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Student Nurses Association Featured in Orientation Edition of The Arbiter

The Student Nurses Association was one of the featured organizations in the 2012 orientation edition of Boise State’s student newspaper, The Arbiter. The write up includes a summary of the organization’s mission, activities and a color picture of club advisor and School of Nursing faculty member, Marty Downey, with club members at the 2012 National Student Nurses Association convention in Pittsburgh.

Each year  The Arbiter produces an edition of the student newspaper for new and transfer students to pick up when they are on campus to attend an orientation. The edition serves to offer welcome messages and advice from key administrators, including President Kustra and the Vice President of Student Affairs, Lisa Harris. The edition also serves to give new and transfer students an idea about some of the many organizations, events, places and services available on and off campus.  To read The Arbiter’s full write-up of the Student Nurses Association, visit

Boise State Students Tops at National Environmental Challenge Competition

“Frac-Safe Consulting” and Boise State students Tim Burke, Kim Gallagher and Dinko Miljkovic.

“Frac-Safe Consulting” and Boise State students Tim Burke, Kim Gallagher and Dinko Miljkovic.

Boise State has done it again – this time on a national stage.

After taking first place at the regional Environmental Challenge Competition last November in Harrison Hot Springs, Canada, a team of Community and Environmental Health students traveled to San Antonio, Texas, to compete in the Air & Waste Management Association’s national Environmental Challenge Competition held June 19-21.

“Student success is our No. 1 priority and it is faculty and student dedication such as this that makes me proud to be a part of Boise State University,” said Dale Stephenson, incoming department chair. “This type of result, on a national stage, enhances Boise State’s ‘beyond the blue’ reputation and validates our commitment to provide students with real-world experiences that are of benefit as they embark on health and environmental careers post-graduation.”

Calling themselves “Frac-Safe Consulting,” the team of Tim Burke, Kim Gallagher and Dinko Miljkovic earned first-place honors for their technical and social solution to a mock, yet not unheard of, world environmental issue that involved the use of hydraulic fracturing. Also known as “fracking,” the technique is used to harvest fossil fuels from a geologic site in rural Texas called the Eagle Ford Shale Play.

At the heart of the issue were concerns raised by local citizen action groups demanding that all aspects of the proposed oil and gas operation be conducted in an environmentally sound and cost-effective manner in order to ensure protection of public health and welfare, while also ensuring that any land lease royalty payments and tax revenues flow to the community and the local school district to the maximum reasonable extent.

The deliverables for each competing team were a technical report and poster outlining solutions to the raised concerns, and an oral presentation delivered during a mock town hall meeting, with role-playing city commissioners serving as judges.

The Boise State team took home the $4,000 grand prize. The competition was stiff and included undergraduate and graduate teams representing Western Washington University’s Huxley College, Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada), Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, University of Central Florida and the University of Pennsylvania. The team was under the mentoring guidance of Community and Environmental Health faculty member Tom Turco, who traveled with the students and used his vast experience in environmental health to help them as they formulated a solution to the problem.

Faculty Travels to Dubai for Accreditation Review of a New Program

left to right: Drs. Kalman, Stephenson, and Armstrong in Dubai

Left to right: Drs. Kalman, Stephenson, Armstrong

On May 11, Dr. Dale Stephenson, professor of environmental and occupational health in the Department of Community and Environmental Health, traveled to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) to perform an accreditation review at Jumeira University. Dr. Stephenson was invited to travel to this Middle Eastern country by the UAE’s Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) to serve on an external review team that included Dr. David Kalman, chair of the University of Washington’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Drs. Stephenson and Kalman were charged with reviewing a newly developed undergraduate Environmental Health program and making recommendations for initial accreditation on behalf of CAA representative, Commissioner Dr. Tom Armstrong.

