Forward Mot ion Newsletter • Department of Physical Therapy • Indiana University Volume 3, Issue 2 Fall 2008 Message from the Chair - Change is in the Air!
In keeping with the theme of change which seems to be dominating the national landscape, I want to highlight a few changes our Department has undergone, the most obvious being the departmental leadership transition. Dr. Riolo accepted a fellowship appointment with Academic Affairs on the IUPUI campus requiring her to relinquish her leadership role, although she remains an integral part of the Department as a professor. Dr. Riolo did a tremendous job guiding this program and we know she will have success in her new venture. I have stepped into the chair position on an interim basis and will continue to foster an environment that exemplifies IU’s high standards. The second faculty change occurred last semester as Dr. Ashraf Gorgey accepted a research position in Virginia. Obviously, we have important roles to fill on the faculty and we are in the process of interviewing several dynamic candidates. We look forward to completing this work in the coming months. The Department is also extremely excited about the change in leadership for the School. Our new dean, Dr. Austin Agho, has begun to shape the School’s future by creating an aggressive strategic plan. He has shared some of his initial thoughts in this newsletter and plans to address more specific objectives in a school newsletter coming this spring. The faculty have embodied the ideal of change by continuing to advance the curriculum enabling the program to produce
excellent therapists who are leaders in the field. The faculty’s efforts, along with our students’ dedication, have yielded extremely competent physical therapists, as noted by this spring’s graduates who have accrued a 100% first time pass rate on the national board exam. The faculty is extremely proud of their performance. Our current students all continue to impress the faculty with their effort and commitment to the profession. This can be seen in their continued work on the Marquette Challenge and interest in attending the APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting. We are also in the midst of selecting the next class of students. This year, the program has adopted a competitive admissions model with the goal of creating a more equitable process. We are excited about the number of qualified candidates and their impressive academic records. I hope this newsletter will provide you with an appreciation for the drive and passion of the faculty and students. In addition, we want to reiterate how important each of you are to the ongoing success of this program. I hope you will stop by and remain connected with IU Physical Therapy. The program is extremely excited about the future and wants to make you a part of it! With best regards, Peter A. Altenburger, PhD, PT, Interim Chair
Th e De p a r tme n t We l c ome s SHR S De a n Au s t i n A g ho !
Inside this issue: News 2 Student 3 Update Faculty 4 Update Research 5 Update Clinical 6 Update Alumni 7 Update Editor-in-chief: Peter Altenburger PhD, PT Design & Compilation: Brenda S. Lawless
A sincere thanks to all who have visited, called and/or sent emails to welcome me and my family to Indianapolis. Your support and kind words have made my transition a pleasant experience. It is very reassuring to know that I have such
strategic planning process will be shared with you in our next issue of the school newsletter. I look forward to working with you and the faculty and staff of the Department of Physical Therapy to enhance the excellent reputation and visibility of the Department. My door is open, and I welcome suggestions and feedback on how we are doing. I hope to have the opportunity to get to know you better in the near future. I welcome your involvement with the School. Please feel free to forward updates on your personal and professional accomplishments by email to Brenda Lawless, firstname.lastname@example.org. Again, thank you for your continued contributions and loyalty to the Department. Warmest Regards, Austin Agho, Ph.D., Dean School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
a loyal group of alumni and friends to work with as I work to advance the mission of the Department of Physical Therapy and the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS). The past few months have been a very exciting and productive time. Upon my arrival, I embarked upon the task of working with faculty, staff and students to develop a five-year strategic plan for the School. Physical Therapy faculty, staff and students have played an active role in shaping the strategic directions of the School. I anticipate that the strategic planning process will conclude in November. The outcomes of the
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