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UWM and New Orleans' Dillard University Partnership Flourishes

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CHS Dean Chukuka Enwemeka, Ph.D., FACSM, returned from a recent visit with other UWM dignitaries to New Orleans where he met with colleagues at Dillard University. Discussions centered on furthering our institutional partnerships. He also participated in a reception for UWM alumni in the area.

Hurricane Katrina five years ago touched many and prompted several at UWM to partner with colleagues at Dillard. An initiative, sponsored by UWM vice chancellor Joan Prince's Office of Diversity and Partnerships and interim associate vice chancellor Cheryl Ajirotutu's Office of Academic Affairs, has culminated in a formal memorandum between two major institutions.

The partnership entails academic exchanges of faculty, staff and students between UWM and New Orleans colleges and universities (Dillard, Tulane and University of New Orleans). Students from New Orleans are expected in Milwaukee during 2011 sessions. A "UWM in New Orleans UWinteriM course" is already in place.

Collaborating community partners include the Milwaukee Urban League, Black Vets of Milwaukee, Aurora-Sinai, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and others. New Orleans partners include local organizations, as well.

Dean Enwemeka said, "We hope to be a good partner as the citizens of New Orleans rebuild their community. If we can play a small part in creating innovative educational opportunities for students in the area, we will be very pleased."

CUPH's Virginia Zerpa-Uriona Receives Annual Mi Comunidad Award

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Virginia Zerpa-Uriona, Outreach Specialist with the Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH) and chair of the Milwaukee Latino Health Coalition, received a 2010 Mi Comunidad Award. She was chosen because of her inspiring and creative approach to health care education in Milwaukee's Latino Community (MLHC).

One of her nominators, Katherine Valentyn said, "I have worked with her and the MLHC for over three years, and her passion for bringing about real change in the Latino community, especially in the area of health, is contagious. She brings much wisdom and expertise to long-term planning and goal setting. I admire her vision and commitment to bringing about positive change."

International StoryCHS Cytology Students (and Grads) Make Their Mark

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Leah Schultz, a 2009 CHS Cytology Program graduate, has been named one of five recipients of a Cytotechnologist Scholarship from the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC) Foundation. She has also been nominated to ASC's Cytotechnology Educational Resource Committee.

Tracie Drew, a 2004 Cytology Program graduate, has been nominated to the ASC's Membership Committee.

Two current cytology students, Holly Dombrowski and Kasey Tong, are newly appointed ASC cytology student members. Holly and Kasey also have been accepted to participate this June at the International Cervical Cancer Foundation's regional clinic in Cusco, Peru.

The Wide Reach of CHS's Outreach Office

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The College of Health Sciences Outreach Office is perhaps not as well known as the academic departments, but its diverse course offerings reach thousands, whether for providing the groundwork for healthy living (Sport and Recreation classes) or for health care employees' professional growth (Continuing Education courses).

The Sport and Recreation courses are very popular today as exercise and fitness have become more important to everyone. They address some of the serious health concerns of the community by providing the knowledge and teaching the discipline required for a healthy lifestyle. In addition, they compliment many of the campus health curriculums

Under the leadership of Nancy Nelson, Ph.D., MBA, OTR, CHT, interim assistant dean for Outreach, and in conjunction with the Department of Human Movement Sciences, courses are open to UWM students, as well as the members of the community.

Enrollment in these courses can enhance students' academic work by increasing physical activity and reducing stress. Sport and recreational activities are an important part of a healthy life and can result in a balanced lifestyle.

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The statistics are impressive. Approximately 700 Sport and Recreation course sections are offered annually with over 8,000 students enrolling. They take approximately 9,500 credit hours with about 90 instructors.