Students Inducted into Sigma Theta Tau; Faculty Installed as Officers

Mu Gamma Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, affiliated with the Boise State School of Nursing, recently held its induction ceremony in Boise. Students were nominated for membership based on superior academic achievement, integrity and professional leadership potential. Eighteen undergraduate students, RN-BS online/distance degree completion students, and graduate students were inducted into Mu Gamma Chapter:

  • Teri Ahrens,
  • Meredith Grubbs,
  • Danell Bleymaier,
  • Cadey Hull,
  • Stephanie Canning,
  • Angela Kirkham,
  • Julie Carr,
  • Jessica Moore,
  • Noelle Desserault,
  • Haile Muecke,
  • Andrew Drewiske,
  • Katelyn Ransom,
  • Kristyn Dyson,
  • Rachel Thomas,
  • Kristin Hofmann,
  • Patrick Wilcox,
  • Mario Gonzalez, and
  • JuDee Zollinger

Nursing faculty who were installed as chapter officers included Jean Anderson, president-elect; Cathy Deckys, vice president; Karen Breitkruz, treasurer; and Joan Carnosso, faculty advisor.

Sigma Theta Tau International is a prestigious global professional nursing organization focused on scholarship and leadership that was founded to advance nurses’ knowledge, learning and service to influence and improve the health of people around the world.

Staff Member Wins State Award for Excellent Service

Sue AntonichCongratulations go out to Sue Antonich for receiving the Office Professional of the Year award from the Idaho Association of Educational Office Professionals (IAEOP). Antonich received the award in McCall, Idaho during the Association’s annual conference in April.

As stated in her many letter of support, Antonich is the sole support staff for the Department of Radiologic Sciences which houses four degree programs with programmatic accreditation requirements. Her responsibilities range from initiating and tracking all financial transactions and budget reconciliation to web page development and upkeep to course scheduling. She is the initial contact and advisor for prospective students and the immediate contact for the department with current Boise State students, faculty, staff, and professional communities of interest. In these interactions, she creates a positive and inviting atmosphere for the department. With a smile, she does all that she can to help students succeed in the department and at Boise State.

In addition to her departmental duties, Antonich serves as the building coordinator for the Health Sciences Riverside building. She is also an avid advocate for Boise State University Association of Office Professionals (Boise State AOP) and has served on the Executive Board since 2004, holding multiple positions including president, past president, vice president, and treasurer. She also served as vice president for IAEOP from 2009 to 2011.

Antonich often volunteers to serve on college and university committees to plan events, such as the Boise State AOP Holiday Auction or decorating the Health Sciences Riverside building for homecoming. Such events often allow Antonich to share her artistic talent as an accomplished painter with the community. When you see Sue around campus, be sure to congratulate her on such a well deserved and prestigious award!

As a result of this award, IAEOP will nominate Antonich for the National Association of Educational Office Professionals Olive T. Ritchie Educational Office Professional of the Year award, which will be given out during the national conference in July.

Nursing Students’ Poster Wins Best of Show in Service-Learning in Action Student Exhibition

A poster created by School of Nursing students from Nursing 417 Community and Public Health Nursing Lab, taught by Julie Carr, was selected as one of nine Best of Show posters at the spring 2012 Service-Learning in Action Student Exhibition.  Elmira Bayramova, Michael Bond, Steffanie Buzzell, Robin Callahan, Kelley Davis, Rachel Finnell, Jessica Miller, Kelly Smith, Scott Watkins and Natalie Wilkins served with community partner St. Paul’s Catholic Church & School in Nampa to provide recommendations and resources to health care professionals about improving services to Latino patients.

More than 50 posters were submitted this semester and a jury of faculty and staff chose nine as Best of Show based on application of course work to service experience, quality of reflection and overall visual presentation. They, along with a People’s Choice winner from the exhibition earlier this week, were displayed for the last week of the term in the Interactive Learning Center. The winning posters can also be viewed online. To read about the other winners, visit Update.

