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2019

Social Work Professor to Receive 2019 Distinguished Faculty Legacy Award from ECU

On May 9, Social Work Professor Reggie York received word from East Carolina University (ECU) School of Social Work that he had been chosen as the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Faculty Legacy Award.

CHHS Faculty and Staff Awarded Community Engagement Grants

On May 1, CHHS faculty and staff were awarded community engagement grants through the UNC Wilmington Office of Community Engagement. Out of the nine total grants funded this year, six were from CHHS.

CHHS Starts New Tradition

The CHHS Bell is the result of a proposal developed by Dr. Matthew Gallek, associate professor, DNP program coordinator and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation nurse faculty scholar in the School of Nursing at in the College of Health and Human Services. Ringing of the bell symbolizes Academic Achievement within the College.

CHHS Student, Assistant Dean and Volunteer Recognized at 34th Annual YWCA Women of Achievement Awards

On May 7, social work student Jessica Aguilar, Assistant Dean for Student Success Sheri Shaw and Chair of the CHHS Dean’s Advancement Council Louise Coggins won awards at the 34th Annual Women of Achievement Awards.

UNCW to Graduate Inaugural Class of Nursing Doctoral Students

As UNCW prepares to graduate more than 2,700 students May 10-11, nine of those are the first graduates of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Officially approved in 2015, it’s one of four doctoral degrees offered by the university. The terminal degree helps prepare nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists and clinical nurse specialists to meet the changing needs of health care through evidence-based culturally competent care.

CHHS Nursing Staff Nominated for 2019 Staff Award for Excellence

In April, Simulation Lab Assistant Barbara Snyder was nominated for the 2019 Staff Award for Excellence.

CHHS Inaugural “Kickbox” Competition Selects Winner

An application to assist organizations in communicating with employees during a crisis was the winner of the inaugural CHHS “Kickbox” competition.

CHHS Celebrates Veterans Hall Topping Off Ceremony

On April 11, CHHS Dean Charles Hardy, along with Chancellor Sartarelli, CAS Dean Aswani Volety and Director of Military Affairs Bill Kawczynski, met at the Veteran’s Hall construction site to celebrate the placement of one of the last steel beams—dubbed a Topping Off Ceremony. The beam represented the completion of the steel structure, one of several milestones in the construction project.

Chair of CHHS Advancement Council receives YWCA honor

Louise Coggins, chair of the CHHS Advancement Council, will be honored as the recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award at the YWCA Lower Cape Fear's 34th Annual Women of Achievement Awards, to be held Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Louise Coggins was chosen for the Lifetime Achievement Award based on her years of service and dedication to eliminating racism and empowering women, mirroring the mission of the YWCA.

CHHS Scholarship Luncheon Brings Together Students, Donors

On April 1, 2019, the College of Health and Human Services and University Advancement hosted a scholarship and donor appreciation luncheon, bringing together donors and student recipients to celebrate student success.

CHHS Appoints New Director for School of Nursing

CHHS is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Linda Haddad as the new Director and Irwin Belk Distinguished Professor of Nursing for the School of Nursing.

CHHS Hires New Executive Assistant to the Dean

In March, CHHS hired Ashlee Jensen as the new Executive Assistant to the Dean.

Social Work Faculty Selected to Participate in 2019 Intersectional Qualitative Research Methods Institute

On March 22, School of Social Work Assistant Professor Josalin Hunter-Jones was selected to participate in the 2019 Intersectional Qualitative Research Methods Institute (IQRMI) at the University of Maryland College Park.

School of Nursing Graduates First Class of DNP Students

In May, the School of Nursing will graduate its first Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) class of nine students.

SSW Director Elected to Serve on National Association of Deans & Directors Schools of Social Work

In March, School of Social Work Director Stacey Kolomer was elected to serve on the board of National Association of Deans and Directors Schools of Social Work (NADD).

CHHS Faculty & Staff Nominated for YWCA Lower Cape Fear Women of Achievement Awards

In March, Clinical Research Graduate Program Coordinator, Susan Sinclair and Assistant Dean for Student Success, Sheri Shaw were nominated for the YWCA Lower Cape Fear Women of Achievement Awards.

