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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.

Education Program’s Ashmann Awarded by WAEE

UW-Green Bay graduate and associate professor of education was recognized by the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education as Environmental Education Administrator of the Year at the November 8th awards banquet in Madison. Ashmann has excelled in several leadership roles which encourage educating the community on the environment, like working with Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, serving as chairperson for the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board (2009-2014), and also for his extensive research of environmental education. Congratulations!

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Scott Ashmann receives the Administrator of the Year Award at the November 8th banquet in Madison.

Faculty Receive Summer 2015 Fellowship Awards

Sue Mattison, Dean of the College of Professional Studies, has announced the recipients of the Summer 2015 Fellowship Awards. The awards were given out for the first time to the following recipients for their research:

  • Christin DePouw, assistant professor of Education, “Role of Critical Race Consciousness in Strengthening Students’ of Color Academic and Cultural Identities.”’
  •  Pao Lor, associate professor of Education, and Ray Hutchison, professor of Urban and Regional Studies, “Academic Profile of Hmong-American Students’ Matriculation, Retention, and Graduation at UW-Green Bay.
  •  Mary Gichobi, assistant professor, and Scott Ashmann, associate professor, both of Education, “What Influence Does Regularly Using Einstein Project Materials Have on State Standardized Fourth and Eighth Grade Science Test Scores?”

Congratulations to all recipients!

Social Work Students Research Food Insecurity

Students in the social work program at UW-Green Bay have the opportunity to research the effects of food insecurity for those in at-risk households across Northeast Wisconsin. The survey will be distributed to over 700 participants at local food pantries, and will look for answers about the frequency of food insecurity and special dietary needs, among other subjects.

The program kicks off this week, and over the years, students have continued to bring awareness to food pantries and food assistance programs across the region. The results of the survey will be shared in Associate Professor Gail Trimberger’s class in March.

The Press Gazette is inviting donors to take part in their annual Stock the Shelves Campaign to help support local food pantries. Anyone interested in donating is encouraged to visit greenbaypressgazette.com/donate to find more information.

Read the feature article here: http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/local/2014/11/01/survey-traces-growing-hunger-issues-brown-county/18320551/

Phuture Phoenix Students Envision Higher Education

Over 1,400 local fifth-graders took part in the 11th annual Phuture Phoenix Day on October 14th. Participants were given the opportunity to tour campus, check out a college class, and much more with student and faculty volunteers. This program was designed to encourage students from low-income families to pursue a college degree after graduating from high school. One of the benefits of this program is that it allows students to see where they can be in the future by working hard in the classes they are in now and by taking the necessary steps to be a college student.

This year, the College of Professional Studies hosted interactive boards which were created by UW-Green Bay student Courtney Maye. Fifth-graders were asked to complete the phrase “I want to go to college so that I can…” Students eagerly filled out the space with their dreams for the future, where answers ranged anywhere from being a doctor to a professional soccer player. This visualization activity helped students to make the connection that they can achieve their goals by pursuing higher education.

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Online MSN Course Engages Students

Students in the online MSN Leadership and Management in Health Systems did synchronous presentations on April 30th and May 7th 2014 using Blackboard Collaborate as part of the 745 Economics and Policy Health Systems Course. Dr. Christine Vandenhouten (instructor) and the students enjoyed connecting via this method to see/hear each other from the comfort of their homes and offices. The MSN program is primarily asynchronous using the Desire to Learn (D2L) platform.

This is not an average online course. The new online MSN course has taken the way students learn to a whole new level. Blackboard Collaborate (BBC), a web-conferencing program built into the D2L course platform, allowed students and faculty to have a more connected experience. The Economics and Policy in Health Systems students selected a health policy topic with economic impact to present to their peers and instructor followed by a lively discussion.  Now, more than ever, healthcare professionals must be aware of the impact that health policy, like the Affordable Care Act, has on health systems generally and nursing specifically.  Students were able to use technology to effectively present in-depth topics of information to their classmates and Dr. Vandenhouten.

Some of the topics were:

  • The impact of Farm Subsidies and health,
  • Department of Corrections Policy on Hunger Strikes,
  • The economics of Nurse Anesthetist reimbursement on health systems,
  • The US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation for Mammography Screening,
  • Accountable Care Organizations- A Change Model in the Delivery of Healthcare
  • The Pharmaceutical Industry, Policy, and Implications for Healthcare

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