Off the beaten path College alumnae pursue careers in the K-12 school system
Whether studying nursing or another health profession, many students enrolled in the College of Health and Human Sciences expect to eventually work in clinical settings. However, a diploma in a health-related ﬁeld doesn’t necessarily equal a traditional job in a hospital, doctor’s ofﬁce, or health center. As Georgia State alumnae Barbara Pagillo and Lynne Meadows have shown, clinical training can lead to employment in unexpected ﬁelds like education. Pagillo, a physical therapist, has worked with special needs children in numerous metro-Atlanta schools. Meadows, who studied nursing, now coordinates student health services for Fulton County Schools. Both Pagillo and Meadows say that working in an educational environment requires a change of perspective from a conventional clinical setting. “My job is different than a typical physical therapist’s work,” says Pagillo, who graduated from Georgia State with a bachelor’s of physical therapy in 1995. “In the clinic, you address patients’ medical requirements. In schools, you address what’s entailed with their learning.” Educational facilities are required to assist students with special needs, she explains. When a student qualiﬁes for physical therapy, Pagillo works with a team that includes the child’s family, teachers, and other providers. Together, the team develops an individual plan for the child. Pagillo’s role ultimately depends on the student’s challenges. Her job often focuses on a child’s activity, such as accessing the playground or negotiating the hallway with a wheelchair. She also sometimes adjusts a child’s working space for adequate posture and at times makes recommendations for rest breaks or other accommodations to help the student learn. Continued on Page 5
Social Work Professor Studies Behavioral and Mental Health Concerns in K-12 Schools
Test scores, graduation rates, and other priorities rarely leave time for schools to focus on mental and behavioral health, issues that can strongly impact the classroom, says Jan Ligon, associate professor of social work. To better understand teachers’ perceptions about mental and behavioral health concerns in a cluster of metropolitan Atlanta schools with rapidly changing demographics, Ligon worked with community and school representatives to create a survey about barriers to learning. So far, 518 teachers from 11 schools have responded. Across all grades, teachers listed lack of parental support as a top obstacle. The survey also found that anger, problems with self-esteem, and bullying were highest among middle schools, while depression, ﬁghting, and self-harmful behavior were more common in high schools. “We’re discovering that mental and behavioral health problems often stem from issues at home,” Ligon says. “It gives us a broad view of mental health – a perspective that includes the whole community, not just the classroom.” Based on survey results, he’s recommended further explorations on how culture, self-esteem, and depression impact learning.
Dear Alumni and Friends, As the College of Health and Human Sciences approaches its 40th anniversary next year, we can all look back proudly on the many individuals who have been educated in the college and have gone on to make incredible contributions as they serve people throughout the state of Georgia, the nation, and the world. Our graduates have taken varied career paths, but they all have one thing in common – a commitment to serve. This commitment is demonstrated in many ways, some of which you have read about in this newsletter, including alumni who provide nursing and physical therapy to school children, and one who spearheaded the creation of a new juvenile justice center. Our faculty share this dedication to service, many reaching beyond Georgia’s borders to serve. For example, some of our faculty are helping establish professional nursing education in Africa, others are studying stereotypes that continue to hold back Hurricane Katrina evacuees, and another has invented a watch that helps individuals better understand their speciﬁc nutritional needs. Our students, too, learn to serve others as part of their education here. Among the service projects our students are currently involved in are physical therapy students who treat diabetics with foot disorders at a nearby low-income clinic, and nutrition and nursing students who are ofﬁcers in their professional associations. We are also proud of our growing number of Fulbright Scholars. This prestigious international program allows the college to spread its reach throughout the world by educating top foreign public health students who will, in turn, go back to their home countries with the knowledge and skills learned in the college. We would like to hear from our alumni about the impact you are making in your professions. Please stay in touch with us by submitting news items, using the form on the back of this newsletter or by emailing our editor, Angela Arnold, at aarnold@ gsu.edu. The college also needs the help of our alumni and friends to continue its mission of educating health care and human service professionals for the next 40 years and beyond. Your generous support allows us to attract top students and faculty and produce distinguished alumni committed to serving people who need their expertise thoughout Georgia, the nation, and the world. We are very thankful for all you have done to help the college and hope you will continue to assist us in the future. We wish you a healthy and happy new year, and look forward to hearing from you during 2008. Thank you, Susan J. Kelley, Ph.D. Dean and Professor
