School of Allied Health Professions

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. 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.

Kerissa Hanson joins the School staff in PT Ed

Kerissa HansonKerissa Hanson, BA, is the new program coordinator for physical therapy education. Here’s a little bit about Kerissa, in her own words:

“After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, in December, 2003, I moved to Washington, D.C., where I worked for several years. Upon returning to Omaha in 2006, I began working at UNMC as a Residency Coordinator. I’m happy to join the School of Allied Health Professions!

This summer, I’m enjoying a variety of activities including wandering through the Farmers Market, biking, and spending time with my family and friends. I’m currently reading George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager. Oh, and I love coffee.”

Welcome, Kerissa!