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This Leadership Team Newsletter is published every two weeks by the Dean's Office in the College of Health at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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June 8, 2017
Unit Updates
School of Nursing - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 
New Director, Dr. Marianne Murray, to Join the School of Nursing
 
On July 1, 2017, the mantle of the directorship of UAA's School of Nursing will pass from retiring director Dr. Barbara Berner to Dr. Marianne Murray. In the 25 years she has been a registered nurse, Dr. Murray has had a wide breadth of nursing experience from rural nursing and trauma nursing to management and nursing education. She received her Diploma in Nursing from Fanshawe College in 1992 and her Bachelor in Nursing Science at West Texas A&M in 2006. In 2009, Dr. Murray completed her Masters in Nursing Science from Texas A&M Corpus Christi Texas, and in 2016 completed her Doctor in Nursing Practice from American Sentinel University.
 
Dr. Murray has held numerous nursing leadership roles in large healthcare facilities throughout the southwest United States. Since coming to UAA in 2011, she held leadership roles in university-wide committees and served as a mentor to many new nursing faculties. Dr. Murray is passionate about positively influencing healthcare and healthcare education through interprofessional collaboration and communication. During 10 years as a faculty member in diverse academic settings, she spearheaded large interprofessional projects with numerous programs, faculty, and students. As the co-chair of the UAA Interprofessional Simulation Committee, Dr. Murray helped design, develop, and implement numerous interprofessional educational (IPE) opportunities for UAA faculty and students.
 
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Murray into her new role as director of the School of Nursing.
 
School of Social Work - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 
Introducing David Moxley, New Director of the School of Social Work
 
Bringing forty years of experience in social work practice and education, David P. Moxley (PhD, Ohio State University, DPA, Western Michigan University) joins UAA as professor and director of the School of Social Work. His experience spans work with highly vulnerable populations involving those struggling with homelessness, serious mental illness, developmental disabilities, or serious health issues to bring about supportive environments, responsive social institutions, good health and well-being, and social involvement and participation. For 11 years, Dr. Moxley served as the Oklahoma Health Care Authority Medicaid Professor in the University of Oklahoma Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work. Prior to his appointment to an endowed chair in the University of Oklahoma, he served on the faculty of the Wayne State University School of Social Work, Detroit for 20 years where he co-chaired the Graduate Concentration in Community Practice and Social Action, served in multiple administrative positions, and advanced social work practice with older African American women who became homeless after the age of 50.

Dr. Moxley is excited to join the University of Alaska Anchorage because of its deep commitment to advancing community engagement, its strong social work faculty and leadership, outstanding social work students and alumni, and the commitment of the school's community partners to the advancement of the quality of life of all Alaskans.
 
Dietetics & Nutrition - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 
Dietitian Program Evolves Over Last Decades
 
In 1990, registered dietitians (RDs) in the Alaska Dietetic Association and members of the Alaska State Nutrition Committee identified the need for a supervised practice program to be created in Alaska. The main purposes of the UAA Dietetic Internship (UAA DI) was to recruit qualified dietetic personnel to meet health care demands and draft the next generation of Alaska's RDs. The UAA DI was initially granted approval in December 1994 and the first class of interns started in the fall of 1995. Currently, between 6-9 students are accepted into the program each year.
 
Following the fall 2005 Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) site visit, the UAA DI was granted initial accreditation. In May 2014 the nineteenth class of UAA DI interns graduated. Over the past five years, 54% of the program graduates have remained in Alaska for a minimum of one year and worked in the dietetics profession. The concentration area of the UAA DI is "Alaska Native Culture and Health Care Delivery System." The competencies required for the concentration area are primarily achieved through a three-week rural Alaska rotation (possible locations: Kodiak, Nome, Bethel, Sitka, or Kotzebue).
 
The UAA DI voluntarily implemented the 2012 Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) standards in the fall of 2012. The program provides 2-3 days of orientation, 1200+ hours of supervised practice, and approximately 65 hours of didactic instruction. The total program length is 34 weeks. The primary methods used to teach the didactic curriculum include lecture, discussion, mock educational sessions, case study work-ups, and group projects.

Congratulations to Spring 2017 Dietetics Graduates!
 
Congratulations to the Dietetics Internship program students who graduated in Spring 2017. We wish them great success in their professional futures!
 
 
(front) Leslee Rogers and Megan Lindley / (back) Marnie Rasmussen, Joe Nyholm, Darci Topp, Kelby Murphy, and Ilona Singh 
 
Justice Center  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 
Dr. Andre Rosay and L. Diane Casto Discuss Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault on Radio Show
 
L. Diane Casto
Dr. André Rosay
, Justice Center director, and L. Diane Casto, executive director of the Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA), discussed domestic violence and sexual assault in Alaska on 
Line One: Your Health Connection on Alaska Public Media on June 5. Using information from the 2015 Alaska Victimization Survey, Dr. Rosay reported that half of all women in Alaska have experienced intimate partner violence and/or sexual violence. He pointed out that the prevalence of intimate partner violence and sexual violence decreased by more than 30% since 2010. But, unfortunately, the numbers remain unacceptably high everywhere in Alaska. According to Diane Casto, women in rural Alaska face the additional challenge of having few services available for support. For more information, visit: http://uaajusticecenter.blogspot.com/2017/06/dr-andre-rosay-and-l-diane-casto.html.  
 
Justice Center Provides Students Skills Leading to Work with APD

Two Justice students are leveraging skills they learned in Justice Prof. Troy Payne's Crime Analysis and Mapping course, JUST A432. Victoria Goss, a 2017 Justice graduate, is doing crime analysis work with the Anchorage Police Department (APD), and Sevy Sheppard, a Justice and Sociology double major, is working with APD as part of the Mayor's Americorps Program (MAP).

Victoria Goss attributes her contract-hire in APD's crime analysis unit to both Dr. Payne's course and an internship he organized for her in crime analysis last summer. Through these experiences, she was able to gain employment after graduation. Police sergeants, community council members, and homeowners are among those who contact Goss with requests for crime data analyses.
 
Sevy Sheppard snagged one of two positions created by the new Mayor's Americorps Program at APD. She beat 20 other applicants and is now working with fellow UAA student Demry Mebane on a research project going door-to-door surveying residents of Fairview, Mountain View, and Spenard on neighborhood safety and perceptions toward APD.  

The work Victoria and Sevy are doing will have tangible community impacts, according to Dr. Payne. "They're making the world better because the Justice Center provided the skills and connections, and the students provided smarts and drive." For more information, visit:
 
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Upcoming Events/Deadlines
  • June 15 - Leadership team meeting; Fall 2017 admissions applications due
  • June 29 - Leadership team meeting ; Summer 2017, Second 5-week session, first day of classes
  • July 3-4 - Independence Day holiday
  • August 17 - All-College meeting, 11 am - 2 pm (tentative)
  • August 28 - First day of classes, Fall Semester
  • September 4 - Labor Day Holiday