Dr. Martina Lindseth, professor of languages at UW-Eau Claire, will receive the 2018 UW System Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award. Lindseth, who teaches German, will receive the award during the June Board of Regents meeting in Milwaukee. The award, which recognizes outstanding achievements in teaching, is the UW System’s highest recognition for members of its faculty and academic staff. Each year just two UW System faculty or academic staff members receive the $5,000 awards. Teaching Excellence Award recipients are selected for their strong commitment to teaching and learning; use of effective teaching strategies to enhance student learning; and significant impact on students’ intellectual development.
Stephanie Root, clinical pharmacy coordinator at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, recently received the 2018 Larry Boh Clinical Instructor Award for Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy. This statewide award is given to preceptors who show excellence in teaching student pharmacists. A preceptor is an experienced practitioner who provides supervision and assistance during clinical practice for students.
Michelle Willcutt, RN, critical care at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, recently earned her Critical Care Registered Nurse certification. Nurse certification has been associated with fewer medical errors and increased job satisfaction and confidence. Sacred Heart demonstrates its commitment to safety and quality patient care by supporting continuing education, certification and recertification for nurses.
CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Locknet® Managed IT Services to its 2018 Solution Provider 500 list. The Solution Provider 500 is CRN’s annual ranking of the largest technology integrators, solution providers, and IT consultants in North America by revenue. Locknet is a division of EO Johnson Business Technologies. The Solution Provider 500 is CRN’s predominant channel partner award list, serving as the industry standard for recognition of the most successful solution provider companies in the channel since 1995. The complete list will be published on CRN.com, making it readily available to vendors seeking out top solution providers to partner with.
Physician assistant Teresa Moreland recently joined the Hospital Medicine Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Moreland earned a master’s degree in physician assistant studies at Des Moines University in Iowa. Previously, she worked as a physician assistant in gastroenterology and hospital medicine at Essentia Health in Duluth, Minnesota. She is certified in basic and advanced life support. Moreland will be monitoring patients in the Rapid Discovery & Recovery observation unit.
New or existing programs in Barron, Buffalo, Dunn, Chippewa, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix and Trempealeau counties were invited to apply for grant money through Mayo Clinic Health System’s Hometown Health Grant Program. Area recipients recently named to receive a total of $205,000 in grant money are:
- Beaver Creek Reserve: Living Healthy and Staying Active in Nature, $25,000
Connecting people with nature and increasing physical activity is the focus for this program. Visitors to Beaver Creek Reserve will have the opportunity to engage in more than 9 miles of trails, enjoy outdoor play and exploration, visit the indoor discovery center and more.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters: Mentors in Motion, $15,000
Strong mentoring relationships between caring adults and children can significantly increase positive development in youth. This project plan will work to educate parents, staff and volunteers about mental health in youth and how to incorporate play into the lives of children facing adversity.
- Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley: Mental Health & Stability Programs, $5,000
Members of the Boys & Girls Club will receive programming focused on preventive measures in mental health, positive youth decision-making and avoiding risky behavior.
- Children’s Museum of Eau Claire: Eat! Move! Live!, $19,000
This initiative brings an interactive exhibit and program experience to children and their grown-ups promoting nutrition, fitness and confidence. A food pantry also will be developed to support cooking healthy meals at home.
- Chippewa Valley Free Clinic: Healthier You, $14,500
This program will work to reduce the incidence of obesity-related diseases using interventions that champion and sustain healthy lifestyle behaviors.
- City of Eau Claire Parks and Recreation: Active Aging Fitness Park, $20,000
This project will provide an outdoor space for affordable, accessible and fun low-impact exercise options encouraging older adults to live healthier, more active lives.
- Eau Claire YMCA: Concepts of Healthy Living, $2,000
This new, eight-week classroom-based program for children in grades 2 through 7 will teach the importance of an active lifestyle focusing on healthy eating, physical activity and mindfulness.
- Family Promise: Homeless Families Pathway, $25,000
The link between family homelessness and poor health has been well documented. This program offers homeless residents in Eau Claire case management and rental subsidies with the expected end result of permanent housing and self-sufficiency.
- Feed My People: Weekend Kids’ Meals, $5,000
The Weekend Kids' Meal program addresses child hunger and local food insecurity by sending meals home from school on Fridays. The meals offer a variety of fruit, vegetable and protein items.