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Stephens Inducted into Honor Society

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School of Nursing Post-Master of Science in Nursing Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) student, Michele Lorraine Barutio Stephens, of Atlanta, Georgia, has been inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society.

Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society recognizes academic achievement and campus leadership across five phases of campus life: scholarship, athletics, campus or community service, social or religious activities, campus government, journalism, speech and the mass media, and creative and performing arts. Members demonstrate exemplary character, responsible leadership and service in campus or community life, superior scholarship, genuine fellowship, and dedication to democratic ideals.

“It is with the greatest honor and respect that I accept induction in the Georgia Southern Circle of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society,” Stephens stated.

Stephens, who has been a registered nurse since 1985, received a Master’s degree in Nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner Tract from Georgia Southern University in 1995 and is currently enrolled at Georgia Southern in the PMHNP Certificate Program and will graduate with the first cohort in December 2016.

The program, which began in fall 2015, is for baccalaureate prepared nurses earning a Master of Science in Nursing degree, students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice program, or those seeking a post-master’s certificate program. The seven-course online track will partner with clinical environments that provide team-based care, include on campus simulation learning experiences, and short summer intensive sessions with national content experts.

Since graduating in 1985, Stephens has been involved with various activities including the National Day of Giving, food bank drives, River Keepers, Habitat for Humanity, AmeriCorps, career health fairs and student educational fairs.

Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society recognizes academic achievement and campus leadership across five phases of campus life: scholarship, athletics, campus or community service, social or religious activities, campus government, journalism, speech and the mass media, and creative and performing arts. Members demonstrate exemplary character, responsible leadership and service in campus or community life, superior scholarship, genuine fellowship, and dedication to democratic ideals.


Faculty and Students Participate in 2016 Southeast Farm to School Conference

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Becky Larson, MS, RD, clinical instructor of nutrition and food sciences in the School of Health and Kinesiology, and Krista Faircloth, graduate student in the Dietetic Internship Certificate Program, attended and presented a workshop at the 2016 Southeast Farm to School Conference in Greenville, South Carolina, from Sept. 23 to 24.

The workshop, led by Larson and Kara Leclari, Farm to School coordinator with the Burke County Schools in Georgia, focused on how farm to school is incorporated into undergraduate and graduate classes, working with interns and developing programs. Larson provided insight on how to develop programs, like Georgia Southern’s Dietetic Internship, by collaborating with local farmers and businesses to allow undergraduate and graduate students to work with them for one to two weeks during the semester.

Faircloth shared her experiences with farm to school projects such as “Feed My School for a Week,” that she participated in while working with Leclari and Burke County Schools.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) Growing Minds Farm to School Conference, and it was exciting to hear all that is being accomplished in the surrounding areas,” said Faircloth. “The opportunity to hear experiences and gain knowledge from experienced dietitians, school nutrition coordinators and food service managers who truly care about what is being taught and what foods are being fed to the students at their school was something I loved.”


“Dine In” With Us!

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Adventure class backpacks through the Great Smoky Mountains

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Students in the School of Human Ecology’s Adventure Education class took the trip of a lifetime Oct. 21-23 when they hiked through the Great Smoky Mountains.

John Peden, Ph.D., associate professor of recreation and tourism management, Barry Joyner, Ph.D., dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences, and eight recreation students backpacked roughly 12 miles through Sunkota Ridge, primitively camped for two nights and visited Indian Creek Falls.

During the trip, students were designated as leaders for different portions of the day and were responsible for guiding the group.

“Students learn to plan and organize all aspects of the trip, including site selection, logistics, food, equipment, risk management, transportation and budgeting,” said Peden. “They work as a team to assemble a detailed trip plan, which must be approved by the instructor prior to departure. Students lead the trip in teams of two, serving as designated leaders who are responsible for decision-making and facilitation of group activities.”

As a first time backpacker, Taylor Wozniacki, senior recreation student, is grateful for the Adventure Education course and what she learned from this journey.

“The trip allowed me to develop relationships with my classmates, Dr. Peden and Dr. Joyner,” said Wozniacki. “Spending time outside does a beautiful thing of bringing people together in a unique way, and I am thankful I had the opportunity to be part of the Recreation Program and the Adventure Education class.”

This is the 40th Adventure Education course trip that Peden has led, and he certainly plans to continue taking unique trips every semester with his students.

“I feel that this was perhaps the best experience I’ve ever had with a class,” said James Crockett, junior recreation student. “Being able to apply what I’ve learned in a natural setting did not only deepened my understanding of core concepts, but it also solidified my desire to work in this field.”

To learn more about School of Human Ecology visit http://chhs.georgiasouthern.edu/she/.


Nursing Students Help Evacuate Patients

When FEMA/CEMA called a mandatory evacuation from the Savannah area due to the potential impact of Hurricane Matthew, Peggy Mossholder, MSN, CHPN, assistant professor with Georgia Southern’s School of Nursing, was asked to coordinate the care of 12 patients from Hospice Savannah who urgently needed to be evacuated to Candler Hospital in Metter, Georgia.

With only three nurses to manage the hospice home care patient triage and care for 12 evacuated patients, Mossholder made the call for volunteer nurses. Seven Junior II and three Senior II nursing students from the School of Nursing responded to the call and assisted the hospice patients and staff of Hospice Savannah.

“Without the help of the nursing students, we would not have managed as well as we did during the emergency evacuation period,” said Mossholder. “As a member of the nursing faculty, I was pleased to have 10 students come to our aid and I have never been as proud of our students as I was during this adventure.”