Each year, the Service-Learning program matches about 2,000 Boise State students with Treasure Valley organizations to apply what they are learning in the classroom to vital needs in the community. Boise State offers more than 100 designated service-learning courses each year, from more than 30 departments, from every college, in partnership with more than 100 community partners, 80 faculty members and about 2,000 students. Since fall of 2000, more than 20,000 students have participated in service-learning and have given 476,814 hours to community organizations. Their time has been worth an estimated $7,170,200 to local nonprofit organizations and to the communities they serve.

School of Nursing Celebrates National Nurses Week by Exploring Nursing Careers with High School Students and Community

Larry Gebert with Nursing students and faculty The School of Nursing participated in a number of events to celebrate National Nurses Week.  The theme for the 2012 National Nurses Week was Advocating, Leading, Caring.

School of Nursing kicked off the celebration of nurses on May 4 by inviting TRiO students to learn more about a career in nursing and the roles of nurses in the community. The Federal TRiO Programs are educational opportunity programs designed to motivate and support students who have a limited-income, and are first-generation college students, to progress through the academic pipeline from elementary school through college level programs. Approximately 50 attendees with students from Wilder, Vallivue, Caldwell, South (Boise), Frank Church, Borah, Melba and Nampa attended the celebration.

On May 6, School of Nursing welcomed Boise School District Occupational Health students.  We provided three workshops and Simulation Center tours for 38 juniors and seniors from Borah, Capital, Boise and Timberline high schools. Janet Tweedle, health occupations director for the Boise School District, stated that the students were very enthusiastic about the possibility of attending Boise State. The students loved the building, the SIM tour and the presentations about nursing opportunities.

KTVB filmed the morning weather with Larry Gebert a number of student volunteers and faculty in the lobby of the Norco building on May 9. Gebert talked about the roles of nurses in the community, National Nurses Week and Boise State’s technology.

The School of Nursing appreciates all of the nurses in the community and at Boise State University year round.

Joie Burns Presents to Medical Imaging Professionals

Joie BurnsJoie Burns, MS, RT(R)(S), RDMS, RVT, Radiologic Sciences faculty, delivered two continuing education presentations at the recent Idaho Society of Radiologic Technologists meeting held in Boise on April 20-21. The conference was attended by 115 medical imaging professionals from Idaho and Oregon. Burns’ presentations included a 90 minute presentation on “Ultrasound Appearance of Liver Pathology” and a 60 minute presentation on “Sonographic Imaging of Renal and Liver Transplants.”

Emeritus Professor Named Outstanding Dietitian of the Year

Elaine M. Long, emeritus professor of community and environmental health and executive director of the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, received the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award. The award was presented at the annual meeting of the Idaho Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics held in Sun Valley May 2-4. The recipient of the award is recognized each year in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Long worked with Uwe Reischl, a professor in the master of health science program, to create the Healthy Food Slide Rule, which was recently reprinted by the Idaho Dairy Council to reflect the USDA’s MyPlate food guidelines. It continues to be a popular nutrition education tool for Idaho teachers and other groups, such as Extension and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Snap-Ed).

Olga Salinas to Earn Award for Outstanding Academic Advising

Olga Salinas, pre-nursing advisor for the School of Nursing, was selected as an outstanding advising certificate of merit recipient in the Academic Advising — Primary Role category by the National Academic Advising Association. Salinas will be honored and presented with the award this fall in Nashville, Tenn., at the NACADA annual conference.

Salinas earned a bachelor of science in business degree from the College of Notre Dame, Calif., and a master of public administration from California State University, Hayward, with an emphasis in organizational change. She has served students, faculty and staff for more than 24 years in academic advising, student retention, recruitment and community partnerships, management and a variety of college and university committees, with 15 of those service years at Boise State. She has earned the Selland College of Applied Technology Selland Star Award and the Provost’s Excellence in Advising Award.

The NACADA award is given to individuals who demonstrate qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students or outstanding advising administration. Since 1983, NACADA has honored individuals and institutions making significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising.