Winter 2013 Newsletter
2012 Homecoming Brunch Honors Kathleen Mastrian
Kathleen Mastrian is an associate professor of nursing and the coordinator of the Nursing program at Penn State Shenango. Mastrian received a bachelor's degree in nursing from Penn State in 1973, a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1976, and a Ph.D. degree in medical sociology from Kent State University in 1992. She worked as a hospital nurse before becoming an instructor at Penn State Shenango in 1978.
Mastrian is a leader and expert in nursing informatics, a discipline on the cutting edge of nursing science. The second edition of her book Nursing Informatics and the Foundation of Knowledge was published this year by Jones and Bartlett; it is used in more than 150 nursing schools and 350 nursing courses around the world. She is also the senior managing editor of the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics.
SNAP at UP held a total of five meetings in the fall semester with over 100 people in attendance at each meeting. The organization held a stethoscope fundraiser for the sophomores, sponsored a blood drive for the Red Cross, decorated pumpkins with children from a housing transition group, collected and donated canned goods to the State College Food Bank, and sent holiday stockings overseas to soldiers in the military.
SNAP continued the mentor program, which was initiated last year, and participated in the Homecoming parade and talent show, as well as hosted a career fair, which had a total of 23 agencies. SNAP was able to send 26 members to the state SNAP convention held at Nemacolin Woodland Resorts, and had five delegates represent Penn State. SNAP sponsors two families for THON and actively participated in all canning weekends, THONvelopes, THON 5K, and other THON-related activities.
Recently, SNAP established a new position, a public relations chair to help spread awareness of SNAP events. In the upcoming semester, the students will be participating in the Pink Zone basketball game to spread awareness of breast cancer and continue with various community service activities.
Letter from the Dean of the School of Nursing
Dear School of Nursing Alumni,
I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on the activities of the last several months and the promise of those to come. Last fall, we had eight students travel to Ecuador as part of the Hershey Medical Center Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Mission, which provided them with a life-changing experience in caring for children who are significantly disadvantaged. We welcomed five new doctoral students into our Ph.D. program who are beginning their journey toward becoming nurse scientists. We launched a new master’s degree, the M.S.N., and two new online master’s degree options in Nursing Education and Nursing Administration. Our researchers are changing the way we care for patients, and our teachers are preparing the next generation of providers for the complexities of care they will face.
As we move through the spring semester, we know that our faculty and students will continue to distinguish themselves and the School of Nursing. Through their work, we are improving health care in Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world. We are also beginning to think about the more distant future and the celebration of our fiftieth anniversary in 2014. This is an important milestone in our history, and we have much to celebrate. Please plan to join us for the celebration in spring 2014. If you want to participate in the planning and implementation of this event, that would be wonderful, and we will welcome your help.
I am proud to serve as your dean of the Penn State School of Nursing. I hope to see many of you in April for our annual School of Nursing tailgate during Blue-White Weekend (watch for details on our website). I look forward to welcoming you back to Happy Valley!
Ann Kolanowski, Elouise Ross Eberly Professor of Nursing and director of the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Penn State, received the 2012 Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award from the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) at the organization's 65th Annual Scientific Meeting held Nov. 14–18 in San Diego. This award is given to a society member in recognition of outstanding and sustained contribution to geriatric nursing research. During the course of her career, Kolanowski has been devoted to improving the quality of life of older adults with dementia. She has developed and disseminated research that focuses on building a strong body of scientific evidence that supports the use of theory-based nonpharmacological interventions for behavioral symptoms in persons with dementia and delirium. Kolanowski’s practice initiatives have been incorporated into national practice guidelines for the care of persons with dementia.
Cara Bicking Kinsey
Kolanowski, of Kingston, Pa., is also a professor of psychiatry in Penn State’s College of Medicine and an adjunct professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. The GSA is the nation’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. Its principal mission is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public.
Congratulations to Cara Bicking Kinsey, one of our Ph.D. students, who won first place in the Outstanding Student Papers competition in the Maternal and Child Health section at the 140th Annual American Public Health Association meeting on October 29 in San Francisco! Cara presented an abstract, titled "Reliability and Validity of a Modified Version of the Postpartum Bonding Questionnaire."
Call for Nominations
Every year the College of Health and Human Development and the School of Nursing recognize outstanding alumni. The four alumni awards given annually are the Alumni Recognition Award, Alumni Service Award, Emerging Professional Graduate Degree Award, and Emerging Professional Undergraduate Award.
The Alumni Recognition Award is presented to an alumnus/alumna of the College of Health and Human Development who has demonstrated professional excellence and exemplary voluntary community involvement in a health and human development field. To be considered for the Alumni Recognition Award, an individual must have received a graduate or undergraduate degree more than ten years ago, achieved outstanding professional excellence (e.g. research, leadership and practice) in a CHHD area expertise, and demonstrated consistent exemplary community service.
