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UNLV Boyd School of Law to launch gaming and regulatory online courses - Yogonet International UNLV Boyd School of Law to launch gaming and regulatory online courses - Yogonet International Posted: 10 Nov 2020 12:00 AM PST T he UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law announced today that it will develop an online training program for operators, regulators, lawyers and others who work in and around the worldwide gaming industry. The mostly asynchronous classes, which will launch during the first and second quarters of 2021, will be created and taught by instructors with decades of professional gaming and teaching experience. The online courses, funded by a gift from the GVC Foundation U.S. , will ultimately consist of eight classes designed to prepare professionals to meet the sophisticated regulatory and operating challenges facing the gaming industry. Students are not required to hold a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree or first degree of law requi

College of Education and Health Professions Welcomes 14 New Faculty Members - University of Arkansas Newswire

College of Education and Health Professions Welcomes 14 New Faculty Members - University of Arkansas Newswire

College of Education and Health Professions Welcomes 14 New Faculty Members - University of Arkansas Newswire

Posted: 22 Oct 2020 12:00 AM PDT

Oct. 22, 2020

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The College of Education and Health Professions welcomed more than a dozen new faculty members to the University of Arkansas this fall.

"We're delighted to welcome these talented new faculty members to COEHP," said Dean Brian Primack. "Their professional accomplishments demonstrate a remarkable commitment to excellence in scholarship, research, and teaching. We are thrilled to welcome them to our community."

Each faculty member brings unique research interests and expertise to help prepare students for a variety of careers, including nursing, sport management, exercise science, counselor education, teaching and educational statistics.

They represent five different units within the college.

Curriculum and Instruction

From left, Alissa Blair and Renee Speight

Renee Speight is a new teaching assistant professor of special education and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the doctoral level. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science in 2009, a master's in special education in 2013 and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction in 2018, all from the U of A.

Speight's research focuses on exploring strategies within multi-tiered systems of behavior and academic support to improve outcomes for middle childhood and adolescent learners. She also has interest in supporting teachers in sustained implementation of evidence-based practices. Speight teaches courses on classroom management, high-incidence disabilities, applied behavior analysis for teachers, and supervises undergraduate and graduate students in their field experiences. 

Before joining the U of A, Speight worked as a middle school teacher. Speight serves as a board member for the Arkansas Association of Middle Level Education and Arkansas Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children. She has presented at state and national conferences and her work has been published in the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions

Alissa Blair is a new assistant professor whose research focuses on the education of K-12 multilingual learners. She earned her bachelor's degree with specializations philosophy and Spanish from Saint Mary's College in 2002 and completed her master's degree in secondary foreign language education at the University of Notre Dame in 2004. Putting her degrees to the test, Blair taught high school Spanish in Birmingham, Alabama, and then English as a foreign language in Santiago, Chile. Later, Blair earned a doctorate in language and literacies and bilingual education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014.

Blair's research interests include academic uses of language, bilingual education, family engagement and teacher education. Her work has appeared in multiple peer-reviewed journals including TESOL Quarterly, Review of Research in Education, Bilingual Research Journal, Linguistics and Education, and Theory Into Practice, among others. Blair joins the U of A from the University of Miami where she worked for two years on a U.S. Department of Education grant project to increase the number of middle and high school teachers qualified to work with culturally and linguistically diverse students in Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Blair is passionate about working with educators and families to make schooling more just and equitable for linguistically and culturally diverse children and youth.

Health, Human Performance and Recreation

From left: Page Dobbs, Josh Lens, Alex Russell, Abigail Carpenter Schmitt and Craig Schmitt.

Abigail Carpenter Schmitt is a new assistant professor of exercise science. She completed her doctorate in applied physiology and kinesiology at the Applied Neuromechanics Laboratory at the University of Florida. Schmitt earned bachelor's and master's degrees in sport and exercise science from the University of Northern Colorado. After graduating, she worked for the leading developer of motion capture technologies, Vicon Motion Systems.

Schmitt also spent several years as a biomechanics researcher at Duke University in the Michael W. Krzyzewski Human Performance Lab. She's currently pursuing an interdisciplinary research program exploring the challenges associated with neuromuscular dysfunction. By combining techniques from biomechanics, medicine, neurophysiology and exercise science, Schmitt is improving assessments of human movement with the goal of improving neuromechanical control. Specifically, she is assessing measurement techniques to identify underlying gait instability in people with orthopedic diseases and neuromuscular dysfunction. Through her teaching, mentoring, and research, Schmitt pushes her students and colleagues to consider new ideas that change how they think about the ways people move.

