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February 7, 2017

Faculty Share Info on 'Conversations' Program Faculty Share Info on 'Conversations' Program

Pam Towery, assistant professor of nutritional science and director of the program, talked about healthy eating habits with KLEK-FM listeners as part of the station's "Community Conversations" series. She is one of several A-State faculty and staff who recently have been program guests: Dr. Tom Risch, Biological Sciences; Dr. Shawn Drake, Physical Therapy; Dr. Rebecca Oliver, Honors College; Dr. Marti Allen and Jill Kary, Museum; and Renee Miller, Nursing.

Long's Article Accepted for Publication

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

A manuscript by Dr. Jody Long, assistant professor of social work, has been accepted for the peer-reviewed journal Academic Psychiatry. Assistant professors Dr. Larry Morton, department co-chair, and Evi Taylor are co-authors of "What Not to Wear: An Analysis of Outpatient Resident Attire." The study explored patients' preferences toward outpatient-year psychiatry residents wearing a white coat, showing more interest in the resident building a therapeutic alliance or warmth and empathy.

Medic One Gift Provides For Ambulance Simulator Lab


September 22, 2016

JONESBORO — Medic One Ambulance has provided Arkansas State University students a way for hands-on care and training with its $50,000 gift to the College of Nursing and Health Professions. The gift assisted in the purchase of an ambulance simulator lab.

The state-of-the-art simulator at A-State is the only one of its kind in the state of Arkansas. It is designed to enable students and professionals to train in situations of medical emergencies. 

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Home I.V. Gift Establishes Dean’s Excellence Fund


September 12, 2016

JONESBORO — Home I.V. Specialists has established the Dean’s Excellence Fund at Arkansas State University with a gift of $50,000. This endowed fund will provide A-State’s College of Nursing and Health Professions an opportunity to enhance the educational experience for the college’s students by strengthening its programs, faculty and facility.

“Home I.V. Specialists is proud to be partnering with Arkansas State University and the College of Nursing and Health Professions to create the Dean's Excellence Fund,” said Brandi Melton, vice president of Home I.V. Specialists. “The medical communities that have supported Home I.V.Specialists for 25 years greatly benefit from the exceptional education and training that students receive from A-State.”

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Matthews Memorial Scholarship Endowed for Nursing Program


August 25, 2016

 Attached photo:  Dr. Rebecca Matthews

Dr. Rebecca MatthewsJONESBORO — In honor of the late Dr. Rebecca Matthews, the College of Nursing and Heath Professions at Arkansas State University will award the first-ever scholarship for the accelerated nursing program. Dr. Matthews’ husband David created the scholarship because of his wife’s passion for the students in the program.

The only requirements to receive the award is for students to be within the program and have a financial need.

Matthews served as an associate professor of nursing at A-State for nine years. She resigned from the university in 2015 due to health reasons and died in January 2016.

 "I have written many things about Rebecca Matthews while she served our college and since her death,” said Dr. Susan Hanrahan, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions. "She was an excellent role model for both students and faculty.  The college is better now because of her work but we miss her immensely.  We are thankful to David for this lasting tribute."

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016
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Cox's Farmedic Expertise Helps Save 2 Men

Emergency responders in Poinsett County recently summoned Dr. Brent Cox, assistant professor of disaster preparedness and emergency management, to assist with rescuing two men entrapped in a grain storage bin. Cox teaches the Farmedic course and has expertise in techniques used to extract workers trapped in grain. The rescue took several hours, but ended successfully with the two men pulled to safety. KAIT coverage gives details.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

FEMA News Features Disaster Preparedness

In Keeping Current, the newsletter from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 6 Mitigation, one of the articles features A-State's Regional Center for Disaster Preparedness Education, which is directed by Dr. Deborah Persell, professor of disaster preparedness and emergency management. The center is helping answer a growing demand for training by offering online and classroom-based courses, and training opportunities with professional emergency responders.

Long Addresses Total Life Healthcare

Dr. Jody Long, assistant professor of social work, recently gave a presentation about mental illness and geriatrics for Total Life Healthcare at St. Bernards Medical Center. While many think the most common mental illness among elderly is depression, it actually is anxiety. Long said most older adults suffer from some form of anxiety because of life changes such as loss of spouse, finances, health problems and lack of independence.

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Another Step Taken for Disaster Response Training Center


JONESBORO – The Regional Center for Disaster Preparedness Education at Arkansas State University Monday evening completed another step toward establishing a training center in Lawrence County for professional disaster response personnel.

