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Quality nursing care for people with dementia

An expert on the relationship between dementia and personhood, Director of the TU School of Nursing Bill Buron has often found that as a patient’s condition declines, so does the quality of care they receive. To address this shortcoming, Buron’s research promotes a respectful and empathetic approach to nursing care for people with dementia, including addressing essential needs, gaining knowledge of a person beyond their clinical diagnosis and helping them to maintain personal and social relationships.  

Do you have what it takes to provide quality health care for those who need it most? Then the Oxley College of Health Sciences School of Nursing is the pathway for you. 

Your healthy heart: Keep on moving

Chapman Professor of Athletic Training Eric Wickel is an expert on health outcomes associated with physical activity and sedentary behaviors. In this experTU video, Wickel underscores how even small increases in daily activity can have a major impact on your physical well-being, including cardiovascular health. For example, you could start by doing some light exercises for just 5 minutes a day. Eventually, you might find yourself increasing to 30 minutes and embedding physical activity in your daily routine.

Are you interested in helping others incorporate physical activity safely into their lives? Then you should consider majoring in exercise and sports science at The University of Tulsa.

Robinson receives NATA scholarship

Round-offs, back handsprings and cartwheels — Katelyn Robinson grew up on gymnastics. With every twist and turn, she witnessed others’ injuries and made it her mission to study athletic training.

Robinson is a National Athletic Trainer’s Association Research and Education Foundation scholarship awardee. The number of scholarships NATA awards varies annually from 50 to 75 recipients with the amount of the award currently at $2,300 per scholarship.

Her love for athletic training started as early as the eighth-grade when she attended an athletic training day. While attending Oklahoma State University for her undergraduate degree, she interned with the football and wrestling teams.

The “golden” experience

 Robinson with Dean of Oxley College of Health Sciences, Robin Ploeger
Robinson with Dean of Oxley College of Health Sciences, Robin Ploeger

Robinson is a Tulsa native who chose The University of Tulsa to pursue her education in athletic training.

I have always dreamed about going to TU for athletic training,” said Robinson.

Seeing how passionate TU is about giving their students opportunities and teaching is really incredible to me,” explains Robinson.

The athletic training program at TU is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. The program was the first accredited athletic training program in Oklahoma and involves an extensive core of academic study combined with in-depth clinical rotations.

We are very proud of Katelyn for earning recognition through the NATA Foundation scholarship,” said Ron Walker associate dean of the Oxley College of Health Sciences.

Walker explained: “She is certainly a very deserving recipient who represents our athletic training program and TU very well because of her experiences and enthusiasm for the athletic training profession.”

Sideline support

For some, sprains, cuts and gruesome injuries make heads turn right away, but Robinson doesn’t bat an eye “You have to be that person that they look to in the situation that to them is the end of the world,” she said.

Robinson volunteered with the Student Leadership Council at TU to help coordinate the Big XII wrestling tournament in Tulsa.

In the master’s program, Oxley College of Health Sciences students are required to assist professional athletic trainers during sport seasons. Robinson has assisted Tulsa-area high schools and the TU Men’s soccer team. This fall, she will be on the sideline assisting the Golden Hurricane football team.

I have loved that relationship with the athletes from the moment they stepped foot on campus through any injuries and battles that they had and watching them play the sport they love,” said Robinson.

The NATA Foundation’s work benefits every athletic trainer and every group associated with the profession, as well as the physically active community at large.

The scholarship was presented during the NATA Clinical Symposia in Las Vegas on June 25.

The requirements for the NATA Research and Education Foundation scholarship are:

  • Be enrolled in a CAATE accredited entry-level master’s program that concludes with a master’s degree;
  • Have a cumulative overall grade-point average of at least 3.2 (based on a 4.0 maximum) for the last 40 credits of his/her undergraduate courses and ALL of his/her entry-level master’s courses including the fall of 2019;
  • Have one academic year in master’s program remaining OR is graduating in spring 2020 and intends to pursue an advanced degree in domains of athletic training.


Tulsa Schweitzer Fellowship celebrates leadership and community service

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship is a 12-month leadership and service program for Tulsa-area graduate and professional degree students who are passionate about addressing unmet health needs in the Tulsa area and sharpening their leadership skills. The fellowship is grounded in the legacy and philosophy of physician and humanitarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer.

The Tulsa Schweitzer Fellowship is housed at The University of Tulsa Oxley College of Health Sciences. TU President Dr. Gerard P. Clancy began the effort to bring the fellowship to Tulsa in 2015 as part of his focus on community service and addressing health issues.

