From the Queen Mary to CNN, The Respiratory Care Journal to the ArsDocta International Music Festival, Youngstown State University faculty and staff presented, published and performed on the air, the land and sea around the world. Their recent scholarly activities are summarized in this edition of Excellence @ Work.
YSU's own "Queen of the Sea"
Caroline Oltmanns, professor of Piano in the Dana School of Music, performed on two cruises on the Queen Mary earlier this year. Oltmanns played during a trip crossing the Atlantic Ocean in May, and then a separate cruise in July along the east coast. Oltmanns also recently published “Women at the Piano” in the Journal of International Alliance of Women in Music. Among other things, the article probes gender bias in concert programming.
Several faculty recently published research in Respiratory Care Journal and presented the research at the American Association for Respiratory Care Congress in New Orleans:
“Patient Adherence to Positive Airway Pressure Devices Used in the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Contributing Factors at Sleep Centers” was co-authored by Amanda Roby, associate professor and director of Clinical Education; Kelly L. Colwell, assistant professor, Health Professions; Teresa Volsko, former director of the Respiratory Care Program; Ken Learman, professor and director of the Health Science Program; and Dave Griswold, associate professor, Physical Therapy.
- Sal Sanders, assistant provost and dean of the College of Graduate Studies; Kelly L. Colwell, assistant professor, Health Professions; and Katie A Snyder, instructor, Respiratory Care, co-authored “Arterial Blood Gas Sampling: Does Palpation Technique Make a Difference?” Sanders said the team is working with Mercy Health to get approval to continue the study in the clinical setting.
Kivie Cahn-Lipman, associate professor of Cello in the Dana School of Music, has released his third solo album, "Sumna". The album was made possible in part by a YSU Research Professorship in 2021-22. Cahn-Lipman is the founding cellist of the International Contemporary Ensemble, founder and director of baroque band ACRONYM and HIP Scottish ensemble Makaris, and co-founder and co-director of viol consorts LeStrange and Science Ficta.
John W. DeSantis, assistant professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, is co-author of “Assessing Premature Cracks in Urban Concrete Pavements” in Transportation Research Record: The Journal of the Transportation Research Board. DeSantis also recently became a member of the standing committee of AKP20 – Rigid Pavement Design and Rehabilitation, part of the Transportation Research Board. DeSantis was named communication coordinator for the committee. TRB is part of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.
Molly Roche, associate professor, Centofanti School of Nursing, was inducted into the Ohio Nurses Association Cornelius Congress, the highest honor a nurse can receive within ONA. Roche, coordinator of YSU’s RN-BSN program, also recently received the ONA Excellence in Nursing Education Award. Roche, who received the YSU Distinguished Professor Award in Teaching in 2015, frequently leads major public health initiatives including the YSU COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Spring 2021.
Shawn Reynolds, Dana School of Music, is serving a two-year term as elected editor of the Ohio Music Education Association TRIAD, the professional journal by and for music educators from Ohio and beyond. Reynolds is also serving a two-year term as a voting member of the OMEA Board of Trustees.
Jake Protivnak, professor of Counseling and director of the Counseling Program, received the Susan J. Sears Counselor of the Year Award from the Ohio Counseling Association at the 2022 All Ohio Counselors Conference in Columbus. Protivnak also presented at the 2022 American Counseling Association Virtual Conference on the topic, “Preparing Clinical Mental Health Supervisees for Work in a School Mental Health Setting.” Also, Protivnak and Tiffany Spisak, clinical mental health counseling intern, co-led online community book discussion groups during National Mental Illness Awareness Week.
The following Psychological Sciences and Counseling faculty and students presented at the 2022 All Ohio Counselors Conference in Columbus:
- Jake Protivnak, Victoria Kress, Tiffany Spisak, and Frances Clause, “Supporting Struggling Supervisees: Strength-Based Support and Remediation.”
Victoria Kress, Alexa Reider and Emma Forner, “Nonsuicidal Self-Injury: Ethics and Legal Considerations for Counselors.”
- Jake Protivnak and Kristina Dooley, “Mental Health Advocacy: Community Partnerships and Creative Interventions.”
Counseling Program faculty Kristin Bruns, associate professor; Kubra Civan, instructor; and Vicki Kress, professor, each presented research at the 2022 North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference in Omaha, Neb. Bruns’ presentation was titled “Counseling termination: Tools for ethically sound and relationally meaningful closure.” Civan presented on “Multiple relationship of counselor educators in rural areas,” while Kress’ presentation was titled “The importance of advocacy for advancing professional counseling identity.”
Misook Yun, professor, Dana School of Music, led an online masterclass for students from Brazil and Argentina at the ArsDocta International Music Festival; performed recitals and masterclasses at the University of Dayton and University of Tampa; was a reviewer for the Korean Lyric Diction for Singers book proposal for Oxford University Press; and was an unofficial reviewer for Korean translations of Estill Voice Training Level One and Two.
Daniel J. Keown, associate professor of Vocal Music Education, made two presentations at the National Association for Music Education National Conference in Maryland - “Discovering the Lost Ark of Possibilities: Bringing Visibility to the Invisible Art Form of Film Music in Your Music Classroom” and “Influence of Workshop Training on Preservice Music Educators’ Self-Reported Abilities and Level of Support for Using DAW Technology to Teach Music.” Keown most recently published research in the Psychology of Music, Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Music Educators Journal, Frontiers of Medicine, and Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education.
Michael Butler, associate professor and director of Bands, was the guest conductor of the U.S. Army Field band at Stambaugh Auditorium.
Matthew Mazuroski, associate professor, was the director and scenic designer for The Hopewell Theatre's production of "Steel Magnolias." Hopewell Theatre on Mahoning Avenue in Youngstown was founded in 1890 by Jean Kelty, who converted a church into a small, intimate theater, the home of The Victorian Players.
Roe v. Wade, Queen Elizabeth, sloths and cats were among the topics that YSU faculty recently talked about in news stories across the nation and world.
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