College of Graduate and Professional Studies newsletter

Greetings Alumni, Students,Faculty and Friends,

We begin the 2010-11 academic year (our 100th fall) poised to rise to even greater heights as a graduate college and a university.

This year sees the inaugural class of Doctorateof Nursing Practice students entering Radford University. This program has taken a tremendous effort from many, many individuals, but special mention must be made of its founder, Dr. Kathy LaSalla, who is now the director of the School of Nursing at the University of Northern Colorado; Dr. Kim Carter, the current director of our School of Nursing, who has provided tremendous leadership in getting the program ready to launch; Dr. Lisa Onega, who shepherded the curriculum through the Graduate Affairs Council last year; and Dr. Ginger Burggraf, who is the current graduate program director in the School of Nursing and who recruited and oriented the inaugural class. The class significantly exceeded our enrollment target, which speaks volumes for the programís need and desirability. A really unique and important aspect of the program is that it is all online. This allows working nursing professionals to continue to care for their patients in their current locations while working toward their terminal (D.N.P.) degrees.

The Doctor of Psychology program (director Dr. James Werth and his faculty) are on target to have this program accredited by the American Psychological Association next year. This summer, Dr. Werth was named a fellow of the Counseling Psychology Section of the American Psychological Association. This is a wonderful recognition for his great work and adds significant prestige to the University.

The new Master of Occupational Therapy program accepted its second cohort of graduate students this fall and learned recently that it has now cleared three of the four hurdles toward its accreditation. Dr. Douglas (Mitch) Mitchell and his faculty have done an outstanding job getting that program off the ground in a spectacular manner.

And, if this were not enough, Dr. Ed Swanson has put all of the pieces together for our third doctoral degree program, the Doctor of Physical Therapy, to accept its first class beginning this summer. We are submitting our accreditation paperwork this fall for a site visit by the American Physical Therapy Associationís Commission on Accreditation in the spring. Given the number of inquiries we are already receiving for this program, we have high hopes that it will also be in high demand once its doors open.

This but scratches the surface of all of the wonderful things happening in graduate education as we start our second century. And, while we continue to grow and evolve with new programs and larger graduate student populations, our historical commitment to placing students at the center of all that we do remains our central value.

Warm regards,

Dennis Grady, Ph.D.

Greetings from the Graduate Student Council

Greetings fellow graduate students,

First of all, congratulations to the graduating Class of 2010 for completing such a major academic stepping stone! You all will be greatly missed. Also, for much of us who have survived to see another year and others who are just beginning, this will end up becoming a journey of a lifetime.

My name is Paul Park, and I am a student within the industrial/organizational psychology program with the privilege of serving as your Graduate Student Council (GSC) president for the upcoming year. My goal for GSC this year is to truly reach out to students and provide the resources to aid a meaningful and enjoyable graduate student experience.

The success of GSC will rely heavily on the opinions and voice of the student body, so if you have any comments, issues or questions you feel that the GSC should address, please feel free to contact me or any one of our representatives. I look forward to working with you all and best wishes to all for the new school year. -Paul Park

Read more about Park and his vision for the Graduate Student Council.

Elvir BerbicElvir Berbic: From Refugee to Master’s Degree
In May, Elvir Berbic earned his M.S. in corporate and professional communication, following the successful completion of his B.S. in communication in 2008 and his recognition as one of the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences’ Dean’s Scholars. Not bad for a Bosnian refugee who could barely even speak English upon entering Roanoke’s Woodrow Wilson Middle School 15 years ago. Read More

Anthonia Obianuju AnamegeNigerian Grad Finds Welcoming Arms at Radford
They may not know what a Radford Highlander is in Urualla, Nigeria, but 5,888 miles away, master’s graduate Anthonia Obianuju Anamege is looking to change all that. “It’s overwhelming, so emotional. This will not only change my life, but the lives of my family,” she said in May, shortly after turning the tassel on her graduation mortarboard. “Nothing in my background, or the background of my family, would ever suggest that I’d ever get to be here, nothing at all. It’s all about dreaming big.” Read More

Pennix Named Radford University’s New Dean of Admissions
James Pennix, M.S.W. ’01, has been named the dean of admissions for Radford University. He comes to Radford after a 12-year career at Roanoke College, where he most recently served as director of admissions. “James has demonstrated a high level of achievement throughout his career,” said Steven Nape, RU vice provost for enrollment planning and management. “We’re excited to bring such a highly valued addition to Radford.” Read More

