Georgia Southern’s Coaching Programs Nationally Accredited

The Master in Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in coaching at Georgia Southern University has been accredited by the United States Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE) Board of Directors and the National Committee for the Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE) as a Level 5 Comprehensive Accreditation. Additionally, Georgia Southern’s minor in coaching behavior was re-accredited as a Level 3 Comprehensive Accreditation.

“Georgia Southern University continues to demonstrate that it is a leader in quality coaching education by the successful completion of this impressive accomplishment, serving as a benchmark for other coaching education providers,” stated Sara Plaspohl, DrPH, CHES, interim chair for the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology.

The University’s coaching programs are one of only 29 accredited programs nationwide and are housed in the Waters College of Health Professions. Being granted accreditation by NCACE means Georgia Southern’s programs meet or exceed the National Standards for Sport Coaches and the NCACE Accreditation Guidelines.

The NCACE is the premier authority for coaching education in the United States, offering coaching education programming support and accreditation of programs.

Buelow Honored with Health Care Hero Award

This past December, the Georgia Medical Society held its 18th annual Health Care Heroes Awards banquet honoring individuals who were nominated for their involvement in making health care better in the community. Nominations were accepted for six unique categories: Health Care Innovations, Health Care Education, Community Outreach, Institutions/Organizations, Allied Health Professionals and Physicians Lifetime Achievement.

During the banquet, Janet Buelow, Ph.D., professor of health sciences, was honored with a Health Care Hero Award for the Community Outreach category. This award recognized Buelow for her work leading up to the recent Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) exercise, Operation Empower Health-Greater Savannah.

Buelow and colleague, Sister Mary-Anne Plaskon, wrote the original proposal requesting Operation Empower Health-Greater Savannah, be held in Savannah, Georgia, and Buelow assisted with the military site visits for the finalists. Once Savannah was selected as the site for the exercise, Buelow was part of the planning team and helped with the development of two IRT undergraduate courses and one IRT graduate course. During the nine-day event, the students involved in the courses assisted with moving patients as efficiently as possible through the services offered. They also provided community referrals for follow-up and health education sessions during the long waiting times.

Approximately 85 Georgia Southern University undergraduate and graduate students in the Waters College of Health Professions along with Georgia Southern faculty volunteered their time during the event. In addition to Buelow, faculty volunteers included Laurie Adams, Ed.D., RT(T),  Andi Beth Mincer, PT, Ed.D., Helen Taggart, Ph.D., RN, Deb Hagerty, DNP, RN, NHA, FACDONA, Shaunell McGee, MHA, RT(R), Yvonne Dillon, BSRS, RDMS, Doug Masini, Ed.D., RPFT, RPT-NPS, AE-C, FCCP, FAARC, Paula Tillman, DNP, McKinley Thomas, Ed.D., Sara Plaspohl, DrPh, Carla English, MHSA, Luz Quirimit, MSN, RN.

“Our work could never have been accomplished if I didn’t have wonderful support from both administrators and my fellow peers,” stated Buelow. “It really was a real College of Health Professions event. Each professor was very supportive with ideas on how to get their students involved and then helped with encouraging students to join the IRT courses.” Later, professors worked in the sites by assisting with ongoing registration, keeping the dogs and cats calm, as well as keeping glasses organized for those coming back to pick them up, and of course encouraging students as they engaged with patients.

During Operation Empower Health-Greater Savannah, approximately 8,000 individuals in the local community received free primary care medical procedures and referrals, as well as nearly 1,400 pets were seen for free spay/neuter surgeries and preventative vaccines

MHA Students Compete in Case Competition

This past October, three Master of Health Administration (MHA) students, Ashley Jacob, Julius Rodillas and Jordan Richardson were selected by MHA faculty to represent Georgia Southern University at the 2018 Everett V. Fox Student Case Competition (“Case Competition”) held in Orlando, Florida.

The annual event, sponsored by the National Association of Health Services Executives, is dedicated to providing graduate-level students with an education experience to enhance their problem analysis and presentation skills. Prior to the event, teams that consist of one to three students are provided with a case study in which they must apply their skills to analyze diverse and real situations facing healthcare organizations.

Based off specific facts and raw data related to the case, student teams are expected to work together to reach decisions as outlined in the case assignment. During the event, student teams present their case findings and recommendations before panels of judges.

Jacob, Rodillas and Richardson completed a comprehensive case study analysis involving the development of a strategic plan for Tier I accountable care organization (ACO). Jacob recalled using tools she had learned in strategy, quality and in finance courses to assist in putting together a strategic plan. Richardson recalled spending many hours researching the Affordable Care Act and affordable care organizations and how they operate.

Both Jacob and Richardson noted their favorite part of the event was the opportunity to network.

“I had the opportunity to meet other students with the same passion for improving healthcare, and it was amazing getting to bounce ideas back and forth on different ways in which we can achieve these improvements. I also enjoyed networking with current healthcare executives who were more than eager to share their experiences and tips for success with everyone they came into contact with,” stated Richardson.

“The conference had numerous educational sessions and provided opportunities to network with administrators from all over the nation. I was able to meet representatives from various organizations in efforts of securing a job after graduation,” stated Jacob.

Pictured Left to Right: Ashley Jacob, Julius Rodillas and Jordan Richardson

Williams Named 2018-2019 Governor’s Teaching Fellow

TimMarie Williams, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, has been named a 2018-2019 Governor’s Teaching Fellow for the academic year symposium program. Williams was one of 18 faculty members across the state of Georgia that was selected after a highly competitive application and selection process.

To be eligible, the individual must be a regular, full-time faculty member who teaches at an accredited public or private college or university in the state of Georgia. Participant selection is based on the following factors: teaching experience, interest in continuing instructional and professional development, ability to make a positive impact on their own campus and a commitment of support from the faculty’s home institution.

“Having the privilege and honor to be selected as a Governor’s Teaching Fellow presents the ultimate opportunity to enhance my professional development as a tenure-track faculty, thereby augmenting exposure to interdisciplinary innovations within pedagogy while collaborating with faculty across the state,” stated Williams. “Knowledge acquired will propel me to bring more inestimable value to our university and students as lifelong learners.”

Established in 1995 by Zell Miller, the Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program provides Georgia’s higher education faculty with expanded opportunities for developing teaching skills by addressing faculty members’ need to use emerging technology and instructional tools that are being used in today’s society.

To date, more than 75 different disciplines, professions and teaching areas have been represented by over 600 Fellows from more than 70 public and private institutions statewide. To learn more about the Institute of Higher Education and the Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program, including information on how to apply, go to

Alumnus receives fellowship position with Johns Hopkins Medicine

Congratulations to alumnus, Kenneth Brown-Wilson (MHSA, May 2018), who has accepted an administrative fellowship position with Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, MD, to begin July 2019.

The Johns Hopkins Medicine Administrative Fellowship program is an integrated program that offers learning experiences in both the Johns Hopkins Health System (JHHS) and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (SOM). The program is a 24 month, rotation based program that trains young professionals and helps them develop leadership skills and qualities.

The first 18 months of the fellowship offers several core rotations. Each fellow is expected to work on various projects during each rotation while also learning from their preceptors and mentors. Following the completion of the core rotations, the last six months of the Administration Fellowship are open for elective rotations throughout Johns Hopkins Medicine, based on the fellow’s interests.  #administration #youngprofessionals #fellowships

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