David Alexander President Soliant Health Laurence Bagen BLT Builders Robert L. Brown, Jr. President and CEO RL Brown and Associates Bobbi Cleveland Executive Director Tull Charitable Foundation William Garrett President, Saint Joseph’s Mercy Care Foundation Vernon M. Keenan Director Georgia Bureau of Investigation John Killorin Director, Atlanta High Intensity Drug Trafﬁcking Area (HIDTA) Elizabeth A. Martin President Elizabeth A. Martin & Associates J.Tom Morgan Attorney Gary D. Nelson President Healthcare Georgia Foundation Joseph D. Sansone Chairman, President, and CEO Pediatria Healthcare, LLC Russ Toal Associate Professor, Institute of Public Health, Georgia State University Chris Valley Chief Administrative Ofﬁcer Families First William Warren, MD President and CEO Good Samaritan Health Center Karen C. Wilbanks Executive Director/Trustee The Robert and Polly Dunn Foundation Pat Willis Executive Director Voices for Georgia’s Children
J. Rhodes Haverty, MD Debianne Peterman Dean Emeritus Director of Nursing Education and College of Health and Human Sciences Development,Vanderbilt Medical Center Trustee, Georgia Health Foundation
Wristwatch Designed to Help Wearers Achieve Energy Balance
From the 70-calorie apple you grabbed for a snack to the 515-calorie chicken sandwich you gobbled for lunch, keeping track of how much energy you feed your body can become a real chore. And to make matters more difﬁcult, even the most meticulous calorie-counter types may have times throughout the day when their bodies have a surplus or deﬁcit of energy. In Dan Benardot’s eyes, these moments of severe calorie excesses and shortfalls are times when a person isn’t functioning at his or her best. “Energy balance is simply dynamically matching caloric intake with expenditure in real time,” says Benardot, an associate professor of nutrition in the College of Health and Human Sciences. “Achieving energy balance improves a person’s sense of well-being, as well as athletic performance.” To help people closely match caloric intake with current bodily needs, Benardot created EnergyWatch™, a wristwatch that alerts its wearer in times of energy discrepancies. He is currently negotiating with manufacturers to bring the watch to market. The idea for EnergyWatch™ is based on Benardot’s research about elite athletes’ caloric intake and energy balance. His work has demonstrated that people might have superﬂuous or insufﬁcient energy at any particular time – even if their total daily caloric intake exactly equals their overall needs. To make the idea of EnergyWatch™ easier to understand, Benardot compares people to cars. A car’s tank only holds a ﬁnite amount of gas, and a person’s body can only process a certain number of calories at a time. Trying to pump too much gas into a car results in fuel spillover, whereas eating too many calories causes fat production.
For athletes, dieters, and others concerned about body composition, EnergyWatch™ ensures an individual consumes energy when the body needs it – alleviating poor performance and overproduction of fat. The watch can be used alone or interact with the Web site www.sportsnutritionclinic.com, which Benardot also created. On the site, subscribers can see graphs that chart their daily energy intake and consumption. They also receive comprehensive nutrient analysis, personal training logs, and detailed goal tracking. While his web site is already available to the public, EnergyWatch™ is still in development. Currently, Benardot is planning studies to examine whether the watch is useful to the general public since the concept of energy balance has only been tested on athletes so far. He’s also working with partners for assembly and marketing. “My company is a thinking company, not a manufacturer,” explains Benardot. “Now that the engineering specs are complete, we’ve been working with numerous watch companies and even food companies to bring EnergyWatch™ to market.” While it’s difﬁcult to say exactly how long the current discussions will take, Benardot predicts consumers could see EnergyWatch™ at their nearest retailers in as little as two years. “It’s incredibly rewarding to think of EnergyWatch™ as a culmination of my years of research about human performance,” Benardot says. “Translating academic advancements to the general marketplace is challenging and time-consuming, but it’s also satisfying. I am having so much fun throughout this process.”
Institute of Public Health Receives Accreditation
The Institute of Public Health recently received full ﬁve-year accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH.) The Institute, one of four graduate public health programs approved by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents in 2004, is the ﬁrst to be accredited by CEPH. The Institute graduated its ﬁrst group of Master of Public Health (MPH) students in May 2006. “We are proud to receive accreditation so quickly and it is a testament to the quality of our students, faculty, and community partners,” said Michael Eriksen, Director of the Institute.
