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Distinguished Alumni Honored at Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala

The Boise State Alumni Association recently honored Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Alumni Service Award recipients at the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala on Friday Nov. 3 in the Simplot Ballroom of the Boise State Student Union. This year’s gala also celebrated 50 years of the Boise State Alumni Association.

The Distinguished Alumni Award honors those with outstanding professional and personal accomplishments within their chosen profession. This year’s honorees from the College of Health Sciences were Kelly Buckland and Tamara Pascoe.

Kelly BucklandKelly Buckland, executive director of the National Council on Independent Living in Washington D.C., was a 1978 graduate of the School of Social Work at Boise State. Buckland is a well-known advocate for people with disabilities who displays leadership qualities in promoting and fighting for the rights of those with disabilities. Buckland worked previously as an executive director for the Idaho State Independent Living Council and the Living Independence Network Corporation.

Buckland featured in a news article for bringing awareness to accessibility

Through his efforts, Buckland has changed laws and social policies nationwide and has promoted the lives of people with disabilities internationally to create a more accessible place to live. Buckland, who was inspired from his own spinal cord injury, focuses on the fight for those with disabilities by also inspiring and coordinating the efforts of other disability advocates. Furthermore, Buckland is well known for his contributions for survivors of domestic abuse and older adults to create a respected and supported way of life in communities for these individuals.

Tamara PascoeTamara Pascoe, staff physician and athletic team physician for University Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst was a 1990 graduate of the Athletic Training Program and also received her masters in 1999 from the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Kinesiology at Boise State. Pascoe previously worked in the Department of Kinesiology and was the associate head athletic trainer for Boise State. While serving in Idaho, Pascoe was very popular among many patients. She then moved on to become a family medicine physician and medical director for the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center in Worcester, Massachusetts where she provided supervision to all aspects of clinical care to ensure procedures and policies were carried out properly.

In her current role, Pascoe serves as the Walk-in Clinic Lead Physician. She also demonstrates many personal accomplishments for establishing collaborations through multiple grant activities, scholarships and partnerships.

View the full list of university alumni honorees at:

Jill Chonody Publishes Book “Social Work Practice With Older Adults”

Jill Chonody, Social Work, studio portrait, Allison Corona photo

Jill Chonody

Jill Chonody, assistant professor in Boise State University’s School of Social Work partnered with Barbra Teater, associate professor in The College of Staten Island’s School of Social Work, to write and publish a textbook on, “Social Work Practice With Older Adults.” The book produced by the two professors will be released on December 15 in hopes to better promote the social work needs seen in older adults who are actively aging.

The book helps represent individuals who are actively aging in a new way: to promote self-determination, autonomy, and respect for older adults while combining social work values with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Active Aging Policy. Active aging, as described by WHO, is “the process of optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age.” Chonody and Teater believe social work must create a better conceptualization of the process of aging and bring about new ideas and social factors such as active aging.

“Actively aging considers the interplay between individuals’ experiences; their meanings of aging; and their social, economic, political and cultural environment and structures,” said Chonody. We purposefully chose the word “actively” to highlight that individuals do not need to engage in activities or be physically, socially, or politically engaged, but, rather, individuals are actively choosing the extent to which they’re participating in decisions about their life.”

“Our book adds a novel way to think about aging from a progressive position that encompasses social work principles. While we, of course, acknowledge the physical changes that may accompany aging, we also reinforce that self-determination, resilience, and adaptation are just as important in the experience of aging,” said Chonody.

The two authors found even more reason behind the publication of this book due to the lack of textbooks that provide a holistic model by focusing on the lived environment for working with such individuals. Not only do Chonody and Teater find it important to focus on health and social factors, but also to consider the environmental factors that come with actively aging such as community integration, walkability and environmental justice. In multiple chapters of the book they also dive into the ways in which social services promote active aging within the population of other countries.

To learn more about the book, visit Sage Publishing.

Boise State University Nursing Students Volunteer at Saint Alphonsus Annual Neonatal Intensive Care Anniversary Harvest Party

Karen Godard and 5 Senior Nursing Student Volunteers

Karen Godard, assistant clinical professor for the School of Nursing, and seven senior nursing students volunteered at the Saint Alphonsus Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Harvest Party held in Boise on October 7. Godard has taken student volunteers to the annual event for eight years. The event is sponsored by Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center and organized by NICU staff.

