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2014 Alumni Newsletter

To view our 2014 Alumni Newsletter, please click on the following link: Newsletter 2014a

Nursing Student Nominated as Commencement Speaker

IMG_6245 BSN@HOME student, Amel Elshaier, was recently nominated for the December student commencement speaker. Although she was not selected, we wish to recognize Amel and her achievements. As the graduation committee noted, “It was clear Amel has a great number of positive attributes and was well deserving of the nomination.”

 

Amel, who was born and began her academic journey in Egypt, exhibits the qualities of a motivated, life-long learner. She is an engaged student who, despite her advanced degrees, dedicates herself to her studies 100%. Professionalism is demonstrated in all of her work. She has been able to infuse cultural aspects into class discussions enhancing the dialogue between students.

 

In addition to a full academic course load and working as an RN, Amel manages a busy household that includes helping her husband with his work while being attentive to her four children. She has been an active parent volunteer in her local school district, helping teachers from kindergarten through middle school with class projects, field trips, and events.

 

Amel exemplifies the mission of the Professional Program in Nursing, building on her prior experience, knowledge and skills as a registered nurse and life-long learner. She is able to think critically and address complex health issues in this multicultural and evolving world in which we live. She is an asset to her profession as a registered nurse and will impact healthcare delivery worldwide.

 

Amel plans to continue her work as a registered nurse at Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette, WI.  Ultimately, she would like to return to Egypt to develop a nursing program.  In her words, “Egypt does not have the quality of nursing education she has received in the U.S.”

Helping hand: Nursing, Women’s Studies students serve Roma in Slovakia

UW-Green Bay Nursing students got the practicum experience of a lifetime this summer, working hands-on with the marginalized Roma people of Slovakia.  Traveling with Associate Prof. Janet Reilly, Nursing, and Prof. Sarah Meredith Livingston, Music and Women’s and Gender Studies, the students spent their days caring for and educating the occupants of five Roma settlements scattered throughout the Eastern European country. They worked with residents who had little to no access to health care, dealing with issues ranging from Tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases to labor and delivery, tobacco cessation, child development and mental health.

“In all of the camps, the nurses did some health visits,” Reilly said. “People would come outside and they would ask about their blood pressure, their swollen legs, growth and development of their kids, parenting, polio, TB. … I, in my 30 years of nursing, have not seen such young polio patients.” Meredith Livingston added, “It was kind of shocking to everyone, I think,” she said. “I don’t think most people expected that level of (poverty). And the fact that many of them didn’t have water — they had to walk a mile and a half to get water every day.”

Still, the students began to adjust — and to get to work. In addition to working hands-on to address residents’ health concerns, they did group teaching with health mediators — a group of specially trained Roma citizens whose purpose is to address concerns and help raise the standard of health in each community. The group also visited the Auschwitz concentration camp, where half a million Roma were killed during the Holocaust. And they saw firsthand how discrimination against the group persists today.

Dr. Reilly plans to take another group of students to Slovakia in two years.

Faculty Receive Awards

Dr. Mimi Kubsch and Dr. Chris Vandenhouten were recognized as 2014 Founders Award recipients during the UWGB Fall Convocation.  Dr. Kubsch was named the recipient for Excellence in Teaching and has been described as the “hands and heart” of the program for over three decades.  She was recognized for her passion for teaching and her connection with students. For video of the presentation, click:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErqNnQiPd3w

Dr. Vandenhouten was recognized as part of the Cuernavaca (Mexico) Partnership team which won the 2014 Founders Award for Collaborative Achievement for embodying both the global and the interdisciplinary ideals of UW-Green Bay education.  Faculty from Education, Social Work and Business Administration were part of the team and were recognized for their annual trips to Cuernavaca with students performing interdisciplinary projects.  For the presentation video, click:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGXGbA0l5g8

Distinguished Alumni Award to Linda Hurst

Linda Hurst 2014 Distinguished Alumni

Linda Hurst – Recipient 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award

The Professional Program in Nursing is pleased to announce Linda Hurst as the 2014 recipient of the Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award. The award is given annually to a UWGB nursing graduate for distinguished nursing scholarly achievement, service or leadership to the community and society s/he serves and who models values of the nursing profession (e.g., caring, altruism, social justice).

