Faculty member’s long-standing service recognized

Sue Stalewski

Clinical Associate Professor Susan Stalewski, MBA, MLS(ASCP) CM, (pictured above) with the Department of Biomedical Sciences and e-learning and Flex Option director, is making her mark with the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) at the national and state levels.

Stalewski was elected as the president-elect of the Wisconsin branch of ASCLS. She takes office in August 2017, and will serve as the president of ASCLS-WI in 2017-18.

Having served as president once before in 2009, Stalewski is looking forward to taking on the role again. “It’s been several years since I was in this leadership role, and I feel that I’ve honed my skills since then,” Stalewski said. “I’m proud that I’ll be able to serve again and introduce new initiatives.”

Being recognized for service

In addition to her election, Stalewski was recognized with the “Omicron Sigma” and “ASCLS-WI Board Service” awards for her service as the ASCLS-WI membership chair, ASCLS-WI student poster competition coordinator and chair of the ASCLS National Education Scientific Assembly.

First awarded in 1977, “Omicron Sigma Award” is the ASCLS President’s Honor Roll for Outstanding Service. It provides lasting recognition of those dedicated members who volunteer their personal resources, time and energy to ASCLS.

Creating opportunities for students

Stalewski’s service has provided several opportunities for students from the College to shine. This year, senior students from the College attended the ASCLS-WI annual statewide conference in Madison, Wis. Four CHS students received awards at the student poster competition that Stalewski coordinates.

There were 110 poster entries in the ASCLS-WI competition. The following UWM posters received awards:Noen Nelson & Chris Ziegler received 1st place in the Literature Review category for their poster, Recent Infection of Seoul Virus in Human Beings.

Brandon Schmidt received 2nd place in the Faculty Sponsored Research category for his poster, AIRAP/AIRAPL Overexpression as a Potential Underlying Mechanism of Thymoquinoone Modulation.

Bushra Fathima received 3rd place in the Faculty Sponsored Research category for her poster,
Provision of D+ C- E- (RO) Blood for Sickle Cell Disease Red Cell Exchange Programs.

Additional BMS staff participated as judges in the competition. They are Clinical Associate Professor Cynthia A. Brown, M.Ed., MLS(ASCP)CM, director/educational coordinator and Bradley De Pons, MLS(ASCP)CM, clinical instructor and laboratory manager.

Building the profession by raising the profile

During her current term as president, Stalewski plans to expand ASCLS-WI’s relevance to new members and to strengthen community ties within the profession.

“Right now, there is a shortage of clinical lab professionals in the field. While I certainly don’t think I can solve that problem in one short year, I do plan to devote much of my energy to reaching out to younger generations and to raise the profile of the clinical lab sciences programs at the College.”

During the week of April 23-29, students, faculty and clinical staff at CHS celebrated Medical Laboratory Professionals Week. Originating in 1975 as a way of recognizing the work of clinical lab scientists, the week celebrates the vital role in diagnosis and prevention of disease they play as key members of today’s health care teams.

For more information on Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, use the hashtag #Lab4Life, or visit ascls.org/participate/lab-week-mlpw.