AURCO 2019 Conference - KSU Geauga

25th Annual AURCO Conference

Friday Night Reception & Ignite Talks (April 5): 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday Conference (April 6): 7:30 AM - 2:15 PM
AURCO Business Meeting (April 6): 2:30 - 4:00 PM
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The Apple Falls Close to the Tree: Regional Campuses in our Own Backyard

We hope to see you at the 25th Annual AURCO Conference. Our theme “The Apple Falls Close to the Tree” refers to the regional campus system in Ohio that links us in positive and productive ways to our main campus universities —“Regional Campuses in our Own Backyard.”


Conference: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Reception: Friday Evening, April 5, 2019


KSU Regional Academic Center
2745 Creekside Drive
Twinsburg, OH 44087

2019 Conference General Chair

Conference Chair: Renate Prescott ~~ Email:

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker Presentation: K, R, and P Vitamins for Ohio’s Regional Campuses
Nathan P. Ritchey, Ph.D.

Nathan P. Ritchey photo
Vice President for Kent State System Integration

Interim Dean, Regional College

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 8:30-9:00 a.m.

Regional Academic Center, Twinsburg

Nathan Ritchey is the senior officer responsible for the oversight of Kent State University’s seven Regional Campuses, with faculty rank as a full professor in mathematics.  He also currently is the Interim Dean of Kent State’s Regional College and oversees eSPorts.

Dr. Ritchey previously served as vice president for strategic initiatives and founding dean of the College of Science and Health Professions at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Prior to that, he served for 24 years at Youngstown State University and held faculty and administrative positions, starting in 1989, earning the rank of professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and department chair from 2000 to 2013. He also worked as a medical researcher at St. Elizabeth Health System in Youngstown, Ohio, from 1990-2000.

Ritchey’s areas of expertise include mathematics, operations research, mathematical modeling, medical decision making, probability and university accreditation. He has authored numerous articles and co-authored several mathematics textbooks.

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics degree from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, Ritchey earned a Master of Science in applied mathematics degree and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University.

Friday Night Reception

Billy Crowbeak Faluski photo Friday, April 5, 2019
6:00-9:00 PM
D’oeuvres & Cash Bar

Hilton Garden Inn

8971 Wilcox Dr.

Twinsburg, OH 44087



The AURCO reception will be held at the Twinsburg Hilton Garden Inn Friday, April 5, from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. (inquire at the front desk for the specific location). D’oeuvres will be served, and a cash bar will be available along with two complimentary tickets per guest.

The evening’s entertainment will feature Billy Crowbeak Faluski, who has been creating Native American style flutes since the early 1980s and performing at various venues in Northern Ohio since the 1990s.

“Although not tribally enrolled, I am proud of my Cherokee descent on my mother’s side. My love of the Native flute began after hearing the music of Arnold Richardson, a Tuscarora elder, at a pow wow. Arnold began mentoring me in my journey as a flute maker. Over the years, I have seen the interest in the Native flute grow and enjoy sharing this gift with anyone willing to listen. The simple melodies seem to bring peace and tranquility to those who open their hearts to it.”

Visit Billy Crowbeak’s flute making site at, and at Facebook at Billy Crowbeak Faluski. Listen to samples of his songs and see his flutes on the Youtube channel Billy Crowbeak .