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Message from the Dean

         “Next Generation Education for Next Generation Health”                             Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence”                                                          

Welcome Back to a New Year and a New Semester!   This year is already shaping up to be very exciting! We continue to grow in enrollments especially in Public Health. Public Health launched the Masters of Public Health as well as a 4 plus 1 program for those undergraduates who want to go on for their Masters. We welcome our new faculty and staff!

                             Department of Nursing                        Department of Public Health
Kim Jakubowski, Research Project Coordinator, is working with Dr. Tracy Perron on the Smart Nutrition and Collaboration in Kids (SNACK) grant. She has a background in Physical Therapy and holds a Bachelor of Science in Animal and Poultry Sciences from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University.
Deborah King, MSN, Clinical Site Coordinator/Lecturer is very well known to the Department as she served as an adjunct nursing faculty for TCNJ. She holds a Master of Nursing Science from Drexel University, with emphasis on education and faculty role and is a TCNJ alum earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her areas of interest are the neonatal and pediatric intensive care, quality and safety, and nursing education.
Yolanda Nelson, EdD, MSNed, RN-BC joins the Department of Nursing in a new capacity. She was our Clinical Site Coordinator/Lecturer and now is an Assistant Professor. She holds an EdD in Educational Leadership from Rowan University and a Masters in Nursing Education from the University of Phoenix. Dr. Nelson is a proud TCNJ alum having earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from TCNJ!
Dara Whalen, PhD, MSPH, CRNP, FNP-BC, CNE, SANE will serve as the Graduate Nursing Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor. Dr. Whalen holds a PhD in Nursing from Barry University, a Post Masters Certificate in Nursing Education from University of Alaska Anchorage, a MS in Public Health, Public Health Nursing, from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, a Post Masters Certificate-Family Nurse Practitioner, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Dominican College, and an Associate of Science in Nursing from Orange County College. Her areas of interest are public health nursing, sexual assault, and nursing education.


Livia Lazzaro, MA, BA, AA,is the new Public Health Internship Coordinator. She joins us from the Department of Communication Studies. Ms. Lazzaro holds a Master of Arts from Montclair State University, a Bachelor of Arts from Bloomfield College, and an Associate of Arts with specialization in Communication Studies.
Natasha Patterson, MPH is a Visiting Professor, this year. Ms. Patterson holds a Master of Public Health from Temple University, Certificate of Leadership from Next Generation Leadership Academy, Civitas Learning, Bachelor of Art in Sociology, Temple University, and is a PhD Educational Candidate at Capella University.
Renata Schiavo, PhD, MA, CCL. Dr. Renata Schiavo joins us as a visiting Associate Professor in Communication Studies and Public Health. She holds a PhD in Biological Sciences with an emphasis on Clinical Biology; a Master of Arts with concentration in Journalism and Mass Communication. She most recently served as a Senior Lecturer at Columbia University mailman School of Public Health.

As the new year begins, we are excited and ready to take on new challenges.  The School on the move continues to thrive thanks in large part to our alums and of course our great faculty, staff, and students. Here’s to a great year!

Carole Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP, ANEF

Carol Kuser Loser Dean/Professor

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Nursing News


      Message from the Chair of Nursing

                       “Caring and Excellence”

                  Welcome Back!

As the new academic year is off and running, I am excited to share that the Nursing department faculty are not only teaching classes, facilitating clinical rotations, and attending college wide, school and department committee meetings, they are abroad, nationally and regionally sharing their scholarship with their nursing and inter-professional peers. Some achievements are highlighted below:

  • 11/27/18 – Dr. Yolanda Nelson’s funding from the Engagement Mini Grant to move forward the “Moving Forward Together: African American Student Nurse Mentorship Program.
  • 11/02/18 – Drs. Sharon Byrne, Carolina Borges, and Marina de Souza acceptance of their abstract “Innovations in Health Care-Reaching the Unreached” at the 3rd World Congress on Public Health and Health Care Management Dubai, UAE. Dr. Byrne also had another abstract accepted for this conference “Cancer Screening in the Asian Female Population: A Targeted Clinic Approach.”
  • 11/01/18 – Our most recent NCLEX Report (covering the period April 2018 – September 2018) reflects a 95% NCLEX pass rate! Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff.
  • 10/11/2018 – Dr. Yolanda Nelson’s acceptance of her article “Strategies for Mentoring Diverse Students.” It will be published in Nurse Educator.
  • 10/09/18 – Dr. Dara Whalen’s receipt of the CVS Health Foundation grant of $1,000.00 for FNP students’ scholarship.
  • 10/08/18 – Claire Lindberg’s recently published article on the positive effects of an antimicrobial stewardship program targeting outpatient hemodialysis facilities in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.
  • 09/06/18 – Drs. Tracy Perron and Tami Jakubowski’s invitation to write a series for the National Association of School Nurses journal on health assessment. The series title is: Assessment Refresher for School Nurses and the first article accepted is: “Asthma Assessment in the School Health Office: Can They Stay or Should They Go?”
  • 09/04/18 – Dr. Tracy Perron and Students: Kelly Hart, Danielle McCann, Rachel McGown, and Natalie Segers on acceptance of their article Lead Poisoning in Low-Socioeconomic Populations for the British Journal of School Nursing. Great example of the Teacher/Scholar model.
  • 08/21/18- Dr. Gerry Altmiller on the publication of her article in Nurse Educator “Constructive Feedback Teaching Strategy: A Multisite Study of Its Effectiveness.”
  • 08/15/18 – Dr. Gerry Altmiller and Sharon Sauer on the publication of their article “Colostrum Swabbing as an Infection Prevention Strategy: A Retrospective Study” in the International Journal of Human Caring.
  • 08/1/18 – Dr. Altmiller’s publication work for the recurring column in Nurse Educator called QSEN and Nursing Education.








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Public Health News


Message from Dr. Brenda Seals, Chair of Public Health

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 We look forward to your involvement and leadership in addressing community health issues using all of the tools of Public Health. And, welcome to our first cohort for the new Master’s of Public Health, class of 2020.  If you are interested in the MPH, please reach out to Dr. Carolina Borges ( for more information. Also, seniors and juniors are eligible for the TCNJ or Rutgers’ “4 + 1” program where students can take up to 4 graduate level courses in their last 3-4 semesters that count both towards the BS and an MPH. This exciting opportunity allows for finishing the MPH within 14 months of graduating with a BS degree. Sign up today!

In our third year of the Public Health major, we are facing a number of challenges in Public Health locally and globally. New infectious diseases are appearing every year and many of the diseases of the past are re-emerging due to resistance from treatment (primarily antibiotics) and natural mutation. The health agency that tracks such developments like the flu, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is dependent on congress to enact and fund programs. The new flu vaccine for this year will soon be available. We encourage you to take advantage of this potentially lifesaving shot.


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Health and Exercise Science News


Message from Dr. Anne Farrell, Chair of Health and Exercise Science

“Where Fitness Lives”

The academic year has many highlights that the Health & Exercise Science Department is delighted to share with you.

Congratulations the Pandemic Champions – HES saved the world with a whopping 10 minutes fast break to finish first at Pandemic Game Night. Our winners are  Brian Fardman, Alex McClean, Mirelle Santos and Asher Newman.  Their win was championed by excellent team work and coordination.

Health & Exercise Science faculty continue to be engaged in research and contribute to a wide range of professions. Below is a small sampling of just a few faculty.

Dr. Avery Faigenbaum had dozens of presentations, serving as the Keynote speaker at most. Some include presentations at the Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters, Norfolk, VA and at the Midwest Sports Performance Conference, Kansas City, KS.

As a prolific publisher focusing primarily on pediatric inactivity or resistance training skills, he regularly works with students to engage them in research and publications. Two articles include:

  • Faigenbaum, A.,Kang, J., Ratamess, N., Farrell, A., Golda, S., Stranieri, A., Coe, J., Bush, J. (2018). Acute cardiometabolic responses to a novel rope training protocol in children, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 32(5): 1197-1206.
  • Faigenbaum, A.,Kang, J., Ratamess, N., Farrell., Ellis, N., Vought, I., Bush, J. (2018). Acute cardiometabolic responses to medicine ball interval training in children, International Journal of Exercise Science, 11(4): 886-899.


Dr. Jill Bush and Hannah Mercado, HES Junior, completed a MUSE project during summer 2018 entitled  The Effects of Caffeine Supplementation on Anaerobic Rope Exercise Performance .   The research project examined the effect of caffeine supplementation on an acute, intense battling rope exercise.  Performance outcomes including number of sets, repetitions, and perceived effort, and various metabolic properties including heart rate, blood pressure, and blood lactate and glucose were analyzed to assess the human body’s response to 325 mg of caffeine supplementation. The research is currently in the process of preparation for publication in a peer-reviewed journal as well as presented at the Mid-Atlantic Regional American College of Sports Medicine Conference this fall.


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