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.”
The group of faculty, students, young children, and parents pose in front of Casa Alba.
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.
A birds-eye view of the Lambeau Field Atrium where several booths and inflatables were set up for visitors to enjoy.
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!
Scott Ashmann receives the Administrator of the Year Award at the November 8th banquet in Madison.
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!
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/
The Council on Social Work Education recognized UW-Green Bay’s Social Work program at a Child Welfare Meeting on October 23. The session, Nuts and Bolts of Child Welfare Education Programs: Shared Practices from Multiple Programs, gave an opportunity for representatives from eight programs across the country to provide information about their program and exchange ideas with representatives from other areas. Matthew Matilla, Child Welfare Coordinator in the Social Work program, was invited to attend and discuss the UW-Green Bay program with others in a panel session and also an informal table discussion.
The Council on Social Work Education is the only accreditation agency for social work that is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Learn more about the Council on Social Work Education at www.cswe.org/.
Last week, two Brazilian scholars were hosted at UWGB by Assistant Professor of Nursing Heather Herdman. The scholars visited from the Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil, and they both gave presentations in regards to the research they have conducted. Camila Takáo Lopes, Ph.D. (c), RN, is the author of “Identification of the predictive factors for bleeding in the immediate postoperative period after cardiac surgery.” Agueda Calvalcante, Ph.D. (c), RN, is the author of “Nursing interventions and outcomes in people with congestive heart failure and ineffective self-health management.” Their presentations were given in front of Herdman’s Evidence-Based Practice Class.
Camila Takáo, PH.D. (c), RN, gives her presentation on Predictive factors for excessive bleeding after cardiac surgery.
Agueda Calvalcante, Ph.D. (c), RN, gives her presentation on Nursing interventions and outcomes in people with heart failure and ineffective self-health management.
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.
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
The time has come for the official launch of the UW-Green Bay Campus Kitchens project! UW-Green Bay students, staff, faculty, and community leaders came together earlier in the semester to win a $5,000 grant for the Campus Kitchens start-up. It is now time to see that dedicated and hard work go towards helping those with food insecurity.
The official launch is this Saturday, May 3rd, where the project will turn leftover service food into healthy meals for those in need. The UW-Green Bay Social Work program and the Hungry and Reducing Waste student organization have worked together to plan out Saturday’s launch. The project will launch during the lunch hour at Fort Howard Apartments on Green Bay’s west side.
Congratulations to all involved with the Campus Kitchens Project and thank you for helping those in need in your local community!
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