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Generating Hope Support Network
Information regarding the next meeting of the Generating Hope Support Network is forthcoming.
Sponsored by the GSU Social Work Department, the Generating Hope Support Network is designed to provide support, mentoring, networking, information and resource linkage for the formerly incarcerated, their families and friends. The group is free and open to the public, and meets in Room D34012.
For additional information about Generating Hope, contact Dr. Lorri Glass at 708.534.4919, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Past Event Highlights
GSU Semi-Finalists at National Health Services Executives’ Competition
Congratulations to Nisha Mehta, Uzma Saleha and Josephine Anetekhai, second year Master of Health Administration students. They represented GSU and the College of Health and Human Services’ Health Administration program at the National Association of Health Services Executives’ Annual Everett V. Fox Student Case Analysis and Presentation Competition. This year’s competition was held October 15-18 in Miami, during NAHSE’s 28th Annual Educational Conference.
Graduate students from 21 university Health Care Management programs from across the United States competed in this event.
Our team represented GSU well, progressing in the competition all the way to the semi-final round. This meant our team was ahead of more than half of all the other teams, winning each of our team members a monetary award. Three of the Illinois teams placed in the competition: UIC finished in fifth place and Rush in first place.
Serving as “coach” for the GSU MHA students was Dr. Rupert M. Evans, Sr., DHA, MPA, FACHE, Associate Professor, Chair and Program Director for GSU’s Department of Health Administration.
The Case Competition is a scholarship program that utilizes the case study methodology of teaching to provide graduate students with an educational experience that enhances their problem analysis and presentation skills. Team members are given a unique case study and are charged with applying their knowledge and experience to analyze the diverse and real situations facing the healthcare organization featured in the case. The teams are given the specific facts and raw data related to the case, from which they are expected to reach decisions as outlined in the case assignment. The team then presents its case findings and recommendations before a panel of judges representing leaders in the healthcare field.
Past cases have been modeled after organizations such as Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinic, Catholic Health Initiatives, Trinity Health System, University of Maryland Medical System, HCA, UnitedHealth Group and most recently, G.E. Healthcare. This year Kaiser Permanente was the sponsor of the case.
(Pictured (left to right) are Dr. Rupert M. Evans, Sr., and MHS students Uzma Saleha, Josephine Anetekhai and Nisha Mehta.)
MHA Student Honored with Scholarship
A second-year graduate student in GSU’s Master of Health Administration program was honored at the Third Annual Pathways to a Healthier Journey Scholarship and Awards dinner held at the Union League Club of Chicago on September 27, 2013.
Ato Anderson received a $1,000 scholarship award from the National Association of Health Services Executives – Chicago Midwest Chapter.
A resident of University Park, Anderson is expected to graduate from the MHA program in June, 2014. Following graduation, Anderson hopes to become a commissioned officer in the United States Navy Medical Services Corps. He is currently a Corpsman and Preventive Medicine Technician (PMT) in the United States Navy.
Anderson graduated from Truman State University with a B.A. in Economics and has an M.A. in Economics from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He is an Executive Member, Junior Enlisted Association (JEA), U.S. Navy, and a lifetime member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Since 2010, Anderson has donated more than 65 hours in volunteer work for organizations such as the Northern Illinois Food Bank, the Wisconsin Marathon, and Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Also in attendance at the event were College of Health and Human Services
Dean Elizabeth Cada and Department of Health Administration Chair Dr. Rupert Evans.
Pictured, left and right, Dr. Rupert Evans and Ato Anderson
Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Students Present Research at State Conference
Congratulations to five Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) student groups who recently presented findings from their research projects during a poster presentation at GSU. In a first-ever occurrence, each of the student groups’ posters has been accepted for presentation at the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association (ILOTA) Annual Conference, held in Peoria.
To have each of the presentations accepted for the state conference is quite an accomplishment, according to Dr. Catherine Brady, Ed.D., OTR/L, Interim Occupational Therapy Department Chair and Associate Professor, since each poster underwent a rigorous jury process.
Addressing the students just prior to their presentations, College of Health and Human Services Dean Elizabeth Cada, Ed.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, an occupational therapist herself, expressed admiration for the students’ “focus on good, evidence-based OT practice throughout their research in order to achieve the best outcomes” for the client.
“As OTs, we can benefit others by empowering them with our information, helping them come to new solutions, better solutions. … You have a lot to offer,” Dean Cada told the students.
