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BryanLGH College of Health Sciences College Information
December 2010/January 2011 Volume 2, Issue 31
Dr. Kay Maize, currently Dr. Maize‘s extensive educational credentials are indica-
Dean of Nursing at Bry- tive of her commitment to lifelong education. She earned
anLGH College of Health Sci- her Diploma in Nursing from Nebraska Methodist College,
ences, has been named to the her Bachelor‘s of Science in Psychology from the Univer-
position of Provost. She will sity of Nebraska at Kearney, a Bachelor‘s of Science in
assume the responsibilities of Nursing from UNMC, a Master‘s of Science in Human De-
Provost on January 3, 2011. velopment and Family from the University of Nebraska at
As Provost, Dr. Maize will Lincoln, a Master‘s of Science in Nursing from Andrews
become the Chief Academic University, and a Doctorate in Education from Nova
Officer of the College respon- Southeastern University.
sible for all undergraduate During her tenure at BryanLGH, Dr. Maize has served as
and graduate program offer- a faculty member, coordinator, Dean of Faculty, and Dean
ings with ultimate oversight of Nursing.
Kay Maize, RN, Ed.D. for accreditation and assess-
ment of student learning. I know you join me in congratulating Dr. Kay Maize on her
new position with the College. We look forward to growing
Dr. Maize has worked in education-related roles at Bryan our programs and our regional reputation for academic
Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and BryanLGH Col- and clinical excellence under her guidance.
lege of Health Sciences since 1980. She led the School of
Nursing through its curricular evolution from Diploma in
Nursing program to the Baccalaureate of Science in Nurs- Dr. Elizabeth MacLeod Walls,
ing program. Dr. Maize is currently leading efforts to de- President
velop graduate-level offerings in Nursing.
December/January Sun Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat
1 2 3 4
Dec. 1—BryanLGH Student Nurses Association (Student Center) 3:30 p.m. 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Dec. 2—Student Government Association Meeting (CR 200) 5:00 p.m.
Dec. 10—All School Pot Luck (CR 204) 11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m. 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Dec. 15—Book Swap (CR 301) 11:00a.m.—12:30 p.m. 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
Dec. 17—December 2010 Graduate Exit Activities (CR 204) 11:00 a.m.
26 27 28 29 30 31 1
Dec. 17—December 2010 Graduation Luncheon
(Plaza Conference Center) Noon January
Dec. 18—Graduation Ceremony (First United Methodist Church) 2:00 p.m.
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat
Dec. 19-Jan. 9—Winter Break
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Jan. 6—New Student Orientation 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Jan. 10—First Day of Classes
Jan. 12—Action for Students (Student Center) 3:30 p.m. 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
Jan. 17—No Classes—Dr. Martin Luther King Day 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
Jan. 20—Student Government Association Meeting (CR200) 5:00 p.m.
Jan. 21—Diversity Fair - Watch your email for more information 30 31
Reducing Stress With
Controlled Breathing Prof. Bollinger
―An excellent way to reduce feelings of phragmatic breathing, place your hand this technique so that a controlled
anxiety is to use the technique of controlled slightly over the front of the lower ribs and breathing automatically induces the
breathing (also called diaphragmatic upper abdomen so you can monitor the relaxation response after several
breathing). When you control your breath- movement you‘re trying to achieve. As you breaths. Once you‘re able to induce
ing you can break the pattern of shallow become accomplished in the technique you the relaxation response with con-
short breaths associated with anxious feel- won‘t need to position your hands on the trolled breathing. You can draw on
ings. Deep abdominal or diaphragmatic body. Practice the following steps: this strategy effectively when you
breathing enhances the relaxation re- need to be in control.‖ This article
―1. Gently position you hands over the front
sponse. When a person exhales, tense mus- was taken from ‗‘HOW TO SURVIVE
of the lower ribs and upper abdomen. 2.
cles tend to relax. Diaphragmatic breath- AND MAYBE EVEN LOVE NURS-
Exhale gently and full. Feel your ribs and
ing causes the diaphragm to flatten and the ING SCHOOL‘‘ A Guide for Students
abdomen sink inward toward the middle of
abdomen to enlarge on inspiration. On by Students, 2nd Edition by Kelli S.
the body. 3. Slowly inhale a deep breath
exhalation, the abdominal muscles con- Dunham. This technique can be used
through your nose, allowing the abdomen
tract. As you slowly let out this deep not only by nursing students but by
to expand first and then the chest. Do this
breath, the other muscles of the body will all students.