The Alumni Service Award recognizes an alumnus or alumna of the College of Health and Human Development who has positively impacted the quality of people's lives through service to others above and beyond their call of duty. The actions of the recipient of the Alumni Service Award exemplify the College of Health and Human Development's commitment to improving the quality of people's lives. This award focuses on service to others as a means of improving quality of life. The recipient may serve others in one or more of the following settings: The College of Health and Human Development, Penn State, the community, our nation, our world. The service may occur as part of the individual's participation in a service or nonprofit organization, or an entity, organization, or event of the recipient's own creation. The service shall occur within a field related to health or human development. To be eligible, the nominee must have received either an undergraduate or graduate degree from the college and must have provided service above and beyond their call of duty in an area of work that has positively impacted the lives of others. NOTE: Past recipients of this award and members of the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society Board are not eligible.
The Emerging Professional–Graduate Degree Award and the Emerging Professional–Undergraduate Degree Award recognize graduates of the past ten years who have demonstrated professional excellence and/or exemplary voluntary community involvement in the health and human development professions.
Emerging Professional – Graduate Degree Award
To be considered for the Emerging Professional Graduate Degree Award, an individual must have received a graduate degree in the last ten years, achieved outstanding professional excellence (e.g. research, education, leadership, and practice) in a CHHD area of expertise, and demonstrated exemplary community service.
Emerging Professional – Undergraduate Degree Award
To be considered for the Emerging Professional Undergraduate Degree Award, an individual must have received an undergraduate degree in the last ten years, achieved outstanding professional excellence (e.g. research, education, leadership, and practice) in a CHHD area of expertise, and demonstrated exemplary community service.
All nomination forms are accessible on the College of Health and Human Development website at: www.hhd.psu.edu/alumni/awards. Nominations are due no later than Friday, March 1, 2013 to the Nursing Alumni APG Awards Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date for these Penn State Activities
College of Health and Human Development Mentoring Program Luncheon
- Saturday, February 23, 2013
Lady Lions WBCA Pink Zone & HHD Reception
- Sunday, February 24, 2013
- April 19–22, 2013
School of Nursing activities throughout the weekend:
- Saturday, April 20 – Alumni Tailgate
- Sunday, April 21 – Hartford Center Five-Year Anniversary Celebration Brunch
- Monday, April 22 – Jean Vallance Lecture in Nursing Innovation
Speaker: Joanne Disch, Clinical Professor of Nursing, University of Minnesota, and current president, American Academy of Nursing
Stand Up for Penn State
In its recent communication "A Message to Our Penn State Family," the leaders of the Penn State Alumni Association suggested ways alumni and other Penn Staters can help support the entire Penn State family and show the world what Penn State is all about. Here are the "Top 4 Ways to Show Your Penn State Pride":
Volunteer, Join, and Support
- Volunteer at or support an event sponsored by a child abuse prevention center or similar organization in your community.
- Support Penn State student-run organizations that are raising money, awareness, and support for victims of childhood sexual abuse.
- Engage with your local Penn State Alumni Association chapter, society, or group to help plan or attend a specific event or action that advances Penn State’s commitment to preventing child abuse and other causes.
- Become an Alumni Admissions Volunteer to help recruit Penn State students from states outside Pennsylvania. Serve as a LionLink career coach or a FastStart mentor to help current students.
- If you are not already a member, join the Penn State Alumni Association, an Alumni Interest Group, and/or your local chapter and swell our strength in numbers.
- Join the Nittany Lion Club, and support all of Penn State’s 31 intercollegiate sports programs.
Communicate and Tell Our Story
- Proclaim your pride for Penn State on social media. Share your love and loyalty on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.
- Help the University showcase the amazing work of Penn Staters by nominating an individual or group of individuals to be recognized in the Faces of Penn State campaign.
- Contact a student or faculty/staff member to express your support.
- Reach out to Penn State students in your local area and encourage them to hold their heads high and stay proud all year long.
- If you are a scholarship donor, write to your students expressing support.
- Write an op-ed piece or letter to the editor of your local newspaper describing the Penn State that you know and love.
- Ask your employer to hire a Penn State student or offer an internship.
Donate to Worthy Causes
- Make a gift to the Penn State Hershey Center for the Protection of Children or the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.
- Provide financial support to a child abuse prevention center or similar organizations in your community.
- Be part of a great Penn State tradition and donate to THON 2013.
- Support scholarship for needy students and donate to For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students.
Show Up in Person
- Come back for Homecoming 2013. Let's make this the biggest and best Homecoming ever!
- Attend cultural events, student performances, or faculty lectures. Support the academic, intellectual, and cultural programs of the University.
- Turn out for as many home and away Penn State football games as possible and support these extraordinary Nittany Lions. Send Coach O’Brien and the players a message of support now at WeAreOneTeam@athletics.psu.edu.
- Attend other sporting events. All of our student-athletes need your support.
- Stop by the Hintz Family Alumni Center to network, visit, and tell us your story.
- Support the State College economy, which will need your patronage.
- Cheer on THON participants (Feb. 15-17, 2013).
- Visit Penn State campuses beyond University Park to show your support.
Connect with Us
The School of Nursing now has its own Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pennstatenursing.
Note: This is NOT intended to replace the Nursing Alumni Society Facebook group. It is just an additional way to reach out and provide information about the School of Nursing to prospective students and the public.
Find us and "like" us!