Melissa Oran, MSW, with her two children

Alumni Spotlight: Melissa Oran, MSW

Melissa Oran, MSW, is a recent graduate of the Master of Social Work program at UNE Online, the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. In this interview, she discusses why she decided to pursue her MSW, some of the standout experiences she has had in the program, and words of wisdom for future MSW students in the program.  Can you…

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January 11, 2021 |

Melanie Berdyck, MSAN, UNE Online Alumna

Alumni Spotlight: Melanie Berdyck, MSAN

We interviewed Melanie Berdyk, MSAN, when she was a Student Ambassador in the Applied Nutrition program at CGPS in 2018. Here’s an update on what she’s up to, how she is using her MSAN in her career, and how her MSAN has helped her with career advancement. Can you give us an overview of what you’ve been up to since…

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January 8, 2021 |

Three new online math courses

Three New Math Courses: Calculus I, Calculus II, and College Algebra

UNE Online is pleased to announce the development of three new math courses, Calculus I, Calculus II, and College Algebra, that are now available for registration. Science Prerequisites for Health Professions (SPHP) courses are 100% online courses that are popular with students who need just a few college-level or post-baccalaureate-level science or math credits in order to apply for graduate…

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January 1, 2021 |

Kenneth Palmer, MSW student, stands in his Navy Uniform

Student Spotlight: Kenneth Palmer, MSW Program

Kenneth Palmer is a former Navy Independent Duty Corpsman who is using the GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon status to change careers. Here, he talks about his experience with UNE Online, the community among MSW students, and how he intends to move forward in his career as a clinical social worker focused on trauma treatment. Can you tell us a…

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December 16, 2020 |

Introducing Four New Graduate Certificates in Healthcare Administration

Introducing Four New Graduate Certificates in Healthcare Administration

UNE is excited to announce four new Graduate Certificates in the field of Healthcare Administration! Each Certificate is comprised of four courses and can be completed in as little as six months. Earn a career-enhancing Healthcare Administration Graduate Certificate in: Emergency Management Health Data Quality Healthcare Management Health Policy, Law, & Compliance Students may complete their program faster by taking…

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December 10, 2020 |

Sarah Kilgore in front of a visiting ICV Stryker, mandatory mask in hand.

Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Kilgore, RN, MPH ‘20

Sarah Kilgore is an RN in the Department of the Army in New York, and a recent UNE Online MPH graduate. Here, she talks about how her professional life has changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and what encouraged her to earn her MPH. What encouraged you to get your master’s in public health? I became interested in…

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December 7, 2020 |

Public Health Hood assistance, and displaying academic regalia meaning

Academic Regalia at Graduation, Explained

University commencements are exciting celebrations of student achievement, and they also provide faculty, students, and their families a visible connection to the birth of the modern university way back in the 12th century. The black robes worn by graduating students and their faculty are known as academic “regalia,” and while undergraduate graduation robes may all seem the same, at the…

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December 1, 2020 |

CSWE Council on Social Work Education logo

CSWE Accreditation for the UNE Online Master of Social Work Program

We are excited to announce that the MSW program has once again earned CSWE accreditation, making this the 30th year the MSW program has been continuously accredited by CSWE! In acknowledgment of the 2020 CSWE re-accreditation of the Graduate Programs in Social Work, we would like to share this blog post that covers the benefits, process, and rigors of the…

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November 18, 2020 |

Megan Thompson, Master of Science in Applied Nutrition

Alumni Spotlight: Megan Thompson, Master of Science in Applied Nutrition Program

Megan Thompson is an alumna of the MS in Applied Nutrition program. Here, she talks about her writing career, how she got interested in the field of nutrition, and how she plans to move forward with her MSAN. Could you start out by telling us a little bit about yourself, and why you decided to pursue your Master of Science…

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November 5, 2020 |

UNE Online announces two new Graduate Certificates in Education

Introducing Two New Graduate Certificates in Education

UNE Online has been delivering fully remote graduate courses for over ten years, and experience has taught us that online education is an art with proven techniques that lead to high-quality learning experiences. As such, we have designed two new graduate certificates in Education to help our students face the challenges and struggles of online learning during this pandemic. These…

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October 29, 2020 |

Meg Cotton, deployed soldier and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

Student Spotlight: Meg Cotton, SPHP Program

Meg Cotton is an active duty service member, single mom, Registered Nurse, and an aspiring Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). As a deployed soldier, she has chosen to take UNE’s SPHP classes for the flexibility of schedule and ease of access. Here she talks about being a student while on deployment, her experience with the coursework, and her goals for…

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October 12, 2020 |

Skip Wilhoit, Ed.D.

Alumni Spotlight: Skip Wilhoit, Ed.D.