as you slowly count to four. 4. Hold your
tend to ―let go‖ and relax. This technique
breath at the height of inhalation as you JUST A REMINDER THAT THERE
enables you to breathe more deeply even if
count to four. 5. Exhale fully by contracting IS A FREEZE FRAMER TOOL THAT
you just expand your chest on inspiration.
the abdominal muscles and then the chest. STUDENTS CAN USE IN ORDER
Controlled breathing can be helpful to re-
Let all the air out slowly and smoothly TO REDUCE TEST ANXIETY. If you
duce anxious responses that occur at the
through the mouth as you count to eight.‖ are having test taking anxiety contact
beginning of the test, when stumped with a
tough question, or when nearing the end of ―Monitor the pace of your breathing. No- Patty Bollinger room 308 or telephone
the test. During these critical times, you tice how your muscles relax each time you her at 481-3831
can use controlled breathing to induce the exhale. You may feel warm, tingly, and
relaxation response. When practicing dia- relaxed. Enjoy the feeling as you breathe
deeply and evenly. You should practice
Action for Students
happy holidays Wishes you
Stop by the student center to see the ―garland of leaves‖ listing all the things
that students are thankful for.
Congratulations to Jordan Curtis whose name was drawn to receive a $250.00
scholarships from AFS.
Kelsey Koehler and Jennifer Pearson will also receive $250.00 scholarships.
No AFS meeting in December.
Good luck on finals.
It’s Up to You
I have a bookshelf full of books with interesting titles like: When I first saw the title of this book I was intrigued to know
―How to Get Straight A‘s in School and Have Fun at the Same exactly what smart students know. What they know can be
Time‖; ―How to Survive & Maybe Even Love Nursing School‖; summed up in one word: ATTITUDE. Being a smart student
―Student Power: Study Skills to Improve Your Learning and means taking responsibility for your education. According to
Your Grades‖ and my favorite title…‖What Smart Students this author, how much you learn and how well you do is up to
Know‖. The authors of all of these books are trying to help you. Being a smart student means:
students succeed in the learning process. The author of this
You‘ll have to demand more of yourself.
book, Adam Robinson claims you can get ―maximum grades
and optimum learning in a minimum amount of time‖. He You'll have to do more than your professors ask you to do.
asserts that smart students (―not brainiacs or kids who live in There are no more excuses.
the library‖) learn more in less time, receive higher grades,
and have more fun in the process. If you aren‘t learning more Do you want to be a smart student????? Well…It‘s Up to You!
in less time, receiving higher grades or having more fun in
the process…this book may be for you!
I hope you all have a blessed holiday season and a Happy,
What would you do? A thought-provoking scenario
brought to you by the Academic Integrity Committee…
Imagine: you took Ethics last semester and worked hard to bust out an A. This semester, one of your good friends is
enrolled in Ethics. Your friend approaches you and asks if you would give her a copy of the paper you submitted in
your ethics class. She says, ―I‘m just having trouble getting started and I need some ideas. Plus, I heard this profes-
sor is really tough and I have no idea what she wants!‖
How would you respond? (Select all that apply)
A. ―I remember how overwhelmed I felt when I first started to write that paper. I made an appointment with
the professor to talk about it. We went through the guidelines for the paper together and she gave me some
great tips on how to get started. She also showed me an example paper. Afterward, I felt like I had a much
better idea of what was expected. Maybe you could make an appointment to talk with her.‖
B. ―That class was so hard! Sure, I‘ll email you my paper tonight!‖
C. ―I heard the Academic Counselor, Jan Hartig, is really helpful with paper writing. I was thinking of going to
see her for some help in one of my classes, but I never seem to find time. I‘m going to call her right now. Do
you want to make an appointment too? Or, maybe you can get hooked up with a peer tutor if you want.‖
D. ―Your friendship means a lot to me. I can‘t give you my paper because I am not sure that would be okay with
the Professor. I wouldn‘t want to do anything to get both of us in trouble or that might hurt our friendship.
Hey, I can study your notes from class with you tonight, if you want!‖
Well, we have all probably found ourselves in a similar situation. If you‘re feeling a lot of pressure in that moment,
tell your friend that you will call her later in the day. This will give you a little more time to think it through and for-
mulate a response. Talk with your peers about this situation or similar situations you have been in. Thinking about
scenarios like this may help you make the right choice, should you find yourself in such a situation in the future.
