December 2013

Posted On December 6, 2013
Categories Notes from the Dean

Volume 2, Number 6

Dear Colleagues,

As we approach the end of the fall semester, I want to thank our faculty and staff for all that you do each day to support our school and, more importantly, our students.  In the daily ebb and flow it is easy to lose sight of our goals but we don’t want to lose sight of our purpose, to provide top quality education to our students and become their school of choice for healthcare education in the Southeast.

Your support and dedication to this school is evident in your participation in Georgia State’s Online Giving Day on November 14. The Lewis School generated highest number of gifts during Online Giving Day than any other unit at Georgia State! We met our challenge of 10 online gifts and exceeded it with a total of 35 online gifts from faculty, staff and alumni.  Because we met that challenge, one of our nursing alumnae, Susan Laird, matched the effort with a $1,000 donation.  Faculty and staff who participated include: Bill Andrews, Dawn Aycock, Barbara Browning, Andrew Butler, Nicole Cardriche, Cathy McCarroll, Regina Cole, Lisa Cranwell-Bruce, Shernai Dodson, Janie Faison, Jodan Garcia, Angela Go, Earl Hudson, Paulester Jefferson, Jessica Johnson-Todd, Teresa Kibler, Kenya Kirkendoll, Tamara Melton, Yolanda Miller, Felita Milon, Gwynth Nelson, Tiffany Norman, Anita Nucci, Denisa Reed, Alonzo Richardson, Joyce Riley, Anthony Roberts, Barbara Smith and Savannah Stephens. Thank you to all who supported this challenge!

We have experienced a busy fall semester as you all know.  In October, we opened the Physical Therapy and Wellness Clinic, which provides on-campus PT services to our faculty and staff.  In the future, we hope to provide those services to a larger audience of students and possibly alumni.

(Below:  Physical Therapy and Wellness Clinic ribbon cutting ceremony.  Left to right: Dr. Pat Yarborough, founding chair of physical therapy; Dr. Jim Lewis, assistant chair of physical therapy; Dr. Andy Butler, acting chair of physical therapy and associate dean for research; and Dr. Peggy Wilmoth, dean.)

Physical Therapy and Wellness Clinic Grand Opening.14-0276

Early in November, we welcomed former First Lady Rosalynn Carter as our kickoff speaker for the 2013 J. Rhodes Haverty Lecture.  If you were able to attend, you know that we had an excellent presentation from Mrs. Carter, Dr. Mary Jo Larson and Dr. Michael Schoenbaum on the “Myths and Misconceptions About Mental Health and Military Veterans.”  The speakers provided insightful information on the mental health issues our female veterans face as well as the problems of veteran depression and suicide rates. We hope to have a videotape of the event available soon for those who were unable to join us.

(Left to right: Dr. Mary Jo Larson; Laura Voisinet, first lady of Georgia State; Mrs. Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady; Dr. Mark Becker, university president; and Dr. Michael Schoenbaum.)

Lewis School Annual Signature Event 14-0239

As a school we have pushed out two new major communications this fall. We recently published our second Annual Report and launched the new version of our website.  Although the Annual Report is the second edition created, this year’s report is more widely distributed to our advisory board members, alumni, donors, faculty and staff.  In addition, we have added the report to the new website in order to make it easier to share with constituents.  Please feel free to share the link with anyone who would have an interest. Please also send us your suggestions and thoughts on how we might improve the Annual Report next year.

Secondly, we have launched our new website.  This site is meant to have an outward, audience-driven focus.  If you have ideas for improving the website for our audiences, especially potential students and faculty, please share those ideas with Angela Go and Vanessa Brown. Remember, we also have an internally focused intranet for communication among our faculty and staff. Please be sure your faculty profile is up to date and if you need to have a photo taken to accompany your profile, let Angela know and she will schedule your portrait.

In addition to new communications, we also welcome new staff to the school.  Dr. Donald May joins our staff as the Data Administrator.  He was previously a faculty member here at Georgia State in the Department of Cardiopul-monary Care Sciences (now Respiratory Therapy).  Don returns to us after more than 20 years working for an international organization (SIL International) which focuses on linguistics, literacy and translation work among people speaking minority languages throughout the world.  He has travelled extensively, working with people in many countries and from many cultures.  Don holds a B.S. in respiratory therapy and cardiopulmonary diagnostics from The Ohio State University, an M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Supervision and a Ph.D. in adult education, both from Georgia State University.  He and his wife, Ruth, live in Loganville and have four grown children and nine grandchildren.

We also welcome Masiki Williamson, administrative assistant in the Department of Physical Therapy. Masiki comes to us from the Brooklyn College, City University of New York where she was an office assistant.  She has also held other positions within other colleges at CUNY and studied at the Medgar Evers College, CUNY.  She is a member of the American Society of Administrative Professionals.

Finally, in the employee spotlight this month is Missy Cody, professor emerita who has returned to serve as interim chair of the Department of Nutrition.  Her profile can be found here.

In closing, thank you all for your hard work and enjoy your holidays.  See you in 2014!



Recent Faculty Publications

  • Franciscus M, Nucci A, Bradley B, Suomalainen H, Greenberg E, LaForte D, Kleemola P, Hyytinen M, Salonen M, Martin MJ, Catte D, Catteau J, The TRIGR Investigators.  Recruiting and Retaining Participants for an International Type 1 Diabetes Prevention Trial: A Coordinator’s Perspective.  Clinical Trials.  2013. doi:10.1177/1740774513510070

Faculty Presentations

Evans M, Carter S, Henes ST, Nucci AM.  Effectiveness of a Feeding Assessment Scale in Identifying Feeding Problems in Formerly Preterm Infants.  Food and Nutrition Conference and Exhibition 2013, Houston, TX (October 20, 2013).


Doug Gardenhire, clinical education director and clinical assistant professor, has received the William and Allene Guthrie Van Meter Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award from Labette Community College.

Anita Nucci, assistant professor of nutrition, has been appointed to the Georgia Board of Examiners of Licensed Dietitians by Governor Nathan Deal.

Cheryl Steep, nutrition coordinated program student is one of two Georgia State students receiving this year’s Atlanta Chapter Les Dames d’ Escoffier International scholarship.  In addition, she  moderated the Women in Foodservice Discussion Panel on October 7.  The panel featured Atlanta Dames Mary Moore, Rebecca Lang, Karen Bremer, and Virginia Willis.

Congratulations to Kristen Whitmire, undergraduate nutrition student, who was the Georgia State University winner of the Healthcare Innovation Program Essay Contest. The contest was sponsored by the National AcademyHealth.

Upcoming Events

Second Fall Faculty Meeting
Monday, December 9, 2013
2:00 p.m.
University Center, Room 480/485

Desserts with the Dean
Wednesday, December 11
1:00 p.m.
Dean’s Office Conference Room

Convocation & Award/Pinning Ceremony
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
6:30 p.m.
Student Center Ballroom

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