Page Dobbs is a new assistant professor of public health. She received a bachelor's degree from the U of A in food science in 2009. After working for the Northwest Arkansas Tobacco-Free Coalition, she returned to the U of A where she earned a master's degree and then a doctorate in community health promotion. After graduation, Dobbs worked for two years as an assistant professor at the State University of New York at Cortland and, most recently, two years as an assistant professor in the Health and Exercise Science Department at the University of Oklahoma.

Dobbs is currently studying factors that may influence young adults to use novel tobacco products. Some of her recent work used mixed methodology to examine their perceptions about one of the most popular electronic cigarette products, JUUL. Dobbs also has a particular interest in health policy. One of her recent publications in Tobacco Control examined the policy language of state-level Tobacco 21 policies passed in the United States prior to July 1, 2019. She's working with a team now to examine discussions about tobacco control policies on social media platforms.

Craig Schmitt is a new teaching assistant professor in the Recreation & Sport Management program. He earned a doctorate in sport administration from the University of Northern Colorado in 2014, a master's degree in sport business management and an MBA from the University of Central Florida in 2005, and a bachelor's degree in business economics from the University of Florida in 2003.

Schmitt was previously the director of engaged learning and outreach at the University of Florida and an assistant professor of sport and event management at Elon University. He also served as an instructor for the Business of Sport Certificate program at the University of Colorado. Prior to his academic career, Schmitt was a director of YMCA programs in central Florida and Charleston, South Carolina, from 2005 to 2010.

Schmitt's teaching interests focus on the business of recreation and sport management, with a particular interest in sport marketing. He's an advocate of creating opportunities outside the classroom, or through industry engagement in the classroom, for students to be better prepared for their career paths of interest.

Alex Russell is a new assistant professor of public health. He recently graduated with a doctorate in health education from Texas A&M University. Russell earned a master's degree in sport and fitness administration and a bachelor's in media production, both from the University of Houston.

With a broad background in health, Russell has training and mentorship in alcohol-related research. His research has focused on alcohol use and misuse among adolescents and young adults in the following areas: peer influences on college students' alcohol use; alcohol marketing to youth via online and social media; and the protective effects of youth religiosity/spirituality on early onset of alcohol use. Currently, Russell works on leveraging social media data to explore themes of co-use of alcohol and tobacco among youth.

Josh Lens has been a teaching assistant professor in HHPR since 2018 and transitioned over to a new role as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Recreation & Sport Management program this fall.

He earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Northern Iowa in 2002 and his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2005.

Lens is a former attorney and college athletics administrator who researches and writes about legal issues in sports. He's written numerous law review articles and has been quoted in USA Today, New York Times, and CBSSports.com, among others. His research interests include sport law, college athletics, NCAA legislation, athlete-agent authorities and professional sports collective bargaining processes and outcomes.

Eleanor Mann School of Nursing

From left: David Hall, Heather Hunter, Megan Owen and Lindsey Sabatini

Megan Owen, a native of Northwest Arkansas, is a new clinical nursing instructor. She earned a bachelor's degree from the U of A nursing school in 2013. She obtained a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of South Alabama in 2016.

Owen's nursing background is in neonatal intensive care, adult intensive care and mother-baby postpartum care. She worked in pediatric primary care and as a pediatric hospitalist Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. She has taught clinical rotations and worked in the simulation lab for the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing since 2017. She is passionate about pediatrics and critical care and seeks to instill a passion for learning in her students, as the nursing profession requires a lifetime of education. Owen's research interests include pediatric health disparities in Northwest Arkansas and multidisciplinary simulation at the nursing school for better student and patient outcomes.

Lindsey Sabatini has transitioned from an instructor at the nursing school to the interim assistant director. She earned her bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees all from the U of A. Sabatini began teaching as a clinical instructor in 2008 and has been a faculty member since 2012.

Sabatini's background is in critical care nursing, informatics, pathophysiology and geriatrics. She currently works as an Advanced Practice nurse with a local geriatrician and returned to bedside care recently as an ICU nurse in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Her research interests include student engagement and nurse retention. She has a passion for nursing education and the various job opportunities in the profession. 

David Hall is a new nursing instructor. He earned both a bachelor's and a master's degree from the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing. He was awarded the Future of Nursing Education award from EMSON in 2019. Hall was a graduate assistant in the nursing school before taking the new position this fall.

Hall has been involved in nursing education since 2013. During his bedside practice, he worked in psychiatric medicine, home health and acute care. Hall's research interests include studying cognitive load theory and its application to curriculum and instructional design.

