College of Nursing & Health Innovation hosts largest ever graduating class

May 9, 2011

The College of Nursing & Health Innovation will hold convocation on May 13 for the largest graduating class to date. Doors open at the Phoenix Convention Center at 8:15 am and the ceremony will begin at 9 am.

The college will confer a total of 596 degrees, 289 more than last year, including 546 undergraduate degrees and 50 graduate degrees. Download Full Image

Of the 546 undergraduate degrees to be conferred, 195 are in Kinesiology, which represents the second largest group to graduate in the program’s history. The Kinesiology">">Kinesiology program was integrated into the College of Nursing & Health Innovation in 2010. Graduates also include 80 in Exercise and Wellness, 95 in Nutrition, five in Health Sciences and 171 in Nursing.

The class of 2011 will also include19 graduates in the Doctor">"... of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. The DNP program was established in 2008 and focuses on improving healthcare through facilitating a culture of best practice, and providing the additional skills necessary to develop the advance practice nursing leader for the future.

Under the leadership of Dean Bernadette Melynk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN, the college has undergone substantial growth including development of the Master of Healthcare Innovation and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing & Healthcare Innovation programs, and expanded learning facilities with the award winning NHI Building II.

The College">">College of Nursing & Health Innovation at Arizona State University offers, baccalaureate, master, doctorate, and certificate programs. The college is committed to preparing nurses and health promotion professionals for leadership in service to the community and the profession, and who value lifelong personal growth. The college operates under a 10-year accreditation through June 2014 granted by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education for its baccalaureate and master’s degree programs and also is approved by the Arizona Board of Nursing.

ASU's Camp Taylor seeks to inspire high school students with disabilities

May 9, 2011

Students with disabilities and their families often worry about what may happen to them after they graduate from high school. Now they have new options. This summer, from July 10–14, ASU will offer a summer camp for students with disabilities.

Camp Taylor will provide high school students, ages 14 to 18, with an opportunity to begin thinking about and preparing for college by actually living the experience in a college dorm. Hosted at Taylor Hall at ASU's Downtown Phoenix campus, students will live for five days and four nights with other students who have special needs and are considering attending ASU or a community college after graduation. Download Full Image

They will learn study skills, test-taking techniques, and will experience 50-minute college classes, peer-led information sessions, campus tours, and other activities created for college-bound students. They also will meet with ASU advisers, enrollment specialists, and financial aid administrators. Each student will leave with a personal plan for reaching his or her goal for higher education. 

"We sent our son to college on a wing and a prayer that he would be successful in college life," says Carolyn Warden, who has a son with Aspergers. "It would have alleviated a great deal of his fears and ours if he had had practice on studying with peers, riding the light rail between campuses, asking difficult questions and just being on campus. ASU’s Camp Taylor would have been so welcomed to our son and to our family in easing the path to higher education."

Camp Taylor is run by the Initiative for Inclusive Communities Life Coaching (IIC) at the Center">">Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy in the College of Public Programs and is staffed by staff and students at ASU including the team of highly trained Life Coaches at IIC.

Camp Taylor has the capacity to serve up to 30 students. There are four rooms with wheel chair access available.

For more information or to register, visit" target="_blank">Camp Taylor or contact Shelly Morgan at 602-496-1481 or shelley.morgan">">