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.

Dr. Meyer selected as chair of Midwest Deans Association

Kyle MeyerKyle Meyer, PhD, PT, Senior Associate Dean of the School of Allied Health Professions, was selected by his colleagues to serve as chair of the Midwest Deans Association. Institutional members of the association include colleges and schools of allied health at eighteen Midwest academic health science centers who are also member institutions of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP). The institutions are represented in the Midwest Deans Association by their chief allied health administrator.

The association promotes the exchange of best practice information pertaining to allied health education program planning and management, collectively represents the Midwest member institutions on issues of common concern, and communicates with other associations of allied health deans.

Dr. Meyer assumed the role of chair in July, following Dr. Wendy Rheault, formerly dean of the College of Health Professions at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, who recently moved to the position of provost at the same institution.

Dr. Norman receives highest honor from NPTA

Joe Norman, PT, PhD, FAACVPR, CCS, has been selected to receive the 2014 Mary Ellen Sacksteder Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Physical Therapy by the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association (NPTA). The award is based on multiple criteria and represents the highest honor bestowed by the NPTA.

Dr. Norman will be presented the award during the business luncheon at the NPTA Fall State Meeting in Lincoln on Saturday, October 11, 2014.

Nominees for this award must be persons who have engaged in the practice of physical therapy for at least ten years, five of which have been in the State of Nebraska, and must be members of the APTA and the Nebraska Chapter.

Each nominee must present substantial evidence of major contributions in at least five of ten areas of professional practice, service and other achievements.

Congratulations, Dr. Norman!

Joe and the giant cookie

Faculty presented Joe with a giant cookie for his accomplishments.