News Archive 2019

Seven Innovative Faculty Research Projects Receive Funding through IP Support Initiative

12/16/19 - UNCW’s Office of Innovation and Commercialization has awarded seven faculty members with project funding through their Intellectual Property Support Funding initiative. Ana Ferrell, assistant professor in the School of Nursing, was chosen for funding for her "Replication of the Culturally Tailored Smoking Cessation Toll for Arab Americans" project.

UNCW’s School of Health and Applied Human Sciences Collaborates with ECU for Community Health Initiative

11/20/19 - UNCW’s School of Health and Applied Human Sciences has partnered with East Carolina University’s Department of Psychology, Green County Recreation and Greene County Schools to launch the Greene County Community Advancement Project. This interdisciplinary project offers local residents access to a safe space to be physically active, which has been a consistent barrier to physical activity and health in rural communities like Greene County, according to a 2017 community survey.

Collaborators developed a Kids in Parks TRACK trail, a family-friendly outdoor adventure trail at Greene County’s recreation complex. The project was funded through a grant from Resourceful Communities, specifically their Creating New Economies Fund.

CHHS Dean & SON Assistant Professor Named to "WilmingtonBiz 100"

11/19 - CHHS Dean Charles Hardy and School of Nursing Assistant Professor Jennifer McCall have been recently named to "WilmingtonBiz 100," an initiative of the Greater Wilmington Business Journal to recognize the top “power players, influencers, innovators, connectors and rising stars” in southeastern North Carolina.

UNC Wilmington to Launch Four DNP Concentrations in Fall 2020

11/19 - The School of Nursing within the College of Health and Human Services at UNC Wilmington will launch four Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree concentrations in the fall of 2020.

Social Work Director Pitches Safe and Sound App at Cucalorus Connect

11/19 - School of Social Work Director Stacey Kolomer pitched her app, Safe and Sound, at Cucalorus Connect, a two-day business, technology and innovation conference.

UNCW Faculty and Staff Travel to UNCC for National Institutes of Health Day

11/19 – Thirteen UNCW faculty and staff members from CHHS and the Department of Psychology traveled to UNCC for National Institutes of Health Day (NIH).

School of Nursing Professor Elected President of Association of Rehabilitation Nurses

11/19 - School of Nursing Professor Barbara Lutz was recently elected as president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN).

Social Work and Nursing Faculty Work Together to Receive Internal Nursing Grant Awards

11/19 - School of Social Work faculty members, Noell Rowan and Kris Hohn, along with School of Nursing faculty, have received internal nursing grant awards for their projects.

UNCW Faculty Members Promote Research By and About Diverse Communities

11/26/19 - Six UNCW faculty members have teamed up to encourage research by diverse groups of students, including racial and ethnic minorities; people with mental, physical or sensory disabilities; LGBTQIA+; military veterans; and first-generation college students.
 
The Interdisciplinary Minority Student Research Group is a three-year initiative funded through the Office of Applied Learning and started by faculty members Sabrina Cherry, public health; Kris Hohn, Josalin Hunter-Jones and Alicia Sellon, social work; Anka Roberto, nursing; and Addie Sayers China, English.
 
By the end of year three, the goal is to move from a mentor-led research model to a student-led, faculty-advised initiative that also engages the greater Wilmington community and advances research involving diverse communities.

AIDS Memorial Quilt: UNCW Visit

11/13/19 - Thirty-two years ago, a group of strangers gathered in San Francisco to create a memorial for those who had died of AIDS. The meeting served as the foundation of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Today the quilt is comprised of 48,000 panels, each handmade and sewn by friends, partners and family members of those who have succumbed to the disease.
 
Panels of the quilt travel the world to be displayed. More than 30 panels of the quilt will be displayed at various venues in the community during a two-week period on behalf of the Frank Harr Foundation, in coordination with NAMES. A panel measuring 12'X12' will be on display in Randall Library’s atrium Nov. 30-Dec. 15.

SON Faculty Elected to Serve on Prestigious Boards

10/19 - School of Nursing faculty members Drs. Linda Haddad, Kelly Ellington and Kellie Griggs were recently elected to serve on prestigious boards.

CHHS to Launch Master of Science in Athletic Training Program in Summer 2020

10/19 - CHHS is transitioning its undergraduate athletic training program to the Master’s degree level.  The first cohort for the new program is beginning in Summer II of 2020. The MSAT program will consist of 5 semesters of didactic class work (60 credit hours) in conjunction with over 1000 hours of clinical integration.