Linda, UWGB BSN class of 1990, was nominated by her supervisor at the Mayo Clinic Arizona Transplant Center. She holds MSN and MBA degrees and is a Certified Clinical Transplant Coordinator; an Adjunct Faculty member at Grand Canyon University; author of a dialysis center pamphlet; presenter at a regional conference; initiator of a Transplant Waitlist Group; and leader in the pursuit of Magnet status for the clinic nursing department. Congratulations to Linda!

Dr. Herdman earns ‘Best Poster’ at international nursing conference in Portugal

Assistant Prof. T. Heather Herdman of the Professional Program in Nursing was keynote speaker at the International Conference on Nursing Knowledge – From Concepts to Translation, held Sept. 12-13 in Porto, Portugal. Dr. Herdman presented a lecture on “Clinical Reasoning in Nursing Practice” to nurses from 22 countries. She also shared “Best Poster” honors presenting with scholars Bartira de Aguiar Roza, Rita Simone Moreira, Janine Schirmer and Marta José Avena on the topic “Propostas de cuidados para o doador vivo e o doador falecido com morte encefálica”(Proposed care for living donors and those donors with brain death). This work was also published in Transplante Renal – Manual Prático – Uso Diário Ambulatorial e Hospitalar, a Brazilian medical manual dealing, with among other topics, role of nursing professionals in organ donations and transplants. Dr. Herdman and Associate Prof. Susan Gallagher-Lepak, chair of Nursing, also presented a pre-conference, “Knowledge translation in nursing.”

Health Information Management & Technology Program Website Earns Awards

UW-Green Bay’s Health Information Management and Technology (HIMT) program (offered in collaboration with UW partner campuses in Stevens Point, Parkside and La Crosse) has experienced significant growth due to quality marketing efforts.  The program’s national marketing and course technology is coordinated by the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Division of Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning (CEOEL).  CEOEL has won three awards in the University Professional and Continuing Education Association’s (UPCEA) 2014 Marketing Awards competition. CEOEL will receive a gold award in the “Website” category, as well as a silver award in the “Most Improved” category, for the UW Health Information Management and Technology (UW HIMT) website. The new joint site (for the collaborative program) has helped to increase web traffic and lead conversions by 56 percent, achieve a page-one national rank in Google organic search results for multiple keywords, increase organic search traffic by 134 percent, and increase the leads from organic traffic by 229 percent.

The growing HIMT program is a degree completion program designed for students who already have some college credits or an associate degree.  The program is hosted at UW-Green Bay by the Professional Programs in Nursing.  Nursing Assistant Professor, Dr. Brenda Tyczkowski is the Academic Director.  For more information about the marketing awards, see:  http://www.marketwatch.com/story/university-of-wisconsin-extension-division-of-continuing-education-outreach-and-e-learning-earns-three-upcea-marketing-awards-2014-09-19 .  For more information regarding the program, see: http://www.uwgb.edu/himt/program/overview.asp.

Spring/Summer of 2014 Graduation Video

Congratulations to our Spring and Summer 2014 graduates. We wish you the best of luck in your careers! For those unable to attend the graduation ceremony, we have assembled a “Virtual Graduation” on our You Tube account. The video uses composite video from previous graduation ceremonies, but recognizes our Spring and Summer graduates. Click the following link to experience the sights and sounds of commencement on the UW-Green Bay campus.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OXGRIU3c9g

The following is a list of the graduates sorted according to Wisconsin county of residence followed by those from other states. The students receiving bachelor’s degrees with academic honors are indicated by * cum laude, **magna cum laude, *** summa cum laude.

