COTC and Ohio State Newark Honor Employees
Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) Associate Professor of Nursing Lori Peden, MSN, was presented the 2019 Julius S. and Joette Greenstein Award on August 14. The Greenstein award is given annually to a staff member, administrator or faculty member of COTC and/or The Ohio State University at Newark whose efforts, attitude, deeds and behavior made a major contribution toward the perpetuation of a genuine spirit of mutual respect and cooperation between COTC and Ohio State.
Peden was nominated by COTC Dean of Technical Studies Sandra Walker, EJD, for her collaboration with The Ohio State University's College of Nursing to create the Path2BSN plan of study. The program provides a pathway for students in COTC's associate degree nursing program to transfer seamlessly into Ohio State's online RN to BSN program. "COTC has seen students actively enrolling in COTC's nursing technology program with plans to complete their bachelor's degrees at Ohio State," said Walker. "Lori's work on the Path2BSN collaboration has been instrumental in the project's overall success." The Path2BSN helps boost enrollment at both institutions and increases the level of education of future nurses entering the field.
The 2019 President's and Dean/Director's Diversity Award was presented jointly to Beth Wallace and Max Gulick, senior academic advisors at Ohio State Newark, on August 29. Erin Hill, coordinator for student involvement, was also nominated but no longer employed on campus at the time of presentation. The award recognizes outstanding achievements which advance the college's/campus' overall awareness of and sensitivity to differences among people.
These differences include race, mixed races and heritages, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, physical abilities, mental abilities, cultural heritage, religious beliefs, political beliefs and geographic location. Wallace, Gulick and Hill were nominated by Desiree Fuerst, director of the Education Curriculum Center at Ohio State Newark.
"Beth, Max and Erin have teamed together to increase the visibility for the LGBTQ+ community here on the Newark campus for students, faculty and staff of both Ohio State Newark and COTC. Beth, Max and Erin represented Ohio State Newark at the first Newark LGBTQ+ Pride celebration in the summer of 2018 and published an online resource site u.osu.edu/prideoutloud for the Newark campus," wrote Fuerst in her nomination letter. Not stopping just at student support, they took their efforts further by working with Ohio State Newark Dean/Director William L. MacDonald to establish the LGBTQ+ and Allies Employee Resource Group. The group provides an open forum for discussion and resources to the entire Newark campus community.
Top: COTC Associate Professor of Nursing Lori Peden, MSN, was presented the 2019 Julius S. and Joette Greenstein Award by COTC President John M. Berry, PhD.
Bottom: Ohio State Newark Senior Academic Advisors Beth Wallace (left) and Max Gulick (right) were presented the 2019 President's and Dean/Director's Diversity Award by Ohio State Newark Dean/Director William L. MacDonald, PhD.
Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark have forged an outstanding array of educational opportunities for the central Ohio region and beyond. This partnership is viewed as a model for higher education in the state of Ohio. At Central Ohio Technical College, students gain hands-on, applicable experience to begin working in the field, or to transfer those credits toward a bachelor's degree program. The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that's inclusive of diversity, challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State's more than 200 majors.