2015 – A Year in Review Highlights

On December 21, 2015, in Franklin University, by update

From the launch of Ohio National University, to the opening of the Metro Institute of Technology, a five-year program in which students can graduate with a two-year associate degree or technical certifications that help them compete for jobs, to the launch of two certificate and two undergraduate programs, 2015 was a banner year for Franklin University!

Below are highlights of some of these accomplishments.  Thank you to all University faculty and staff for your hard work and collaboration to make the following possible:


  • Nine-month Instructional Design certificate launched
  • Energy Management major introduced
  • Logistics Management completion major introduced
  • Certificate in Criminal Justice Leadership launched
  • University receives NC-SARA Approval
  • College of Health & Public Administration launched two communities of practice
  • Copyright Policy implemented
  • Fulbright Scholars visit
  • Dr. Kody Kuehnl and Dr. Isidoro Talavera implemented a new two-course general education science pathway that focuses on a non-disciplinary approach to teaching science


  • University named 2016 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM and Military Spouse magazines
  • Franklin University named a Top Military-Friendly University by Military Advanced Education & Transition (MAE&T)
  • Franklin named among top in nation for Collegiate Advertising awards
  • Franklin ranked second in annual Columbus CEO Leaderboard rankings for central Ohio online degree programs
  • M.S. in Accounting ranked among 30 Top Online programs
  • Franklin recognized for innovative use of Talisma CRM at Campus Insight conference


  • 2015 Columbus mayoral debate hosted at Franklin
  • Community Care Day
  • Employee Family Picnic
  • Library hosted Readstricted! as part of Banned Books Week Activities
  • Human Trafficking Conference
  • 38th annual Teaching Public Administration Conference (TPAC)
  • Teaching and Learning Conference
  • CBusStudentHack Coding for Community: Health and Wellness 12-week computer programming contest (Franklin University, AT&T* and central Ohio area high school students)
  • First annual International Engagement Fair
  • 148th, 149th and 150th Commencement ceremonies held


  • Alyssa Darden appointed Director of the Franklin University Nationwide Library
  • Dr. Leslie King appointed Dean of the College of Health & Public Administration
  • Dr. Karen Miner-Romanoff appointed Associate Provost for Academic Quality and Executive Director of the International Institute for Innovative Instruction
  • Dr. Karen Miner-Romanoff selected to serve as a member-at-large of the executive board of the Women’s Network (WNO), an affiliate of the American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Network
  • Clifton Spinner appointed New Director of Safety and Security Services
  • Dr. Karen Miner-Romanoff and Dr. Lewis Chongwony recipients of a 2015 AECT Division of Distance Learning (DDL) Crystal Award
  • Provost and faculty presented at Polish Edusimulation Conference
  • Dr. Charles Saunders appointed program chair of the Forensic Accounting, Business Forensics and Information Systems Auditing programs
  • Dr. Tim Reymann voted Lead Faculty of the Year
  • Dr. Karen Miner-Romanoff selected for the Fulbright Specialist Program Roster
  • Dr. Christopher Washington joined Global Ties U.S. Board of Directors
  • Dr. Christopher Washington named Fulbright Specialist
  • Dr. Alex Heckman sworn in as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) officer
  • Dr. David Decker joined Global Ties Latin America Dialogue during Global Ties event in Washington, D.C.
  • Dr. Hong Wang invited to serve on the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Summer International Research Symposium Review Board
  • Partnering with Franklin University Learning Solutions (FULS), the College of Arts Sciences & Technology and the University ESL team, Phase I of the ESL Program Implementation in Oman completed
  • Nigerian Ambassador to the U.S. visited Franklin
  • Dr. Andy Igonor named Chair of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) within the College of College of Arts, Sciences & Technology


  • Ohio National University Launched
  • Franklin signed agreement with Laweh Open University in Accra, Ghana to offer undergraduate and graduate programs online in 15 countries across Africa
  • Delegation of Ukrainian medical professionals met with COHPA Faculty
  • Visiting Professor Exchange Program-Franklin University extended relationship with the Modern College of Business and Science (MCBS) in Muscat, Oman by piloting a visiting professor exchange program. Dr. Brenda Jones, chair of the communications program, was the first faculty member to teach a month-long undergraduate course as part of that new exchange program.
  • University Leadership visited South Korea as part of approval to offer online programs to students in South Korea, including an RN-BSN program for licensed nurses, an MBA program and an undergraduate bachelor degree bridge program.
  • Delegation of 25 educational leaders from universities and ministries of education visited Franklin’s Institute.
  • Two MBA cohorts visited campus from Franklin’s academic partner in Poland, the Wroclaw School of Banking (WSB)
  • International Visitor Leadership Program hosted guests from Russia as part of the University’s participation in the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program


