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Friday, September 5, 2014

Fattlar Interns with Top Ranked Hospital

Senior Lauren Fattlar had a busy and rewarding summer interning with the Cleveland Clinic as a Corporate Communication Intern. In this position, Lauren pitched stories to the many media outlets, such as the news, TV, and magazines, she posted tweets on the Clinic's Twitter site, as well as researched trending topics and stories to send out as weekly tips to general reporters.

Lauren also had the opportunity to attend video shoots. One of the shoots recorded behind-the-scene activities of the heart center as the Clinic was recently named the No. 1 heart hospital by U.S. News & World Report for the 20th consecutive year.

"Communication courses such as Public Relations Writing, Health Communication, Organizational Communication and Interpersonal Communication really helped prepare me for my internship by giving me the proper skill set and confidence to write press releases and to work in a fast-paced corporate communication environment," says Lauren. "It was really neat to have used what I learned about health communication and apply the importance of patient interaction first-hand at the Cleveland Clinic!"

Lauren is triple majoring in Health & Risk Communication, Public Relations & Strategic Communication and Sport Communication and plans on graduating in May 2015.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Five Students from AU'S Department of Communication Studies Joined O-Team

Lauren Fattlar, Alexys McQuillen, Stephany Elgin, Taylor Campbell and Byron Reyna-Corzo joined Ashland University's Orientation Team and are in the Department of Communication Studies. The Department of Communication majors include Health and Risk Communication, Sport Communication and Public Relations and Strategic Communication.

Ashland University's O-Teamers are responsible for guiding freshmen through their transition to campus life during orientation weekend and drive-ins. O-Teamers are selected based on personality and academic standing. These students instruct, guide, entertain and support freshmen by organizing events, giving tours and moving freshmen in early. 

Lauren Fattlar is on left standing next to Alexys McQuillen. Stephany Elign is in the middle with Taylor  Campbell and Byron Reyna-Corzo on her right. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Elgin Gains Experience Interning with AU's Department of Student Life

Public Relations and Strategic Communication major, Stephany Elgin, interned this summer with Ashland University's Department of Student Life as an Orientation and Commuter Services Intern.

Stephany's duties included assisting the director of Orientation with planning and implementing orientation programs, leading the Orientation Team as an executive member during programs, developing Orientation Team training materials, and preparing materials and presentations for incoming students and their family members, as well as working with special populations such as commuters, out of state students, and transfer students to feel more acclimated to campus. She also helped out with the day-to-day office tasks in the department.

"One class that has particularly helped me in this position would be organizational communication," says Stephany. "The course taught me how to develop and implement a training program, which was extremely beneficial when producing and designing a training program and materials for the Orientation Team members."

Public speaking was a large part of her experience.

"The skills I developed from many of my communication courses have helped me to become a better public speaker. I had been asked to give speeches or speak to crowds with very little notice on a number of occasions. Being able to organize my thoughts and present information in a logical manner has prepared me for this challenge."

Stephany added, "Working for the Student Life Office and the Department of Orientation has showed me just how much work goes into student life at AU. I am proud to be a part of a department that touches the lives of every new student on Ashland's campus!"

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Wright Awarded National Scholarship

Madison Paige Wright, a double major in Public Relations & Strategic Communication and Health & Risk Communication was named one of 35 students nationwide who will receive the Jo Anne J. Trow Scholarship from the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for First Year Students.
Dr. Susan Melson Huffman, national president of Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, made the announcement of the $1,000 scholarship that Wright will receive.
“For the 2014 competition, the national selection committee reviewed more than 85 strong applicants,” Huffman said. “This year’s applicant pool was extremely strong, and selecting 35 winners from such a large group of outstanding students, was, as always, a challenge.”
Wright, a junior, is also working on a minor in History. She is in the Ashbrook Scholars Program and is a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America.
Earlier this year, the Ashland Chapter of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society named Wright the outstanding sophomore of the year.
Wright is the daughter of Fredrick and Cheryl Wright of Lakewood.
The Jo Anne J. Trow Scholarship was started in 1988, in honor of a past national president of Alpha Lambda Delta. Trow is the former vice president for Student Services at Oregon State University. She served National Alpha Lambda Delta as a district adviser from 1974 to 1979, as national secretary from 1979 to 1983, as president-elect from 1984 to 1985, and as national president from 1985 to 1988.

Stoops Interning for ACIS


Kimmie Stoops is interning for American Collegiate Intramural Sports (ACIS). She is working as an ACIS Marketing Intern and assists with the execution of ACIS sponsor events and promotions on the Ashland University campus.
Some of her duties include brand marketing, advertising, and conducting surveys, and then reporting the results back to ACIS.

