Townhouse, Faculty Approved by Trustees

by Mark D. Weinstein, Executive Director of Public Relations

The Cedarville University Board of Trustees approved three initiatives that were presented to them by the administration at its board meeting on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. They approved the construction of a new campus townhouse and several faculty hires.

Below is a summary of the approved initiatives:

The Townhouse will be a 48-bed facility and will be ready for student occupancy by the fall 2014 semester.

Faculty Hiring Approval
Samson Amos, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences: Dr. Amos earned his doctoral degree in pharmacology from the University of Nigeria in 2002. Most recently, Amos was an adjunct faculty member at National College in Charlottesville, Va.

Melissa Beck, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences: Dr. Beck earned her doctoral degree in toxicology from the University of Michigan in 2001. Since completing the degree, she worked in various capacities at WIL Research in Ashland, Ohio, including serving as associate director of neurosciences and head of juvenile toxicology.

Mary Becker, assistant professor of nursing: Mary Becker earned her master of science in nursing in 2012 from the University of the Rochester School of Nursing. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Cedarville University in 2006. Prior to her return to Cedarville, she was a family nurse practitioner at Churchville Chili Family Medicine in North Chili, NY. She also served on the professional nursing council for Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Carlos Elias, M.M., professor of music: Elias earned a master of music in 1993 from the University of Cincinnati. He also has a bachelor’s of music degree from Biola University. Prior to joining the CU faculty, Elias most recently served as the director of strings/orchestra for Colorado Mesa University.

Jeremy Ervin, Ph.D., associate professor of education, and Dean of the School of Education: Dr. Ervin earned his doctoral degree and master’s degree in science education from Ohio State University. His undergraduate degree is from Cornerstone University. Since 2010, Dr. Ervin was an assistant professor at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. From 2003-2010he was an assistant professor at Mount Union College in northwest Ohio.

Zachary Jenkins, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice: Dr. Jenkins earned his doctoral degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, Ohio. He holds an Ohio State Pharmacist license and a Medication Therapy Management certification from the American Pharmacists Association. His undergraduate work was completed at the University of Akron.

Emily (Bennett) Laswell, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice: Dr. Laswell earned her doctoral degree in 2012 from Ohio Northern University. She is licensed by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy Registered Pharmacists.

Betty Ruth Sylvester, Ph.D., associate professor of education: Dr. Sylvester earned her doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction literacy and technology from the University of South Florida. Since 2012, she was an assistant professor of childhood education and literacy studies at the University of South Florida (Tampa). Prior to this position, she held the same role from 2007-2012 at the University of South Florida Lakeland campus.

Lindsay Tucholski, M.S.N., assistant professor of nursing: Tucholski earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in nursing from Cedarville University. Prior to her teaching position at Cedarville, she was a staff nurse at Dayton Children’s Hospital since 2004.

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