Congratulations to the Division of Physical Therapy – REACH100

Reach 100 web buttonThe American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has issued a web button to our PT program, again!  We  achieved 100% student membership through the APTA’s REACH100 Student Membership Challenge.

Congratulations to the division and the students for consistently high membership, demonstrating a commitment to professionalism.

Pat’s Public Pat on the Back: Cindy, Tammy, Sue, and Sarah

cloud-of-thanksKudos to Cindy Skarda, Tammy O’Donnell, Sue Stewart, and Sarah Frederick!

“These four ladies went above and beyond,” said Pat O’Neil, “embracing the opportunity to properly dispose of files, equipment and brick-a-brack that was outdated, irrelevant, or broken, during the SAHPs recent Spring Cleaning initiative. To many, sorting through the boxes, file cabinets and piles of debris that filled the 7th floor storage area seemed overwhelming. But Cindy, Tammy, Sue, and Sarah seemed to relish the challenge…and proved themselves up to the task. Thank you all for your great work.”

Everyone appreciates recognition for a job well done. As such, SAHP Director of Finance and Administration, Pat O’Neil, MPA, came up with a new way to acknowledge staff within the school.

“I get emails from faculty all the time, telling me what a great job staff members are doing,” said Pat. “I’d like to publicly share some of the kudos so everyone else knows, too.”

Thus, Pat’s Public Pat on the Back (or Pat’s Pat, if you like) will be a new series on the TVs in Bennett Hall and on the blog, starting off with the above. (BTW – I, Fran, made up the title, so if you don’t like it, blame me.) :)  And I would also like to personally thank Cindy, Tammy, Sue, and Sarah, because I know what a mess that room was and am grateful I didn’t have to clean it!

Pat encourages all faculty and staff to regularly recognize and thank one another – with emails, thank-U grams, and nominations for Silver and Gold U-s. And remember, when you receive six thank-Us for a particularly brand value, you will receive a Vital pin for that value: Team, Leadership, Resource, and Excellence.

PT division honors Dr. Willett at farewell

Dr. Joe Norman presents award to  Dr. Gib Willett

Dr. Joe Norman presents award to Dr. Gib Willett

Gilbert (Gib) Willett, PT, PhD, OCS, CSCS, likes to golf. So when he recently left the division of physical therapy to pursue other opportunities on campus, they gathered to wish him well and send him off with some new clubs.

They also honored him with a plaque, which read, “Division of Physical Therapy Education Appreciation Award presented to Dr. Gib Willett for contributions in teaching and service to the Division and to the students we serve.  1990-2014.”

Dr. Willett began his career as an instructor in the division in 1990 and went on to become professor, administrator, researcher, clinician, and distinguished alumni.

Fun photos from the farewell fete are in this album on Flickr.