The Walnut Ridge City Council adopted a resolution confirming support from the Council and Mayor Charles Snapp for construction of a disaster training center on 80 acres of land at the Walnut Ridge Regional Airport.  The resolution noted the training center would be in the city's best interest because of the large number of visitors it would bring to the community, making a positive impact on economic development.

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DPEM Sets 'Farmedic' Training for First Responders

JONESBORO – Agriculture, big business in Arkansas, is also one of the most dangerous industries because of the array of equipment, chemicals and outdoor conditions.

First responders in the Northeast Arkansas area will enhance their skills with assisting farm accident victims during a two-day training session, Saturday and Sunday, July 23-24.

The Regional Center for Disaster Preparedness Education at Arkansas State University, in partnership with McNeil and Company and Black River Technical College, will present the course at BRTC's training site in Walnut Ridge.  The course is being funded by Agricultural Safety Healthy America; there is no cost to participants.

"Farmedic is designed for first responders who may potentially be challenged with responding to an agriculture-related emergency," according to Dr. Brent Cox, assistant professor of disaster preparedness and emergency management.  "This course is a 12-hour hands-on and lecture-based certification class, and continuing education units (CEUs) are available."

The Farmedic opportunity follows quickly behind a June 27 decision by the Walnut Ridge Airport Commission to proceed with negotiations for a lease on 80 acres on airport property, following a meeting with university representatives. The airport facility is one facet of the proposed disaster training facility, which also will include a training zone at Imboden.

The Farmedic program's goals include providing rural fire and rescue responders with a systematic approach to rescues that expedites first aid and extrication, if needed, and reduces risk of additional injury to both patients and the rescue personnel.

Officer-level staff also will learn how to manage an incident using the fundamentals of the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

The training sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 23, and 8 a.m. to noon on July 24.  The BRTC training site is at 114 Wilson Dr. near the Walnut Ridge Regional Airport.

Interested individuals may register by contacting the Regional Center for Disaster Preparedness Education in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at A-State, dpem@AState.edu or (870) 680-8286.

The Regional Center for Disaster Preparedness Education is an official regional training center recognized by the American Medical Association and National Disaster Life Support Foundation.

The Center was created in 2005 in response to an unmet need for disaster education within the health professions. It offers courses in basic and advanced disaster life support, homeland security, and emergency management.



JONESBORO – Working with city officials in Walnut Ridge, the Regional Center for Disaster Preparedness at Arkansas State University today completed the first step toward establishing a training center for professional disaster response personnel.

Representatives from the university met with the Walnut Ridge Airport Commission to explain the proposed concept for a disaster training facility at Walnut Ridge Regional Airport.  Following discussion, the commission unanimously voted its support for Chairman Don Cavenaugh to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), giving its support to proceed with negotiations for a lease agreement on 80 acres on airport property.

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Accreditation Site Visits—Visits and Updates

CLS (Clinical Laboratory Sciences) -- Sept 19-20, 2013 -- Accreditation through October 2018.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography - Accredited through Jan 2019.

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)—Accredited through December 2016.

MSW (Masters in Social Work)—April 29, 2015—Site visit April 2015.

Radiation Therapy—Sept 12 and 13, 2011---Accredited through September 2019.

Physical Therapist Assistant—Sept 25-28, 2011---Accreditation through 2022.

Dietetics—July 27-29, 2016— Accredited through December 31, 2023..

Nursing (all programs)—Feb 14-16, 2012—Accreditation through 2020.

Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management - June 18 & 19, 2012 - Pending Report from Foundation For Higher Education Accreditation.

DPT (doctorate in physical therapy)—Accredited through Fall 2022.

OTA (Occupational Therapy Associate) - April 2016 - Next Site visit 2021.

OTD (Occupational Therapy Doctorate) - Granted Candidacy for accreditation.

Relocation in our college:

*The department of Social Work - 3rd floor of the Smith Building. They are in suite 327.
*The Beck P.R.I.D.E. Center - Reynolds Center for Health Sciences, room 170.
*Nurse Anesthesia - Reynolds Center for Health Sciences, 3rd floor.
*Communication Disorders - Reynolds Center for Health Sciences, 2nd floor, Suite 211.
*The Speech and Hearing Clinic - Reynolds Center for Health Sciences, 1st floor, Suite 101.
*Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences - Nursing & Health Professions, 4th floor, Suite 419
*Nutrition -E. Smith, 4th Floor, Suite 410
*Regional Cente for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management - E. Smith, 4th Floor, Suite 410
*Health Studies - E. Smith 4th Floor, Suite 410