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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!

 

Nursing Admits First Masters of Science in Nursing Students

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UWGB) Professional Program in Nursing proudly announces nineteen (19) registered nurses (RNs) have been accepted to the first cohort in the new online Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) Leadership and Management in Health Systems Program.   Living in sixteen cities and six states across the country with undergraduate degrees from four universities (including a majority of UWGB alumni), the new admits will begin online MSN courses in Fall of 2013. The average age of those admitted is 42 years and the average grade point average is 3.6 (on a 4.0 scale). 

 The newly admitted RNs aspire to management and leadership roles and practice in diverse areas ranging from the intensive care unit (ICU) to home care and public health, long term care, surgery, cardiac care, mental health, emergency services, oncology and correctional nursing.  Many already have manager or leader roles such as directors, team leaders, quality measures, vice-presidents of business, and even a hospital chief nursing officer.  

The UWGB faculty and staff consulted with nurse managers and leaders across the nation in developing the curriculum for the MSN program.  The curriculum covers 34 credits in twelve online courses delivered over two years (six consecutive academic periods).  Students will participate in practicum placements during the second year at sites close to their homes.

 For more information regarding the UWGB MSN Leadership & Management in Health Systems, go to the program website at:   http://www.uwgb.edu/nursing/msn/ or email nursingmsn@uwgb.edu.

Social Work’s Akakpo Published in June’s Community Mental Health Journal

Francis Akakpo, Assistant Professor of Social Work,  co-authored the article “’Straight up’: Enhancing rapport and therapeutic alliance with previously-detained youth in the delivery of mental health services,” published in the June 2013 edition of the Community Mental Health Journal. Akakpo collaborated with James Brown from UW-Oshkosh and Evan Holloway and Matthew Aalsma of Indiana University’s School of Medicine. Their research identifies and explores the themes of empathy, client-directed care, sequencing, and positive rapport, which are all important to improving the therapeutic alliance between care providers and previously-detained youth, in order to improve such youth’s mental health treatment. Congratulations Dr. Akakpo on your research and publication!

ILP’s, Juliet Cole, Recognized for Contributions to Education in Nigeria

Juliet Cole, Associate Director of the Institute for Learning Partnership, recently visited her homeland of Nigeria and was presented with an educational award of honor. This award signifies the onset of strong relationships being forged between UW-Green Bay and educational entities in Nigeria. This award, given by the Supreme House Montessori School in Lagos, Nigeria was presented to Mrs. Cole in partnership with the Quality Assurance and Research Development Agency (QAARDAN) of Nigeria. While in her homeland and serving as an ambassador of the University, Juliet promoted the UW-Green Bay Accomplished Educator Professional Development Certificate Program for the purpose of forging closer international relationships between UW-Green Bay and Nigeria over the next two years. The award, entitled: “Recognition Award of Outstanding Daughter of the Soil” was presented to Juliet for appreciation for a “job well done for the immense contributions to the enormous growth of education in Nigeria.” Her travels also included a presentation at Lagos State Government Ministry of Education International Educational Summit held on May 22, 2013. This presentation promoted the UW-Green Bay Professional Development Certificate Program (PDC) to educators as an effective and innovative program for promoting quality assurance in teaching and learning.

College of Professional Studies Students Shine at Posters in the Rotunda

Six UW-Green Bay undergraduates joined about 100 of their peers from across the UW System Wednesday, participating in the 10th annual “Posters in the Rotunda” undergraduate research event at the state Capitol in Madison.

This daylong event allows students and their faculty advisers to share their research findings on a variety of important and interesting topics with state legislators, leaders, UW alumni and other supporters.

The following UW-Green Bay students from the College of Professional studies made the trip. Here’s a bit more about them, their research and support:

Zhuxin “Zona” Fang, Jiaxing, Zhejiang, China, Secondary Mathematics Education major, will present “An International Approach to Examining the International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematics Studies in the United States: Comparing a Topic in Statistics between IB and Chinese High School Mathematics Textbooks.” This research explores how IB programs may help U.S. students compete academically with students from other countries. Her faculty adviser is Assistant Prof. Susan Cooper.

Mai Chee Vang, Green Bay, Business Administration major, will present “Role of Cultural Congruence and Trust in Online Charitable Giving,” a study that compares two newly created website homepages that put images in a different order to manipulate the cultural congruence. Her faculty adviser is Assistant Prof. Gaurav Bansal.