Heather Hunter began teaching at the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing in 2014 as an adjunct clinical instructor in various courses and labs. She's now teaching in the online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program and serving as the online B.S.N. practicum coordinator. Hunter provides support to students as they identify clinical opportunities across the country.

She earned B.S.N. and Master of Science in Nursing degrees from the U of A. Hunter has worked in palliative care programs and hospice organizations as a case manager and inpatient nurse. She's certified as a hospice and palliative care nurse and has served in various chapters of the Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses Association (HPNA).

Hunter's research has focused on mentorship within nursing programs — for students and new adjunct faculty as they transition from clinicians to educators.

Occupational Therapy

Marcia Ball

Maria Ball is the new academic fieldwork coordinator and clinical assistant professor in the college's Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Arkansas Tech University in 2005. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2008 with her master's degree in occupational therapy. Ball graduated from the University of Kansas in 2019 with a doctorate degree in occupational therapy.

Ball previously worked as a school-based occupational therapist at the Boston Mountain Education Cooperative for 12 years. During this time, she collaborated with many stakeholders to improve student participation and engagement with activities encountered throughout the school day. She's passionate about promoting student inclusion and engagement in the natural environment.

Rehabilitation, Human Resource and Communication Disorders

From left: Tameeka Hunter and Lorien Jordan

Tameeka Hunter joined the U of A as a tenure-track assistant professor in the counselor education program. Hunter is a licensed professional counselor, a nationally certified rehabilitation counselor, and a board-certified counselor. Hunter has a bachelor's degree in business administration, a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling and a doctorate in counselor education and practice from Georgia State University. She had a 17-year career in disability services before beginning her doctoral studies. Most recently, she was the director of the Disability Resource Center at Clayton State University. 

Hunter's research focuses on the resilience of marginalized, and multiple marginalized populations, including people of color, sexual and gender-expansive individuals, women, and people living with disabilities and chronic illnesses. Her work examines the impact of resilience and strength-based approaches on the psychosocial, educational and vocational functioning of marginalized populations.

Hunter was named the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association Doctoral Student of the Year, an Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Emerging Leader and a Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Emerging Leader. Hunter was awarded the National Board of Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship. Her teaching interests include rehabilitation foundations, counseling research, medical and psychosocial aspects of disability, and intersectional research.

Lorien Jordan is a new assistant professor of educational statistics and research methods. She earned a doctorate in human development and family science as well as a graduate certificate in interdisciplinary qualitative research from the University of Georgia. Jordan has a master's degree in family therapy from Mercer University, a master's degree in studio art from New York University, and she received her bachelor's in studio art from Arizona State University. Before joining the U of A, Jordan was an assistant professor at Mercer University's School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia.

Jordan's research focuses on two intersecting strands: the production, analysis, and critique of qualitative research methodologies, and research that advances social justice in complex systems. Currently, she investigates institutional discourse in education and healthcare to increase culturally-responsive equity, participation, and access.

Jordan's work has appeared in 16 peer-reviewed publications, and she has an international and national presentation record. Her research has been recognized with such awards as the U.S. Graduate Student Fulbright Award, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy's Dissertation Award and the Cutting-Edge Research Award. Jordan serves on the editorial board of The Qualitative Report, is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and governor appointee to Georgia's behavioral health licensing board.

About the College of Education and Health Professions: The College of Education and Health Professions offers advanced academic degrees as well as professional development opportunities and learning communities in service to the education and health systems of Arkansas and beyond. The college provides the education and experiences for a variety of professional roles, ranging from community mental health counselors to school teachers and leaders. Programs in adult and higher education, along with educational technology and sport management, offer a broad range of options. In addition to education-related opportunities, the college prepares nurses, speech-language pathologists, health educators and administrators, recreation professionals, rehabilitation counselors and human performance researchers.

Josh Bergeron: New Catawba president wants to pay forward help he received - Salisbury Post - Salisbury Post

Posted: 14 Nov 2020 09:08 PM PST

There is probably a large list of things that keep college presidents awake at night, but for Catawba College President David Nelson, there's one in particular.

It isn't COVID-19, though you could certainly excuse him for pacing around after midnight and thinking about a one-in-a-lifetime global pandemic.

No, Nelson, a first-generation college graduate himself, says he worries about those who could benefit from a college education and, more specifically, a Catawba College education.

Nelson didn't go to college because his family pushed him to do so. Instead, he benefited from the attention of a music and English teacher who urged him to do so.

One of those teachers, made Nelson sit in his office and fill out college applications.

"He wasn't sure that I would follow through because I had no encouragement otherwise," he said.

