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April 2014
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An Opportunity for Perspectives

In January, eight University of Houston-Clear Lake students traveled with their professor to India as part of a study abroad trip with the university’s healthcare administration program.

The group visited three hospitals including a private, for profit facility that featured multi-bedroom apartment suites; a private, nonprofit facility supported by a pharmaceutical company; and a public, government-funded facility where the emergency room was so well-staffed the wait time was almost non-existent.

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Did you know Three alumni received top faculty awards at UHCL?
UHCL recently honored its faculty and staff members for their exceptional service and extensive knowledge at the 36th Annual Faculty and Staff Awards. Among those recognized were three UHCL alumni, who received awards for their creative and widely-recognized research and classroom initiatives.

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AN Opportunity for Perspectives

The end of an era of artIn January, eight University of Houston-Clear Lake students and a professor traveled to India as part of a study abroad trip with the university’s healthcare administration program.

The group visited three hospitals including a private, for profit facility that featured individual, multi-bedroom apartment suites; a private, nonprofit facility supported by a pharmaceutical company; and a public, government funded facility where the emergency room was so well-staffed the wait time was almost non-existent.

For healthcare administration graduate student Angela Miller, the study abroad program was something she’d been hoping for since late in her undergraduate career. When Professor of Healthcare Administration Ashish Chandra mentioned the trip during one of her graduate classes, Miller jumped at the opportunity.

“We were able to see how industry and manufacturing and how they don’t have the safety protocols we have in America and how that affects the system and the demand for healthcare,” says Miller of the hospitals and manufacturing facilities the group visited.

One of the biggest surprises the students found was the involvement and communication the doctors and nurses had with a patient’s family members. In one hospital, family members assisted with routine care such holding a patient’s intravenous fluid bag, while another facility included additional bedrooms so that family members could stay together.

Graduate student Erica Jones was especially surprised by the difference in an Indian hospital compared to those in the United States.

“In India, families are very involved in the patient’s care. There are more dorm-style rooms while we are pushing for private rooms here,” says Jones.

Jones hopes to work in group practice management when she graduates this December and paid special attention to the “mind balance versus mechanics” in each hospital the group visited.

Miller, who also serves as an instructional assistant for UHCL, is planning to attend medical school after completing her graduate degree and explore a focus in surgery.

“After seeing the large inequalities there it pushed me more to wanting to volunteer my time,” says Miller, who hopes to volunteer her medical knowledge overseas someday. “It gave me a new appreciation for what we have here.”

Chandra felt that the eight UHCL students represented the university very well, not only while touring the hospitals and manufacturing plants, but also when they presented at Convergence 2014, a conference with the top 50 Indian business schools in attendance.

“I believe the students learned a tremendous amount over there,” says Chandra, who hopes there will be future interest and approval for similar trips abroad.

Read more about the India Study Abroad trip in the next edition of Egret magazine, due out summer 2014, and subscribe to Egret magazine online and more at http://prtl.uhcl.edu/portal/page/portal/HOMEPAGE/eCommunicationSubscriptions.

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Did you know Three alumni received top faculty awards at UHCL?

Did you know chili cook-off is turning 25? Did you know on April 9, UHCL honored its faculty and staff members for their exceptional service and extensive knowledge at the 36th Annual Faculty and Staff Awards. Among those recognized were three UHCL alumni, who received awards for their creative and widely-recognized research and classroom initiatives.

President William A. Staples, Provost Carl A. Stockton and Vice President Michelle Dotter presented service awards to 118 faculty and staff in recognition of five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service. Next year’s ceremony will mark the first year that a 40-year service award could be presented.

In addition to the service awards, which recognized a combined 1,380 years of service to UHCL, Staples presented five awards to faculty members and four awards to staff members.

Of the five faculty awards presented, three went to alumni of the university. Alumnus Vernon Bryant, who received his master’s in 1989 from the School of Science and Computer Engineering, was awarded the Outstanding Lecturer Award. He is currently a senior lecturer in computer engineering.

Alumnus Kevin C. Wooten, professor of management for the School of Business, received his bachelor’s in behavioral science in 1976. He was awarded the 2014 President’s Distinguished Research Award, recognizing his research being featured in more than 45 publications and the more than 40 presentations he has given, including those at Academy of Management conferences. Wooten’s research includes the psychological and cognitive reactions to job loss, organizational fairness and justice, and educational theory applied to web-based technology. He was previously recognized with a 2011-12 University Faculty Fellowship and as a presenter at the UHCL Scholarly Lecture Series in spring 2012.

Fellow alumnus Stephen Cherry, who graduated with a master’s in sociology in 2000, received the 2014 President’s Distinguished Teaching Award. The award recognizes a UHCL instructor who is recognized as a master teacher by his or her peers. Cherry joined UHCL in 2009 and is currently an assistant professor of sociology. He has been rated as “exceptional” for three of the four years he was rated. One reviewer says, “In every course, at every level, [Cherry] strives to make the profession relevant to the lives and careers of every student.” He has twice been nominated as UHCL’s Piper Award Nominee and was selected as this year’s nominee.

Additional award recipients include Peter Wuenschel, adjunct professor in social work for the School of Human Sciences and Humanities, who received the Outstanding Adjunct Award and Professor of Psychology Sharon K. Hall, who received the 2014 President’s Distinguished Service Award.

Three staff members were presented Staff Merit Awards. They are Usha Mathew, associate vice president of finance; Leticia Sanchez-Retamozo, senior academic adviser for distance and off-campus education; and Laura Velie, administrative secretary in career and counseling services.

A fourth staff member received the Hugh P. Avery Prize – The President’s Distinguished Staff Service Award. The Hugh P. Avery award recipient is selected from the prior year’s pool of Staff Merit Award recipients, all of who are nominated by university faculty and staff. This year’s recipient was Jerry Jones, director of technical services for university computing and telecommunications. Jones’ nomination letter spoke to his “immeasurable” love for UHCL and volunteerism, the importance he places on leadership and development, and his ability and dedication to provide open communication and professionalism at all levels.

Twenty-six members of the UHCL community, who have contributed more than 487 years of service, were also recognized for their recent or upcoming retirement from the university.

Has a UHCL professor made an impact on your life? Nominations for Outstanding Professor Award are being accepted each year until April 30 for the UHCL Alumni Association Awards. Other nominations are welcomed for the Distinguished Alumni, Early Achievement and Leadership Services Awards. To learn more or to complete a nomination, visit the “Acknowledge and Inspire Excellence” section at www.uhcl.edu/alumni.

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