September 2015 e-newsletter available
The September issue of the College of Health and Human Services Connections e-newsletter is available.
Nature’s Embrace Exhibit
Kallerine “Kallie” Strazdas, B.F.A. is a 2014 graduate of Western Michigan University’s College of Fine Arts and is showcasing her nature photography in the College of Health and Human Services second floor art gallery. The exhibit can be viewed through Oct. 30, Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for Saturday WMU football home games.
Tyler named associate dean
Dr. Ann Tyler has been named to serve as associate dean of the College of Health and Human Services, effective July 1, 2015. As chair and professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology since coming to WMU in 2007, Tyler has guided numerous curricular changes, led strategic planning and policy development, and fostered community partnerships and increases in scholarship giving.
Grant recipient’s innovation selected for OT curriculum
The first Sammons Center for Innovation and Research in Occupational Based Technology grant was awarded this year to Carolyn Sithong, chief health officer of Home for Life Design, a leader in home assessment software for students, professionals, hospitals and rehabilitation centers.
June 2015 e-newsletter available
A new issue of the College of Health and Human Services Connections e-newsletter is available.
Disability services artists showcase nature’s beauty
WMU’s Center for Disability Services staff and consumers worked together to create the group of abstract landscapes that will be on display in the College of Health and Human Services second floor art gallery through Sept. 4. The Creative Forces in Nature’s Harmony exhibit is free and open to public viewing.
Young artist shares passion for photography in his first exhibit
Nathan Ginter, a 15-year-old freshman at Portage Central High School, displaed his first photography exhibit in the College of Health and Human Services second floor art gallery through June 30. A public reception took place in the gallery on May 20.
Social work associate professor receives prestigious awareness award
Dr. Barbara Barton, associate professor of social work, received the prestigious 2015 Education/Public Awareness Award from the The Brain Injury Association of Michigan. “Through her work as a social worker and educator, Barb has brought brain injury awareness to the general public with her unique perspective,” said BIAMI President Michael Dabbs, in presenting the award.
Social work faculty specialist II and coordinator of field education wins Teaching Excellence Award
Jennifer Harrison has been selected to receive the 2014-15 College of Health and Human Services Teaching Excellence Award based on her teaching skills in all three areas of the award criteria: classroom teaching; creative and innovative work as regards teaching, fieldwork or supervision; and teaching that involves interdisciplinary or collaborative activity.
Both Sides of the Fence study abroad program wins grant and recognition at 'Americas' summit
Western Michigan University's Both Sides of the Fence study abroad program, directed by Denise Bowen (PA) and Maureen Mickus (OT), is one of 10 U.S. university programs that have won the latest round in a grant funding competition aimed at new innovative partnerships that will increase student mobility to and from Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States.
Social work professor Linda Reeser wins lifetime award from state association
Dr. Linda Reeser was presented the award during the National Association of Social Workers-Michigan annual conference April 9-10 in Kalamazoo's Radisson Plaza Hotel and Suites. The award is the most prestigious award given annually by the organization to the social workers who have spent a career advocating for the profession and their clients. Nominees must demonstrate a continued commitment to the principles of social justice through leadership, education and advocacy.
Painter crafts images that transform
Painter Suzanne B. Siegel describes herself as a perpetual seeker, transcendental meditator, perennial philosophy devotee and interpretive realist. Her collection "Back to the Garden" is on exhibit in the second floor art gallery through the end of April. Artist Reception: Back to the Garden, works by Suzanne B. Siegel, Thursday, March 26, 4–6 p.m. in the CHHS Second Floor Art Gallery.
Sunlight and Shadow exhibit evokes calm and contemplation
"Sunlight and Shadow," works in pastel by Kalamazoo artist Melody Allen; reception Wednesday, Feb. 4, 4 to 6 p.m. and on display in the College of Health and Human Services second floor art gallery through March 2.
Clinic optometrist honored as fellow
Unified Clinics optometrist Dr. Matthew Johnson has achieved the prestigious fellowship accreditation “FAAO” recognizing him as a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.
Lecture and conference feature collaborations for health equity
On Feb. 11 and 12, 2015, the College of Health and Human Services will examine collaborative methods of advancing health equity with a Bill Burian University-Community Lecture and a conference presented by the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.