  • Board of Trustees elects Mary Laird Duchi as its new chair
  • Dr. Lucas named President Of Urbana University
  • Renowned academic leader Dr. Herb Asher speaks to College of Arts, Sciences & Technology
  • Franklin selected as July GreenSpot highlight
  • Book Voucher process improvement introduced
  • Library implements new laptop bar
  • Diversity Dimensions receives OFIC/Libbey Inc. Grant to support issues of diversity


  • Franklin – Columbus State Community College (CSCC) collaboration announced to establish a cybersecurity training pipeline in the Ohio region to increase the supply of qualified cybersecurity professionals for industry and government
  • University announces partnership with Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO)
  • Franklin University and CSCC Announce EXACTTrack cohort program
  • The Battelle Metro Early College High School piloted a new high school called MIT (Metro Institute of Technology) through a partnership with Metro, Franklin University and CSCC
  • Co-location agreement signed with Butler County Community College (BC3)
  • Indianapolis location relocated to Ivy Tech Lawrence campus
  • University announced new Gahanna location through partnership with the YMCA (Westerville location closed)
  • Franklin offers courses onsite at CSCC-Delaware


  • Sigma Beta Delta Induction Ceremony
  • Second Annual Evening of Excellence
  • Second Annual 1902 Leadership Circle Scholarship recipients announced
  • Nationwide Corporate Connections Scholarship awardees announced
  • Alumni Engagement Office hosted fourth annual Alumni Professional Development Day
  • Nationwide Corporate Connections Scholarship awardees announced
  • 2015-2016 Choose Ohio First Scholars honored
  • Greta J. Russell Medical Mutual of Ohio Scholarship established
  • First American Marketing Association (AMA) Collegiate Chapter announced at Franklin
  • Robert Hartman Scholarship established benefiting current and former service members and their immediate families


  • CareerBeam Access Added
  • SharePoint
  • Changes made to to Library database lineup
  • Office of International Students & Programs joined College Week Live (online recruiting tool)
  • IT launched new disk encryption policy and solution
  • University provided FranklinSecure enhanced wireless network
  • Library launched OneSearch resource
  • Department of Safety & Security moved to lower level of Alumni Hall
  • New conference room added to lobby of Alumni Hall through generous alumni donation
  • College of Health & Public Administration moved to 360 S. Grant building


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Winter Break Closure Checklist

On December 21, 2015, in Franklin University, by update

To acknowledge all the hard work put forth by Franklin faculty and staff members throughout 2015 and provide them with an opportunity to spend time with their families, Franklin is proud to offer a paid Winter Break.

The University will be closed to students and the public Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015 through Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. During this time, all University services will be unavailable, including the Help Desk, Call Center, the Franklin University Nationwide Library, and the Student Learning Center (SLC). Academic Advisors will also not be available, but course websites and student email will be accessible and current students will still be able to register for classes online.

The Bookstore will also be closed to the general public during this closure. To allow access to Bookstore employees who will be working during this time, only the lower level of the Paul J. Otte Center for Student Services will be open. All other University buildings will be locked down with security systems armed.

Facilities, UIS, and Help Desk departments will provide on-call support. Help Desk on-call support will be limited to addressing critical systems outages. All other requests and issues will be addressed when the University reopens on Monday, Jan. 4. Remote access to email and voice mail will still be available to all Franklin employees during the Winter Break.

As preparations for the closure continue, the following checklist of things to remember to do before the University closes as has been compiled:

