Faculty & Staff Newsletter

August 19, 2019

News from Academic Affairs

VPAA/Dean of Faculty
- Dr. Stoos, Dr. Watson, and Dr. Sprunk attended a Council for Independent Colleges meeting in May and presented/shared information from the meeting at the inaugural [Mercy College] Academic Affairs Leadership Retreat in July. The Retreat included all academic affairs program directors and deans.

Division of Arts and Sciences – Dr. Stoos, Dean
- Searches for full time faculty members in Psychology and Religious Studies will convene in August.
Faculty Scholarship and Accomplishments:
- Dr. Sucheck, along with three Biology students: Brandon Hoobler, Mikayla Stanley, and Tracy Sullivan, presented “Synthesis and Analysis of Thiophene Derivatives as Potential Inhibitors of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Antigen 85c.” at the Annual BGSU Undergraduate Symposium for Research and Scholarship in Bowling Green, OH on April 13, 2019.
- Dr. Sung will presented “Understanding Catholic Pastoral Care for Latino Migrant Farmworkers - Preliminary Summary of Findings of the Survey to 178 Dioceses” at Annual meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion.

Division of Health Sciences, Dr. Watson, Dean
- Master of Health Administration (MHA): completed the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) Annual Progress Report in June 2019.
- Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS): completed the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) program approval/authorization report which was submitted in June 2019. Curriculum design for 118 credit hour program to be delivered over seven (7) semesters is complete including program goals, student learning outcomes and measures. Preceptor recruitment is in process with 19 of 350 slots recruited. Search committee is active for MPAS faculty and staff. Systematic review of each ARC-PA Standard is underway to support the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician (ARC-PA) application that is due by March 16, 2020. Classroom and lab space construction commenced with completion target before the ARC-PA site visit on June 8-9, 2020.
- Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Credit Certificate is now a non-credit program. The program’s start date will move from the Fall to the Spring, starting in 2020.
- Ophthalmic Assistant Credit Certificate had a name change this Spring from Ophthalmic Technology program to the Ophthalmic Assistant program.

Faculty Scholarship and Accomplishments:
- In April 2019 at the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Annual Meeting held in Chicago, Dr. Watson, Dr. Trevor Bates, and Marc Adkins presented Student Success-Collaborations between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, and the trio also presented a similar topic at the June 2019 Qwickly Seminar in Cleveland.

Division of Nursing, Dr. Sprunk, Dean
The nursing division welcomed three new members to the Toledo campus:
- Anna Diasio, Data Specialist for the HRSA Grant
- Karla Vitte: Nursing Clinical Coordinator
- Taryn Slack: Nursing Faculty

Nursing Administration Update

- Jamie Tooman: has been appointed the Interim BSN Program Director
- Dr. Deborah Karns, will continue to serve as the MSN Program Director

The College recently received full authorization from both the Higher Learning Commission and the Ohio Department of Higher Education to offer the following programs beginning in the Fall:

  • Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing Education
  • Post Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education
  • Post Master’s Certificate in Nursing Leadership

Academic Affairs is looking forward to contributing to addressing the challenges and opportunities ahead of us. Wishing everyone many blessings next week and beyond!

Mercy Café Menu

Submitted by Steve Joyce

Mercy Café Menu

Mercy College Food Pantry Donations Needed

Submitted by Annie Devine

This fall, Mercy College will open a food pantry on the Toledo campus for Mercy College students, faculty and staff experiencing food insecurity. Donations are currently being collected and can be dropped off at Room M5706 or at the box at the testing center desk on the 5th floor of Madison. View the flyer with more information about the food pantry and a list of items that are needed. Monetary donations or donations of gas cards are also welcome. As we move forward, we will be working on ways to also increase support for those on the Youngstown campus who are experiencing food insecurity.

For more information about the food pantry, please contact Kristen Porter or Annie Devine or email

Items Sent to Students via Inside Mercy College

Mercy Café Menu - see above

Mercy College Food Pantry Donations Needed - see above

Clinical Students may be Affected by Tuberculosis (TB) Skin Test Shortage
submitted by Janice Bernard
Students requiring the TB 2-step or TB renewals should be aware that some locations are experiencing a shortage of the TB skin test. The TB requirement can also be met through the T-SPOT or QuantiFERON-TB Gold blood tests. If unable to schedule with the primary physician, students may need to contact other locations to check availability; refer to Resources for Obtaining Health Requirements under FAQs and Tips on the Contact if you have questions about TB or other CastleBranch requirements.


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