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Staff share expertise at national conferences

April 11, 2016


Three members of the Nicolet staff recently shared their professional expertise with colleagues from around the country by leading presentations at two national conferences.

Nicolet College Dean of Health Occupations Dr. Lenore Blemke presented a session on ethics in health care at the recent League of Innovation national conference in Chicago.

Blemke led a discussion on ethics with other community college health education professionals and also presented a unique educational display of a dozen banners that focus on health care ethics.

Set up similar to a walk-through art installation, the eight-foot-tall banners presented information on the importance of ethics on one side. On the other side, participants learned about the impact a lack of ethics would have if health care providers did not adhere to ethical standards.

Dr. Blemke started working at Nicolet in 1997 as a Nursing instructor, advanced to Nursing program director, and was named dean of Health Occupations in 2005.

The League of Innovation is an international non-profit organization committed to advancing community college education. Membership includes more than 800 community colleges from across the country, Canada, and several other countries. More than 1,000 education professionals attended the conference in Chicago.

Sondra Llanos and Nicole Dorion from Nicolet’s Communication Dept. led three roundtable presentations on academic pathways at the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations national conference in St. Louis, Mo.

The pathways concept packages curriculum into building blocks that allow students to experience early success in college. Students accomplish this by earning a short-term training certificate relatively quickly. They then use that certificate as a steppingstone to the next credential, a diploma, which is then used to earn a two-year associate degree.

Their presentation outlined the components and processes Nicolet implemented to create career pathways and the strategies used to communicate the pathways concept to students.

Llanos is the project manager in the Communications Department and Dorion the creative marketing specialist.

The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations supports the professional development of community college communicators, serving more than 1,700 members from more than 550 colleges across the United States and Canada. It is the only organization of its kind that exclusively represents marketing and public relations professionals at community and technical colleges and is one of the largest affiliates of the American Association of Community Colleges.