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Nina Adanin Researches Glaciology in Arctic

Cheyenne Driskell Named President of Student Ambassador Program

CHE Student Stephanie Maccombs Published in Counseling Today


Nina adanin researches glaciology in arctic

Nina Adanin in the ArcticNina Adanin is no stranger to adventure. A former high-altitude mountain guide, she has scaled Mount Everest and Mount McKinley and even sailed across the Atlantic from Gibraltar to the Caribbean.

“I like Indiana Jones movies,” she said, laughing. “Adventures and expeditions are my passion.”

Adanin, a first-year doctoral student in Instructional Technology with a focus in distance-learning in extreme environments, had another adventure in August: she – and a team of researchers – spent two weeks in the Arctic researching glaciology for a project, “Glaciers on the Move.”

Adanin studied surging glaciers with a research team from University of Scotland and Norway University. The team included Drs. Charles Amory, Heidi Sevestre, Anatoly Sinitsyn, and David Wrangborg. They were stationed in Svalbard, an archipelago between Norway and the North Pole.

“We’re trying to observe how glaciers move, their speed, and their impact,” said Adanin, who is from Serbia. “The project will increase knowledge of surging glaciers and raise awareness on the uniqueness of these glaciers and their effect on the polar environment.”

Researchers in the ArticThe project will result in the world’s first comprehensive crowd-sourced glacier atlas hosted on an open-source digital platform, MELT, which will allow people to better understand glaciers. It will also lead to an exhibit that will be displayed in Svalbard Museum and, ultimately, throughout Europe.

“Many people do not have an opportunity to visit or research in extreme environments, but they can still learn about what it is like,” said Adanin, who received her master’s in Outdoor Recreation and Education from The Patton College. “I hope my research helps people understand how climate change is happening – and why.”

The team recorded glaciers moving roughly five meters (16.4 feet) per day. They set up 360-degree and time-lapse cameras to collect data, monitor movement, and facilitate distance-learning.

“Ice is an important part of climate,” said Adanin. “Glaciers can slide and affect marine life, cities, and coastal towns all along Northern Europe.”

Wildlife depend on ice for access to other lands. Reindeer, for example, need ice to move from one area to the next and hunt for food.

“Without ice, they cannot move,” said Adanin. “They have less land to explore.”

Reindeer, however, were not the team’s most pressing concern; polar bears were. There are roughly 3,000 polar bears in Svalbard – and Adanin saw several.

“We only slept four hours per day because we always had bear watches,” she said. “We worked all day collecting data, but we had to be careful. Polar bears are huge and dangerous, and when they see people, all they see is a piece of meat and they can attack.”

When needed, the research team fired flare guns toward the sky to ward off approaching bears. Fortunately, no encounters occurred.

For Adanin, though, risk is par for the course. Her adventures have taken her to South America, Africa, Russia, and beyond. In fact, she was part of the 2013 expedition in Pakistan that resulted in the death of 11 climbers, who were killed by members of the Taliban. Adanin hid behind a rock and survived.

“That was my last climbing expedition,” she said. “If you don’t have a clear mind, it’s not good to climb because you could easily die.”

Researchers in ArcticAdanin, who teaches classes in Expedition Planning and Management, Rock Climbing, and Winter Wilderness Living Skills, brings a unique perspective to the classroom. She expressed gratitude to The Patton College for supporting her research.

“The Patton College and the Curriculum & Technology Center were extremely helpful throughout this process and special GRID Lab,” she said. “They provided access to the GRID Lab, equipment, 360-degree cameras, microphones, and cases to assist with research. I hope that others will benefit from our work.”


Cheyenne driskell named president of student ambassador program

Cheyenne DriskellCheyenne Driskell, a senior studying Family and Consumer Sciences Education, is the 2018-19 president of The Patton College of Education’s Student Ambassador program.

Student Ambassadors are a select group of students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and exemplary student leadership. The program seeks to improve outreach between The Patton College and its prospective and current students. Ambassadors also act as liaisons for communication with the Athens community, other university groups, and alumni. 

Driskell’s involvement with Student Ambassadors began the first semester of her sophomore year. This year, the program added 27 new ambassadors.