  • Make sure your department’s refrigerator/food area is clean and any perishable items are disposed of by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23. Do not leave any open food or beverage containers in or around your work area.
  • Communicate the closure dates with outside vendors and customers, making arrangements to resume business when normal business hours resume in January.
  • Create an automated outgoing message for your email account containing information of the closure and the date you will return to the office.
    • To create an outgoing email message, click on the “File” tab in Outlook, then the “Automatic Replies (Out of Office)” button. At the top, make sure the “Send Automatic Replies” button is checked, as well as the “Only send during this time range:” and select Dec. 24 for start time, and Jan. 3 as the end time.
    • Click on the “Outside of My Organization” tab and type your message into the box below.
    • The following is a good template to use for your message
      • Thank you for your email. Franklin University will be closed for Winter Break from Thursday, Dec. 24 through Sunday, Jan. 3. All emails will be returned when the University reopens on Monday, Jan. 4.
    • Then click the “OK” button in the bottom right corner.
  • Change your voice mail message to include information of the closure and the date you will return to the office.
    • To change your message, hit the “Messages” button on your phone, then enter your four-digit access code, followed by the “#” sign. Press “4” for “Setup Options,” then “1” for “Greetings.” Your current message will be played. To re-record it, press “1”.
    • The following is a good template to use for your message:
      • “Hello, you’ve reached the voice mail of [YOUR NAME, TITLE] at Franklin University – the University will be closed for Winter Break from Thursday, Dec. 24 through Sunday, Jan. 3. If you’d like to leave a message, please do so, and I will return your call when the University reopens on Monday, Jan. 4. Thank you.”
    • Press “#” to end the recording. The new recording will then be played – to accept it, press “#;” to re-record it, press “1.”
    • Forward your phone to voice mail before leaving.
  • Make sure your computer and monitor are turned off before leaving.
  • Make sure any equipment or sensitive information are put away and that your desk drawers and cabinets are locked.
  • Make sure your office lights, printers, and other electronic equipment are turned off before leaving.

A list of winter break FAQs is available on SharePoint at: https://franklinu.sharepoint.com/sites/community/IP/aie/ro/Lists/Department%20News/DispForm.aspx?ID=1&Source=https%3A%2F%2Ffranklinu%2Esharepoint%2Ecom%2Fsites%2Fcommunity%2FIP%2Faie%2Fro%2FSitePages%2FHome%2Easpx&ContentTypeId=0x010400D0140E49B944E641B1FE82F0E78C4A4E

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Franklin University, AT&T* and central Ohio area high school students concluded the CBusStudentHack Coding for Community: Health and Wellness – a 12-week computer programming contest – last week.

Throughout the last several weeks students learned how to navigate and create apps using Microsoft Touch Develop. The winning apps were focused on improving health and wellness and were judged on software quality, the potential impact on the central Ohio region, execution and creativity.

A team of central Ohio area leaders judged the students’ work, and winners were announced at a finale event today. The judges were from the following central Ohio organizations:  AT&T, Basecraft, Choose Ohio First/Ohio Board of Regents, Code.org, Connect Ohio, Franklin University, Microsoft, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Ohio Health, Past Foundation, and Rev 1 Ventures.

The winning apps were:

  • First place:  Team Upper Arlington 1 from Upper Arlington High School.  They developed “Stress X,” an app to solve problems connected with anxiety and stress.
  • Second place: Team MeTrio from Metro Institute of Technology in Columbus City Schools.  They developed “Sous Pantry,” an app to help students to choose and create healthy meals.
  • Third place:  Team Code Panther from Marburn Academy.  They developed “Healthy Choices,” an app that provides trusted exercise and nutrition research and points you in the right direction to find healthy meals or locations to exercise.

The CBusStudentHack engaged various central Ohio high school students who learned 21st century skills via computer science education, prepared for college and career readiness, solved real world problems and opened the doors of opportunity and creativity. Teams of 2 to 4 students participated in the CBusStudentHack from the following central Ohio high schools: Gahanna Lincoln, Marburn Academy, Metro Early College, Metro Institute of Technology, Reynoldsburg Encore Academy, Reynoldsburg eSTEM Academy, Upper Arlington and Whetstone.

Students met today at Franklin University to present their project ideas, hear from the panel of community judges and learn about “Coding for Life” from Jenna Garcia, District Manager for Code.org.


Franklin’s Employees Give Back

On December 18, 2015, in Franklin University, by update

Since 2010, Franklin University has partnered with Franklin County Children Services for their Holiday Wish program. This program provides youth under the care of Children Services, who have experienced abuse, neglect or other difficult home conditions, with a toy or gift card during the holiday season. For many children, this may be the one gift they receive all year.

In past years, Franklin’s Holiday Wish campaign focused on donating toys for children 11 years and younger. This year Franklin will shift its focus to teenagers/children 12 years and older. The children in this age group are given a gift card from monetary donations made to Holiday Wish. Since a majority of donations made to Holiday Wish are toys, Children Services can have a difficult time providing gifts for this group. To help in this cause, Franklin held Denim Days for an extended period of time in December. Faculty and staff purchased Denim Days stickers for the opportunity to wear jeans Monday, Dec. 7 through Wednesday, Dec. 23. Through their generous donations, Franklin employees raised $2,700 to help 55 kids through Franklin County Children Services.

