E-Newsletter for the College of Science and Health University of Wisconsin-La Crosse UW-L Moving Forward in Online Education Volume 3, Number 2 Summer, 2008 Inside this issue: Features UW-L Moving Forward in 1 Online Education Alumni Serving the Mili- 1 From left to right, Don Campbell, Vicki Lyons, Kathie Tyser, Brian Udermann, Lynn Weiland, and tary’s Recreation and Annette O’Hern. Fitness Needs Online courses and programs continue to gain of students who enrolled in only online courses From the Dean 5 popularity with college students across the and/or degree programs was approximately country. In 2002, 1.6 million students took at 500,000, with the number increasing to 1.5 mil- Editor’s Comments 6 least one online course, and by 2005 that num- ber had risen to 3.2 million. In 2002 the number Continued on Page 2 Insights from the 2008 6 Public Health Study Tour Alumni Serving the Military’s Recreation & Fitness Needs to Great Britain The military provides for the health, fitness and Occupational Therapy 8 recreation of service members and their family Student Exchange dependents. Fitness, recreation and sports di- rectors plan, organize fund raising events and Where Are They Now? 9 manage the daily operations of Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) units not only at home, but all around the world wherever military are Retirements 11 deployed. These dedicated MWR staff who pro- vide this support are a very professional group Cliff DeVoll 11 who go the extra mile when military personnel have greater needs. Greater need currently exists because of the two lengthy deployments Q&A 12 in Iraq and Afghanistan and the returning men and women needing the benefits MWR can pro- Focus On vide to their mental and physical well being. Two of the many UW-L graduates who are a part 14 graduate in Recreation Management. In seek- Departments of this dedicated military group of professionals ing employment with the military’s fitness and are Chuck Surman, 1985 graduate in the Adult recreation programs there are two choices, Research 14 Fitness/Cardiac Rehabilitation MS degree pro- enlist in the military as military personnel or be gram (now named, Clinical Exercise Physiol- ogy) and BreAnn [Nessler] Constantineau 2002 Grants 16 Continued on Page 3 Volume 3, Number 2 Page 2 UW-L Moving Forward in Online Education (continued from pg. 1) lion by 2006. Over the past year UW-L has 43.5% were from the College of Liberal taken steps to respond to this increased Studies, and 11.7% from the College of interest in online education. Business Administration. Brian Udermann, Associate Professor in the Most of the survey respondents indicated Department of Exercise and Sport Science, they had not taught online courses in the began serving as the Director of Online past. However, a majority also indicated Education at UW-L in the summer of 2007. they would be interested in developing an During the 2007 summer session he met online course. Of the faculty who indicated with nearly two dozen faculty members that they would be interested in develop- who had questions about online education, ing an online course, 75% expressed a or who expressed an interested in teaching preference for undergraduate courses and online courses. Since then Brian has 25% indicated they would be interested in stayed busy with his online director duties, developing an online graduate course. as UW-L continues to make steady pro- Additionally, a majority of the surveyed gress both in the quality and quantity of faculty, when asked about their perception online degree programs and available of the quality of online education com- Brian Udermann individual course offerings. Brian works pared to traditional face-to-face instruction, Director of Online Education. closely with an online advisory group of responded that they felt the quality was Don Campbell (Continuing Education), Bill the call for proposals, the Director of Con- dependent upon individual online courses Cerbin (Center for Advancing Teaching tinuing Education, Don Campbell, agreed or degree programs. Overall, the survey and Learning), Bob Hoar (Mathematics), to fund three additional proposals with appeared to indicate that faculty at UW-L and Jim Jorstad (Educational Technolo- $2,500 stipends for courses that would were receptive to the idea of online educa- gies). The online advisory group assists in likely be offered through the Office of Con- tion. determining the current status of online tinuing Education and Extension. Grant On Line Offerings at UW-L education at UW-L and is vital in identify- recipients were from a wide variety of de- ing priorities for future focus and growth. partments and included English, Exercise Online degree programs at UW-L currently This article is a summary of work that has and Sport Science, Communication Stud- include the following: been completed over the past year. ies, Finance, Geography/Earth Science, 1. Masters of Science in Education - Stu- Health Professions, Political Science/Public dent Affairs Administration in Higher UW-L Online Course Development and Administration and Sociology/Archeology. Education, offered by the Department Grants Program The courses were developed over this past of Psychology [http://www.uwlax.edu/ In the fall semester of 2007, Interim Provost J-Term (January) and Spring semesters, saa/]. Bill Colclough initiated a university wide and are now being offered this summer. grants program with the intention of assist- 2. Medical Dosimetry Certificate Pro- UW-L Faculty Survey gram, offered by the Department of ing faculty and instructional academic staff in developing online courses. In addition In the fall semester of 2007, with the aid of Health Professions [http:// to providing a stipend (eight $2,500 sti- Eduventures, an educational consulting www.uwlax.edu/md/]. pends were awarded through the Provost’s company, a survey was developed and 3. Masters in Business Administration Office), allowing grant recipients to devote distributed. The survey was completed by offered as a part of an online consor- time to developing course materials, the 154 faculty. Key questions assessed were tium with UW-Eau Clair, UW-Oshkosh program was intended to provide access to how the faculty perceived the value and and UW-Parkside. [http:// resources including hands-on training, quality of online learning, previous online www.wisconsinonlinemba.org/ workshops, and developmental materials. course and program development experi- about/]. The goal of the program was to service ence, what faculty felt were barriers of instructors at their current level of readi- teaching online and how those barriers Steady Increase in Offerings ness for online teaching, ranging from could be addressed, and faculty prefer- Over the past few years the number of those who were just starting their explora- ences and attitudes towards online course online courses being offered at UW-L has tion of online instruction, to those who and program development. Of the faculty steadily increased. In 2006 UW-L only of- were ready to more fully explore online that completed the survey 44.8% were fered a few online courses. And now, in options. Due to a very positive response to from the College of Science and Health, 2008, the number is expected to increase Volume 3, Number 2 Page 3 to over 30 courses. This past spring the Passport to Technology program this past working with grants specialist Amery following UW-L online website was created January. The Passport to Technology pro- Bodelson, whose position is collaborative to centralize information related to online gram is an annual event that highlights the between the school district and university, education: www.uwlax.edu/online. Stu- infusion of technology in teaching and to identify potential grant sources to fund dents can access this website and find in- learning. joint initiatives. For further information go formation on course and degree programs, to the following web site: http:// Collaboration with the La Crosse School frequently asked questions, and informa- www.uwlax.edu/provost/grants/pages/ District tion on admissions, registration, and stu- sources/collab.htm. dent affairs. The university will continue to Representatives from UW-L have been Conclusion develop the website so it can also be used meeting regularly with teachers, adminis- as a resource by faculty and staff. trators, and information technology spe- As the trend for offering more online cialists from the La Crosse School District. courses and degree programs continues to As the number of online offerings contin- The school district has been exploring be evident in many colleges and universi- ues to grow, the