Volunteers Needed: Brunswick County Community Health Assessment

April 11-13, 2019 | Brunswick County Health Services

The Center for Healthy Communities is seeking volunteers for Brunswick County Community Health Assessment door-to-door surveys. Click here to sign up by April 5. If you have questions, contact CHC Coordinator Leah Mayo at mayom@uncw.edu.

UNCW Ranked Among Best Graduate Schools by U.S. News & World Report

The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s master’s degree programs in nursing and public administration each moved up 12 places on the U.S. News & World Report list of “2020 Best Graduate Schools.” Three other programs – social work, education and part-time M.B.A. – also made the Best Graduate Schools list.

CHHS Transitions Athletic Training Degree to Post-Baccalaureate

CHHS is transitioning its undergraduate athletic training degree to a post-baccalaureate professional degree. CHHS now has SACS' approval, so student recruitment is underway. Admission will begin in August of 2019 and classes will begin the summer of 2020.

UNC Board of Governors Approves Masters of Healthcare Administration Degree Program

On Jan. 24, the UNC Board of Governors approved CHHS’ request to offer the Masters of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree program.

Student Success Center Adds New Member to Team

In January, the Student Success Center hired Carie Kempton as the newest student success advisor for the college.

Center for Healthy Communities Coordinator Awarded Distinguished Service Award

Leah Mayo, coordinator for the NC Public Health Training Center & Center for Healthy Communities at UNCW, was honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina Public Health Association (NCPHA) in December ‘18.

Rec Therapy Program Coordinator Selected to be This Year’s Distinguished Researcher Presenter

Recreation Therapy Program Coordinator, Candace Ashton-Forrester has been selected by her peers to deliver the Distinguished Researcher Presentation at the upcoming Research and Innovation Day event on April 1, 2019. Research and Innovation Day is a part of CHHS’ signature Health and Human Services Week event.

Social Work Professor Leads CHHS Students on Study Abroad Trip to India

In December, School of Social Work Professor Art Frankel led a group of 13 students and four faculty members to Bangalore, India for a one-of-a-kind study abroad experience. The trip was almost two weeks long and was filled with educational and professional opportunities, as well as exciting cultural activities.

CHHS Faculty and Staff Receive Community Engagement Grants to Fund Projects

Congratulations to the CHHS faculty and staff who were recently awarded Community Engagement Grants to fund their projects! To learn more about these projects, follow the link below to read the full interviews.

Social Work Professor Awarded Discere Aude Award for Outstanding Mentorship

On Jan. 15, School of Social Work Professor Debra Rhodes was awarded the Discere Aude Award for her outstanding mentoring of students.

CHHS Associate Dean for Research and Innovation Interviewed by Finnish Media

CHHS’ Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, Justine Reel delivered a keynote presentation at the Finnish Association of Sport Psychology Conference and was interviewed by the Finnish media.

CHHS Professor Granted Funding for Research in Global Consciousness and Nursing

RN-BSN Program Coordinator & Assistant Professor Debra Hrelic was awarded a grant last fall to support her ongoing research in the field of nursing, but just like the rest of Wilmington, the effects of Hurricane Florence brought her unexpected pressure.

CHHS Faculty and Staff Received Cultural Activities Grants to Fund Projects

Congratulations to the CHHS faculty and staff who were recently awarded Cultural Activities Grants to fund their projects!

CHHS Assistant Dean for Student Success Accepted Into 2019 WILMA Leadership Institute

On Dec. 10, Assistant Dean for Student Success Sheri Shaw was accepted into the 2019 WILMA Leadership Institute.

CHHS Faculty Awarded 2019 Cahill Grant Awards

Cahill Awards are granted annually to full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty to provide seed money for the initiation of projects.

UNCW Ranked 8th in Nation for Online Bachelor’s Programs

The University of North Carolina Wilmington has been ranked 8th in the nation on the U.S. News & World Report list of “2019 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs,” the university announced today.

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CHHS Alumna Accepted into CDC Public Health Associates Program

UNCW is dedicated to providing exceptional students like Victoria Decea ’18 with exceptional opportunities. In July of 2018, Decea was accepted into the CDC Public Health Associates Program, a two-year fellowship for recent graduates interested in professions in the public health field.