The party celebrates the lives of children who were once patients in the neonatal unit and hosts their families who endured the fear and concern for their newborn child. These families are able to reunite with their healthcare professionals who provided the required specialized care for their patients within the NICU at various developmental stages and conditions. The party allows for these families to wear their favorite costumes and participate in Halloween themed games. They can also take part in a cookie decorating station, safety displays and a picture-taking station for families to mark the occasion.

Godard and nursing students enrolled in her Child and Family Nursing course volunteer at the event by registering the guests and running child-themed carnival games. Students are able to observe and interact with children and their families to become exposed to the serious nature of patients within the NICU. The event organizers continue to appreciate all of the volunteers as their presence allows the NICU staff to visit with returning families and patients.

School of Nursing Professional to Deliver Holistic Admissions Training to Enhance Diversity Within the Nursing Profession

Tamara Martinez-AndersonTamara Martinez-Anderson, the School of Nursing’s marketing and community engagement manager, is serving on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Holistic Admissions in Academic Nursing (HAHN) Consulting Group. Holistic review is a university admissions strategy that assesses an applicant’s unique experiences and culture alongside traditional measures of academic achievement such as grades and test scores. Martinez-Anderson was invited to serve as a member of the AACN Consulting team to co-facilitate training on the use of holistic admissions for several nursing schools who received Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grants as part of the Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) program.

The NWD program seeks to increase nursing education opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, including ethnic and racial minorities who are underrepresented among registered nurses. One of the conditions of receiving and renewing the annual HRSA funding is for each school to engage in training and technical assistance with regards to holistic review process, practices, and implementation with a health professions organization. AACN is providing training in holistic review and technical assistance to grantees who have entered into a relationship with the organization.

The implementation of Holistic Admissions Review represents a major shift in policies and procedures in organizations and significant change in how candidates are assessed for admission to nursing school. During the workshop, participants learn the core principles and process of holistic review, but the workshop is also an example of integration-based training that touches on how to navigate the waters of change by using an awareness- and skills-based approach.

Prior to joining the School of Nursing at Boise State in 2014, Martinez-Anderson worked as an assistant dean for admissions at various law schools where she developed expertise in using a holistic admissions processes to evaluate candidates for admission to law school. “I am excited to apply my prior experiences in diversity and inclusion practices to nursing education and look forward to future opportunities to bring this training to Boise State,” said Martinez-Anderson.

Respiratory Care Faculty and Students Present at AARC Congress Conference 2017

Students who presented researchThe School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Respiratory Care students and faculty recently traveled to the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Congress 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 4-7 to present research. Boise State University was well represented at the conference with four student research presentations and two faculty presentations.

Lutana Haan, associate professor and chair for the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Respiratory Care, presented “Why Are Circadian Rhythms Important for RCPs?” which analyzed the body’s biological clock to further understand patients’ responses to circadian timing.

Jeff Anderson, associate professor and director of Clinical Education for the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Respiratory Care, presented “Systematic Interpretation of Adult ICU Radiographs and CTs” which outlined a comprehensive method to evaluate adult ICU chest radiographs and CT scans. Anderson also distinguished anatomic structures on plane films and CT scans, and common critical care pathology on plane films and accompanying CTs. Additionally, Anderson analyzed CT formats for body windows, lung windows, axial, sagittal and coronal views.

Students and Faculty Stand with poster on the comparison of spontaneous ventilator modes Of the four research posters presented, Samantha Davis, clinical assistant professor, Lonny Ashworth, director of RRT to the bachelor’s degree completion program and professor and Camille Stover, graduate assistant (all of the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Respiratory Care), accompanied Respiratory Care students, Tetsuya Hasegawa, Gerald Hoskins and Kendra Clingerman to present their poster, “The Comparison of Spontaneous Ventilator Modes during Exercise.” The students performed research by evaluating four different ways to ventilate patients to give them the opportunity to breathe on their own while on a breathing machine. The research was conducted by having 20 patients walk on a treadmill and then analyzing patient’s breathing capabilities on a ranking. This allowed students to determine the mode of ventilation that was most comfortable for patients during exercise.

Students stand with poster on the evolution of tidal volumesAshworth also assisted students, Carly Petrie, Bridget Lawrence and Gerald Hoskins on the research presentation, “Evaluation of the Accuracy of Delivered Tidal Volumes in Critical Ventilators at Various Settings.” The research involved measuring the accuracy of the amount of air provided to the lungs on seven different mechanical ventilators at a set volume of air for a patient. The students administered ventilators to mechanical test lungs to determine if the exact volume of air was being delivered to the lungs. Their results showed that each ventilator had a specific setting that was more accurate in cases that is was dependent on volume set, flow set, and the waveform of the flow.

