College of Allied Health and Nursing News

Alcohol and drug studies students help fill need for more mental health leaders

As part of an occasional series focused on mental health, this Mankato Free Press article features the alcohol and drug studies program students and faculty and how they are responding to the need for mental health care leaders, especially in rural Minnesota.
New PE-DAPE major helps fill need for future educators

New PE-DAPE major helps fill need for future educators

Responding to the demand for more Physical Education-Developmental Adapted Physical Education (PE-DAPE) educators, Minnesota State University, Mankato is now the first University in the Upper Midwest to offer a PE-DAPE undergraduate major.
Social Work moves forward with a legacy of best practices

Social Work moves forward with a legacy of best practices

Program builds on solid foundation during first year in new College home.
Mankato garden provides peaceful retreat for seniors with memory loss

Mankato garden provides peaceful retreat for seniors with memory loss

College of Allied Health and Nursing faculty were interviewed by KEYC News Now about their work creating meaningful experiences for those with dementia.
When worlds collide: FCS and nonprofit leadership alum taps commitment to inclusion

When worlds collide: FCS and nonprofit leadership alum taps commitment to inclusion

Lydia Jagodzinski, '20 turned her passions for community, diversity, and working with youth into her dream job.
Back in the Bullpen

Back in the Bullpen

Three decades after he was a student worker, Jeff Maurer '87, returns as an instructor.
RPLS alumna makes most of time outdoors

RPLS alumna makes most of time outdoors

An increase in outdoor recreation means an increase in engagement opportunities for Conservation Officer Chelsey Bechel '17.
Summer services at Health Commons at Pond

Summer services at Health Commons at Pond

The summer program helps fill a gap for families while providing real-world experiences for students.
Inspired to help heal

Inspired to help heal

A required drug education class introduced Kelsey Joines to her calling -- helping people leave their addictions behind.
Volunteers, patients with memory loss share experiences through gardening

Volunteers, patients with memory loss share experiences through gardening

Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) joined our student volunteers, faculty, and those with memory challenges in a place that makes a lasting impression - a community garden.
Clinical Sciences Building receives architecture award

Clinical Sciences Building receives architecture award

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Clinical Sciences Building was one of six buildings recognized with a Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects Minneapolis.

Dental student receives Gilman scholarship for study abroad

Morgan Rud, a pre-dental major from Mondovi, Wisconsin, received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

Minnesota State Mankato, South Central College Announce MAP Plan for Nursing Students

Minnesota State University, Mankato and South Central College (SCC) announced a partnership known as the Maverick (Nursing) Advance (Transfer) Plan.
Athletic Training students recognized

Athletic Training students recognized

Congratulations to these first- and second-year Minnesota State Mankato MS Athletic Training students who were recognized at the 2021 Minnesota Athletic Trainer’s Association (MATA) 2021 Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium!
FCS students host "Living Mindfully" event

FCS students host "Living Mindfully" event

Phi Upsilon Omicron (Phi U), the oldest national honor society in Family and Consumer Sciences, created and hosted a mindfulness exhibit for students, staff and faculty.

Clinical Sciences Building Receives ‘Best of B3’ Award for Indoor Environmental Quality

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Clinical Sciences Building has won a “Best of B3 Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) – Classroom/Lab” award from the State of Minnesota Buildings, Benchmarks & Beyond (B3) energy and sustainability program in which all state-funded buildings participate.

Eyes on research: Dental students present at national conference

Dental hygiene majors Lissette Garza and Kaitlyn Knutson first met as Honors students at Minnesota State University, Mankato and quickly realized they had “weirdly similar paths”.

Center for Communication Sciences & Disorders awarded Parkinson Voice Project grant for second year

The grant will provide training for graduate students and two speech-language pathologists who will learn the latest approaches for helping people with Parkinson’s to improve their speech and voice.

Health Science Professor receives national award

Dr. Mary Kramer has received a national award for her leadership in promoting the health of her community, her students and her colleagues.

"Central Park Five" speaker to keynote Health Summit

Yusef Salaam, the keynote speaker for the 2021 Health and Biomedical Sciences Summit, talks about health equity, the connection of race to the social determinants of health and his conversations with young people about social justice.

Faculty reflect on documentary leading up to March 24 Health Summit

In anticipation of this year’s Health and Biomedical Science Summit, the College of Allied Health and Nursing and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences hosted a viewing and discussion of the documentary "The Central Park Five".

Social Work alum specializes in transplant patients

With a family history and an influential professor behind her, Social Work alum Stephanie Schramm Little is now one of two advocates for organ transplant patients in North Dakota.

Family Consumer Science major represents state as Miss Minnesota; advocates for systemic change

Kathryn Kueppers, an FCS major and Miss Minnesota 2020, speaks openly about systemic change.

Applications open for new MS in Advanced Dental Therapy

The Department of Dental Education at Minnesota State University, Mankato will welcome its first cohort of the new Master of Science in Advanced Dental Therapy (ADT MS) program in Fall of 2021.

Innovative medical-dental integration featured in new documentary

Uncovered: Minnesota’s Dental Crisis, a new TPT documentary, features three successful efforts —including our very own medical-dental integration pilot with Mayo Clinic Health System— to help overcome barriers and eliminate health disparities.

In response: When it comes to mental health and the pandemic, the kids are not alright

While the virus's physical impact on kids may not be as bad as we once feared, the negative psychological impact is a public health crisis that we will battle long after we finish vaccinating for the virus.

