Save The Date: Fall Prevention Expo Friday, Sept. 13

Among older Americans, falls are the No. 1 cause of injury and death from injury. The risk of injury from falls increase with age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in four people 65 and older report falling in the previous year, yet less than half of those talked to a health care provider about falls. Many falls are preventable with some simple steps such as talking to your doctor and keeping your body strong and active.

To respond to the growing issue, the Northeast Georgia Fall Prevention Coalition is hosting the third annual Fall Prevention Expo. This year’s expo is being brought to you by Brenau University Ivester College of Health Sciences, Legacy Link Area Agency on Aging and Trauma & Acute Care Surgery of Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Anyone interested in learning more about preventing and managing falls are invited to attend on Friday, Sept. 13, at the Gainesville Civic Center located at 830 Green St. NE.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for registration and a light breakfast and the program begins at 9 a.m. Join us for education and discussion about preventing falls. Also included will be free screenings, demonstrations, home safety tips, community resources, giveaways and more! You must register to attend and space is limited. This event is free.

Go to www.nghs.com/fpe to register online or call 800-347-1416. See the flyer (PDF) for more information.

Dr. Irma Alvarado, alumna Amy Todd present at conference

Amy Todd, class of 2008, and Dr. Irma Alvarado, professor in the school of Occupational Therapy, presented a “Virtual Lighting Talk” session at Twelfth Global Studies Conference held Friday, June 28, at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

The conference has a special focus on “The ‘End of History’ 30 Years On: Globalization Then and Now.” Todd and Alvarado’s topic was titled Global Occupational Therapy: Yes, It Can Be Sustainable. It highlighted Brenau University’s School of Occupational Therapy, which has sent 19 students to Merida, Yucatan, in Mexico for level-two fieldwork experiences.

They shared how planning for fieldwork placements with practitioners in Merida and preparing students for culturally relevant practice allows a deeper understanding of occupational therapy.

“With increased global mobility, the U.S. is a rapidly changing cultural community, and this includes health beliefs,” Todd and Alvarado found in their presentation. “The health care system needs to respond to the different values in order to achieve holistic health for those who partake in services. This has resulted in a sustainable partnership with many facilities in the Yucatan in which students gain cultural awareness and knowledge of the role disability plays in a person’s life and community.”

School of Occupational Therapy Faculty Receive AOTA Commendations

The following faculty members from the School of Occupational Therapy received commendations from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) at the annual conference in April.

  • Jenene Craig for Author, Occupational Therapy’s Role in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 2018.
  • Krisi Probert for AOTA Advisor, Innovation in Care Delivery and Payment, 2018.
  • Tamara Mills for AOTA Commission on Continuing Competence and Professional Development (CCCPD), 2015-2018.

Congratulations to all!

Celeste Alexander Appointed to Three-Year Term on AOTA Commission on Education

Celeste Alexander, assistant professor in the School of Occupational Therapy, has been appointed to a three-year term on the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Commission on Education. Congratulations, Celeste!

Condolences to Dr. Krisi Probert and Family

Dr. Krisi Probert, faculty in the School of Occupational Therapy, lost her father-in-law this weekend. Brian John Probert, 73, of McCormick SC, formerly of Michigan, passed away Friday, April 19, 2019, following an extended illness.

He is survived by his wife, two siblings, two children and four grandchildren.
Brian was a subject of the British crown and served in the United States Air
Force during the Vietnam War and became a U.S. citizen upon conclusion
of his service. He retired from both Ford Motor Company and Roush
Steel. He was an avid golfer and boater, devoted husband, loving
father and doting grandfather.

Donations, in memory of Brian John Probert, may be made to the American Diabetes Association at donations.diabetes.org/site/Donation2?df_id=18806&18806.donation=form1.

Dr.’s Robin Underwood and Wendy Holmes’ Retirement and Farewell Tea is Wednesday, May 1

Celebration for Dr. Wendy Holmes and Dr. Robin Underwood will be held at 4 p.m., Wednesday, May 1 at Lockett-Mitchell Parlour.
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The Ivester College of Health Sciences and the School of Occupational Therapy will host a tea honoring the many contributions made by Dr. Robin Underwood, who will be retiring after 23 years of service, and Dr. Wendy Holmes, who will be following her heart for OT and continuing her career with OT practice after serving Brenau for eight years.

Please join us in celebrating these wonderful members of our faculty at 4 p.m., Wednesday, May 1 in Lockett-Mitchell Parlour.

Hagerman-Thompson Award nomination deadline extended to Friday, April 12

Brenau University annually honors and recognizes a staff member who demonstrates high standards of performance with the Hagerman-Thompson Staff Excellence Award. The award is presented at the faculty and staff service awards ceremony.