The five research projects, and their student presenters, include:
- Early Childhood Educators' Perceptions of Children with Sensory Processing Dysfunction within Classroom Settings — Student Presenters: Melanie Cabeen, Nicole Copalello, Carla Foreman, Matt Medley, Brandon Onuselogu and Kelly Picken
- Parents' Ability to Generate Strategies to Facilitate Participation in Home and Community Activities in Children with Disabilities — Student Presenters: Erin Haenig, Holly Moloney, Lindsey Shinnick, Amanda Suenkens, and Alicia Tuuk
- NBCOT Exam Study Strategies Used by Recent MOT Graduates — Student Presenters: Bria Mays, Abby Sprague, Meghan Quinn, Christine Malmer and Loren Buckley
- Perceptions of Cultural Competency Among Students in the College of Health and Human Services — Student Presenters: Laura Beck, Michele Blidy, Tiffani Grant and Sara Smit
- Occupational Therapy Faculty Perceptions of Active Student Participation Within the Classroom Context — Student Presenters: Joe Beck, Catherine Estrada, Bernadette Okrasinski and Logan Savage
Occupational Therapy faculty research advisors for the students’ work include Dr. Divya Sood, Dr. Caren Schranz, Dr. Catherine Brady, Dr. Melanie Ellexson, Dr. Cynthia Carr and Professor Patti Kalvelage.
MOT Research Day
GSU Students Take the Pledge Against Texting and Driving
Members of GSU’s Student Healthcare Management Association (SHCMA) joined forces with AT&T officials to bring AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign against texting while driving to the GSU campus on August 28, 2013.
Serving as co-chairs of this service learning event were Archana Liggins, Chief Information Officer and Yvette McWhorter, Activities Chairperson for SHCMA. They were assisted by Nisha Mehta, President of SHCMA, as well as Isha Dhingra, Secretary, and member Nitika Sood. Faculty Advisor for the organization is Dr. Caren Rossow, FACHE, of the College of Health and Human Services’ Health Administration Department.
GSU’s President Elaine P. Maimon and Sam Balark, External Affairs Director for AT&T, joined the event to encourage students to take the pledge never to text and drive. A number of elected officials, including: State Senator Mike Hastings; State Representatives Will Davis and Anthony DeLuca; University Park Mayor Vivian Covington; Richton Park Mayor Rick Reinbold and Village of Hazel Crest President Vernard L. Alsberry, Jr., as well as local police and fire chiefs, attended the event urging individuals to stop texting while driving. Every year, more than 100,000 crashes involve drivers who are texting. According to a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, drivers who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be in a crash. AT&T and the “It Can Wait” campaign have established September 19 as a national “Drive 4 Pledges Day,” encouraging Americans to take the pledge to never text while driving again. To take the pledge, log onto www.ItCanWait.com.
Visit http://youtu.be/4Xav81JVk4U for complete coverage of the event by This Week at GSU (TWAG).
Third Annual Run 4 Rehab Held May 11, 2013
GSU's Third Annual Run 4 Rehab, a 5k (3.1-mile) run and 2-mile walk sponsored by GSU’s Physical Therapy Student Association (PTSA), was held Saturday, May 11, 2013. Approximately 30 individuals, including 17 runners, participated in this event.
Serving as directors of the 2013 Run 4 Rehab were Amy Flaherty, Maria Wondra, and Andy Jellema, all GSU Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students. Robert de Lara, DPT student, provided photography services for the event.
The Run 4 Rehab serves as a benefit to raise funds for the Miami-Marquette Challenge, a national competition between physical therapy schools to collect and distribute money for physical therapy research grants around the country. This year funds were also raised for two other charitable organizations: $200 was raised for the Spinal Cord Injury Association and $100 was raised for Backbones, a not-for-profit organization that provides free support for individuals with spinal cord injuries and their families. Additional funds raised from the Run 4 Rehab go to GSU's Physical Therapy Student Association (PTSA). In all, a total of $1,250 was raised at this event.
For a complete list of race results, click here.
The purpose of the PTSA is to strive to familiarize and enhance the students with knowledge of and participation in professional organizations such as the American Physical Therapy Association, Illinois Physical Therapy Association, and other physical therapy-related special interest groups; develop and augment leadership skills in students; promote service learning through community outreach programs; and enhance students’ and the public’s knowledge of the physical therapy profession and Governors State University’s physical therapy program.
Mindfulness and Psychotherapy Program
The first of its kind in the Midwest, GSU’s Mindfulness and Psychotherapy Certificate Program is a two-year, 18-credit-hour program designed to teach post-master’s level practitioners and advanced graduate students how to integrate mindfulness-based interventions into their clinical practice.
More and more research studies indicate how mindfulness and meditation-based practices help clients achieve emotional regulation, modulate anxiety and depression, lower blood pressure, enhance the immune system, and increase concentration and attention span.
Current master’s-level GSU students enrolled in clinically-oriented programs who are in their final year of advanced clinical practicum are eligible to enroll. In addition, social workers, psychotherapists, addiction counselors, marriage and family therapists, and other allied health professionals who work in clinical settings can benefit from enrollment in this program.
