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2009 SONstar Recipients

Vicki Kullberg

Vicki Kullberg

January SoNstar - Vicki Kullberg
Project Director & Evaluation

Posted: Jan. 15, 2009

Vicki Kullberg has been working at the School of Nursing for 12 years. She has worked part-time and fulltime for Dr. Alexa Stuifbergen on her health promotion projects, and she has worked part-time for Dr. Heather Becker on evaluation and research projects.

Vicki received her master’s degree in sociology from the University of Arizona. She moved to Austin in 1995 with her husband and two children after 15 years at Washington State University in Pullman, WA.

Vicki says that she enjoys working with a great team of faculty and staff members to study and provide services to persons with chronic health issues. She also enjoys getting to know undergraduate students – mostly through the SHINE volunteer program. She says, “It’s fun to see them go through the BSN programs and develop into nursing professionals.”

Patricia CastaƱeda-English

Dr. Patricia Castañeda-English

May SoNstar - Patricia Castañeda-English, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Learning Enhancement Services

Posted: May 5, 2009

Patricia Castañeda-English joined the School of Nursing in the fall of 2006. Patricia is a three-time graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, a Master of Education degree and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology all from U.T.  Working at the School of Nursing has been and continues to be both professionally and personally rewarding for Patricia.

Fortunate to have had a wide variety of experiences as an educator, counselor, and advisor, Patricia states, “What I do here at the School of Nursing is familiar territory for me. I thoroughly enjoy working with the students and providing them with tools for academic success. It is great to see students accomplish their academic goals semester by semester.”

Carol Riazzi

Carol Riazzi

September SoNstar - Carol Riazzi
Manager, Clinical Placement

Posted: Sept. 8, 2009

Carol Riazzi joined the School of Nursing in the spring of 2007. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Cornell University and an Masters in Business Administration from the University of Miami. Carol and her family moved to Austin 11 years ago, and vowed never to move again. She considers herself very lucky to have a job that allows her to interact with faculty, staff and students, and thoroughly enjoys being a part of this great university environment.