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Students, faculty honored with Chancellor’s Awards at 2017 Commencement Breakfast

Faculty, friends and family gathered Friday morning for WSU Spokane’s 2017 Commencement Breakfast, and students and faculty from the WSU College of Nursing were among those honored with Chancellor’s Awards.

Two Nursing faculty selected as fellows for WSU Honors College

Roschelle “Shelly” Fritz and Janessa Graves, both assistant professors in the WSU College of Nursing, are among seven WSU faculty members named fellows for the university’s Honors College. 

Portrait of Nicholas Goodwin and Jean Swartz
Herman and Jean Swartz still paying it forward for students nearly 80 years later

 

It was a benefactor who provided the money for my scholarship, and now I am in a position to be the benefactor.” – the late J. Herman Swartz

A couple’s extraordinary gifts have helped many college students in the Inland Northwest over the years, including Nicholas Goodwin. A student in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the WSU College of Nursing, Goodwin is the Fall 2017 recipient of the J. Herman and Jean Swartz Graduate Fellowship in Nursing. He hopes to finish his studies in the psychiatric nurse practitioner program and open his own practice. Goodwin had the opportunity to meet Mrs. Swartz … » More …

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Beth Schenk honored for work creating healthier environments in health care

Dr. Beth Schenk, Assistant Research Professor at the WSU College of Nursing, was named 2017 Charlotte Brody Award Winner for her work in creating a healthier environment in health care and inspiring other nurses to do the same. Dr. Schenk will be honored in May at CleanMed 2017, a conference on environmental sustainability in health care.

She received her PhD from the WSU College of Nursing in 2013. Her research focused on the development of an environmental awareness tool for nurses that’s been used in multiple states across the nation, has been requested for use in nine other countries, and has been translated into three additional … » More …

HPA Professor Jae Kennedy
Dr. Jae Kennedy named president-elect of disability research organization

A decades-long interest in issues relating to disability has taken Dr. Jae Kennedy to a leadership position with NARRTC, an organization that advocates for increasing the quality and rigor of applied disability research. Kennedy, professor and chair of the WSU College of Nursing’s Health Policy & Administration program, was named president-elect of the organization at its annual conference last week.

NARRTC is made up of current and former grantees of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation. The federal agency funds projects to generate new knowledge on disability and rehabilitation and to encourage the adoption and use of that work. Projects … » More …

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Clinical instructor Kay Olson included in Women of Distinction awards

Tri-Cities Clinical nursing instructor Kay Olson will be honored along with 12 others as Women of Distinction – those who’ve made notable contributions to the WSU Tri-Cities campus and community.

The 13 women will be recognized at a gallery exhibition opening and reception on April 13 on the WSU Tri-Cities campus.

“This is a way to honor our female leaders within the WSU Tri-Cities community who have gone above and beyond to improve access to educational opportunities, driven momentous initiatives within their respective professions and have given generously of their free time in dedication to service and volunteerism,” said Chris Meiers, vice chancellor for enrollment … » More …

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Kyle Ross chosen for mentorship role in academic advising organization

Kyle Ross, Academic Coordinator for the WSU College of Nursing, is one of 10 members of NACADA, the Global Community for Academic Advising, chosen to participate in a mentorship program for the professional organization.

Ross was named a mentor for NACADA’s Emerging Leaders program, which helps members gain the skills and experience necessary to move into leadership positions. That might be an elected position in the organization, but it also could mean leadership in research, publications, presentations, and other areas in NACADA. The program was launched a decade ago to encourage diversity in the organization’s leadership ranks, and Ross was himself an Emerging Leader in … » More …

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Sigma Theta Tau honors WSU College of Nursing faculty, students

The Delta Chi Chapter-at-large of Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society, inducted new members and honored current members with awards in a ceremony Tuesday evening. Among the current and former Washington State University College of Nursing honorees were:

WSU College of Nursing PhD candidate Mary Lee Roberts was awarded a travel scholarship to attend an interdisciplinary conference in Pennsylvania in May where she’ll present results of a randomized, clinical trial conducted under the auspices of the College of Nursing’s Program of Excellence in Addictions Research.  Roberts, BSN, RN, will present her poster entitled “Receptivity to an online pain self-management program among people with … » More …

Portrait of Phyllis Eide
Phyllis Eide Receives Mentor Academy Award for Excellence

By Cheryl Reed 

The WSU Graduate School has awarded Associate Professor Phyllis Eide the 2017 Graduate School Mentor Academy Award for Excellence for her work in mentoring graduate students. Eide has been a faculty member in the College of Nursing on the WSU Spokane campus since 2002, and a member of the Graduate School Mentor Academy since 2009.

“When I found out I had won the award, I just about fell off my chair,” said Eide. “I am gratified beyond belief. It is one of the highlights of my year.”

The Graduate Mentor Academy is a group of faculty who have volunteered to assist students … » More …

Wendy Buenzli
Assistant Professor to present at GANES conference

Wendy Buenzli will present at GANES conference

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Wendy Buenzli on her recent notification of acceptance to present at the Global Alliance for Leadership in Nursing Education and Sciences (GANES) Conference in Miami.  The conference theme is “The Catalyzing Nursing Education and Scholarship for Global Health”.  The conference will spotlight key issues in nursing education that extend to nursing research, nursing practice and health policy.  Dr. Buenzli’s presentation is titled “The synergies of academic-practice partnerships to serve the needs of Indigenous and Rural populations.”

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