2013.  The two-day mandatory training for all new Ohio laywers covers a range of important practice topics and issues.  Sefton will also be presenting on the use of experts in litigation and at trial.

George Redmond, Lead Faculty, Business Administration, was interviewed by Mike Bowersock, NBC channel 4, discussing the drop in unemployment estimates and the Hostess closure announcement.

Dr. Gary Stroud, Program Chair Undergraduate Human Resources Management and Program Chair Graduate Human Resource Management Program, was interviewed by The Connex Chronicle, for an article titled “Engaged, Enabled Employees Deliver Bottom-Line Benefits.”

Dr. Thomas Richards, adjunct professor in the Computer Science Dept. will give a presentation at the “Blue and the Grey, Mail & the Civil War” 7th Annual Postal History Symposium at State College, Pa. on Nov. 2. His presentation is titled “Philatelic Movie Props Created for the 2003 Movie, Cold Mountain.”

Dr. Ray Forbes, Program Chair, Master of Science in Business Psychology is currently scheduled to have his article “The Michelangelo Premise: Performance, Potential, and Business Psychology” published in Vol. 3, Issue 2, December 2012 edition of the International Journal of Management and Business.

Dr. Michael Posey, Chair for the Public Relations Major and Co-Program Chair for the Social Media Design Major, and Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, presented at the Beavercreek Business Expo.  Their keynote presentation, “Social Media Do’s and Don’ts” provided insight into social media best practices to more than 400 event attendees.

October
Brad Bradford,  adjunct faculty member, was featured as the sole guest on the “Morning Exchange” program with Dan Collura on Tuesday, Sept. 18. During his appearance, Bradford discussed the presidential debates.  

Dr. Timothy Reymann presented to the meeting of the Central Ohio Association of Government Accountants on the topic of “Leadership Style and its Effect on Organizational Culture and Performance.”

Dr. Ross Wirth,
Dean of the College of Business, delivered a presentation titled: Using a Multi-Media Simulation to Engage Students in Experiential Learning, for the Regional Meeting of The International Assembly for Collegiate Education at Baker College in Flint, Michigan.

Dr. Yuerong Sweetland,
Director of Assessment, and Dr. Timothy Reymann, Chair, Business Administration and Management Programs, also delivered a presentation titled: Using Outcome Maps to Help “Close the Assessment Loop.”

Dr. Charles Saunders, Accounting Lead Faculty, has been appointed to serve on the Audit and Accountability Committee of the Columbus City Schools Board of Education. The appointment is effective immediately, and will run until December 31, 2015. Dr. Saunders is a Certified Internal Auditor and 30-year member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, a professional association in which he has held numerous volunteer positions at the local chapter and international levels.

September
Melissa Popovich
, Nursing Lead Faculty,  has earned the designation of Certified Nurse Educator ( CNE).  This designation, offered through the National League for Nursing, indicates excellence in nursing education and reflects Melissa’s years of experience as an educator, and her dedication to excellence.  

Christine Allen, MBA Program Coordinator, has been elected Vice-President/President Elect for the 2012-2013 Executive Women International (EWI) Columbus Chapter. EWI is comprised of key individuals from diverse businesses for the purpose of promoting member firms, enhancing personal/professional development, and encouraging community involvement. Part of her responsibilities in this new position will be managing the organization’s Adult Students in Scholastic Transition scholarship program. Last year, the Columbus Chapter awarded $5,500 in scholarships to deserving students. Dr. Christopher Washington served as one of the judges on the scholarship panel.  

Dr. Ray Forbes, Program Chair, Master of Science n Business Psychology, has been accepted for professional membership in the American Institute of Business Psychology. Additionally he has been nominated for the position of academic advisor and member of the board.

Dr. Joel Gardner, Interim Chair, Master of Science in  Instructional Design & Performance Technology, participated in a panel discussion on generational differences on Aug. 15.  Research on generational differences in instructional design were discussed as well as suggestions on how to effectively design instruction.

August
Dr. Gail Baumlein,
Chair, Department of Health & Program Chair of Masters of Healthcare Administration, was invited to speak to the graduating class of the nurse residency program at Nationwide Children's hospital. Her topic Footsteps to the Future: Evidence-based Practice and Beyond focused on integrating research evidence into practice, obtaining professional certification, and next steps in the educational journey. 

Dr. Ray Forbes, Program Chair, Master of Science in Business Psychology, has been accepted for professional membership in the American Institute of Business Psychology. Additionally he has been nominated for the position of academic advisor and member of the board.

Dr. Ray Forbes has also had his article, “Michelangelo’s Message,” accepted for publication in the Aug. edition of the Journal of Arts & Humanities.

Dr. Ray Forbes is also currently featured in an article entitled “An Ecological Approach to Organizational Strategy” published online by the American Institute of Business Psychology (AIOBP).

Barbara Carder, Content Editor/adjunct faculty in the College of Arts, Sciences, & Technology, is one of 101 authors who contributed to a book becoming available this week at Amazon.com. “Amazing Grades: 101 Best Ways To Improve Your Grades Faster,” is written for middle school, high school, and college students.  It is the first-ever interactive book which allows students to master the strategies for better grades in their own learning style.  Students get to scan tags in the book to open to related video, listen to authors reading their chapters aloud, or simply read the material in the book to master the strategies.

Dr. Bruce Campbell, Chair of the Financial Management Program and MBA Lead Faculty member has passed the Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) examination.

Kate Schultz, a Testing Specialist in the Student Learning Center, has had a poem accepted for publication in the literary publication Eclipse.

July
Kate Schultz, a Testing Specialist in the Student Learning Center, has had a poem accepted for publication in the literary publication Eclipse.

Dr. Yi Yang, Instructional Design Faculty, has her research “Using Facebook to Create a Positive, Friendly, and Active Online Learning Community” accepted as a full paper and will be presenting at the International Conference of Technology Promoting Education Innovation Conference in Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, August 10-12, 2012. This paper has also been selected to be publish in the International Journal on Teaching and Learning with Technology.

Dr. Michelle Buchberger's article, "John Fowles' novels of the 1950's and 60's" has just been published in the 2012 issue of the Yearbook of English Studies 42 (2012, 132-150;)

Dr. Isidoro Talavera will present a paper on "Science and Religion: Drawing the Line" at the Oxford Roundtable in August.

Professor Jane Sieberth's efforts have resulted in an award from the Ohio Board of Regents' Choose Ohio First Program of Innovation that will provide Franklin University with $106,500 per year for scholarships to meritorious Computer Science and MIS students.

Terra Brown, Administrative Assistant to the V.P. for Human Resources took top honors in this year's Ohio Idol contest placing in the Top 20 out of 600 contestants.

June
Dr. Martina Peng, Program chair for Financial Planning Program, conducted a presentation on Financial Survival Tips for the Single Parent at New Directions Career Center on June 27, 2012

Jeff Sefton, J.D., LL.M. (Taxation) was a presenter at the Twelfth Annual Emerging Trends in Fraud Investigation and Prevention Conference, held in May in Columbus. The conference is jointly presented by the Ohio Auditor of State, the Ohio Attorney General, the Ohio Society of CPAs, the Central Ohio Chapter of Certified Fraud Examiners, and Franklin University. Mr. Sefton’s presentation was entitled “RICO Today,” and it surveyed the current status of the law under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

Dr. Charles Saunders, Accounting Lead Faculty, presented his paper, “Career and Technical Education Issues among Students of Native American Tribal Colleges and Universities” at the June Ohio State University 2012 Workforce Development and Education Student Forum. This paper was derived from his dissertation and related research for his Ph.D. in Workforce Development and Education from OSU.

Dr. Leslie King, Lead Faculty Healthcare Management, gave a presentation on: A Model for Reading Digital Facial Tones and Body Language in the Online Classroom at the June 2012 Distance Learning Administrators Conference.

Terra Brown, Administrative Assistant to the V.P. for Human Resources has made it to Round 3 of Ohio Idol. As a Top 50 finalist, Terra’s next performance will be during this year’s Red, White and Boom event on July 3 at Nationwide Arena. The winner of this year’s Ohio Idol will sing the National Anthem during the Aug. 24 Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees baseball game in Cleveland. To follow Terra’s progress, visit www.ohio-idol.com.

Jeff Sefton, J.D., LL.M., was recently elected to another two-year term on the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Association for Justice, a statewide association of trial attorneys and advocates.

Julius S Ngwa , Student Learning Center Tutor gave a presentation at the CHARGE (Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology) meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland. The title of his presentation was: “Meta-analysis of Dietary Fat Intake and SNP Interactions on Lipid Phenotypes in the CHARGE Consortium.”

May
On May 29 Dr. Doug Ross and Dr. Garry McDaniel conducted an overview of Franklin University and a team building exercise for 10 executives visiting Columbus on a USAID grant. 

Jeff Sefton, J.D., LL.M., was a presenter and moderator at the Ohio Association for Justice’s Annual Convention, held from May 2-4. Sefton co-convened the New Lawyers’ Training portion of the program, a two-day program approved by the Ohio Supreme Court to satisfy the state’s continuing legal education requirement for new lawyers, and presented on the use of expert witnesses at trial. He also moderated a panel of judicial officers and court administrators on the role of professionalism in the legal profession. 

Barry Adams, adjunct faculty member for Global Issues and Public Relation, has been elected president of the Circleville City School Foundation. The foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises private funds for scholarships, teaching grants, and projects within the Circleville City School District. 

Dr. David Shallenberger, Global Issues adjunct faculty member, will chair the Interest Group on Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship at the NAFSA (Association of International Educators), May 27-June 1. http://www.nafsa.org/annualconference/ default.aspx

Brad Bradford, adjunct faculty member, was featured in the Upper Arlington News. The story, “Bradford brings Bard to life for Upper Arlington senior citizens” discussed Bradford’s invovlement teaching Shakespeare at the Upper Arlington Senior Center.

Michael Klingler has been appointed Chair, Department of Humanities and Communication Arts, in the College of Arts, Sciences, & Technology. Klingler has served the past 20 months as Interim Chair of the Department.

Dr. Charles Saunders, Accounting Lead Faculty, has been invited to participate as a subject matter expert and professional development specialist in a national teacher education project of The Ohio State University, College of Education and Human Ecology. The project, knoTtT 3.0: Mobilizing National Educator Talent (Project m-NET), seeks to recruit highly qualified mid-career professionals and paraprofessionals to transition to fully state certified teachers in high need, hard-to-staff school districts. Dr. Saunders has been invited based on his dissertation research involving Native American tribal colleges and universities, their students, and related educational and workforce development issues.

Dr. Saunders, also participated in the Pi Lambda Theta - Central Ohio Chapter 49th Annual Citations Dinner on May 7. During the ceremony, Dr. Saunders participated in presenting the 2012 Dorothy Scrivener Memorial Fund Scholarship Award to a doctoral student from The Ohio State University, College of Education and Human Ecology. Dr. Saunders, who received the Scrivener Scholarship in 2011 for his doctoral research at OSU, was invited to speak briefly about the significance of the award. Pi Lambda Theta is an international honor society for undergraduate and graduate students in education.

The College of Health & Public Administration is proud to announce that Dr. Kathy Holloway, Lead Faculty in the Nursing program, completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice, at Duquesne University, in May, 2012. She presented her capstone project, “Examining Attitudes about Mental Illness and Psychiatric Nursing in Associate Degree Nursing Students” in partial fulfillment of degree requirements, prior to commencement on May 5, 2012. Please join us in offering congratulations to Dr. Holloway.

Dr. Yi Yang, Instructional Design faculty, was recognized at the April 2012 AERA (American Educational Research Association) Division C - Learning and Instruction annual meeting for her outstanding performance and contribution as the Communications Officer (Facebook Group Coordinator). The meeting was held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Rick Shoop, Kody Kuehnl, Ph.D., and Bradd Birmingham were invited to give a poster presentation of their Interactive Mineral Science Lab at the Innovate conference. The poster was titled Reimagining The Lab Experience Online.

Dr. Michelle Buchberger, Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies, presented her paper “’The Safest Dream?’: John Mortimer’s Screenplay for John Fowles’s ‘The Ebony Tower’” at the National annual Joint Conference of the Popular Aulture Association/American Culture Association in Boston, MA. The conference was attended by over 3,000 academics.