SON Hosts First-Ever White Coat Ceremony for Prelicensure Students

10/19 - The School of Nursing Prelicensure Program hosted its first-ever White Coat Ceremony for the prelicensure students on Monday, Oct. 14; the evening before the student’s first day in the clinical setting for the NSG 252 Foundations in Nursing Practice course.

SHAHS Approved for Yoga Studies Minor Through Yoga Alliance

10/19 - The School of Health and Applied Human Sciences was recently approved as a Registered Yoga School for the Yoga Studies Minor through Yoga Alliance.

SON Assistant Professor Receives Funding for Project to Enhance Online RN-BSN Program

10/19 - School of Nursing Assistant Professor Melissa Scott received $8,855 funding for her team project titled “Development of Teaching Assistant Guidelines to Improve the Effectiveness of Online Learning in RN-BSN Courses.” Scott will be working with faculty, teaching assistants (TA’s) and students on the project in two phases: one in fall 2019 and a second in spring 2020.

UNCW’s Kellie Griggs Winner of WILMA's 2019 Women to Watch Award

10/19 - Kellie Griggs, an associate professor in the School of Nursing, was among the women selected as 2019 WILMA Women to Watch Award winners.

We Are UNCW: Stephanie Turrise

10/19 - Not one, not two, but four people nominated Stephanie L. Turrise for the 2019 J. Marshall Crews Distinguished Faculty Award. Their meaningful words really made an impression on Turrise, who said she “was in shock and humbled and crying listening to the things they wrote. It is an amazing feeling to know your hard work is appreciated.”

CHHS Hosts Fall Health Transformation Lecture Series on “The Promise of Collective Impact”

10/2/19 - On Oct. 2, CHHS hosted its annual fall Health Transformation Lecture Series.

Robert Albright, director of programs for the Collective Impact Forum, delivered a lecture on the topic of “The Promise of Collective Impact,” which focused on how collective impact is distinct from other forms of collaboration, how communities are achieving transformative results using this approach and how to determine community readiness for collective impact. Click here to view Albright’s presentation slides.

Dean Charles Hardy Wins “Health Care Heroes” Lifetime Achievement Award

10/18/19 - Charles “Charlie” Hardy will be the recipient of the 2019 Greater Wilmington Business Journal’s "Health Care Heroes" Lifetime Achievement Award. An awards ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 15. Each year, the Greater Wilmington Business Journal recognizes individuals and organizations making a significant impact on the quality of health care in southeastern North Carolina. The Lifetime Achievement Award honors an individual for achievements throughout his or her career. Judges consider the individual's professional accomplishments, impact on the community and assistance they gave to others. Hardy was a finalist for the award in 2013, the first year Health Care Heroes was launched.

Nursing Assistant Professor Named "Health Care Heroes" Finalist

10/17/19 - Barbara Suzy Diggle-Fox, an assistant professor in the School of Nursing, has been named a finalist for the 2019 Greater Wilmington Business Journal’s "Health Care Heroes" Award in the category of nurse practitioner/physician assistant. The award is presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to health care in southeastern N.C. The winner will be announced during an awards ceremony on Nov. 15.

Center for Healthy Communities Coordinator Elected Vice President of NCPHA

10/19 - Center for Healthy Communities Coordinator Leah Mayo was recently elected as vice president of the North Carolina Public Health Association (NCPHA).

CHHS to Launch Master of Healthcare Administration Degree Program in Fall 2020

CHHS will launch its newest degree program, Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA), in the fall semester of 2020.

UNCW Hosts AI & Health Series to Promote Collaboration Around Healthcare Innovation in Education

10/19 - CHHS, in collaboration with the Department of Computer Science, North Carolina Biotechnology Center and the Institute for Interdisciplinary Identity Sciences (I3S), held its first Artificial Intelligence & Health Seminar Series event on Sept. 23.

SHAHS to Host Halloween-Themed Parent’s Night Out Event

The School of Health and Applied Human Sciences’ Healthful Living and Fitness Education Program (HLFE) will host a Halloween-themed Parents Night Out event on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 5 – 9 p.m. in the UNCW Hanover Gymnasium.

UNCW Graduate Student Receives Prestigious Social Work Fellowship

10/19 - Megan Bolden ’20, who is pursuing a master’s degree in social work, has been selected for the Council on Social Work Education Minority Fellowship Award. This award grants her specialized training in mental health and/or substance abuse-related issues of racial/ethnic minority communities, a $6,500 stipend and additional support for professional development.

