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New Nursing Chair Selected

Marlaine MangelsThe College has selected Marlaine “Sparki” Ervay Ortiz Mangels to chair its nursing division.

The former director of SUNY Brockport’s RN (registered nurse) to BSN (Bachelor of Science degree in nursing) program and an assistant professor, Mangels will assume the post July 15.

“Dr. Mangels brings extensive teaching experience from the University of Rochester and SUNY Brockport,” said Janet Mance, interim chair of the Division of Nursing. “At Brockport, she had responsibility for the baccalaureate completion program for registered nurses, which makes her especially prepared to lead Keuka’s program.”

Keuka’s Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN)—offered through the Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP)—provides registered nurses (RNs) the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree while working full time. Classes are held one evening a week at hospitals or community colleges. The program is accredited by the New York State Education Department and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

Mangels said she looks forward to “working at a prestigious college with great faculty. Throughout my career, I have had the pleasure of working with many Keuka nursing graduates. These nurses were well prepared, skillful, intelligent, and had the utmost integrity. Keuka nurses have always had a wonderful reputation.”

At Brockport, Mangels re-designed the RN to BSN program, which included curricula revisions and the development of five new courses. She was also responsible for the oversight of faculty in the program.

Mangels held a number of posts at the University of Rochester School of Nursing from 1991 until 2003, including senior associate (as a doctoral student), director of clinical and educational resources/instructor of clinical nursing, clinical site coordinator, nurse manager (Clinical and Educational Resource Center), clinical instructor in nursing, and teaching assistant.

She was an instructor in nursing education/resource development (staff development) at University of Rochester Medical Center for seven years and held various nursing posts, including associate nursing practice coordinator (supervisor), at Strong Memorial Hospital. She got her start working as a nurse’s aide at Corning Hospital, where she became a licensed practical nurse.

Mangels holds an Ed.D. in educational administration from the University of Rochester; a M.S. in nursing, adult heath and nursing administration from SUNY Buffalo; a B.S. in nursing from Alfred University; and an A.A.S. in nursing from Corning Community College.

She was named to Who’s Who in American Teaching three years in a row (2004-06) and Who’s Who in Health Sciences Education in 2003. That year, she also won the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University of Rochester, where she received the faculty recognition award a year earlier.

Mangels is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the nursing honor society, and the Genesee Valley Nurses Association.

She has more than a half a dozen publications to her credit and has delivered more than three dozen professional presentations. In addition, she has two unpublished manuscripts and consulted with representatives from St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital Center and Lenox Hill Hospital on moving to shared governance at the Columbia University School of Nursing.

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