Dr. Doug Ross (Department Chair, Management and Marketing, MBA Program Chair) and Christine Allen (MBA Program Coordinator) have received the Award of Excellence in the Speeches/Non-profit category for their international commencement address delivered in Wroclaw, Poland. The recognition was awarded during the 2012 Central Ohio PRSA’s PRism awards ceremony. The speech was recognized under the Single Item Entry-Speech category and was judged based on content, creativity, results and effectiveness, quality of production, technical excellence, and appropriateness for the identified target audience. The original speech was presented at the Commencement ceremony held for the first graduating international MBA class from Franklin’s University’s program in Wroclaw, Poland.

At the recent IACBE Annual Conference in Kansas City, Drs. Ross Wirth and Gary Stroud presented “Trends in Business Education” and Dr. Pam Shay presented “State Authorization: Why it Matters to Business Education.” At the business session, Dr. Shay was elected to the position of Treasurer on the IACBE Board of Directors. Dr. Stroud also serves as the Vice-President for the Great Lakes Regional Assembly.

Dr. Kody Kuehnl has been appointed Chair of the Department of Social Sciences and Natural Sciences, in the College of Arts, Sciences & Technology. His extensive research experience involves the evolution, ecology, and conservation of aquatic organisms, with a keen focus on freshwater mussels. Dr. Kuehnl has completed nearly 30 publications and presentations on his research, prompting media attention from NationalGeographic.com, the Columbus Dispatch and National Public Radio. Dr. Kuehnl is a member on several Franklin committees and is involved with various community initiatives including volunteering at local schools and participation in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Teacher Advisory Committee.

Dr. Pam Shay and Danielle Buckius, Accreditation and Institutional Effectiveness, presented at the recent HLC Annual Conference in Chicago in March. Their session, titled ‘Maintaining Compliance for Multi-State Institutions: Developing Processes for Success’, provided tips for developing processes to assist institutions in obtaining and maintaining state authorizations, including data organization, legislation awareness, and effective communication with the greater university community.

Dr. Gail Baumlein presented the keynote address, Developing Leaders in Nursing: A Call to Action at the Ohio League for Nursing annual Education Summit, held in Dublin in March. The presentation included the role of nurse educators in meeting the goals of the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report, as nurse leaders and as educators of the next generation of nurses. Dr. Baumlein and Dr. Melissa Popovich also presented a poster entitled, ePortfolio: Using Technology to Assess Program Outcomes at the same conference. With over 200 attendees, the event is the largest nurse educator conference in Ohio, providing education and practice updates for educators from all levels of nursing programs.

Kathy Holloway, MA, MSN, PC, RN presented a poster titled, “Exploring Attitudes About Mental Illness and Psychiatric Nursing in Associate Degree Nursing Students” at the recent Ohio League for Nursing Education Summit. In addition to this recent presentation, Holloway plans a podium presentation of this quality improvement project at the University of Toledo College of Nursing Research Day in April.

Sonja Simpson, adjunct faculty member, has been chosen as one of Columbus Business First’s Forty Under 40 recipients for their 20th class of Central Ohio young professionals. The honorees will be honored at an awards program May 23 and recognized in the May 25 issue of Business First. The full article honoring this year’s recipients can be found at: http://www. bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2012/04/ business-first-announces-2012-forty.html.

Clifford Collins, ISO at Franklin, was elected to the position of Membership and Training Committee Chairman of the InfraGard Central Ohio Members Alliance. InfraGard is an FBI-sponsored, voluntary association of businesses, utilities, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies,. The organization is dedicated to sharing resources and actionable intelligence information for investigative purposes with the intent of preventing hostile acts against the critical infrastructure of the United States.

Dr. Gary Stroud co-authored a Cost-per-Hire standard with the Society of Human Resource Management as part of a project for the American National Standard Board. This standard is designed as a tool to allow an organization to determine accurate and comparable costs of recruitment through a standard algorithm to calculate the recruiting costs to be incorporated into cost-per-hire.

Dr. Doug Ross was invited to present at the 4th International Conference on Marketing of Higher Education Institutions. The theme of the conference was “Branding of Higher Education Institutions – 21st Century Challenges” and is held at the Poznan School of Banking. Dr. Ross’ presentation, co-written with Christine Allen, addressed the Art of Marketing, applying the strategy to his successful Faces of Franklin campaign.

Dr. Doug Ross was also invited to be a judge at the Society of Marketing Professional Services 2012 Marketing Awards. The program is designed to recognize and honor the talents of individuals and firms responsible for excellence in marketing communications for the AEC community.

April

Dr. Tim Reymann delivered a presentation on “Strategic Planning: Its Importance – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” at the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Yi Yang was elected as a board member for the Society of International Chinese in Educational Technology (SICET), a non-profit academic organization. The organization’s goal is to aggregate international Chinese scholars and experts in the field of educational technology to encourage academic cooperation and support among members.

Dr. Matt Barclay presented a poster at the annual conference for the Team-Based Learning Collaborative held in St Petersburg, Florida. The title of his poster was Team-Based Learning Online: Asynchronous Readiness Assurance Process.

Dr. Thomas Seiler, Department Chair of Accounting, Finance and Economics and Program Chair of Master of Science in Accounting has been appointed Vice Chairman of the Regional Conference Committee of the North American Institute of Internal Auditor’s (IIA) effective April 2012. The mission of the Regional Conference Committee is to provide oversight, support, and technical expertise to IIA chapters hosting regional conferences each year across the U.S.

Don Slobodien, MBA Adjunct, won first place at the 2012 Art at the Arnold, the art competition within the Arnold Sports Festival. Slobodien competed against 53 artists. His colored pencil drawing of a Krav Maga expert impressed Columbus businessman and noted arts patron, Ron Pizzuti, who served as this year’s judge. This was the third year of the Art at the Arnold competition and Slobodien’s first appearance.

The College of Health & Public Administration announced the selection of Dr. Gail Baumlein as the new Chair for the Department of Health. In her new capacity, Dr. Baumlein will also continue as Program Chair for Nursing. As Department Head, Dr. Baumlein will promote and support the vision and mission of Franklin University. Her primary responsibilities will include oversight of academic quality within the Department, guidance and support for faculty and related staff and acting as a key advisor to the College Dean.

Dr. Thomas Seiler, Chair, Accounting, Finance and Economics Department, and Chair, Master of Science in Accounting Program, was recently appointed to the Ohio CPA Foundation Programs Committee which is a state-wide committee of the Ohio Society of CPAs. The committee’s mission is to support accounting and financial literacy education, and programs to interested students in selecting accounting as their major to become future CPAs. The mission is accomplished through development of relationships with faculty and students at Ohio community colleges and other educational institutions.

March

Dr. Joel Gardner, Faculty, Department of Humanities & Communication Arts was selected as the outstanding 2011-12 Alumni Recent Graduate for the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Service. He will be honored at the college awards presentation and reception scheduled for Thursday, April 5. Dr. Doug Ross, Department Chair, Management & Marketing, and Program Chair, MBA, will be a judge at the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) 2012 Columbus Awards Program. Judging takes place the week of March 5. For more information visit: http://smpscolumbus.org/content. php?page=Awards_Program.

Dr. Isidoro Talavera, Lead Faculty, Department of Humanities & Communication Arts, chaired a discussion on, and responded to, the presentation “Seeing by Example: Moral Perception and Mental Modeling” by Charles Starkey of Clemson University at the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics meeting (March, 2012;  Cincinnati, Ohio).

Dr. Bob Barrett, Adjunct has presented a number of international (Asian) presentations for the following papers:
    "Creating Online Content with Real World Application by Designing and Implementing Online Practicums for Virtual and Physical Environments” at the 2012 Bangkok International Academic Conference in Bangkok, Thailand.  
    “Creating Virtual Portfolios to Develop and Design New Career Pathways to Lifelong Learning and Education “at the Tomorrow People Organization’s Seventh Annual Education and Development Conference, Bangkok, Thailand.
    “Creating Virtual Learning Applications in Human Resource Management Courses: Developing Organizational Training Programs with the ISD Approach” at the 2012 2nd International Conference on Applied Social Science in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
    “Creating and Implementing E-Portfolios for Lifelong Learning and Evaluation” at the 2012 3RD International Conference on e-Education, e-Business, e-Management and E-Learning- IC4E 2012 in Hong Kong.

Dr. Tom Hrubec, Program Chair, Accounting, and Dr. Karen Romanoff, Lead Faculty of the Criminal Justice Administration Program in the College of Health and Public Administration, will represent Franklin University on the planning committee for the annual Central Ohio Chapter of the Ohio Investigators Association's two-day November training event to promote International Fraud Awareness Week.  In addition to Franklin University, representatives from the State of Ohio Office of the Inspector General and the Ohio Ethics Commission also serve on this committee. 

Holly McFarland, Director of the Franklin University Center for Career Development, presented a session on Strategies for Career Success to the Central Ohio members of the Delta Gamma Sorority and their alumni group.  

Jeff Sefton, JD, LLM, Lead Accounting and Business Law Faculty was recognized as a "Rising Star" in Ohio by SuperLawyer Magazine for the third year in a row.  Candidates are first identified by their peers, and attorney-led teams then review the credentials of and evaluate identified candidates to arrive at the final list of honorees. Fewer than 2.5% of all Ohio lawyers are selected to receive this honor.

February 
The College of Health and Public Administration pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Gail Baumlein as the new Chair for the Department of Health.  In her new capacity, Dr. Baumlein will also continue as Program Chair for Nursing. As Department Head, Dr. Baumlein will promote and support the vision and mission of Franklin University.  Her primary responsibilities will include oversight of academic quality within the Department, guidance and support for faculty and related staff and acting as a key adviser to the College Dean.      

Dr. Thomas Seiler, Chair, Accounting, Finance and Economics Department, and  Chair, Master of Science in Accounting Program, was recently appointed to The Ohio CPA Foundation Programs Committee which is a state-wide committee of the Ohio Society of CPAs.  The committee’s mission is to support accounting and financial literacy education, and programs to interest students in selecting accounting as their major to become future CPAs.  The mission is accomplished through development of relationships with faculty and students at Ohio community colleges and other educational institutions.

Dr. Joel Gardner, Faculty, Department of Humanities & Communication Arts was selected as the outstanding 2011-12 Alumni Recent Graduate for the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Service. He will honored at the college awards presentation and reception scheduled for Thursday, April 5, 2012.

Dr. Doug Ross, Department Chair, Management & Marketing, and  Program Chair, MBA, will be a judge at the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) 2012 Columbus Awards Program. Judging takes place the week of March 5. For more  information visit:  http://smpscolumbus.org/content.php?page=Awards_Program

On Feb. 4, the Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club held the 16th annual Wendy’s Chili Open at the
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Pat Kemmer, Director of University Project Support Services,
chaired the fundraising event that supports nine Central Ohio Children’s Charities.
The event featured over 30,000 square feet of heated tents and pavilions in which to enjoy
food, drinks, live music, and silent auctions which raised over $200,000 for the charities. For more information, go to www.wendyschiliopen.com.

Todd Whittaker, Program Chair, Information Technology, and Information Security gave a talk at the 21st Annual Ohio Tax Conference on the topic of Sales Tax on Services and Multistate
Taxation of Software/Cloud Computing Providers and Users. A copy of the well-received
presentation can be found at: https://faculty.franklin.edu/todd-whittaker/files/2012/01/
Cloud-Computing-Presentation.pdf

January

The B.S. in Communications Major welcomes Chris Shirer, the founder and CEO of Madison & Fifth to its Program Advisory Board. Madison & Fifth is a digital agency providing creative and strategic marketing services to a diverse portfolio of clients located in several states.  Chris Shirer leads all business purpose and strategy work with clients and is the person who executes site reviews and competitive analyses. As the digital landscape evolves, she is responsible for helping clients determine which tools and tactics will have most impact and return best value.

Dr. Tim Reymann, Business Administration and Management Program Chair delivered a presentation to the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers & Engineers Foundation of Ohio on the topic of “Effective and Non-Effective Leadership Styles for Engineers.� Over
170 attended the presentation at the Fawcett Center for Tomorrow (OSU).

Adjunct faculty member Gary L. Sigrist, Jr., who also serves as the Safety Project Director for South-Western City Schools, presented on Food Defense Plans and Pandemic Planning to the 36 school districts of the Green River Regional Education Cooperative, in Bowling Green,
Kentucky.

