Save the Date: April 26, 2017
Inspirational speeches and engaging research took center stage at the fifth annual ENHP Day. Keynotes speakers connected classroom learning to professional experience inspiring students as they embark on their careers. The College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions faculty and student research endeavors were showcased with 88 presentations.
ENHP Day 2016 Highlights
- Students and faculty from health sciences and nursing, education, and rehabilitation sciences presented their scholarly work throughout the day.
- Faculty research, funded through the college’s Seed and Sprout grant program, was presented. These activities represent the Institute of Translational Research’s goal to integrate health and education sciences with community engagement. They also provide opportunities for students to gain hands-on research experience while working closely with faculty.
- Health keynote speaker Dr. Marjorie Hines Woollacott provided concrete examples of how the clinician and researcher relationship can improve patient experiences. She encouraged clinicians to identify knowledge gaps to propose research and suggested researchers create a channel to continuously bring evidence-based research into the clinic.
- Education keynote speaker Dianna R. Wentzell, Connecticut Commissioner of Education, emphasized the importance of life-long learning for individual and community success and recognized the University’s ability to plant this seed. “I am so impressed with our University’s ability to support undergraduates to move into authentic inquiry, even before you leave the university. This will helps us with the complex problems we face in the health industry and education,” she said.
- John Leard was awarded the “excellence through relevance” Faculty Teaching Award. In accepting the award Leard compared the student – teacher relationship to that of a family relationship. When achieving this level of relationship as a teacher “the relationship is built on trust and a feeling that I am not giving up on you, I will enable you to succeed,” Leard said. This style allows an instructor to set high standards and support active learning. Leard encouraged his peers to strive for this level of teaching.
The daylong event celebrated research, scholarship and partnership and provided students and faculty a platform to share ideas and recognize each other’s accomplishments.