On Friday, May 3, 2013, members of the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions came together for a second year to celebrate their scholarly achievements at the annual ENHP Day. Following a format similar to the inaugural event a year earlier, the afternoon programming showcased research projects by faculty, students, and community collaborators as well as scholarly work represented by posters from various academic departments. Expert, motivating keynote speakers opened and closed the celebratory event. This year, however, ENHP Day was held on campus. All activities took place in Hillyer Hall. The on-campus venue provided greater accessibility for students and the University community.
A Tradition Builds
The Regents Commons in the Shaw Center, Hillyer Hall, provided the setting for ENHP faculty, staff, students, alumni, community partners, and University friends to gather throughout the day. The walls and halls of the Regents Commons displayed over 70 posters depicting scholarly projects carried out by undergraduate and graduate students from across the college.
At 1 p.m., following an opening welcome by Dean Ralph O. Mueller, Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, Fred Sweitzer, introduced keynote speaker Sally Reis. Sweitzer, who holds a faculty appointment in ENHP, taught many years in the college. He served the college in many capacities, as a faculty member, department chair, associate dean, and acting dean. Sweitzer spoke fondly of the ENHP community and the college’s continuing commitment to serve the community.
Following the keynote at 2 p.m., attendees were invited to join one of six roundtable discussions held in Hillyer Hall classrooms and the Regents Commons of the Shaw Center. Each roundtable discussion involved at least two or more faculty members discussing related projects. This arrangement gave faculty members the chance to talk with one another about their work as well as introduce it to those who attended their roundtable.
Formal group research presentations by students in the Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics and Doctor of Physical Therapy programs began at 3 p.m. and came to an end as the poster presentation reception began at 5 p.m.
The late afternoon event brought a largely nursing population to the “end of the workday” reception. The RN to BSN graduating students took this time to chat with their MSN counterparts and to present the nursing faculty with a gift of a clock to recognize their commitment to students.
Also in attendance at the reception were many who were awaiting the closing keynote address by Irene Davis, director of the Spaulding National Running Center at Harvard University. Davis spoke on Barefoot Running: Shifting Paradigms Regarding Footstrikes, Footwear and Treatment of the Foot.
ENHP Day became more than an afternoon of scholarly presentations. It created a sense of community and provided the time to recognize, share, and celebrate the academic interests and accomplishments of classmates and colleagues.