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Four CHS Faculty Win UWM awards

Phyllis King, Patricia Willis, Patricia Thomas, and Virginia Stoffel
From left: Phyllis King, Patricia Willis, Patricia Thomas, and Virginia Stoffel
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Four College of Health Sciences faculty and staff won prestigious awards at the recent Annual UWM Awards Ceremony. Each was heralded for outstanding accomplishments within and/or outside the University.

The recipients are:

  • Phyllis King (OST and Associate Dean) - UWM Faculty Distinguished Public Service Award
  • Ginny Stoffel (OST) - UWM Faculty Distinguished University Service Award
  • Pat Willis (CSD) - UWM Academic Staff Outstanding Performance Award
  • Patty Thomas (TR) -UWM Academic Staff Outstanding Teaching Award.

Congratulations to all!

For a more detailed story on the award winners, please go to

October is National Physical Therapy Month

During October's National Physical Therapy Month, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and students of physical therapy around the country will be educating people of all ages and abilities about the importance of physical activity in preventing and combating obesity and its consequences.

CHS's new and innovative Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program offers a comprehensive and rigorous curriculum and specialized clinical preparation for a career in physical therapy. It already has an excellent reputation with more applicants than can be accommodated. Its first class graduated with flying colors this past May. For more information visit the DPT website.

American Indian Science Program - a Success

American Indian Student Services Program students making dentures
Play slideshow of the week's activities

This year's American Indian Student Services Program (AISSP) was another success. The week-long program, staged by the CHS BioMedical Sciences Department, with the logistical support of Dr. Mary K. Madsen (HCA) and Ms. Sue Roskopf (BMS), exposes American Indian high school students to hands-on science and lab experiences intermixed with traditional teaching. Each summer approximately 20 students from different states and tribes come to CHS for an intensive program that features scientific activities ranging from growing bacteria to blood typing, extracting their own DNA to tracking the spread of diseases.

The students, who live on campus while participating in the program, also go to the Milwaukee County Zoo, Milwaukee Public Museum and the Indian Community School. Community activities include an evening of basketball, a trip to a local mall, a water ski show and the week concludes with tailgating and a Brewers baseball game. Students talk about this being an invaluable experience that dramatically excites them and motivates them for their futures.

International StoryInternational Travels

Dean Chukuka Enwemeka and Dr. Lars Hode in Sweden
Dean Enwemeka poses for a picture with other WALT Congress participants
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Dean Chukuka Enwemeka visited three European countries from September 23rd to the 29th. He was in Stockholm, Sweden on September 23, 2010 at the invitation of the Swedish Medical Laser Society. And as a part of the trip, the Dean presented a paper titled "Current Concepts In Light-Activated Wound Healing", at the 8th biennial congress of the World Association for Laser Therapy (WALT) held in Bergen, Norway, September 24 - 28, 2010. He held group meetings and participated in the Executive Committee meetings of WALT,
Dean Chukuka Enwemeka and Dr. Lars Hode in Sweden
Dean Enwemeka and Dr. Lars Hode in Sweden
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in his capacity as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the international journal, Photomedicine and Laser Surgery. From Norway, he paid an academic visit to Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences, Linz, Austria, September 29 - 30, 2010, where he met with the university administrators, faculty and others. While in Austria, Dean Enwemeka visited a Rehabilitation Medical Center (Sonderkrankenanstalt Rehabilitationszentrum) in Bad Schallerbach, Austria, as a part of the effort to explore the possibility of future faculty and students exchange programs.

Dr. Roger Smith Receives Another Substantial National Research Grant

Roger O. Smith (OST and R2D2) received a $600,000 grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) and the U.S. Department of Education. This project will develop a web-based assessment and smart-phone based on-demand resource "app" to assist people with disabilities and building users to identify building accessibility and potential barriers in public buildings.

CHS Staff Member Finishes in Lakefront Marathon!

