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Professional Studies Faculty and Staff contribute to MLK Day Celebration

This article was originally posted in The UW-Green Bay LOG by University Communications on 1/21/14

Hundreds of Brown County residents shared a vision for peace Saturday, Jan. 18 during the annual Community Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday.

Held at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and presented in conjunction with UW-Green Bay, St. Norbert College and other community partners, the 19th annual celebration featured music, reflections and tributes to the great Civil Rights leader. Students in grades K-12 offered their interpretation of King’s dream through a poster and essay contest reflecting on “A Vision for Peace,” this year’s celebration theme.

UW-Green Bay once again was well represented during the event, with several members of the University faculty and staff serving on the planning committee that coordinates the celebration. Chancellor Tom Harden offered personal reflections and presented poster and essay contest awards to students in grades K-3, while Juliet Cole, associate director of the Institute for Learning Partnership, coordinated the poster/essay contest and danced with the Nia African and African-American Dancers and Drummers.

Other involved faculty and staff members included faculty members Jolanda Sallmann and Francis Akakpo (Social Work); Gaurav Bansal and Mussie Teclezion (Business Administration); Prof. Emeritus Judy Martin and staff members Cole and committee co-chair Kelly McBride Moore (University Communication).

UW-Green Bay is one of the major sponsors for the annual MLK event. More information is available online.

Help UWGB students win a grant to end hunger and reduce food waste

Did you know that 40 percent of food in the United States is never eaten? Help UWGB students reduce this waste and fight hunger in our community: vote for their video once a day until January 29. The top five videos with the most votes will win a $5,000 grant sponsored by Sodexo Foundation to bring a Campus Kitchen to their school! Please help by clicking on this link: http://bit.ly/ckpgrant   The Campus Kitchen project students are advised by Assistant Professor Sarah Himmelheber, Social Work.

UWGB Students take the Silver in the 2014 AHEC Healthcare Case Study Competition

2014 AHEC Competition 2nd place Team

UW-Green Bay Team Members: Dr. Janet Reilly, Tim Zietz, Sarah Sodemann, Lydia Ambrosius

UW-Green Bay health professions student team takes Silver in January 2014 AHEC Interprofessional Healthcare Case Study Competition! 

As Olympians prepare to compete in Sochi, a team of UW-Green Bay students prepared throughout Fall semester 2013 to compete in the statewide Healthcare Case Competition, bringing home the silver (2nd place) and a $2000 prize! Only 8 of the 17 teams of healthcare profession students from private and public universities across the state of Wisconsin that applied were invited to compete in the first annual case study competition, sponsored by the Wisconsin Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and  held on January 9-10, 2014 at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. AHEC provided meals and lodging for the students, as well as opportunitiesfor them to network and speak with a variety of healthcare professionals from around the state in the Interprofessional Student Village.

In the assigned case study, a patient recently discharged from a hospital died upon readmission a few days later due to multiple errors in health care systems, processes, transitions of care to the community, and communication between health care professionals. The UW-Green Bay team members faced unique challenges collaborating via distance technology to find interprofessional solutions to the case study, since team members were not only from three different disciplines, but also were a blend of traditional students living on campus and online students living in northern and southeastern Wisconsin. Meeting for the first time in Wisconsin Dells during the competition, the Phoenix team successfully identified four core interprofessional competencies they felt healthcare professionals needed to address and resolve the issues in the case study: values and ethics; roles and responsibilities; interpersonal communication; and teams and teamwork. The first place team hailed from Milwaukee and was awarded $3000 and the team from UW-Stevens Point was awarded 3rd place and $1000 by the distinguished panel of interdisciplinary judges from healthcare academia and practice.

Representing UW-Green Bay were team members Timothy Zietz (biology/psychology/pre-med), Sarah Sodemann (dietetics), and Lydia Ambrosius, Chris (Mary) Lange & Sheila Hulce-Dittman (RN to BSN students from the Professional Program in Nursing). Chris (Mary) and Sheila participated in the case study solutions but were unable to present and attend the actual competition. Dr. Janet Reilly, Associate Professor in the Professional Program in Nursing, recruited and mentored this successful team. Any students from health professions that are interested in competing in 2015, should contact Dr. Reilly at: reillyj@uwgb.edu.

Together we are inspiring students and transforming communities.  Congrats!