Nelson, of course, went to college, earning bachelor's and master's degrees in music from Hardin-Simmons University and a doctorate in theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Now, he makes service to others and to the community a core part of his mission as a college president and a personal principle.

"My purpose in life, and I come to Catawba very much out of vocation and out of a sense of calling, is to pay that forward," Nelson told the Kiwanis Club of Salisbury on Friday. "So, what keeps me up at night is imagining the student who would benefit from a Catawba education, whose life would be transformed by  Catawba College and who doesn't even know about us or who knows about us but doesn't have the resources.

"I keep wondering where are the people like us who don't get to go to college and how is it that we offer and how can we raise the resources to ensure those students can come."

Nelson is still relatively new on the job. His first official day on the job was July 1, meaning that he was dropped straight into planning for an unprecedented school year.

"No one taught us how to do college during a pandemic," Nelson said. "Or, I missed the class on that at least. So, we've all been learning."

After balancing health and safety with the benefit to the students, Catawba judged that in-person learning was best. Nelson says the "supermajority" of classes are being taught in person, though some are hybrid classes, with some in-person days and others online. A third of Catawba's classes are only online.

The college uses a four-stage assessment of how its COVID-19 efforts are going — green, yellow, orange and red. Green is self-explanatory. Yellow involves a spike in cases and requires immediate action. Orange involves going to remote learning for a couple weeks. Red requires sending all students back home.

The good news? Catawba has remained green the whole time.

As of Friday, there were two students in on-campus quarantine and four employees in isolation or quarantine.

Some more good news? There's life beyond the pandemic, Nelson said, adding that he thinks about the college's future in three basic categories: identity, sustainability and visibility.

To keep the college's identity, Nelson said Catawba will maintain a strong liberal arts education.

That includes getting students to think about a career as being something filled with purpose.

"We want meaningful lives filled with purpose, but we don't have to invent that at Catawba. It is written into the DNA of the college to think in those terms," he said. "So, I come in not saying we need to change any of that. I come in saying we need to affirm that … I want us to really hold onto those things that really make Catawba, Catawba — the things that if you take them away it wouldn't be the same college any more."

But Nelson has some ideas about the future and the college has plans for additions and enhancements.

Some recent additions include graduate-level programs in business administration, sports management and clinical counseling and mental health. Nelson said the school met its planned cohort numbers for the first year and are enrolling folks for a second cohort now. The programs don't require students to attend classes on campus because "people are out in their profession and they're wanting to get a graduate degree and we want to accommodate them."

He said there will be concentrations added within the master's degree programs as well as some certificate programs. There are also planned additions focusing on data science and computer science.

Another project will involve people who attended Catawba and earned a significant number of credits but did not complete a degree. The college will contact "a few hundred who may be 30 hours from completing a degree" to let them know about a general studies program that the faculty approved last spring.

Whatever the future brings, Nelson promised that people would hear him talk frequently about being a student-ready campus — that is, helping students succeed once they get on campus.

"It is not just a place where they can do work. They can do their best work, but they can also be their best selves," he said.

Josh Bergeron is editor of the Salisbury Post.

SHU Poll Notes Greater Tele-Health Acceptance - HamletHub

Posted: 15 Nov 2020 07:29 AM PST

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—A new phone and digital poll by Sacred Heart University's Institute for Public Policy, commissioned by Community Health Center, Inc. and its Weitzman Institute, has examined the experiences of Connecticut residents using telehealth services for medical and behavioral health appointments. Key questions focused on personal reactions, likelihood for future use and barriers to successful usage. The 52-question survey was completed in partnership with GreatBlue Research between September 11 and October 9, 2020, involving 1,001 Connecticut residents. Queries also addressed attitudes about quality, responsiveness, cost and general patient satisfaction.

More than one-half of all respondents, 55.3 percent, reported having either a medical health appointment, a behavioral health appointment or both types of appointments via telehealth in the past six months. Most of these appointments were conducted via "smart" phones (50.5 percent), followed by laptops (28.5 percent) or cell phones (24.2 percent).

The majority of telehealth users, 91.9 percent, conducted their appointments at home, while less than one-in-10 had their appointments at work or in their office (8.8 percent). A car was the location for 7.2 percent of these appointments, and another 6 percent were conducted outdoors.

Three-quarters of telehealth users, 74.4 percent, reported the aspect they liked most about their telehealth appointment was not having to travel to the provider's office. As for primary detractors, telehealth users complained about not receiving hands-on treatment or the full range of services they are accustomed to (49.8 percent). Nearly one-quarter (24 percent) reported they did not experience any issues.

