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April 2010

Release Date: April 13, 2010ASU Logo

Grand Opening for ASU Community WED Center

Angelo State University will host a grand opening for its new Center for Community Wellness, Engagement and Development (WED Center) in southwest San Angelo on Thursday, April 22.

The opening reception will run from 2-4 p.m. at the WED Center offices, 5301 Knickerbocker Road, Suite 200, and is open free to the public. The San Angelo Chamber of Commerce will conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2:30 p.m.

Dr. Leslie Mayrand, dean of the ASU College of Nursing and Allied Health, is currently serving as coordinator for the center, which has the mission “To promote the highest quality of life in communities served by ASU students, faculty and staff,” and is an integral part of ASU’s goal to further community outreach and engagement.

Rather than duplicating the efforts of other agencies, the goal of the WED Center is to enhance those efforts and to facilitate the development of new programs, initiatives and processes to serve un-met community needs. Along with traditional community service, the center will sponsor service/learning activities that incorporate curriculum objectives, student planning, critical thinking and reflection into continuing projects that benefit the community.

The center is an umbrella for several faculty-led multidisciplinary initiatives, including school-based services for children, adolescents and families, caregiver research, community development and women’s health and wellness.

Currently housed at the center are the Family, Adolescent and Child Engagement Services (FACES), which includes the administrative arm of the ASU Nursing Department’s San Jacinto School Based Clinic and Family Wellness Center; the ASU Caregiver Research Institute; and the Psychology, Sociology and Social Work Department’s Community Development Initiatives. It is also the future home of a Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health regional office.

The San Jacinto facility offers cost-effective and culturally sensitive health care as well as behavioral and wellness services to children from birth to 18 years old and their families, regardless of ability to pay. The administrative arm is run by Corine Martinez, assistant clinical professor of nursing.

The Caregiver Research Institute will serve older adults, frail elders, caregivers, nursing home patients and health care professionals. Services will include individualized care planning as well as exercise and therapy classes, and it will also serve as a resource and information center. Faculty facilitators are Dr. Katie Artnak, associate professor of nursing, Mona Dawson, assistant clinical professor of nursing, and Dr. David Sanders, applied gerontologist.

Community Development Initiatives fosters ASU student involvement in the community and provides various services, including demographic research, needs assessments, grant writing assistance and maintaining databases that can be utilized by non-profit groups. Dr. Ken Stewart, professor of sociology, and Dr. Casey Jones, professor of government, head up the program.

The Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health will be dedicated to the cultivation and advancement of multidisciplinary science in women’s health, and to promoting the well-being of women through research, education and community outreach. Dr. Linda Ross, assistant clinical professor of nursing, will serve as the director.

The office manager of the WED Center is ASU alumna Crista Wilson.

For more information, call the WED Center at 942-2754.

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