Students, Kendra Clingerman, MiSol Salinas, Charlene Harper presented their research alongside Jody Lester, associate professor of the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Respiratory Care on “The Response of Four Home CPAP Machines to 1-minute and 15-minute Power Failures: A Bench Study.” The presentation outlined research conducted on the condition Obstructive Sleep Apnea, which is when a person goes through stages during sleep in which they cannot breathe because their airway is closed periodically. Patients can then use a CPAP machine to provide air pressure during sleep that keeps the airway open. The students organized research on four different types of machines and their responses to a simulated power outage. The results concluded that there are minimal fail-safe mechanisms on CPAP machines in the event of power failure. Additionally, respiratory Care Practitioners, patients who use these, and their families should be attentive to these machines in the event of a power outage.

Students, Amanda Shaffer, Gerald Hoskins, Amelia Kraus, Alexander Vargas and Courtney Woodworth also presented research on, “Examining the Inspiratory and Expiratory Tidal Volumes of the Drager Evita V500” alongside Ashworth.

Radiologic Sciences Faculty Give Back

In an effort to contribute in meaningful ways to their profession, a number of faculty members in the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Radiologic Sciences have recently taken on leadership positions in a variety of state and national medical imaging professional organizations.

Andrea Long

Andrea Long

Andrea Long, clinical assistant professor, is currently serving on two committees within the Idaho Society of Radiologic Technologists (ISRT) this year. ISRT is a membership society for medical professionals who work to promote the quality of patient care in the State of Idaho. Long is participating on the Nominating Committee as well as the Spring Conference Committee for ISRT. In her roles, Long is working to identify and schedule speakers as well as general planning for the annual ISRT conference which will be held in Boise this spring.

Studio portrait of Erica Wight.

Erica Wight

Erica Wight, clinical assistant professor, has recently completed her training and will serve as a site visitor for The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). The JRCERT is an organization that strives to promote “excellence in education and elevates the quality and safety of patient care through the accreditation of educational programs in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, and medical dosimetry.” In this position, Wight will play an integral role in maintaining adherence to high standards for educational institutions. Wight will travel as a team member to conduct site visits to institutions nationwide.

Joie Burns Portrait

Joie Burns

Joie Burns, associate professor and director of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program, has been elected to a position on the Finance Committee for the Society of Diagnostic Sonographers (SDMS). SDMS is a society dedicated to promoting and educating over 28,000 of its members about the science of diagnostic medical sonography. As a member of this committee, Burns will review periodic financial reports and recommend the proposed annual budget and SDMS financial policies to the SDMS Board of Directors.

Burns has also agreed to represent the SDMS on two American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine practice parameter task forces. These task forces, Practice Parameter Development for the Use of Ultrasound in First Trimester (11-14 weeks) Anatomic Evaluation, and Practice Parameter Development for the Use of Ultrasound in the Detailed Second Trimester Obstetric Exam will define examination requirements, providing guidance to physicians and sonographers worldwide. Burns has already started providing her services and knowledge in a two-year term for SDMS following their Annual Conference in Dallas Texas this previous October.

School of Nursing Members Recognized at Nurse Leaders of Idaho Celebrating Nursing Dinner

Jody Acheson, Pam Strohfus and Becky Bunderson Stand amond other winners with their awards

Boise State University is proud to announce and recognize two members of the School of Nursing who earned well-deserved recognition at the annual Nurse Leaders of Idaho (NLI) 2017 Celebrating Nursing Dinner. Pam Strohfus, associate professor and coordinator for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program and Becky Bunderson, director for the College of Health Sciences Simulation Center, were two of the many recognized at the dinner. Strohfus received the Outstanding Nurse Leader in Education Award, while Bunderson was nominated for the Outstanding Nurse Leader in Innovation Award.

Strohfus, has been the coordinator for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program for the last five years. The Outstanding Nurse Leader in Education Award reflects Strohfus’ education, administrative, research, and practice career. Pamela Gehrke, associate professor for the School of Nursing, by whom Strohfus was nominated, believed Strohfus’ work deserved such recognition as she portrayed all of the criteria for the award. The award criteria asked for a nominee that “demonstrates competence in promoting evidence based practice, scholarly activities to prepare future nursing professionals and improve general health of citizens, and demonstrates a level of commitment to the nursing profession beyond the daily operation of their employment.”

