Scott Joins Faculty At Indiana Wesleyan University

Scott is pleased to announce his appointment to the faculty at Indiana Wesleyan University’s (IWU) School of Nursing Post-Licensure Division beginning May 1, 2013. As an Assistant Professor at IWU’s Dayton, Ohio campus, Scott will provide classroom and online instruction to Registered Nurses who are advancing their careers by seeking to complete a bachelor’s degree program. “It is indeed a privilege to join such a fine academic institution,” says Scott. “This is not only an exciting opportunity to share my professional experiences and insights, but most importantly my faith.”

Scott has an extensive, twenty five-year career in healthcare. His expertise includes Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Emergency Medicine, Critical Care Transport, Wilderness Medicine, and Aviation and Aerospace Medicine. He holds a Master of Science (MS) degree in Nursing Education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Pittsburgh and a Diploma in Nursing from the Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center School of Nursing. Scott maintains numerous provider and instructor certifications with the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, and the Federal Aviation Administration. He is currently pursing certification in Aerospace Physiology and Hyperbarics. Scott has presented at conferences and universities across the nation. He has published several articles on nursing’s role in the aerospace industry. In addition, he has received and has been nominated for numerous professional, nursing, and aerospace education awards, and is a recipient of the 2012 IUP Young Alumni Achievement Award. Scott holds membership in several professional organizations, including the Aerospace Medical Association, the Aerospace Nursing Society, the Aerospace Physiology Society, and the Wilderness Medicine Association.

Indiana Wesleyan University is an evangelical Christian comprehensive university that is committed to liberal arts and professional education. U.S. News & World Report ranks Indiana Wesleyan University as “one of the best Master’s universities in the Midwest.” Over 3,000 students live and learn in state-of-the-art residence halls and academic facilities on IWU’s residential campus in Marion, Indiana. More than 80 majors are offered, covering everything from Art to Theology and Ministry. An increasing number of honors students on the residential campus has led to the formation of the John Wesley Honors College. Another 12,000 adult learners attend classes at regional IWU Education Centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, as well as through our online degree programs, including associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree offerings such as the Master of Education, certificates and electives. The innovative adult education program, which was established in 1985, has received national attention. IWU has been Indiana’s fastest-growing university for the past two years. The University’s total enrollment, which now exceeds 15,000 students, makes IWU the largest private university in Indiana. One result of this growth has been the establishment of the IWU School of Nursing, a premier nursing school in its own right.

 The message has been consistent for years: There’s a nationwide nursing shortage. In times like these, is it possible that the need for compassionate caregivers could be as high as ever? Undoubtedly. But the students of Indiana Wesleyan University’s School of Nursing aren’t just looking for a job. They want to be motivated by mentors willing to share their knowledge gained by years of practice. They expect a nursing school that offers an integrated educational experience, combining hard facts with hands-on learning. And by committing to changing the world with Christ-like kindness, IWU’s nursing degree graduates go a step beyond achieving success; they feel fulfilled. IWU’s nursing school is led by its own dean and consists of three divisions: the Division of Pre-licensure Nursing, the Division of Post-licensure Nursing and the Division of Graduate Studies in Nursing. More than 200 full-time, affiliate and adjunct faculty members assist with coursework for more than 2,000 full-time students — on the Marion, Indiana, campus, at various sites in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, and online for students around the world.

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Day of Remembrance Part 2 – Columbia

crew_portraitMy wife bounded into the bedroom gasping for air, eyes widened, and phone in hand. “Scott, the shuttle just exploded!”  Dazed, I raised my head from the warmth of my pillow and peered over the quilt that was keeping me so comfortable on that cool February morning. I tried to make sense of what she had said. “Exploded,” I thought to myself. “No, it must be a mistake.” The Space Shuttle Columbia was in orbit, completing an exciting science mission and was to returning to Florida that morning for landing. No orbiter was scheduled for launch.

Now normally during a launch or landing, you would find me in front of the computer watching NASA video-feed, but after a long work week I was taking a few more moments of much needed rest. I jumped from my bed, headed to the living room, picked up the remote, and began watching television, shocked at what had just occurred over the skies of Texas.

Nearly two years had passed since I first met Laurel Clark and Kalpana Chawla. They, together with other representatives of the astronaut corp, gathered with us in our small university community of Indiana, Pennsylvania to mourn and celebrate the life of friend and colleague, astronaut-physician Dr. Patricia Hilliard Robertson. It was a day full of emotion, but in between the mix of laughter and tears, I will forever remember the look in their eyes and the occasional exchange of glances across the room. Gathering the spirit of courage and strength left to them by their friend had only added to their passion and unbroken determination to press forward and reach for the stars.

Months later I found myself roaming the buildings and hallways of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. It was a typical hot and humid afternoon in Houston as we entered Building 9’s Space Vehicle Mockup Facility – a large, somewhat museum-like room full of space vehicles where astronauts spend countless hours in spacecraft simulators rehearsing procedures and preparing for their upcoming missions. As we walked towards the Shuttle simulator, a tall, energetic gentleman walked towards us with a smile as big as a young boy in a candy store. Rick Husband loved what he did, there was no mistake, and he wanted us to love it too.

Ten years have passed since that tragic February morning and we have learned much about the Columbia disaster and the crew of STS-107. We’ve learned all about the potential effects of external tank foam shedding and strikes. We’ve learned new flight profiles to pitch a spacecraft end over end for in-flight inspection. We’ve learned tile repair techniques. We’ve gained insight into the results of some of the science experiments from data downloaded during the mission. We’ve come to know the personal and professional stories of each of the crew. We’ve learned there is a calculated risk and cost in exploration and discovery. We’ve learned there are risks worth taking. We’ve learned the value of teamwork, diversity, and cooperation.

But what have I learned as a result of the events of February 1, 2003? While I may have taken some lessons in discipline and determination to fuel me with inspiration to reach for a dream, today I am thankful for a greater lesson in faith and grace. To Rick and Evelyn Husband-Thompson, thank you for your encouragement not only in your story and in your book, but also in your notes. Thank you for reminding me of a grace that gives us purpose and allows us to pursue our highest calling.

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