South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium

South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium

Three Decades of Higher Education Excellence Through Collaboration

Field Museum Partnership

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The SMHEC Sustainability Task Force met with the Sustainability staff of the Field Museum to discuss sustainability efforts at the Field Museum, their outreach programs, and how SMHEC can partner with the museum. The museum has a great interest in the SMHEC region- the ecologically significant Calumet region of Chicagoland as well as the rare oak savannas near Kankakee. The group developed several opportunities and will follow up with them in the next several months. The first connection is helping the museum hire a local student as a program intern.



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Internship Opportunities

Internship Opportunities

None available at this time.


Allied Health Preceptor Academy

The Preceptor Academy is a one-day workshop geared toward allied health professionals serving as preceptors working with students in a clinical setting.

Topics covered during the academy include:

  • Examining the roles and responsibilities of a preceptor
  • Learning needs and goal setting
  • Assessing and meeting the learning needs of preceptees
  • Identifying strategies to support the preceptee in the socialization process
  • Understanding the impact of personality type on professional and personal relationships
  • Discussing techniques to promote constructive communication between the new staff member and the preceptor
  • Demonstrating how to provide effective and constructive feedback on performance
  • Discussing human resource and legal issues associated with precepting

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2012 Fall Student Sustainability Summit

student presentingThe inaugural Student Sustainability Summit was held Sept. 28, 2012, at Governors State University. Elena Maans, Sustainability Coordinator at Dominican University, participated with the students at the 2011 SMHEC Sustainability Conference and was asked to return as this conference’s keynote speaker to discuss her transition from a student interested in sustainability to the first sustainability coordinator at Dominican and how she created that position.

A panel of student leaders including: Michael Topp-University of St. Francis, Erin Fletcher-Governors State University, Rebecca Garcia-South Suburban College and Antonia Franco-Joliet Junior College discussed how they started sustainability efforts on their campuses and had suggestions for how attendees could do the same at their institutions. Stephenie Presseller, Sustainability Manager at Moraine Valley Community College, was the facilitator for this session.

The breakout sessions included the following topics:

  • Green Lifestyles – Jamie Viebach, Governors State University
  • Using Campus Lands to Promote and Maintain Biodiversity – Rebecca Preisler, Jim Kleinwachter, Dwight DeVries, Dr. Jerry Kavouras and Lee Witkowski, Lewis University
  • Is Your Table Sustainable? – Lydia Quinones, Governors State University
  • Sustainable Tourism – Jaclyn Wingate, University of St. Francis
  • Appreciating Nature First – MaryJean Ricchiuto, Moraine Valley Community College
  • Organize, Analyze, Mobilize – Antonio Franco and Tiffany Mucci, Joliet Junior College



In the final session, students from the Moraine Valley Community College Intensive English Language Program presented sustainability initiatives from around the globe in an interactive museum-style workshop.

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A sustainable, locally sourced, organic, zero waste lunch was provided by GSU’s food service vendor – FSI.

Clinical Faculty Academy

Health Care Inititives

The Clinical Faculty Academy is a training program for registered nurses serving or wish to serve in the role of adjunct clinical faculty. Through this program we develop qualified staff nurses for the role of clinical nurse educators in order to increase faculty workforce and expand and sustain enrollments in schools of nursing.

As a nurse educator you will train the next generation of nurses. Through the academy you will gain the knowledge and skills essential for success in the adjunct clinical faculty role, join a support network for clinical educators and build stronger connections between clinical practice sites and academic environments.


The following topics are covered in the Clinical Faculty Academy:

  • Legal issues related to the education of students in a clinical setting
  • Challenge of multiple roles as staff, adjunct clinical faculty, and other professional and/or life roles
  • Learning experiences that engage students in developing clinical expertise
  • Approaches to clinical pre/post conferences
  • Best practices of clinical teaching into clinical adjunct role
  • Curriculum development and program planning
  • Process and tools of clinical evaluation for students at various levels in the curriculum
  • Dealing with the difficult students in the clinical setting