Holiday Cards for Soldiers

On December 17, 2015, in Franklin University, by update

On Tuesday, Dec. 15, faculty and staff were invited to the Alumni Hall Creative Space to take a few minutes to make a holiday card for a recovering solider. All cards collected will be sent to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. and distributed to an American soldier recovering from physical injuries sustained during service to our country.

Thank you to all who participated in this event!



F.I.S.H. Winners

On December 17, 2015, in Franklin University, by update

The following are the winners of the Dec. 15 F.I.S.H. drawing:

  • $10 to Starbucks=Jaylyn Corna
  • $10 to Red Robin=Christi Harkins
  • $20 to Best Buy=Katie Bond
  • $25 to P.F. Chang’s=Sally Fields
  • C-Lot Parking Pass=Brenda Liston
  • Frasch Hall Parking Pass=Steve Brown
  • Main St. Parking Pass=Josh Brandon
  • Phillips Hall Parking Pass=Haga Elmubark

The next F.I.S.H. drawing will take place Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 8:50 a.m.

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2015 Holiday Luncheon Recap

On December 17, 2015, in Event, Franklin University, by update

In the spirit of the season, Franklin held its annual Holiday Luncheon on Dec. 4 at the Columbus Athenaeum. This event was an opportunity for employees to take a break from the work day and engage with one another over a delicious lunch. In addition, the annual Holiday Show featured the amazing voices of the Whitehall Yearling High School Choir.

Thank you to everyone who made this luncheon possible!

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United Way 2015: A Huge Thank You!

On December 17, 2015, in Franklin University, by update

United-Way-logoThank you to everyone who supported the 2015 United Way campaign! Due to your immense generosity, Franklin raised over $18,000 in pledges and raised funds which will bring aid to many members of our community in need of assistance. This campaign success would not have been possible without the help of the many building ambassadors, listed below, who gave their time, energy and support to organizing the fun and “delicious” events on campus.

Thank you to those who attended these events and to everyone who supported this year’s campaign!

2015 United Way Ambassadors
Katie Bond
Josh Brandon
Lisa Brown
Sara Burris
Laura Coulter
Alyssa Darden
Christina Gest
Katrina Graham
Greg Haskins
Sarah Jorgenson
Maureen Knight
Yvonne Long
Shana Loveless
Liz McClurg
Luke Morris
Andrea Patterson
Nicole Robison
Elisha Teague
Erin Wehmeyer
Mike Werner

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Renewed Alumni Giving Tree

On December 17, 2015, in Franklin University, by update

A renewed Alumni Giving Tree has taken bloom on the first floor of the Student Service Center! In keeping with its original intent, the tree is designed “to recognize those who help us grow and honor those who have flourished.”

Many of the leaves on the tree represent donations by alumni and friends of Franklin who wished to celebrate the academic accomplishments of family members, friends and colleagues or to express their own pride in receiving their Franklin degree. The different colored leaves also represent different levels of investment in our student-driven mission:

  • Gold=$250,
  • Silver=$200,
  • Bronze=/$150

The names appearing on the trunk of the tree represent gifts ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to this campaign.

The University proudly adds to this display the names of all those Franklin employees who complete their Franklin degrees while working here, thus signifying their investment of knowledge and skills in support of our students.

If you or someone you know would be interested in giving to this project, please contact the Alumni Engagement and Development Office at extension 6062. IMG_8343

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Presentations and Publications

On December 17, 2015, in Franklin University, by update

Dr. Christopher Washington, Franklin Provost  and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs was quoted in two articles from this month’s edition of Foreign Service Journal. The articles: “Soft Power, High Impact” and “Looking to the Future” draw from his expertise as a member of the Board of Global Ties U.S. and from his extensive curriculum development experience.

Dr. Leslie King, Dean, College of Health and Public Administration, has accepted the position of Associate Editor of the Editorial Office of the Toxicology and Forensic Medicine – Open Journal. The journal is dedicated to presenting the scientific community with quality research articles in its field. In his new role, Dr. King will collaborate with the editor in chief in developing outstanding articles for the journal and will share the latest news and advance trends in the scientific community as some of this duties.

