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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: .  For more information regarding the program, see:

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.

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 .

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 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 .

Back By Popular Demand, Hovarter to Present Webinar

Becky Hovarter, lecturer in Nursing at UW-Green Bay, will co-present a webinar sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing titled, “Linking Education and Practice for Excellence in Public Health Nursing,” on March 3 with Susan Zahner, associate professor at UW-Madison. They were asked to repeat the webinar after rave reviews of their presentation at the 2013 AACN Academic-Practice Partnerships Conference last April. Hovarter is a longtime public health nurse who served as director of the Shawano-Menominee Counties Health Department prior to taking a position with UW-Green Bay last year.

UW-Green Bay students take silver in Healthcare Case Study Competition

A team of UW-Green Bay students planning careers in health care finished second and claimed $2,000 in prize money at a statewide competition held Jan. 9 and 10 in Wisconsin Dells.  The UW-Green Bay team was one of eight finalists from private and public universities across the state to compete in the Interprofessional Healthcare Case Study Competition. In the assigned case study, a patient recently discharged from a hospital died upon readmission a few days later due to multiple errors in systems, processes, communication and transition of care to the community. The UW-Green Bay team was made up of students from three different disciplines, with a mix of traditional on-campus residents and online students. Team members were Timothy Zietz (studying biology/psychology/pre-med), Sarah Sodemann (dietetics), and Lydia Ambrosius, Mary Lange and Sheila Hulce-Dittman (RN-to-BSN students in the Professional Program in Nursing). Associate Prof. Janet Reilly of Nursing recruited and mentored the team. For more on the team and competition, and a photo,

Fall 2013 Graduation Video

Congratulations to our Fall 2013 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.

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 — Jolene Savoie-Tease, De Pere; Jason Perry, Denmark; Kelsey Butler, Brooke Garthwaite*, Angela Hartel, Megan Kjeseth**, Penny LePine, and LeeAnn Reinemann***, Green Bay; and Jessica Eubanks, Pulaski.
Calumet — Jennifer Friebel, Appleton.
Dane — Tamara Pooch*, Cambridge; and Amanda Johnson, Sarah Pechmann, and Kandi Stumpf***, Madison.
Dodge — Jill Wenzel, Waupun.
Green — Jennifer Malak, Brooklyn.
La Crosse — Amanda Heuer, Onalaska.
Manitowoc — Jamie Henrickson***, Two Rivers.
Marinette — Bridgette Dollhopf and Judy Story, Marinette.
Menominee — Elaine Doxtator*, Keshena.
Milwaukee — Yolanda Silas, Milwaukee.
Oconto — Corina Heimke, Abrams.
Oneida — Erin Denis and Jennifer Dolling, Rhinelander.
Outagamie — Katherine Olson, Little Chute.
Saint Croix — Dominic Ehman, New Richmond; and Candy Weber, Woodville.
Sheboygan — Nancy Ogden***, Sheboygan.
Vernon — Jill Steinhoff, Westby.
Vilas — Marie Arnswald, Arbor Vitae.
Washburn — Stacy Wiemeri, Sarona; and John Berlin, Shell Lake.
Washington — Elizabeth Zignego, Hartford.
Other states — Theresa Mueller, San Francisco, California; Mary Patterson, Des Plaines, Illinois; Jessica Spitelli, East Dundee, Illinois; Syed Ahmed, Hoffman Estates, Illinois; Benita Swisher***, Saint Joseph, Illinois; Vanessa Veit, Wellfleet, Massachusetts; Heather Bittner, Iron River, Michigan; Rachel Borth and Elizabeth Daniels, Ironwood, Michigan; Sandra Hueter***, Manistique, Michigan; Heidi Nichols, Richfield, Minnesota; Kathy Beaulieu-Sanders*, Saint Michael, Minnesota; Lisa Lee, Saint Paul, Minnesota; Kimberly Buerger, Woodbury, Minnesota; Lorie VanDonsel***, Forsyth, Montana; Emelita Austria, Queens Village, New York; Susan Presnell, Salem, Oregon; Kristen Lorenz, Turner, Oregon; and Cathy Cornelius, Stafford, Virginia.

