AOMA News

AOMA Celebrates the Career and Retirement of Anne E. Province

Published Jan 29, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas, January 23, 2015 — Anne E. Province retires from AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine (AOMA) after ten years of dedicated service with the academic institution, concluding a 40-year career in business, higher education administration, and teaching. She will complete her tenure at AOMA on January 31, 2015.

After an early career in Dallas as a systems consultant and marketing manager, Anne moved to Austin in 1983 to work at St. Edward's University. As Associate Vice President for Planning and Information, Province was responsible for overseeing the university's strategic planning and information technology operations. Her interest in human formation and development led her to a second master's degree, and she joined the staff at Seton Cove, an ecumenical center for spiritual formation.

Province had a marked impact on AOMA’s modern development. She came to AOMA in 2005 as the Director of Institutional Effectiveness to assist the school in attaining regional accreditation. Promoted to Vice President of Student Services and Institutional Effectiveness in 2007, she became AOMA’s Vice President of Student Services and Operations in 2009. From 2009-2012 Province also taught a capstone course in the AOMA curriculum, Practice Management 1-3, and has been a guest lecturer in the doctoral program on Eco-Psycho-Social Pain.

During her tenure, AOMA achieved significant strategic objectives, including:

●     Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board reauthorization in 2006 and 2008

●     Regional accreditation candidacy and membership with Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) (2007, 2009)

●     Substantive change for the new campus with SACSCOC (2010)

●     Substantive change to doctoral level (Level V) with SACSCOC (2011)

●     DAOM program approval through SACSCOC (2014)

●     New campus design, build-out, and move from north to south Austin  (2011)

●     Rebranding of the institution from Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin to AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine (2010)

●     Development of student and alumni success programs, including career services and student organizations

In addition to her work at AOMA, Anne has maintained a private practice in spiritual direction, and served as adjunct faculty at St. Edward's, the Seminary of the Southwest, and for the Formation in Direction program of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. She also served on the boards of Hospice Austin and the Care Communities.

Pat Hayes, former President of St. Edward’s University and retired Chief Operating Officer of Seton Healthcare Family, worked with Province in her previous positions. Hayes recalls, “Anne Province has a singular ability to organize and complete complex projects that create huge institutional advancement.  At AOMA, much of that project leadership focused on the successful pursuit of accreditation, a milestone accomplishment for the school.  But it is just as noteworthy that Anne carries out her work with great empathy and care for students and co-workers.  Both at St. Edward’s University when we worked together and at AOMA, Anne was a powerful behind-the-scenes player who had a major impact on the culture and success of the organization.”

In the fall of 2014 Anne moved into a special-projects role for AOMA, working on new program development and regulatory compliance. In addition to these key contributions, Province has brought comfort and stability to staff and students. Her guidance and compassion will be greatly missed.

"The AOMA family has transformed me, just as our mission promises.  I will especially miss the extraordinary faculty led by Dr. Jamie Wu, AOMA's diverse and inspiring students, and the dedicated staff, administrators, and governing board. My experience with this community has been a privilege and a blessing," says Province.

AOMA wishes Anne a peaceful yet fulfilling retirement. For the first six months she plans to travel to Big Bend, northern New Mexico, northern California, and New York City. She will continue teaching and her spiritual direction practice, and looks forward to more time for gardening, photography, art, and reading.

AOMA Receives Reaffirmation from SACSCOC through 2024

Published Dec 12, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas, December 12, 2014 — AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine received the maximum 10-year reaffirmation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges(SACSCOC) at the annual meeting in Nashville, TN. This is the highest level of regional accreditation that can be granted.

“This validates the fulfillment of our mission: transforming lives and communities through graduate education in Oriental medicine. It affirms the quality and integrity of our academic medical programs,” reported AOMA President William Morris. “The rigorous standards required by SACSCOC allow students, graduates, and patients to feel confident about the quality of education received at AOMA.”

AOMA offers both a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. The regional accreditation allows for graduates to participate as learners and faculty within the university and college educational systems of the United States.