“The collaborative leadership style used by Dr. Strohfus enables faculty and staff to provide transformational education in the doctoral program.” said Gehrke. “By that I mean, faculty are empowered to design and enact innovative courses to stimulate students to think and act to promote health in the populations they serve. Staff are empowered to creatively identify program improvements, ways to communicate with students, and to serve them. Students see a change in their view of nursing and are empowered to go forward and act as leaders in policy, practice, and scholarly endeavors in their own communities.”

Bunderson, who has worked as the director of the College of Health Sciences Simulation Center the last seven years was nominated by School of Nursing Director Ann Hubbert who sees Bunderson portraying all the criteria for the award. Bunderson, “demonstrates competence in evidence based practice, interdisciplinary teamwork, collaborative learning and leadership. She is recognized as a positive role-model by leaders and interdisciplinary colleagues in their organization.”

“Becky is nationally recognized in simulation education for her out of the box thinking and innovative problem solving which propelled the Boise State Simulation Center into the national and international spotlight.” said Hubbert. “When the simulation center opened in 2010, Becky was at the helm. She began work on the two year process to get the center internationally accredited by the Society for Simulation Healthcare. In 2013 the simulation center was accredited and remains only one of a handful of accredited centers in the world without an affiliation to a hospital or medical school. The Society for Simulation in Healthcare has since adopted Becky’s original reporting method as a standard for all accreditation and training.”

Pam Strohfus and Jody Acheson Present their awards

Jody Acheson and Pam Strohfus

In addition to these nominees, Jody Acheson, a current student in Boise State’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program and Hematologic Malignancies Program Manager at St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute received the Aspiring Clinical Nurse Leader Award. The criteria asked for a nominee that “demonstrates emerging leadership skills in a leadership position in a clinical practice that has made a positive contribution to patient care.”

Acheson’s colleagues testified to her dedication to quality patient care in their nomination letter: “Jody is an outstanding manager who believes in improving systems to make it safer and better for patients. She strives for excellence in everything she does. Not only is she supportive of staff, she has integrity and respects her staff. She has extreme compassion for patient success, as seen in her additional role as quality manager.”

“Jody’s knowledge and expertise as a clinical leader along with her passion to improve the quality of her patients’ care in marrow transplantation made her an excellent choice for our Doctor of Nursing Practice program,” said Strohfus.

Athletic Training Program Hosts Students From Japan

Boise State and Hosei University Students

Boise State University’s athletic training program and World Languages department partner each year to host Hosei University from Tokyo, Japan, in a two-week long intensive English program. Within this program, students from Hosei university can participate in athletic training workshops, attend Japanese classes for bilingual exchange, and participate in social activities with the Japanese club, athletic training faculty and students at Boise State.

This annual event recently celebrated its sixth year of the program in early September with nearly 20 sports health studies students from Hosei traveling to Boise to participate. “Hosting these students has allowed Boise State to assist Hosei University in incorporating a travel abroad experience as a part of their undergraduate experience” said Dave Hammons, director of the Athletic Training program and assistant professor in the department of Kinesiology for Boise State University.

Hosei Students in Ankle Taping Lab

Hosei University Students Participate in Ankle Taping Lab

Hammons, who has played a significant role in hosting the program, helps orchestrate an injury treatment workshop and a hands-on preventative ankle taping lab. Students from Hosei also spent time visiting Athletic Training facilities on campus as well. They were able to visit the Human Performance Laboratory which enabled them to learn more about the equipment used to measure performance and effects of exercise physiology. Students also spent time visiting the Bleymaier Football facility and the strength and conditioning facilities.

“Every time Hosei students have visited our facilities they mention how much more America is invested in Collegiate sports than Japan; it is truly an eye opening experience for them to see the facilities our athletes have to train in.” said Hammons.

Hosei and Boise State Students Play Volleyball

Hosei and Boise State Students Participate in Social Activities

In addition to the athletic training workshops, students from Hosei University also participated in social activities with the Japanese club on campus and attend two Japanese classes for a bilingual exchange within the World Languages department. Each of these classes and workshops allow the students of Hosei to dive deeper into learning the English language. For Boise State, this also creates a global event for the faculty and students on campus although they never leave Boise.