In just three years the MPH program has grown to more than 100 graduate students, including six Fulbright Scholars from Afghanistan, Indonesia, Iraq, Haiti, and Mongolia. The Institute offers public health training in prevention science, health Accreditation provides a major measure of quality for students, promotion and behavior, health management, and policy spepublic health employers, funding agencies, private partners, and cialty tracks. Each student must complete a 400-hour practithe university as a whole, enhancing the reputation and peer rec- cum and thesis prior to graduating. ognition of the program.
Department of Criminal Justice Has a Big Vacancy to Fill
“It will take four faculty and staff members to ﬁll the shoes of Dr. Rick Terrill,” says Department of Criminal Justice chair Brian Payne. Rick Terrill, professor of criminal justice, is retiring after 21 years of teaching at Georgia State University. Terrill, who has seen many changes in the department, has presided over some of these changes while serving as associate dean of the former College of Public and Urban Affairs and as acting chair of the department. Terrill has counseled many criminal justice students in career directions while leading the department’s internship program. He has also served as the editor for the department’s highly regarded Criminal Justice Review and International Criminal Justice Review. Terrill, who is known for his expertise in international criminal justice systems, has published six editions of his book World Criminal Justice Systems: A Survey. He has published a number of articles on comparative and international criminal justice, English legal and criminal justice history, and select topics dealing with the organization and management of law enforcement. Terrill received his bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University and master’s of arts in history and a master’s of science in criminal Justice as well as his Ph.D. from Michigan State University.
Investigator Studies Harassment in Law-enforcement Agencies
Although it violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, sexual harassment still occurs in workplaces – and even more so among women who work in traditional maledominated ﬁelds such as law enforcement. “We know it’s not rare for female police ofﬁcers to experience sexual harassment,” says Sue Collins, an assistant professor of criminal justice. “We’re trying to learn about the proﬁle of sexual harassers and the nature of disciplinary measures taken against them.” Collins has completed several studies about gender issues in law enforcement agencies. For her research, Collins studied male police ofﬁcers in Florida who were found guilty of sexual harassment by their law enforcement employers. She’s recommended that sexual harassment disciplinary procedures need to be addressed through state policy, and she’s suggested more broad research about sexual harassment in police forces. “We really want to be able to attach labels and say a harasser is XYZ,” Collins says. “The reality is that sexual harassers cut across all disciplines and come from all backgrounds. There’s no one set of characteristics that deﬁnes a harasser.”
Intervention Seeks to Reduce Inappropriate Use of 911
Throughout the United States, thousands of 911 calls are for non-urgent situations, yet inappropriate use of emergency medical services diverts resources away from those who truly need them. To address the problem in one Atlanta neighborhood with high rates of 911 calls, researchers from the Institute of Public Health are working with local residents to discover why people inappropriately dial 911 and devise suitable alternatives to EMS. “We know people sometimes use 911 because they don’t have a primary care provider, insurance coverage or adequate transportation,” says Marshall Kreuter, a visiting professor of public health who is spearheading the effort. With funding from Healthcare Georgia Foundation, Kreuter and his colleagues are using community-based research techniques to gather information, offer resources, and develop solutions. The method lets residents participate in the research process. “We’re using action research to engage people who are part of the issue and give them an opportunity to have a voice,” Kreuter says. “By participating, residents can help their own neighborhood and society at large with the ubiquitous issue of improper 911 use. That’s empowering.”
Research Challenges Stereotypes of Hurricane Katrina Evacuees
Timothy Brezina, associate professor of criminal justice, has recently completed a study on the reasons why thousands of New Orleanians were trapped in the catastrophic ﬂooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. His analysis examines the plausibility of the highly publicized welfare dependency explanation. According to Brezina, a number of media reports have characterized these New Orleans residents as welfare-dependent with a ‘mentality of helplessness.’ “Such views have contributed to the stereotype of post-storm evacuees as lazy, irresponsible, and prone to criminal behavior,” says Brezina, a former faculty member at Tulane University. Brezina used data from the Survey of Hurricane Katrina Evacuees to examine the characteristics of New Orleanians who were trapped in the ﬂooded city. His results indicate that, contrary to the claims of many welfare dependency theorists, most of the residents who remained behind were employed full-time before the storm and most displayed initiative after the disaster such as looking for a new job and searching for a new place to live. “Many of the residents in question lacked private vehicles and were unable to ﬂee the storm, while others underestimated the severity of the storm,” says Brezina. His ﬁndings highlight common issues faced by the working poor in New Orleans, possibly explaining reasons for the incomplete hurricane evacuation. This research appears in a paper titled What Went Wrong in New Orleans? and will be featured in an upcoming issue of the journal Social Problems.
