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Arkansas State University Hosts Disaster Preparedness Conference

Posted: Nov 13, 2014 7:41 PM CST Updated: Nov 14, 2014 12:57 PM CST

Posted by Region 8 Newsdesk

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -School administrators from Region 8 schools gathered at Arkansas State University on Thursday for a disaster preparedness conference.

ASU Assistant Professor Brent Cox said the program is part of the Educational Renewal Zone initiative. The program helps provide training to school districts on disaster preparedness and response.

“No matter if it's from a tornado, to an active shooter, earthquakes, thunderstorms, accidents, whatever it may be we are talking to the safety teams and planning commissions of the schools on how to respond to and recover from disasters,” said Cox.

Blytheville Superintendent Richard Atwill attended the conference. He said he wants his schools to have a unified command system with the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department to help keep all citizens safe during possible disasters.

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Report: Large number of veterans under-employed

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -For the sixth straight year, Arkansas State is listed among the Military Times "Best for Vets College" in the 2015 rankings. The Beck PRIDE Center has been serving veterans since 2010.

According to a survey from the University of Phoenix, the unemployment rate for veterans is dropping but a large number of them are under-employed.

The survey shows that 72 percent of veterans say they took a job because they were unemployed even though it was beneath their skill set. 

"We may not have all the answers but we can help them find the answers and refer them to where they need," said Lynda Nash, director of the Beck PRIDE Center at Arkansas State University. 

The center is currently helping 219 veterans and has assisted more than 400 veterans since the opened their doors about four years ago. The Beck PRIDE Center focuses on personal rehabilitation, individual development and education. Nash said their primary focus is recent combat veterans.

"Helping them identify the resources to pay for school, accessing those resources or do they need adjustment," she said. "We help provide support for not just veterans but spouses, significant others and children of those veterans."

The Beck PRIDE Center offers veterans access to counseling, placement tests and career options. Finding a job just adds to the list of challenges veterans face once they return home. 

"When they first come back, a lot of is hyper-vigilance, they're so aware of what kept them safe which was being completely aware of their surroundings," Nash said. 

A Veterans Affairs counselor meets with veterans once a month on campus. The center also has a combat support group. Nash said they just completed a workshop for mental health providers and religious leaders in the local community.

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November 10, 2014

Military Times Ranks A-State Among Top Universities In “2015 Best For Vets Colleges” For Sixth Time

JONESBORO — For the sixth straight year, Arkansas State University is listed among the Military Times “Best for Vets Colleges.” The rankings factor in the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military students’ success rates. A-State has appeared on the rankings since its inaugural year of 2010.

According to Military Times, as with all Best for Vets rankings, Best for Vets Colleges 2015 is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an organization a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families.

Services offered through Arkansas State’s Beck PRIDE Center, based in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, also was a major factor contributing to the ranking.

The Beck PRIDE Center focuses on “Personal Rehabilitation, Individual Development and Education,” which is the basis for the PRIDE acronym. Its mission is to supplement, not replace, other traditional forms of assistance to military veterans.

Establishment of the center was made possible in 2007 through the generosity of Buddy and Charlotte Beck of Fairfax Station, VA, who are A-State alumni. From the beginning, more than 400 veterans have received services from the Beck Center.

The U.S. Department of Defense, recognizing the Beck Center’s progress, provided $1.4 million for program evaluation and replication design. The funding is supporting a research project titled “Beck PRIDE Center – An Effective Solution for Combat-Injured Student Veterans.”

Read the entire press release.

Visit the Beck Pride Center web site.

DPEM Student, Holli Werner, chosen as the spotlight student at the Center for Domestic Preparedness

The CDP welcomes Holli Werner to training this week. Holli is a fulltime student in the Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management Program at Arkansas State University at Jonesboro. Through a partnership with the CDP, Arkansas State has included CDP training in its disaster management curriculum.

Holli is attending one of the CDP’s first courses called TERT. The course can be traced back to the CDP’s beginning of June 1998. TERT is part of a handful of courses that allow emergency responders to train in a nerve agent and biological material environment.

Read the article on the FEMA web site.

DAV Charitable Service Trust Grant to Aid A-State’s Beck PRIDE Center Veterans

 JONESBORO — Arkansas State University’s Beck PRIDE Center for America’s Wounded Veterans has been awarded a grant for $60,000 by the DAV Charitable Service Trust. The grant will provide counseling, advocacy and educational programming for veterans at Arkansas State.

 Dr. Susan Hanrahan, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was notified of the funding by the chairman of the Charitable Service Trust Richard E. Marbes. 

 “We are so appreciative of the support of the DAV Charitable Services Trust,” Hanrahan said. “This gift will provide an opportunity to extend our work with the student veterans and their families especially in the areas of psychoeducational programming, tutoring and counseling. Beck PRIDE services to date have impacted over 500 student veterans and their families. The DAV is making such a difference in the lives of veterans nationwide.” 

Read the entire article.

Visit the Beck Pride Center web site.

A-State Social Work Department To Hold Delta Health Disparities Conference

Oct 14, 2014

JONESBORO — A Delta Health Disparities Conference designed to identify tools to combat poverty and address health issues in the Delta region will be held Wednesday, Nov. 12, on the third floor of the Carl R. Reng Student Union, 101 N. Caraway Road, on the Arkansas State University campus.

The conference, open to the public, features individual workshop sessions to address different health issues in the Delta and how to battle them. Chris Masingill, the federal co-chairman of the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), is the keynote speaker and will discuss how the regional authority helps to create jobs, build communities and improve lives for the 10 million people who live in the eight states and 252 counties of the Delta region.

Read the complete article.

