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Dana Strollo and Lauren Furnkase


Students present 'highly significant' research   

Two YSU respiratory care seniors were among world-wide professionals, physicians and Ph.D.s in Las Vegas in December presenting research at an international respiratory care conference.

Dana Strollo (left) of Campbell and Lauren Furnkase (right) of Austintown traveled to the 56th American Association for Respiratory Care International Respiratory Congress to participate in the Open Forum symposium. Their presentation, “Effect of Signal Loss on Respiratory Rate Recording with a Clinical Oxygen Dose Recorder,” details their analysis on patient oxygen needs during pulmonary rehabilitation.

Strollo and Furnkase’s study is an extension of faculty research, and Teresa Volsko, director of the YSU Respiratory Care and Polysomnography programs and the students’ faculty advisor, called their findings “highly significant.” She added that the study has “definite potential for development of a full manuscript.” The students plan to submit their work to the Journal of Respiratory Care and present at YSU’s QUEST in spring as well. Read more.

Published Fall 2010


Rhodes Scholar hopeful

Erik Johnson of Boardman, a senior biology pre-medicine major at YSU with a minor in chemistry, has been nominated for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.

Johnson is a four-year member of the YSU football team and a Leslie H. Cochran University Scholar. He has compiled an extensive community service record that includes coaching youth basketball and umpiring youth baseball games among several other efforts.

The Rhodes Scholarships, established in 1902 and named after the late Cecil Rhodes, are the oldest international educational fellowships. They give exceptionally intelligent, forward-thinking students from around the globe the opportunity to study at the University of Oxford in England for up to three years.

Ron Shaklee, geography professor and head of YSU’s Scholars and Honors Program, evaluated and determined Johnson's application to be competitive and sufficient for regional competition, and with President Cynthia E. Anderson's official endorsement, it has been forwarded to the Rhodes Scholar Committee for consideration in the next phase of competition. Read more.

Published Fall 2010


Darian Scott


Unrelenting determination

Stricken with debilitating hearing and speech impairments at the age of three, Darian Scott spent most of his early years isolating himself from the world. He's been abandoned. He's been homeless and hungry.

Scott graduated from YSU in May 2009 with a bachelor's degree in social work and is currently a graduate assistant in YSU's Office of Student Diversity. Scott, whose story was featured in the Summer 2009 issue of YSU Magazine, is proof that unrelenting determination can breed success, even in the most dire of circumstances.

Scott also was featured in a recent story in The Vindicator. Read more.

Published Fall 2010



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