List of 5 news stories.

  • Gilmour Academy Community to Deliver More than 350 Thanksgiving Meals to Local Families in Need

    On the first morning of Thanksgiving break, Gilmour’s campus will be buzzing by 8 a.m. as students, faculty, alumni and friends gather to distribute more than 350 Thanksgiving meals to local families as part of the Brother Richard Keller Thanksgiving Food Drive. The drive is named in honor of longtime Gilmour staff member and Food Drive volunteer Brother Richard Keller, C.S.C.
     
    Students and faculty members at the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools have been collecting food for the drive for the past few weeks and the donations are being used to fill the more than 350 baskets with complete Thanksgiving dinners.
     
    On Wednesday morning at 8 a.m., those baskets will be loaded into cars for home delivery by juniors, seniors, faculty/staff and alumni. The remaining baskets will be loaded on a bus with additional Gilmour volunteers, who will distribute them at the Hunger Center at St. Patrick’s Church in Cleveland.
     
    There were several educational events that accompanied this community initiative. To kick off the Food Drive, students heard from two staff members at the St. Augustine’s Hunger Center about the need that exists in the local community. Throughout last week, students were presented with simple meal options during lunch and were provided a variety of service opportunities. Students went to the Cleveland Foodbank, served at two different food pantries and made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for distribution to the homeless. The Food Drive preparations culminated with a prayer service and a blessing of the baskets on Tuesday.
     
    Gilmour’s Director of Pastoral Life and Religious Studies Department Chair Whitney Daly chaired this year’s drive. She said, “The Br. Richard Keller Thanksgiving Food Drive makes our Mission Statement ‘to develop the competence to see and the courage to act in creating a more humane and just society’ come alive. Montessori – Grade 12 students, faculty, staff, families, alumni and friends work together to create and deliver more than 350 baskets to people in need during the holiday season.” She continued, “An endeavor this large can only be successful when everyone is invested. Aware of the great need within the Cleveland area, the Gilmour community has once again responded with hope and zeal.”
  • “Prevent a Tragedy, Save a Life” - November 15, 2017

    “Prevent a Tragedy, Save a Life”
    Ohio is ground-zero for the opioid crisis, and the stakes are high for our kids, family, and local community.  Many of us have been impacted in some way, and the statistics are alarming: 75% of heroin users started out on painkillers, 2016 opioid deaths exceeded 53,000, and Ohio is ranked second among states for opioid deaths.
     
    We have assembled a panel of experts with diverse backgrounds - including drug abuse counseling, law enforcement, pharmaceuticals, and education – who can provide valuable information to prevent addiction and answer your questions such as:
     
    • What are opioids and how do they impact our community?
    • Why are opioids so deadly?
    • What questions should I be asking my physicians? 
    • How do I know if a family member, friend, or even I have a problem?
    • What immediate risks do our kids face?
     
    Agenda for the Evening
    Gilmour Academy Tudor House
     
    6:00-6:45 p.m. – Appetizers and Refreshments
    6:45-7:15 p.m. – Presentation by Sgt. Anthony Mele
    7:15-8:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion
     
    Meet the Panel:
     
    Dr. Silvana Balliu – Pharmacist, Cleveland Clinic
    Dr. Balliu has been working as a pharmacist at Cleveland Clinic since 2004. Initially, in her role as a Clinical Staff Pharmacist, she worked directly with physicians, nurses, patients and other healthcare professionals to ensure that the medications prescribed for patients contributed to the best possible outcomes. Pain management and opioid use have been one of her areas of interest. In collaboration with other members of the health care team, she has applied her clinical expertise to minimize the use of opioids and risks associated with them.
     
    Currently, Dr. Balliu is part of the Medication Safety team at Cleveland Clinic. She works closely with different healthcare providers to improve efficiency and quality of care based on data and other tools offered by health information technology. 
     
    She received her doctoral degree in pharmacy from the Midwestern University in Chicago. Dr. Balliu completed her PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Mid-Michigan Medical Center to expand her knowledge of medication therapy and clinical expertise. She completed her internship at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.
     
    Douglas E. Rohde – Lake County Crime Laboratory Supervisor of Chemistry and Toxicology
    Douglas E. Rohde has been employed by the Lake County Crime Laboratory since January 2000 and serves as the supervisor of chemistry and toxicology. He earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Gannon University and a master of science degree in chemistry (clinical) from Cleveland State University. His duties include the analysis of solid dose substances and body fluids for the presence of drugs and poisons. Prior to his current position, he was employed in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation for 12 years and has performed forensic toxicology testing since 1983. Mr. Rohde has provided expert testimony/opinion reports in the areas of alcohol/drug analysis and impairment in several counties in Ohio and Pennsylvania. He is a Fellow (Toxicology Section) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) and holds board certification from the American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) and the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). He serves on the National Safety Council (NSC) Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division and the AAFS Academy Standards Board (ASB) Toxicology Consensus Body.
     