university is working to ways to expand offerings of high quality ties throughout the country, UW-L is work- ensure the quality of such offerings re- online educational programming to stu- ing hard to ensure that necessary steps are mains the primary focus. The university dents in the Coulee Region. The goal of being taken to appropriately serve our offers many faculty training opportunities the meetings has been to identify areas in students. through Information Technology Services, which the school district and the university Educational Technologies, and a variety of For further information regarding online can work together (e.g., joint training ses- online workshops and panel discussions educational activities at UW-L contact Brian sions for teachers and faculty, identify ap- scheduled throughout the year. One such Udermann, of the Exercise and Sport Sci- propriate advanced placement courses opportunity was a panel discussion on best ence Department, at 608-785-8181 or email that may be offered online, etc.), in the practices related to online teaching that email@example.com. area of online education. The group is was held during Educational Technology’s Alumni Serving the Military’s Recreation & Fitness Needs (continued from pg. 1) employed as a civilian. Chuck chose to jeune Marine Corps Base in North Carolina enlist and has had a successful 20 year where she supervised a staff of 30 and career. He is a Major stationed at Brooks worked in the Corps largest fitness center, City Base, Texas working as a Aerospace she came to realize every Marine must Physiologist where they prepare aircrew maintain a high level of fitness readiness for the hazards of flight such as dealing since they can and are deployed to a com- with changes in atmospheric pressure, life bat zone at a moments notice. Besides support and oxygen equipment, G-forces helping Marines maintain their fitness and possible loss of consciousness, and readiness, BreAnn’s personal mission is to spatial disorientation (see photo to right). enlighten Marines and their dependents as He will soon be retiring. BreAnn, on the to how they can enhance the quality of other hand, chose to assume a civilian po- their life through the pursuit of healthy sition with the military and is currently forms of recreation. She further believes caring for her seven month old son while the recreation and fitness they provide at her husband Scott serves as a Marine Artil- the center offers a healthy alternative to the lery Training Officer in Iraq. Since Decem- common practice of sitting in the bar dur- ber 2007, Scott has been in Iraq training ing liberty. Iraqi personnel on the use of American When asked what UW-L courses best pre- artillery. pared her for the work she performs, she In the spring of 2002 BreAnn was providing said Pat Trokan’s programming course for the recreation and sports league needs with its hands-on leadership experiences of 5,000 sailors at Pensacola Naval Air Sta- was particularly helpful in supervising vol- tion, Florida. She was responsible for the taste of military recreation. At her next unteers and organizing recreational activi- marketing and management of their annual duty station she learned every Marine is ties like the children, youth and teen pro- 16 week intramural programs, as well as considered an infantrymen regardless of grams that she managed while living in their recreation center. This was her first their assigned military job. At Camp Le- Okinawa, Japan. Also, Steve Simpson’s Volume 3, Number 2 Page 4 tournament planning course was helpful with the numerous sports leagues she su- pervised. BreAnn says she enjoys being part of the military in spite of her husband being deployed for extended periods of time and serving in a combat zone. These temporary family hardships are difficult, but BreAnn says military recreation is a great opportunity for any Recreation Man- agement graduate. She believes seeking a military recreation career is both challeng- ing and rewarding, even while raising a family. As part of his early work with the Air Force, Chuck Surman designed and supervised health and wellness programs that ad- dressed concerns related to low work pro- ductivity. Chuck designed programs that promoted nutrition, fitness, low back pain management and smoking cessation. The Lifestyle Improvement and Fitness En- hancement Program (L.I.F.E.) was one ex- ample. Chuck worked in the Air Force’s Health and Wellness Center’s health pro- Scott and BreAnn Constantineau. motion program, that guided active duty personnel and civilian members on how to involved in developing health promotion courses pertaining to nutrition and devel- achieve healthier lifestyle goals. He also awareness and even partnered with the oping healthy eating habits were equally directed an Air Force Fitness Program de- Army and Navy on some of these health useful. Lastly, he said learning and under- signed for 4,000 active duty airmen and promotion campaigns. In the late 80’s and standing the protocols used in developing 225 reservists. This program trained in- early 90’s he was involved with the mili- lesson plans for Health Wellness Programs stallation fitness program managers and tary’s attempt to take a more scientific ap- is a must in the work he performed in the provided fitness assessment testing for the proach in designing these health fitness early years of his career. Chuck is and participants. On the advertising and pro- programs. But, Chuck also recognized should be very proud of the significant motion side of this program, Chuck was they had to keep it simple so participants contributions he has made toward enhanc- would readily adopt it. Chuck believes the ing the knowledge, quality and promotion Marine Corp’s strategy of working out in a of healthy lifestyles for military personnel group, having a basic daily exercise pro- and their dependents. gram and training at a medium pace is an In summary, it is so refreshing to know example of keeping it simple. During his there are many of our alumni like Chuck 20 year career in the Air Force, Chuck was Surman and BreAnn Constantineau who are assigned to many large and small bases helping improve the lives of those military throughout the east and west coast of the and civilian personnel who are helping to United States. ensure the peace and security of our coun- When Chuck was asked about his UW-L try. We all owe them a great debt of grati- exercise physiology training and what tude in these times of world-wide uncer- prepared him best for his career, he com- tainty. mented on several aspects of his educa- For more information about military health, tion. He said the hands-on laboratory ex- fitness and recreation programs contact periences in the Mitchell Hall Human Per- George Arimond, Chair of Recreation Man- formance Laboratory determining VO2 agement and Therapeutic Recreation De- maximums and perfecting the art of tread- partment, at 608-785-8205 or ari- Major Chuck Surman, US Air Force. mill testing were great experiences. The firstname.lastname@example.org. Volume 3, Number 2 Page 5 From the Dean: A Changing University—A Changing College and fundraising are currently underway for field, a football practice field, and lighted the $44 million Centennial Hall (http:// recreation and intramural fields. Construc- www.uwlax.edu/campaign/ tion will be completed in time to allow UW- academicbuilding.html), which will be the L to again host the WIAA State Track Meet first new classroom facility on our campus in 2009. Finally, our campus planner is since 1974. Construction of the new build- working with the UW System and the Divi- ing will provide 44 new classrooms and sion of State Facilities on a Cowley Hall lecture halls incorporating advanced tech- addition which would relocate all of our nology, designed with the needs of stu- science laboratories to newly constructed dents in mind. Centennial Hall will be lo- space that better meets the need of science cated in the heart of the UW-L campus in instruction in the 21st Century. the space currently occupied by two aging Over the next several years, many new residence halls (Trowbridge and Baird), as faces will join our faculty and staff as a re- well as the multi-use Wilder Hall. The cur- sult of the campus’s Growth, Quality, and rent plan calls for construction to begin in Access plan, approved late last year by the 2009 with project completion and move-in UW Board of Regents. The plan which in- by the beginning of the Fall 2011 semester. cludes a 500-person increase in the size of Planning is also underway for construction our student body as well as new under- of new residence halls to be located