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Autism awareness, experience of frontier women explored in 2018 Faculty Lectures

March 23, 2018

 Lectures at noon on April 10, April 18 are free and open to the public

Ursuline College announces its 2018 Faculty Lectures, with one exploring knowledge of autism among advance practice nurses and the second shedding light on experiences of women on the Western Reserve frontier. Both free, public lectures take place at noon on Ursuline’s campus at 2550 Lander Road in Pepper Pike.

Enhancing Student Success- Autism in the Classroompicture of kathy rogers
Tuesday, April 10, 12:00pm
Mullen Building, Room 314

The 2017 National Autism Indicators report an estimated 450,000 youth affected with autism spectrum disorder between the ages of 16-24. In her capstone project, Kathleen Rogers, DNP, RN, CNE, discovered a lack of knowledge among advanced practice registered nurses about autism and the transitional healthcare needs for adolescents and young adults living with autism. Her research also uncovered a lack of understanding and resources to transition this population into higher education and employment.  In this lecture, Dr. Rogers will define autism spectrum disorders, discuss the results of her capstone project, and describe a workshop for Ursuline student leaders to increase their awareness of autism on campus.

Dr. Rogers is an assistant professor in the Breen School of Nursing at Ursuline College and is a TeamSTEPPS master trainer. She facilitates the holistic nursing practice course and clinical for first-level sophomores. Dr. Rogers has presented her autism research at Milestones National Autism Conference, OCALICON and DCDT. She is a committee member on the HRSA Maternal and Child Health workgroup on transition to healthcare. 

O’ The Joys of Pioneering: Vision and Reality for Women on the Western Reserve Frontierpicture of bari stith
Wednesday, April 18, 12:00pm
Bishop Anthony M. Pilla Student Learning Center, Room 238

According to Bari Oyler Stith, Ph.D., the stories are compelling of what women expected, and what they discovered, as they packed their cultural baggage and moved onto the northeastern Ohio frontier to create new communities. Some of those tales are well preserved in archival records and local histories. But are the places where these stories occurred preserved in such a way that local residents and occasional travelers can recognize them? In this presentation, Dr. Stith will focus on telling some of those heritage stories and exploring how they are, or are not, preserved on the local landscape.

Dr. Stith is director of the Historic Preservation program at Ursuline College. She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies and master’s degrees in American Studies and Museum Studies. Her specialties are 19th century American women, family, community, and education, as well as applied projects, working actively in historic preservation. She and her students are developing a digital Ohio Women’s History Trail, initially focusing on sites and women important to suffrage and education.

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