Congratulations to Career Services personnel and others on successful virtual job fair

Career Services partnered with the Green Bay Area Public School (GBAPS) District to offer a virtual job fair for UW-Green Bay students and alumni. Eleven individual video chat rooms were made available for participation on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.  Candidates participated in eight of the rooms assigned by certification area. There were 29 unique students and alumni who participated in a total of 36 scheduled chat sessions with over 20 representatives from GBAPS during a four-hour window of the virtual event. The virtual job fair was led by Career Services staff members Linda Peacock-Landrum and Karla Miller. They received technical support from Nichole LaGrow, Distance Education coordinator and outreach support to alumni from Kari Moody, director of Alumni Relations. This is what one participant had to say:

“With the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is influencing the traditional process of career fairs and interviews for Spring 2020 graduates (and possibly for future graduates to come). As a school and clinical mental health Social Work graduate, I found the virtual career fair with the Green Bay Area Public School District to be so influential and needed! To be able to put a face to my submitted applications and meet the future hiring team says a lot! It was a quick and easy process.”

See ViXai Thao, ’16 (Human Development) and ’20 (Master of Social Work)

 

Karen Lacey recognized as Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Karen Lacey, senior lecturer emerita in Human Biology and former director of the Dietetic Programs was recently recognized as a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND). Lacey has been an active member of the Academy for more than 50 years.

The Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND) recognizes Academy members who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues, as well as in their communities, by their service to the dietetics profession and by optimizing the nation’s health through food and nutrition. Fellows are why the public trusts and chooses Academy members as food, nutrition, and health experts. They provide outreach in their communities, within their work settings, and have a greater commitment to continuing professional development, leadership, writing, speaking, policy and advocacy or research.

COVID-19 Testing savety monitor watching each swab to ensure no contamination

UW-Green Bay graduate student helps build COVID-19 drive-thru testing facility for rural Kentucky

Jennie Morehead says she uses the information she learns at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay every day, even when she’s building a COVID-19 test site. She is currently a student in the Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management program.

Jennie Morehead
Jennie Morehead
Jennie Morehead wearing a face mask
Jennie Morehead with face mask

Morehead, who lives in Paducah, Kentucky, was working as the executive director of wellness at HealthWorks Medical, LLC when COVID-19 hit. With the pandemic, she wasn’t able to provide that in-person patient care anymore. But when an anonymous donor offered to pay for 1,000 test kits and processing, her company jumped at the chance to be able to provide that service to their community.

Using a church parking lot and outbuilding breezeway, a donated trailer from Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), and $250,000 from their anonymous donor, Morehead and members of a community wide taskforce were able to build the facility in a couple of days, she said. The effort was led by Morehead’s boss, Kyle Turnbo, MD, FAOCM, MPH, MRO.

The testing facility used the breezeway to house the actual testing process. The donor paid for the breezeway to be enclosed by a local contractor, complete with two automatic garage doors, for patients to enter and exit while staying in their vehicle. The FLW fishing trailer with a stage and office allowed staff to safely collect patient data prior to testing.

“When our owner, Dr. (J. Kyle) Turnbo, got that call, he said, ‘Well, we’ll just build our own site,’” she said. “And he made a community task force of our local Baptist hospital and our local Mercy hospital and then he said, ‘Look, I’ve got the tests. We’ve got the staff. We’ll be happy to run it if you all will help us build a site. That way the patients can stay out of the hospital, they can stay out of the doctors’ offices and we test them, and any physician that wanted to order a test could do that and it’s free.’”

Prior to working in corporate wellness, Morehead worked in safety engineering, so she called her construction contacts. Her husband, a retired professional fisherman, called his contacts with the FLW. Using the parking lot and annex building of a local church, they were able to create the testing site in three days.

“So a car can drive in and we shut the door behind them and they can be tested out of the wind out of the elements that we don’t have to worry about cross-contaminating,” she said. Having the testing happen inside also helps with HIPAA regulations, she said.

Morehead said she had just started her studies at UW-Green Bay when the outbreak started, but that she uses what she learns almost daily.

“When I started looking at what the topics were and what the classes were that were offered at the University, it was something I could see practicality in each of those classes that could I could immediately apply back into our work which is what I’m doing now,” she said. “You know, every time I take a class I’m like ‘Oh! I wish I’d known that before I did that program or I wish I’d know that before we developed this.’”

In addition, she said, her professors were great to work with as she managed working and studying at the same time.

“My professors, all of them have been more than kind because I started on March the 10th. And everything went crazy on March 11th. And they’ve been really nice to work with because you can only do so much in the day, and I appreciate their willingness to work with me on when assignments are due.

“I chose UW-Green Bay because I wanted to have an academic degree in wellness as our corporate wellness division is bidding wellness program work on a national platform. We service the majority of the national river industry and now national companies that have locations all over the United States. My first career was in heavy industrial construction occupational safety and health engineering. When bidding work nationally, my CV is often requested by potential clients, and I wanted my academic background to show that I am more than qualified to lead my team in corporate wellness while drawing from my experience as a safety and health engineer. UW-Green Bay was the only school I could find that seemed to offer wellness classes that I could transpose into the non-academic world almost immediately.”

So far, the drive-thru test site has tested more than 930 residents from Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and Illinois, she said. All of those tested have been ordered to get tests from their doctors. Now that the free tests are almost gone, the task force will enter phase two of the testing program, closing down and cleaning up the drive-thru testing site, and opening up another one somewhere else.