Kimmie is enjoying her internship and credits her communication courses in helping her work with people and the public. Through her courses she has learned several different techniques on how to relate to people and how to positively represent products and companies.

"Working as an ACIS intern has helped me improve the techniques I have learned in class and has also widened my knowledge about how the public perceives information best. It really is a fun job!" says Kimmie.
Handing out sample products

Kimmie is pursing a bachelor of arts degree with a double major in Sport Communication and Public Relations & Strategic Communication. She plans to graduate in May 2017.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Federal Gov't Proposes Risk-Based Health IT Regulatory Framework

On Thursday, HHS released a draft report that includes a proposed strategy and recommendations for creating a risk-based health IT regulatory framework.

The draft report was developed by FDA, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Federal Communications Commission (HHS release, 4/3).


The Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act directed the agencies to develop "a proposed strategy and recommendations on an appropriate, risk-based regulatory framework pertaining to health IT including mobile medical applications that promotes innovation, protects patient safety and avoids regulatory duplication" (iHealthBeat, 10/18/13).

The report was originally due to Congress by January 2014 (iHealthBeat, 3/20). 

Details of Proposed Framework

Under the federal agencies' proposal, health IT products would be classified into three categories based on the function and risk level of the product, rather than on the product's platform.

The first category would include health IT products with administrative functions that pose little or no risk to patient safety and therefore require no additional oversight. Products in this category would include software for billing, claims processing, scheduling and inventory management.

The second category would include health IT products with health management functions, such as software for health information management, medication management, provider order entry and most clinical decision support. Because such products are of relatively low risk, FDA does not plan to focus its oversight on them. Instead, the draft report recommends relying on ONC and private-sector efforts to highlight quality management, industry standards and best practices. The draft report also proposes incorporating testing, certification and accreditation processes for products in this category.

The third category would include health IT products with medical device functions that could potentially pose significant risks to patients if they do not perform as intended. Such products would include computer-aided detection software, software for bedside monitor alarms and radiation treatment software. According to the draft report, FDA would continue to regulate health IT products that fall in this category.

The proposed framework also calls for ONC to work with FDA, FCC, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and other stakeholders to create a public-private Health IT Safety Center. The center would be tasked with developing best practices and providing an avenue for sharing information and ideas related to patient safety.

FDA, FCC and ONC plan to hold a public meeting to collect comments and feedback on the draft report.


HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said, "The diverse and rapidly developing industry of health information technology requires a thoughtful, flexible approach," adding, "This proposed strategy is designed to promote innovation and provide technology to consumers and health care providers while maintaining patient safety."
National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo said, "ONC welcomes comment on the draft report and stands ready to collaborate with stakeholders to ensure that health IT is designed and used with both innovation and patient safety in mind."

Matt Quinn, director of health care initiatives at FCC, said, "The draft report reflects FCC's narrow but important role in encouraging new and innovative wireless medical technologies and ensuring that developers and users of these technologies are minimizing the potential for causing potentially harmful interference to radio services," adding, "We look forward to future collaboration with all stakeholders to achieve the promise of health IT" (HHS release, 4/3).

Reprinted from:
iHealth Beat

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Ashland Eagle Becomes a Member of the Cavs

Ashland University Class of 2012 alumna, Angelique Cunningham, is now a part of the Cleveland Cavaliers. When she attended the MAC Career Fair at Quicken Loans arena, alongside Dr. Theodore Avtgis, she had no idea that a meeting would land her a job with one of the big three professional sports teams in Cleveland. The Cavs spared no expense as Cunningham had the opportunity to return to a game with her family and sat in 3rd row courtside seats. One day later she was offered a position with the Cavs as an account executive for inside sales.

Angelique graduated from Ashland in 2012 with a double major in Public Relations and Electronic Media Production.

“As I reflect back on my personal, professional, and academic growth I attribute much of my success to my time spent at Ashland University,” said Cunningham.

She also credited the strong Department of Communication Studies at Ashland University, guided by Dr. Avtgis.
“The communication program built a strong platform for me that not only promoted the value in majoring in communication studies but afforded me the skill-sets necessary to handle communication studies at the master’s level.” 

Following her graduation from Ashland Univeristy, she pursued a master of arts in communication at The University of Akron and will be graduating in May.

“I am a proud alumna of Ashland University and as a communication major there are absolutely no limitations what you can do.”

Congratulations, Angelique, on the start of your new career. Forever you belong to Ashland University and Ashland University belongs to you.