Volume I – 3rd Edition | March 2018

This edition of the CHS newsletter highlights a variety of activities and accomplishments of our faculty and students. In the College of Health Sciences, we are breaking down academic silos through interprofessional education. Students work collaboratively with other disciplines during their academic coursework, to inform each other of the roles and responsibilities of the healthcare team. Doing this will help to improve patient outcomes in their future practice. Remember to view our CHS Spotlights highlighting different faculty, staff, alumni, and student groups each month– and be sure to follow us on Twitter @chswcupa to stay connected!

Scott Heinerichs, Dean (interim), College of Health Sciences
Sciences & Engineering Center Update
Planning continues for the new Sciences & Engineering Center and The Commons. The new building will be home to the CHS Nursing, Health and Nutrition departments, as well as the new Biomedical Engineering program.

Check for building updates here:

CHS Sponsors Interprofessional Education (IPE) Event
Interprofessional Education, or IPE, is when “students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes (WHO, 2010).” The goal of such education is to move from fragmentation to a combined team approach with the patient at the center. During spring semester 2018, more than 50 junior or senior undergraduate and graduate students from the disciplines of athletic training, exercise science, nursing, nutrition, public health, social work, and speech-language pathology are participating in the second annual IPE event. The second workshop is planned for April 11 focusing on communication and teams and team work.
Center for Contemplative Studies
The Center for Contemplative Studies (CCS) continues the Distinguished Speaker Series in March with Dr. Jeffery Bishop. Dr. Bishop's presentation, " Neuroscience, Virtue and Vice" will take place March 22 , in Philips Autograph Library.

For additional information and to register:

The Center continues to offer daily drop-in opportunities for yoga, and mindful meditation practice. See the daily schedule here:

Health ( HEA )
Interns Work With Interns!

Public Health undergraduate student Jacquelyn Clark was happy to report that, in her role as an intern at Lankenau Hospital, she had the good fortune to encounter classmates also attending conferences, and providing public health education in the community.
Kinesiology ( KIN )
Drs. Missy Whidden and Craig Stevens traveled with 11 exercise science students to Washington, DC for National Health through Fitness Day. Along with other members of the American College of Sports Medicine, they teamed up with representatives of the Sports and Fitness Industry Association to advocate for legislative support for physical activity, specifically the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act and the Physical Activity Recommendations for Americans (PAR) Act. Along with meeting with Senators, Representatives or their legislative aides the students hosted a day long workshop were Capitol Hill staff could drop by and learn how to exercise at work.
Exercise Science major Matt Penecale ( double major with physics ) who has been selected as a first team Academic All-District student-athlete. Matt is the starting point guard on the men’s basketball team and this honor automatically makes Matt a candidate for Academic All-American honors which are announced later this year.

See the link below for further information on Matt’s achievement:
For the last 10 years Dr. John Helion (KIN) has been traveling throughout the east coast of the United States with students to areas that need homes built or re-built following storms. This work is through the United Methodist Disaster Response Unit, and the size of the group has increased to 20 students. The students learn some wonderful life skills while also providing a valuable service. This past January the students traveled to Washington, North Carolina and repaired plumbing and siding on storm damaged houses.
Nursing ( NUR )
Senior nursing students participated in a poverty simulation at St. Paul’s Baptist Church located In West Chester and sponsored by the United Way of Chester County. Students participated as part of their Community Health nursing course. Professor Shelly Tucker, Adjunct Faculty Janet Elliott, and Professor Michelle Kaulback were resource participants in the poverty simulation as well. Professor Michelle Kaulback stated "This was my first time participating in this simulation as I was invited by Professor Tucker to serve as a resource table and it was certainly a humbling experience to understand how poverty affects families in so many ways".
Nutrition ( NUT )
Dr. Sandy Sarcona, Assistant Professor of Nutrition, and committed nutrition students make up the Lifestyle Nutrition special interest group. The group presented healthy hydration strategies at a Wellness Fair, at SugarTown Elementary School in Malvern.

The students from left to right are: James Loesch, Lynn Collins, Jennifer Braxton and Jackie Mistretta.
A select group of undergrad and graduate nutrition students have been busy this semester planning an event to instruct student-athletes at WCU, on how to cook a healthy and delicious meal. The successful event had an attendance of 30-student athletes from women’s rugby, softball, and track and field, held at the newly renovated foods lab. Athletes received nutrition education while they enjoyed the ‘fruits of their labor’ – and left with recipes and leftovers.
Sports Medicine ( SMD )
NATA Recognizes CHS Faculty Three members of the Sports Medicine faculty will be receiving honors from the National Athletic Trainers' Association this year.

Neil Curtis
Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer
Scott Heinerichs
Athletic Trainer Service Award
John Smith
Athletic Trainer Service Award
WCU Alumni Across the Globe
Sports Medicine Alumni Jared Maisel has not only been working as an athletic trainer in China, but also with the Certified Athletic Trainers of China (CATC) to provide recommendations for concussion management, education and communication for sporting events.

Read his article in February's NATA Magazine here:
WCU and Millersville University Dual degree students, alumni, and faculty serve as medical staff at the First Frontier Rodeo.
A group of students and faculty traveled to the Regional Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association meeting in Boston and brought home scholarships and awards for research presented!
The Athletic Training 7th Annual Golf Outing is coming!
Sunday, April 29th at Ingleside Golf Club. Registration starts at 8am

Spotlight on Research
Dr. Chiwo Tinago: Dr. Tinago received an International Initiatives Award from the College of Health Sciences to work collaboratively with colleagues to establish a research partnership with an NGO in Uganda. They will work on global health-related research and engage students in global health research where they experience, learn, and apply concrete skills within and/or about a multicultural and international population.
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