UNCW Receives $10 Million Gift, Largest in University History, to Establish New School

The University of North Carolina Wilmington has received a $10 million gift commitment from alumnus David Congdon ’78, and his wife, Helen. This represents the largest outright gift commitment in university history; with it, UNCW will establish the “David S. Congdon School of Supply Chain, Business Analytics and Information Systems,” supporting these programs within the Cameron School of Business. The Computer Information Systems Building will also be rededicated as David S. Congdon Hall.

Centro Hispano Enhances Community Outreach in Pender County

In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, Centro Hispano’s Edelmira Segovia and Cristóbal Montero immediately reached out to those in flooded mobile home communities in Pender County, where many Hispanic and/or Spanish-speaking residents live.

SON Assistant Professor Develops FACES Faculty Support Program

The pressure to succeed at a university can be overwhelming—and not just for the students. That is why Assistant Professor April Bice from the School of Nursing developed FACES, a peer support program for tenure-track faculty at UNCW.

Social Work Director Appointed to NC Marriage and Family Therapy Licensing Board

School of Social Work Director Stacey Kolomer was recently appointed to the NC Marriage and Family Therapy Licensing Board (NCMFTLB).

OnlineMasters.com Names Top Master's in Clinical Research Programs for 2019

OnlineMasters.com, an industry-leading educational research organization, announces the release of their Best Online Master's in Clinical Research Programs for 2019. They have identified the top programs in the nation that are the best in the areas of curriculum quality, program flexibility, affordability, and graduate outcomes.

Nursing Associate Professor Inducted in Prestigious National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education

On Sept. 14, School of Nursing Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Master of Nursing Science Nurse Educator Program, Elizabeth Gazza (Ph.D., RN, LCCE, FACCE) was inducted in the National League for Nursing (NLN) Academy of Nursing Education (ANEF).

CHHS Associate Dean of Research & Innovation Wins Wilma Women to Watch Education Category

On Oct. 12, Associate Dean of Research & Innovation Justine Reel won the Education Category at Wilma’s Women to Watch Awards event that was held at the Hotel Ballast downtown Wilmington. Reel was among six others who won in the categories of Arts, Business, Healthcare, Nonprofit, Public Service and Rising Star, which focuses on women under 30 years of age.

Nursing Alumna Prepared to Treat Patients During Storm 

Just days after Hurricane Florence trudged through North Carolina, Brittany Mobley Outlaw ’07, ‘10M sent an email to Nancy Grant, her former School of Nursing professor in College of Health and Human Services at UNC Wilmington. It read, “Just know you trained me well! I am running a field hospital in Duplin. I have had a code STEMI that I gave tPA to and saved his life and now a SBO that I just airlifted to Greenville.”

Athletic Training Program Receives CAATE Reaccreditation

On July 11, the CHHS Athletic Training Program received word from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) that the program had been reaccredited.

Exercise Science Students Experience Ikaria Blue Zone

Imagine a place where there is no need of clocks, a place where people disconnect from social media and make family and friends priority, a place where no one goes to the gym because exercise is built into the normal daily routine.

Social Work Pilots International Internship Program in Ireland

Most of us think of a local clinic or business when we hear the word “internship” and not a site in a foreign country. For the CHHS School of Social Work (SSW), the word internship doesn’t just mean local; it means abroad, too.

CHHS Announces New Interim Director for School of Nursing

Doctor of Nursing Coordinator Linda Pugh was recently named Interim Director of the School of Nursing.

UNCW Hosts Hooked on Arts to Raise Awareness About the Healing Power of the Arts 

Origami, personal vision boards, ballroom dancing demonstrations, sidewalk chalking…these were just a few of the activities present during the inaugural Hooked on Arts street fair held on Kenan Lawn at UNCW on July 14 and 15.

Exploring the Science of Fitness

After a seven-year hiatus, Summer Ventures returned to campus this summer. A state-funded program for North Carolina students who aspire to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the camp paired high school juniors and seniors with university faculty for four weeks.

High Schoolers Experience Nursing Simulations at STEAM Summer Camp

This summer, ninth and tenth graders from New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties were on campus for a weeklong residential summer camp to learn more about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) opportunities at the university.

Social Work Students Experience Social Work in UK

For the students in the SWK 595 Solution-Focused Practice in the UK class, the opportunity to go abroad and experience social work in the UK was one of enrichment and personal growth.

