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Professions to honor distinguished alumni Saturday
Sept. 17, 2008 --
distinguished alumni—including 18 faculty members--from Arkansas State
University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) will be
honored Saturday, Sept. 20 as part of ASU’s 2008 Homecoming celebration.
The group is being recognized at an open house at 2:30 p.m. in the Green
Room of the CNHP building.
Shanon Brantley represents the Department of Communication Disorders,
Ashley Johnson is from the Department of Social Work, and Micheal Martin
is the distinguished alumnus from the Department of Physical Therapy.
The faculty members, all from the Department of Nursing, include Brenda
Anderson, Diana Fuller, Libby Nix, Darlene Baker, Cathy Hall, Linda
Latting, Angela Schmidt, Nonie Wiggins, Lori Clay, Linda Crumpton, Renee
Miller, Debbie Shelton, Susi Sifford, Paige Wimberley, Karen Blue, Lisa
Drake, Judy Pfriemer and Stacy Troxel.
Drake, Fuller and Latting teach at ASU-Mountain Home. The remaining
distinguished alumni teach at the main ASU campus in Jonesboro.
Brantley earned her master’s degree in communication disorders (MCD)
from ASU in 1999. She began her career as a public school
speech-language pathologist for the Nettleton School District for three
years. She has been employed by RehabCare and has provided professional
services to Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould for the last
Brantley offers a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic services,
including voice therapy, deep pharyngeal neuromuscular stimulation,
VitalStim therapy, and swallow studies using fiberendoscopic evaluation
of swallowing (FEES) and videofluoroscopy, provided by Dr. William
Bulkley, a local otolaryngologist. Brantley’s work with patients
receiving VitalStim therapy was recently highlighted in the fall 2008
issue of The Beacon, a publication of the Arkansas Methodist Medical
Center. She holds the certificate of clinical competency in
speech-language pathology (CCC-SLP).
Brantley, an avid sports fan, is married to Larry Brantley. They have
two children, Jaqulyn and Jarron, and the family resides in Jonesboro.
Johnson received a bachelor of social work degree in 2003. As a stipend
student, she was placed in the Division of Children and Family Services
in Sharp County. While employed as a family service worker, Johnson
worked with children who were in foster care. In July 2003, Johnson
began working as a family service worker trainee in Sharp County before
being promoted to supervisor in Fulton County.
A true advocate for families in crisis, Johnson has also served as a
field instructor for the Department of Social Work and is a strong role
model to new social workers as well as to other workers in her county. A
student of her professional code of ethics, she frequently discusses
ethical dilemmas and values with her students and staff.
Martin graduated from ASU in 2002. At that time, he was chosen by the
faculty as the outstanding student in his graduating class and as the
most professional by his classmates. He has remained involved in his
community and in the growth of physical therapy.
Martin has served as a physical therapist, an athletic trainer, a
director of physical therapy, and a director of rehabilitation. In
2006, he volunteered for the United States Olympic weightlifting team,
providing evaluation and care for the men’s and women’s teams.
Martin has been a presenter at the Arkansas
Athletic Trainers Association annual meeting and the National Athletic
Trainers Association annual symposium. His professional involvement
includes Southwest Athletic Trainers Association, Arkansas Athletic
Trainers Association, Arkansas Physical Therapy Association, American
Physical Therapy Association-Orthopedic/Sports PT Sections, National
Strength and Conditioning Association, National Academy of Sports
Medicine, and the U.S. Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Society.
He has continued his education and dedication to the profession by
becoming strength and conditioning specialist through the National
Strength and Conditioning Association. Martin is also a certified
kinesio taping practitioner and a performance enhancement specialist
through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
He is currently completing requirements to become a specialist in sports
physical therapy as recognized by the American Physical Therapy
Association. He serves as a clinical instructor for physical therapy
students as well as participating in job shadowing for pre-PT and
pre-Athletic Training students. Martin demonstrates dedication to the
profession of physical therapy and continues to work toward the vision
of the future of physical therapy. He oversees the rehabilitation for
football at Baylor University and currently resides in McGregor, Texas,
with his family.
With the shortage of nursing faculty nationwide, ASU’s Department
of Nursing depends on its alumni who have chosen to practice nursing as
faculty members. Anderson, Fuller and Nix earned associate, bachelors
and master’s degrees in nursing at Arkansas State. Baker also received
an associate of science in nursing.
Hall, Latting, Schmidt and Wiggins earned bachelor of science in nursing
degrees while attending ASU. Bachelor of science in nursing and master
of science in nursing degrees were earned by Clay, Crumpton, Latting,
Miller, Shelton, Sifford and Wimberley. The four faculty members who
earned the master’s degree in nursing from the Department of Nursing are
Blue, Drake, Pfriemer and Troxel.