Akron Magazine Summer 2011 : Page 16

COLLEGE NEWS COLLEGE OF NURSING news place into basic math using COMPASS, a computer-based testing system used by UA to determine appropriate placement in fi rst semester courses. The ACS program uses internet-based software in addition to face-to-face instruction, and is designed to provide specialized, one-on-one intervention to meet individual student needs. Students who participate in the ACS program attend a weekly faculty-led group session; work in a computer lab with faculty and peer tutors; and have the opportunity to complete basic math I & II, at no charge, in one semester. For more information, contact Jeanne Semilia at (330) 972-7087. College Receives Funding for Patient Lift The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation has provided UA’s College of Nursing with a grant to purchase a ceiling-mounted patient lift system for The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Simulation Suite in the college’s Learning Resources Center. The lift system is a mechanically advanced ceiling lift system which allows a single caregiver to perform transfers by using a hand control without stress or strain and without manual lifting. The lift system would be a focal point of the college’s continuing initiative of employing safe workforce practices in training the region’s next generation of nurses. Dr. Maria Ellul receives her Outstanding Alumni Award from University of Akron professors Dr. Ali Dhinojwala (left) and her Ph.D. advisor, Dr. Alan Gent . Ellul received her doctorate in polymer science from UA in 1984. After nearly 30 years in the polymers industry, Ellul joined the Exxon Mobil Chemical Company’s, former J.V., Advanced Elastomer Systems (AES) in Akron, Ohio, in 1991, and since has been involved in elastomers and thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) research and development. “The successes that were achieved during my career would not have been possible without the support of my spouse, Jeffrey L. Sain (MA ’85) and the contributions of many colleagues,” Ellul stated. “Of, course, The University of Akron, a world leader in polymer science and polymer engineering education, provided me with a solid foundation.” Ellul and Sain have also recently contributed to a fellowship for Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering students pursuing the doctoral degree. WAYNE COLLEGE news Distinguished Alumni Award 2011 The University of Akron Wayne College Alumni Association has announced Susan Mendenhall as its 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award MENDENHALL winner. Mendenhall earned her associate degree in criminal justice from Wayne College in 1976. She returned to Wayne to begin taking teaching courses and then transferred to UA’s main campus, where she graduated in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in education. Mendenhall went on to earn a master’s degree from Ashland University in 1996. She has been a teacher for 25 years, beginning at the Wayne-Holmes Juvenile Attention Center. Mendenhall has also taught at Southeast and Northwestern Local Schools, and at Wooster City Schools. She serves as vice chair of the Wayne College Alumni Association. SUMMIT COLLEGE news COLLEGE OF POLYMER SCIENCE AND POLYMER ENGINEERING news Polymer Science Alumna Honored Maria D. Ellul , Ph. D., principal scientist at ExxonMobil Chemical Company, received the Outstanding Alumni Award from UA’s College of Polymer Science & Polymer Engineering in October, 2010. Summer Program Offers Free Math Courses The University of Akron’s College of Summit College is committed to helping students succeed, including offering free courses in the summer. The Achieving College Success (ACS) program is a 10-week summer academic enrichment program for students who | 16 |

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