A software developer for an Erie-based logistics company. A professor of nursing at a nationally-recognized university. An orthopedic surgeon at a leading healthcare and medical research institution. These are the job titles for three Edinboro University Distinguished Alumni Award recipients from the College of Science and Health Professions.
Edinboro University will recognize these three graduates during a formal ceremony and reception at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 20 at Edinboro’s Van Houten North Dining Hall. Christopher Oyesiku (Logistics Plus), Timothy W. Meyers, Ph.D. (Kent State University – College of Nursing) and Carmen Quatman, Ph.D., M.D. (Ohio State University – Wexner Medical Center) will be highlighted during the induction ceremony.
“It is an honor and a privilege to welcome our successful, accomplished alumni back to Edinboro University to share their experiences with our current campus community,” said Dr. Roy Shinn, associate dean of Edinboro’s College of Science and Health Professions. “These three individuals have inspirational stories of how they transformed their educational experience at Edinboro into extraordinary career success.”
Introducing the candidates will be Dr. Anne Quinn, chairperson of Edinboro’s Department of Math and Computer Science, Dr. Tom White, chairperson of the Department of Nursing, and Dr. Nina Thumser, chairperson of the Department of Biology and Health Sciences. Dr. Michael Hannan, interim president of Edinboro University, will provide the opening remarks.
“When we talk about the collective success of Edinboro University, the foundation of those discussions are students and alumni,” said Hannan, who was named interim president earlier this month. “These three alumni were, at one time, Edinboro students who were dedicated to succeeding beyond the classroom.”
Oyesiku (’04) is a team leader for software development and integrations at Logistics Plus in Erie. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and minor in mathematics from Edinboro in 2004. Oyesiku has also worked as the senior IT software support team lead and application developer for Logistics Plus since joining them in 2006.
In addition to his extensive success as a solutions architect, team builder and manager, he is also an entrepreneur for software and website development.
Meyers (’02) serves as professor of Nursing and director of the Accelerated Nursing program at Kent State University. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Edinboro in 2002 and later completed a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Clarion University and Kent State, respectively. At Kent State, Meyers teaches courses in Communications and Assessment and Nursing Interventions, and is also the coordinator of the honors program.
Meyers has received many awards, including a DAISY Faculty Award in 2016 for his commitment to and inspirational influence on his students, Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award in 2010, and Faculty Recognition Award in 2014. His research addresses how nursing simulation experience impacts learning outcomes for different student backgrounds.
Quatman (’02) is an orthopedic surgeon at Ohio State University/Wexner Medical Center and an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopedics at OSU. She earned her Bachelor of Science in biology (pre-medicine) from Edinboro in 2002 while also serving on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and leading the women’s volleyball team to the NCAA Elite 8. Carmen then completed a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences in 2009 and an M.D. in 2011, both from the University of Toledo’s School of Medicine.
During her residence at Ohio State, she received the Outstanding Resident Research Award twice, Outstanding Resident Physician Award and the Humanism in Medicine Award. Dr. Quatman has been awarded an NIH R01 grant to investigate ACL injuries and has published and presented her research extensively.
For more information about Edinboro’s College of Science and Health Professions, visit www.edinboro.edu/cshp.