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 since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

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