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Approximately 1,940 students attend the UWM College of Health Sciences. They come here to learn with the goal of becoming professionals in a wide variety of health care careers. Along the way they attend class and study hard, but they do so much more.

Our students are active in student organizations, travel to present research at conferences, stand out as scholarship winners, participate in athletics (and still maintain good grade point averages!), network with health care companies, collaborate with other colleges, host visitors from high schools, volunteer in clinics, work with faculty on research projects, go overseas, advocate for senior citizens... the list is endless...and inspiring. This special issue features some of the amazing work of our students.

OS&T Students Help "Spread the Word"

A student signs a pledge
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CHS's Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) hosted a "Spread the Word to End the Word" event on March 2 at Enderis Hall and the UWM Union. This grassroots campaign, started by Special Olympics, raises awareness and asks for personal pledges to stop using the word "retard (ed)" for the mentally challenged in a derogatory manner.

Coordinating the effort were Occupational Science and Technology (OS&T) students Rachel Baumann, Kati Liegl, Autumn Milanowski and Tricia Vanderkin, with SOTA Advisor, OS&T clinical instructor Heidi Plach.

Traffic at the tables was steady and student volunteers explained that the word "retard (ed)" hurts millions of people with intellectual disabilities, their families and friends. They challenged visitors to take the pledge and help promote the new R-word: RESPECT.

Partnering with SOTA were the CHS Human Movement Sciences Undergraduate Association and Human Movement Sciences Graduate Association, as well as the Future Healthcare Executives (FHE). Special Olympics was a sponsor and supplied a grant for the UWM Student Activities Office. The event was also featured on UWM's Facebook page.

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Two CSD Students Receive Scholarships

Andrea Cooper and Michelle Monks
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Two Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) students received 2010 scholarship and research grant awards from the WSHA Foundation of the Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association at the 2011 WSHA Convention in Stevens Point on February 24-26. They are: Michelle Monks, (in photo on left), recipient of the Judith Kulpa Scholarship, who hopes to work in an adult medical setting, and Andrea Cooper, (right), recipient of the Judith H. and David J. Ward Scholarship. Cooper dreams of specializing in evaluation and treatment of infants and children. These exemplary graduate students represent our positive professional future.

AT Faculty and Staff Go to Washington

Gerritt Verhagen, Anthony Laurenzi, CHS faculty members Ryan Wilkinson, Rebecca Worman and Jennifer Earl, Adam Kelly, Britton Straub, Adam Groose in front of the Capitol
L to R: Gerritt Verhagen, Anthony Laurenzi, CHS faculty members Ryan Wilkinson, Rebecca Worman and Jennifer Earl, Adam Kelly, Britton Straub, Adam Groose.
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A contingent of Athletic Training (AT) program faculty and students recently attended the 2011 National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Capital Hill Day and Educators Conference in Washington, DC. On day one, they met with legislators to advocate for laws related to concussion and athlete safety, access to athletic training services and the healthy kids campaign. All are important issues in which athletic trainers have expertise and a vested interest. Three staff members who attended were Jennifer Earl, Rebecca Worman, and Ryan Wilkinson. The five students were Adam Groose, Adam Kelly, Anthony Laurenzi, Britton Straub and Gerritt Verhagen.

The next day the staff attended the NATA Educators Conference and the students participated in iLead, a leadership development workshop for athletic training students. For more information on both events, go to:

Faculty, staff and students are also busy coordinating activities highlighting "March is National Athletic Training Month." This year's theme is Not All Athletes Wear Jerseys... Athletic Trainers Treat the Athlete In You. More on these events will be in an upcoming issue.

A UWM Student Athlete Shines

Jena Berg
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Jena Berg, CHS Communication Sciences and Disorders undergraduate student, was named to the Horizon League's Volleyball All-Academic Team. Phyllis King, interim associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and UWM faculty athletics representative, said, "Your accomplishments of obtaining a 3.5 GPA and a two-time All-Horizon League honoree are to be celebrated. Finishing your career with over 500 kills, 700 digs, 800 assists and 100 blocks is outstanding. You make UWM proud!"

