Faculty & Staff Newsletter

August 3, 2021

Counseling and Wellness Classroom Introductions

Submitted by Suzanne Hall

Attention faculty: please consider having Mercy College Counseling and Wellness Services make a brief introductory visit to your classes at the start of the fall semester. This is a great way to remind students that counseling is available to them and put a face to the office. Classroom visits have often prompted students to reach out for counseling services more quickly. If you are interested in scheduling a classroom introduction, please contact Suzanne Hall at For the fall semester we can do an in-person visit for Toledo classes or a virtual visit for all classes.

Alumni News/Alumni Spotlight

Submitted by Hannah Bohn

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The monthly alumni newsletter features an alumni spotlight and shares exciting information happening at and around the College!

The July newsletter featured information about Alumni and Friends Weekend (RSVP now at, the Alumni Dependent Scholarship, IPE events on campus, and more. Read the full newsletter.

Michelle Kleman completed Mercy’s Ophthalmic Assistant Certificate in 2014. She shares, “I truly believe this program changed the entire trajectory of my life and set the foundation for my entire career. Mercy College allowed me to gain the beginning knowledge into the field of eye care and placed me on the slow and steady track to becoming a practicing optometrist. I was offered full-time employment as a certified ophthalmic assistant at my second externship site before I officially graduated from Mercy. After working as a certified ophthalmic assistant for the next 3 years, I moved to Chicago to pursue optometry school. In May 2020 I finished my doctorate from the Illinois College of Optometry. I now practice next door to my first externship site with Mercy College where I first learned my beginning skills and solidified my career in eye care. I am employed full-time at Spectrum Eye Care in Findlay, Ohio. To this day I continue to use the knowledge and skills that were given to me by the amazing instructors at Mercy College.”

Please email suggested names for the alumni spotlight to or complete a nomination form.

Mercy Café Menu

Submitted by Steve Joyce

Mercy Café Menu

New Rapid Response Sim

Submitted by Dawn Borgerson

Rapid Response Sim

Mercy College piloted a Rapid Response Simulation in the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program last week. Student learning objectives included timely recognition of patient deterioration and early intervention with initiation of the Rapid Response Team. This brings critical care resources to the bedside and contributes to a reduction in hospital mortality.

Faculty Member Presents at International Summit

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Dana R. Eskins, MEd., R.T(R)(CT), RDMS, Program Director, Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology, Assistant Professor presented at the International Foundation for Sonography Education and Research Virtual Educator’s Summit on July 24, 2021. The title of Dana's presentation was "Incorporating Interprofessional Education into the Medical Imaging Curriculum." She presented an abbreviated background on Interprofessional Education (IPE), discussed the benefits and challenges of incorporating IPE into the curriculum, and introduced her REWARDS Method of IPE design using some examples of IPE experiences at Mercy College.

Aaronica Phommalee Selected as Oakland University School of Nursing Jonas Nurse Scholar

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Aaronica Phommalee, Assistant Professor of Nursing at Mercy College, was selected as the prestigious Oakland University School of Nursing Jonas Nurse Scholar. The goal of the Jonas Scholars program is to create a national pipeline of Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)-prepared nurses who will transform and improve health care. As a DNP student and Jonas Scholar, Aaronica will be immersed in leadership development and nationwide networking. See the full Oakland University announcement.

Professor Phomalee has worked at Mercy College since December of 2017 teaching a variety of nursing courses in the RN to BSN completion program. Her areas of clinical expertise are medical-surgical, stroke, bariatric surgery education, and community-based diabetes education. Ms. Phommalee has experience teaching land-based courses in the areas of Critical Thinking, Electronic Health Records, Pharmacology, and Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing. She has also instructed online courses in the areas of Population Health Assessment, Global Focused Nursing Care, Community Health Nursing, Holistic Nursing, and Primary Care Nursing. Ms. Phommalee holds a certification in Quality Matters, which promotes the quality improvement of online education.


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