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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.