A-State to Honor Nursing And Health Professions Alumni At Homecoming

JONESBORO — Seven outstanding graduates of Arkansas State University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) will be honored as distinguished alumni during Homecoming activities, Saturday, Oct. 4.

The distinguished alumni include Sara Fenter, Jerry Fenter, Merrill Catt, Kevin Decker, Deanna Barymon, Joyce Files and Adam Watkins. The group will be recognized during a 2 p.m. ceremony in the Reynolds Center for Health Sciences, Room 222, 2501 Danner Avenue.

Read the complete article.

Welcome to New Faculty Members - August 25, 2014

Welcome to these new faculty members in the College of Nursing and Health Professions: Dr. Patricia Wilkerson, associate professor of social work; Dr. Christina Akbari, assistant professor of communication disorders; Hadyn Huckabee, assistant professor of health sciences; Dr. Junlin Zhang, assistant professor of physical therapy;  Kacie Altom, temporary instructor in nursing; Joseph Carter, temporary instructor in medical imaging and radiation sciences; Karnilla Schingoethe-Lee, temporary instructor in social work; and Dr. Evelyn Taylor, temporary instructor in social work.

Ready for Anything - July 18, 2014

Disaster Camp 2014

7th  and    8th    graders    from    across    the    region    enjoyed    a    week    of    Disaster    Camp.    Campers    learned    a    variety    of    skills    and   protocols    to   handle    a    variety    of    situations    from    extreme    weather    to    CPR    administration.    The    camp    is    run    by    Arkansas    State’s    Regional    Center  for   Disaster    Preparedness     education.  

Wed, Jul 2, 2014
Faculty and Students Receive Middle East Studies Grants for Research 

Five faculty members and eight students are recipients of the latest round of Middle East Studies Grants, with which they engage in various research projects.  A university committee reviews applications to determine how the funds are awarded.  Faculty recipients are Dr. William Allen, professor, Kimberly Vickrey, associate professor, and Nikki Arnell, assistant professor, all in the Department of Art; Dr. Gil Fowler, professor of journalism; and Dr. Irina Khramtsova, associate professor of psychology.  The successful student applications included one awarded jointly with Khramtsova. Dr. Kathleen Carrick, assistant professor of social work, and Ms. Lynda Nash, director of the Beck PRIDE Center, accompanied two social work student applicants on their study of social services in Morocco. The total amount of all awards was $50,000.

Nursing Academy Selects Young as Fellow 

The American Academy of Nursing has selected Dr. Cathy Young, assistant professor of nursing, for induction in its next class of fellows during the group's national conference in Washington, D.C.  Selection is based on evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care, through both policy and practice.  Young, who joined the A-State faculty in 2011, completed her doctoral degree at the University of Tennessee.

Physical Therapy Faculty Members Produce 'Perfect' Student 

Well, maybe not perfect in every way, but Duston Jones scored a perfect 800 on the National Physical Therapy exam, administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.  The May graduate gets the credit for a great test score, but the faculty members in the Department of Physical Therapy deserve a share of the spotlight for preparing him so well.  Watch Jones explain what motivated him to success in this A-State video.

Articles submitted by: Tom Moore
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College of Nursing and Health Professions Cites Top
Graduating Students during Convocation of Scholars

JONESBORO -- The College of Nursing and Health Professions at Arkansas State University recognized its most outstanding graduating students during its annual Convocation of Scholars honors program, according to Dr. Susan Hanrahan, dean of the college.

Audra Gambill of Jonesboro, a nursing major, was recognized as recipient of the Chancellor’s Scholar award for having the highest grade point average (4.0) in the college. Morgan Caples of Jonesboro, a communication disorders major, and Adam Windle of Jonesboro, a medical imaging and radiation sciences major, received the 4.0 Award. When more than one person has a 4.0, the Chancellor’s Scholar is the student who has completed the most credit hours.

Twenty-eight students were selected by faculty in the individual degree programs to receive the awards for outstanding achievement, leadership and service to their respective departments and degree programs, both in the classroom and in the clinical experience.

Read the complete article.

A-State Announces Distinguished Service Awards

For Release to the Media

April 1, 2014

JONESBORO, Ark. — One of seven outstanding students graduating from Arkansas State University in May 2014 will be the newest Wilson Award recipient. The winner will come from the Distinguished Service Award (DSA) winners and will be announced Wednesday, April 2, at Cooper Alumni Center Student Honors Awards ceremony.

 The Distinguished Service Award winners are recognized as the institution’s most outstanding graduates because of their leadership, scholarship, and citizenship. Faculty, staff, advisers to student organizations, and other members of the campus community submit nominations for these prestigious awards. 

 All of the nominees have provided countless hours of service to the community, their classmates, their departments and colleges, and to Arkansas State University. A committee comprised of students, faculty, staff, and past Wilson Award recipients makes the final selections.

Read the complete story.

Arkansas State Disaster Preparedness Program Group to Attend Conference in Israel

For Release to the Media
January 9, 2014

JONESBORO, Ark. — Arkansas State University’s disaster preparedness education program is taking its skills to the other side of the world. Representatives of A-State’s program are traveling to Tel Aviv, Israel. A-State will serve as a co-sponsor of the third annual International Preparedness and Response to Emergencies and Disasters (IPRED III) conference. Responders from at least 30 other countries are expected to attend and participate. The group departed Jan. 8 and the conference runs until Jan. 17. This marks the second international conference that A-State is co-sponsoring.

Read the complete press release.

Accreditation Site Visits—Visits and Updates

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

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)—Accredited through December 2016

MSW (Masters in Social Work)—Aug 24, 2011—Accreditation through October 2015

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

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

Dietetics—Oct 24 and 25, 2011—Granted Candidate Status

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)—Sept 30-Oct 2, 2012—Pending Report

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