Brown — Carrie Antepenko, Rachel Henderson, and Sheena Mesa*, De Pere; Rebecca Lodel, Denmark; Celestina Apineru, Tiffany Duenas, April Garza, Laura Goggins, Elizabeth Harrington, Sharon Schuster, and Jennifer Wilson**, Green Bay; and Rebecca Kintopf, New Franken.
Calumet — Kristine Burzynski, Appleton.
Door — Kristin Chapman, Sturgeon Bay.
Eau Claire — Danielle Dahlberg***, Altoona.
Florence — Amber Neuens, Florence.
Forest — Connie Gudowicz*, Armstrong Creek.
Jefferson — Steven Drevlow, Lake Mills.
Kewaunee — Jessica Guilette, Casco; and Irene Kelly*, Luxemburg.
Manitowoc — Tana Roberts, Two Rivers; and Jenny Watts*, Whitelaw.
Marinette — Christine Ihde and Andrea Skowlund, Marinette; and Emily Wils, Niagara.
Oneida — Teresa Bey and Laura Tristan, Rhinelander; and Constance Klein, Tomahawk.
Outagamie — Tiffany Dorton, Greenville; and Kristina Musan***, Little Chute.
Racine — Mitchell Burke, Mount Pleasant.
Vernon — Marina An***, Viroqua; and Tiffany Jothen, Westby.
Vilas — Jacqualyn Monge, Eagle River; and Colleen Mueller, Minocqua.
Waukesha — James Stepp, Muskego.
Winnebago — Christopher Taber, Neenah.
Wood — Stephanie Spencer, Marshfield.
Other states — Ktlenne Lazo, Oxnard, California; Jessica Staab, Parker, Colorado; Michelle Scheri, Cortland, Illinois; Kimberly Pagano, Deerfield, Illinois; Karrey Shannon, Iowa City, Iowa; Sarah Kacprowicz, Natick, Massachusetts; Sanya Beck, Cheboygan, Michigan; Laura Jacobson*, Gwinn, Michigan; Kathy Paupore***, Iron Mountain, Michigan; Trenton Rankin***, Iron Mountain, Michigan; Elizabeth Perla, Kingsford, Michigan; Marianne Acker-Fischer, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Karen Lilla, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Martha Mofyasandt, Moorhead, Minnesota; Keather Richards, Mounds View, Minnesota; Allison Williams-Eleazer, Rosedale, New York; Elizabeth Maise*, Cary, North Carolina; Leila Norris, Gahanna, Ohio; Constance Pugh, Beaverton, Oregon; and Danielle Williams, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Transgender Health Care Presentation

Steven M. Brown, MD FCP Internal Medicine who specializes in the care of transgender patients will be presenting Transgender Health Care as part of the LGBTQ Health Fair at the UW-Green Bay Campus University Union in the Phoenix Rooms on Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 6-7 pm.  The fair is open to the public and there is no cost for attending, though donations of canned goods are welcome. The Kappa Pi Chapter-at-Large of Sigma Theta Tau International from Bellin College School of Nursing and the UW-Green Bay Professional Programs in Nursing along with the UW-Green Bay LGBQ Center are co-sponsoring Dr. Brown’s presentation.  Kappa Pi encourages nurses, nursing students, healthcare professionals, students and the public to attend. 

Attendees are also welcome to attend the entire LGBTQ Health Fair from 1-7 pm.  Additional health fair sessions include:

  • Brown County 54218 Nutrition 1:00-1:45
  • Kress Dance Party 2:00-2:30
  • Mexican socialized  medicine 2:00-2:30
  • Herb Blue Total Self Defense 2:00-3:15
  • What is a-romantic? 3:30-4:00
  • Lucky Diop – Sengalese Drumming 4:00-4:30
  • Dan Meinhardt PhD – The Illusion of Gender 4:00-4:30
  • Laci Green – Sexual peer counselor (Keynote speaker)
  • Steven M. Brown MD FCP – Transgender Health Care

Numerous interactive vendors will be participating.  For further information, contact UW-Green Bay Diversity Director Stacie Christian at christis@uwgb.edu .

Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award

The UW-Green Bay Professional Program in Nursing is pleased to announce the creation of a Distinguished Alumni Award.  The award will be given annually to a UW-Green Bay nursing graduate for distinguished scholarly achievement, service or leadership in nursing and enactment of values consistent with the nursing profession (e.g., caring, altruism, social justice).

Letters of nomination (including self-nomination) should not exceed one page and be submitted in digital format to nursing@uwgb.edu by March 21, 2014.  Nominations are reviewed by a selection committee.  The award recipient will be notified by May 1, 2014.  Please include the nominee’s: First and Last Name; Last Name at Graduation; Year of Graduation; Current email address; Mailing Address (Street, City , State, Zip); Phone; Current Employer and Position Title.  Also include the name and email address of the person submitting the nomination.

Alumni Award recipients will receive official recognition on the UW-Green Bay nursing website and in the Alumni Newsletter, an award certificate and engraved pen.

For more information, please contact Mr. Jan Malchow, Manager of Student Outreach at 920-465-2722 or malchowj@uwgb.edu .