A Scholarship for a BMS Student

Brianna Schneider
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Brianna Schneider, a senior BioMedical Sciences student, received a $1,000 national scholarship from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). In her award letter, she was singled out for "showing outstanding academic achievement in your clinical laboratory sciences studies, demonstrating strong leadership and actively participating in community service." Congratulations, Brianna!

Greendale High School Visits HMS Labs

Greendale High School Students visiting HMS labs.
Greendale High School Students visiting HMS labs.
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Recently about 25 juniors and seniors enrolled in Greendale High School's exercise physiology class paid a special visit to the Human Movement Science (HMS) labs. Aubri Rote, a Health Sciences doctoral student, took a lead role, making all arrangements and giving tours and hands-on practice in the Physical Activity and Research Lab. Faculty members, Associate Professor Kris O'Connor and Assistant Professor Jinsung Wang, let students explore and gave demonstrations of equipment in their labs. Clinical Assistant Professor and Interim Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Susan Cashin was "tour guide" and delivered the group from place to place.

The thank you notes from students to Aubri, demonstrate the value of such excursions.

"I've been thinking about attending college there next year. It was one of the lesser choices, but now that I got to see all the equipment and different programs you have, it's one of my top choices. My grandma is a stroke victim and the research being done there could really benefit her, too. Thank you so much for showing us around!!"

"I felt that the way you presented your work and all that UWM has to offer really made me more interested in the school, since I recently got accepted and am considering it as a top choice right now. Thank you for teaching all about your work; it was extremely interesting. Thanks for everything!"

Stay Tuned For More Student Stories

We're working on more student stories for "The Chronicle". In the next issue learn more about Living Learning Communities at UWM, CHS student travel grant recipients and an informative keynote speech and panel discussion hosted by the CSD chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA).

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Volume 2, Issue 6
March 11, 2011

Important Dates

Deadline for Nominations

UWM Faculty- Distinguished University and Public Service Awards
Friday, March 11

UWM Chancellor Search-Open Forums

Selected dates and locations March 16 through 31.

Meet the five finalists at these Q and A Sessions.
More information

Deadline for Nominations

UWM Research Foundation Senior Faculty Awards
Friday, April 1

Deadline for Nominations

UWM Academic Staff Service Awards
Friday, April 8

CHS Spring Research Symposium

Friday, April 15
8:00 am -1:00 pm
UWM Union -Wisconsin Room

Join the College of Health Sciences in spotlighting the research of its students and faculty. Keynote address by David Barnes, Ph.D., Research Director, Standard Process, Inc.

UWM Length of Service Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, April 27
3:00 pm
UWM Union- Wisconsin Room

CHS Awards and Recognition Ceremony

Friday, May 13
5:00 - 8:00 pm
UWM Union- Grand Ballroom

Please join us as we celebrate the achievements and contributions of the students, faculty, staff and friends of the College of Health Sciences.

Faculty and Staff Activities

Kevin Keenan
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Human Movement Sciences Assistant Professor Kevin Keenan, Ph.D., as a member of a research team headed by Allison Hyngstrom, Ph.D., PT, from Marquette University, was recently awarded a Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) grant. The project, "Mechanisms of Neuromuscular Fatigue and Leg Function Post Stroke," is funded from March 2011 through February 2013.

CHS Alumni in the Spotlight

Alamelu Vairavan
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Alamelu Vairavan, a graduate of the College of Health Sciences Health Information Administration program, and internationally-known cookbook author and culinary expert, has a TV cooking program series on MPTV. The show, "Healthful Indian Flavors with Alamelu," has now been picked up by 40 PBS stations around the country. More information and the episodes online can be found at

CHS in the News

Communication Sciences and Disorders Associate Professor Carol Seery gave an interview to Fox 6 Wake-Up News on February 28 on the field of communications disorders and stuttering. The Academy Award winning movie, "The King's Speech," has stirred tremendous interest in stuttering.

Carol Seery discusses stuttering on Fox 6 Wake-Up News
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For more information on this topic, read an insightful story on the CHS website.

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