Pacesetter - Winter 2010 - Campus Notes

New Faces

Four new faculty and staff members have joined the Kettering College family since our last issue of Pacesetter.

Enrollment services counselor Marianne Bovee joined the admissions office staff in July after Kathy Myers moved to an administrative position in the nursing department. Bovee held accounting positions for eight years at Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek, Ore., and Upper Columbia Adventist Academy in Spangle, Wash., before moving to Dayton. She has a bachelor’s degree in business accounting from Taiwan Adventist College.

Bovee and her husband, Jeff, principal of Spring Valley Academy in the Dayton area, have two
children. Kristie, 19, is majoring in biology at Andrews University, and Ryan, 15, attends Spring Valley. In her free time, Marianne does oil paintings.

Gregory Lewis became Kettering College’s new science lab coordinator at the start of the school year. Lewis works in the chemistry lab, preparing chemicals and materials for the chemistry and biology lab sessions and manages the inventory. Lewis graduated in 2010 from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, with a bachelor’s in biochemistry. “Extensive undergraduate lab experience taught me the skills needed for this position, and the opportunity to be involved with organizing and preparing labs sparked my interest when I was looking for a job after graduation,” Lewis said.

Lewis enjoys running, reading, puzzles, watching movies and playing video games in his spare time. He also is his graduating class trustee of Ohio Wesleyan.

After five years as a clinical adjunct faculty member with the Kettering College nursing department, Tracy Taylor joined the faculty full time last summer, teaching primarily the Wellness and Health Alterations in Children course. Taylor also has been a staff nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit at Miami Valley Hospital since 1997.

“As a staff nurse in the NICU, I began working closely with our nurse educator, who also was a clinical instructor,” said Taylor. “She encouraged me to try working with students in an instructor role, so I began a five-year stretch as adjunct faculty.” Taylor earned a master’s degree, then joined the NRSA 130 and 221 teaching teams.

Taylor also has worked in the Kettering Medical Center special care nursery, in home care for maternity newborns at Fidelity Health Care, and in the neonatal intensive care unit at Children’s Medical Center. She earned her bachelor's in nursing from Wright State University in 1992 and a master’s in nursing education from Walden University in 2010.

Tracie Watts is a new office assistant in the physician assistant department, coming on board at the start of the school year. Watts had spent the previous four years as a teller at Butler Heritage Federal Credit Union. She also worked in an administrative capacity for a local attorney. Watts enjoys reading on her Kindle in her free time. She and her husband have two children.



Colletti honored for leadership in respiratory care field

Nancy Colletti, chair of Kettering College’s respiratory care department, was elected president of the executive committee of the Lambda Beta Society for 2011-2013. This national professional honor society for respiratory care was formed in 1986 to promote, recognize and honor scholarship, scholarly achievement, service and character of students, graduates and faculty members of the profession. Kettering College is one of 138 Lambda Beta chapters across the United States. Colletti has served on the executive committee since June 2000, holding office as secretary/treasurer from 2008 to 2010 and president from 2002 to 2004.

In December, Colletti also was named to the board of directors of the Ohio Society for Respiratory Care as the junior representative from the western district.

In the fall, she was chosen state captain of the American Association for Respiratory Care’s “Drive4COPD” campaign. Launched in February 2010, Drive4COPD aims to help millions of people identify symptoms of COPD and take action. As state captain, Colletti helps coordinate
COPD screening events throughout Ohio.

Second Annual Bead for Life event raises money for impoverished women

In December, Kettering College English professor Jill Evans organized Kettering College’s second Bead for Life fundraising event, raising more than $6,000. Based in North America and Uganda, Bead for Life has partnered with industrious women living in extreme poverty. The women make vivid beaded jewelry out of recycled paper to be sold around the world. They also make organic soap and lip balm. Profits from BFL sales are invested in projects that fight poverty and improve access to health care, affordable housing, vocational training and micro-credit entrepreneurial development.




Clinton Trott members make trauma dolls

In October, seven physician assistant students — Brian Mabry, Courtney Overstreet, Josh Lumpkin, Caroline Strait, Christa Guggenbiller, Katie Radkowsi, and Rebekah Soroosh — from Kettering College’s Clinton Trott Society participated in the City of Kettering’s “Make a Difference Day” by assisting the Kiwanis Club in making trauma dolls. These dolls are used by local hospitals to help children demonstrate where on their bodies they hurt and to comfort children at the hospital with a sick or injured parent. The Kiwanis Club has an annual goal to make 200 dolls; with the Trott Society members’ help, they were able to meet that goal.




The Clinton Trott Society is Kettering College’s chapter of the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.