BSN & MSN Nurses More Likely to Find Jobs


New AACN Data Confirm that Baccalaureate-Prepared Nurses Are More Likely to Secure Jobs Soon after Graduation than Other Professionals

More Nurse Employers Are Expressing a Preference for Baccalaureate-Prepared Nurses

WASHINGTON, DC, November 25, 2013 – New data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) show that graduates of entry-level baccalaureate (BSN) and master’s nursing programs are much more likely to have job offers at the time of graduation or soon after than are graduates from other fields. A national survey of deans and directors from U.S. nursing schools found that 59% of new BSN graduates had job offers at the time of graduation, which is substantially higher than the national average across all professions (29.3%). At four to six months after graduation, the survey found that 89% of new BSN graduates had secured employment in nursing. 

The AACN survey also looked at new RNs graduating from entry-level master’s programs and found that these nurses were even more likely to secure a position soon after graduation. The latest data show that 67% of these graduates had jobs at graduation, and 90% had jobs 4-6 months after completing their studies.  For more, click .

Mexico Study Trip – January 5-19, 2014

Dr. Christine Vandenhouten, Assistant Professor, invites all Nursing students, alumni and community members to join her to travel to Cuernavaca, Mexico – the city of Eternal Spring – from January 5-19, 2013. Participants will learn about the Mexican Healthcare system, hear from a Mexican “Partera” or Midwife about delivering babies, explore traditional healing methods, visit cultural sites and immerse yourself in the Spanish language. There is no language pre-requisite. Whether you are fluent or don’t speak any Spanish, there is a language class designed for you. This course is for anyone who is interested in improving their ability to work with patients whose primary language is Spanish.

Nursing students can earn three credits (course 499) to fulfill either World Culture, Therapeutic Nursing Intervention, Special Topics in Nursing, or partial credit toward Community Health Practicum.  Students may register for variable credit (2-3) with all students completing the 2 week course in Mexico along with assignments.  Those desiring 3 credits will complete an additional assignment/project in their home community tying the content learned to services/programs offered in their home community. Cost is approximately $2785 including airfare (out of Green Bay), meals, lodging, entrance fees, excursions and instruction. There is also $165 International Education Application for a total cost of $2950. Alumni and community members would enroll as a special student.  

To sign up for the course, you can go the following link:  Registration deadline is October 1, 2013.

If you have advising questions, please contact either Jennifer Schwahn ( or Sharon Gajeski ( one of our Nursing Advisors before October 1st in order to make the registration deadline. 



UW-GREEN BAY Admits First Masters of Science in Nursing Students

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UWGB) Professional Program in Nursing proudly announces nineteen (19) registered nurses (RNs) have been accepted to the first cohort in the new online Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) Leadership and Management in Health Systems Program.   Living in sixteen cities and six states across the country with undergraduate degrees from four universities (including a majority of UWGB alumni), the new admits will begin online MSN courses in Fall of 2013. The average age of those admitted is 42 years and the average grade point average is 3.6 (on a 4.0 scale). 

The newly admitted RNs aspire to management and leadership roles and practice in diverse areas ranging from the intensive care unit (ICU) to home care and public health, long term care, surgery, cardiac care, mental health, emergency services, oncology and correctional nursing.  Many already have manager or leader roles such as directors, team leaders, quality measures, vice-presidents of business, and even a hospital chief nursing officer.  

 The UWGB faculty and staff consulted with nurse managers and leaders across the nation in developing the curriculum for the MSN program.  The curriculum covers 34 credits in twelve online courses delivered over two years (six consecutive academic periods).  Students will participate in practicum placements during the second year at sites close to their homes.

For more information regarding the UWGB MSN Leadership & Management in Health Systems, go to the program website at: or email