Off the Beaten Path, continued
“I’m an advocate for children,” Pagillo says. “My job is to help the students I serve get the most out of their school day by helping to remove or adjust barriers to their learning.” Meadows also emphasizes the signiﬁcance of the team approach in her job overseeing Fulton County School’s 16 registered nurses. With increasing numbers of children with chronic illnesses such as asthma and diabetes, school nurses play an essential role as liaison among students, parents, teachers, and doctors. “We help get the students’ health concerns and information in order so we can manage their care while they’re in school and minimize their time out of the classroom and school,” says Meadows, who earned her master’s in nursing in 1992 and worked at Grady Health System before transitioning to the public schools. In addition to overseeing the school nursing program, Meadows also coordinates CPR classes, creates school health policies, and organizes education initiatives for issues such as ﬂu shots and hand washing. She stays abreast of anything health-related that may impact the community. As she explains, if something impacts the community, it affects students and teachers. “A healthy student is best equipped to learn,” Meadows says. “I try to facilitate health in our schools so we can achieve our main mission of education.”
Project Healthy Grandparents Luncheon
The annual Project Healthy Grandparents (PHG) luncheon, held on September 24, was attended by 175 grandparents, donors, community supporters, and Georgia State personnel. The luncheon featured keynote speaker Lucy Hall-Gainer, founder and president of the Mary Hall Freedom House. In addition, PHG unveiled a new video which was produced by Jocelyn Dorsey and her team at WSB-TV. To view the video online, go to the PHG web site www2.gsu.edu/~wwwalh/.
Grandparents greeting (above and far right). Middle photo: Keynote speaker Lucy Hall-Gainer, Judy Perdue of PHG and CHHS board member Chris Valley.
University President Carl Patton Set to Retire in Summer of 2008
Georgia State University President Carl V. Patton recently announced plans to retire from his position on June 30, 2008. Patton, who has served the university for 16 years, has played a major role in Georgia State’s growth and change from a commuter-university to that of a major research university with traditional-aged students — many of whom live on campus. In addition, he led the university’s ﬁrst comprehensive capital campaign which raised over $127 million. Patton also spearheaded the university’s move into a new NCAA Division I athletics conference, the Colonial Athletic Association. An urban planner by education, Patton determined that Georgia State should “be a part of the downtown community, not apart from it.” He was instrumental in the building and renovation of the university’s 14 newest buildings and launched a university-wide “Main Street Master Plan” to transform not only the landscape of Georgia State University but downtown Atlanta as well. Patton has also overseen the changes in Georgia State’s academic future. The most recent freshman class recorded the highest SAT scores, freshmen index scores, and grade point averages in the university’s history. He received a Ph.D. and masters’ degrees in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley, masters’ degrees in urban planning and public administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor’s degree in community planning from the University of Cincinnati. University System of Georgia Chancellor Errol Davis will initiate a national search process to ﬁll the post being vacated by Patton.
Carl V. Patton, Georgia State University President and Parker (Pete) Petit, CEO and Chairman of Matria Healthcare at the groundbreaking ceremony for the the new Parker H. Petit Science Teaching Laboratory
Annual Haverty Lecture Draws a Crowd
The 5th annual J. Rhodes Haverty Lecture held on October 25, drew approximately 250 alumni, donors, community members, faculty and staff, and students to hear speaker William Novelli, the CEO of AARP. AARP, formerly the American Association of Retired Persons, is the largest organization for people age 50 and over. Novelli’s lecture focused on the growing problems of healthcare and ﬁnancial security. An audio recording of the speech is available on the college website at www.chhs.gsu.edu.
2007 Haverty Lecture speaker AARP CEO, William Novelli
Michael Eriksen, director of the Institute of Public Health, asks Novelli about the issues.