2011

December 2011

Adjunct faculty member Gary L. Sigrist, Jr., who also serves as the Safety Project Director for South-Western City Schools, presented on Food Defense Plans and Pandemic Planning to the 36 school districts of the Green River Regional Education Cooperative, in Bowling Green, Kentucky. (December 14, 2011).

A paper written by Dr. Rob L. Wood (Computer Science Faculty and Instructional Design and Performance Technology Faculty), Todd Whittaker (Information Technology Program Chair), and Dr. Esmail Bonakdarian, titled “Designing Courses for Hybrid Instruction: Principles and Practiceâ€? was accepted for publication in The Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges and for presentation at the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC) South Central Conference 2012.

An article written by Christopher Tyner, Assistant Director of Student Services. The article, “Strategies for Success when Coping with Adversity in the Career Placement Process� was published November 30, 2011 in Student Affairs eNews.

October 2011
 

Dr. Isidoro Talavera, Lead Faculty, Department of Humanities & Communication Arts, had his paper, Beyond Ethical Codes: A Call for Critical Thinking in Religious Culture, accepted for publication in the Forum on Public Policy. The Forum on Public Policy is a prestigious Journal of the Oxford Round Table (that meets at Oxford University, England) that seeks to disseminate knowledge with regard to salient issues in public affairs. This includes research and policy advancement in both the public and private sectors that address government issues at state, national and international levels of discourse.

Dr. Younghee Jessie Kong, Faculty, M.S. in Instructional Design & Performance Technology and Instructional Design Faculty, Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics had her manuscript: A comparison of the practices used by human Resource development professionals to evaluate web-based and classroom-based training programs among Korean companies, accepted to be published in the journal, Human Resource Development International in February of 2012.

Dr. Alexander Heckman, Lead Faculty of Franklin University's Public Administration Program presented “So, We’re an Economic Force…Now How Do I Get Others to Pay Attention? How to communicate your value to the community� at the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations (OANO) and the Attorney General’s Joint Nonprofit Conference.

Dr. Charles Saunders, Accounting Lead Faculty, successfully defended his dissertation and passed the final oral examination for the degree Doctor of Philosophy at The Ohio State University. The degree will be conferred at Commencement on Dec. 11, 2011. Dr. Saunders’ dissertation is titled, “Native American Tribal Colleges and Universities: Issues and Problems Impacting Students in the Achievement of Educational Goals.�

Dr. Joel Garnder, Instructional Design Faculty, Department of Humanities & Communication Arts was recently published in the International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning. To view the article, click here: http://itdl.org/Journal/May_11/May_11.pdf.

Erica Day, Software Application Analyst, placed first in the Area 13 Toastmaster’s “Table Topicsâ€? speech contest and finished second in the “Humorousâ€? speech contest. A member of the downtown Columbus “Breakfast Clubâ€? Toastmasters club, Erica’s question for the Area Table Topic was “If you are allowed to do one thing all day, with no fear of any consequences - what would that be?â€? Erica wowed the audience and the judges by using her singing talent to answer the question impromptu. Erica will move on to the next level of Table Topics speech competition, the Division level, on Oct. 22.

September 2011

Donald Slobodien, MBA Adjunct Professor, presented “Can You Tweet A Grant Proposal?�to the Grant Professionals Association Southwest Ohio Conference on Sept. 28, 2011, in Yellow Springs. The focus was on communicating while writing very concisely. An encore performance has been requested by the Grant Professionals Association - Miami Valley Chapter in 2012.

At the IACBE Region 4 conference, Gary Stroud, Program Chair for the Franklin University Undergraduate and Graduate level Human Resource Management Programs  was elected Vice-President (President-elect for AY12-13) after having served as Region Secretary in the past. Franklin faculty also facilitated three of the six presentations at this conference.

August 2011

As an inducted member of the Oxford Round Table, Dr. Isidoro Talavera, Lead Faculty, Department of Humanities and Communication Arts, was selected again this year from a select group of world scholars to present a paper at Oxford University from August 6 to 15. The title of his presentation was "Beyond Ethical Codes: A Call for Critical Thinking in Religious Culture."

As Chair of a separate session at the Oxford Round Table Forum, Dr. Isidoro Talavera responded to, and led the discussion about, the presentation: "The Dome in Christian and Islamic Sacred Architecture": Presenter: Dr. Theresa Grupico, Professor, Monmouth University, NJ.

Evelyn Levino, Vice President for Institutional Compliance & Government Relations, was selected to serve as a peer reviewer for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators’ Standards of Excellence program, which conducts objective evaluations of institutions’ financial aid operations to help schools ensure regulatory compliance, limit the risk of liabilities, and assess their effectiveness. It also provides strategic recommendations for achieving excellence, including ways to deliver financial aid funds in a cost-effective manner, maximizing resources and advising on best practices, benchmarking, electronic services, customer service, and other student services.

Dr. Ronald Hartung, Computer Science Program Chair, presented a paper titled “Ontology Reconsidered� at the 15th International Conference on Knowledge-Based and Intelligent Information & Engineering Systems (KES-2011) in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Dr. Martina Peng, Financial Planning Program Chair, offered a presentation titled “Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees: Cash Flow and Spending Plans in the Real World� at the New Directions Career Center.

Dr. Leslie Mathew, Healthcare Management Program Chair, will serve as a moderator for a panel discussion hosted by the Greater Ohio Healthcare Leaders’ Forum (an independent chartered chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives) titled “Globalization of Healthcare: Medical Tourism.â€?  The panelists will include Dr. Joyce Johnson, Vice President of Health Sciences at Batelle; Rudy Rupak, CEO of Planet Hospital; and Helen Kate Liebelt, President of the Chicago Health Executives Forum.

Dr. Wendell Seaborne, MBA Lead Faculty, has been selected for induction into the GLO-BUS Hall of Fame as a Master Professor, one of 74 chosen out of nearly 2,600 registered instructors. This designation acknowledges and celebrates professors, instructors, and simulation facilitators whose students deliver superior performance in GLO-BUS, a global business simulation designed by McGraw-Hill to educate students in business strategy.

Dr. Garry McDaniel, Associate Dean for the Center for Professional Training and Development, offered his “Aligning Leadership Practice� presentation to the Central Ohio Association of Government Accountants.

Dr. Esmail Bonakdarian, Computing Sciences and Mathematics Lead Faculty, presented a paper titled “The Use of Evolutionary Algorithms in the Analysis of Economics Experiments� at the 2011 International Conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Methods In Las Vegas, in conjunction with the International WORLDCOMP 2011 conference.

Dr. Chunbo Chu, Computer Science Lead Faculty, co-authored a paper titled “Work in Progress: Online Teaching and Learning Strategies for Programming-Intensive Courses� that will be presented at the 2011 Frontiers in Education Conference in Rapid City, S.D., in October.

Christine Allen, MBA Program Coordinator, has successfully completed the exams for Microsoft certifications and is now a Microsoft Office Specialist in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

June 2011

Dr. Brenda Jones, Communications Program Chair, was appointed Vice President of Communications for the Columbus chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

Dr. Suzan Waller, Lead Faculty, offered her presentation “Ready or Not, Here I Come – How to Welcome Unexpected Job or Career Change� to the Scioto Ridge Job Networking Group.

Dr. Yi Yang, Instructional Design Faculty, has been invited to serve on the grants review panel for the National Science Foundation (NSF), which drew on Dr. Yang’s expertise in reviewing grant proposals related to innovative technology experiences for students and teachers. She attended the first NFS panel review meeting in June in Arlington, Va. 

Dr. Gail Baumlein, Nursing Program Chair, serves as a Governor-at-Large of the National League for Nursing’s Board of Governors and recently joined her fellow board members in a visit to Capitol Hill. They met with senators and representatives from their respective states with the purpose of advocating increased funding for Title VIII (nursing workforce development programs) and Title VII (funding for health professions programs), both under the Public Health Service Act.

Dr. Ronald Hartung, Computer Science Program Chair, had a paper titled "Ontology Reconsidered" accepted for presentation at the 15th International Conference on Knowledge-Based and Intelligent Information & Engineering Systems.

Dr. Wendell Seaborne, MBA Lead Faculty, was the featured speaker at the Hamilton County Leadership Academy’s closing retreat. The topic of his presentation was "How to Be an Effective Leader."

Dr. Yuerong Sweetland, Director of Assessment, made a presentation titled "Assessing and Comparing Learning: Face-to-Face and Online" at the first annual Conference of Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE) in Lexington, Ky.

Dr. Isidoro Talavera, Department of Humanities & Communication Arts Lead Faculty, has received an invitation to attend a special session of the Oxford Round Table on Religion (Christian and Muslims) at Oxford University in England to present his paper "Beyond Ethical Codes: A Call for Critical Thinking in Religious Culture."

Brad Bradford, Adjunct Faculty, offered a communication/public speaking workshop to the Union County Chamber of Commerce.

May 2011

Dr. Gail Baumlein, Nursing Program Chair, presented the keynote address at the annual Ohio Organization of Practical Nurse Educators (OOPNE) held in Dublin. Her three-hour presentation was titled “Nurse Educator Toolbox: Practical Tips and Tools for the Busy Educator.� She presented active teaching strategies, methods for using technology in the classroom, and multiple methods to engage learners to more than 200 Ohio nurse educators and program deans/directors in attendance.

Thomas McClain, Social & Natural Sciences Interim Department Chair, recently served as a judge for the “Invention Convention� at COSI, a competition for Franklin County students from kindergarten through eighth grade that inspires them to create and problem-solve while developing their inventions.

Dr. Michelle Buchberger, Interdisciplinary Studies Program Chair, has accepted an invitation from the Board of the Association of Integrative Studies (AIS) to serve as co-coordinator to develop and pilot the AIS-sponsored Honor Society. AIS is the national organization associated with the field of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Dr. Brenda Jones, Organizational Communication Program Chair, offered her presentation “Social Media and Authentic Communication� to the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

Paul Rusinko, Research Associate; Kris Coble, Research Associate; and Dr. Jan Lyddon, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, made three presentations at the annual Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Forum in Toronto.

The first, “Improving Student Success,� presented an overview of how the University has used a data-informed approach in developing its plan for the Student Success Core Team. The second, “Looking Inward and Outward: Using Institutional Data and National Survey Results to Inform and Shape a Revised Academic Advising Model,� discussed how key institutional student success data and relevant national survey results helped to inform, shape, and guide the development and transition to the University’s new academic advising model. The third, featured in a Targeted Affinity Group on retention and graduation, was titled “When IPEDS Fall Short: Developing an Inclusive Graduation Rate Methodology for an Adult-Serving Institution.�

At the conclusion of the Targeted Affinity Group sessions, all three were featured on a panel to respond to questions and discussion by the audience. The AIR Forum is the premier event and the largest annual conference for IR professionals.

Dr. Dawn Snyder, M.S. in Instructional Design & Performance Technology Program Chair, presented “Best Practices for Lesson Planning� to the Ohio Cosmetology Careers Teachers Association.

Dr. Leslie Mathew, Healthcare Management Program Chair, chaired a panel discussion for healthcare executives of the Columbus, Cincinnati, and Dayton areas on “Electronic Health Record Implementation: Strategies for Success.� The panelists included the Chief Information Officer of The Ohio State University Health System and the Chief Medical Information Officers of Ohio Health, Mount Carmel Health System, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and was moderated by the Director of Data Services for the Ohio Hospital Association.

Dr. Esmail Bonakdarian, Computer Science Lead Faculty, had an article titled “The Use of Evolutionary Algorithms in the Analysis of Economics Experiments� accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Methods and will be presented at the conference in Las Vegas.

Dr. Brenda Jones, Organizational Communication Program Chair, offered her “Social Media and Authentic Communication� presentation to the Union County Chamber of Commerce on May 12.

Ray Waite, adjunct faculty, spoke to the Central Ohio Association of Government Accountants on May 11, focusing on the topic “The Lucky Leader.�

 

April 2011


Dr. Dawn Snyder, M.S. in Instructional Design & Performance Technology Program Chair, presented “Strategies for Developing a Contemporary Training Curriculum” as part of an International Society for Performance Improvement Skillcast Webinar.