Cutting Edge: New medical simulation gets first use

Minnesota State Mankato partnered with Mayo Clinic Health System on a new surgical simulation room that will train health care workers and give students new opportunities.

Teeth exhibit connects play to the real world

The public dental clinic at Minnesota State Mankato has welcomed an educational “permanent tooth” display to the clinic lobby.

Social Work joins College of Allied Health and Nursing

The move to Allied Health and Nursing means an increase in real-world experiences for social work students and a boost in collaboration opportunities for all.

Alcohol and drug studies professor makes a difference on self-care

Knowing frontline workers can’t take care of others if they aren’t taking care of themselves, Jenna Londgren, a professor of alcohol and drug studies, is sharing self-care strategies and resources with current and future health care leaders.

Top 10 Social Media Posts

Here’s a look back at the most popular posts shared on the College of Allied Health and Nursing’s Facebook page from 2020.

Human Performance faculty receive recognition and awards

Athletic training, health, and physical education faculty recognized

Urgent care: A New Internship for Nursing and COVID

Ordinarily in Minnesota, internships at hospitals and clinics take place during the summer. But in a year far from ordinary, hospitals across the country are struggling to keep up as more patients come in.

MSW Students Submit Letters to the Editor

Congrats to these Master of Social Work students who had letters to editor printed!

Nursing alumni, retired faculty and supporters donate to PPE fund for nursing students

Thanks to donors, nursing students received PPE, allowing them to continue working in clinical settings and giving them the real-world experience needed to pursue their nursing career.

2020-2021 College of Allied Health and Nursing scholarship recipients

Thanks to our generous donors, 88 students in the College of Allied Health and Nursing received over $167,400 to support their big ideas.

Kid's Day at the Public Dental Clinic

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Dental Hygiene Program provided free dental care to area children during the annual Kid's Day event.

Mavericks on the Frontlines

Public Health Education, Community Health Education, Dietetics and Nursing students featured in TODAY Magazine

Dr. Jehad Adwan named Nurse Educator of the Year

Dr. Adwan thought he was meeting with a colleague and was anticipating a socially distanced conversation about curriculum changes. Instead, the meeting was an awards presentation on his porch.

Making final arrangements

Since mid-March, when COVID-19 upended health-care protocols, registered nurse and Minnesota State Mankato student Cy Schweiss has shifted to incorporating outside-the-box care for her patients and their family members.

Quitting time

Health experts say there’s no time like the present to quit vaping or using other tobacco products.

Recreation through a computer screen?

“One of the themes for later in the summer was going to be around the Olympics,” Carlson said. “I even had a Minnesota State University, Mankato alumni rugby player lined up to work with the kids. But none of that is happening now.”

Community health education alum share how COVID-19 has changed their work

With degrees focused on promoting health, preventing disease and improving the quality of life through education, Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Health Science graduates are finding their roles changing because of COVID-19.

Providing care to others — even in scary times — is essential

As a first-year graduate student, COVID-19 has had a great impact on my education and life.

Big Idea: Integrating oral health care with overall health

The pilot, taking place at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, gives families the option of receiving an oral health screening and treatment from Minnesota State Mankato’s dental hygiene students as part of the visit.

Exercise science lab improves research and honors an advocate for women athletes

The Dr. Viola Holbrook Exercise Physiology Center allows for innovative research to be conducted by graduate students and faculty, as well as serving as a teaching laboratory for undergraduate students learning core exercise testing and prescription concepts and skills.

Lifelong dream realized: Brittany White's path to becoming a nurse

“I’ve always wanted to be a nurse,” White said. “When I was little, I was in and out of clinics and always had a lot of influential nurses in my life. I knew I wanted to give back.” 

A reason to give: Grace Keir

"I want to assist Family Consumer Science (FCS) students through my financial contributions for scholarships. I especially want to help future FCS educators so that they will have the expertise to teach the diversity of students they will find in and out of the classroom."

Renovated food lab gives dietetic and nutrition students a taste of their future

These labs give students access to educational and real-world experiences that better prepare them for a wide range of careers.

The Elusive Regalia

That night, through a flurry of emails, two staff and one mom tried to piece together where the regalia was and if it had even been shipped.

Graduate Commencement Speech 2020

"When I first walked into the Experiential Education Graduate program, I was not sure of what I wanted to do, nor where I wanted to go. However, through time and effort I was able to craft classes that resonated the most with me, diving deep into the realms of my curiosities."

Education and athletics go hand in hand for world-ranked handball player

When Ciana Ni Churraoin was completing her undergraduate degree in her native Ireland, she had no plans to travel to the United States to continue her studies. But then Minnesota State University, Mankato professor Michael Wells reached out to her with some important information.

Opening eyes—and ears—to health-care careers

The Health Care Career Exploration Program provided high school students real-world experiences through clinic rotations, shadowing, observations and networking in a variety of settings.

Senator Matt Little answers Social Work questions

Social Work students get questions about about social welfare policy from State Senator.
Dental students study and serve during mission trip to Belize

Dental students study and serve during mission trip to Belize

Dental students studied abroad, providing oral care and dental education in Belize.

Dental Clinic receives $250,000 grant to purchase equipment

Funds from Delta Dental to support clinic and purchase state-of-the art dental hygiene equipment.

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