some- graduate students paying a higher tuition where on the west end of campus. These ($500 per year in the upcoming academic halls will replace the on-campus housing years and $1,000 per year thereafter), will options lost when Trowbridge and Baird fund about 75 new instructional positions are deconstructed. and 20 additional support positions. These Many have weighed in on the concept of Veteran’s Memorial Stadium, which had new hires will reduce our student to faculty change. Heraclitus said, “There is nothing outlived its usefulness and was too costly to ratios and also provide better support for permanent except change” while David repair, is now in the process of being de- students in a variety of non-instructional Brin has stated “Change can’t be pre- molished. The last two events at Veteran’s areas such as admissions, financial aid, etc. vented – only guided”. Many of us long for Memorial Stadium were the WIAA Track Searches have been initiated to assure that things to stay just as they are. However, Meet May 30-31, followed by the first Vet- the first round of individuals hired will be we recognize that even though “The world erans Memorial Ride (motor cycles) and on board for the Fall 2009 semester. hates change, … it is the only thing that concert on June 7th. The ride and concert has brought progress” (Charles Kettering). As we face the challenges and obstacles will now be an annual event to raise money The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is that accompany change, I am reminded of for the Hall of Honor for Veterans at UW-L. sitting on the brink of change. Four to five one of my favorite quotes on this matter -- Included in the sports complex will be a years from now, the University will be a “He who rejects change is the architect of new grandstand that will double the exist- very different place -- both in terms of decay (Harold Wilson).” ing seating capacity, a synthetic turf foot- bricks and mortar as well as the faculty and For more information you can contact ball field and a nine lane track (http:// staff that serve our students. Karen Palmer Mc Lean at 608-785-8218 or www.uwlax.edu/campaign/ Visually, the campus will have a very dif- sportscomplex.html). The new multi-use email@example.com. ferent appearance. Construction planning sports complex will also feature a soccer Pass it On Why not send this newsletter (or its web address) to a classmate, friend, family member, professional colleague or others who would enjoy reading it. You don’t have to be an alum to be added to the mailing list. Forward this newsletter and en- courage the recipient to sign-up for their own copy at www.uwlalumni.org/whatsnew.htm. Volume 3, Number 2 Page 6 Phil Wilson, Editor, Professor Emeritus, Exercise & Sport Science Department So what happens when we get to our desti- hill, in the distance you can see the Wis- nation? Warm, no snow, walking the consin bluffs as they look down on the Mis- beach, golf, tennis, swimming, reading a sissippi River. You can see for miles and book outside, and more. But, we always miles to the north and south of La Crosse, miss La Crosse. We gleefully check the where we live. And we have the beauty weather channel and smile when the tem- and outdoor experiences of the Coulee peratures are below zero. We wonder if Region available to all of us, every day. the snow is being removed from our side La Crosse is where I arrived in August of walks. But really, the bottom line…we 1968. I soon realized that I was fortunate to wonder what is happening in La Crosse. be employed at a great university. Thirty And then, before we know it, it’s time to years later in 1998 when I retired, I still head north back to La Crosse. The six, two appreciated having been employed at UW- and for some one month period of warm L. And now, 10 years after retiring, I am weather is over. We pack up the car, and even more appreciative. Great university, Summer is here, after and a long hard win- head home. Then after a few days of driv- great faculty and staff, and great students. ter. Many UW-L retired faculty and staff ing, we get close to La Crosse. And some- What could be better? Living in La Crosse, leave for the winter months to warmer thing happens to all of us. It makes no dif- Wisconsin, and having been employed at parts of the country in North and South ference from what direction you are head- the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Arizona, and ing into La Crosse. From the west through thirty years, until retirement. Texas. Some of us are gone for as many as the Mississippi River Valley, the southwest Please feel free to contact me if you have six months and others for just January or through the tri state corner of Iowa, Minne- suggestions for “your” newsletter at 608- February. However, before we leave we sota and Wisconsin, or from the east down 782-8350 or firstname.lastname@example.org. keep our fingers crossed that the really Interstate 90, it happens to all of us. For cold temperatures and “tons of snow” does me, coming down interstate 90, on a clear not arrive until we load our car and drive day about 15-20 miles west of the Tomah out of La Crosse. turn off…there it is. When you crest the Insights from the 2008 Public Health Study Tour to Great Britain During the March, 2008 spring break, Gary Pharmacy candidate), three Gilmore, Professor and Director of Gradu- UW-La Crosse MPH candi- ate Community Health Programs, led a dates, a UW-Milwaukee public biennial Public Health Study Tour to Great health planner and her retired Britain. Begun in 1989 by Gilmore, the last husband, and a public health two tours have included Christopher scientist from the Center for Squier from the University of Iowa serving Tobacco Research and Inter- as Co-director. The goals for the event vention at UW-Madison’s were to (1) review the National Health Ser- Medical School (a former UW- vice (NHS) health care and public health La Crosse MPH candidate). delivery system; (2) compare the NHS with London based venues included medical care and public health delivery in a review of the historical and the United States; and (3) engage in cul- present-day community-based tural experiences to gain a clearer under- work of the Royal London Hos- standing of population-based dynamics in pital (which still houses the Great Britain. The participants included remains and artifacts of Joseph The famous Broad Street Pump (handle removed) in Lon- two undergraduate students (a UW-La Merrick, the Elephant Man), in- don, related to the cholera epidemic in the mid-1800’s. Crosse Community Health Education can- depth cultural experiences at the British at Greenwich, and a visit to the Broad didate, and a University of Iowa Pre- Maritime Museum and the Prime Meridian Street Pump where John Snow used obser- Volume 3, Number 2 Page 7 prolonged presentation/discussion session with Peter Rose, University of Oxford fac- ulty member and primary care physician, who provided a detailed overview of the NHS and its changes in medical care and public health delivery since its inception in 1948. Finally, the participants enjoyed an extended tour of the world renowned Bodleian Library, established in1602. The Bodleian serves as the literary foundation of the University of Oxford and as an inter- national reference library. Following the Oxford experience, tour members traveled to Berkeley, England to visit the clinic and home (the Chantry) of Edward Jenner. It was Jenner who, during the late 1700’s, observed that milkmaids Gilmore presenting on public health eco- nomics and political forces to the Faculty were acquiring mild cowpox infections of Medicine, Health, and Life Sciences, at from the udders of infected cows, thereby the University of Southhampton, England. protecting them from the greatest killer of that time, smallpox (3992 deaths in London Visit to the municipality of Chichester, vational epidemiology to avert continued England and its 900 year old church. in 1772). By 1796, Jenner developed the cholera cases and deaths during the mid- very first vaccine that would protect indi- 1800’s. Also included in the first week was ampton faculty assigned to the Southamp- viduals against smallpox, eventually lead- an optional visit to Westminster Abbey on ton General Hospital (the largest regional ing to the global eradication of the disease Sunday. These opportunities enabled the medical center in England outside of Lon- in 1978. Thereafter, the tour group trav- participants to experience a blend of the don), spent the entire day with the tour eled to the University of Southampton to public health history, current health re- participants providing an overview of visit