CHHS Funded as a Community-Based Training Partner

The College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) at University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) has been funded as a community-based training (CBT) partner with the Region IV Public Health Training Center (PHTC) headquartered at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

CHHS Students Experience Global Health Innovation in Sweden

In Sweden, health care is a personalized experience. From cradle to grave, Swedes go to the doctor and receive personalized treatment that is customized to  their particular health needs. The country rated number two on the Global Health Innovation Index.

CHHS Announces New Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

On June 26, CHHS announced Chris Lantz as the new Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

CHHS Announces New Director of School of Health and Applied Human Sciences

On June 25, CHHS announced Steve Elliott as the new Director of the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences (SHAHS).

UNCW Honored by APLU, National Consortium for Outstanding Community Engagement

UNCW has been recognized by the Association of Public Land-grant Universities and the Engagement Scholarship Consortium for outstanding community involvement. In identifying the university as an exemplary non-finalist for the organizations’ 2018 Community Engagement Scholarship Award, judges singled out the contributions of UNCW’s recreation therapy program, which provides adaptable, accessible recreation and exercise programs to underserved groups in the region.

Clinical Research Professor to be Inducted in American Academy of Nursing

Clinical Research Professor Susan Sinclair will be inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing at the November 2018 Annual Meeting.

School of Nursing Travels to UK for a Study Abroad Experience

In May, School of Nursing students and faculty traveled to the UK for a study abroad experience.

Teaching Assistant Gives Back and Wins Award

What does it mean to be a successful teacher? For Rebecca Clark, it means addressing the whole person and not just her area of education. It means getting to know her students, seeking their opinions and interests, and listening to their stories.

School of Nursing Associate Professor Awarded Grants to Complete Nursing History Research

School of Nursing Associate Professor April Matthias was recently awarded two grants to complete her nursing history research.

CHHS Welcomes Academic Affairs Operations Specialist

CHHS Welcomes Heather Roughton as the new Academic Affairs Operations Specialist within the College’s Academic Affairs Operations Team.

FuseCR Awarded Community Engagement Grant

The College of Health and Human Services’ Center for Clinical Research Workforce Development (FuseCR) was awarded a $5,000 grant from UNC Wilmington’s Office of Community Engagement to develop MentorCR: FuseCR Mentoring Program.

Calling All Artists: Hooked on Arts Needs You!

Hooked on Arts Street Fair, a collaboration between UNC Wilmington’s Lumina Festival of the Arts and the College of Health and Human Services, is coming to Kenan Lawn July 14-15, 2018.

Physical Education & Health Graduate Assistant Wins Volunteer Award at the YWCA Lower Cape Fear’s Annual Women of Achievement Awards

Rebecca Clark, a graduate assistant in the Physical Education and Health Program, won the Volunteer Award at the YWCA Lower Cape Fear’s annual Women of Achievement Awards.

CHHS Clinical Research Program Embarks on Study Abroad Trip to Buenos Aires

The Clinical Research Program embarked on their first study abroad trip during Spring Break.

Pine Valley Elementary Students Visit SHAHS During Health and Human Services Week

A group of 120 fifth-grade students from Pine Valley Elementary School visited campus to participate in Health and Human Services Week.

School of Social Work MSW Student Hosts Art Therapy Exhibit for Local Children

School of Social Work MSW student Logan Brantley hosted an Art Therapy exhibit in McNeill Hall for children of all ages, from pre-kindergarten to late adolescence.

CHHS Holds 7th Annual Spring Picnic and Awards to Celebrate Academic Year

CHHS held its 7th Annual Spring Picnic and Awards on the front lawn of McNeill Hall.

CHHS Public Health Honors Student Named Hollings Scholar

CHHS Public Health Studies Honors student Savannah Miller ’20 was recently named a Hollings Scholar.

UNCW Named One of the Best Online Colleges in North Carolina

UNCW is ranked third on a list of the 2018 Best Online Colleges in North Carolina, compiled by the website Guide to Online Schools.

Three of the College of Health and Human Services online degree programs are represented on the list: Bachelor of Science in Clinical Research, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). These programs have flexible start dates and allow for working professionals to complete degrees completely online.

Associate Professor Accepted Into Emerging Leadership Program

Dr. Jacquelyn Lee, an associate professor in the School of Social Work, was recently nominated and selected to participate in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Emerging Leader Program (ELP).

