Michigan Tech, Central Michigan University Kick Off Physical Therapy Doctoral Program at Tech Monday

Michigan Tech and Central Michigan University (CMU) will celebrate an “Exercise in Partnership” at 3:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, at the Advanced Technology Development Complex. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will mark the collaborative opening of the Michigan Tech location for Central Michigan’s physical therapy doctoral program.

The innovative partnership will enable students attending the program at Michigan Tech to earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from CMU, one of the strongest programs in the country, said Bruce Seely, dean of the College of Sciences and Arts. “Physical therapy represents one of the fastest-growing areas of medical practice, and the opportunity to educate and prepare professionals for this field here in the Upper Peninsula is an exciting step for both universities and for the hospitals in the UP,” Seely said.

The campus community is invited to the ceremony, which will be shared with CMU on YouTube. Speakers will include President Glenn Mroz; CMU Provost Michael Gealt; Seely; and Chris Ingersoll, dean of CMU’s Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions. Twelve students from CMU who are enrolled in the program are also scheduled to attend, along with other visitors from Central Michigan, state officials and other supporters of the program.

Renovation of the classroom, laboratory training space and student facilities was undertaken with support from community partners. These include a matching gift of $125,000 from the Upper Peninsula Health Care Network and $25,000 each from four UP hospitals–War Memorial, Portage Health, Aspirus Keweenaw, and Dickinson County Healthcare System. Other supporters include Charles ’36 and Pat Nelson, Edwin Davis ’29, Suzanne Jurva ’82, Joe Ehlinger ’82, Michael Jurva, and Cisco.

After the ribbon-cutting, guests are invited to tour the facility and enjoy refreshments.

From Tech Today, by Jennifer Donovan, director of news and media relations.

Central Michigan University physical therapy students head north to Michigan Technological University campus

Within the week, 12 Central Michigan University physical therapy doctoral students will make the 425-mile trek from Mt. Pleasant to Michigan Technological University’s campus in Houghton. They’ll help to fill a critical need for additional physical therapists in the Upper Peninsula.

“Students who are in Houghton will be able to receive instruction concurrently with classmates in their cohort in Mt. Pleasant,” Loubert said. “The labs are connected together with the same technology, which will allow all 60 students to take classes simultaneously on both campuses.”

Read more at the Morning Sun News, by CMU Media Relations.

Dr. Carter Elected to AKA Executive Committee

From Tech Today:

Jason Carter, chair of kinesiology and integrative physiology, has been elected to the American Kinesiology Association (AKA) Executive Committee.

“I’m honored that my AKA colleagues have elected me to represent them as a member of the Executive Committee,” says Carter. “AKA is a preeminent society in kinesiology, whose primary aim is to promote and enhance kinesiology as a unified field of study in the United States.”

AKA advocates for kinesiology at both national and international levels, and supports its member departments by providing resource materials and leadership and educational opportunities for university administrators in kinesiology.

“Jason has served on the board of directors for three years, and during that time he was a member of the Membership Committee and currently serves as chair,” says Amelia Lee, executive director of AKA. “As a direct result of his efforts, we are gaining new members on a regular basis. He believes in and supports the AKA mission, and it was because of his hard work and commitment that he was selected to serve on the Executive Committee. Jason is a great contributor, and we are sincerely grateful to have him working with us. He is outstanding in every way.”

Carter is finishing a three-year appointment on the AKA Board of Directors, and his new duties will commence January 1, 2015