On Nov. 4, Clifford Collins, Enterprise Risk Management Director, participated in an Active Shooter panel discussion at the 2015 Central Ohio RIMS Partner Day conference. joining Clifford on the panel were Deputy Sheriff Alena Griffin, Franklin County Sheriff’s Department; Christopher Murray, Director of Security with Schottenstein Stores Corporation; and Juan J. Perez, Senior Partner of Perez & Morris, LLC. The all-day event was held at the Wendy’s Company headquarters. RIMS is a not-for-profit international association that focuses on serving risk and insurance professionals.

Holiday Safety Tips

On December 2, 2015, in Franklin University, by update

During the holidays, our thoughts often turn to gifts, visiting friends and relatives, and enjoying our favorite dishes. However, there are others who think about how they can cash in on others. Unoccupied vehicles, homes filled gifts, distracted shoppers with extra cash in a purse or wallet, or they are planning their next “charity scam.” Statistically, crime usually increases during the holiday season. The basic reason for this is really very simple. More people with extra cash, gifts, etc. This presents additional opportunities for the criminal looking for an easy “score.” Victims are normally rushing around, stressed out and careless, looking for last-minute gifts, trying to get everything done or thinking about what to buy “the person who has everything.” Victims are not thinking about the criminal in the store or parking lots. Victims may not realize someone has followed them and watched them remove cash or placed valuables in their vehicle. Whether you are traveling or remaining at home throughout the holidays, please take extra care to protect yourself and your property.

Parking Lot Safety Tips for Holiday Shoppers
Lock your vehicle and hide valuables, preferably in the trunk, or a locked compartment. Do not leave your purse, wallet, or cellular device in plain view. Before sunrise and after sunset, park and walk in well lighted areas. Do not park in dark remote areas. Carry keys in your hand. Stay alert to your surroundings and take a moment to glance around for possible suspicious persons, vehicles, and/or situations. Prior to getting into your vehicle take a look inside and around before entering. If you observe evidence of a possible burglary, or you observe something out of the ordinary, call Safety & Security Services at 614-947-6902, or your local law enforcement agency. Always remember where you parked, especially when out shopping.

Safety Tips while Holiday Shopping
When in crowded places, be alert for potential thieves. Don’t overload yourself with packages. Maintain visibility and mobility to avoid potential threats. Be wary of strangers approaching you for any reason. The holiday season is notorious for “con-artists” who may attempt to distract you with the intention of taking your money or belongings. When possible, avoid wearing expensive jewelry and carrying large amounts of valuables. Never leave personal belongings unattended. Shop with Friends, there is safety in numbers. Make sure everyone remains vigilant and looks out for each other. Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse under your arm. Keep a wallet in an inside jacket pocket, not a back trouser pocket. Carry only the credit cards you need and avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Beware of the “a good deal” scams. Things are not always what they appear to be. Drive defensively. Traffic is heavier during the holidays. Always be aware of drivers who may have indulged in too much holiday spirits. When walking be aware of your surroundings and only walk in well-lighted and populated areas.
Don’t display cash, and be aware of your environment. Try not to walk alone particularly at night. If you will feel unsafe, call security for an escort.

Keeping your home safe during the holidays
Be extra cautious about locking windows, sliders, and doors when leaving for any length of time. Set indoor and outdoor lights on timers. Never keep gifts or valuable objects in plain view from any window. Close blinds, shutters, drapes, and curtains because if a burglar can see those items they may attempt to take them from you. If a person knocks at your door and you don’t recognize them, don’t feel obligated to open your door. Teach your children that by no means will they open the door to anyone prior to your knowledge and authorization. You can also increase your home security by signing up for the free online alerts from your local police department, neighborhood safety service, or by starting a Neighborhood Watch program. Let someone you trust and know when you’re traveling during the holidays, you may also want to notify your police department, as many will make additional patrols near your home when requested. Ask someone you trust to retrieve your newspapers and mail, or temporarily have your service stopped.

When celebrating the holidays, celebrate responsibly
Many people celebrate the season by attending holiday parties with family, friends, and co-workers. Enjoy these gatherings responsibly so this time of joy does not become a time of tragedy. Watch how much you drink. Don’t drink then drive, get a ride with someone who is sober. Safety and Security Services recommends you prearrange transportation if you plan on consuming alcoholic beverages.

Enjoy the Season
Last but not least, don’t let the holiday stress get the best of you. Make time to get with family, and friend, enjoy the holidays. Think about reaching out in the spirit of the season to help someone who is less fortunate. Thank you and have a safe and joyous Holiday season!