CHHS Master's Programs in Nursing and Social Work Ranked Best in the Nation for Graduate School Programs

The University of North Carolina Wilmington has five graduate programs on the new U.S. News & World Report list of 2019 Best Graduate Schools.

CHHS Clinical Research Alumna Takes Great Leaps in Professional Career at PPD

CHHS Clinical Research alumna (’17), Monica Ibrahim is the Remote Site Monitor for PPD, a leading global contract research organization that provides comprehensive, integrated drug development, laboratory and lifecycle management services.

CHHS Exercise Science Student Awarded Lawrence A. Golding Scholarship

CHHS Exercise Science student, Courtney Milleson has been awarded the prestigious Lawrence A. Golding Scholarship through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

School of Social Work Sponsors BSW Senior to Attend Humphrey's Institute Campaign School for Social Workers

On March 2-3, the School of Social Work helped sponsor Monique Samayoa, a senior in the BSW Program, to attend the Humphrey's Institute Campaign School for Social Workers.

CHHS Welcomes New Marketing and Communications Coordinator

CHHS welcomes Amy Mangus as the new Marketing and Communications Coordinator.

CHHS Professor Receives UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching

Susan Sinclair, a professor of clinical research in the UNCW School of Nursing, has won the 2018 Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.

CHHS Assistant Professor Accepted Into 2018 Center for Health Equity Institute

Sabrina Cherry, assistant professor of public health studies in the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, has been accepted into the 2018 Center for Health Equity (CHER) Institute at California State University, Long Beach.

Health & Human Services Week Research and Innovation Day Keynote Speaker Live Stream

Project GoDIS (Go-Digital Innovations in Self-determined exercise motivation) is an interdisciplinary research project that uses the tenets of motivational theory in collaboration with experienced and established e-health companies. Watch the live stream of the presentation here on Monday, April 9 from 9 - 10 a.m.

Clinical Research Alum Named UNCW 2018 Distinguished Young Alumna of the Year

Clinical Research Alumna Rachael Beatty (’13) was named Distinguished Young Alumna of the Year by the UNCW Alumni Association.

UNCW Breaks Ground for Veterans Hall

On Jan. 18, the groundbreaking for the new Allied Health Building, also known as Veterans Hall, occurred.

UNCW Ranked 7th in Nation for Online Bachelor’s Programs, 62nd Best College Value

The University of North Carolina Wilmington has been ranked #7 on the U.S. News & World Report list of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

CHHS Office of the Dean Relocates to Purchasing Building

The CHHS Office of the Dean has relocated to the former Purchasing Services Building, located at 731 Sawtooth Drive (towards the back of campus, behind the Police Station, Printing Services and Facilities).

CHHS Travels to India to Experience Culture and Education

Back in Dec. 2017, CHHS faculty, staff, students and an alumnus travelled to India to attend a conference at UNCW’s sister school, St. Joseph, in Bangalore.

CHHS Associate Dean Selected for WILMA Leadership Institute

CHHS Associate Dean for Research and Innovation Justine Reel was selected as a member of the WILMA Leadership Institute. The nine-month program gives emerging female leaders an opportunity to learn from top leaders in the region and network, and visit a variety of companies and organizations.

CHHS Professor Receives Cahill Research Grant to Investigate Product that may Help People with Lung Obstruction

Jennifer McCall, an assistant professor in the School of Nursing’s Clinical Research Program, received a Cahill Research Grant.

CHHS Professor Selected by Prestigious Nursing Program

CHHS Professor Kellie Griggs (SON) was selected to be a part of the 2018 Association of Women’s Health Obstetrical and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Emerging Leaders Program.

CHHS Announces Second Annual Student Case Competition with Monetary Awards of $1,000 for First-Place and $750 for Second-Place Winners

The College of Health and Human Services announces the second annual Student Case Competition with monetary awards of $1,000 for first-place and $750 for second-place winners.

Couple Funds Scholarship to Benefit Students in the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences  

Steve and Louise Coggins, who moved to Wilmington permanently in 2002 after commuting between Raleigh and their beach house for several years, are busy people. Their jobs – he is a partner in the Rountree Losee law firm, she is a psychotherapist with a master’s degree in social work – take up much of their time, but they nevertheless make time for their true passion, supporting organizations whose missions they embrace. That list includes UNCW.

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