Top Holiday Financial Tips
Around the holidays, many cash- Starbucks gift card tucked in a mas sales and get together with
strapped students are looking for cute coffee mug, fancy chocolate friends for a gift exchange in
ways to save money on gifts and holi- bars tied with a ribbon, child‘s January.
day expenses. Here are 10 money artwork framed, pretty glass jar Give the same small item—like
saving ideas: filled with candy, you get the an ornament— to several friends.
idea. For your friends that like to bake
Most Important: Make a gift list How about a $2 ―like new condi- – a variety of bread mixes or
and set a spending limit on each tion‖ paperback from a used book cookie mixes, or muffin mix and a
person. Be realistic and don‘t go store. new silicone muffin pan.
overboard. Giving the perfect gift A movie pass with a promise of a Anyone stay at home and play
does not mean giving the most date. cards anymore? How about a
expensive gift. Skip the Christmas cards and deck of cards and a book of card
Think about giving homemade save on postage. Use e-Cards for game rules.
gifts. I‘m not talking about your online greetings.
3rd grade craft stick and sequins Host a pot luck holiday dinner Remember, it‘s not the amount of
tree ornament for Mom & Dad. money you spend for a gift that mat-
(saves money and is less stress-
How about a box of note cards ters the most, but that you took the
that you have ink stamped, a $5 time and cared enough to give some-
Take advantage of AFTER Christ-
10 Things that College
Teaches Us About Life
Autonomy OR Each New Semester Results in Huge Loss of Life Among Grandmothers
Do you want to eat pizza and Cheetos every night for dinner? Report to your Professor that your Grandmother has died
because you feel like sleeping until noon and skipping class. Go to the bars with friends instead of finishing some
homework? Guess what—you can—nobody is going to stop you. College, like life, affords you incredible amounts of
autonomy to make your own decisions . This is a good thing, right?? Yes, autonomy is a perk of adulthood. But there‘s
a flipside: the consequence of total freedom is total responsibility. TOTAL RESPONSIBILITY – Yikes! Are you ready
for that? If you decide to skip class in college and miss important information, you might end up failing the course. If
you miss some important information at work—big oops—you will get fired. Studies show that class attendance signifi-
cantly improves academic performance. One professor found that the grades of students who regularly attended classes
were on average a full letter grade higher than those of students who attended only sporadically. Mentor Katie cau-
tions,‖ If you skip a class here, you miss an entire week‘s worth of information. How are you going to catch up on that?‖
Mentor Kelsey states, ― You owe it to yourself and your future patients to be responsible and do well in school!‖ Mentor
Brandi emphatically proclaims, ―It‘s YOUR future you‘re working towards, so you have to do whatever you can to be the
BEST!!‖ Good words of wisdom from your Mentors. Lastly, Mentor Jenn quotes Joan Didion, ―The willingness to ac-
cept responsibility for one‘s own life is the source from which self-respect springs.‖ So what is the best use of your free-
dom to make decisions? You will have to take responsibility to decide that!
If you think you could benefit from more wisdom from your Mentors, please feel free to contact one of the sponsors: Deb
Wilke or Patty Bollinger.
Sources: Monster.com, Starr. A., 12/14/2009; Academe Magazine, July-August, 2010 issue.
Santa says - - - add these items to your time or women drinking 4 or and other additives. When alco-
Christmas Wish list or New Year‘s more drinks during a short period holic beverages are mixed with
resolutions! of time. energy drinks, it can mask the
1. Travel Safe - Don‘t text or talk on 8. Take Folic Acid - every woman depressant effects of alcohol –
the phone when you drive and needs 400 micrograms of folic NOT a good combination.
always wear your seat belt. acid daily, whether she is plan- 10. Form healthy relationships. Re-
2. Pay attention to good nutrition - ning to get pregnant or not, for member dating violence isn‘t al-
eat plenty of those fruits and veg- the healthy new cells the body ways physical; it can include ver-
gies – seek help if you or someone makes daily AND to prevent ma- bal and emotional abuse.
you care about has signs of an jor birth defects if they were to 11. Prevent sexually transmitted dis-
eating disorder. become pregnant. eases. One in two young people
3. Get enough sleep – - - seriously - - will get a STD by age 25 – and
it makes a difference! most won't know it.
4. Be smoke free – most students do 12. Prevent illness - practice good
not realize the addictive power of handwashing and cough etiquette
nicotine when they begin smok- – also don‘t forget your annual flu
5. Keep moving – be physically ac-
tive at least 2 to 3 hours each
6. Manage stress - Don't over-
commit yourself and keep holiday
spending in check.
7. Be alert to the risks associated
with binge drinking – this means 9. Watch those energy drinks – they
men drinking 5 or more alcoholic contain caffeine, other plant-
drinks within a short period of based stimulants, simple sugars,
BSNA, BryanLGH Student Nurses Association, would like to
say Happy Holiday's!