Helaine Johnson
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Helaine Johnson, of Business Administration and Technology Operations (BATO) Department, finished the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon on Sunday, October 3rd with a time of 4:01:59. She said, "I really couldn't have asked for a better first-time marathon experience. I already knew at the finish line that I am going to do more! I'm going to try and qualify next year for the 2012 Boston marathon." Congratulations, Helaine!

CHS Alumna Embraces New Career in Cooking

Scholarship recipients
Dean Enwemeka and CHS Alumna Alamelu Vairavan
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Alamelu Vairavan, a graduate of the Health Information Administration program, gave a culinary presentation at the popular Wine & Dine Wisconsin event held in Milwaukee, October 2-3, 2010. Wine & Dine draws together more than 100 exhibitors to celebrate great food and drink with 40-plus culinary demonstrations. Additional information on the event and Vairavan can be found at the Journal Sentinel website.

Vairavan made a switch into a new career and is making a name for herself in the culinary world. She is the author of three cookbooks and has been featured on PBS, the Discovery Channel, Fox and CBS. Most recently, she appeared on her own TV show, "Healthful Indian Flavors with Alamelu" on MPTV (Channel 10) Milwaukee. More information and the episodes online can be found at

Please Help the College of Health Sciences Scholarship Fund

Scholarship recipients
From left: Barbara Meyer, Dayken Nash, Allison Dorszynski, and Kristian O'Connor
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All the wonderful stories you read about here could not happen were it not for YOUR generosity, our dear alumni and friends.

If it has been a while since you offered a gift to the College of Health Sciences or if you have never given, please do so today. Where does the College need the most help? Scholarships!

The most important group in the College is our students. This year we broke a record and enrolled 1,950 students! 100% of your gift to the College of Health Sciences Scholarship Fund will go directly to help a student in need.

To make your tax deductible gift to the UWM Foundation please go to: On the donation page, click on the "Gift Designation" drop down box and select "Health Sciences." Then in "Additional Designation Instructions", type "Scholarship." THANK YOU!

If you have questions, contact Joe Maddalena, Development Director at or 414-229-6247

Dr. Carol Seery Authors a Book on Stuttering

Carol Seery
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CSD Associate Professor Carol Hubbard Seery is co-author with Ehud Yairi of a new textbook titled "Stuttering: Foundations and Clinical Applications" which includes extensive and carefully researched descriptions of the basic aspects of the nature of stuttering.

Glyndon Riley, who developed the Stuttering Severity Instrument (SSI-4), said, "The book provides excellent coverage of treatment choices for pre-school, school-age and adult clients. Special issues not usually included in an overall text are covered, together with extensive onset and recovery data, an excellent review of genetic aspects, careful coverage of possible brain dysfunctions in stuttering and a comprehensive, up-to-date review of the use of medications for stuttering. If a student buys only one text on stuttering, this should be the one."

October is Disability Awareness Month

As part of October is Disability Awareness Month, UWM's Americans with Disabilities Act Advisory Committee (ADAAC) is sponsoring a series of events to promote awareness about campus disability support services and accommodations. Aura Hirschman (R2D2) was part of the planning committee. Visit to learn more.

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Volume 1, Issue 3
October 14, 2010

Important Dates

All Majors Career Day

This is the largest attended, campus-wide career day attracting students and alumni from all UWM disciplines.

Thursday, October 21
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
UWM Union, Wisconsin Room

UWM's Academic Adventurers Series

Dean Chukuka Enwemeka speaks about "Illuminating Health Care in Brazil"

Friday, October 29
3:00 pm
American Geographical Society Library located on the Third Floor, East Wing of the Golda Meir Library

UWM Open House

Friday, October 29
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday, October 30
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
UWM Union

State and University Employees Combined Campaign (SECC)

"We Care"
October 4 - November 19

A New Appointment

Phyllis King
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Phyllis King (OST and Associate Dean) was appointed by Chancellor Santiago to a one year term as the UWM Faculty Athletics Representative to the Horizon League. Go Panthers!

Catalyst Alumni Newsletter is Out

The 2010 CHS Catalyst alumni newsletter has been published and was sent to alumni and other friends of the College. Look for your copy and get caught up on all the good things happening. A copy is also available online.

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