Reflections - October 2003


Greeting to all. I sincerely hope that you are enjoying your fall semester and the unusually warm weather. The end of the semester is approaching soon. The College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) continues active engagement in teaching, research and service. The reflections highlighted below represent a mere exerpt of all of the CHHS happenings among faculty, staff, and students during the month of October.

Prior to the next issue of REFLECTIONS, you will have Thanksgiving break. Enjoy your time with family, friends and good food.

Appreciation is extended to all who helped with representing CHHS at the annual SEMO homecoming activities. The Department of Communication Disorders was represented by having a float in the parade, Aerospace (ROTC) marched in the parade, and the Department of Criminal Justice assumed the leadership role in coordinating the tailgate festivities that included participation from all of the other departments in CHHS. Numerous faculty members were in attendance at the tailgate celebration, including a cameo appearance by Dr. Ed. Leoni.

The 2003-2004 listing of University Standing Committees was recently received. Congratulations to the following faculty and advisor in the College of Health and Human Services who are serving on University Standing Committees:

  • Joe Pujol (Health, Human Performance and Recreation) - Faculty Senate
  • Robert Polack (Social Work) - Information Technology Committee
  • Carol Veneziano (Criminal Justice and Sociology) - International Council
  • Marcia Brown (Communication Disorders) - University Student Affairs Committee
  • Sharo Shafaie (Human Environmental Studies) - Funding for Results Team
  • Janice Chadha (Social Work) - Funding for Results Team
  • Kathryn Kornegay (Nursing) - University Promotion and Sabbatical Leave Committee
  • Janice Chadha (Social Work) - Research Involving Human Subjects Committee
  • Georganne Syler (Human Environmental Studies) - University Academic Council
  • Robert Polack (Social Work) - University Assessment Review Committee
  • Linda Little (Academic Advisor) - Academic Advising Council
  • Marcia Nahikian-Nelms (Human Environmental Studies) - Academic Advising Council

On October 28, 2003 the Department of Social Work received a very favorable written report from the site team that visited on October 13th -14th 2003. This visit was a part of the process to receive re-accreditation from the Council of Social Work Education.

Special congratulations are extended to Dr. Paula King, Dr. Marcia Nahikian-Nelms, and Dr. Anne B. Marietta. They received notification from the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education from the American Dietetic Association that the Dietetic Internship Program and Didactic Program in Dietetics at Southeast Missouri State University has been granted initial accreditation. This is a tremendous accomplishment that is realized only through hard work.

Dr. Edward Leoni, Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation, was one of seven prevention specialists chosen to represent the state of Missouri at the Prevention Workforce Development Summit held in Houston, Texas in October 2003. The event was hosted and funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Rockville, Maryland.

Bobbie Morris, Department of Nursing, was featured on “Ask Your Doctor” on Thursday evening, October 9, 2003. The program is sponsored by Southeast Missouri Hospital. The hour-long presentation focused on the role of the nurse practitioner.

Dr. Joe Pujol, Interim Chair of the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation, was elected President of the Central States Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. The chapter includes the states of Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.

The Southeast Missourian featured an article describing the internship of Russ Oliver, a student in the Criminal Justice and Sociology Department. Russ is one of three college students taking part in the 32nd Circuit Court’s new internship program in Cape Girardeau County.

Dr. Edward Leoni has been selected to serve on the Executive Board of the International Coalition of Substance Abuse Educators.

Congratulations to Dr. Agatha Nzazor of the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology. She was recently notified that she was selected for inclusion in the eight edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 2004. This honor is exceptionally gratifying because Dr. Nzazor was nominated by a successful former student who recommended her because of the positive influence and difference she made in the life of that student. Selected students who have attained academic excellence are invited to nominate one teacher from their entire academic experience. Among teachers nominated, Who’s Who will select 5% for inclusion in the publication. Dr. Nzazor serves as a example of high qualify performance among CHHS faculty.

Dr. Jeremy Barnes, Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation, was elected Missouri State Representative to the Executive Council of the Central States Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Marcia L. Nahikian-Nelms, Department of Human Environmental Studies, coordinated the annual Canstruction event on October 15, 2003. The purpose of the event is to increase awareness of world hunger issues. All canned foods collected were donated to the local food bank.

Dean Prater, Louise Hart and Joe Pujol were invited by the CHHS members of the International Association of Administrative Assistants (IAAP) to attend their Executive Night on Tuesday, October 21st at the Drury Lodge. Dr. Hart was named Executive of the Year. Congratulations to Dr. Hart.

Michelle Brune, Assistant Professor of the Housing and Interior Design Program and a doctoral student, was selected to present a paper “99 Kegs”, a study of Hollywood depictions of college faculty, staff, and students. The paper will be presented at the Graduate Student Policy Seminar of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) conference in Portland, OR. Michelle was selected from among a national group of doctoral students who are completing their dissertations. This is an honor for Michelle, CHHS, and Southeast Missouri State University, especially since it is the first time that SEMO will be represented in this competition among participating institutions that are all doctoral degree granting programs.

Dr. Edward Leoni presented the luncheon keynote speech to the Cape Girardeau Rotary Club held at the Show-Me-Center on October 7, 2003.

Faculty members are encouraged to participate in the Wired Wednesday workshops that are of interest and assistance. The Office of Instructional Technology in the Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning sponsor these offerings and are very helpful in the integration of technology into instruction.

New hires in October included the following:

  • Katie Alspaugh, HEC/Horizon Center
  • Amy Franklin, HEV/CCR&R
  • Pat Geller, Administrative Assistant in the Center for Child Studies

Dawn Jordan from the Dean’s Office, Crystal Kaufman from the Department of Nursing, and Wanda Lang of Health, Human Performance and Recreation, attended the Southwest District Conference of the International Association of Administrative Professionals. The meeting was held in Branson, MO on October 17-19, 2003.

The following persons celebrated birthdays during the month of October:

  • Shelba Branscum
  • Sophia Hadjian
  • Louise Hart
  • Janice Jones
  • Cheryl Kieffer
  • Marcia Nelms
  • Jennifer Pearson
  • Kristen Foltz-Schlegel
  • Sharo Shafaie
  • Tracie Smith

No CHHS marriages were reported during the month of October.


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