Adjunct faculty Harlan Schottenstein made a presentation about “Cyber Culture/Pop Culture and Technology” to the Polaris Chapter of the IAAP on April 29.

On April 21, adjunct faculty Joe Altieri spoke to the Dublin Chamber of Commerce about “Marketing Your Business on a Limited Budget.”

Dr. Daniel Seward, Humanities & Communication Arts Lead Faculty, made a presentation on the importance of proper grammar to the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) Dublin Chapter on April 20.

Public Relations Adjunct Faculty Jaron Terry was named the Tom Poling Practitioner of the Year by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Central Ohio Chapter at its recent Prism Award Ceremony.  Terry was selected for having enhanced the public relations profession and contributed to the mission of PRSA and the Central Ohio Chapter, most notably for her leadership in commemorating the chapter’s 60th anniversary. She also received an award for her writing, which has been recognized over the years with several Prism Awards. Terry is an independent public relations and marketing consultant specializing in strategic planning, media relations, and marketing communications in business-to-business, high technology, and healthcare.

Dr. Barbara Airulla, Arts, Sciences & Technology Adjunct Faculty, presented a paper titled “The Changing Higher Education Landscape: Challenges and Opportunities for Art Education” at the National Art Education Association’s annual convention in Seattle. The conference theme of creativity, imagination, and innovation was highlighted in Dr. Airulla’s presentation as she discussed examples of infusing visual art and creativity into her Franklin courses.

Dr. Bob Barrett, Adjunct Faculty, presented a paper titled “Strategic Tools for Students With Disabilities: Creating and Implementing E-Learning Opportunities in the Virtual Learning Environment” at the INTED 2011 (International Technology, Education, and Development) Conference in Valencia, Spain. He also presented a paper titled “Virtual Exchanges in Online Learning: Developing Best Teaching Practices and Strategies” at the first Global Conference on Experiential Learning in Virtual Worlds in Prague, Czech Republic, where he also chaired a panel discussion on Virtual Tools and Tactics in Virtual Learning.

The article “Face-to-Face Experiences for Online Students: Effective, Efficient, and Engaging Hybrid Classes” by Todd Whittaker, Information Technology Program Chair, and Dr. Esmail Bonakdarian, Computing Sciences and Mathematics Lead Faculty, was presented by Dr. Bonakdarian at the Fourth Annual Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Southwest Conference at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Dr. Garry McDaniel, Associate Dean of the Center for Professional Training & Development, offered a presentation titled “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Dogs – And What We Should Learn From Them” to the International Association of Administrative Professionals. He also presented to an Ohio State Auditor’s conference on the topic of “Leading Through Conflict.”

Dr. Pam Shay, Vice President of Accreditation & Institutional Effectiveness, made a presentation titled “State Authorization Issues for Multi-State Institutions” at the 2011 Higher Learning Commission Annual Conference in Chicago.

Dr. Thomas Seiler, Department Chair for Accounting, Finance, & Economics and Program Chair for the M.S. in Accounting, has been appointed to a panel of three judges for consideration of nominations in the first Top Corporate Counsel awards program being conducted by Columbus Business First and the Central Ohio Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding in-house corporate attorneys in Central Ohio. Dr. Seiler’s experience in this area includes practicing as a corporate attorney for Bank One Corporation (JPMorgan Chase) from 1998 to 2002. Dr. Seiler practiced law in the areas of commercial real estate, procurement of goods and services, and retail banking and credit card compliance.

In 2008, Patrick Bennett, Executive Director of Campus Services, co-founded TeamDynamixHE, a higher education project portfolio management advisory group with a colleague from Syracuse University and just completed his term as chair of the group, a title he’s held since its inception.  The group recently held its first face-to-face meeting at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, at which Bennett delivered a presentation on the differences in project portfolio management in higher education vs. corporate environments. TeamDynamixHE now consists of more than 15 universities from across North America, including Carnegie Mellon University, The Ohio State University, the University of Texas, Syracuse University, Iowa State University, and Brigham Young University. For more information, visit www.TeamDynamixHE.com.

Marnie Glanner, Executive Director of the Indianapolis Location, had a letter to the editor [LINK to http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011104050312] published in the Indianapolis Star on April 5 commenting on Ivy Tech Community College’s ability to form unique partnerships to benefit its students.

March 2011

Dr. Dawn Snyder, M.S. in Instructional Design & Performance Technology Program Chair,
offered a presentation titled “Consulting Skills: The Information Gathering Interview” to the Nationwide Financial Sales Development team.

Dr. Souren Soumbatiants, Finance Program Chair, and Phyllis Duryee, Global Issues Lead Faculty, presented a seminar titled “The Countries and Regions of the Caucasus” for the Columbus Council on World Affairs Great Decisions Program.

Dr. Thomas Seiler, Accounting, Finance, and Economics Program Chair and M.S. in Accounting Program Chair, has been appointed Vice Chairman of the North American Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Regional Conference Committee, effective in April.  The mission of the Regional Conference Committee is to provide oversight, support, and technical expertise to IIA chapters hosting regional conferences each year across the country. Dr. Seiler’s experience in this area includes chairing a successful three-day IIA regional conference in Columbus in 2008, and he is currently assisting the Pittsburgh IIA Chapter as it prepares to host a four-day regional conference in November.

Christine Kurth, Director of University Information Systems, has been elected President of the Datatel Users Group (DUG).

Dr. Jessie Kong, Instructional Design and Performance Technology faculty member, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Korean Academy of Human Resource Development in America (KAHRDA). The mission of KAHRDA is to enhance members’ research of human resource development (HRD); encourage a collaborative relationship with the Korean government, companies, colleges, academic conferences, and research centers for HRD research projects; and contribute to HRD theory and practice.

Dr. Michael Posey, Public Relations Program Chair, had an op-ed article titled “Teaching the PR Pros of Tomorrow” published in PR Week.

Tracy Austin, Director of Student Coaching Services, offered a presentation on “Career Coach Assistance” during the Upper Arlington Public Library’s Job Help Week.

Dr. Tim Reymann, Management Program Chair, offered his “Business Ethics” presentation to the Columbus Chapter of the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters Society.

Dr. Brenda Jones, Organizational Communication Program Chair, made a presentation titled “Social Media: Preserve Your Authentic Self” to the Central Ohio Organization of Public Purchasers (CO-OPP).  She gave a second presentation a few days later to the same group titled “Communication Trend-Watch” to the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Jones will present a webinar titled “Teaching Adult Learners” for the nonprofit organization Connect Your Community (CYC), a federally and locally funded internet adoption project that has helped 26,000 disadvantaged individuals understand how to use the internet.

Dr. Garry McDaniel, Associate Dean for the Center for Professional Training & Development, offered his “Conflict to Cooperation” presentation to the Central Ohio Organization of Public Purchasers on March 15.

February 2011

On February 5, the Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club held the 15th annual Wendy’s Chili Open at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.  Pat Kemmer, Director of Franklin's Project Support Services, was chairman of this fundraising event that supports nine Central Ohio Children’s Charities.  Jack Hanna served as the Honorary Chairperson of the event and was on hand at the event to assist Pat in welcoming over 2,500 attendees to the event which raised over $200,000 for the nine charities.  For more information, go to www.wendyschiliopen.com.

Dr. Jessie Kong, Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics design faculty, presented her research paper, "A comparison of the practices used by human resource development professionals to evaluate web-based and classroom-based training programs within seven Korean companies” at the 2011 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas in Schaumberg, IL.


Adjunct faculty member Vanessa Chappelear will have examples of her work displayed at the Annual Juried Art Exhibit "Sanctuaries in Time" at Columbia University’s Kraft Center for Jewish Life in New York. The exhibition, created by the Jewish Women Artists Network, will run through March 1 and includes 54 works from 40 artists all over the country.  Chappelear is an American artist who has developed an international, contemporary, and interdisciplinary approach to her career. She has made it a part of her life’s work to travel and learn from practicing artists from around the world.

Holly McFarland, Director of the Center for Career Development, led a discussion on “Taking Ownership of Your Career Path” at a Young Professionals Networking Event at the Franklin Dublin location. The event was sponsored by Next Gen Dublin Young Professionals Group, the Union County Young Professionals, and the Young Professionals of Worthington.

Collaborative research conducted by Dr. Kody Kuehnl, Natural Sciences Lead Faculty, was featured in National Geographic’s “Inside Wild Blog." The article, titled “Freshwater Mussels in Peril,” features a research project between the Ohio State University, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, the United States Fish & Wildlife Service, Columbus Metroparks, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources-Division of Wildlife that involves the release of a federally endangered species of freshwater mussel, the Northern Riffleshell, into Big Darby Creek.

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Christopher Washington, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the International Visitors Council of Columbus (IVC).  IVC is the Columbus organization officially charged with executing the mission of the State Department in Central Ohio. 

Dr. Garry McDaniel, Associate Dean for the Center for Professional Training & Development, made a presentation and led an interactive discussion on how emotional intelligence can help enhance professional and business success to the Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce.

Adjunct faculty member Brad Bradford offered his “Communications Workshop” presentation to the Dublin Chamber of Commerce and to the Central Ohio Association of Government Accountants.

Dr. Brenda Jones, Organizational Communication Program Chair, made a presentation titled “Communication Trend-Watch: 2012” to the Central Ohio Association of Government Accountants.

Dr. Gary Stroud, Human Resources Management Program Chair, offered his “Mentoring” presentation to the Greater Columbus Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants.

Adjunct faculty members Donald Slobodien and Glenn Beebe were named Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award recipients during the University's 136th Commencement Ceremony. The Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award is determined each trimester by Franklin’s graduating class. Students select a faculty member who challenged them intellectually and guided them in finding the significance of course content as it related to them both professionally and personally. The graduate and undergraduate faculty members receiving the most nominations are identified for this honor.  Robert L. Bailey, retired CEO and Chairman of State Auto Insurance Companies, is a past Chairman of Franklin’s Board of Trustees.

The Office of Teaching Effectiveness has designed the Promising New Adjunct Faculty Award to enhance professional growth and recognize Franklin University’s newest adjunct faculty members who have shown the most promise for a rewarding teaching career with the University. All adjunct faculty members teaching in their first trimester are eligible to receive the award, presented the following trimester. The award criteria consists of ISFL 690 instructor feedback, student ratings and feedback, and Lead Faculty feedback. There were several eligible individuals for Summer 2010 Trimester, but the two individuals who received the highest recommendations and were presented with the award were Denise Gaitten and Bethany Vanderson.

Dr. Redd Branner, Public Safety Management Program Chair, has been appointed to the board of Imagine Schools of Columbus and will serve a one-year appointment.  He was also selected to the board of the United Way of Central Ohio Disaster & Emergency Results Committee and will serve as an emergency management subject matter expert and consultant. In addition, Dr. Branner had a case study proposal accepted by the Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration.

Joel Gardner, an Instructional Design Faculty member in the Department of Humanities and Communication Arts, successfully defended his dissertation, earning his Ph.D. Gardner earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences from Utah State University.

An article co-authored by Dr. Esmail Bonakdarian, Computer Science Lead Faculty, was accepted for publication by the journal Economics Research International. The article, co-written by Dr. Hans J. Czap and Dr. Natalia V. Czap, is titled “Walk the Talk? The Effect of Voting and Excludability in Public Goods Experiments.”

Adjunct faculty member Cecil Jones presented and facilitated the 2011 Strategic Analysis Session for the Franklin County Data Center IT Organization, focusing on future technology usages.

Dr. Thomas Seiler attended an Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) meeting of the North American Board in Orlando.  Dr. Seiler is a member of the Regional Conference Committee of the North American Board.  He has been nominated to be Chair of the Regional Conference Committee with final selection to take place in April 2011.

Dr. Dave Welch traveled to Washington, DC where he presented his research findings regarding OSHA-investigated whistleblower outcomes to a committee appointed by Congress.  The committee has been directed to perform a “top-to-bottom review” of OSHA’s investigation process.  Currently, Dr. Welch serves on the Advisory Board of Voices for Corporate Responsibility, a national whistleblower support group based in Washington, DC. 

Dr. Beverly Smith was a contributing author to a Polish article on Stock Trading on the Internet.