Hammons has also been able to host two professors from Hosei University which has lead to research opportunities and great friendships within the athletic training program. As this event continues to grow each year, Boise State students and faculty are able to experience workshops with Hosei students and become part of a global event here on campus; all while Hosei University students are able to study the English language through the workshops provided by the athletic training program.

Boise State Joins Community Partnership to Assist Mothers of Preterm Infants

Jane Grassley

Jane Grassley

Jane Grassley, professor and Jody DeMeyer Endowed Chair for Nursing at Boise State University has partnered with Cindi Bennett, St. Luke’s lead lactation consultant, and Cindy Galloway, breastfeeding coordinator for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program at the Central District Health Department (CDHD), to create a system for mothers of preterm infants to gain support in breastfeeding after labor. This partnership allowed for Boise State, WIC, and St. Luke’s to come together with the help of these three professionals in addressing a major problem seen within the connection between mothers of preterm infants and lactation consultants.

Bennett, a graduate of Boise State University, who worked with Grassley in the lab for Nursing Leadership and Management for the School of Nursing at Boise State, was able to further recognize an issue within her current position for mothers with preterm infants in the struggles of breastfeeding. Women who are eligible have the opportunity of gaining breastfeeding counseling from WIC, a federally funded nutrition program that strives to help mothers in the struggles of breastfeeding and other nutritional needs their infant may require. WIC creates the opportunity for women to receive breastfeeding peer counseling after giving birth to create a positive breastfeeding experience for the mothers and infants. Preterm infants however, those who are born up to 3 weeks early (34 to 36 weeks), must receive more immediate care and attention in the process of breastfeeding. Although this issue was recognized many years earlier, Grassley, Bennett, and Galloway were able to further acknowledge the need of further assistance for preterm infants and implemented a system to allow immediate counseling for mothers after labor.

With the help of this partnership, these professionals were able to normalize a way for immediate counseling from lactation consultants within WIC to mothers of preterm infants. After receiving permission from the mother, hospitals may now notify WIC of the labor to ensure the instantaneous counseling and success of the breastfeeding process provided within the hospital setting before mothers are discharged. The implementation of this program created a deeper connection between hospitals and WIC in what is now called the “Communication Bridge” for lactation consultants and women in labor. Creating this pathway for contact between mothers and WIC has helped reduce the complications and risks mothers may experience while breastfeeding preterm infants.

The project has seen nothing but success for Grassley, Bennett, and Galloway as the practice has been established in all eight St. Luke’s hospitals in Idaho. Bennett and Grassley have also had the opportunity to present their project to the Association of Women’s Obstetrical and Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN) Annual Conference. In addition to the conference, the project was also recognized by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and the International Lactation Consultant Association which later lead to St. Luke’s receiving the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Care Award. The success continues to grow as Bennett has been invited to present about this program at the Idaho Perinatal Conference.

“The College of Health Sciences and the School of Nursing are proud to be a part of such partnerships, said Tim Dunnagan, dean of the College of Health Sciences. “This is an example of our mission to unify people and align resources within our schools and our community to problem solve with progressive research and teaching to empower people to optimize resources and advance lifelong health.”

To learn more about the project itself, an article is available on the AWHONN website.

The School of Social Work Helps Host “A Night with Refugee Storytellers”

The Boise State University School of Social Work and Service-Learning Program partnered with the Idaho Office for Refugees to host “A Night with Refugee Storytellers” at Boise State. The event took place on Thursday, October 12 in the Simplot Ballroom of the Student Union Building.

A Night with Refugee Storytellers allowed for social work students and other members of the community to learn more about the diversity seen in Boise. It creates a chance for refugees within the Boise community to share their stories and personal experiences with the audience to generate interpersonal connections. Social work students are also able to further understand how their work and major applies to the lives of refugees. The event featured two students from Boise State University: Patrick Wangoi, social sciences major and Dalia Alhajjar, civil engineering major.

“Refugees, when they arrive here, go through social work and counseling and they don’t have any experience with this kind of service,” said Alhajjar. “They’re trying to understand this service and how it can help them. That’s why I am here: to share. Maybe I will help students in the future.”

Lori Watsen, clinical assistant for the School of Social Work, helped coordinate this event to allow people to gain the knowledge and understanding of refugee experiences. “We really (focused) on the power of personal story and how important it is to listen, and also about the risk of hearing one story and assuming it applies to a group of people,” said Watsen.

Read more about a Night with Refugee Storytellers in the Arbiter.