Left to right: Susan J. Kelley, dean; William Novelli, 2007 Lecture speaker; Elice Haverty; and Dr. J. Rhodes Haverty
Best Foot Forward
“Oh, my aching feet,” goes the common complaint. But, what if your foot pain affected your ability to earn a living and your overall quality of life? This issue is being addressed by a group of doctor of physical therapy (DPT) students, led by Deborah Michael, clinical assistant professor of physical therapy. Michael recently received a grant from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church to treat patients with foot disorders at the Good Samaritan Health Clinic in Atlanta. Michael says that many of the Good Samaritan patients have heart disease and diabetes and prone to subsequent foot problems. “It’s really important to expose the students to this underserved population and for the students to learn to modify their work and communication,” Michael says. Many of the patients are Latino and some do not speak English. Michael leads the patients through an educational session on foot care prior to treatment. Then she and the students provide in dividual examinations, checking for
sensation and signs of circulatory problems. If a patient shows signs of disease they are referred to a physician. The practice the students receive is important and the care the patients receive in return is invaluable, as many make their living standing on their feet – working in construction or cleaning houses. “It’s important for the students to do this pro-bono work. As professionals, we need to give back to the community,” Michael says.
Left to right: Julie Grasso, Maggie Gebhardt, and Adrienne Thomas perform foot care on a Good Samaritan Health Clinic patient.
Nursing School Director Helps Establish Professional Nursing in Uganda
In Uganda, seventeen percent of adults live with, and 94,000 individuals die from HIV each year – an astounding ﬁgure that’s prompted the U.S. government to invest millions of dollars in relief efforts. A great deal of the work in Uganda focuses on implementing projects to address HIV prevention and treatment, a task that requires research to assess needs of local citizens and effectiveness of programs. The collection of Ugandan data related to protocols and clinical drug trials affect HIV treatment decisions around the world. “It turns out that individuals who identify themselves as ‘nurses’ gather much of the research data in Uganda,” says Barbara Woodring, director of the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing. “Yet, we found most of these ‘nurses’ were only educated at the high school level, and few had more than a year of higher education. There simply wasn’t an opportunity for more training.” Woodring says she and others quickly realized Uganda’s lack of a professional nursing workforce was an impediment. Having reliable data is vital to achieve change, she says, yet the people gathering information had no instruction in research processes and understood practically nothing about data analysis. With colleagues at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Woodring began establishing the infrastructure for professional nursing education. In the ﬁve years since she began her efforts, Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda has launched the country’s ﬁrst baccalaureate nursing program. Nurses are now educated at a higher level, and their curriculum includes both the theory and practice of nursing research. Graduates of the program have obtained leadership positions at Uganda’s Ministry of Health, hospitals, and humanitarian agencies. Woodring is now focusing on Ugandan nurse faculty development and on establishing a master’s of nursing program. Recently, she directed and participated in the country’s ﬁrst nursing research conference. “This project has been a tremendous opportunity to develop professional nursing in Uganda,” Woodring says. “Ultimately, we know a more skilled nursing force will improve patient care outcomes related to HIV and other common diseases found in the country.”
The College of Health and Human Sciences welcomes our new faculty. Timothy Brezina, associate professor of criminal justice, comes from Tulane University. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Emory University. Brezina, who was teaching in New Orleans when Hurricana Katrina hit, has conducted research on evacuation behavior and the negative stereotyping of storm victims (see related article). Jeannette Bull comes to Georgia State from Physiotherapy Associates in Smyrna. Bull received her Master of Health Science (MHS) from the University of Indianapolis where her doctoral degree is in process. She will serve as the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education and as a clinical instructor in the Division of Physical Therapy. Philip Fabrizio, clinical instructor of physical therapy, is a former part-time instructor in the Division of Physical Therapy who has recently returned to Georgia State. Fabrizio received his Master of Physical Therapy from Duquesne University and M.S. from the University of Pittsburgh. Vijay Ganji, associate professor of nutrition, comes from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Ganji received his Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Robin Gardenhire has moved from a part-time instructor to full-time. She has an M.A.Ed. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is a clinical instructor of respiratory therapy. Sarah Killian, clinical assistant professor of nursing, has returned to Georgia State. She received her master’s degree from the School of Nursing and was previously with Grady Health System. Kenya Kirkendoll, temporary clinical instructor of nursing, received her Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Emory University. She was previously with the Emory University School of Medicine Vaccine Research Center. Frances McCarty, assistant professor, joined the Institute of Public Health faculty from the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. McCarty received her M.Ed. from the University of Virginia and her Ph.D. from Georgia State University. Dana Meaney-Delman, clinical assistant professor in nursing, received her M.D. from SUNY StonyBrook and practiced OB/GYN for six years prior to joining the faculty. Murugi Ndirangu, assistant professor of nutrition, recently completed post-doctoral work at Columbia University in New York. Ndirangu received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi. Monica Nelson, temporary clinical instructor, comes to the Byrdine F. Lewis School Nursing from the Fuqua Heart Center of Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. Nelson received her Master of Science in Nursing from Mercer University. Brian Payne, chair and professor of criminal justice, was proﬁled in the spring/summer issue of College of Health and Human Sciences Review. He comes to Georgia State University from Old Dominion University, where he was professor and department chair of sociology and criminal justice. Payne was also the Director of the Center for Family Violence Education and Research at Old Dominion. Previously, he taught at Troy State University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he received his doctoral, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees. Katherine Plitnick, clinical assistant professor of nursing, was previously with Mercer University in Atlanta. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida. Richard Rothenberg, professor of public health, comes to Georgia State from the Emory School of Medicine. He received his M.D. and M.P.H. from Harvard University, and brings extensive research experience in STDs, HIV, and epidemiology. Monica Swahn, associate professor of public health, was previously with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She received her M.P.H. and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Sue-Ming Yang, assistant professor of criminal justice, comes to Georgia State from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she received her Ph.D. Yang publishes in the area of criminological theories and methods.
