Dear University Community,
I think it’s safe to say most of us have achieved important goals in our life. Those goals may have been finishing college, finding the love of your life, or landing the career of your dreams. Meeting long-term goals gives us a sense of satisfaction. The joy is magnified when it is a team of people who work toward a common goal.
If you work in health care, you understand the value of setting achievable, yet challenging goals for your patients. When a patient with post-lower extremity amputation takes his first step on his new prosthesis, when a patient poststroke hugs her husband with her involved extremity, or a child with cerebral palsy writes his name, these are the moments we work for. To see those patients achieve their goals is often what encourages us and our patients to work a little harder. It is the feelings of pride and gratification that light our fire.
At USA, we’ve recently met some major goals, and this issue of Accolades gives us an opportunity to highlight both individual and team achievements.
Whether it is gaining initial regional accreditation, seeking new knowledge through research, having your voice heard through professional advocacy, or helping clients in under served countries, we feel that same sense of pride and gratification. And those feelings are especially strong when we work together to achieve them. We can look across our university and see achievement is a major theme as we continue to grow and improve. It is what keeps our community vibrant and engaged in meeting our mission.
I am pleased to present another excellent edition of Accolades magazine. But most of all, I am thrilled that working together gives us so much to celebrate.
In high regard,
Wanda Nitsch, PT, PhD