As part of the reaffirmation process, AOMA developed a carefully designed and focused clinical experience that will improve student learning outcomes. According to Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree Program Director Lesley Hamilton, “Clinical education will more closely align with real-world experience, providing students with a staged clinical experience at the very busy AOMA clinics.”

AOMA Appoints New Governing Board Member, Michelle Sierpina, PhD

Published Nov 17, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas, November 17, 2014 — AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine announced the appointment of Michelle Sierpina, PhD as its newest member of the board of governors. The AOMA governing board consists of five members who are elected based upon their ability, skills, and experience to set the strategic plan and policies that ensure the institution will achieve its mission.

“Serving on AOMA’s board allows me the privilege to participate as the college sets an ever-higher national standard for promoting clinical excellence through education, research, and professional and community collaborations,” said Dr. Sierpina. “I am proud and grateful to be a part of an organizational team that produces exceptional leaders in evidenced-based Oriental medicine.”

Dr. Sierpina is the founding director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). She is also an assistant adjunct professor at the UTMB School of Nursing. AOMA will find Dr. Sierpina’s experience in medical education curriculum and program development to be invaluable at the level of governance.

AOMA President William Morris states, “Michelle Sierpina is an excellent fit for the governance of AOMA. She brings wisdom and experience in higher education, and a passion for learning. AOMA is fortunate to have her in our community.”

Dr. Sierpina is a pioneer in the development of integrative healthcare in Texas, and her commitment to lifelong learning will be an asset to the future of AOMA and healthcare.

AOMA Named to 2015 Military Friendly® Schools List

Published Sep 24, 2014

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AOMA Named to 2015 Military Friendly® Schools List

AUSTIN, Texas, September 24, 2014 — AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced today that it has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds.

Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly® Schools designation and list by Victory Media is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly® provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in   the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past six years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

AOMA's master's and doctoral degree programs are approved by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) for the training of veterans and other eligible persons. In order to receive Veteran’s Benefits, the veteran must first establish his/her eligibility with the VA directly. Once eligibility has been established, AOMA certifies the veteran’s enrollment.

In addition, AOMA has an active Student Veteran Organization whose purpose is to provide education to our peers, practitioners, and the community on the needs and challenges facing our nation's Veterans. The group provides support and resources to ensure continued success and the well-being of our student Veterans and AOMA. For more information about AOMA’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit www.aoma.edu.

Read AOMA Student/Alumni Veteran Spotlight

AOMA strengthens leadership team with strategic hire of VP of Finance & Operations

Published Sep 16, 2014

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Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA joined AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine senior leadership

AUSTIN, Texas, September 17, 2014 — AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced today the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations.“We at AOMA are excited about the new perspectives that Donna LaPoint Hurta will bring our operations and financial management. Donna’s strong background in educational management will assist AOMA in fulfilling its mission,” expressed President William Morris.

In this newly established executive position, Donna is responsible for caring for AOMA’s financial resources and accounting methods in a professional, responsible and safe manner while providing the highest quality of service to students, faculty and staff.

Donna Hurta brings more than 20 years of experience in finance and operations. She has a diverse background in accounting, GAAP compliance, payroll and reporting, multiple entity reporting, budget management, and audit oversight. During her career Donna has developed a high skill set in evaluating and developing policy and procedures as well as human resource, facility management, and software conversions for companies.

In her most recent position as the Director of Finance at Texas Congress of Parent and Teachers, Donna led the state-wide non-profit association in all aspects of financial management, including supervision of 401k, insurance benefits and payroll, and responsibility for annual budgets including working with department heads and communicating to board of directors. Prior to that Donna served as Director of Finance and Operations at Austin San Antonio Corridor Council, Inc. There she was responsible for the non-profit organizations daily operation, internal control, policy and procedure, as well as staff management.

Donna’s experience is enhanced by her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Management following by her MBA in Accounting from the University of Houston at Victoria.