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College of Professional Studies

UW-Green Bay’s Nursing programs earn full CCNE accreditation

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay learned recently that a comprehensive review of its undergraduate and graduate programs in Nursing has resulted in maximum accreditations from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The CCNE, a national nursing accreditation agency officially recognized by the US Secretary of Education, evaluated both UW-Green Bay’s longstanding Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and relatively new Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree programs. The University received confirmation in November that its BSN program was re-accredited for the maximum 10-year period, through 2025, and that the MSN was accredited for the maximum five-year period for new programs. Each program met all accreditation standards and had no compliance concerns.

“Specialized accreditation speaks to the high level of quality in the UW-Green Bay nursing programs and well-qualified faculty,” says Prof. Susan Gallagher-Lepak, RN, PhD, who chairs and directs the University’s Nursing programs. “This ‘seal of approval’ from CCNE helps students to know that they will receive an excellent education at UW-Green Bay.”

Trimberger, DePouw are new Teaching Fellows/Scholars recipients

The Provost’s Office and Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning are proud to announce the 2016-2017 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars recipients at UW-Green Bay: Associate Prof. Gail Trimberger (Social Work) and Assistant Prof. Christin DePouw of Education. The Teaching Fellows and Scholars program is the UW System’s signature professional development program. Dating back to the early 1980s, the program has more recently emphasized the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. The program offers UW faculty and teaching academic staff — both early- and mid-career — a unique opportunity to collaborate with other exceptional teachers from across the UW System from various disciplines. Participants say the experience reenergized their work and even transformed their approach to teaching and learning. “Please join us in congratulating Professor Trimberger and Professor DePouw!”

Nursing’s Gallagher-Lepak writes on ‘Music and Dementia’

Susan Gallagher-Lepak, professor of Nursing, shared insights on the value of music to individuals with dementia in the Dec. 8 edition of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Her article, headlined “Powerful gift for people with dementia: Music,” describes research from a recent issue of the scientific journal Brain about the resilience of the brain with musical memory in cases of dementia. This is especially true for well-known music. Gallagher-Lepak suggests translation of the research into practice by playing familiar music throughout the holidays for individuals with dementia and their families. Developing a playlist of favorite music, for example, can be a gift and reap psychological and behavioral benefits. Other examples, such as use of a music app for dementia patients, are also given.

Business grad will receive Outstanding Student Award at UW-Green Bay

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Emily Blaha of Sturgeon Bay has been chosen the December 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Student Award presented by the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association.

The Business Administration senior with an emphasis in marketing and a minor in design arts will receive her diploma at UW-Green Bay’s mid-year commencement ceremony scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

The Alumni Association, which has been designating a single Outstanding Student Award recipient for each graduating class since 1976, recognized Blaha from among approximately 450 graduating seniors eligible to receive diplomas at December commencement.

A 2012 graduate of Southern Door High School, Blaha will complete her degree requirements on an accelerated, three-and-a-half-year timetable.

Additionally, Blaha will be part of the platform party at commencement as student speaker for the ceremony. She was chosen to deliver remarks on behalf of her class by a committee of UW-Green Bay faculty members and administrators. She was nominated by Management Prof. Lucy Arendt, who describes her as “an exceptional asset to the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business, UW-Green Bay and the greater Green Bay community.”

Through work and paid employment, Blaha has served as a marketing and communication assistant for the University Union, and as marketing coordinator and social media specialist for UWGB’s College of Professional Studies. Her independent study topic was “Managing Culture in a Small Business,” and her senior year placement was a product-strategies internship with Schreiber Foods, Inc., headquartered in Green Bay.

She was one of a dozen standout students appointed an inaugural member of the Cofrin School of Business Student Advisory Board, providing input on curriculum and programming.

Blaha is the recipient of academic merit scholarships and dean’s list honors, and is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi academic honor society. She has been active in a range of programs across campus, including service as advertising manager for The Fourth Estate, the weekly student newspaper. When she increased advertising sales by 20 percent, she was selected to serve as the organization’s business manager.

