Welcome to the fall 2011 edition of Accolades. This is my first opportunity to introduce myself to our alumni and University friends. I am delighted that the editor dedicated this issue to me, a humble physical therapist who came to the University to teach 14 years ago. The opportunity to serve this great University as it’s president is an honor. I offer my thanks to the many mentors and supporters who have helped me in my professional journey.
We have been busy with growing our university, adding quality and innovation to our many offerings. For example, in this issue, you’ll read about the start of our Master of Orthopaedic Physician Assistant program, the only one in the country. We have also put together an online business series to support those who want to enter the world of private practice. We are gradually adding to our staff, faculty and administration to support our growing university.
As you will see in this issue, the faculty and students on both campuses continue to be busy with research activities advocating for our professions, and providing dedicated service to our communities. What a whirlwind of activities!
I hope you are like me and enjoy reading the alumni news. To read of the success of our alumni means that the University is meeting it’s mission and core values. I see examples of professional autonomy, leadership, dedication to meeting health care staffing needs, and professional advocacy. Your advancement reflects positively on the university. Keep up the great work.
Wanda Nitsch, PT, PhD