The Best of APS proudly showcases special events, classroom successes, faculty research projects and other achievements occurring in the Faculty of Applied and Professional Studies.
School of Business Year End Celebration & Awards
At the end of March, School of Business students and faculty gathered at The Wall to toast the 2011-2012 academic year and celebrate a number of outstanding student leaders.
Business Leader Awards were presented to eight deserving students who exemplify the School’s Code of Excellence: professionalism, participation, academic integrity and excellence. Recipients included Nathan Gravelle, James Higginson, Ian Szeto, Leah Armstrong, Kristopher Brown, Alisa DiBenedetto, Nicholas King and Kim Tait. Lisa Snider was the recipient of the coveted Peer Recognition for Excellence Award. Graduating student Leah Armstrong received special recognition as the first student to achieve a Business Leader Award in each of her four years of study.
SIFE-Nipissing members also had a presence at the event, promoting their Back to the Tap initiative and fundraising for their national competition in Calgary in May.
To view a list of past award recipients, click here.
School of Nursing
Year 3 BScN students are Smoking Cessation Champions, who had the opportunity to learn from experts about best practices for kicking butt.
Nipissing University hosted the Nursing Students Smoking Cessation Champion Workshop organized by the Registered Nursing Association of Ontario (RNAO) in an effort to teach best practices. It is part of the RNAO’s National Nursing Smoking Cessation Best Practices Initiative 2011-12.
All students who attended the workshop received a certificate from the RNAO as a Tobacco Cessation Best Practice Champion while learning how to best help people quit smoking.
The workshop was a dynamic, interactive learning experience that incorporated change theory, along with techniques and tools to assist nurses to effectively shape clinical practice in the area of smoking cessation through the use of evidence based practices. Professional development was based on personal goal setting, interactive learning and the formation of action plans related to implementing the "Integrating Smoking Cessation into Daily Nursing Practice" Nursing Best Practice Guideline in the clinical setting.
School of Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Students from Nipissing University had an opportunity to add to their portfolios and gain knowledge by participating in a two part Prevention and Management of Aggressive Behaviour (PMAB) course offered at Nipissing University, for the first time this year. The purpose of PMAB training is to offer people a way of managing aggressive behaviour in a non-violent and least intrusive manner. In the first session, students are trained in dealing with aggressive behaviour. First learning the phases of crisis and how to deal with each phase by using non-verbal and verbal techniques. These photos depict the second part of PMAB training, which is the physical restraint component. Physical restraints are used when all other avenues are exhausted to prevent injury of others, themselves, escape and major property damage. These techniques range from how to deflect an attempted punch, how to get out of a choke hold, right up to the proper way of holding or restraining a person who is in extreme crisis. Criminal Justice will be offering this training again in the Fall.
School of Human and Social Development
Dr. Lanyan Chen and Dr. Manuel Litalien share a glimpse into their research and thoughts on gender inequality.
Lanyan Chen has a PhD in sociology from the University of British Columbia, with a strong emphasis on political economy. She taught sociology, gender and international development at the University of Victoria for many years before she was appointed by UNIFEM as the Gender Advisor for Northeast Asia. As such she worked in China and East Asia for a decade before joining Nipissing University. She has published research on poverty alleviation, women's cooperatives, gender statistics, gender budget, health care policy reforms in China, and HIV/AIDS in China. Her book on Gender and Chinese Development: Towards Equitable Society is recommended in the International Association for Feminist Economics book series.
Manuel Litalien is currently an assistant professor with Nipissing University at the Department of Social Welfare and Social Development. He received his PhD in political science at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and was a post-doctoral fellow at McGill University (2010) and at the Canada Research Chair on Democracy (2011). His research focuses on welfare regimes and religion in Southeast Asia and transnational theological-political movements. His interests include the democratization process, social policy issues, identity politics, ethnicity and governance, as well as religion and the state of Southeast Asia. His dissertation is entitled "Social Development and Welfare Regime in Thailand: New Democratic Capital in an Increasing Philanthropic Society."