From the Dean's Desk

Dear Friends,

With the July edition of Hoofprints, I usually just say “Gone Fishing,” take off on vacation and let it go at that. While I will be taking some vacation, this year I wanted to add a few additional words. I am asked on almost a daily basis, “How is your summer going?” and the usual response is “Great, but it is going by way too fast.” I get the same reply when I ask someone else on campus the same question. 

This has been a much quieter summer at UW than last year and we are grateful for that. The summer is also going by quickly. The new WWAMI medical students will start next week and many of the College of Health Sciences students will start soon after. This time is when the UW campus is at its most beautiful (unless your idea of beauty is a lot of white), the flowers around campus are just coming into bloom and the weather is wonderful. If you are coming through town or visiting please try to dodge the road construction and visit campus. 

I hope you are having a great summer and that it is not going by way too fast.

All the best,


WWAMI student Hannah Philipps (L) and preceptor 
Dr. Bartholomew in Saratoga ready to go on a house call.

Alumni News

UW School of Pharmacy Honors

2014 Preceptors of the Year

Alumni Natasha Gallizzi (Pharm.D. ’01) and Lee Smith (B.S.P. ’75) were selected as the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy 2014 Preceptors of the Year. Gallizzi and Smith were recognized at the Annual Honors and Awards Banquet for their significant contributions to the education of UW pharmacy students. Read the full article.

Faculty and Staff News

Health Science folks enjoy Jubilee Days in Laramie

Robin Petroski, Office Associate Senior with the Division of Communication Disorders, prepares her booth at the Farmer's Market.

Christina Lepper (second from left, back row), Office Associate with the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing, along with members of her family, attend the Jubilee Days Carnival.

Communication Disorders Faculty get published and receive funding!

  Doug Petersen co-authored a publication on the effects of narrative intervention on children’s storytelling and comprehension skills in the Journal of Early Intervention.

Hidecker, M. J. C. (Principal investigator). Expansion of the CFCS to adolescents and adults with cerebral palsy. Mountain West Research Consortium, 7/1/2014 -06/30/2015, $75,000. FUNDED 

Two new faculty and two new staff members are on board with the School of Nursing

Kayla Boshell has stepped into the office associate position for the BRAND accelerated program. She comes to us with UW experience from working with the Registrar's Office.
Rebecca Carron, PhD, RN, NP-C, enters academia following a career as an FNP in the field of dermatology. She has focused her research on spirituality and coping with chronic disease.
Sarah Anne Kooienga, PhD, FNP, ARNP, comes from Washington State University Vancouver. Kooienga has been an FNP for 25 years. Her program of research focuses on Electronic Health Record implementation in independent primary care NP practice, specifically in rural areas. She is also interested in the international development of the primary care NP role, spending time as visiting faculty in New Zealand.  
Joanne Prahl is the new assistant coordinator of the Clinical Simulation Center. She enters this position following a seven-year stint with the Wyoming Active Guard Reserve as a Flight Operations Specialist, prior to which she was employed in a variety of offices at UW.
Find out more at: New faculty/staff in Nursing

Division News

College of Health Sciences Diversity 
and Inclusion Initiative Proposal

The College of Health Sciences’ academic plan under University Plan 3 stated: “Creating an atmosphere and environment that fosters both
 cultural and intellectual diversity is an

important part of the College of Health Sciences. While both our faculty and student body are diverse, courses and activities that explore the richness of cultures and thought could be further enhanced. Therefore, the College, in the next five years will develop a College of Health Sciences Diversity Plan which will initiate a strategic process that strengthens our commitment to a diverse academic environment; Lisa Shipley, Manager of Student Affairs, has spearheaded that movement, starting with a retreat in January of 2011, continuing with periods of intense research, and culminating in an overarching diversity and inclusion plan to move the College into a more forward thinking and proactive mode of being, teaching and learning.; Key components of the plan are professional competencies to be used for holistic admission standards, student, course, and program evaluation; interprofessionalism; cultural confidence and humility; leadership and citizenship; and an openness to other ways of operating.; This plan was developed by a committee of representatives from the schools and divisions in the College:; Lindsey Overstreet, Social Work; Douglas Petersen, Communication Disorders; Tucker Readdy, Kinesiology and Health; Lisa Shipley, Student Affairs, Committee Chair; Baskaran Thyagarajan, Pharmacy; and Candace Tull, Nursing.; For their extraordinary work on this project, the committee was nominated for the Jason Thompson Diversity Award. Lisa Shipley was also additionally nominated and received the award for her commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Also, Lisa Shipley, manager of Student Affairs for the College of Health Sciences and preprofessional health advisor, is beginning her second two-year term as a liaison between the National Association of Advisors of Health Professions (NAAHP) and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). A liaison promotes an active relationship and excellent communication between the professional accrediting institution and the advising organization. Lisa’s responsibilities as liaison include attending various meetings of the APTA and NAAHP, liaison meetings, and serving on various subcommittees. Lisa has been a member of the PTCAS (centralized application service) workgroup, the CAS (multiple application services) subgroup, and the leadership council of NAAHP. She works collaboratively with APTA on professional updates, communication with advisors, and informative articles as well as provides advisor perspectives to the APTA. Her efforts were rewarded with the following “thank you” statement from APTA, sent to the NAAHP list announcing the launch of the new application cycle:

;It was a pleasure seeing so many of you at the NAAHP National Meeting in San Francisco this past week! A special thanks to our wonderful NAAHP Liaison, Lisa Shipley of the University of Wyoming, for her valuable contributions to the PTCAS Work Group. On behalf of APTA and PTCAS, we greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with advisors and look forward to another successful admissions cycle.”

The Barbara Kahn Lecture Series

 Karla McGregor, PhD, CCC-SLP

The Division of Communication Disorders held their 11th Annual Barbara Kahn Summer Speaker on June 30. Almost 90 speech-language pathologists from across Wyoming and northern Colorado, and UW graduate students and faculty attended the 1-day event at the UW-Hilton Conference Center. Find Out More

Win $50 and Help WyGEC!

WyGEC is holding three drawings for $50 Visa gift cards which will be awarded to health professionals who completes the 2014 WyGEC Needs Assessment Survey by September 26, 2014. Drawings will take place on August 15, September 1, and September 26th. Follow this link: WyGEC NEEDS ASSESSMENT to complete the survey or go to The survey will take about 10 minutes, and your responses will be anonymous. It is very important that WyGEC understand the geriatric training needs of Wyoming health professionals before reapplying for HRSA funding. We appreciate your time and input very much!

CHS Student News

Wyoming AHEC Summer Camp

Each year, high school students from around the state of Wyoming are given the opportunity to attend a Health Careers Summer Camp to explore the many health careers available in Wyoming. Find out more about the Camp!

Marcella Wildeman: School of Nursing's first Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar

Marcella Wildeman from Torrington was chosen as the school's first Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar following a competitive written application process. Wildeman is currently working toward earning a doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) degree through the school's DNP program. She receives $20,000 toward her schooling through a matching grant program with the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare. As a Jonas Scholar, Wildeman chose a project focused toward improving the relationships between physicians and nurse practitioners.
Read more about Wildman and her project at : Wildman, Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar

Online Distance Learning Courses for Fall

Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) is now offering online distance learning courses in assistive technology. The courses are asynchronous. Assignments can be done at any time during each week, but will require on average 2-3 hours of participation per week. In the fall semester, WIND is offering Assistive Technology: Theory and foundations for student success, the introduction and prerequisite course; and Assistive Technology: Considering and documenting the need in Individualized Education Plans (IEP). To read course descriptions and to register visit:

Service Learning in Oaxaca, Mexico

Over the course of two weeks, students each took 24 hours of Spanish immersion classes, learned to converse with their host families, mastered the local bus system, constructed two raised garden beds at Casa Hogar along with the older children and an employee, planted vegetable seeds and plants, taught lessons on gardening to the 40+ children staying at Casa Hogar, painted “cal” (lime) on the bottom of trees on the property to protect them again ant infestation, and assisted with child care. Students studied social justice issues amidst daily protests in Oaxaca by unions of teachers and health care workers, and even survived a small 5.6 magnitude earthquake on May 24 at 4:00 a.m.

Social Work Student Carrie Sturgeon Embraces Two of Mexico's Treasures.

Social Work faculty member Joanne Theobald, who helped coordinate the study abroad trip for students, is crowned Queen for a Day!

Social Work Excellence Endowment Supports MSW Student in Attending Trauma Conference

Brittany Wienholz, Graduating MSW Student
 "Learning about how people overcome trauma and exhibit resilience in the midst of hardship has been a growing interest of mine, and vital to the field of social work. With the support of the Division of Social Work’s Excellence Endowment Fund I was able to attend the 25th Annual International Trauma Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.
Find out more!
UW's Megan Saunders Named Finalist
for National Pharmacy Award

Recent University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy graduate Megan Saunders of Chinook, Wash., has been selected as a finalist for the Next-Generation Pharmacist award.
Finalists were selected from more than 500 entries from 17 states. Saunders was selected in the Future Pharmacist awards category based on excellence in pharmacy education..
Read the full article 


July, 2014

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