with the Faculty of Medicine, Health lated practices, and cultural aspects of the many current and future projected NHS and Life Sciences. During the two-day Greater London region. services. Population based health service stay, the participants had an opportunity to delivery and capacity issues were ad- During the second week, participants had directly interact with the faculty and staff of dressed through the review of specific three major venues at the University of the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, examples and community based research Oxford (established in the 1190’s), while with presentations being offered by the projects. residing at one of its 39 college campuses. First, there was a visit with Waney Squier, Each evening during the tour, debriefing nationally known pediatric neuropatholo- sessions were held to review the events of gist, who addressed the issues related to the day and to respond to participant ques- shaken baby syndrome globally. Her tions. Since those who were on the tour for work calls into question the likelihood of academic credit were to develop a paper injury and death solely related to babies related to a specific health related activity, who have been shaken by caregivers, by program, or innovation in Great Britain, examining other underlying factors, to and how it might be applied in the U.S., include vitamin D deficiency leading to some of the discussion time addressed the bone embrittlement, and underlying dis- formulation of the focus for the papers. ease factors. One tour participant (Carol Participants stated they appreciated the Poggemann), was so taken by the in-depth The vaccination center, in Berkeley, Eng- opportunities for clarification during the land, where townspeople would come to review and discussion that upon her return tour experience. Overall, the entire tour be vaccinated against smallpox. to campus she prepared an Undergraduate was considered to be a landmark experi- Research Grant Proposal to investigate the faculty and some of the tour participants. ence by all involved. awareness and perceptions of shaken baby Special health related visitations took For further information on this study tour syndrome by the public in the La Crosse place in the afternoon in accordance with contact Gary D. Gilmore at 608-785-8163; region. Gilmore will serve as her faculty participant interest and experience. Dur- e-mail: email@example.com. mentor. Secondly, the participants had a ing the second day, University of South- Volume 3, Number 2 Page 8 Occupational Therapy Student Exchange This spring was a very exciting time for portunity to participate in a student ex- occupational therapy students at UW-L. change. Eight students from UW-L traveled Twenty three occupational therapy stu- to Aberdeen, Scotland over their spring dents elected to enroll in an International break to see first hand similarities and Perspectives in Occupational Therapy differences in occupational therapy prac- course taught by Robin McCannon OTR/ tice and experience life in Scotland. Stu- MS, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Oc- dents participated in various learning ac- cupational Therapy Program, and David tivites while in Scotland including attend- Robertson OTR/MS, Lecturer at the Robert ing classes with the occupational therapy Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen, students, completing job shadowing in the Scotland. community, and participating in cultural A highlight of the Scotland trip for the UW- events such as visiting castles, museums L students was a three day Highland tour; and socializing with the Scottish students. it provided a wonderful opportunity to While in Aberdeen the UW-L students learn more about Scotland culture. were hosted by RGU students which pro- Sloppy Joes and jello cake. vided an insight into the daily life of a uni- All of the students were later brought to- versity student in Scotland. Some of the gether for two joint classes via videocon- UW-L students received grant support ference. During the videoconference ses- through the Office of International Educa- sions, students discussed their cultural tion and the Graduate Studies Office to experiences and similarities and differ- participate in this learning experience. ences in occupational therapy practice. A second part of this course was hosting Students found it interesting to see how Scottish occupational therapy students health care systems impact service deliv- from the RGU in La Crosse. Six RGU stu- ery between the two countries and feel dents traveled to UW-L over their spring there are areas of occupational therapy break and were reunited with the U.S. stu- that can be expanded in both countries. dents they met a few weeks earlier. Excite- One visiting Scottish student was very ex- ment abounded as students renewed cited to learn about occupational therapy’s friendships they made while in Scotland. role in the U.S. in industrial rehabilitation. There was also much anticipation as the In the U.S. occupational therapists are very Scottish students met their UW-L host stu- involved in providing education and rec- Bridget Hahn, a UW-L student, found home dents and instant friendships were formed. modifications in Scotland to be very inter- While at UW-L, the Scotland students at- esting and saw this as an area of expansion tended classes on campus, job shadowed she could advocate for in the U.S. with area occupational therapy clinicians and participated in local La Crosse cultural The objectives of this course were three events. These students also visited area fold. First, students participating devel- elementary and middle schools, and oped a better understanding of the health shared information on their culture with care systems in the U.S. and Scotland, and area children. They answered questions explored how these health care systems that ranged from “what are the social prob- impacted occupational therapy service lems in your country” to the age old ques- delivery. Second, the students explored tion of “what do Scottish men wear under similarities and differences in practice and their kilt”. The highlight of these visits was considered how these differences may be the two pence coins and the Scottish short- RGU student Susan Gallow and UW-L in- used in their own country to expand the bread the Scottish students gave to the structor Robin McCannon, spent time in role of occupational therapy. And third, school children. The Scotland students also Mrs. Busch’s 3rd grade class at State Road students had the opportunity to consider enjoyed a farewell lunch potluck which Elementary School discussing Scotland. Children enjoyed looking at the map of cultural similarities and differences. had a 4th of July theme. UW-L students Scotland, and were excited to receive Scot- brought favorite picnic dishes including tish coins and candy. A unique aspect of this course was the op- Volume 3, Number 2 Page 9 ommendations for injury prevention and For additional information please can con- play a vital role in the rehabilitation of indi- tact Robin McCannon of the Occupational viduals injured at work. After attending a Therapy Program, Health Professions De- UW-L class lecture on this topic and job partment, at 608-785-5063 or email shadowing at Gundersen Lutheran’s Indus- firstname.lastname@example.org. trial Rehabilitation Center, Kirsty McIntosh hopes to return to Scotland and explore job opportunities as an occupational thera- pist within the oil industry in Aberdeen. College of Science She is excited about explaining occupa- tional therapy’s role to this Scottish indus- and Health Hyperlinks try and would like to be involved in devel- You can learn more about the col- oping this emerging practice area in Scot- lege, its departments and pro- land. She was pleased to have developed grams, and the campus by visiting contacts with occupational therapists in La us online. Crosse who practice in this area that can serve as mentors for her. College of SAH Homepage: www.uwlax.edu/sah A UW-L student commented she found the role occupational therapists play in Scot- University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: Kirsty McIntosh, a RGU student, hopes to land with home modifications was very www.uwlax.edu explore new opportunities for occupa- interesting. Occupational therapists in tional therapy in industrial rehabilitation UW-L Alumni Association: Scotland play a vital role in making gov- in her home country. www.uwlalumni.org ernment funded recommendations for funding as a major barrier to this type of home modifications that can be as exten- intervention in the U.S., but also felt like UW-L