KUDOS!

A round-up of honors, awards and other exciting professional news about students, faculty and staff

July 2019

FACULTY
Nursing Collegiate Professor Shannon Zenk has been invited to chair the Community Influences on Health Behavior (CIHB) Study Section at NIH starting July 1.

STAFF
Clare Delaney
, director of student services, has been selected for the University of Illinois System’s Academic Professional Leadership Program, a program that uses the knowledge of university staff, executives, academic theory and practical applications to foster an environment where leaders can emerge. Of 70 applicants from three U of I universities, only 20 individuals were selected for the 2019-20 cohort.

 

June 2019

FACULTY
Clinical assistant professors Robin Shannon and Cathy Yonkaitis received the 2019 Presidential Recognition Award from the National Organization of School Nurses for their efforts in editing the most recent edition of School Nursing: A Comprehensive Text. The textbook is know as the “Bible of school nursing.”

STUDENT
PhD student Youngkwan Song received the Arthur L. Davis Scholarship for Future Nurse Educators from the Illinois Nurses Foundation.

FACULTY
Associate professors Patricia Hershberger and Crystal Patil were inducted as fellows into the Institute of Medicine of Chicago in June.

May 2019

FACULTY
After a highly competitive selection process, Denise Bockwoldt, clinical assistant professor, was invited to join the interprofessional Improving Diagnosis Through Education Learning Collaborative (DxLC), which supports health sciences educators in their efforts to incorporate evidence-based strategies into curricula.

STUDENT 
PhD student Leah Burt has been selected to receive a grant from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners to support her dissertation research on self-explanation and diagnostic reasoning in NP students. Her dissertation chair is executive associate dean Susan Corbridge.

STUDENTS
DNP (FNP) students Minseung Chu and Jessica Gill were selected to present their DNP projects at the National LGBTQ Health Conference at Emory University, May 31-June 1.

April 2019

FACULTY
On April 6, clinical associate professor Gerry Gorman received the Spirit of Ignatius Award from the Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. The award is presented annually to an alumna/us of the who best characterizes “Care of the Person.”

STUDENT
Annanda Batista received a prestigious University Fellowship from the UIC Graduate College.

STUDENTS
Five DNP students—Melissa Drish (FNP), Cheryl Ehrler (AGNP),  Carmen Mei (FNP),  Maggie Rooney (FNP) and Patricia Thomas (FNP)were selected to present their DNP projects at the National Evidence-Based Practice Conference at the University of Iowa on Apr. 17-18. Carmen also presented her project at the North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Conference in Chicago in November 2018.

FACULTY
On April 24, clinical associate professor Martha Dewey Bergren received the inaugural UIC College of Nursing Distinguished Mentor of Faculty Award.

FACULTY
Karen Cotler, clinical assistant professor, was named director of the Family Nurse Practitioner DNP program.

March 2019

FACULTY
On March 8, professor Phoenix Matthews received the UIC College of Nursing Distinguished Researcher Award.

FACULTY, STUDENTS
Seven faculty, postdoctoral fellows and doctoral students received funding awards from the college’s Alpha Lambda Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International in recognition of their research and evidence-based practice projects for academic year 2018-2019. They are:

  • Leah Burt
  • Kelsey Deegan
  • Susan Kilroy
  • Min Kyeng Jang
  • Ting-Ti Lin
  • Karyn Roberts
  • Youngkwan Song

STUDENT
PhD student Kelly Lankin received a grant from the Society of Pediatric Nurses for her dissertation study dissertation entitled, “Supporting families through the acute phase of the pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplant experience: Perspectives from parents and nurses.” Kelly’s dissertation chair is associate professor Patricia Hershberger.

STUDENT
PhD student Glorieuse Uwizeye was awarded a prestigious Margaret McNamara Education Grant, which support women from developing countries “to help further their education and strengthen their leadership skills to improve the lives of women and children in developing countries.” Her advisor is associate professor Julienne Rutherford.