“We have such a huge group now that we will have ambassador presence at all of The Patton College’s events,” said Driskell. “It’s such a great opportunity for the rest of the ambassadors to gain connections throughout our group and by meeting esteemed faculty at events.”

Patton College Academic Advisor Chloe Irish is also the advisor for the Student Ambassador program. She has been thoroughly impressed with Driskell’s work as president.

“Cheyenne is working to make the ambassadors an official organization, and she is continuously making suggestions as to how we can improve the organization and get more involved,” said Irish. “She sets a positive example as a student: she is academically strong, actively involved, and always a positive light to be around.”

Driskell, who attended Fairlawn High School in Sidney, Ohio, arrived in Athens in 2015. She believes the Student Ambassadors program has come a long way during her time at Ohio University.

“As ambassadors, I believe we have accomplished so much,” she said. “From the re-opening of McCracken Hall in 2017 to volunteering at many community service activities, our ambassadors have made such an impact in The Patton College of Education.”After graduation, Driskell wants to live in Ohio and teach practical courses like financial management, personal wellness, and child development at the middle or high school level.

“Through this profession, I am able to teach my students skills and knowledge they will use throughout their lives and better prepare them for adulthood,” said Driskell. “To me, it is the best way to make an impact and change students’ lives for the better.” 

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che student stephanie maccombs published in counseling today

Stephanie MacCombsStephanie Maccombs, a Counseling and Higher Education doctoral student, was published in Counseling Today in September. Her article, “Group counseling for clients receiving medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders,” discusses her experiences with medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in response to the opioid epidemic.

Maccombs argued for a more holistic approach to counseling in which counselors work with primary care providers to meet the full range of client needs.

“My central message to readers is that the combination of MAT with group counseling offers a holistic approach to treatment that is particularly effective in an integrated care setting,” said Maccombs. “In the article, I provide an overview of MAT, highlight the advantages of integrated care practices, describe the benefits of group work in combination with MAT, and share tips and resources for establishing or enhancing group-work practices with this population.”

This article marked Maccombs’ first submission to any publication. It was published both online and in print, as Counseling Today is distributed to more than 55,000 members worldwide.

Maccombs graduated summa cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Sociology-Criminology from Ohio University in 2015. She received her master’s in Clinical Mental Health and Rehabilitation Counseling in 2017 and is working toward her Ph.D. in Counseling Education and Supervision.

A Nelsonville, Ohio, native, Maccombs is dedicated to improving the lives of those living in Southeast Ohio and throughout Appalachia. She works part-time as a Medication Assisted Treatment Care Team Counselor at Hopewell Heath Centers (HHC), Inc., an integrated health care organization that seeks to provide affordable, high-quality, integrated health care for all.

“The majority of my clients have co-occurring mental health and substance-use disorders and are receiving Vivitrol, a form of medication-assisted treatment for opioid-use disorders,” said Maccombs. “The integrated care site lends me the opportunity to collaborate closely with the client’s primary care MAT provider, dental provider, and other care team providers in the building.”

Maccombs’ experiences at HHC are atypical for many counselors.

“Integrated care and medication-assisted treatment are relatively new trends in treatment,” she explained. “I have been blessed to be trained in such a supportive and innovative environment. As I shared my experiences to colleagues outside of HHC, I realized how little others knew about MAT and integrated care, especially as it related to combatting the opioid epidemic. Thus, my experiences at HHC inspired me to write the Counseling Today article. I felt compelled to share my experiences and advice to any other provider out there who may benefit from them.”

In 2017, Maccombs received an Excellence in Leadership Award from the Ohio Counseling Association and was named an Emerging Leader. She also received the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) Vicki E. Bowman Outstanding Graduate Student Scholarship Award for her work in planning the 2019 ASGW National Conference in Atlanta.

Maccombs is on track to become a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC) in Spring 2019, to complete the Counselor Education and Supervision doctoral program in Spring 2020, and to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in Summer 2020.

Upon graduation, she hopes to become a counselor educator but will avidly search for a position that allows her to remain a practicing counselor.

“It is my ultimate goal to become a counselor educator and help train the future of the field,” said Maccombs. “I believe that to be a successful and impactful counselor educator, it is imperative to continue providing counseling services. In the meantime, I remain passionate about bridging the gap between research and practice and about ensuring that mental-health counselors are adequately trained to treat substance-use disorders.”