Athletics: sive as home additions that add accessible she would be able to advocate for this www.uwlax.edu/athletics bathrooms and kitchens. Bridget Hahn saw type of intervention in the U.S. Where Are They Now? Graduate Sport Administration, Exercise and Sport Science Department If there is one thing in common with many plethora of opportunities available for their hired full time in 2006. It is apparent that graduates of the Sport Administration Mas- employment upon graduation. Sport ad- John loves his job and says networking was ter of Science program at UW-L, it’s the ministration graduates get great jobs. a huge part of his climb up the ladder. Let’s take a look at a few of the students Erin Thacker…Colorado Springs, Colo- who have graduated within the past four rado years, and where they are now. John Schmeltzer…Madison, Wisconsin As Group Sales and Operations Manager for the Madison Mallards Baseball Club, John can be found doing a myriad of tasks throughout the season from selling tickets to large companies within the Madison area, to hiring part time employees, to painting areas throughout the ballpark and cooking hotdogs. He has been a full time employee with the Madison Mallards for three years now and says his least favorite part is the down time he has when the sea- son ends. Not bad for someone who job Erin graduated in 2007 and has found suc- shadowed in 2003, interned in 2004, be- cess at the collegiate level. She is cur- came Marketing Manager in 2005, and was rently serving her first of two years as an Volume 3, Number 2 Page 10 NCAA Division III Intern at Colorado Col- currently the Membership and Marketing attend all home sporting events, which he lege in Colorado Springs, CO. She is the Coordinator with the Department of Rec- notes is his favorite part of the job. Jordan Assistant to the Director of Athletics as well reational Sports, a Division of Student Af- says “it is important to take advantage of as Assistant Softball Coach. Erin applied fairs, at the University of Minnesota, Twin any practical experience opportunities for this internship as a part of the NCAA’s Cities. Brad takes care of all marketing, presented to you.” He also believes that Division III Ethnic Minority and Women’s oversees five interns, and coordinates the he couldn’t pick out just a few of the Internship Grant. Her duties include, but membership sales and retention program classes he took for his sport administration are not limited to, administering drug test- for the department, among other things. degree because all of them were helpful in ing and eligibility sessions and conducting Brad mentions that “UW-L graduates are his preparation. institutional research on student athlete well received across the country because Brendan Dwyer…Greeley, Colorado graduation rates. She also assists with of their work ethic and the quality educa- event management for men’s soccer, tion they receive”. He also says that sev- women’s volleyball, men’s basketball, and eral of the courses he took in the sport ad- women’s basketball. Erin loves the variety ministration graduate program helped him of her job as well as the fact that should she in his current position. His advice if a stu- find a full time position before the end of dent is interested in recreational sports: her internship, she can take it. In fact, pro- “Become a member the National Intramu- fessional development is encouraged with ral-Recreational Sports Association”. her internship. Erin’s advice to anyone Jordan Sinz…Wautoma, Wisconsin looking to get into collegiate athletics for a career is to either get a graduate assistant- ship or volunteer as much as possible, no matter how small the experience. Erin indicates, “The more you know, the better chance you will have of getting a job over other applicants.” This summer, Erin will be serving an internship with the U.S. Olympic Committee, also located in Colo- rado Springs. Obtaining a master’s degree in sport ad- ministration from UW-L does not have to be Brad Hunt…Minneapolis/St. Paul, Min- the last step in your educational career, so nesota he has decided to continue his formal edu- cation. Brendan is currently a teaching assistant and Ph.D. candidate in Sport Ad- ministration at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO. He teaches three undergraduate courses each semes- ter, takes a full load of graduate classes, and conducts research in sport consumer behavior and fantasy sports. He says that most people don’t realize how much re- Jordan is currently the Pupil Activities Di- search Ph.D. students must conduct, even rector at Wautoma School District in Wau- though they are going into academia. Due toma, WI. Among his duties include sched- to his very busy schedule, Brendan misses uling officials and games for the high coaching football and hockey, which he school and middle school, hiring and has done for the past four years. His ad- evaluating coaches, hiring event staff to vice is to get a mentor and grow relation- work events, and managing all home ships with people around you, including events. He also develops and then main- any and all instructors you may have. tains the athletic budget, orders equipment For further information on the Graduate for all sports, updates the district and Sports Administration degree, contact school calendars, checks athlete eligibility, David Waters, Program Director, at 608- Brad also ended up in the collegiate atmos- and plans facility use for four district facili- 785-8167 or email@example.com. phere, but at the Division I level. He is ties. As Activities Director, Jordan must Volume 3, Number 2 Page 11 Batesky, Oganowski and Wilder Retire! The following three faculty members have retired effective June 1st, 2008. JIM BATESKY…Professor, Exercise and LESLIE OGANOWSKI…Professor, Health DEAN WILDER…Professor, Geography Sport Science. Since 1983 Jim worked in Education and Health Promotion. Leslie and Earth Science. Since joining the de- the undergraduate and graduate physical has prepared pre-service and in-service partment in 1978, Dean has been instru- education teacher preparation programs. school teachers to teach healthy life style mental in engaging students to achieve He has taught courses involving teacher choices since she came to UW-L in 1982. their full potential through both classroom effectiveness, curriculum development and As a Professor in the Health Education and and research activities. He was the Geog- assessment. In addition to his teaching Health Promotion Department, a Past Presi- raphy Department Chair from 1993 to 1996 duties, Jim has served as the undergradu- dent of the Wisconsin Association for and contributed to curriculum in develop- ate physical education program director, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and ing new courses in geoarchaeology, bio- student teaching coordinator and on nu- Dance, and a consultant to many state, re- geography, and soils morphology and merous accreditation teams. Jim says that gional, and national agencies, she has genesis. Dean says he will “greatly miss he “enjoyed working with many dedicated dedicated her career to reducing risk- teaching and the immense satisfaction of students, colleagues, practitioners and K- taking behavior and supporting the health working with students, especially in the 12 school districts committed to quality development of youth. role as advisor for undergraduate re- physical education.” search.” Cliff DeVoll April 3, 1920…March 17, 2008 Cliff DeVoll passed away Monday, March Cliff taught at Beloit College from 1949- tion and the La Crosse Kiwanis Club. He 17th at Hillview Health Care Center, in La 1952 before coming to UW-L to teach anat- was a Director of the YMCA and the Boy Crosse. He was born in Rockford, Illinois omy and physical education plus coach Scouts, member of the Wisconsin Gover- to Clifton L. and Bernice (Bailey) DeVoll. basketball and tennis. His 1963-64 basket- nor’s Council for Physical Fitness and He received his undergraduate degree in ball team represented the state of Wiscon- Health under two governors, and Chairman biology with a minor in physical education sin at the National Association of Intercolle- of the La Crosse Heart Fund. from the La Crosse Teacher’s College and giate Athletics (NAIA) tournament. Cliff is survived by his wife of 57 years went on to earn a master’s and doctorate In 1967, he became the Associate Dean of Diana, and two children, Charles and Jody. degrees in physical education from Indi- the College of Health, Physical Education ana University. He also earned a certifica- Memorials may be made to the Cliff and and Recreation. He later returned to teach- tion in