STUDENT
PhD student Katherine Maki received a grant from Sigma Theta Tau International for her proposal entitled, “Cardiovascular and gut microbiome response to sleep disruption in rats.” Her advisor is assistant professor Anne Fink.

February 2019

STAFF
Katie Corboy, director of special events, was awarded the 2019 Alvie Bailey Award, which is given yearly to a college staff member who exemplifies leadership, commitment, collaboration and excellence in their work.

December 2018


STUDENT
Kelly Lankin, PhD Student, received a grant from the Daisy Foundation for her dissertation entitled, “Supporting families through the acute phase of the pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplant experience: Perspectives from parents and nurses.” Kelly’s dissertation chair is Patricia Hershberger.

FACULTY
Martha Bergren, clinical associate professor, Colleen Corte, professor and head of HSS, and Lorna Finnegan, executive associate dean, were all inducted into the Institute of Medicine of Chicago on Dec. 12.

November 2018


STUDENT
Katherine Maki has received a UIC Award for Graduate Research (formerly known as the Provost/Deiss Award) for her project, “Cardiovascular and gut microbiome consequences of sleep disruption in rats.” Her advisor is Anne Fink.

STUDENTS
Youngkwan Song and Glorieuse Uwizeye have each received a Provost’s Graduate Research Award.

  • Youngkwan’s project is titled, “Development of a clinical assessment tool for evaluation of critical competencies of new graduate nurses.” His advisor is Linda McCreary.
  • Glorieuse’s project is, “Health outcomes of exposure to extreme stress among Rwandan adults born of genocidal rape.” Her advisor is Julienne Rutherford.

STUDENT
Alysha Hart, PhD student, has received a dissertation grant from the UIC Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy for her proposal entitled, “Examining the experience of African-American surrogate decision-makers for patients with dementia at end of life.”

FACULTY
Holli DeVon, professor and head of the Department of Biobehavioral Health Science, has been awarded the John Nuveen Center International Development Award for Faculty in support of her Rwanda work from the UIC Office of International Affairs.

STUDENTS
Youngkwan Song, PhD student, and Jessica Gill, DNP student, have each been awarded the Chicago Consular Corps Scholarship from the UIC Office of International Affairs.

October 2018


FACULTY
Shannon Zenk
, Nursing Collegiate Professor, was awarded the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research 2018 President’s Award for her application of “big data” in nursing and healthcare research. She received the award at FNINR’s “NightinGala” on Oct. 31 in Washington, DC.

September 2018

STAFF
Sue Littau, director of the Office of Research Facilitation, was selected as a recipient of the 2018 UIC Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence (CAPE) Award, presented to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to UIC and their communities. Littau has overseen the Office of Research Facilitation for 17 years. She will be honored at the UIC Employee Recognition Award Ceremony on Nov. 6.

STAFF
Dawn Carter
, director of administrative operations in the Department of Health Systems Science, is a recipient of the 2018 UIC Award of Merit. This award is a campuswide honor recognizing academic professional and civil service employees who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in all aspects of their work. She will be honored at the UIC Employee Recognition Award Ceremony on Nov. 6

FACULTY
Valerie Gruss, clinical associate professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Science, received the 2018 “Excellence in Education” Award from the national organization Gerontological Advance Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA). The award recognizes an individual involved in the teaching and/or design of gerontological nurse practitioner curriculum or course content, which inspires advanced practice students to develop excellence in gerontology. Gruss was honored at an awards luncheon at the GAPNA National Conference on Sept. 29 in Washington, D.C.

FACULTY
Krista Jones, clinical associate professor and director of the college’s Urbana Campus, has been appointed to the 10-member Illinois Nursing Workforce Center Advisory Board. The INWC was established in 2006 as part of an overall strategy to produce more highly-skilled nursing professionals to meet healthcare needs in Illinois.