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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!

 

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.