This semester we are happy to say hello and congratulations
to our new officers, President Rebecca Anno, Vice-President
Ashleigh Varner, Secretary Kayla Roberts, and Treasurer
Michele Harms. All of these people that are in their new offices
would love to have more student nurses participate.
We encourage fellow nursing students to come to our first meeting of the new semester which will be on February 2 nd. BSNA
meets the first Wednesday of every month at 3:30 in the Student Center. There is going to be a lot of fun things happening.
BSNA is hoping to do many community projects during the year. During this meeting, we will be going over our accomplish-
ments from the past year, and what we hope to build on this year. Hope to see you at the next meeting.
BryanLGH College is privileged to host the Nebraska Student Nurses Association Convention on Saturday, February 26. This
is an exciting event that BSNA members look forward to each year and is open to all students to attend. At this convention, we
have a full day to network with other students from different colleges throughout the State, receive bits of insight on interest-
ing topics, and potential employers. This will be your opportunity to join with your fellow students on a State level to raise
awareness of the student nurses association, reach out to the community and become a part of something greater.
The Office of the Registrar
Did you know you can access your schedule for next semester in SonisWEB? Need your grades
to turn in for tuition reimbursement or insurance? You can also access grades after they are
official through SonisWEB. Please see the following instructions to view your schedule for
Nancy Schilz next semester or to view your grades for this semester!
To access a copy of your unofficial transcript (which includes your current GPA),
log into SONISWeb, and then click on Transcript:
A new window will pop up with your unofficial transcript and you can
print or save the page for your use!
To see your current or upcoming class schedule, log into SONISWeb,
and then click on Schedule:
The next page show what courses you are currently enrolled in or reg-
istered for, depending on which semester is being viewed. To change
which semester you are seeing, click on the drop down menus next to
School Year and Semester, select the school year and semester you
want to see, and click Change.
It is so hard to believe the first semester is almost over!!
Do you want to perfect your skills for finals or sharpen
up on some other skills for an upcoming course? The
Skills Bulletins Skills Lab is a perfect place to do that! Tasha Pfenning
The last faculty guided lab will be December 3rd from 1200-1500 for this semester.
However, appointments with the Skills Lab Coordinator can be made any time – even
over the Holiday break! To do so, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or
call me at 402-481-8749.
Have a great December and a wonderful Holiday Break! See you in January!!
Birthday Wishes to...
Ashley Fleischman 12-01 Erin McDowell 12-16 Rebecca Wockenfuss 12-30 Shannon Drake 01-16
Kara Havenridge 12-01 David Dudin 12-17 Blake Meyers 12-31 Megan Sucha 01-16
Molly Delatour 12-02 Natalie Johnson 12-17 Kayla Moore 01-01 Jennifer Arensdorf 01-17
Jelayna Stauffer 12-02 Jamie Larson 12-17 Baonguyen Phuocnguyen 01-01 Taryn Obenchain 01-17
Katy Handley 12-05 Elizabeth Mais 12-17 Courtney Roberts 01-01 Kelsey Christiansen 01-18
Kari Schafersman 12-06 Stephanie Riepl 12-17 Kelly Jarchow-Maronde 01-02 Ashley Glidden 01-18
Caroline Campbell 12-07 Rebecca Thoms 12-18 Amber Russell 01-04 Daniel Hagedorn 01-19
Mary Crowe 12-07 Lacey Jarecke 12-19 Megan Hall 01-05 Catherine Hazen 01-19
Miles Hadley 12-07 Courtney Ehmke 12-20 Allison Schleppenbach 01-05 Laurie OGorman 01-19
Christine Wing 12-07 Melissa Frey 12-20 Katherine Theisen 01-08 Shelby Luettel 01-20
Stephanie Campbell 12-08 Elizabeth Gibbens 12-21 Thanh Lan Le 01-09 Nancy Hust 01-22
Shanna Myers 12-08 Katelyn Wheeler 12-21 Brittany Beebe 01-10 Eric Johnson 01-22
Sarah Nun 12-08 Jessica Crawford 12-23 Megan Brokaw 01-10 Jacklyn Pickerill 01-23
Carly Travis 12-08 Richard Flemings 12-24 Jennifer Pearson 01-10 Chelsey Rehm 01-23
Jordan Curtis 12-11 Jeffrey Frey 12-24 Jennifer Volkmer 01-10 Kaitlin Westling 01-24
Malynne Frohner 12-11 Mark Szalawiga 12-25 Amanda Petska 01-11 Travis Jueden 01-25
Alicia Gregg 12-11 Roland Krahn 12-26 Brett Swarts 01-11 Kristin Reeder 01-25
Ryan Hawthorne 12-11 Margaret Stallings 12-26 Kristin Baker 01-12 Allison Watermeier 01-26
Mandy Henrickson 12-11 Staci Baltes 12-27 Nichole Baer 01-13 Jodi Popken 01-28
Danielle Mooney 12-11 Brandi Kadavy 12-27 Amanda Magee 01-13 Charlotte Andreasen 01-30
Jamie Erickson 12-12 Gulchehra Kholmatov 12-27 Judith Ontiveros 01-13 Taress Holt 01-30