CHHS Faculty Recognized at Fall Faculty Meeting

09/19 - At the Fall Faculty Meeting on September 12, 2019, three CHHS faculty were honored for their exemplary efforts.

SON Lecturer & Students Team Up with Mission Ready to Recycle Expired Medical Supplies

09/19 - Growing up in California in the 1960s, SON Lecturer Heidi Winslow learned the importance of recycling at an early age. In second grade, she got points for reusing the same brown bag back every day with a new lunch inside. It was the kind of early foundation that would carrying on with her into adulthood.

CHHS Dean to Receive Health Care Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award

9/19 - On Nov. 15, 2019, CHHS Dean Charles Hardy will be honored at the Greater Wilmington Business Journal’s Health Care Heroes award ceremony with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Congratulations!

Business Major Lands Job After Completing Fast Track to Clinical Research Careers Program

09/19 - In the spring semester of 2019, business major Laura Smith landed a job as contracts analyst for Global Business Operations at IQVIA, a human data science and contract research organization headquartered in Durham, N.C., after completing the Fast Track to Clinical Research Careers Program.

SHAHS Students Travel Abroad to Norway to Complete Practicum

9/19 - Over the summer of 2019, Recreation Therapy faculty members, Candy Ashton and Angela Sardina, led a group of 11 students to Norway on a study abroad trip.

SON to Host First-Ever White Coat Ceremony for Prelicensure Students

09/19 - The School of Nursing Prelicensure Program will host the first-ever White Coat Ceremony for the prelicensure students on Monday, Oct. 14 from 5-7 p.m. in the Burney Center; the evening before the student’s first day in the clinical setting for the NSG 252 Foundations in Nursing Practice course.

Social Work Associate Professor Gives Talk About Rising Suicide Rates at SENCRHC Meeting

9/19 - On August 16, Social Work Associate Professor Andrea Jones presented on the topic of rising suicide rates to regional public health directors and members of SEAHEC and CHHS leadership during the monthly Southeastern North Carolina Regional Collaborative (SENCRHC) meeting.

SON Assistant Professor Receives Grant from the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators

09/19 - In August, Assistant Professor Meen Lee received a grant of $2,500 from the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators (ACHNE) for her project titled “Sleep and Cardiovascular Outcomes Among Family Caregivers of Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.”

Assistant Professor in Nursing Elected to Board

09/22/19 - Congratulations to Dr. Kellie Griggs, an assistant professor in the School of Nursing, who has been elected as a member of the board of directors of the Association for Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Health (AWHONNH) for three years term. AWHONNH empowers and supports nurses caring for women, newborns, and their families through research, education and advocacy.

Assistant Professor Wins Applied Learning Award

08/9/19 - School of Health and Applied Human Sciences Assistant Professor Amelia (Kit) Huelskamp has been awarded the 2019 Excellence in Applied Learning Award.

CHHS Mourns Death of Dr. Micah Scott

The College of Health and Human Services is saddened by the death of Dr. Micah Scott, PhD, FNP-BC, who died Thursday, July 11, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer. She brought more than 30 years of nursing experience across specialties when she began in College of Health and Human Services’ School of Nursing as the family nurse practitioner program coordinator in August 2016.Her research interests included military and veterans care and families clinical simulation in nurse practitioner education.

Pre-Award Grant Specialist Chosen to be Applied Learning Fellow

In June, Pre-Award Grant Specialist Althea Lewis was chosen to be an Applied Learning Fellow through the Office of Applied Learning for the 2019-20 academic year.

University-Community Partnership Will Address Medicaid Transformation Plan

7/25/19 - The College of Health and Human Services at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is pleased to announce that their Center for Healthy Communities has received grant funding from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. This funding, totaling $583,000, will support rural health departments in navigating the state’s Medicaid transformation plan.

School of Nursing Receives Accreditation from CCNE

In May, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) granted the School of Nursing accreditation for its Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and Post-Graduate APRN Certificate programs for 10 years. Additionally, CCNE granted accreditation to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program for five years.

School of Nursing Associate Professor Receives Grant to Improve Graduate Online Course

School of Nursing Associate Professor Jeeyae Choi received $2,500 from Academic Partnerships for her research project titled “Enhancing Student Learning Efficiency in an Online Informatics Course Using Simulated Electronic Health Record.”

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.