On May 1, 11 fellows graduated from the program and shared accounts of the work they had accomplished during the past year. Alumna Erin Anderson learned more about herself during her fellowship. She explained, “Although my fellowship year has come to an end, I am leaving with the tools necessary to continue leading projects that will make a difference in the city of Tulsa,” said Anderson, who now holds a masters degree in speech-language pathology from TU.

Graduating 2018-2019 cohort

“I strongly encourage other graduate students to take advantage of this experience, as not only do you get a chance to create something bigger than yourself, but the impact it has made on me will have a resounding effect forevermore. Take the leap, make something that will be sustained after your time is over, and I promise you will leave equipped with the confidence and desire to continue going into the world and creating change,” said Anderson.

Since its inception in 2015, the Fellowship has launched 30 health projects that range from medication adherence education for homeless adults to Erin Anderson’s project, which was a sibling support workshop series at the Little Lighthouse, a school for children with special needs. The majority of Schweitzer Fellowship projects get sustained past the Fellowship year.  When reflecting on accomplishments of this year’s graduating class and looking ahead to the incoming 11 Fellows, fellowship director Rachel Gold said  “this year’s Schweitzer Fellows have made great strides improving the health of Tulsans and have graduated from the Fellowship as leaders equipped to tackle health disparities for the long-haul. The Fellowship and the broader community are eager to see the impact that the incoming Fellows will make on the health of Tulsa in the coming year.”

Graduating Fellows’ projects, 2018-2019 cohort

Erin Anderson, Speech-Language Pathology
The University of Tulsa
Anderson partnered with Little Lighthouse to address the emotional needs of siblings of children with special needs. Little Lighthouse’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children with special needs, their families and their communities.

Alec Bracken, College of Law
The University of Tulsa
Bracken taught students at Will Rogers High School about their legal rights related to immigration and other topics most relevant to their lives. His project was in partnership with Communities in Schools.

Alex Button, Doctor of Nursing Practice
The University of Tulsa
Button’s project was based at the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless, where he worked to improve the rate at which homeless adults with low health literacy took their medications.

Mollie Rischard Kimrey, Clinical Psychology
The University of Tulsa
Kimrey’s goal was to improve functioning and resiliency among children enrolled in a trauma-focused group psychotherapy program at Positive Changes, a day-treatment psychiatric facility.

Katie Nelson, Speech-Language Pathology
The University of Tulsa
Nelson’s project provided foundational literacy skills for children and families through individualized and hands-on educational tools. Her site partner was Communities in Schools at Kendall-Whittier Elementary School.

Brendon Glon, Counseling Psychology
Jess Westcott, Counseling Psychology
Oklahoma State University
Glon and Westcott’s project was at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. They created, implemented and supervised a mental health referral and helpline for LGBTQ+ Oklahomans and established a workshop series for peers and families.
Patrick Grayshaw, Human Development and Family Science
Oklahoma State University
In partnership with the North Tulsa Community Coalition, Grayshaw’s project was a Dialogue to Action program that allowed community members to come together to address their common health needs. The program involved a diverse group of residents to facilitate action planning and asset-based community development.

Iman Chaudhry, OU-TU School of Community Medicine
Ashley Sells, College of Allied Health

University of Oklahoma – Tulsa
Chaudhry and Sells provided exercise and wellness support to low-income Muslim women in Tulsa who were dealing with a variety of health and physical challenges. Their project, which was in partnership with the YWCA, gave participants the tools to take a more active role in their health.
Ashten Duncan, OU-TU School of Community Medicine and Public Health
University of Oklahoma – Tulsa
Duncan’s project leveraged hope in Tulsa’s chronically and transiently homeless in order to promote more successful transitions to stable housing situations. He partnered with the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma.

Incoming Fellows, 2019-2020 cohort

Incoming Fellows 2019-2020 cohort

The celebratory evening also welcomed 11 new Fellows for 2019-2020
Julianne Clark, University of Tulsa – Fine Art
Gabrielle Cozart, University of Tulsa  Speech-Language Pathology
Emily Gore, University of Tulsa – Speech-Language Pathology
Catherine (Cassie) McGough, University of Tulsa  Speech-Language Pathology
Autumn Slaughter, University of Tulsa  Clinical Psychology
Katelyn Willis, University of Tulsa College of Law
Rockolyn Daniels, University of Oklahoma Social Work
E’ula Green, University of Oklahoma Social Work
Trang Kieu, University of Oklahoma Medicine
Angela Clifton, Oklahoma State University Medicine
Toni Nigro, Oklahoma State University Medicine