Dr. Lori Lioce announced as a 2013 Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners®
AUSTIN (March 2013) — The Fellows of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) recently named Dr. Lori Lioce for induction to FAANP in June 2013. The new FAANP members will continue the tradition of impacting national and global health through their outstanding contributions. Dr. Lioce is a clinical assistant professor and simulation coordinator at the University of Alabama Huntsville College of Nursing. She currently serves as the Vice-President of Operations for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning and Alabama State Representative for the AANP.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) will honor this year’s FAANP inductees at a ceremony, followed by a reception and dinner on Thursday, June 20, 2013, during the AANP 28th National conference at The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.
AANP established the FAANP program in 2000 to recognize nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through clinical practice, research, education, or policy. Fellows of the AANP are visionaries and, as such, hold an annual think tank to strategize about the future of nurse practitioners and health care. The new Fellows will continue to demonstrate leadership and contribute to the mission of the AANP.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), founded in 1985, is the oldest and largest national professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. Through individual and group memberships, AANP represents the interests of approximately 180,000 NPs in the country. AANP continually advocates for the active role of NPs as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered and personalized health care. For more information, visit www.aanp.org.
I am currently a third year pharmacy student at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy.
Richard Smith has just been accepted into the MA in Nonfiction Writing program at Johns Hopkins University.
Grace Stapf started a Master of Science in Computer Science at Loyola University-Maryland in the Fall of 2012. She will also be joining the Navy’s Officer Candidate School.
Sara Erdner has been accepted into the Graduate Program in Communications at the University of Tennessee. She will start her studies in the Fall of 2013 with a full-ride assistantship.
Robert Barricks has passed the ANCC Certification for Family Nurse Practitioner.
Preetha Pulusani Named President of Rolta International (Americas)
Alpharetta, GA, February 25, 2013 – Rolta, a global provider of IT solutions and consulting, appointed Preetha Pulusani as President – International (Americas). She was also named to the Board of Rolta India Limited as a Director. In the past, Preetha has served Rolta India as Joint Managing Director and Chief Strategy Officer.
Pulusani (’85, MS, Computer Science) had a 25-year career with Huntsville, AL based Intergraph Corporation where she served as the President of the Security, Government and Infrastructure Division, with annual revenues of over $400 million. In 2006, she was recognized as the “Top IT Executive of the Year” by the Alabama Information Technology Association.
Rolta International is headquartered in Alpharetta, GA. In her new role, Pulusani will focus on the growth of Rolta’s business in North America. Rolta today has a portfolio that spans the entire IT lifecycle, from IT advisory services through solution design and deployment to managed services. She will leverage Rolta’s deep expertise in selected vertical segments, geospatial and engineering technologies, as well as the company’s IP-differentiated frameworks for implementing solutions for enterprise-level integration and business analytics, such as for EPM, CRM and ERP, for growth in North America.
“As Rolta continues to serve clients around the globe, the experience and strategic initiatives that Preetha brings to our North American operations will provide additional thrust for rapid growth of the Company,” said Kamal K. Singh, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Rolta.
Victoria A. Pearson was recognized as the Category V Civilian of the Quarter for the 4th Quarter 2012 for outstanding engineering contributions in the Miniature Air Launched Decoy Program Office of the Long Range Systems Division at Eglin AFB, FL. She was presented with a crystal trophy by the Sr. Materiel Division Leader at a quarterly ceremony honoring all of the award winners. This award is presented quarterly and annually to the best and brightest in acquisition and this is her 2nds time to win.
BS, Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2008
Advanced Systems Engineer
This is my UAH story…
My UAH experience began the summer before my senior year of high school. Although I was poised to be Valedictorian of my high school class, I still had no idea what I wanted to major in…or where I wanted to go for college. My high school guidance counselor and math teachers encouraged me to consider engineering. Two past students of my high school, and then current engineering students at UAH, gladly agreed to let me shadow them one day during their internship. They spoke to me in detail about engineering, showed me some of their duties, and also talked to me about how great UAH was. This peaked my interest and I visited UAH amongst other schools that year. I visited larger schools and although they were impressive, but UAH stood out. The students were happy and enthusiastic as they showed us around campus, they stated that their professors were attentive and readily available, and they all enjoyed the small, tight knit feel of the campus community. I was also impressed that the engineering department I was interested in had several female faculty members and this gave me even more confidence that I could succeed in the field.