Dean Mattison thanks Phuture Phoenix supporters

Sue Mattison, Dean of the College of Professional Studies, offered her heartfelt thanks for our own Phuture Phoenix program in a letter published Friday (Nov. 15) in the Green Bay Press-Gazette. In it, Mattison praises the efforts of UW-Green Bay students and faculty members, community volunteers and others who help make October’s annual Phuture Phoenix tour days a success. “For 11 years, the Phuture Phoenix program has been the gateway to higher education in every form — not just at UW-GB,” Mattison writes. “Increased percentages of students from Brown County who participated in the Phuture Phoenix program now attend post-secondary institutions.” Good stuff, here:

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20131116/GPG04/311160180

Article appeared in the LOG on 11.18.13

Social Work’s Dr. Sarah Himmelheber leads Philosophers Cafe Discussion

UW-Green Bay Assistant Professor of Social Work Sarah Himmelheber is the presenter/moderator on the topic “Food Waste and Food Insecurity”  for the Philospher’s Cafe at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 14th at Kavarna coffesshouse in Green Bay.  Participants will consider the fact that while food pantries continue to report increasing demand, the level of “acceptable waste” in the larger American food production, distribution and consumption chain seems to be static or growing. The Philosophers’ Café, a monthly gathering organized by the philosophy programs at UW-Green Bay and St. Norbert College, is free and open to anyone interested in a laid-back, fun and friendly conversation about issues of the day.  (Bring a canned good and/or friend and join in the conversation.)

College Connects with new VA Outpatient Clinic in Green Bay

     The new Milo C. Huempfner VA Outpatient Clinic opened recently in Green Bay, and is located less than a mile from the UW-Green Bay campus.  Dean Sue Mattison, along with a group of faculty and staff from the academic programs within the College of Professional Studies visited with the clinic’s adminstration to welcome them to the neighborhood, and to discuss ways in which the faculty, staff, and students within the College could partner and provide support to the new clinic.    Topics of discussion included research, outreach volunteer, field experience, and internship opportunities for students, and service opportunities for faculty.    Community partnerships and service are important aspects of the educational experience for all programs in the College of Professional Studies.

Participating in the visit included (L-R):
Jan Malchow, Shiloh Ramos, Sharon Kapitany, Brenda Tyczkowski, Janet Reilly, Dean Sue Mattison, Clinic Administrator – Timothy Deacy, Bill Lepley, Doreen Higgins, Susan Gallagher-Lepak

Social Work’s, Higgins, receives New York Community Trust “Partnerships Project” Grant

Doreen Higgins and Gail Trimberger with the Professional Programs in Social Work is one of eight social work programs across the nation to receive funding from the New York Community Trust in conjunction with the Council on Social Work Education Gero-Ed Center. The “Partnerships for Person-Centered and Participant-Directed Long-Term Services and Supports (Partnerships Project)” one year grant is aimed at preparing social work graduates via competency-based curricular resources for effective practice in Federal Administration for Community Living funded Aging and Disability Resource Centers. It is anticipated that the grant will continue for two additional years to support social work student stipends and collaborations between the Socail Work Program and Aging and Disability Resource Centers throughout northeast Wisconsin to recruit social work graduates to careers in long term services and supports.

Education’s Scott Ashmann Receives Founders Award for Excellence in Institutional Development

The Founders Association award honoring Ashmann for excellence in institutional development noted his commitment to his department, the University, the community and his profession. He earned compliments for his leadership contributions to his unit, the Professional Program in Education, including integral curricular changes that have enhanced UW-Green Bay’s well-regarded teacher preparation program. To advance the importance of his research and expertise in the area of science education, he has promoted initiatives including the Einstein Project, continuing education for K-12 science teachers, and the environmentally driven kindergarten to be located at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary.

An associate professor of Education, Ashmann joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 2003. He earned a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in curriculum, teaching and educational policy with an emphasis in science education. His bachelor’s degree is from UW-Green Bay, where he majored in Chemistry and Education with a minor in Science and Environmental Change.

Original post by Christopher Sampson, University Communications

Professional Studies Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

A warm welcome is extended to new faculty and staff who have joined the College of Professional Studies within the last few months:

  • Christin DePouw, Assistant Professor, Professional Program in Education
  • Becky Hovarter, Lecturer, Professional Programs in Nursing
  • Cindy VanDyke, Advisor/Practicum Coordinator, Professional Programs in Nursing
  • Heather Herdman, Researcher, Professional Programs in Nursing
  • Kristy Pahl, Trainer, NEW Partnership for Children and Families
  • Melissa Steeber, University Services Program Associate, Institute for Learning Partnership

Welcome!

Recent MSAL Graduate Receives UW-Extension Chancellor Award

UW-Green Bay alum, Kristi Cutts, a Family Living Educator for Winnebago County, UW-Extension, is a member of team receiving the Award for Excellence from UW Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor Ray Cross on September 12, 2013.    Ms. Cutts is a recent graduate of Education’s Masters of Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning program.   

The Award for Excellence recognizes outstanding performance and contributions by classified staff, academic staff and faculty (individuals or teams/groups) in UW Colleges, UW-Extension and other UW institutions involved with programs budgeted with UW College or UW-Extension funds. 

Ms. Cutts and three colleagues will receive the award in Madison on September 12th in recognition of their collaborative efforts to implement the Rent Smart program to improve the lives of citizens in their counties.  Congratulations!