The offering of sport and recreation courses is vast: Physical Conditioning, Yoga, Weight Training, Aerobic Dance, Step Aerobics, Swimming, Water Aerobics, Skin and Scuba, Ballroom Dance, Bowling, Golf, Tae Kwon-do, Self-defense, Basketball, Handball, Racquetball, Tennis, Karate, Volleyball, Chess, Table Tennis, Billiards and Pool, Bicycle Riding, Swim Competitive Coaching, Sports Officiating-Basketball, Photography and Pottery

Further classes are in: Floral Design, Cooking, Painting, Swing and Salsa, Hip Hop Dance, Tango, Zumba, Belly Dance, Tai Chi, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Capoeira, Kung Fu, Backpacking, Winter Camping, Wilderness Survival, Rock Climbing, Kayaking, Canoeing, Touch and Flag Football, Soccer, Badminton, Running, Cardio Kickboxing, Pilates, Meditation and more. In 2012, Downhill Skiing with Disabled Skiers will be added.

CUPH in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Series on Infant Mortality in Milwaukee

The Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH) was mentioned in the first article of a year-long series in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, titled "Empty Cradles: Confronting Our Infant Mortality Crisis." The series plans to cover the death of children before their first birthday.

"Infant mortality is a crisis not just of public health, but of ethics and morality. The rate at which infants in our city die is unacceptable. In 2011 we will examine the problem and point to solutions," stated Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editor, Martin Kaiser.

Center scientists and the CUPH "Milwaukee Health Report" are among those quoted and noted in this initial coverage.

Read the full story, view the interactive maps and learn more about CUPH-related projects at

Community Audiology Services: A Unique and Affordable Clinic - Helping those with Hearing Loss

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"Over 28 Million Americans have a hearing loss that can be treated," said Tricia Chirillo, M.S., CCC-A, clinical audiologist and director of Community Audiology Services (CAS). "No matter your age or degree of hearing loss, the caring professionals at CAS will guide you through treatment options available to you and help you to deal with your hearing loss."

CAS offers affordable comprehensive professional services including:

  • Comprehensive hearing evaluations
  • Hearing aid evaluations and fittings
  • Hearing aid batteries, checks and repairs
  • Assistive listening device assessments, fittings and training
  • Custom earmolds for hearing aids and mobile phones
  • Custom earplugs for swimming and noise protection
  • Work place consultations

In addition to being a full-service audiology clinic, CAS is also a training facility for undergraduate/graduate speech-language pathology and audiology students for UW-Milwaukee.

For questions or an appointment, call 414-541-4327 at Community Audiology Services, 10243 West National Avenue, West Allis, WI

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Volume 2, Issue 4
February 9, 2011

Important Dates

Access to Success Day

Friday, February 11
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
UWM Union-Wisconsin Room

Presentations, student participation and discussion groups on undergraduate success and retention.

UWM All-Campus Blood Drive

Friday, February 11
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
UWM Union- Ballroom

Deadline for Nominations

2011 Joanne Lazirko Award for Innovative Use of Learning Technologies
Monday, February 28

CHS Advisory Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 1
5:30-7:30 pm
Wisconsin Club
Milwaukee, WI

Faculty and Staff Activities

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Virginia Stoffel, Ph.D., OT, BCMH, FAOTA, associate professor and chair, Occupational Science & Technology Department, co-facilitated the "Emerging Leader Institute" at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) from Jan. 13-15. As AOTA vice president, she has lead the way to sponsoring leadership development training. She also serves as a leader mentor throughout the year.

Joyce Engel on WUWM

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OST professor and director of the Occupational Therapy program, Joyce Engel, Ph.D., OT/L, FAOTA, will be featured on WUWM Radio 89.7 FM on Thursday, February 10 at 1:30 pm, and again Sunday, February 13 at 7:30 pm. She will be interviewed by Tom Luljak for the "UWM Today" program regarding her research on pain assessment and pain intervention in youths. A recording of the show will be available at the WUWM web site.

CHS and Enderis Hall Supported its Green Bay Packers

Enderis Hall at night, with offices lit up to form a Green Bay Packer's G
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The big "G" in lights on UWM's Enderis Hall, the home of the College of Health Sciences, provided for just the right inspiration to support the Green Bay Packers in their quest (and win!) at the Super Bowl.

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