Two new Fulbright Scholars, one from Indonesia and one from Mongolia, join the Institute of Public Health this fall. They bring the total number of Fulbright Scholars enrolled in the Master of Public Health program to six. All six are physicians and plan to return to their home countries to share the knowledge gained while earning a degree in public health at Georgia State. Panji Hadisoemarto is a physician from Indonesia who has worked with avian ﬂu in his home country. He is also on the medical school faculty in Indonesia and has been afﬁliated with the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit (NAMRU). The other new Fulbright, Ariuntsatsral Erdenebileg, is a pediatric cardiologist from Mongolia. She is interested in learning more about health care delivery systems to improve the pediatric health care for cardiac defects in Mongolia. The Fulbright Scholarship program, which is housed in the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the premier academic exchange program providing grants for graduate students, faculty and scholars from the U.S. and around the world. The Institute of Public Health graduates the ﬁrst of the six Fulbright Scholars in December. Sardar Ahmad, a physician from Afghanistan, received his Master of Public Health degree during the December commencement ceremony. Rachel Hannah, an undergraduate student in nutrition, recently became the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Individual champion in the woman’s 6K race. This is the ﬁrst individual win for women’s cross country in the CAA at Georgia State University. Two nursing students were recently elected to positions with the Georgia Association of Nursing Students. Kevin Niles Jarrett was elected editor of the association newsletter, EKG. Jennifer Coggins was elected director of the West District. In addition, the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing received a second place award in the banner competition, and Chantal Brooks and Leondria Moore received scholarship awards.
Several college faculty released new books and textbooks this fall. The topics of these books are as varied as the faculty members. Doug Gardenhire, clinical instructor of respiratory therapy, and Robert Harwood, clinical assistant professor of respiratory therapy, recently wrote Rau’s Pharmacology, a textbook named for the original edition author, retired respiratory therapy professor Joseph Rau. The book is published by Elsevier Publishing. Mindy Wertheimer, clinical associate professor of social work, has published the guide The Board Chair Handbook, Second Edition, published by BoardSource, to assist newly appointed and elected chairpersons in their new roles. Nancy Kropf, director and professor of the school of social work, recently authored Foundations of Social Work Practice in the Field of Aging, published by the National Association of Social Workers.
Amanda Maucere, graduate student in nutrition, is the dietetics student representative for the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE). CADE, which is the accreditation arm of the American Dietetic Association, has a nine-member board to ensure that accredited nutrition programs are preparing competent graduates. Maucere, along with her board colleagues, is responsible for scheduling site visits, reviewing accredited programs, and hearing any issues or complaints about the programs, as well as appointing and training program reviewers. Maurcere serves a one-year term and is the only student member of the board.