Dr. Yi Yang presented her qualitative research “Designing for cyber-learning: Improving instructional designers’ collaboration” at the American Educational Communications and Technology International Conference in Anaheim, California.  She also presented a second paper where she collaborated with scholars from Cleveland State University and National University of Tainan in Taiwan.  The second paper was titled “Instructional technology: A multi-disciplinary field of study.” 

Dr. Jessie Kong, Accounting, Finance, and Economics design faculty, presented her research paper "Establishing a Comprehensive Model of Cost Analysis of Web-based Training Programs based on a Systems Approach” at E-Learn 2010--World Conference in Orlando, Florida. 

Dr. Martina Peng recently attended the annual Financial Planning Association conference in Denver, CO.  Information and industry updates from the conference will be integrated into the financial planning curriculum.

Dr. Reymann attended the Magna Curriculum Mapping Webinar presented by Peter Wolf of the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. 

Dr. Yi Yang reviewed a new book on Web 2.0 based E-learning for the American Journal of Distance Education, a prestigious journal in distance education.  The book review will be published in Volume 25 Issue 1 in 2011. 

Dr. Barbara Fennema had the opportunity to travel to China to teach in mid-October.  The interaction provided a time of broadened learning experiences and application to course work.  It also enhances cultural understanding as Franklin moves to more international locations in that country and Dr. Fennema can share her experiences with other faculty.

Dr. Thomas Seiler attended the annual fall meeting of the Accounting Program Leadership Group (APLG) consisting of Department Chairs from universities across Ohio.  Topics discussed included:

  • Student Recruiting and Employment Outlook
  • Leadership Models for Chairs
  • Giving Negative Feedback to Faculty
  • Funding Dilemmas: Attracting and Retaining Quality Students and Faculty
  • Emerging Issues in the Profession 

Dr. Yi Yang was appointed the Assistant Director of Research and Public Relations for the Society of International Chinese in Educational Technology.

Dr. Beverly Smith did a presentation to the Ohio Communication Association on using Social Media (Blogs) for Peer Review.

Dr. Gary Stroud participated in a focus group comprised of Human Resource faculty from colleges around the country.  The purpose of the group was to look at ways that HR instruction could be improved.  Dr. Ross Wirth participated in a similar focus group for International Business. 

Dr. Beverly Smith attended the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) conference on Internet Marketing in Las Vegas.

Dr. Jessie Kong, Accounting, Finance, and Economics Department design faculty, had a paper accepted for presentation at the 2011 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas to be held in Chicago. The paper is titled “A comparison of the practices used by human resource development professionals to evaluate web-based and classroom-based training programs within seven Korean companies.”

Barry Adams, Global Studies and Public Relations Adjunct Faculty, was recently appointed to a three-year term as a member of the Circleville City Schools Foundation Board of Directors.

Dr. Kody Kuehnl, Natural Sciences Lead Faculty, gave a presentation titled “A State of Some Unionids Address: Phylogenetic Relationships in an Imperiled Group of Freshwater Mussels (Genus Villosa)” at the fourth annual Ohio (River) Valley Unified Malacologists meeting at the Museum of Biological Diversity at The Ohio State University.


Franklin University Communications Coordinator Jonathan Knight recently had his seventh book, "Summer of Shadows" published by Clerisy Press.  The book recreates the summer in Cleveland, Ohio when the Indians battled for the pennant and the Dr. Sam Sheppard tragedy unfolded.


Director of University Information Systems, Christine Kurth was elected President of the Datatel Users’ Group Governing Board, an international group with members from hundreds of colleges and universities that are Datatel clients.


Dr. Martina Peng, Financial Planning Program Chair, was awarded the designation Certified Financial Planner (CFP) by the Certified Financial Planning Board of Standards, Inc. The CFP designation is the most prestigious award in the financial planning industry, obtained by passing a certification exam and meeting education and experience requirements.


Christi Cabungcal, Vice President for Human Resources, volunteered as a part of the Mid-Ohio Foodbank's 2010 Kitchen Cabinet Leadership Panel.  As a result of this group, 200 campaigns joined the 2010 Operation Feed effort.

October 2010

Elizabeth MacLeish
, Administrative Assistant to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, was the featured speaker at the month meeting of the Circleville chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), discussing collegiate alumni travel programs.

Dr. Tom Hrubec, Accounting Program Chair, made a presentation titled “Forensic Accounting – The Essentials” at the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Professional Development Conference hosted by the federal government component of the Greater Columbus Chapter of the AGA.

Dr. Younghee Jessie Kong, Accounting & Finance Design Faculty, made a presentation titled “Establishing a Comprehensive Model of Cost Analysis of Web-Based Training Programs Based on a Systems Approach” at E-Learn 2010 – the World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, held in Orlando.

Adjunct faculty Sharon DeLay was elected Vice President of Professional Development for the Human Resources Association of Central Ohio (HRACO), the Society for Human Resource Management-affiliated professional organization for human resources professionals in Central Ohio. Her team is responsible for professional development activities, including workshops, legal conferences, and special interest groups for HRACO members.

Dr. Suzan Waller, Lead Faculty, gave a presentation titled “Career Change” to the Heart of Ohio Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals on Oct. 14.

Jennifer Hom, Adjunct Faculty, was named Managing Director of Investments for the Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS) in Santa Ana, Calif. Prior to joining OCERS, Hom served as the Chief Investment Officer for the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System.

Dan Orzano has joined the Advisory Board for the Organizational Communication Major. He is a member of the corporate communications staff at Nationwide, where he counsels internal clients and manages a myriad of public relations programs. He also coordinates the department’s college internship program.

On Oct. 12, a group of international professors met in Poland at the Wroclaw School of Banking (WSB) to develop the European version of the Financial and Managerial Accounting course for the WSB-MBA Program. The development team was composed of Dr. Debra Petrizzo and Dr. Lou Anne Manning from Franklin University, and professors from the Wroclaw School of Banking and the University of Economics in Bratislava. The group focused its curriculum development efforts on the following topics: the course development process used by Franklin to develop courses, the purpose of the MBA program, differences in accounting practices between the United States and European Union, and the content (both breadth and depth) for the accounting course.

Dr. Redd Branner, Safety, Security & Emergency Management and Public Safety Management Program Chair, graduated from the United Way of Central Ohio’s Project Diversity Program. This eight-month program provides minority professionals with training to enhance their leadership skills and enable them to serve effectively on non-profit boards within the community.

Ray Waite, Adjunct Faculty, offered his “Résumé Tune-Up” presentation to the Central Ohio Association of Government Accountants (AGA) on Oct. 7.

Adjunct Faculty Brad Bradford had a letter to the editor published in the New York Times on Oct. 5 focusing on the possibility of a third major American political party.

Franklin was represented at the 74th Annual Ohio Communication Association Conference, held Oct. 1-2 at Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio. The theme of the conference was “Interdisciplinary, Interdependence & Collaboration,” and two panel presentations, created by Dr. Brenda Jones, Organizational Communication Program Chair, were featured:

  • “Interdisciplinary Studies and Communication Serve Students Through Collaboration,” presented by Dr. Michelle Buchberger, Interdisciplinary Studies Program Chair, Julie Souder, Interdisciplinary Studies student and Adjunct Coordinator, and Dr. Brenda Jones.
  • A session titled “Collaborating to Enhance Student Learning: Using Social Media in PR, Marketing, and Communication Courses” was presented by Dr. Beverly Smith, eMarketing Program Chair; Jessica Hamlin, Public Relations Adjunct Instructor and PR professional with Kegler, Brown, Hill, and Ritter; and Dr. Brenda Jones.  

Dr. Thomas Richards, Computer Science Adjunct Instructor, co-authored a monograph that will be published by the Auxiliary Markings Group titled “Private Auxiliary Markings on Hollywood Fan Mail” and covers all the known markings applied by movie studio mail rooms on fan mail.

Dr. Yuerong Sweetland, Director of Assessment offered a presentation titled “Ensuring Improvement and Accountability: Development and Implementation of a Learning Outcome Assessment Program for Comparative Examinations of Face-to-Face and Online Learning” at the IACBE Great Lakes Regional Conference in Chicago.

September 2010

On Sunday, September 19, Franklin University celebrated its 135th Commencement.  Along with honoring the graduates, Franklin also recognized Warren Jeffrey Sefton and Dean Blackstone from its faculty as recipients of the distinguished Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award. The Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award is determined each trimester by Franklin’s graduating class. Students select a faculty member who challenged them intellectually and guided them in finding the significance of course content as it related to them both professionally and personally. The graduate and undergraduate faculty members receiving the most nominations are identified for this honor.  Robert L. Bailey, retired CEO and Chairman of State Auto Insurance Companies, is a past Chairman of Franklin’s Board of Trustees.

Dr. Yi Yang, Accounting & Finance Design Faculty, and Dr. Michelle Buchberger, Interdisciplinary Studies Program Chair, have received confirmation that their manuscript “Assessing General Education Outcomes Across Programs” has been accepted for publication in The Handbook of Research on Practices and Outcomes in Virtual Worlds and Environments. It will be published by IGI Global in late 2010 or early 2011. The chapter was written in collaboration with Dr. Harrison Yang from the State University of New York.

A manuscript titled “Human Resource Management Systems and Firm Performance” co-authored by Dr. Karen Ferguson, Applied Management Program Chair, and Dr. T.G. Rieo from Florida International University was published in volume 29 of The Journal of Management Development.
A book written by adjunct faculty member Christine D. Myers titled University Coeducation in the Victorian Era: Inclusion in the United States and the United Kingdom has been published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Adjunct faculty member Jo Macek had an article titled “Stop! Thief! The Theft of Community Treasures: How One Small Museum Dealt With Artifact Theft” published in Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals. She also made a presentation at the Arizona Career and Technical Education 2010 Summer Conference titled “Rigor, Relevance, Relationship: Making General Education Courses Significant.”

Dr. Brenda Jones, Organizational Communication Program Chair, has been named as the new instructor for the Ohio Fire Executive Program (OFE) Leadership Communication training in the areas of Presenting and Listening Skills. The OFE, created and administered by the Ohio Fire & Emergency Services Foundation, is an executive development program that assesses, enhances, and refines the leadership qualities of fire chiefs and develops “bench strength” in high potential senior officers who can move into positions of greater responsibility.

August 2010

Dr. Dawn Snyder
was invited to join the Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) Governance Committee of the International Society for Performance Improvement. This committees plays a key role in coordinating the ongoing upgrades and expansion of certification and accreditation programs for Human Performance Technology (HPT).

Dr. Belal A. Kaifi, Adjunct Professor of Global issues, had an article published in the Journal of Applied Business and Economics.  The title of the article is "A Study of Management Skills With Indian Respondents:  Comparing Their Technical, Human, and Conceptual Scores Based on Gender."

Dr. David Welch, Forensic Accounting and Business Forensics Program Chair, was appointed President of the Central Ohio Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners for the July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011 term.

Dr. Isidoro Talavera, Philosophy Lead Faculty, presented a paper titled "Science Contra Religion:  Experiential, Epistemic, and Modal Limitations" at a Round Table session at the University of Oxford in England in England on July 27.  Additionally, he was awarded a prestigious full membership in the Round Table.

Dr. Ronald L. Hartung, Computer & Information Sciences Program Chair, made a presentation with Anne Hakannsson titled "Automatically Creating Multi-Hierarchies" at WorldCamp 2010 in Las Vegas.

Wayne Miller, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, earned a Professional Certificate in Campus Sustainability Leadership at the University of Vermont. The program teaches participants how to integrate sustainability across the curriculum and campus operations and bring about change through transformative, financially sustainable innovations at their institutions.

Ray Waite, Adjunct Faculty, offered his "Successful Project Management" presentation to the Central Ohio Association of Government Accountants.  Dr. Tim Reymann, Management Program Chair, presented on the topic of "Strategic Planning."  

Dr. Brenda Jones, Chair of Organizational Communication at Franklin, is giving (gave) a presentation on Effective Written Communication to the R&D unit of the Columbus Police Department.

Dr. Ronald Hartung, Computer Information Sciences Division Chair, co-edited the book Agent and Multi-Agent Technology for Internet and Enterprise Systems along with Professor Anne Hakansson of Stockholm University and Professor Ngoc Thanh Nguyen of the Wroclaw University of Technology. Dr. Hartung also authored a chapter in the book, titled “Service Oriented Architecture and Agents: Parallels and Opportunities.”  In the same book, Dr. Chunbo Chu, Computer Science Lead Faculty, coauthored a chapter titled “Mobile Agents and Eventually Perfect Predicate Detection: An Intelligent General Approach to Monitoring Distributed Systems.”