Congratulations to our students and faculty advisors!

Photos and article originally posted by Kelly McBride, University Marketing and Communications at http://news.uwgb.edu/featured/go-green/04/18/posters-in-rotunda-2013/

Accounting’s Associate Professor Doering – Lead Article in April’s Taxes-The Tax Magazine

Cofrin School of Business Associate Professor of Accounting and Business Law, James Doering, recently had his  research, “The Creditability of the U.K. Windfall Tax: Substance vs. Form”, published as the lead article in the April 2013 issue of Taxes-The Tax Magazine. Professor Doering’s article examines whether the United Kingdom’s Windfall Tas qualifies as a creditabel foreign tax under Code Sec. 901.   His research was supported in part from the UW-Green Bay Research Council’s Grants in Aid of Research.   Articles selected for publication in this monthly journal furnish pragmatic guidance for navigating a strategic course through the intricate landscape of tax rules and regulations. Articles written by top tax experts provide thorough, accurate analysis of current tax issues, trends and legislative developments.  Congratulations Professor Doering.

Bansal’s Business Statistics course awarded “Quality Matters” certification

Three popular UWGB courses have been awarded “Quality Matters” certification for the high quality of their course design. They are:

• Popular Music Since 1955, Prof. Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, Music
Business Statistics, Prof. Gaurav Bansal, Business Administration
• Perspectives on Values: The Contemporary World, Prof. Cristina Ortiz, HUS

McQuade Dewhirst, Bansal and Ortiz were participants in the Advanced Online Teaching Fellows, a program offered to experienced online faculty seeking to elevate their online teaching and course design. Facilitated by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) the program will be offered again in Summer 2013 with the aim of gaining QM recognition for an additional ten online courses.

The Quality Matters Program is a national, faculty-driven, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses. The QM rubric provides a set of standards for the design of online courses at the college level and looks for classes with quality objectives, materials and assessments that support and engage students with accessible technology.

Prof. Aeron Haynie, director of CATL, said of the recognition, “We are very pleased with this recognition of our faculty’s strong work providing high quality online teaching. Congratulations to Michelle, Gaurav and Cristina! Expect many more announcements as our faculty complete the review process.”

Expanding the team of Quality Matters reviewers
Additionally, the campus has begun to expand our team of QM trained reviewers. These include three new Master Reviewers – Heather Pokorsky, Dan Schrickel, and Pat Theyerl – and two Peer Reviewers — Profs. Angela Bauer and Gaurav Bansal. Becoming a reviewer requires a solid understanding of online course design and 20-30 hours of training. For more information on the Online Teaching Fellows program, visit the CATL website.

Originally posted by Christopher Sampson, University Communications on March 29, 2013

Author, orator and activist, Winona LaDuke presenting on April 15th

The UWGB Education Center for First Nations Studies, EMBI Center, First Nations Studies Program, and Women’s and Gender Studies Program will be sponsoring internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist, Winona LaDuke offering a free public presentation on food sovereignty on Monday, April 15th at 7:00 p.m. in UWGB’s Rose Hall 250.  

Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is an internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities with advanced degrees in rural economic development, LaDuke has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life ways of Native communities. In 1994, Time magazine named her one of America’s fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age, and in 1997 she was named Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year.    Other honors include the Reebok Human Rights Award, the Thomas Merton Award, the Ann Bancroft Award, the Global Green Award, and the prestigious International Slow Food Award for working to protect wild rice and local biodiversity. LaDuke also served as Ralph Nader’s vice-presidential running mate on the Green Party ticket in the 1996 and 2000 presidential elections.

 In addition to numerous articles, LaDuke is the author of Last Standing Woman (fiction), All Our Relations (non-fiction), In the Sugarbush (children’s non-fiction), and The Winona LaDuke Reader. Her most recent book is Recovering the Sacred: the Power of Naming and Claiming (South End Press). LaDuke is an enrolled member of the Mississippi band of Anishinaabe. She lives with her family on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota.

 She is the Founding Director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, a reservation based non-profit devoted to restoring the land-base and culture of the White Earth Anishinaabeg. She helped found Honor the Earth in 1993 and has served in a leadership position since the organization’s inception.

Please mark your calendars for this event on Monday, April 15th at 7:00 p.m.