Aisha Wade 12-14 Cassie Zitek 12-28 Kathryn Shelton 01-15 Erin Fullmer 01-31
Lindsey Anderson 12-15 Elizabeth Schrodt 12-29 Hali Tabatabai 01-15 Skylar Wissmann 01-31
Kala Weber 12-15 Brittany Prieb 12-30 Micaela Berge 01-16
Ed Tech Tip
Hybrid and Online Course Offerings greater flexibility to choose the
Are Expanding at BCHS time you ―attend‖. How else can
This semester BCHS has presented students with new op- you go to class in your PJ‘s and
tions for their learning environment. Hybrid and fully slippers? But sometimes students
online courses are now available. Hybrid courses require at have misconceptions about online
least 25% of the course to be face-to-face with the rest being courses. They aren‘t easier; in Cindy Masek
online. Fully online courses do not require any class time on fact you can expect to spend Distance Education Director
campus. Currently eight courses that have met the rigorous more time than you may in
approval process to be offered in the hybrid or online format. other courses. They aren‘t self paced; you still have assign-
ment due dates and you need to stay on top of what is due
Starting in Spring 2011, eight more courses will be offered in when. To be successful in an online course you should:
either the hybrid or fully online format. While several of the Be self disciplined and self-motivated to stay on-
courses are for the graduate certificate programs in simula- track with assignments
tion learning and clinical nutrition, more courses will be Have good time management skills
available for the undergraduate student as well. Healthcare
Have strong writing skills
Economics, Yoga, and Applying Cultural Diversity in Health
and Illness will be available in the hybrid format. And In- Have a reliable, well-maintained computer and
troduction to Sociology, Introduction to Healthcare Manage- high speed internet access
ment, and Board Review for Adult Have adequate computer skills to use ANGEL , the
Cardiac Sonography and Vascular internet, email, and Microsoft Word
Sonography will be fully online. The Be assertive and ask questions or seek assistance
RN-BSN completion program will be when encountering problems
completely in a hybrid format, as
Put effort into developing online relationships with
was begun this semester. The re-
fellow students and faculty
ports from our students taking these
These are only a few of the points to consider when de-
courses online and in the hybrid for-
ciding if you are suited for an online course. To
mat have been very positive! We are
learn more, visit this free website from Sierra Col-
excited to offer these more flexible course formats that will
lege, and take the evaluation quiz to see how pre-
allow students otherwise unable to attend to join us at the
pared you are for online success: http://
Are Online Courses a Good Idea for You?
Online courses have many great advantages including
Guess what??? The Red Cross Student
Organization is on Angel!!
Under the Red Cross “course” you can find out information about how to become a Red Cross volun-
teer, an application form, instructions on how to complete the background check and numerous ac-
tivities that are needing volunteers!! So check this out!! The volunteer activities are changing fre-
Also, there will be a First Aid class on December 1st in room 300.
Please notify Professor Scholl (481-8092) if you are interested in attending this class. The class size is
limited to 12 students. You must have a current CPR/AED card to attend and must be willing to
commit to volunteering for 20 hours per year. If a large number of people are wanting to attend this
class, Prof Scholl will schedule another class probably right before holiday break in December.
Remember: we should not live our lives by what we get……..rather by what we give.
The Student Government Association will again be hosting a
for your used books!
Drop off your books to sell from
Buy your spring semester books from 11:30
Hope to see you all there!
School Closing Reminder
If the decision is made to cancel classes for any reasons, you will be notified
immediately after the decision is made in the following modes of communica-
Your phone for a text
Your college email account
Local television stations
Congratulations to the BryanLGH College JDRF Walk to Cure team
on winning 2 awards at the recent JDRF Celebration Dinner held
Nov 16th. Team Co-Captain Julie Skrabal and student walker Stacey
Popken were on hand to accept the awards for School Team T-shirt
Design and also the Bronze Level Award for raising between $1,000
to $2,500 dollars. Kate Walker, Special Events Coordinator for JDRF
said, ―We got a lot of comments on your shirt so it was clear that it
would be the winner when we put it to a vote. Hope to see you for
next year‘s Walk!‖ Great job Team BryanLGH College!!
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