RU Nursing Student Urges Others to Save a Life When Giving Life
The answer to treating and possibly curing some of life’s most debilitating diseases and illnesses could someday be found in a common thing we’re all born with—an umbilical cord. Working toward becoming a family nurse practitioner, Radford graduate student Katia Fiorentino has dedicated the last two years of her life to the singular mission of raising awareness about the tremendous upside of umbilical cord blood donations. Read More

Radford University Welcomes First Doctorate of Nursing Practice Students
A new type of nursing student set foot on the campus of Radford University recently—one of the few times they will do so. On Sept. 2, RU welcomed its inaugural class of Doctorate of Nursing Practice students for their day-long orientation. The program is the first of its kind in the Commonwealth of Virginia to be offered in an online distance-learning format and to be offered to both post-baccalaureate and post-master’s degree nursing students. Read More

RU Partners with Carilion, Jefferson College of Health Sciences to Base Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program in Roanoke
Radford University, Carilion Clinic and the Jefferson College of Health Sciences have announced that RU will base its new Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) program on the campus of the Jefferson College in downtown Roanoke. The DPT program, considered one of the most sought-after graduate programs in the health sciences, is expected to begin training its first cohort of students in June 2011. Read More

Alumna Displays Color Works on Campus
Works from “Color Play – Leaving White” by Jennifer Martin, M.F.A. ’94, served as a beautiful display this summer in the sculpture garden outside Porterfield Hall. “The sculptures suggest an unusual cosmos of colorful planets encircling a white blossom,” said Martin. More of the Florida artist’s were on display in the summer and fall art exhibition at the Radford University Art Museum in the Covington Center for Visual and Performing Arts. The show, “The Nature of Color,” showcased Martin’s unique style of artistry drawn from her career as a scientist and artist. “When I look at the work I want to present in this exhibition, I see the art and science connecting to reveal nature’s beauty and behavior, multiple parts making a whole, much like electrons, protons, neutrons, quarks make from the atom, much like ‘peeling an onion’, then rebuilding it,” wrote Martin in her artist’s statement.

Whiteside Grabs Two Awards at Art Show
Shaun Whiteside, a Master of Fine Arts candidate, earned two awards this summer for his work “Bloom” at the 2010 WVTF Juried Art Show in Roanoke. Whiteside’s work was honored with The People’s Choice Award and an honorable mention. Della Watkins, chief educator of education and statewide partnerships for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, served as juror for the show. The annual art show gives regional artists a platform to showcase their talents and celebrate their works.

CGPS Student of the Month
The College of Graduate and Professional Studies (CGPS) honors a Student of the Month and features the student on the college’s website. Over the summer, four students, Laura Villada, Mark Dixon, Bobby Baker and Dale Lee, were honored with the monthly award.

In May, the Graduate Student of the Month spotlight was on MBA candidate Laura Villada, who has aspirations for a career in human resources, training and finance. Villada has served as a training coordinator in Celanese Mexicana, professor at the University of Guadalajara and has held numerous positions within private businesses. Villada is married and has two children, Adrian and Alex, whom she says are her inspiration.

Mark Dixon, an M.S. candidate in the Department of Clinical Psychology, was the student of the month in June. Dixon’s clinical interests include child mental health services and adolescent substance abuse treatment. Outside of school, Dixon enjoys coaching football and basketball and spending time with his two children, Houston and Emily.

The CGPS honored Bobby Baker in July. Baker is an MBA candidate in the College of Business and Economics, who focuses his research on healthcare operations. Baker holds a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Evansville and is a certified paramedic. He has worked 22 years in emergency services and currently serves on the board of the Roanoke Local Emergency Planning Commission and on two college / emergency services education programs. Outside of school, Baker enjoys playing golf, hunting, shooting and spending time with his family.

For August, the CGPS chose Dale Lee, an M.S. candidate in mathematics education, for the Student of the Month honor. Lee serves as vice president and corporate secretary for RGC Resources, Inc., a holding company for Roanoke Gas Company. She serves on the American Cancer Society Leadership Council and the corporate YMCA Board of Directors, and she is the chair of the Salem Family YMCA Board of Directors. Outside of school, Lee likes spending time with her husband, Bob, her two sons, Alex and Preston, her step-daughter, Caitlin, and two dogs, Angel and Gracie.

Grad Student Helps Hunger in Radford
Psy.D. counseling psychology student Kevin Simonson has created a program in which volunteers will transport food to Radford children who are eligible to receive free or reduced lunch during the regular school year. Read more in the New River Voice. Read More

Guest Editorial: A Day Without Shoes
Radford University Psy.D. student Joshua Bradley writes for the New River Voice about his experiences with Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS Shoes, at RU’s Charter Day celebration in March. Read More

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