Dr. Yi Yang, Accounting & Finance Design Faculty, had a paper titled “Designing for Cyberlearning – Improving Collaborations in Team Design” accepted for presentation in a concurrent session at the Association of American Educational Communications & Technology Conference in Anaheim, Calif. With her co-authors, she will also present another paper titled “Instructional Technology: A Multidisciplinary Field of Study.”

Dr. Doug Ross, Program Chair of the Master of Science in Marketing & Communication (MCM) and MBA Programs, has been named the 2010 Outstanding Marketing Educator by the Central Ohio Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA). Each year, the Columbus AMA honors one individual as Marketing Educator of the Year, based upon nominations submitted from the community. The award is given to the nominee that has done the most to further marketing education in Central Ohio. Dr. Ross championed efforts to modernize the MCM curriculum to provide a level of innovation that would position marketing and communication students as thought leaders in their fields. In addition to being named the 2010 recipient, Dr. Ross is the only person to be given this award more than once, having been honored a record four times 1999, 2005, 2008, and 2010.

Dr. Jan Lyddon, Kris Coble, and Paul Rusinko offered a presentation titled "The First Step is a DEWZ: Using Data in a Way That Informs Strategic Decisions and Actions and Encourages Interdepartmental Cooperation" at the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Forum in Chicago. The presentation featured the process of creating the DEWZ report by the Retention Data Team (which includes Christopher Fields, Jason Howard, and Dr. Yuerong Sweetland) and the discussions and positive responses to it by Dr. Christopher Washington, Dr. Pam Shay, and members of Franklin’s faculty. Dr. Lyddon also co-presented a day-long workshop at the Forum of Balanced Scorecards in Higher Education: Developing and Using Them in Strategy Execution.

Dr. John Carruthers, Public Safety Management Program Chair, and Redd Branner, Adjunct Faculty, made a presentation to the regional meeting of the Contingency Planners of Ohio (CPO). The topic of the presentation was Franklin’s degree programs in Public Safety Management and Safety, Security, & Emergency Management.

Dr. John DeSando, Adjunct Faculty, was again recognized when Cinema Classics, a program he co-hosts on WCBE-FM, won a 2010 Communicator Award of Excellence in the Audio category. The Communicator Awards is the leading international award program honoring creative excellence for Communications Professionals. Founded by communication professionals over a decade ago, the Communicator Awards receives over 9,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind.

As part of Franklin’s 2010 Operation Feed Drive, 18 Franklin employees were part of a volunteer project that spent three hours working at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank warehouse inspecting, sanitizing, and sorting food items donated from local stores. Volunteer Franklin employees includes: Becky Gragg, Sara Moser, Cheryl Fries, Samantha Miller, Holly Englert, and Chi Nguyen; Sally Rieser, Pat Weekley, Kris Pokorny, Cathy Quinn, Laura Coulter, Lorna Russell, Sheri Wing, Jessica Gerschutz, Yolonda Simmons, Bruce Ramsey, Christina Skoch, and Julie Souder.

Phyllis Duryee, Global Issues Lead Faculty, offered a presentation on the topic of “Transnational Crime” to the Columbus Council on World Affairs. She made another presentation to the Council with Dr. Eunice Luyegu, Instructional Design Faculty, titled “Kenya: R2P (Right to Protect)” related to the election violence of 2007.

Mark Marino, Mathematics Adjunct Faculty, who is also a full-time faculty member at Erie Community College, has been elected President of the University of Buffalo Graduate School of Education Alumni Association.

Dr. Jan Lyddon, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, had a response to a post on the topic of the possibility of community colleges outsourcing institutional research published in the May issue of e-Parameters , the monthly newsletter of the National Community College Council for Research and Planning (NCCCRP).

Dr. Belal Kaifi, Global Issues Adjunct Faculty, has published a book titled Managing Your Future: An Educational Guide .

Dr. Kody Kuehnl, Natural Sciences Lead Faculty, was awarded a grant by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s Endangered Species Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The title of the grant is “Conservation genetics of the endangered clubshell (pleurobema clava) and rayed bean (villosa fabalis), host-fish identification of the rayed bean, and an investigation into potentially causative factors for absence of recruitment in the East Fork West Brand St. Joseph River population of clubshell.” Dr. Kuehnl will conduct the conservation genetics assessment for both freshwater mussel species.

Dr. Kuehnl was also appointed to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Teacher Advisory Committee (STEM-TAC) by the Ohio Academy of Science. In this capacity Dr. Kuehnl will review Ohio's draft science and mathematics education standards and advise the Academy on evidence-based educational policy.

Dr. Isidoro Talavera, Philosophy Lead Faculty, has been invited to attend an Oxford Round Table session devoted to the topic “Religion and Science: Shaping the Modern World” in July at the University of Oxford in England. Dr. Talavera will present his paper: "Science Contra Religion: Experiential, Epistemic, and Modal Limitations."

During the Los Angeles Press Club’s third annual National Entertainment Journalism Awards ceremony, Franklin adjunct faculty member Dr. John Desando and his co-host Kristin Kramer were recognized for excellence in radio film criticism for their weekly shows It’s Movie Time and On the Marquee on WCBE-FM in Columbus, Ohio.  The pair’s hour-long 2009 year-in-review special received the award for the year’s Best Radio Feature/Series.  Dr. Desando and Kramer were also awarded an honorable mention in the Radio Critic of the Year category.

Dr. Dawn Snyder presented "Principles & Practices of Performance Improvement," at the Performance Improvement Institute, International Society for Performance Improvement, San Francisco, California.

During the April meeting of the Franklin Faculty Senate, Dr. Brian Gregory (Operations & Supply Chain Mgmt. Program Chair) was elected to the post of Vice President, and Dr. Brenda Jones (Organizational Communication Program Chair) was elected to the post of Secretary.  They will each serve a two-year term.

Dr. Brenda Jones (Organizational Communication Program Chair) offered a presentation titled “Presentation Speaking:  The Use of Presentations in International and ESL Curriculum” at the NAFSA Region VI Ohio Drive-In Conference hosted at Franklin University.

Dr. Isidoro Talavera (Philosophy Lead Faculty) presented “A Philosophy Looks at Cultural Adjustment to Life in Another Country:  The Challenge of Cultural Relativism” at the NAFSA Region VI Ohio Drive-In Conference hosted at Franklin University

Nichole Hyer, Cathy Quinn, and Diane Spencer (student services staff) each received a Culture of Success award certificate in recognition for demonstrating outstanding service to a member or members of the Franklin community.

Patrick Kemmer (Director of University Project Support Services) and member of the Board of the Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club, was appointed Chairman of the group’s annual wintertime fundraising event that raises money to benefit children’s charities in central Ohio - the Wendy’s Chili Open.  The annual one-day winter fundraising event, was held at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and featured cuisine from over 30 local restaurants, live entertainment, children’s activities, live auctions, silent auctions, and raffles.  The event raised over $80,000 for Central Ohio children’s charities, including the Dave Thomas Foundation for adoption, The Children’s Hunger Alliance, The Children’s Special Care Nursery at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s, The Ohio Troopers Caring Fund, W.A.R.M., Flying Horse Farms, and numerous other children’s betterment programs endorsed by the Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club.

David Vasquez, a member of the Franklin Computer Science Advisory Board and Associate VP/Application Owner for Nationwide Insurance was nominated as one of the Top 25 Information Managers by Information Management magazine.

Dr. Gary Stroud (Human Resources Management Program Chair) offered a presentation on motivating employees to roughly 60 members of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR).

Dr. Garry McDaniel, Associate Dean for Professional Training & Development, offered his presentation “Conflict to Cooperation” at an Administrative Professionals Week Seminar held at Franklin on April 20. At the same seminar, Dr. Gary Stroud, Human Resources Management Program Chair, presented on the topic of “Career Planning.”  

Dr. Ronald Hartung (Computer & Information Sciences Program Chair) offered a presentation titled “Ontology, Ontologies, or Just Description Logic?” to Ph.D. students at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

Adjunct faculty member Gary L. Sigrist, Jr., who also serves as the Safety Project Director for South-Western City Schools, offered a presentation on “Readiness and Emergency Management in Schools” at the Campus Safety Conference in Long Beach, California.

Dr. Brenda Jones (Organizational Communication Program Chair) offered her presentation “Communication Trend-Watch: 2012” to the Central Ohio Organization of Public Purchasers (CO-OPP).  Adjunct faculty member Ray Waite followed with his “Tales From the Field” presentation.

Lead Faculty, Phyllis Duryee and Design Faculty Eunice Luyegu gave a presentation to the Columbus Council on World Affairs entitled “Kenya & R2P (Responsibility to Protect).”  The topic is the post-election rioting in Kenya in December 2007.  

Dr. Doug Ross (MBA Program Chair) spoke to the Dublin Chamber of Commerce presenting on the topic of “The Unbeatable Brand.”

Franklin online adjunct faculty Dr. Timothy Wise and Dr. Patricia Wise, co-presented a paper entitled "Leadership Challenges for the 21st Century: Factors that Influence Social Responsibility in developing Countries" at Argosy University's 8th Annual Business Conference entitled Leadership in Crisis.

Dr. Gary Stroud (Human Resources Management Program Chair) offered his presentation on “Career Planning” during a session of a Job Help Day hosted by the Worthington Libraries.

Dr. Yi Yang (Accounting & Finance Design Faculty) and Dr. Michelle Buchberger (Interdisciplinary Studies Program Chair) had a chapter proposal accepted for publication in the upcoming book The Handbook of Research on Practices and Outcomes in Virtual Worlds and Environments, to be published by IGI Global in late 2010.  The title of the chapter is “Using an Innovative Multimedia Tool for Online Programs” and was written in collaboration with Dr. Harrison Yang from the State University of New York.

Jason Gonzales, Web Developer; Bradd Birmingham, Senior Multimedia Designer; and Paul Meeker, Business Analyst, offered a presentation titled “Improving the Learning Experience Through Digital Media” at the Digital Media in a Social World Conference at The Ohio State University.

Provost Dr. Christopher Washington was invited to participate in his Alma Mater's (Western Illinois University) Department of Communication Career Preparation Day 2010.  He made a presentation titled "Extreme Makeover WIU Edition: From College Experiences to Career Ready."  

Dr. Michael Posey (College of Arts, Sciences & Technology Division Chair) and Dr. Brenda Jones (Organizational Communication Program Chair) were featured in an article in Business First focusing on Franklin MBA student Jaclynn Yocum as she transitions from the field of journalism.

George Redmond (Business Administration Lead Faculty) and Dr. Ross Wirth, (Business
Administration Program Chair) each offered a presentation at the 21st Century Management Second Annual Conference at Wilmington College.  Redmond presented “Making Tough Decisions in the Judgment Age” and Dr. Wirth presented “Transformation Networking for Organizational and Community Change.”

Cecil Jones (Adjunct Faculty and MIS Advisory Board Member) presented “State of Education Technology in Higher Education” at a regional session of THATCamp, the Humanities and Technology Camp coordinated by George Mason University.

MBA adjunct faculty member Donald Slobodien earned the Grant Professional Certified designation from the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI).  Slobodien is one of only 15 grant writers in Ohio to earn this certification.

Dr. Christopher Washington (Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs) had a letter to the editor published in the Jan. 3 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. It responded to a Chronicle article examining the topic of whether too many students are attending college.

Ray Waite (Adjunct Faculty) offered his presentation “Tales From the Field” to the Government Chapter of International Accountants Payable Professionals.

Dr. Gary Stroud (Human Resources Management Program Chair) spoke to the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) presenting on the topic of “Career Planning.”

Klaus Fricke and Perry Maughmer (Adjunct Faculty) were honored with the Robert L. Bailey
Teaching Award during Franklin’s 133rd Commencement Ceremony.  The Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award is determined each trimester by Franklin’s graduating class. Students select a faculty member who challenged them intellectually and guided them in finding the significance of course content as it related to them both professionally and personally. The graduate and undergraduate faculty members receiving the most nominations are identified for this honor.  Robert L. Bailey, retired CEO and Chairman of State Auto Insurance Companies, is a past Chairman of Franklin’s Board of Trustees.

