Thursday, August 17, 2006

Denise York, RN,C, M.S., M.Ed
Nursing and Related Services

When did you start at Columbus State?

I started as an adjunct in Spring Quarter of 1989, and then was hired full time autumn quarter of 1990. I am leaving with just over 21 years of experience due to the buyout and years bought back from a previous teaching position in Massachusetts.

I have always taught in the Nursing Department. I have been a Professor since 2003. I teach in the upper levels of the program and have been doing my clinicals at Grant Medical Center with my students for the past fourteen years. I also have been fortunate to be able to teach in our online nursing program since its inception.

What will you miss most?

I will definitely miss the students the most. Because of how our program is set up, we work very closely with our students and we come to know many of them very well.

It is wonderful to see women and men who have perhaps put off hopes of becoming a nurse because of family, financial or "I didn't think I could ever do it" concerns, go on to graduate and obtain excellent positions in the health care facilities all over central Ohio.

I will also definitely miss my colleagues in the Nursing and Related Services Department and across campus. There are many talented and dedicated people working in all positions here on campus.

What will you do with your spare time in retirement?

My husband Tom and I will be moving to Southport, North Carolina. We are originally from New England and we really miss the ocean. New England is still a bit too cold and we would just as soon not have the snow and long winters, so we're heading down the coast a bit.

I hope to find something in nursing in the area, while my husband plans on golfing and saving the sea turtles.

Any anecdotes, stories or thoughts you'd like to share about your time at Columbus State?

My time at Columbus State has certainly helped me grow professionally. The mission of the college is important and I have enjoyed being a part of it.


Columbus State night at the Clippers

There are free tickets available for employees and students for the Clippers game on Friday, August 25. The Clippers will play the Indianapolis Indians, the AAA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Gates open at 6 p.m. with a pre-game Party at the Park in the Picnic Pavilion featuring music by EM 50 Project and specials on Donatos Pizza and beverages. The music and food and beverage specials continue until 7:15 p.m. in the pavilion only. A free autographed mini-bat will be given to the first 2,000 youngsters who enter.

Tickets are available in the cashier's office. There is a limit of four tickets per person.