physical therapy from Mayo Clinic. Diana DeVoll Scholarship for Teaching in ing and was also appointed the Director of Physical Education or to the La Crosse Ex- He joined the United States Navy in 1942, the Adult Fitness Unit of the La Crosse Ex- ercise and Health Program in care of the first serving as a physical therapist at the ercise and Health Program. UW-L Foundation, 615 East Ave. N., La Brooklyn Naval Hospital. He then elected Cliff was active in the community, serving Crosse, WI, 54601. to become an officer and was assigned to as President of the Wisconsin Association an LST in the Pacific Theater, where he of Physical Education, Health and Recrea- participated in three invasions. The UW-L Alumni Center Both UW-L alumni and guests will enjoy connecting with our campus and its graduates through the UW-L Alumni Center. The Center’s web page address is www.uwlalumni.org. Volume 3, Number 2 Page 12 REMEMBER WHEN? SPECIAL POPULATIONS PROGRAM. Q & A…LANE GOODWIN, Professor Emeritus, Exercise and Sport Science Department. Interviewed by Manny Felix, Coordinator, Undergraduate Adapted Physical Education Program. comprised of two service programs: the Motor Development Program and the Adult Therapy Program. By that time, we had the undergraduate and graduate adapted physical education programs fully devel- oped. Back then, besides those mildly handicapped individuals in the community there was a facility near West Salem that had full time residents with various dis- abilities, including those who were consid- ered severe and profound. So to meet the needs of that population we established the Saturday morning Motor Development Background…. Lane Goodwin was teaching Program (MDP). Adapted physical educa- Q: Lane, the Special Physical Education physical education and coaching at a high tion students taught in the program and Program (now referred to as the Adapted school in the St. Louis area. In June, when Physical Education Program) has been coordinated and supervised undergradu- school was out, he headed to the University ate students from the Introduction to Spe- around a long time. Tell us how it all of Missouri for the summer session to com- cial (Adapted) Physical Education course. started? plete requirements for State of Missouri High The graduate and undergraduate adapted A: I had an interest in Adapted Physical physical education students implemented School Administrative Certification. That Education (APE) for a long time. In the late the instructional process. I've always been was in 1965. Walking past the university 60’s the university was encouraging faculty a strong believer in hands on experiences. placement office he entered and inquired to obtain the doctoral degree. After talk- In this teaching profession, you just can't about positions available at the college or ing to the Dean (Glenn Smith) about my learn solely in the classroom. You have to university level in the upper Midwest, pref- interests in APE, I decided to go to the Uni- be able to practice your teaching skills. erably Wisconsin. Fortunately for UW-L versity of Utah, which offered doctoral pro- there was an opening, and he became a Q: How did the Adapted Physical Edu- grams in both physical education and spe- member of the Physical Education Depart- cation Program evolve over the years? cial education. While at Utah I worked in ment at the formerly named Wisconsin State programs in special education, adapted A: We started with the two graduate stu- University at La Crosse. He was also as- physical education and therapeutic recrea- dents in 1973 and grew to about 14 per signed as an Assistant Football Coach, and tion. I also wrote their first teacher prepa- year. Grant money (from the U.S. Depart- for a few years was the Golf Coach. ration grant in APE. I completed my doc- ment of Education), allowed us to recruit Lane received his BS (‘56) and M.Ed. (‘59) in toral degree in 1970, returned to UW-L, more and more students. This funding Physical Education from the University of and developed the undergraduate APE helped to support students and all of our Missouri, and his PhD in Physical Education concentration. I then wrote a grant (U.S. programs. In the Motor Development Pro- and Special Education from the University of Department of Education - Office of Special gram we served over 100 clients during Utah in 1970. He retired from UW-L in 1993. Education and Rehabilitation Services), to the academic year and about 75 during the develop a masters degree program in APE. summer. We attracted students from school Lane and his wife Linda have been married With this developmental funding, we psychology, physical therapy and other for 54 years and have four children and started with two students in the graduate academic areas as support to the adapted eight grandchildren. After retiring in 1993, adapted physical education program in the physical education core staff. In coopera- he and Linda were busy enjoying their fam- fall of 1973. tion with Gundersen Clinic and Lutheran ily and traveling around the world while working on cruise ships as a Golf Instructor Hospital, in 1979 we began the Adult Ther- Q: Tell us about the Special Populations (Lane) and Librarian (Linda). Now they apy Program (ATP). Graduate students Program. Why did you establish that? continue to enjoy their family, and Lane still worked in the ATP program four days a A: We started the first Special Populations week from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. At that time plays golf. Lane and Linda reside in La Program (SPP) in 1973. This program was Lutheran Hospital did not have a swimming Crosse near the UW-L campus. Volume 3, Number 2 Page 13 pool so they would bus adults with physical but surely, we have changed that negative education teachers it is hard to project the handicaps to the Adult Therapy Program attitude. Third, parents and school admini- total impact of this program. where we provided a swimming and exer- stration officials wanted the disabled and Q: What advice do you have for students cise therapy program for them as well as handicapped child integrated into the gen- today who are considering the APE pro- others in the community. eral arts and physical education classes, at fession? any cost. It wasn't that we were against The programs grew over the years. They integration, but it should be only where A: Don't go into this area of study because required a lot of hard work from the stu- appropriate. You could understand the you know it will help you get a job. Go into dents. The grants allowed us to grow. The parents' perspective of wanting their dis- adapted physical education because you funding helped support graduate students, abled child to be integrated, but some- have a passion for it. If you get a job in the purchase of equipment, and even al- times there are other more appropriate APE and don't have a passion for it, it's not lowed the hiring of another UW-L faculty environments for certain kids with disabili- fair to the students, the school district, or member. ties. yourself. Also, I'm a strong believer in Q: What kind of impact do you feel you hands on experiences. Get as much as The adapted physical education profession had on the Adapted Physical Education possible out of your practicum experi- has become much better. Adapted physi- Program students? ences. These experiences are important cal education is now more widely ac- because it allows you to practice and refine A: There was a very heavy work load for cepted, and there is more collaboration your skills as a teacher. the students. However, I hope they did among professionals and more administra- learn and benefit greatly from the experi- tive support. We have learned along the Q: Lane, you've had many great mo- ence. During those early times, our stu- way and made appropriate changes in the ments, but what were some of your dents were the first to use computers on APE programs. proudest accomplishments? campus and with these computers they Q: You've worked with a lot of students A: I did my job. It was something I be- maintained all the records for the clients in during your time here at UW-L. How lieved in and worked hard at. Knowing a room they fondly referred to as the have former students contributed to the that I started the programs and then pro- "pit" (Rm. 16 Wittich Hall, APE Student and profession? vided funding opportunities for those who Program office). They learned a whole lot wanted to go into a specialized area of about people with disabilities and about A: Let's put it this way. We have hundreds study, many of who needed financial assis- working hard. The purpose of the pro- of graduate and undergraduates, who