New Year, New Honor for Radosevich

On January 1st, 2015, Associate Professor of Management David Radosevich began his appointment in a new position as the Austin E. Cofrin Endowed Chair of Business. The endowed chair will have a key role in interacting with community members and business leaders. Radosevich has extensive experience and published research which have proven his success in the field of business and his qualifications to receive this honor.

Chancellor Gary Miller and Provost Stephen Fritz will present Radosevich with a medallion at the mid-year convocation on January 22nd. The appointment runs through June 2018, and can be renewed on a three-year basis thereafter.

Gallagher-Lepak & Herdman- Presentation Abstracts Accepted at European Conference

In April of 2015, two faculty members, Dr. Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Chair of Nursing, and Dr. Heather Herdman, Assistant Professor of Nursing, will travel to Bern, Switzerland to give three presentations at the 10th Biennial Conference of ACENDIO (Association for Common European Nursing Diagnosis, Interventions, and Outcomes). Dr. Gallagher-Lepak and Dr. Herdman will be conducting one 3-hour workshop and presenting two oral presentations during the conference. The abstracts include “A case-study methodology for use of a NANDA-I clinical decision support e-tool” and “Evidence-based research to guide clinical decision support”.

ACENDIO is an organization which focuses on the development of an internationally recognized language of nursing that reflects the professional practices of nurses across Europe. This common use of nursing terminology will create easier communication between nurses in all countries, and ultimately improve healthcare.

“Visiting Library”, Donation Make a Difference to Casa Alba and Community

Casa Alba, a resource for the local Hispanic community, has been the center for several projects through UW-Green Bay’s Education program. For the past semester, Aurora Cortes’ class has been putting their skills to use by working with parents and their children to improve  communication between both English and Spanish. One student, Emily Hauser, created a “Visiting Library” at Casa Alba through an honors project with Dr. Linda Tabers-Kwak. After this semester, the library will be moving to a new location within the community. In addition, an alumni of the Education program has donated $1,000 in memory of her mother. She would like the money to be used to purchase books for Casa Alba as the resource becomes an even more important asset to the Green Bay Hispanic Community.

Outstanding Students to Receive Chancellor’s Medallions

Three students from the majors within the College of Professional Studies will receive Chancellor’s Medallions during an official ceremony on December 12, 2014. Taa Egli (Education), Florencia Gutierrez (Accounting), and Ella Niehaus (Education), are three of eight recipients of this prestigious award. The Chancellor’s Medallion is awarded to students who have exhibited high levels of leadership and commitment both on and off-campus, and also have maintained a high academic standing. The students who receive the Chancellor’s Medallion will be able to wear it during the commencement ceremony the following day.

Congratulations on your outstanding achievements!

Education Program with Casa Alba Hits Home

Most students in the Education Program are prepared to student-teach at some point in their academic career. However, an opportunity through Aurora Cortes’ new class has given them the opportunity to teach both parents and children at the same time and place. The course “Working and Communicating with Hispanic Parents of Young Children” gives students a glimpse into the power of a parent, by doing activities centered on language and communication that help both the parent and their child communicate in English and Spanish.

This class is being held at Casa Alba, a community center for local Hispanics, and is bridging the gap between the university students and the community in a huge way. Brooke Koltz, a student in the Early Childhood Education program, sums up the experience best: “And so my experience at Casa Alba had begun with very high expectations and hopes for and from me…it would be a long journey, but I already knew it would be a rewarding one.”

 

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The group of faculty, students, young children, and parents pose in front of Casa Alba.

UWGB Day at Lambeau a Soaring Success

On November 15, 2014, the first UWGB Day was written in the history books, and it was everything you could expect and more. From the inflatables and face-painting for kids, to autograph signing by former Packer Bill Schroeder, there were plenty of events for the whole family to enjoy. Visitors also got to learn more about the programs and opportunities that UWGB offers while meandering through informational booths, and at the same time enjoyed music and a spirit event by the Phoenix Pep Band and dance team. After all of the events in the atrium, the crowds moved to the Resch center, where the men’s basketball team was victorious over Illinois-Springfield in their season opener. This event was a huge success, and continued to strengthen the rich history between the Green Bay Packers and the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay.

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A birds-eye view of the Lambeau Field Atrium where several booths and inflatables were set up for visitors to enjoy.