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 Date: September 24, 2009 Contact:  Paula Cobler, 361-570-4350

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UHV nursing faculty, alumni help inform Houston community about swine flu


 

Kathryn Tart

HOUSTON – A team of faculty and alumni from the University of Houston-Victoria School of Nursing answered more than 150 questions about swine flu that were phoned in to the KPRC Channel 2 swine flu hotline Sept. 14.

 

Faculty members Kelley Lardy, Vivian Nowazek and Sandra McNeely filled seats at the phone bank along with alumni Diana Barton, Kristin Peterson and Teresa Rainer.

 

“We tried to give a whole day to the swine flu to be able to answer as many questions as we could that people had about the virus,” said Brian Sasser, KPRC special projects producer.

 

The UHV School of Nursing faculty and alumni were among the panel of medical experts from across the area who answered questions about symptoms, treatments, and what people should do about the swine flu.

 

“Their help was invaluable,” Sasser said.

 

The leader of the UHV School of Nursing said such civic engagement programs are important to the school and the public it serves.

 

“Educating the community is a major part of our mission at the School of Nursing, along with educating students,” Founding Dean Kathryn Tart said. “I’m very proud of our faculty and alumni who participated, and KPRC for all it did to spread this important information.”

 

The school is planning similar civic engagement efforts in the near future.

 

 

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region, offers courses leading to more than 65 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and concentrations in the schools of Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Education & Human Development, and Nursing. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus as well as teaching sites in Fort Bend, Harris and Montgomery counties, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. Since its founding in 1973, UHV has provided students with a quality university education from excellent faculty at an affordable price.