LaQuandra S. Nesbitt, M.D. will present the Burian Lecture, "Successful Strategies for Interdisciplinary Collaboratives to Achieve Health Equity" on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. She will also be the keynote speaker at the conference, "Collaboration for Equity: Building a Community that Supports Health Care for All" on Feb. 12 from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Both events will take place at the Health and Human Services Building and are free and open to the public, with free parking available in the adjacent Lot 104. Advanced registration for either or both events is required and can be made online at mywmu.com/burian-conference or by calling (269) 387-2663 by Wednesday, Feb. 4.
Abstract artist paints until the work looks complete
Abstract painter Mark Olson’s work will be on display in the College of Health and Human Services second floor art gallery through Dec. 18, and a reception that is free and open to the public is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the gallery.
College of Health and Human Service announces 2014 Outstanding Alumni slate and Homecoming events
Please join us for these upcoming events.
Artist/alumna presents visual discourse on immigration experience
Exhibit & Reception: "Accultured" will be on exhibit until Oct. 17 and the WMU campus community and the general public are invited to a free artist's reception, Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the second floor gallery.
Assistive Technology: Narrowing the Gap conference
This conference was held Oct. 20, 2014 and introduced individuals to assistive technology through two valuable sessions including: There's an App for That! Mobile Applications to Increase Independence and Foundations in Transition.
Faculty, staff and graduate students invited to join fall yoga program
Starting Sept. 10 and through Dec. 10, 2014, Professor Yvonne Unrau will instruct yoga classes as part of the college Take a Break Program. Sessions will be held on a drop-in basis Wednesdays from noon to 12:50 p.m. in room 1021 of the Health and Human Services Building. Please review the flier for more information.
Center for Disabilities Services artists express and earn
Among the many services of the Center for Disability Services is the Creative Abilities Art Studio, which affords adults with disabilities opportunities to express themselves through art and to sell their works. Through June 30, works from these artists will be on display in the in the College of Health and Human Services second floor art gallery. The public is invited to view the exhibit and meet some of the artists at a free reception on Wednesday, June 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. The works can also be viewed through June 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Nursing faculty member awarded for excellence in teaching
Bronson School of Nursing Master Faculty Specialist Mary Stahl has been selected to receive the 2013-14 College of Health and Human Services Teaching Excellence Award based on her teaching skills in all three areas of the award criteria
Dean Washington calls for 2013-14 Teaching Excellence Award nominations
Faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members are invited to nominate a WMU College of Health and Human Services faculty member for the 2013-14 Excellence in Teaching Award. Excellence in teaching is a hallmark of the college. The Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes and sustains that tradition. Find information about the award, the nomination process and a nomination form on the award page. Here is a list of eligible faculty.
Artist honors mother and nature
Artist Gay Walker’s exhibit "My Mother’s Nature" will be on display in the College of Health and Human Services Building second floor art gallery through May 21, 2014, and an artist’s reception is scheduled for Wednesday, April 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public, with free parking available in Lot 104.
Education leader to present Burian Lecture on poverty reduction
On Tuesday, March 25, national education leader and accomplished humanitarian Dr. Eva L. Evans will present the Bill Burian University-Community Lecture, Building Bridges, at 6 p.m. at the WMU Fetzer Center. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is a collaboration of the College of Health and Human Services, the University-Community Empowerment Center and the WMU Academy of Lifelong Learning. It is a continuation of A Call to Action: Poverty Reduction in Kalamazoo County, a five-week series of forums examining ways to reverse the negative impacts of poverty and its correlates on the well-being of individuals and families in our community. More information about the lecture and speaker is available at wmich.edu/hhs/about/lectures. Advanced registration will be appreciated and can be made at mywmu.com/burianlectures or by calling (269) 387-2663.
"All for One" exhibit features visual art and autism
The Autism and Visual Art "All for One" exhibition will be on display in the Health and Human Services Building second floor art gallery through Feb. 28, and an exhibit reception is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public, with free parking available in Lot 104.
Social work professor selected for service learning award
WMU School of Social Work Associate Professor Dr. Barbara Barton has been selected by the Michigan Campus Compact to receive the 2014 Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award.