DeKalb County Building Named for Criminal Justice Alumnus
Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams (B.S., Criminal Justice, 1980) has a special place in his heart for DeKalb County’s juvenile offenders. A strong proponent of rehabilitation for troubled youth, Judge Adams is honored to have his name on the new Gregory A. Adams Juvenile Justice Center. A native of the Kirkwood neighborhood, which straddles DeKalb County and the City of Atlanta, Judge Adams decided to pursue a career in law at an early age. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University and went on to graduate from the University of Georgia’s College of Law. After a decade of serving DeKalb County as a prosecutor, Judge Adams was appointed chief judge of the DeKalb County Juvenile Court in1994. From the moment he stepped into the juvenile justice building, Judge Adams knew there was a desperate need for a new justice center. The old building, which had been constructed on top of a landﬁll, was both inadequate and in serious disrepair due to a sinking foundation. On June 22, Judge Adams ﬁnally saw his vision come to life. This bright, $37.5 million building which is located at I-285 and Memorial Drive, features six courtrooms and six classrooms. Judge Adams strongly feels there is a need to provide education for the juveniles housed there, particularly anger management training, which was implemented during his tenure. “Imagine that as a juvenile, you go into an environment that is dirty, ﬁlthy, poorly-lit. You will feel like no one cares about you. If you go into a brightly-lit, clean environment, you will think that the adults there want to help you.” According to Judge Adams, “In order to get [youth in the juvenile justice system] to change their behavior, you must make them feel that you care.” Although Judge Adams has left the juvenile justice system – he was elected to the county Superior Court in 2004 – he continues his ties with the county’s youth. He received the Spirit of Scouting Award from the Boy Scouts of America in 2007. In 2006, he received the Justice Benham Community Service Award from the State Bar of Georgia, the Community Service Award from the DeKalb Council for the Arts, and the Pioneer Award for Working with Children with Disabilities from KES Day, Inc.
Nicole Beebe (M.S., Criminal Justice, 1997) has received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at San Antonio in Business Administration and Information Technology. Beebe wrote her dissertation on “Improving Information Retrieval Effectiveness in Digital Forensic Text String Searches: Clustering Search Results Using SelfOrganizing Neural Networks.” She now teaches at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Debbie Bryson Ingram (B.S., Physical Therapy, 1979) is representing the 310,000 alumni of the University of Tennessee as the 2007-08 President of the University of Tennessee National Alumni Association. Dr. Ingram is a UC Foundation Professor of Physical Therapy and Director of Clinical Education at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. It is the ﬁrst time in the university’s history that the alumni president has been a faculty member or a physical therapist.
Pamela Buttram (B.S., Physical Therapy, 1979) received her Doctor of Physical Therapy, with distinction, in January 2007 from Simmons College in Boston. She is a licensed physical therapist in Georgia and involved in the American Physical Therapy Association and the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia. Buttram is owner and president of Functional Improvements Physical Therapy. L. Gale Buckner (B.S., Criminal Justice, 1981) is the recipient of the 2007 Dr. Lois Higgins-Grote Heritage Award by the International Association of Women Police (IAWP). She is also honored with an appearance on the Fall 2007 cover of Women Police, the ofﬁcal publication of the IAWP.
Alumni News, continued
Deborah Clark (Ph.D., Nursing, 2003) is Program Director for the B.S.N. Program at the ECPI, Inc. School of Health Sciences. She is a member of the online faculty at the University of Phoenix. Charley English (B.S., Criminal Justice, 1986) has been appointed Director of Homeland Security by Governor Purdue. Previously, English was head of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and will continue to serve in that capacity as well. English began his leadership career as a member of the Olympic planning team in 1996. Brad Freemyer (B.S., Physical Therapy, 1988) has opened A Step Ahead Physical Therapy in Roswell. More about the practice can be found at www.asaphysicaltherapy.com. Matthew Johnson (M.P.H., 2007) was selected for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Prevention Service (PHPS) program. This 3-year training and service program for master’s level public health professionals concentrates on public health program management and providing experience through specialized hands-on training and mentorship at CDC and state and local health agencies. Twenty-ﬁve public health professionals are chosen annually to participate in this program. Katie Kilker (M.P.H., 2007) was recently appointed as a health communications specialist to lead the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s new autism awareness campaign, “Learn the Signs: Act Early.” Marjorie Mosher (B.S., Physical Therapy, 1993) is anticipating graduation in January 2008 for a D.P.T. at Simmons College in Boston. Mosher holds a Manual Therapy Certiﬁcation from the University of St. Augustine (2001) and practices as a physical therapist. Jasmine Schliesmann-Merkle (B.S., Nutrition, 1989) was recently promoted to vice president at TechLaw, Inc. TechLaw is a nationwide consulting ﬁrm providing services in the environmental, health, safety, economic, and social arenas. Daryl N. Tate (B.S., Criminal Justice, 1992) is currently a defensive tactics training coordinator with the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.
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