Instead of the three days it took to bring the drive through site together, the process for closing down and cleaning up the drive-thru site and opening up another testing site is expected to take a little longer – between three and four weeks, Morehead said.

Story by Liz Carey

Photo of an UW-Green Bay nursing student at Aurora Hospital during nursing training.

Video: UW-Green Bay’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing

As a young girl, Grace Stubb was drawn to jump in and help when somebody was sick or injured. Now she is a nursing student in her senior year at UW-Green Bay and will be graduating with a B.S. in Nursing. Along with her nursing degree, she also studied abroad in Spain and obtained a Spanish minor in hopes to communicate with patients in their primary language. Stubb recently landed her dream job and is now a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurse at St. Vincent Children’s Hospital in Green Bay.

Video by Sue Pischke, Marketing and University Communication

Photo of student teaching children at Meadowbrook Elementary School in Howard, Wisconsin. The students are reading a book at the table. The teaching student is from UW-Green Bay and is finishing her student teaching before she graduates.

Video: Thank you educators! Hear from one of UW-Green Bay’s future teachers

Majriela Macedo always knew she wanted to help kids learn. She is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in Education and will be graduating in May of 2020. Majriela participated in the Phuture Phoenix Program, Zeta Omega Tau Sorority, Greek Life at UW-Green Bay, and has extensive volunteer experience in the community as a member of these organizations. Majriela hopes to teach in an elementary or middle school after graduating.

Video by Sue Pischke, Marketing and University Communication

Human service professionals from across the state are receiving training in new ways from UW-Green Bay

Delivering training through synchronous (real time) sessions by distance is new for UW-Green Bay’s Behavioral Health Training Partnership (BHTP). BHTP is experienced in providing training via in-person and online course formats to human services professionals in 64 counties (and 1 tribe) across Wisconsin. In-person training has been built to use more interactive components (e.g., group activities), and may include expert speakers.

Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, a BHTP training that has recently moved to synchronous delivery using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is Ethics and Boundaries: Stepping Forward When Colleagues Cross the Line, a four-hour session which was delivered for the first time on April 3, 2020 for approximately 45 participants from remote locations, primarily their homes. Another training, Crisis Services Overview, was delivered for the first time April 7-9 for 25 participants, who accessing the training primarily from their homes. The training, typically delivered as a six-hour one-day workshop, was changed to two-hour synchronous sessions over three days.

Jessica Delzer, Director of BHTP, initially expressed some concern about possible lower feelings of connectedness and interactivity by participants in planning for the new training format. These concerns turned out to be far from a barrier, but rather, became an opportunity to connect in a new way. Participants in the training appreciated the move to the new format, as well as BHTP’s ability to transition to a virtual format seamlessly and without interruption to their work schedule. Participants shared their feedback via course evaluations, and several reached out via email to the BHTP team after the session.  One participant wrote: 

I want to let you know how impressed we were with the training itself—presenter and topic—as well as how wonderfully the Blackboard program worked and how quickly you all pulled that together. It truly seemed to go off without a hitch, at least for us watching it on the large video screen, both in the big main group and the individual breakout sessions [in the distance course]!

Another participant commented that the training “worked beautifully and we were able to even do break-out sessions” via distance.

See a short video clip during one of the trainings.

Call for participants: WiSys Quick Pitch @Home, deadline is May 1

UW-Green Bay student researchers could win $300 for presenting their research virtually in the WiSys Quick Pitch @ Home competition.

Students will “pitch” the value of their research in a recorded three-minute video that will be evaluated by a panel of judges. The goal is to inspire students to consider the impact of their work and improve their ability to communicate it broadly to the public. The deadline to register is Friday, May 1, 2020.

The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students in any discipline, from STEM to Social Sciences and Humanities. Both basic and applied research projects are welcome. Also, students can present research at any stage of development (it does not need to be finished).

The first place finisher will secure a spot in the WiSys Quick Pitch State Final, which may also be held virtually later this summer.

WiSys Quick Pitches are normally held in-person on UW System campuses, but WiSys has shifted online in response to the coronavirus crisis.

For more information about the WiSys Quick Pitch program, visit wisys.org/quickpitch.

About WisSys
WiSys is a nonprofit organization that works with faculty, staff, students and alumni of the UW System to facilitate cutting-edge research programs, develop and commercialize discoveries, and foster a spirit of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking across the state.

 

Vandenhouten shares about the growing demand for health and wellness workers

Program Chair of Health and Wellness Management Graduate program, Christine Vandenhouten shares about the growing demand for health and wellness workers. Workers in the health care industry are getting lots of attention these days, deservedly so. There is a growing field of Health and Wellness positions and UWGB has a great program to help you get started. For more information, head to uwgb.edu/mshwm. Source:  Local 5 Live.

UW-Green Bay alumnus takes the head coaching job at West De Pere

“Chris Greisen (Master’s in Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning) finally is getting a chance to run his own football program. West De Pere hired the former NFL quarterback as its coach Monday night, finding a new leader as the team moves into the Fox River Classic Conference. He replaces Jack Batten, who stepped down in January after six seasons.” See more from the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Webinars on end-of-semester assessments

The week of April 13, 2020 the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning will conduct webinars on how to do end-of-semester assessments for alternative delivery. These webinars will start at 10 a.m. 2:30 p.m. and go until April 17. Topics include: how to give a multiple-choice exam, how to provide accommodations to students with disabilities, how to give an essay exam, and more. Please see the “Teaching Remotely” page for login information and the complete schedule. We will also post recordings of the webinars on the “Teaching Remotely” page for those who cannot attend.