Most patients indicated they had not used telehealth services prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among telehealth users, only 15 percent used telehealth prior to the pandemic, while 66.3 percent used telehealth during the pandemic. But based on their positive experiences, more than one-half of all survey respondents, 54.7 percent, anticipate using telehealth after the COVID-19 pandemic ends. Most, 86.1 percent, indicated their perception of telehealth as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is either good and improving (46.2 percent) or good or staying the same (39.9 percent). More telehealth users (91.3 percent) indicated having a positive perception of telehealth as a result of COVID-19 as compared to non-users (79.4 percent).

Key takeaways, reflecting more than four-fifths of telehealth users, demonstrated a general acceptance of quality, ease of discussion and understanding providers' directions. Specific reactions included:

  • "The quality of care I got from my provider was very good through telehealth" (84.6 percent)
  • "I would use telehealth again" (81.5 percent)
  • "I received as much time and attention from my provider during my telehealth visit as I would have during an in-person visit" (81.1 percent)

The primary reason that respondents have not yet used telehealth for a medical appointment was because they have not had the opportunity or need (59.4 percent) or because they prefer face-to-face appointments (35.7 percent). More than two-fifths of non-users, 41.6 percent, reported being very likely (14.1 percent) or somewhat likely (27.5 percent) to use telehealth in the future, while a similar proportion, 39.4 percent, are not likely to do so. And while non-users believe that not having to travel and less time waiting for appointments are positive values associated with telehealth, nearly one-fifth of non-users, 19.7 percent, indicated there were no needs that would have to be met that would increase their likelihood of using telehealth in the future.

Regarding costs and insurance issues, more than one-half of telehealth users, 54 percent, believe insurance companies should reimburse members for telehealth expenses at the full rate for in-person services, while 46 percent believe telehealth services should be reimbursed at a reduced rate. Less than one-half of respondents without a telehealth appointment, 45.9 percent, believe insurance companies should reimburse members for telehealth expenses at the full rate for in-person services. And 53.6 percent of telehealth users believe the State of Connecticut should require both public and private insurance companies to provide telehealth services as an optional service to its members, compared to 33.2 percent who believe telehealth should be offered as a mandatory service.

Finally, more than one-half of all survey respondents, 56.4 percent, became aware of telehealth via their health-care provider, while one-fifth learned by word of mouth or through family or a friend (20.9 percent). To become more likely to use telehealth in the future, non-users indicated they would need access to a quiet or private place (31.5 percent) or access to technology needed for telehealth (25.7 percent).

"The results of this survey substantiate what we all suspected—that the pandemic has forced patients and providers to adapt to telehealth technologies, increasing usage, quality and general acceptance," said Lesley DeNardis, executive director of the Institute for Public Policy and director of Sacred Heart University's master of public administration (MPA) program. "Our client, Community Health Center, Inc. and its Weitzman Institute, wanted to better understand the drivers to utilizing telehealth services for reducing barriers, as well as the likelihood that patients will rely on telehealth for their future medical needs. Telehealth services are not going away ... they must continue to evolve, and programs for helping providers and patients adapt to these new technologies and realities will be critical."

As one example of growing telehealth acceptance and expanded competence, Sacred Heart University's Susan L. Davis, R.N., & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing will offer an online certificate program in the spring for advanced practice nurses (APRNs) who want to study telehealth technology. The program, designed for APRNs with a master's degree or master's and doctoral degree in nursing, will teach nurses to use telehealth technology effectively in their professional roles, offering consultations, preventive care and management of acute and chronic issues utilizing a wide variety of telehealth modalities.

GreatBlue conducted the Connecticut-specific scientific telephone survey on behalf of the SHU Institute for Public Policyinterviewing 1,001 residents. Statistically, this sampling represents a margin for error of +/-3.02 percent at a 95 percent confidence level. 

Sacred Heart's Institute for Public Policy, which was established in 2017 in the College of Arts & Sciences, is aligned with the University's MPA program. In addition to hosting state-wide polls, the institute conducts public policy research, hosts public forums and workshops and serves as a public-policy learning incubator for students.

A PDF file of complete polling results is available by contacting Leslie Gianelli, vice president, communications, for Community Health Center, Inc. at 860-918-7504.


About Sacred Heart University

As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland and offers online programs. More than 9,000 students attend the University's nine colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Social Work; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; the Dr. Susan L. Davis, R.N., & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing; and St. Vincent's College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by laity. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change—in their own lives, professions and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 386 Colleges–2021 Edition, "Best in the Northeast" and Best Business Schools–2020 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to the award-winning, NPR-affiliated radio station, WSHU, a Division I athletics program and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance and theater. www.sacredheart.edu


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