Highlights from 2014-2015


2015 M.A. Graduates

2015 M.A. Graduates


Incoming MA Class 2014 (click for full-size image)

Incoming MA Class 2014 (click for full-size image)









Matthew Fullen (L) explains his project to OSU President Drake at the Year-End Schweitzer Fellow Celebration on May 6, 2015

Matthew Fullen (L) explains his project to OSU President Drake at the Year-End Schweitzer Fellow Celebration on May 6, 2015

Congratulations to Matthew Fullen (PhD Student) who was a Schweitzer Fellow for the 2015-2016 Academic Year. Matt’s project was to promote resilience and wellness among older adults.





The OSU Counselor Education Program was very well represented at the annual Ohio Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Spring Conference. Of the 17 programs at the conference, 8 were by OSU doctoral students and faculty (Presenters: Jessica Cutshall; Sabri Dogan; Kaden Edwards; Matthew Fullen; Sean Gorby; Lisa Longo; JP Oehrtman; CJ Potter; Dr. Colette Dollarhide; Dr. Paul Granello; Dr. Darcy Haag Granello)


TheTheoretical-Mini-Conference Theoretical Mini-Conference on March 28 was a great success! Thanks to all who participated. A special thank you to the CSI Officers – and to the individuals who presented on the theories: CJ Potter, Krista Predragovich, and Dr. Paul Granello



Thank you to all current students who assisted with the Saturday Admissions/Interview day! It is a long day, but an extremely important one. Thank you to everyone who assisted!

Thank you to all the students who participated in the Franklin County Children’s Services (FCCS) holiday gift wrapping program on Saturday, November 15, 2014. Charles Cochran, from FCCS, wrote “I wanted to take this opportunity the students from OSU for giving of your time on Saturday. Your assistance was very much appreciated. Please express our gratitude on behalf of FCCS to everyone who helped out. By giving of their time this weekend they will make a difference in the life of a child who might not otherwise experience the joys of the holidays. I hope all the students who helped out have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. I look forward to working with you in the future. Thanks again.”

The OSU Counselor Education Program held its annual reception during the All Ohio Counselors Conference. The OSU reception was Thursday, November 6, from 7-9pm in the Lilac Room of the Hilton at Easton. Ms. Maureen Casamassimo (Mrs. C) was honored for her years of service to the OSU Counselor Education program. Click here for a picture!

The OSU Counselor Education Program is once again well-represented at the All Ohio Counselors Conference.
Click here for a listing of OSU students, alumni, and faculty presentations.

With appreciation to the OSU student volunteers at the All Ohio Counselors Conference. First year student volunteers are: Kelsey Hyde, Shayla Krecklow, Samantha Melnik, Kellie Peltomaa, Laura Peterson, & Caitlin Woods.

Out of the Suicide Walk Team 2014 to shareDarkness Walk for Suicide Prevention was Sunday, October 12, 2014. The OSU Counselor Education Team had 60 participants (our largest team ever) and raised nearly $4000! That makes the Counselor Education team 3rd in Central Ohio for money raised. Thank you to everyone who participated, raised money, and donated to this important cause. The Central Ohio walk raised nearly $100,000 for suicide prevention. There is still time to make a donation – click here.


Heartfelt gratiAlumni Panel in Foundations to Sharetude to our alumni who were able to return to speak with the first year students in the Foundations of Counseling Class on October 7, 2014. Alumni panel (seated) from L-R: Stephanie Eich (’13), Rachel Jones (’14), Samantha Tortora (’13), Amy Buffomante (’13), Liz Collette (’13), Erin Vlach (’10), and Simon Woliver (’11).




Picnic 2014 to shareThe picnic for Counselor Education students and families was Saturday, September 20, 2014.






Matthew Fullen (current PhD student) finished his year-long Schweitzer Fellowship working to promote wellness and resiliency in an aging population. Matthew’s project has received a lot of acclaim. You can read more about his work here.

Dr. Darcy Haag Granello & Dr. Paul Granello (faculty), who had an article on suicide prevention published on the Fact Based Health website in May, 2015. Click here for a link to the article

Todd Gibbs (current PhD student) had an article published in the Journal of Student Affairs. The article, entitled Wellness Coaching: Helping Students Thrive can be found on page 23 of this issue of the journal.

Levi Fullen

Levi James Fullen

Matthew Fullen (current PhD student) and wife, Kari, welcomed Levi James Fullen on May 2, 2015.





Sean Gorby (current PhD student) and wife, Caryn, welcomed baby Griffin in January of 2015.

Nevin Heard (current M.A. Student) and Harry Warner (M.A. ’09) presented at the B1G Counseling Centers Conference in Lincoln, NB. The presentation,  OUT-Reaching Through the Gap: Creating Safe Campus Communities for Queer Students of Color, was well-attended and well-received. Well done!


Connor Chatfield  Beth Chatfield (M.A. student in School Counseling) and husband, Chris, welcomed Connor Chatfield on 12/14/2014. Congratulations to the entire Connor family!






Dr. Paul Granello (faculty) received the 2014 Herman J. Peters Award from the Ohio Counseling Association. This award is given to a counselor who “promotes innovative ideas and theories in the counseling field and has a significant impact on future trends.”

Dr. Ana Berrios-Allison (Ph.D. and adjunct faculty) received the 2014 Charles “Chuck” Weaver Award from the Ohio Counseling Association. The award is given to a counselor who has shown “long, consistent, and distinguished service to the counseling profession and exemplary caring for people”

Matthew Fullen (Ph.D. student) who presented a workshop and poster session at the Association for Adult Development and Aging Conference in Alexandria, VA in July, 2014. While at the conference, Matt had the opportunity to advocate on Capitol Hill alongside leaders in our profession.  He met with (Ohio) Senator Sherrod Brown and with staff members from (Ohio) Senator Rob Portman, and a group of six Ohioans from ACA explained the importance of Senate Bill 562, which authorizes LPCs and MFTs as providers under Medicare.  Congratulations, Matt – and thank you for advocating for our profession and the clients we serve!

Ginny HokeJacqui Hoke (M.A. student) and husband Ryan welcomed Imogen Renée (Ginny) on Saturday, July 26th. Mom and baby are doing well!


Chi Sigma Iota Officers for the 2014-2015 Academic Year

President – Brian Sambecki
Vice President – Tory Trimble
Treasurer – Jenny Ledermeier
Secretary – Katie Monda
Social Chair – Christina Long