    Dr. Martina Moore – Coordinator of Substance Abuse Disorder, John Carroll University; Substance Use Disorder and Marriage and Family Counseling
    Martina completed her Ph.D. at Walden University in counseling education and supervision with a specialization in consultation. She holds a master’s degree from John Carroll University in community counseling and human services. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor- Clinical Supervisor. She is the president and CEO of Moore Counseling & Mediation Services, Inc., (MCMS). This organization has seven outpatient alcohol and drug treatment centers in Northeast, Ohio. Her agency is the provider for five City of Cleveland specialized dockets, including drug court, mental health court, veterans court, community court and human trafficking court.
     
    Dr. Moore is on the board of directors for Serving and Learning Together (SALT), a non-profit organization where she works on philanthropic activities to provide services such as building dispensaries, schools and libraries in under-developed countries. In 2015, Dr. Moore traveled to Tanzania, Africa where she worked to assist with completing a dispensary for medical and mental health services. In 2017, Dr. Moore traveled to Vietnam where she taught substance disorder treatment methods.
     
    In 2015, Dr. Moore received an award from Smart Business Magazine as a 2015 Progressive Female Entrepreneur. In 2016, she received the Community Service Pillar award from Medical Mutual. In 2017, she and her husband were awarded Business Persons of the Year by the Euclid Chamber of Commerce.
     
    In her spare time, Martina is an avid traveler, and she enjoys spending time sitting by the ocean.
     
    Sgt. Tony Mele – Mayfield Heights Police Department
    Sgt. Mele has served 20 years as a police officer, including five years on the S.P.A.N. Drug Enforcement Unit, eight years as MHPD K9 handler, and serves as a MHPD juvenile officer.
     
    And Gilmour’s own…
     
    Mrs. Patricia Brubaker – Counselor and Director of Student Development, Gilmour Academy
     
    Mr. David Pfundstein '93 – Dean of Student Life and Leadership, Gilmour Academy
     
     
  • Gilmour Celebrates Seven Who Commit to Playing After High School

    Yesterday a special ceremony was held to honor the commitments made by seven student-athletes who will continue their playing careers after graduating from Gilmour. Congratulations to the following student-athletes:
     
    Sarah Bohn '18 -  basketball at Division I Army West Point
    Katie Forsythe '18 - volleyball at Division I Loyola University Maryland
    Ella Grbac '18 - volleyball at Division I Northwestern University
    Emma Gurley '18 - basketball and softball at Division II Lake Erie College
    Naz Hillmon '18 - basketball at Division I University of Michigan
    Cole Hudson '18 - Junior A hockey for Brookings Blizzard
    Lauren Longo '18 - tennis at Division I Cleveland State University

    Enjoy these photos from the ceremony.
  • Freshman Publishes Single-Author Paper in Research Journal

    Only a freshman, Asya Akkus ’21 just published her first single-author paper! Her work appeared in October in the International Journal of Current Research, an open access, peer-reviewed online journal. Her paper examines the ways in which dentistry can be efficiently integrated with the general health care system to improve quality of care and save costs. She has always been interested in the financial aspects of healthcare and medicine and, after sampling several finance and economics courses via Coursera and Case Western Reserve University, she came up with this topic idea.
     
    Akkus spent the entire summer and the first part of this semester working on the manuscript and getting it published. She used CWRU’s library to access the scientific databases. The paper was blind peer reviewed by three reviewers and will be referenced in the PubMed database, a free search engine accessing references and abstracts on life sciences and medical topics.
     
    Akkus has been involved in two other papers as part of a research team, but this is her first (and we’re sure not her last!) single-author paper.
     
    She said that Mr. Klein’s physics course “brought home the scientific method and the analytical tools used in scientific inquiry.” Additionally, she cited Dr. Goel’s dedication and organization as inspiring her to persevere after her article was initially rejected.
     
    Asked what having this article published means to her, Akkus said, “It shows that even an intern can make a difference in the scientific/managerial community, however small.”
     
    Akkus hopes to one day be the CEO of a hospital after obtaining her MD and MBA.
     
  • Gilmour Concert Series Presents Piano Duets Concert

    Gilmour Concert Series Presents Piano Duets Concert on Two New Steinway Grand Pianos

    Join us for a special piano duets concert featuring Pierre and Sophié van der Westhuizen- the Westhuizen Duo - on Tuesday, November 14 at the Lower School. The pair will be playing a combined duet (one piano) and duo (two pianos) program called  "Our Favorite Things: A Beautiful and Joyful Collection of Works for Piano Duets.” The concert will include Gabriel Faure's "Dolly Suite," Bach’s “Concerto in D Minor” and “Shostakovich Concertino,” among others.

    There will be a wine and cheese reception at 6 p.m. followed by the concert from 6:30-7:30 p.m. All members of the Gilmour community and the greater Cleveland community are invited to attend. To RSVP, contact Jacqui Lundi at (440) 473-8000 x1204 or lundij@gilmour.org.

     
    This concert is graciously underwritten by Matthew P. Figgie '84, Figgie Capital and The Figgie Foundation.
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