Four UW-Green Bay faculty members will present at a campus luncheon hosted by the WiSys Board of Trustees on Wednesday, May 13. Sharing information about projects currently under way will be Associate Prof. Mike Zorn of Natural and Applied Science, “Smart-Phone Spectrophotometer”; Associate Prof. of NAS Heidi Fencl, “Physics Coach App”; and Associate Prof. of Nursing Susan Gallagher-Lepak and Assistant Prof. T. Heather Herdman, “Development of an Electronic Nursing Diagnosis Clinical App.”
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Informational open house — Following the luncheon, there will be a WiSys Technology Foundation Open House from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Suite 307 of the Environmental Sciences Building. WiSys regional associate Bob Wise, Ph.D., encourages you to stop by for conversation and to learn about funding opportunities and resources available to UW-Green Bay students, faculty and staff. While dropping in is encouraged, an RSVP (with ASchiff@wisys.org, or at (608) 316-4037) will help with the planning.
UW-Green Bay’s new online bachelor’s degree program in Health Information Management and Technology received good news Thursday afternoon: initial accreditation by the national accrediting agency. The decision by the Commission on Health Informatics and Information Management was relayed to campus by UW Extension, which coordinates the HIMT program offered in collaboration by Extension and UW universities at Green Bay, Parkside, Stevens Point and La Crosse. In sharing the news here, Sue Mattison, dean of the College of Professional Studies, praised “outstanding work by HIMT program director, Dr. Brenda Tyczkowski, supported by her chair, Dr. Susan Gallagher-Lepak, and former Dean of OAA Steve VandenAvond.”
Eight UW-Green Bay students from the Professional Program in Nursing class 447, Leadership and Management, visited Preble High School recently, accompanied by Assistant Prof. Tyczkowski, to meet with students in the Phuture Phoenix FLITE program. FLITE is an after-school group at Preble targeted at keeping high-schoolers interested in pursuing higher ed. The UW-Green Bay students shared why they became nurses, the various paths taken to become a nurse and what areas of nursing they are pursuing. For a photo and more, see the Nursing blog.
Assistant Prof. Brenda Tyczkowski of Nursing, academic director of the Health Information Management Technology collaborative online master’s program for UW-Green Bay, was selected to participate in a web-based project to promote best practices in online learning. The sponsoring consortium — led by outreach, distance learning and continuing education specialists from partner institutions UW-Extension, Cal-Irvine and the University of Washington — calls itself ASG or Actions, Solutions, Growth: University Partners. Tyczkowski participated in the “ASG Best In Show” initiative showcasing how experienced online faculty design, develop, and teach online courses. A collection of instructional overview videos and topic-focused interview videos and tip sheets provide answers to commonly asked questions. To listen and learn about Tyczkowski’s online teaching experiences.
Nursing faculty members Susan Gallagher-Lepak and Janet Reilly, in collaboration with Cheryl M. Killion from Case Western Reserve University, have published an article titled “Are Virtual Classrooms Colorblind?” in the March 15 issue of the online Journal of Professional Nursing. (It will be published in hardcopy form in the July-August 2015 issue.) The article explains that e-learning, becoming increasingly prevalent in nursing education, provides education opportunities for all students; the article explores issues of availability to students, usage, quality of e-learning and the extent to which culture has been integrated into online learning. The article also explains the format and design of E-learning that have historically been most successful.
Congratulations are in order for program chair Prof. Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Dean Sue Mattison, and the entire faculty and staff of the Professional Program in Nursing. Earlier this week, UW-Green Bay hosted a three-day site visit by reviewers for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. They looked at four broad areas and 28 separate standards in assessing the candidacies of the undergraduate program for re-accreditation and the new master’s program for initial accreditation. According to their preliminary, verbal report presented to Nursing and campus officials on Wednesday, the UW-Green Bay programs met all standards. The CCNE visitors reviewed documents and met with nursing students, faculty, community members, and various departments around campus. Their report will be forwarded to the CCNE’s Accreditation Review Committee and subsequently to their Board of Commissioners after which a final decision will be made on accreditation status. In a written thank-you, the Nursing program “wishes to thank all involved in the accreditation site visit this week including Dean Sue Mattison and staff in the Dean of Professional Studies Office, BSN and MSN students, numerous faculty and staff, departments that work closely with nursing such as Academic Technology Services, Library, Registrar and Financial Aid, nursing alumni, and so many others.”
Registered nurse Jason Mattson, a bachelor’s grad and current student in UW-Green Bay’s master’s of nursing program, was honored earlier this week with the 2014 Carol and Robert Bush Excellence in Nursing Award presented by Bellin Health. The Bushes inaugurated the award 14 years ago in appreciation of outstanding care they and their family had received, and the couple personally reviews every nomination. The award is open to registered nurses currently employed with the Bellin Health System in face-to-face patient care roles. Mattson completed his BSN degree at UW-Green Bay in 2006, and joined the Bellin intensive care unit as a staff nurse in 2007. He anticipates receiving his UWGB master’s in Management and Leadership in Health Systems this summer. His citation for the award lists a long list of accomplishment and leadership activities. The Bush Award recipient receives a sculpture of a nurse and a $5,000 cash award. Mattson will be formally recognized at the annual Bellin Health VIP event on April 9 at the Lambeau Field Atrium. For photos and more on the award and Mattson.
Arjun Sanga, executive director for WiSys, and regional liaison Bob Wise will be on the UW-Green Bay campus Thursday afternoon (Feb. 19) to meet with University leadership and attend the gathering that will mark the launch of two new faculty-designed computer apps, from 3 to 4 p.m. in MAC Hall 137. WiSys is the entity that helps fund and facilitate innovative projects at the UW System comprehensive campuses. Sanga and Wise will meet with Chancellor Gary Miller, Provost Stephen Fritz and others, and participate in the 3 o’clock session at which the new apps will be demonstrated. Profs. Susan Gallagher-Lepak and Heather Herdman will display the capabilities of their new nursing diagnostic tool, and Scott Ashmann will demonstrate a teacher evaluation tool. Refreshments will be served; all are welcome.
The College of Professional Studies is inviting interested members of the campus community to a gathering this Thursday (Feb. 19), from 3 to 4 p.m. in MAC Hall 137. “Help us celebrate the launch of two innovative computer apps by faculty members — Dr. Susan Gallagher-Lepak and Dr. Heather Herdman (Nursing), who will demonstrate their new nursing diagnostic tool, and Dr. Scott Ashmann (Education) who will demonstrate a teacher evaluation tool. Refreshments will be served.”
Assistant Prof. Heather Herdman, Nursing, shared some winter wellness tips with Fox 11’s “Good Day Wisconsin” Friday, talking recipes, cleanliness, essential oils and more with reporter Pauleen Le. Herdman will teach a course on these topics for the nonprofit Bridge-Between Retreat Center in Denmark. Titled “Staying Healthy This Winter: Incorporating Aromatherapy and Herbs,” the course runs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7 (more information). You can check out the segments at: http://fox11online.com/2015/01/30/foods-and-herbs-for-a-healthy-winter-diet/.