Community Forum

Wednesday, Jan. 14

Athens: Irvine 194

Dublin: MEB1 - 415

Noon - 1 p.m.

Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson, D.O., and Cleveland Dean Isaac Kirstein, D.O., will offer an update and strategic vision report on the Cleveland campus. For video conferencing, contact Dan Smith,

in the news

New evidence shows link between brain function and muscle strength
The Athens Messenger
Nov. 28
Can you 'imagine' your muscles into recovery?
Dec. 1
Retain strength while injured
Shape Magazine
Dec. 1

alumni in the news

Orthopedic, pain specialists round out new doctors (Jason Allen, D.O., '09)
Zanesville Times Recorder
Nov. 28


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Drug developed here may stop onset of Type 2 diabetes
A drug developed at the Heritage College shows promise in halting
Kelly McCall, Ph.D., works in her laboratory.
the onset of obesity-related Type 2 diabetes. Lab results from preclinical studies found the drug made treatment groups, which were on a high fat diet, more insulin sensitive, halted an increase in fat mass, and prevented the onset of type 2 diabetes.
"The implications are enormous," said Kelly McCall, Ph.D., associate professor of endocrinology at the Heritage College. "This drug could significantly change the treatment protocol for Type 2 diabetes."
Diabetes Institute wins grant to create health registry
Though the Diabetes Institute at Ohio University is only two years old, it's already making its mark as a leader in diabetes care, research, outreach and education. The institute earned national recognition for its work in October, taking home the American Osteopathic Foundation's Excellence in Diabetes Care award from the American Osteopathic Association's annual OMED Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition.


According to the AOF, the $10,000 award is given to an osteopathic clinic or program that "has made significant advancements in health care resulting in a better quality of life and improved clinical outcomes for people living with diabetes."



Office of Admissions aiming to go paperless
After years of handling admission applications and inquiries largely on paper, the Heritage College recently launched a new online application management program that promises to streamline the process and make it much easier to track and reach out to current applicants and prospective new students. The new constituent relationship management (CRM) system, called Enrollment Rx, is in the process of replacing the OsteoAdmit software, which the Office of Admissions has been using since 2010.
Club pairs undergrads with med school mentors
A new student organization arranges for Heritage College students to act as mentors to pre-medical undergraduates at Ohio University. In addition to serving pre-medical undergraduates on the Athens Campus, the Ohio University Medical Mentoring Club is also assisting undergrads at Ohio Dominican and Otterbein universities, matching students on those campuses with student mentors studying at the Heritage College's new location in Dublin, Ohio.  
COCA accreditation visit a big success for college

The Heritage College emerged from its seven-year accreditation review with high marks, earning praise from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) team that conducted the review. "You don't know how lucky you are," said Team Chair Ronald Berezniak, Ph.D. "You have a great team here; you have a great leader. You have support from the university. You have a great foundation here supporting you."


The COCA inspection team spent the week of Nov. 3 conducting a thorough review of the Heritage College's curricula, faculty staffing plan and facilities in both Athens and Dublin. They shared their findings at a Nov. 7 exit interview.



Schweitzer Fellow program celebrates volunteerism

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program, whose area participants include Heritage College students, recently celebrated the work of graduate and professional students from Ohio University and Ohio State University with a special event in Grover Center.


The Heritage College is one of only 13 sites hosting the fellowship program, which recently celebrated the work of graduate and professional students from Ohio University and Ohio State University with a special event in Grover Center.



Web page reviews & updates requested by Dec. 19

Following two sessions Dec. 9 in which the Office of Communication

Chief Communications Officer Karoline Lane talks about the new website with Heritage College staffers Dec. 9.
provided Heritage College staffers with a preview of the college's redesigned website, college departments and offices are being asked to take a few simple steps in order to help prepare for the switchover to the new version of the website, planned for next year.

Personnel from various units attended the information sessions, in which they viewed examples of

the new site's appearance and high-level navigation, and learned what it will mean for them in terms of maintenance responsibilities and customized input.


The Office of Communication is now requesting that by Dec. 19, college departments and offices review and update all information on their current web pages. This is the only step that units need to complete before the holiday break. Information about further steps that will need to be taken will be shared after the holidays. Please direct any questions to the Office of Communication. A resource page for the web transition, located here, provides a number of useful documents including a to-do checklist.

Commencement 2015 just five short months away
Heritage College students and staffers should mark their calendars early for Commencement 2015. The ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 9, in the Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium. The day before, on Friday, May 8, there will be a lunchtime awards ceremony in Baker Ballroom. More details will become available in the months to come, but anyone with questions should feel free to contact the Office of Student Affairs at 740.593.2156.
Student group collects holiday gifts for area children

On Tuesday, Dec. 9, the Heritage College student organization Sigma

Students Nadia Kamagate and Jessica McClarren arrange Giving Tree gifts.

Sigma Phi delivered a big consignment of holiday gifts to Athens County Children Services, to be distributed to local children in need. The Giving Tree program collected presents donated by faculty, staff and students, for 73 children in Athens County.

Students in Dublin, meanwhile, are collecting holiday donations

of food and clothing. For the clothing drive initiated by David Kling, Jr., donation boxes are located outside the MEB1 331 pod room, the second floor lounge/kitchen, and near the first-floor lounge behind the water feature. The drive is seeking new or gently used winter apparel. The Emergency Medicine Club is cosponsoring a canned-food drive for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Boxes, with listings of needed/usable items, are in the lobbies of MEB1 and MEB2.

College debuts new and improved events calendar

On Monday, Dec. 8, the Heritage College rolled out a new version of its online events calendar. The new calendar is meant to allow better coordination of events among the college's three campuses. "The thinking was to come up with one calendar that any one of the three campuses could look at, and be able to choose event dates that would work for everyone," explained Eric McFadden, digital media support technician with the Office of Medical Informatics. McFadden was one member of a team put together to look into improving the college's online calendar.


The new calendar looks much like the old one did, but has been set up to be better synchronized among college departments and campuses. It will be drawing events from multiple units around the college, including the Dublin and Cleveland campuses, CORE, and student events. A person viewing it can filter its content to include some or all of the event sources. An online fill-in-the-blanks events form makes it possible for any department or office to submit events for inclusion in the calendar, and each participating unit has designated two employees to handle events calendar input.


View the new calendar here.

human resources 
A notice in the previous Rounds newsletter under "New Hires" contained incorrect contact information for Carol Merckle, R.N., new assistant director for the Area Health Education Center/Community Health Programs. Merckle can be reached in Grosvenor 056, Athens campus, at 740.597.1212.

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Get an online view of the new Cleveland campus
The Heritage College Office of Communication has recently posted a slideshow on its website, providing information about, and images from, the college's soon-to-open campus in Cleveland. Check it out here if you want to learn more about our newest site, due to welcome its first class in July 2015!