have tance, is a great feeling of accomplishment. grams was to put knowledge into practice. gone throughout the country and serviced The grant funding helped establish the students with disabilities. Probably, the Q: What were some of the important undergraduate program and graduate greatest impact is right here in Wisconsin issues in Adapted Physical Education program, and our other programs under with graduates from both the graduate and back then? the umbrella of the Special Populations undergraduate adapted physical education Program. In addition, we had three or four A: First, the adapted physical education programs. They have been out there teach- national conferences bringing to campus profession had to emphasize the impor- ing. all the top people in adapted physical edu- tance of training teachers to go out in the But, a large number of our students were cation. Our adapted physical education field. It was rare to see a trained APE not from Wisconsin. In the early days program brought national recognition to teacher anywhere in the school systems. there were only four or five universities in UW-L. However as APE professional preparation the country with a program like ours. We programs developed in colleges and uni- I also enjoyed and appreciated recognition attracted students from all over the coun- versities, we learned along the way about from my colleagues. As one said to me try, and they then returned to the general teaching practices and strategies. Nowa- years after we began in 1973, “I never area they came from and spread the good days, it is much more common to see an thought the UW-L adapted physical educa- word about the UW-L adapted physical APE specialist in the education setting, and tion program would be as good as it was.” education program. We had established we know more about effective teaching ourselves as a premiere APE preparation Finally, it is gratifying to know that in 2008 practices for children with disabilities. program. In addition, many of these the Special Populations Program is in good Secondly, some special education profes- graduate students (about 30) also went on hands and continues to offer quality educa- sionals didn't really value physical educa- to doctoral level programs in adapted tion and companion practical experiences tion. We had to train our students to not physical education and started their own to undergraduate and gradate students. only teach kids with disabilities, but to also quality education programs in colleges Ultimately, the result is then quality oppor- build rapport with special education per- and universities throughout North America tunities to those in need of special educa- sonnel. Many special education profes- and other regions of the world. With their tion and physical activity. sionals didn't feel physical education was a extension of preparing adapted physical valuable part of special education. Slowly Volume 3, Number 2 Page 14 FOCUS ON DEPARTMENTS Physician Assistant Graduates Top of the Heap sician assistant. Every graduate of our PA program has passed the PANCE on their first attempt, already quite a distinction and tribute to the academic strength of the UW-L program. To further highlight this cohort of students’ accomplishment, their two years were marked by an extensive turnover in fac- ulty. The Class of 2007, many of whom practice within the Gundersen Lutheran and Mayo Healthcare Systems, was se- lected during the leadership of former Program Director, Mark Zellmer, MA, PA- C. Throughout their two year program, The Class of 2007 of the UW-L, Gundersen, take the Physician Assistant National Certi- they were led by Interim Program Direc- and Mayo Physician Assistant Program can fying Examination, or PANCE, sits the tors Eric Garland, PA-C and Mary Rath- add another accolade to their list of major graduates of last year’s class of 2007 from gaber, MD. The current Program Director, accomplishments. Though the relatively UW-L. The average score of last year’s Ed Malone, MD, was fortunate to have been young program has only graduated eleven class of 13 students was the highest in the with the Class of 2007 for the last three classes, it has risen to the national spot- nation compared to all first time test takers. months of their 24 month education. Kathy light. This list of 147 programs in the country Majewski, MSHS, PA-C, is the only faculty Earlier this semester the National Commis- includes graduates of Certificate, Bache- member with the group from selection and sion for Certification of Physician Assistants lor’s, and Master’s degree granting PA admission through their graduation last (NCCPA) released the comparative sum- schools. Of the 147 programs, approxi- May. mary report for all physician assistant can- mately 133 grant a Master’s degree. Only For further information contact Edward didates who sat for their certifying exami- a graduate of an accredited PA program Malone, PA Program Director at 608-785- nation in 2007. At the top of this list of 147 may take the examination which is re- 6623 or firstname.lastname@example.org. programs whose graduates are allowed to quired by most states to practice as a phy- FOCUS ON RESEARCH Undergraduate Research Project in Mathematics Students Chad Leonhardt and Ange Lued- In their research, Chad and Ange used tke worked on a research project during techniques from game theory to model an the 2007-08 academic year with the guid- aspect of agricultural decision making ance of faculty advisor Barbara Bennie. Both Chad and Ange, who are majoring in involving crop allocation. Their research was an extension of work done previously Visit Our Newsletter mathematics with an emphasis in statistics, in the area. The project looks at a crop Archive received funding from the Center for Un- allocation decision faced by farmers: what dergraduate Research in Mathematics fraction of their total land should be used If you enjoy reading this newslet- (CURM - sponsored by The National Sci- to grow various crops? These allocation ter, you may want to see our past ence Foundation), to work on the research decisions depend on several factors. Chad editions. They are available online project. This was the first year of operation and Ange incorporated many of these fac- at www.uwlax.edu/sah/html/ for the CURM program and the UW-L team tors such as demand, elasticity and yield newsletter.htm. was one of only 15 groups nationally to into a game theory model. Based on the receive funding for 2007. model they were able to explore several Volume 3, Number 2 Page 15 patterns. For example, they considered how increasing demand for a particular crop impacts the optimal allocation deci- sion. As part of their involvement in the pro- gram, Chad and Ange traveled to the CURM Research Conference at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah to present their work in March, 2008. The team worked extremely hard on the research project and should be congratu- lated for their great results. For further information contact Barbara Bennie of the Mathematics Department at 608-785-6605 or email@example.com. Undergraduates...Research, Research, Research!!! National Conference on Research… Salisbury, MD. Twenty four UW-L students, including 18 Our students were outstanding in commu- Sudhakaran, Physics and Penny Tiedt, Con- from the College of Science and Health nicating their research with excitement tinuing Education. (SAH), presented the results of their origi- and professionalism. Numerous faculty In addition to supporting our students, nal scholarship at the National Conference and administrators from other institutions Karen Palmer McLean, Gubbi Sudhakaran, on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) April commented on how impressed they were Penny Tiedt and several of the faculty were 10-12 at Salisbury University in Salisbury, with UW-L students, referring to them as in attendance in preparation for 2009 when MD. NCUR is the largest undergraduate “excellent ambassadors.” UW-L will host NCUR. When UW-L hosts research conference in the country, with NCUR in 2009, we will have the unique over 2,500 students sharing their research distinction of being the only university in projects and over 3,000 attendees. the nation to host both NCUR and the Coun- cil for Undergraduate Research (CUR) Na- tional Conference. Ryan Reichwaldt talks to an interested Molly Uhrich presenting her poster on audience about his poster on “The relation- “Assessing and comparing hamstring ship between physical fitness and motiva- flexibility exercise for increased flexibility tion for activity in college aged students.” and pain/discomfort levels.” David Shudy listens