Skip Wilhoit, Ed.D. was recently awarded a $2.7 million dollar grant to benefit his K-12 school district. Here, he gives details about the grant he won, and how he used his real-life experience to shape his educational journey. Tell us a little about yourself and what kind of work you do After I served in the Army, I spent the…

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October 5, 2020 |

Nicholas Flavin, MPH faculty member, MSIN program at CGPS

Faculty Spotlight: Nicholas Flavin, MPH, Health Informatics Program

Nicholas Flavin, MPH is a faculty member with the Health Informatics program at CGPS. Here, he talks about his professional experience and how that, combined with his passion for art, makes teaching a joy for him. You have an MPH – what drew you to teaching in the field of health informatics? My background is in healthcare, research, and teaching.…

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August 27, 2020 |

New MSW virtual field placement options

New Innovation in MSW Field Experience: Virtual Field Simulation Now Available

The current COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the need to provide alternatives to in-person field training, and the Master of Social Work (MSW) team at UNE has responded. In 2009, UNE was one of the very first MSW programs in the nation to be offered 100% online in an asynchronous format – and now the MSW program at UNE is continuing…

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August 16, 2020 |

Gail Callahan, MPH Alumni of University of New England 2018

New Online Psychology Courses Offered

UNE Online is excited to announce that three new online Psychology courses will be added to the CGPS course offerings. Science Prerequisites for Health Professions (SPHP) courses are 100% online, post-baccalaureate level courses. These courses are designed to be taken one at a time, and are mostly intended for students who wish to enter a health professions program but may…

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August 12, 2020 |

Gail Callahan, MPH Alumni of University of New England 2018

Alumni Spotlight: Gail Callahan, MPH ‘18

Gail Callahan is a Registered Nurse in a family practice with more than 22 years of clinical nursing experience. She decided to earn her MPH as a way to expand her knowledge of public health and begin to transition her career from one-on-one clinical care to a position where she can make change on a broader level. Can you tell…

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August 10, 2020 |

Rebecca LaChance, MS, RD, LD addresses the topic of reducing food waste

The COVID Diaries: Shopping Smart and Reducing Food Waste During a Pandemic

In this presentation on shopping smart and making food last during a pandemic, Dietitian Rebecca LaChance discusses reducing food waste, optimizing your food shopping habits, food storage best practices, ideas for repurposing ingredients, and methods of food preservation. She also offers additional food-related resources at the completion of the presentation. Rebecca LaChance, MS, RD, LD is an adjunct faculty member…

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August 3, 2020 |

Meal planning with Registered Dietitian Nazia Sadat

The COVID Diaries: Eating from the Pantry – the Benefits of Meal Planning

Registered Dietitian Nazia Sadat discusses the benefits of meal planning using pantry staples. With a little thought, meal planning can help you get the proper nutritional balance. Making healthy food choices can help with increasing immunity as well as uplifting our mood.      Stress impacts the diet choices we make, making it harder to choose healthy foods because of…

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July 31, 2020 |

Dr. Stephanie Marcotte, author of 5 Tips for Finishing Your Dissertation During a Global Pandemic, talks about completing my dissertation.

5 Tips for Finishing Your Dissertation During a Global Pandemic

Dr. Stephanie N. Marcotte is a graduate of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program at UNE Online, the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at the University of New England.  She has guest posted in the past, sharing Ten Tips for Online Doctoral Students: A Dissertation Success Kit. We are happy to have her return to the Vision Blog with…

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July 30, 2020 |

The COVID Diaries: A Discussion on Grief hosted by the MSW program at UNE Online

The COVID Diaries: A Discussion on Self-Care

This is the second video in the COVID Diaries video series. Program Director for the Graduate Programs in Social Work Online Jennifer O’Neil facilitates a discussion centered around the role of self-care in the current COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists include Dr. Pat Coccoma, Dr. Brian Rzepczynski, and Susan Osofsky, LSW, LCSW – each of whom is a UNE faculty member who…

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July 20, 2020 |

The COVID Diaries: A Discussion on Grief hosted by the MSW program at UNE Online

The COVID Diaries: A Discussion on Grief

Program Director for the Graduate Programs in Social Work Online Jennifer O’Neil facilitates a discussion centered around the role of grief in the current COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists are UNE faculty members who teach in the online Master of Social Work program, and each is a practicing therapist. Panelists include Dr. Pat Coccoma, Dr. Brian Rzepczynski, and Susan Osofsky, LSW, LCSW.…

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July 13, 2020 |

Faculty Spotlight: Angelina Moore Maia, PhD, RD, LD, Applied Nutrition Program Assistant Director, Graduate Programs in Applied Nutrition for the Master’s degree in nutrition online

Faculty Spotlight: Angelina Moore Maia, PhD, RD, LD, Applied Nutrition Program

Dr. Maia is the MSAN Assistant Director/Director of RDN Focus at UNE Online. Here, she talks about her background, what drew her to the field of nutrition, and why she is passionate about being an influence on what education looks like for people who intend to become a registered dietitian and get their master’s degree in nutrition online. Can you…

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July 7, 2020 |

Registered Dietitian making a smoothie

Career Growth in the Field of Nutrition

with Angelina Maia, PhD, RD, LD Dr. Angelina Maia is a Registered Dietitian with over 18 years of experience in the field of nutrition. She currently serves as the MSAN Assistant Director/Director of RDN Focus. Here she talks about trends and areas of growth and opportunity for people looking to work in the field of nutrition. What career path do…

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June 25, 2020 |

Mike Fischer, Ed.D.

UNE Graduate Michael Fischer Appointed President of York County Community College

Dr. Michael Fischer is a recent graduate of the Ed.D. program at UNE Online and was recently named the president of York County Community College, in Wells, Maine. Fischer was chosen out of a field of nearly 50 candidates to lead this 1,600-student college in southern Maine. Dr. Fischer began his academic journey at UNE in Fall 2016 as a…

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June 16, 2020 |