Dr. Esmail Bonakdarian (Division of Computer and Information Sciences Lead Faculty) had an article accepted for publication in The Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics.  The article is titled “Selection of Minimal Variable Subsets With the Help of Genetic Algorithms in Economic Analysis.”

Dr. Esmail Bonakdarian (Division of Computer and Information Sciences Lead Faculty), Todd Whittaker (Information Technology Program Chair), and Dr. Yi Yang, (Accounting & Finance
design faculty member), offered a presentation titled “Mixing It Up – More Experiments in Hybrid Learning” at the 21st Annual Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges:  South Central Conference in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Michelle Buchberger (Interdisciplinary Studies Program Chair) had an article focusing on British author John Fowles approved for publication in the Yearbook of English Studies.

Dr. Chunbo Chu (Computer Science Lead Faculty) has had two papers he’s co-authored accepted for publication: “Eventually Perfect Predicate Detection in Crash-Affected Finite Average Response Time Systems” in The International Journal of Parallel, Emergent, and Distributed Systems; and “Mobile Agents and Eventually Perfect Predicate Detection: An Intelligent General Approach to Monitoring Distributed Systems” in Multi-Agent System Technology for Internet and Enterprise Systems.

Christopher Fields (Director of the Student Learning Center (SLC)), Jane Sieberth, (Computer Science Assistant Program Chair and Mathematics lead faculty member), and Mark Marino, (Adjunct Faculty), had a proposal accepted for presentation at the 2010 National Association for Developmental Education Conference in Columbus. The presentation is titled “Franklin University’s Online Fundamental Algebra Instructional Dynamics.”

Tyler Marinelli (SLC Operations Coordinator and Adjunct Faculty) will present her paper “An Examination of Family-Targeted Hurtful Messages Used in Romantic Relationships” accepted for a panel presentation at the Central States Communication Association Conference in Cincinnati in April.

Mark Marino (Adjunct Faculty) offered his presentation “Dynamics of Interactive Algebra Instruction” at the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges 2009 Conference in Las Vegas.

Douglas Ruml (MBA Faculty) recently published a paper in the Asia Insurance Review 2009 Singapore International Reinsurance Conference Supplement titled “Asian Vulnerability to Natural Catastrophes: A Comparative Study.”

Dr. Jo Hamilton (Director of Teaching Effectiveness) was featured in an article on the influence of online education in the fall issue of JWU: The Johnson & Wales University Magazine.

Dr. Jan Lyddon (Director of Institutional Effectiveness), Paul Rusinko (research associate), and Kris Coble (research associate), will offer a presentation titled “The First Step is a ‘DEWZ’: Using Data in a Way That Informs Strategic Decisions and Actions and Encourages Interdepartmental Collaboration” at the 2010 Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Forum in Chicago.

Holly McFarland (Director of Graduate Coaching) has been named President-Elect of Central Ohio Coaches, the central Ohio chapter of the International Coach Federation, which is the globally recognized association of professional, personal, and business coaches.

Linda Steele (Vice President of Marketing) serves on the Executive Board of the ACE Ohio Women's Network as Franklin's Institutional Representative for the organization.  In her capacity with ACE, she successfully managed the 11th Annual ACE Ohio Women's Network Conference.

Dr. John Brent (Psychology lead faculty member) was recognized by Ohio Magazine’s Excellence in Education Program as one of Ohio’s top college and university professors making a difference and contributing to Ohio’s commitment to excellence in education in the December issue of Ohio Magazine.

Patrick Kemmer (Director of University Project Support Services) has been appointed to the Board of the Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club.  In this capacity, Kemmer will oversee the group’s annual wintertime fundraising event that raises money to benefit children’s charities in central Ohio.

Dr. Isidoro Talavera (Philosophy lead faculty member) will offer his presentation “Discovering Success Through Critical Thinking” at the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE) Conference in Columbus in March 2010.

Carmen Byg (Instructional Resources Librarian) and Tiffany Hampel (Electronic Resources librarian) made a presentation titled “Branching Out: 20 Ideas in 20 Minutes” to the 35th annual Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Conference on Oct. 30 in Wilmington.

Dr. Garry McDaniel (Associate Dean for Professional Training & Development) offered his presentation “Conflict to Cooperation” to the Greater Columbus Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants.

Dr. Timothy Reymann (Business Administration lead faculty member) offered his presentation “Organizational Change Management” to the administrators of Mosaica Education, Inc. at Columbus Preparatory Academy.

Three Speakers Bureau representatives offered presentations at the Auditor of State Performance Audit Section’s training session on Nov. 6 at the Ohio Department of Agriculture facility in Reynoldsburg. Dr. Terry Boyd (Associate Dean of the College of Business) made his “Team Dynamics” presentation, followed by Dr. Garry McDaniel’s (Associate Dean for Professional Training & Development) “Leadership & Conflict” and Ray Waite’s (adjunct faculty member) “Better Decision Making.”

Dr. Kody Kuenl (Natural Sciences lead faculty member) was named by the Ohio Academy of Science to review Ohio’s draft science and mathematics education standards and advise on educational policy for the Ohio School Funding Advisory Council.

Dr. John DeSando (Arts & Sciences adjunct faculty member) has received a MarCom Gold Award for his radio program “It’s Movie Time,” which airs on WCBE-FM in Columbus. This is the third national honor for Dr. DeSando in 2009.

Phyllis Duryee (Global Issues lead faculty member) and Dr. Dawn Snyder (Learning & Instructional Design faculty member) offered a presentation titled “Optimizing the Relationship Between Instructional Designers and Faculty to Construct Effective Online Learning” at the Sloan-C Conference in Orlando, Fla., in October.

Dr. Ron Hartung (Computer & Information Sciences Division Chair) presented a paper he co-authored titled “Multi-Agent Systems to Handle Information in Multilingual Ontologies” at the 13th International Conference on Knowledge-Based and Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems in Santiago, Chile.

Dr. Eunice Luyegu (adjunct faculty member) had her paper “Online Debates: Does Argumentation Diminish Over Time?” accepted for publication by The Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication.

Dr. Mike Posey (Public Relations Program Chair), and Cara Keithley (Organizational Communication/Public Relations adjunct faculty member) offered a presentation titled “A Strategic Focus for Social Media in Non-Traditional Businesses” for the Ohio Web Leaders Group (OWL) at TechColumbus.

Dr. Yi Yang (Accounting & Finance Design faculty member) had an article titled “Roles of Administrators in Ensuring the Quality of Online Programs” accepted for publication by Knowledge Management & E-Learning, an international journal.

Tom McClain (Faculty) was presented the University’s first Teaching Excellence Award, for which he was given an engraved crystal award along with a stipend of $750. His name will also be engraved on a plaque to be housed within the Division.

Dr. Dennis Cashman (Adjunct Faculty) presented his paper “Ethical Challenges in Organization Development” at the Association on Employment Practices and Principles Conference in Montreal.

The Center for Academic Integrity (CAI) has presented Franklin with its first Campus of Integrity Award, which recognizes a campus-wide effort to promote and/or maintain the values of academic integrity. Wayne Miller (Assistant Provost for Academic Services) accepted the award at the CAI’s annual international conference in St. Louis.

An article co-written by Dr. Esmail Bonakdarian (Computer Science Lead Faculty) titled “Selection of Minimal Variable Subsets With the Help of Genetic Algorithms in Economic Analysis” has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics.

Dr. Gary Stroud (Human Resource Management Program Chair) has been named a member of the National Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Performance Management Standards Development Task Force. The group will develop three standards (Goal Setting, Performance Reviews, and Performance Improvement Plans) that will help managers and leaders who assess talent to respond effectively and consistently to the resource demands of their organizations. Dr. Stroud has also been named to SHRM’s Staffing and Workforce Planning Task Force, which will define standards businesses can use for hiring costs, workforce planning, and the elements of the job description.

A paper written by Dr. Isidoro Talavera (Philosophy Lead Faculty) titled “Critical Thinking: Building Bridges Among International Education Programs” has been accepted for presentation at the Regional Association of International Educators/NAFSA Conference in Cincinnati.

Dr. Thomas Seiler (Accounting and Finance Division Chair) and Dr. David Welch (Accounting Lead Faculty) have each earned a Doctorate of Business  Administration (DBA) in Accounting through Argosy University.

Dr. David Welch (Accounting Lead Faculty) was featured in the third-quarter issue of Corporate Board Member magazine as the centerpiece of an article on corporate.

Jed Swift (Psychology Adjunct Faculty) has been appointed Chair of the Psychology Department at Columbus State Community College. He has agreed to continue on as an adjunct in Franklin’s new Applied Psychology major and will also serve on the major’s advisory board.

Kristin Mack Deuber, Vice President of Paul Werth Associates and Franklin adjunct faculty member was featured in the “People On the Move” section of Business First on Aug. 31. Deuber also earned her MBA from Franklin.

Bob Davenport, Manager of Master Data and Financial Compliance for Hexion Specialty Chemical and Franklin Accounting adjunct faculty member, recently presented a case study at the annual BlackLine Users Group Conference in San Diego. The presentation covered topics such as implementation, cost savings, and the advantages achieved by using BlackLine’s account reconciliation software in the company’s U.S. and European locations.

Dr. Karen Ferguson (Applied Management Program Chair) made a presentation titled “Creating Pathways in Higher Education for the Adult Student” to the Ohio Association of Career and Technical Education’s All-Ohio 2009 Conference.

Dr. Tom Hrubec (Business Forensics and Forensic Accounting Program Chair)participated as a judge for the 2009 Chief Financial Officer of the Year awards sponsored by Columbus Business First on July 23.

Dr. Doug Ross (MCM Program Chair) recently offered a presentation titled “The Unbeatable Brand” to more than 100 members of the Healthcare Marketing Network Organization, which consists of healthcare marketers and provides educational programs, speakers, and networking opportunities.

Dr. Thomas Seiler (Accounting and Finance Division Chair) was elected as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Central Ohio chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors for the period of June 2009 through May 2011. The chapter has more than 750 members covering central and southeastern Ohio. Dr. Seiler previously served as President of the Central Ohio Chapter during the 2008-09 fiscal year.

Michael Moeller (Adjunct Faculty) was featured in a cover story in The Register, the official publication of the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants (IARFC).

Glenn Beebe (Adjunct Faculty) has earned Professional Project Manager (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

As co-host of WCBE-FM program “It’s Movie Time,” Dr. John DeSando (adjunct faculty member)
was honored with an Award of Distinction at the 15th Annual Communicator Awards. 

Matthew Kenney (adjunct faculty member) had a paper he co-authored titled “Antecedents of Repurchase Intention: Propositions Toward Using Marketing Strategy to Mitigate the Attrition of Online Students” published in Services Marketing Quarterly.

MarKel Snyder (Director of Academic Information Sciences) was featured in TechColumbus’ official newsletter, published in Business First on June 26. It detailed his efforts as founder and CEO of GotGame Media, an Internet-based social network that connects prospective athletes with more than 20,000 coaches across the country. Last year, GotGame Media received a $50,000 TechGenesis grant from TechColumbus’ TechStart program.

 Dr. Thomas Seiler (Accounting and Finance Division Chair) was elected as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Central Ohio chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors for the period of June 2009 through May 2011. The chapter has more than 750 members covering central and southeastern Ohio. Dr. Seiler previously served as President of the Central Ohio Chapter during the 2008-09 fiscal year.   

Dr. Robert Curtis (
Healthcare Management and Healthcare Information Systems Management Program Chair) will serve as an observer in the certification process for Texas Southern University at the annual meeting of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. Along with Dr. Wenxia Wu (Instructional Design Faculty), he will also offer a presentation at the meeting titled “It Takes a Village (University) To Design a Course” and serve on a panel to discuss what students need to know relative to healthcare financial management and how it can be provided.

Dr. Bruce Campbell (Finance Program Chair) had six entries accepted for publication in The Encyclopedia of Business in Today’s World.

A paper written by Dr. Daniel Bell (Management Information Sciences and Computer Science Faculty), Dr. Esmail Bonakdarian (Division of Computer and Information Sciences Faculty), and Todd Whittaker (Information Technology Program Chair) titled “Merging Worlds: When Virtual Meets Physical – An Experiment With Hybrid Learning” was accepted for publication in The Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges and for presentation at the sixteenth annual Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC) Midwest Conference.

