Senator Shilling’s “Inside Look” at Globe University-La Crosse

Senator Jennifer Shilling was sure in for a surprise when she visited Globe University-La Crosse recently. Courtesy of a vet tech class, Senator Shilling had the opportunity to witness a goat necropsy, which is similar to an autopsy, used to determine the cause of an animal’s death.

The Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology class, led by Dr. Elayne Haas, was in the midst of performing the necropsy on a five-day old baby goat, when Senator Shilling stopped by.

The students were hard at work, robed in smocks, gloves and goggles, all intently peering at the goat’s organs. The Senator asked them to point out several organs, and the students excitedly complied.

Senator Shilling poses with the Veterinary A&P class

Student Shania Webb volunteered to demonstrate how the necropsy tied in with previous lessons and course outcomes for the class. “I showed her how we incorporated our iPads in class by taking pictures of the dissections and go through and label everything to study from,” Shania said.

Shania also thought the Senator weathered the goat necropsy well. “I think she handled it well for never seeing anything like it before!”

While the necropsy was an interesting experience, the Senator’s visit also coincided with Globe’s own community resource fair, organized by the Global Citizenship class.

The class instructor and Associate Dean of Students Ree Nae Roberge-Greene assigned the group project to help the students become aware of resources in the community. Furthermore, the assignment also put the students in several realistic situations they may face in the professional world.

Ree Nae noted that to participate in the project, students had to put themselves in everyday professional situations, such as cold calling organizations.

“The students had to work with people who were different from themselves,” she said. “They needed to research what kinds of organizations were out in the community and think critically about what services people might need.”

By organizing this event, students were responsible for researching organizations to invite to the fair, sending invitations, following up with organizations, and showcasing the event through promotional advertising.

Medical assistant student Stacy Tibbitts helped the class brainstorm what services could be beneficial to the community. “I looked at what some of the problems were in the community or what the community may be lacking,” she said. “Then I looked for some organization that could inform the people to better their lives.”

Chris Moore, a student in the criminal justice program, recruited organizations in the fields of education and employment services. “It is important for other students because it will give them information to help themselves or others,” he said.

Students peruse the Community Resource Fair

Ree Nae allowed the students to select area organizations after they defined categories of need. “These categories were food, work, volunteering opportunities, housing, utilities, elderly and disability care, substance abuse, sexuality needs, and health care,” she said.

Several area organizations spent an afternoon in the commons, answering questions and discussing the services provided. Some organizations that participated were: The Hunger Task Force of La Crosse, Lakeview Health Center, 7 Rivers LGBT Resource Center, Consumer Credit Counseling, the La Crosse Housing Authority, and a nurse advisor hotline offered by Gundersen Health System.

Not only did representatives from these organizations participate in the fair, Senator Shilling did as well!

She stopped at each table to introduce herself and ask questions of the organizations’ representatives.

“The Community Resource Fair, sponsored by Globe University, is a terrific opportunity for Globe students to network with area agencies about the many programs available to students regarding support services, employment opportunities, or volunteer choices in our community,” Senator Shilling said. “I am impressed with the variety of agencies that were represented, and know it proved to be a valuable day for both the students and the area representatives.”

Likewise, class instructor Ree Nae was pleased with the event. “I enjoyed meeting with the different organization representatives and seeing how impressed they were with the students’ efforts and outcomes,” she said.

Ree Nae also praised her students for their hard work. “Watching the students come together working towards a unified goal was very satisfying.”

From the goat gallbladder to local resources, Senator Shilling’s visit energized and excited the student body. “It helps us to see that she cares about our school and what we are learning,” Shania said. “She seemed like she really wanted to be there and hear the information we gave her.”