I had many great experiences at UAH. One of the most memorable was being awarded the first Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) in the ISE department. I spent the summer researching integrated product teams with one of the department’s faculty members. She guided me through a thorough research process and really helped me pinpoint my interests. The research I did that summer served as the basis for my Master’s capstone course and a patentable invention. Another great experience I had at UAH was when I served as a new student orientation counselor. I met a particular young lady and her mother and they immediately identified with me as I was also a product of a single parent home. Even after the orientation weekend and over the years, the young lady kept in touch with me. She was able to come to UAH and receive an engineering degree. I recently reconnected with her and was delighted to find out that her education propelled her into a great career with Boeing. Seeing her blossom over the years and having a small part in inspiring her and helping her get to UAH really enhanced the feelings I already had about my alma mater.
Knowing that you’ve paid it forward and also helped someone just as you were helped, that is what motivates me to continue my connection to the university. There are several potential students who need someone to believe in them, an example to look to, or someone to share information with them. Growing up with a parent who didn’t graduate from high school and in a primarily blue collar town, I didn’t know a lot about the things that most people take for granted. If it hadn’t been for my counselor and teachers, the great students at UAH that took the time to mentor me, and the enthusiastic students I met during my visits to the university, I would have never known the extent of my potential. I believe if we’ve had the privilege of being educated and some measure of success, we owe it to our community and to those who invested time in us to help someone else. Many of us have several ways we give back to the community but doing so through our university has the potential for a tremendous impact because we can leverage our own great experiences, the university’s reputation, and our connections with the students and faculty to impact others’ lives. Many alumni associations put particular emphasis on money but I believe the UAH Alumni Association does a great job of encouraging alumni to give of their time and influence as well. All of those things are essential for a great alumni program and great impact on the community.
MBA, Management, 2010
Executive Technical Manager
This is my UAH story…
For several years, I had given considerable thought to the possibility of pursuing an MBA degree to expand my horizons and enhance my career. Unfortunately, there seemed to be so many obstacles in my way at the time. Perhaps these obstacles were actually more “excuses” than anything else but, for example, I didn’t have an undergraduate degree in a business-related field, and I knew that I would be required to complete several pre-requisite undergraduate business courses if I were to ever achieve this goal. In addition, as a working professional, convenient class schedules along with an excellent institutional reputation were imperative requirements for any candidate program – I needed to attend a local university offering evening classes and a rigorous course of study. I was not interested in online programs offered by many universities. I knew that is was crucial to study and interact with other working professionals in a classroom setting. Unfortunately, there was no such program available in the area at that time. No viable option seemed to exist for me and my particular circumstances and requirements.
I had all but abandoned my goal, and then one day I read that UAHuntsville had begun offering an MBA program with an emphasis on technology management. This seemed perfect for me! I already knew that UAHuntsville is an outstanding institution given my first-hand experience years ago while pursuing a Master of Computer Science degree at the university, so I decided to investigate this program immediately. I visited Dr. Brent Wren the following week to discuss the program and my specific areas of interest, and at the conclusion of our conversation, I was so impressed and excited about the UAHuntsville MBA program that I wanted to get started that day! I found that the undergraduate pre-requisites I needed were offered as accelerated graduate level courses, so the time investment required to complete them was actually much less than I had feared. I learned that The College of Business at UAHuntsville is highly ranked and accredited by AACSB International, so I knew that a degree from this program would be quite valuable and worthwhile to me professionally. The technology-based business management curriculum of the program was well-aligned with my career, and I was impressed that the faculty were nationally recognized and heavily involved in ongoing scholarly research.
The next two and a half years were some of the most enjoyable and intellectually stimulating of my entire life. The journey was not easy, that’s for sure, but it was worth every bit of the effort that was required. I cannot express how much I enjoyed learning from both the outstanding faculty of the UAHuntsville College of Business as well as from other working professionals as we collaborated on team projects. I gained lasting friendships as a result of our common pursuit. The faculty was always available and willing to assist students when needed, and went the extra mile to ensure that all of their students had the opportunity to succeed. They were such outstanding mentors to us all. I am so proud that I earned my MBA degree from UAHuntsville – it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I would not hesitate to encourage anyone who wishes to earn any degree, start or further their career, or simply continue personal lifelong learning goals, to strongly consider UAHuntsville – you’ll be glad you did!
Charge on, Chargers!