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RS4637_IMG_7640Franklin University is proud to announce the opening of its newest central Ohio location in Gahanna at Clark Hall. The new site, located at 380 Granville Street, will offer classes beginning Jan. 4, 2016, through an agreement with the YMCA who is leasing a portion of the building from the Gahanna-Lincoln Board of Education.

Announcement of the Gahanna location reunites the University with the YMCA, the organization who helped launch the University in 1902. Sponsored by the YMCA as the School of Commerce, Franklin began with a mission to make education, success and a piece of the “American Dream” possible for everyone. Franklin has kept this promise for more than 100 years and expanded this hope to students from all walks of life, from all around the world.

The move from the University’s current Westerville location to Gahanna will occur after fall classes finish on Dec. 17.  A joint-ribbon cutting ceremony is being planned with the YMCA for Saturday, Jan. 2.

Academic Advising will be available on site for Franklin University students Mondays through Thursdays from 2-7pm beginning Jan. 4.

Sigma Beta Delta Induction Ceremony

On December 2, 2015, in Franklin University, by update

The Franklin University chapter of Sigma Beta Delta – International Honor Society in Business, Management and Administration, held its 2015 Induction Ceremony on Nov. 18. This year, the fifth in the history of Franklin’s chapter, 108 undergraduate and graduate students of programs in the Ross College of Business and the M.S. in Business Psychology program were honored for their outstanding scholastic achievements. In addition, Franklin University faculty members Dr. Martina Peng and Dr. JoAnna Williamson were inducted as honorary members. Dr. Debra Petrizzo, MBA lead faculty and president of the Franklin chapter, presided over the induction ceremony. Opening remarks were delivered by Dr. Christopher Washington, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. Dr. Karen Miner-Romanoff, Associate Provost & Executive Director of the International Institute for Innovation in Instruction, delivered the keynote address. Mr. Patrick Shields, a student in the MBA Program and an honoree, was the student speaker.

Franklin University Chapter officers include Dr. Debra Petrizzo, Dr. Beverly Smith, program chair, Energy Managment, Chapter Vice President; Dr. Charles Saunders, program chair, Forensic Accounting and Business Forensics, Chapter Secretary/Treasurer. This year, the Chapter’s planning and activities were assisted by Ms. Shana Loveless, academic assistant to Dr. Thomas Seiler, Dean, Ross College of Business (RCOB), and Mr. Jesse N. Prempeh, RCOB graduate assistant and an honoree.



Dr. Jonathan McCombs, program chair, Criminal Justice Administration, has had his presentation, “Problem-Based Learning in Law Enforcement In-Service Training” selected to be a part of the 2016 International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) conference.  The March 1026 conference will be held in Rosemont, Ill. and is the largest gathering of law enforcement trainers in the world.







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The University is pleased to announce the selection of Alyssa Darden as the Director of the Franklin University Nationwide Library, effective Dec. 1, 2015.

As Director, Alyssa will assure that the Library is a catalyst for discovery that fuels both teaching and learning in a vibrant, global community, and will support the pursuit of academic success, scholarship and lifelong learning. Alyssa will also lead the University’s efforts to provide reliable access to Library resources and services; offer relevant materials and high-quality instructional materials; cultivate a space conducive to the contemplation and discussion of ideas; foster and support contemporary research strategies; and promote the pursuit of knowledge through access to information resources for our diverse and expanding community of scholars. As part of her role, Alyssa will lead the Library staff, reporting directly to the Provost, and will serve as a member of the Provost’s Cabinet and the President’s Advisory Council.

Alyssa joined the University in September 2013 as the Reference and Assessment Librarian. She demonstrated competence in leading the Library, as an adviser to the Provost Cabinet and in service as Acting Director of the Library since May 11th, 2015. As Acting Director Alyssa set library goals; managed the library’s operational and capital budgets; initiated data driven approaches to operational improvements; customized library services for diverse library patrons; and created an interactive, engaging library presence through library programming, advocacy and community engagement, as well as improvements to the online library presence.

Alyssa holds a masters degree in Library and Information Sciences from Kent State University and a bachelor’s degree in TESOL from Wright State University. Prior to joining Franklin, she worked at OCLC as a research assistant, and as an access services assistant at the Ohio Dominican University Library. She has also taught Business English in Germany and conversational English in Japan.


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