to a question about his The students were accompanied by Dean research on “Hybridization with DNA The UW-L contingent was one of the largest Karen Palmer McLean, Associate Vice probes bound to gold by adenine nucleo- tides.” in attendance. More UW-L students pre- Chancellor for Academic Affairs Vijendra sented their work than from UW-Madison Agarwal, Rebecca Battista, Exercise and For more information please contact David and University of Michigan combined. Sport Science, David Howard, Biology, Howard of the Biology Department at 608- More of our SAH students exhibited their Mark Malisa, Educational Studies, Aric 785-6455 or firstname.lastname@example.org. research than from all the Ivy League Opdahl, Chemistry, Carol Oyster, Psychol- schools combined. ogy, Bill Schwan, Microbiology, Gubbi Volume 3, Number 2 Page 16 FOCUS ON GRANTS Institute for Movement Science Receives Bertec Grant Bertec Corporation of Columbus, Ohio awarded an equipment grant to the La Crosse Institute for Movement Science in the Department of Health Professions. The title of the proposal was “Effects of body weight support on postural sway and func- tional test performance on elderly in an extended care facility”. The award in- cluded a force platform for postural sway measurements and associated software. Body weight support systems (BWS) are suspension systems used in physical ther- apy to improve balance, gait parameters, and increase the tolerance to exercise (like the one shown in the adjacent figure). In rehabilitation, BWS has been found to im- prove balance in patients by providing challenges to postural control in a safe and secure environment. Gait improvements that have been reported include increased velocity, single leg stance time, stride length, and a more symmetrical pattern. These improvements have led to a pa- tient’s ability to be more independent, safe Photo of researchers utilizing a body weight support system while postural sway meas- and functionally mobile with decreased urements are collected using a force platform. Shown are Therese Clark (Physical Ther- risk of falls. More effective treatment apy graduate student, at the computer), Tom Kernozek (in the body weight support har- strategies are needed in extended care ness), Erin Hussey (in foreground) and John Greany (in background). settings where currently more patients are facilities are being compared, one facility week during the study and at patient dis- being sent for a short term stay after hospi- utilizes body weight support and one does charge. talization. The purpose of this clinical in- not. Outcome measures used to compare vestigation is to examine the effects of the For further information contact Tom Ker- groups are postural sway assessments, the use of BWS during rehabilitation in com- nozek at 608-785-8468 or ker- two minute walk test, the five repetition sit- parison to a control group in an extended email@example.com. stand test, the ten meter walk test, and the care setting on postural sway, functional Timed Up and Go test. The outcome meas- performance tests, length of stay, and in- ures are taken prior to the study, each dependence in gait. Two extended care Learn More About the College of Science and Health’s Academic Programs and Interdisciplinary Centers The web is an excellent place to learn more about our many academic programs and interdisciplinary centers. Links to each are conveniently located on our web page (www.uwlax.edu/sah/html/programs.htm). For questions about the Col- lege of Science and Health, please contact the Dean’s office at (608) 785-8218 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Volume 3, Number 2 Page 17 Therapeutic Recreation Grants Left to right: Kevin Henry, Employment Coordinator; Linda Zimmerman, Program Manager; Josh VandeBerg, Construction Trainer. Linda Zimmerman (2002 UW-L therapeutic tion, smoking cessation, nutrition and fit- $4,800 grant from the La Crosse Commu- recreation graduate), Manager of Commu- ness, and financial management will be nity Foundation, Mary Grace Sieber Fund. nity Programs for Workforce Connections, made available through a variety of com- This grant enabled Special Olympics to Inc. in La Crosse, announced the receipt of munity partnerships. Since successful em- purchase road bikes, tricycles, and hel- an $856,886 grant from the U.S. Depart- ployment is related to meaningful use of mets to begin a cycling program. Court- ment of Labor for a new program called leisure, the UW-L RTH 476 Assessment and ney Daniels also received a $1700 grant Building Opportunities. Funds from this Treatment Planning class in therapeutic from the La Crosse Community Foundation grant will be used to engage our commu- recreation is making a contribution to the Corinne Zielke Baseball Fund for supplies nity’s vulnerable youth, ages 16-24, to earn participants. Students redesigned a Lei- to be used on the new Miracle League their high school diploma (GED/HSED), sure Constraints Assessment, and individu- baseball field at the YMCA. This is a rub- explore careers, enhance life skills, and ally administered this assessment to the berized field, accessible to youth using learn construction skills. Participants learn Building Opportunities participants. Par- wheelchairs, walkers, and other mobility construction skills by building a home for a ticipants were provided with suggestions devices. Congratulations to our four thera- low income family. The program takes a for overcoming perceived barriers to lei- peutic recreation grant recipients. You are holistic approach to providing services sure. Individualized program plans were providing meaningful service to the com- including life skills attainment, skills as- provided to the staff of Building Opportuni- munity and we are proud of your success- sessment, career exploration, individual ties. ful efforts. service plan development, occupational Three other current therapeutic recreation For further information contact Nancy skills training, work readiness and job students received grants spring semester. Navar at 608-785-8213 or e mail number experience. Other training such as HIV/ Rebecca Hickok and Abby Lien received a email@example.com. AIDS/STI prevention and ATODA preven- Volume 3, Number 2 Page 18 Three Radiation Therapy Students Win National Scholarships Cassie Huettl Dana Minor Tanya Pawlenty Three UW-L Radiation Therapy students They and their 17 classmates are about to field of radiation therapy, “technology with have received national scholarships from embark on a 13-month clinical internship at a human touch”. the American Society of Radiologic Tech- an affiliated hospital in the Wisconsin and Minor, a senior, from Monona Grove, WI, nologists (ASRT). The Varian Scholarship Illinois region. This internship involves will begin her clinical internship at the program recently announced the winners completing clinical practicum and skills University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clin- of its 18 national awards for radiation ther- necessary to become a radiation therapist ics in Madison, WI. Huettl, a senior from apy students. Among the winners were while under the supervision and instruction Mankato, MN, will begin her internship at UW-L’s Cassie Huettl, Dana Minor, and of adjunct faculty at their respective institu- St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee, WI. Fi- Tanya Pawlenty. tions. nally, Pawlenty, a senior from Inver Grove The students submitted applications for Radiation therapists deliver ionizing radia- Heights, MN will intern at Gundersen Lu- academic and extra-curricular achieve- tion treatments to cancer patients using theran in La Crosse. ments, financial need, and program direc- complex technology and highly advanced For further information on the Radiation tor’s recommendations. Each student will medical techniques. Radiation therapy can Therapy Program contact Melissa Weege, receive a $5000 check to pay for tuition be given in combination with chemother- Program Director, at 608-785-6979 or and books for the 2008-2009 academic apy and surgery or as a single treatment firstname.lastname@example.org. year. These three students have obtained modality. These professionals enjoy the outstanding academic achievements dur- challenges of technological advances ing their first year in the Radiation Therapy while maintaining strong interpersonal Program. relationships with their patients making the Comments We hope you enjoy receiving this convenient, periodic update from the UW-La Crosse College of Science and Health, produced for alumni, and friends. Send comments or story ideas to the editor, Phil Wilson, at (608) 782- 8350 or email@example.com.