Michelle Buchberger (Interdisciplinary Studies Program Chair) has earned her Ph.D. in English Literature from Brunel University in West London.

Dr. Michael Posey (College of Arts, Sciences and Technology Division Chair) spoke on the topic of motivating employees to a group of administrators at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Ross Wirth (Business Administration Program Chair) spoke on the topic of “The U.S. and Rising Powers” at Kensington Place, a retirement community in Columbus. The presentation was part of the Great Decision Speaker Series sponsored by the Columbus Council on World Affairs, through which presentations and discussions on world topics are held at retirement communities around central Ohio.

Phyllis Duryee (Global Issues Lead Faculty) spoke about human rights issues as part of the Columbus Council on World Affairs’ Great Decisions program at the Delaware Community Center.

James Marion (Adjunct Faculty) has published a book titled Product Development Decision-Making in the U.S. and Japan: The Role of Information Management and Decision-Making Process in a Western-Japanese Product Development Organization.

Shirley Boyd (Adjunct Faculty) has earned certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Ron Morgan (Dean of Academic Technology and Innovation) was profiled by TechLife Columbus, a blog focusing on technology in Columbus and central Ohio.

Wenxia Wu (Instructional Design Faculty) earned her Ph.D. from Iowa State University.

As the Safety Project Director with South-Western City Schools, Gary L. Sigrist, Jr. (Adjunct Faculty) conducted security and vulnerability assessments in every building in the school district and had his presentation published in Campus Safety magazine.

Brad Bradford (Adjunct Faculty) had a letter to the editor published in the New York Times on June 2 concerning an article on the value of re-reading books.

Dr. Bob Barrett (Adjunct Faculty) offered a presentation in Costa Rica on the topic of “Virtual Hiring and Recruiting of Business Faculty.” He will also be speaking at three conferences in Brazil and Spain.

Jana Highwart (Adjunct Faculty) has been named co-chair of the Women Build Steering Committee of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Columbus.

Dr. Jan Lyddon (Director of Institutional Effectiveness) was the co-presenter of a full-day workshop at the Association for Institutional Research Forum on May 31 titled “Balanced Scorecards in Higher Education – Developing Content and Using Them in Strategy Execution.”

An article written by Dr. Yi Yang (Accounting and Finance Design Faculty) titled “Investigation of Students’ Perceptions of Online Course Quality” will be published in the upcoming issue of the International Journal on E-Learning.

Dr. Mike Posey (College of Arts, Sciences and Technology Division Chair) facilitated the first of a three-part summer retreat series for the Finance Fund (a statewide nonprofit financial intermediary) on the topics of employee communication, motivation, and retention.

Dr. Ross Wirth (Business Administration Program Chair) spoke on the topic of “The U.S. and Rising Powers” at Kendall, a retirement community in Granville. The presentation was part of the Great Decision Speaker Series sponsored by the Columbus Council on World Affairs in which presentations and discussions on world topics are held at retirement communities around central Ohio.

The Academy of Management, the premier association for scholarship in management, has selected George Redmond (Business Administration Lead Faculty) to facilitate the academic sessions for its annual conference in Chicago in August.

In March, adjunct professor Brad Bradford (Adjunct Faculty) spoke to the Upper Arlington Rotary club on the topic “Are the Liberal Arts Still Relevant?” He also spoke about Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar to the Columbus Branch of the English Speaking Union.

Dr. Robert Curtis (Healthcare Management and Healthcare Information Systems Management Program Chair)and Wenxia Wu (Instructional Design Faculty) will be presenting at the Annual Meeting of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration in Chicago in July. The title of their presentation is “It Takes a Village (University) to Design a Courses-Layers of Negotiation Approach to Healthcare Management Design.” Dr. Curtis will also be serving as an observer with the review committee concerning the certification review of Texas Southern University’s program in Healthcare Management.

Each trimester, two faculty members are honored with the Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award. Graduating students are asked to identify one undergraduate and one graduate faculty member who had the most significant influence on them throughout their educational experience at Franklin University. The award recognizes those who have challenged students intellectually and guided them in finding the significance of the course content as it relates to them both personally and professionally. Congratulations to Dr. Charles Dygert and Nancy Fidler (Adjunct Faculty), this trimester’s recipients.

Thom Leiter (Director of Community College Relations) and David Kerr (Strategic Relationships Coordinator and Alumnus of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society) addressed the general assembly of
the 91st Phi Theta Kappa International Convention in Grapevine, Texas. They spoke to more than 3,400 attendees about Franklin University and the benefits of the Community College Alliance (CCA).

Dr. Pam Shay (Associate Provost for Academic Quality) presented at The Higher Learning Commission’s Annual Meeting in Chicago, along with other members of the Transparency By Design Initiative. The presentation, titled “Maximizing the Transparency By Design Commitment,” focused on the involvement of Franklin University in the Transparency By Design consortia of online higher education institutions that serve working adult students and how the call for transparency has had a positive impact on the assessment and academic quality activities at Franklin.

Dr. Isidoro Talavera (Philosophy Lead Faculty) made a presentation titled “Critical Thinking: The Vital Connection Among Courses,” for the International Innovative Educators Webinar.

Dr. Tim Reymann (Business Administration Lead Faculty) gave a presentation on the topic of Organizational Change Management to the Central Ohio Association of Government Accountants at the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Main Branch.

Four members of the Division of Arts and Sciences made presentations at the NAFSA Association of International Educators Region VI Conference. Dr. Isidoro Talavera (Philosophy Lead Faculty) offered a presentation titled “Critical Thinking: Building Bridges Among International Educational Programs,” while Phyllis Duryee (Global Issues Lead Faculty), Dr. Brenda Jones (Organizational Communication Program Chair), and Michael Klingler (ESL Lead Faculty) made a presentation titled “Cultural Communication in the International Arena.”

Dr. Colleen Perry Keith (Adjunct Faculty member) has been named the seventh president of the Spartanburg Methodist College in South Carolina, effective July 1.

Dr. Daniel Bell (Management Information Sciences and Computer Science lead faculty member), Dr. Esmail Bonakdarian (Division of Computer and Information Sciences Lead Faculty), Dr. Chunbo Chu (Computer Science Lead Faculty), Dr. William Hochstettler (Web Development Program Chair), and Jane Sieberth (Assistant Program Chair, Computer Science) recently attended the 40th Association for Computing Machinery Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education in Chattanooga, Tenn. Drs. Bell, Bonakdarian, and Hochstettler led a session titled “Distance Education: Translating the Classroom Experience to Online Delivery.”  Additionally, Dr. Hochstettler served as chair for a session titled “Analysis and Promotion of Good CS Work Habit,” and Dr. Bonakdarian served as chair for a session titled “Games How-To.”

Denise Kestner (Adjunct Faculty) spoke on the topic of “Walking the Line Between Employer and Employee: A Human Resource Practitioner’s Assessment” at the National Veterinary Practice Management Conference in Florida in February.

Dr. Souren Soumbatiant (Business Economics Program Chair) presented his paper “Forecasting the Probability of Winning the U.S. Presidential Election Using State Polls” at the 73rd annual meeting of the Midwest Economics Association.

Dr. Jo Hamilton (Director of Teaching Effectiveness) had a letter to the editor published in the March 20 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Her letter focused on faculty perceptions of online education revealed in recent surveys conducted by the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges.

Michelle Buchberger (Interdisciplinary Studies Program Chair) presented her paper “Confessions of an Atheist Misogynist: The Resurgence of Religious Ontological Frameworks After Postmodernism” to the Northeast Modern Languages Association in Boston.

An article by Dr. Ronald Hartung (Computer & Information Sciences Division Chair) titled “Ontology for Agents and the Web” is included in Intelligent Agents in the Evolution of the Web and Applications, the latest title in the “Studies in Computational Intelligence” series, released in March by the academic publishing house Springer.

Patrick Bennett (Director of the Project Management Office) made a presentation titled “Project Portfolio Management in Higher Education: It's Not All About the Money” at the 2009 EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference in Chicago. 

Dr. Doug Ross (Master of Science in Marketing & Communication Program Chair) conducted a unique team building event for Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) employees. This event was developed to incorporate a number of different exercises along with a creative exercise led by Heidi Rozell, Executive Director of Glass Axis, in which individuals and teams created fused glass designs representing MORPC values and services. These beautiful designs will be displayed at MORPC headquarters.  “This type of creative activity is a great opportunity for businesses to build strong teams, enhance communication, and encourage employees and managers to think outside the box,” Dr. Ross said.

Dr. Thomas Seiler (Accounting & Finance Division Chair) has been appointed to the Institute of Internal Auditors Regional Conference Advisory Board for a three-year term, effective in April. The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) is a large international professional organization with headquarters in the Orlando, Fla., area. The Regional Conference Advisory Board (RCAB) provides assistance in planning, promoting, and conducting several regional conferences in the U.S. each year as well as providing assistance with the annual international conference.

Dr. Karen Ferguson (Applied Management Program Chair) has earned certification as a Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR). The certification, awarded by the HR Certification Institute, signifies that Dr. Ferguson possesses the theoretical knowledge and practical experience in international human resource management necessary to pass a rigorous examination demonstrating a mastery of the body of knowledge in the field.

Accounting Lead Faculty Dr. David Welch visited Stark State College of Technology on Feb. 17 and made a presentation concerning his experience as the first corporate whistle-blower after the passage of the groundbreaking Sarbanes-Oxley Act in 2002. The event was sponsored by the Stark State Student Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).

Dr. John Brent (Applied Psychology Program Chair) has been named Executive Director of the Graduate School Alliance for Executive Coaching (GSAEC). The mission of GSAEC is to establish and maintain standards for education and training provided by academic institutions for the discipline and practice of executive and organizational coaching.

Dr. Isidoro Talavera (Philosophy Lead Faculty) served as Session Chair at the 2009 Association for Practical and Professional Ethics Annual Meeting in Cincinnati.

Dr. Esmail Bonakdarian (Division of Computer and Information Sciences Lead Faculty) served as Session Chair during the 40th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Roger Engle, (Adjunct Faculty) had an article titled “Railfanning the Dry Folk Railroad (or The Top 10 Reasons Why the DF RR and the OCB & LC RR are Different)” in The Log Train, the quarterly journal of the Mountain State Railroad & Logging Historical Association.

Adjunct Faculty Dr. John DeSando was nominated in the category of Best Radio Critic for the second annual National Entertainment Journalism Awards sponsored by the Los Angeles Press Club. The award ceremony will be held March 26 in Hollywood. Dr. DeSando, who has won seven national awards, hosts a program titled “It’s Movie Time” on WCBE-FM in Columbus.

University Information Systems (UIS) Senior Business Analyst Gayle DeGennaro has successfully completed the required coursework and examinations to earn certification as a Certified Business Intelligence Professional through the Data Warehouse Institute (TDWI).

Christine Kurth (UIS Director), was recently selected in a national election to serve on the Datatel Users Group (DUG) Governing Board of Directors. Her three-year term begins in April at the DUG Annual Conference. She will represent Franklin and more than 760 other higher education institutions that use Datatel software to develop mutually beneficial software products and service offerings.

Dr. Terry Boyd (Associate Dean of Academic Programs) was one of several former members of the Columbus City School Board honored at a reception hosted by KidsOhio and the Columbus Urban League.

Christopher Fields and Heather Sherman of the Student Learning Center (SLC) made a presentation titled “Developing Online Adult Learners: A Comprehensive Academic Support Model” at the 33rd annual conference of the National Association for Developmental Education Conference in Greensboro, N.C.

Eric Sumners (Adjunct Faculty) contributed a chapter to the recently released book Computer Fraud Casebook: The Bytes That Bite, a collection of stories of computer fraud. Sumners’ chapter was titled “Keeping it in the Family” and outlines a case of fraud in a small Midwestern credit union.

A proposal by Dr. Robert Curtis (Healthcare Management and Healthcare Information Systems Management Program Chair) and Wenxia Wu (Instructional Design Faculty) titled “It Takes a Village to Design a Course – Layers of Negotiation Approach to Healthcare Management Course Design” was accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Association of University Programs in Healthcare Administration (AUPHA) in Chicago. The presentation describes a unique model to involve different stockholders at various course development stages through layers of negotiation.

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