To obtain additional information, contact Dr. Maristela Zell at 708.235.2235, or email@example.com
Omicron Beta Chapter of Phi Alpha National Honor Society Holds 2013 Induction Ceremony
The GSU chapter of Phi Alpha — the National Honor Society for Social Work students — is Omicron Beta. The purpose of Phi Alpha Honor society is to provide a closer bond among students of social work and to promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.
The motto of Phi Alpha is "Through Knowledge — the Challenge to Serve."
The 2013 Induction Ceremony for the Omicron Beta Chapter of Phi Alpha was held March 29, 2013.
Lydia Falconnier, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Social Work at Governors State University, serves as faculty representative for the GSU chapter of Phi Alpha.
National Qualifications for Individual Membership (Undergraduate)
An undergraduate student is eligible for membership after achieving the following national requirements and meeting local chapter requirements:
- Declared social work as a major
- Achieved sophomore status
- Completed eight semester hours or 12 quarter hours of required social work courses
- Achieved an overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Achieved a 3.25 grade point average in required social work courses
National Qualifications for Individual Membership (Graduate)
A graduate student is eligible for membership after the following national requirements and meeting local chapter requirements:
- Completed one term of course work with the minimum number of social work credits as determined by the local chapter
- Achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.5 based on a 4.0 scale
Eligibility Criteria for Omicron Beta Chapter at GSU (for both Graduate and Undergraduate students)
Demonstrated service to, or leadership in, the community or university in the last two years.
For more information about Phi Alpha, please visit their website www.phialpha.org, contact Dr. Lydia Falconnier at 708.534.4038, firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out a Phi Alpha Omicron Beta Chapter Request for Initiation Form, and return it to Governors State University, c/o Dr. Lydia Falconnier, Social Work Department, 1 University Parkway, University Park, 60484.
Historic Hooding Ceremony Held for First Doctoral Candidates from College of Health and Human Services
It was quite an historic evening. Twenty doctoral graduates from GSU's College of Health and Human Services — the first in GSU's 41-year history — were honored June 10, 2010, in a Hooding Ceremony celebrating their academic achievements. At the University's Commencement Ceremony on June 12, the doctoral candidates wore their hoods as they marched across the stage at Tinley Park Convention Center to receive their degrees.
Recipients of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree include Shirley Comer of Griffith, IN, and Patricia Martin of Frankfort.
Recipients of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree include: Tanya Anders of Crete, Patrica Barker of Orland Hills, Megan Bryce of Willowbrook, Scott Bullard of Tinley Park, Michelle Gibbons of Chicago, Emily Harn of Sauk Village, Kristina Jones of Country Club Hills, Shannon Kleinfelder of Manteno, James Lagoni of Evergreen Park, Andrew Lange of Orland Hills, Cheryl Luif of Lynwood, Cari O'Donnell of Shorewood, Bradley Phillips of Bourbonnais, Megan Schneider of Champaign, Joshua Velarde of New Lenox, Justin Velarde of New Lenox, Jena Zientek of Oak Lawn, and Gregory Zukowski of Riverdale.
The Doctorate in Physical Therapy and Doctorate in Nursing Practice programs elevate graduates to new levels of expertise and qualifications in their respective fields. The professional doctorate focuses primarily on the knowledge graduates need for advanced or entry-level practice.
"The practice doctorate gives professions the versatility to meet several challenges," noted Dr. Linda Samson, Dean of the College of Health and Human Services. "For example, it will soon be the entry-level degree for physical therapy practice. In nursing, the degree will help put nurse educators in the classroom and assure the skill set of advanced practitioners.
"The degree candidates for DPT and DNP reflect GSU's commitment to educational access and our belief that we as an institution must provide our constituents the opportunities to achieve in the professional practice world," Dr. Samson said.
Addressing the graduates at the Hooding Ceremony, Dr. Samson said, "You have journeyed long and hard to sit here this evening . . . my message to you — make someone's life better by challenging yourselves and each other."
Pictured (top photo) are the very first recipients of practice doctoral degrees from the College of Health and Human Services — 18 Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) graduates and two Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduates. Above left, GSU President Dr. Elaine P. Maimon addresses the graduates at the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony; at right, Dr. Linda Samson, former Dean of the College of Health and Human Services, serves as Master of Ceremonies for the event, with Interim Provost Dr. David Curtis looking on.
Make Someone's Life Better Magazine (formerly Annual Report)
Student E-Pulse: Current Edition
Student E-Pulse: Archived Editions
Community E-Pulse: Current Edition
Community E-Pulse: Archived Editions
“Advancing Professional Practice: An Expert Discussion on the Professional Practice Doctorate”
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