All university staff and faculty and are encouraged to nominate a staff member who meets the following criteria:

  • Will complete five years of service in 2019.
  • Employed on at least a ¾ time basis.
  • Contributes to the growth and excellence of Brenau University beyond the call of duty.
  • Is well respected.
  • Presents a positive image both on and off campus.
  • Is efficient and effective.
  • Works well as a team member.
  • Demonstrates commitment and dedication to the institution.
  • Has not previously won the award and is not a member of the faculty, Vice Presidents group or the President’s Cabinet.

All Brenau University faculty and staff are eligible to submit one nomination form for a staff member who meets the criteria. The deadline for nominations will be end of the day Friday, April 12.

Please follow the link below to access the Google form to nominate:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSducVgcstJget_tglxcCVsHcQw3E_XLBjaDvbEXehXGquSsVQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

OT faculty, graduates to present at American Occupational Therapy conference April 4-7

The following Brenau University School of Occupational Therapy faculty and recent graduates will be presenting at the American Occupational Therapy Annual Conference April 4-7 in New Orleans:

Associate professor Dr. Tamara Mills and 2018 graduate Sara Buggelli will present “A Case Study on the Effectiveness of Two Virtual-Reality Interventions on Improving Upper-Extremity Motor Function in Adults After Stroke,” as well as a Tech Day presentation, “Facilitating Upper- and Lower-Body Neurorehabilitation Using a Customizable Virtual-Reality Application.”

Associate professor Dr. Louise Dunn and 2017 graduates Sydney Bennett and Amanda Litten will present “Map to Happiness: Promoting Health and Well-being for Children’s Palace.”

Assistant professor Dr. Laura Carpenter will present “Strategies to Inform Practice and Pedagogy from and Investigation of OTs’ Clinical Reasoning.”

Associate professor Dr. Kay Graham and 2017 graduate Chris Galati will present “OT and Health Literacy: Current Practices and Recommended Actions.”

OT counselor Dr. Nancy Fowler will present “Upstream Living: Promoting the Health and Well-being of Community-Dwelling Older Adults.”

Professor Dr. Irma Alvarado and adjunct faculty Amy Todd and Mary Shotwell will present “Developing, Sustaining, and Evaluating International Fieldwork in Yucatan, Mexico.”

Assistant professor Dr. Jennifer Allison with Shotwell and 2018 graduates Ben Keeling and Andrew Simon will present “Effects of the Alert Program on Communication, Social Interaction, and Occupational Performance in Adults with Developmental Disabilities.” They will also present “Using the Alert Program to Increase Communication, Interaction Skills, and Occupational Performance in Adults with Developmental Disabilities.”

Finally, director and associate professor Dr. Kathleen Foley and 2018 graduates Jamie Gentry, TraLisa Myers, Lindsay Rankin and Kristin Shepard will present “Activities of Daily Living Strategies to Age in Place.”

Thank you for representing Brenau University!

Hagerman-Thompson Staff Excellence Award, now accepting nominations!

Brenau University annually honors and recognizes a staff member who demonstrates high standards of performance with the Hagerman-Thompson Staff Excellence Award. The award is presented at the faculty and staff service awards ceremony.

All university staff and faculty and are encouraged to nominate a staff member who meets the following criteria:

  • Will complete five years of service in 2019.
  • Employed on at least a ¾ time basis.
  • Contributes to the growth and excellence of Brenau University beyond the call of duty.
  • Is well respected.
  • Presents a positive image both on and off campus.
  • Is efficient and effective.
  • Works well as a team member.
  • Demonstrates commitment and dedication to the institution.
  • Has not previously won the award and is not a member of the faculty, Vice Presidents group or the President’s Cabinet.

All Brenau University faculty and staff are eligible to submit ONE nomination form for a staff member who meets the criteria. The deadline for nominations will be end of day Wednesday, April 10.

Please follow the link below to access the Google form to nominate:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSducVgcstJget_tglxcCVsHcQw3E_XLBjaDvbEXehXGquSsVQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Adjunct Instructor Suzanne Pickering receives the 2018 Impact Partner Award

Suzanne Pickering, center, clinical adjunct instructor in the School of Occupational Therapy, with other guests at the CFI award ceremony last year.

Suzanne Pickering, center, clinical adjunct instructor in the School of Occupational Therapy, with other guests at the CFI award ceremony last year.

Suzanne Pickering, clinical adjunct instructor in the School of Occupational Therapy, received the 2018 Impact Partner Award by Community Friendship Inc. for her work with occupational therapy students. CFI is a nonprofit mental health organization that serves adults in metro Atlanta.

Pickering has facilitated occupational therapy student-led groups for CFI members on topics such as cultural awareness, health and wellness, money management, relaxation, mindfulness, and community involvement.

The award describes her as having, “an energy and drive to not only teach her students, but to help them learn how to interact and connect with the members on a human level. She is always upbeat and positive and you can tell that comes from her heart. You can’t teach that. She is a joy to be around and we see such a benefit for the members … for us all, really … when Susanne and her students are here.”