Tuesday, October 2, 2012

New KSU Dean Addresses Chamber Members

Speaker Chairman Paul Blevins on the left
welcomes KSU's Dr. Stephen Nameth

Kent State Univ. - Columbiana County Campuses Dean Stephen Nameth, Ph.D., addressed the members of the Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce this past week at the September luncheon.   The luncheon was held at the Riverside Roadhouse September 27.  He was introduced by Chamber Speaker Chairman Paul Blevins who noted that Dr. Nameth is a relative and friend of Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Willy Nameth.

Dr. Nameth is a native of Rochester, PA. and moved to California with his family before finishing high school.  He attended Cerritos Jr. College, UCLA and Cal State.  He worked at Ohio State Univ. for 27 years and up until recently  was Dean of the Agricultural School at OSU-Wooster.  He took over the reins of the Columbiana County Campuses in August and is now a resident of East Liverpool. 

Dr. Nameth spoke on the mission and goals of the two regional campuses.  He noted that the East Liverpool and Salem campuses have over 3,000 students enrolled.  It is second only to the Stark County campus in numbers in Ohio.  In the Kent State system 40% of the total number of students is attending regional campuses.  Saying the academic needs for regional campuses is different than that of the main campus it is important to be attuned to the needs of the community.  Many of the programs of the regional campuses award a two year Associate Degree that prepares the student to go on to earn their Bachelor’s degree.  One of his goals is to establish partnerships with industry in the communities to allow for a relative education for their students.  The Kent State regional campuses also offer some four year degree programs.  In Salem there is a program for the insurance industry that teaches all aspects of the business.  Students graduate with a Bachelor’s degree and it is the only Kent regional campus that offers the program.  Also in Salem is the four year degree program in horticultural studies which Dr. Nameth is quite excited about. 

Dr. Nameth told the Chamber members that he is a great admirer of Ohio State Dean Gordon Gee and adopted his wearing bow ties years ago for that reason.  He said Mrs. Nameth would not permit him to wear a bigger tie than Dr. Gee’s when they were both attending the same event!

In other Chamber news the nominations for Man, Woman and Business of the Year were announced.  Nominees are Greg Thrasher, Joe Amaismeier, Tom Brophey, Jr., Debbie Koffel, Lisa Ferguson and Sheryl Gibson.  Business nominees are CF Bank, Nick’s Pizza and Sell’s Auction.  The annual dinner will be held at the Wellsville Alumni Center October 18.  Reservations are $30 per person and can be made by calling either Connie Bauer at 330-843-2999 or Randy Allmon at 330-843-3475.  Those wishing to attend are encouraged to make their reservations as soon as possible.  There are only 200 seats available.  The keynote speaker will be former Pittsburgh Steeler Dwayne Woodruff.  Woodruff is an Allegheny County Common Pleas judge and one of the founding members of Woodruff, Flaherty & Fardo, LLC.  He and his wife Joy chair the Do the Write Thing program for youth in Pittsburgh. 
From the right is Chamber member Sheryl
Gibson, Diane Woods-Lenkey, Chamber
President Randy Allmon and Ellen Clark-McCoy

New members introduced were Ellen Clark-McCoy of the Western Southern Financial Group and Diane Woods-Lenkey.  Details for the sale of Christmas tree memorial bulbs, Light Up Night and the annual Christmas parade will be announced at a later date.   The next luncheon will be held at Tonda’s Place at noon October 25.

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