[caption id="attachment_5340" align="alignright" width="300"] An occupational therapy class during the 2014 summer session.[/caption] Current and former students have voted Colorado State University's Department of Occupational Therapy as the best in the country — again. In the latest rankings by GraduatePrograms.com, CSU’s occupational therapy program beat out OT departments at Washington University in St. Louis (2nd), Boston University (9th), Columbia University (12th) and the University of Southern California (20th) for the top spot. “We are honored to be ranked as the number one occupational therapy department in the nation,” said Robert Gotshall, interim head of the department. “Our students and alumni rank us through Graduateprograms.com, and this is the second year in a row that we have topped the list of 25 best occupational therapy programs in the nation. Now it is the responsibility of our faculty to maintain the educational quality that has inspired our students to rank us so highly.” The professional program in the Department of Occupational Therapy — part of the College of Health and Human Sciences — long has been recognized as one of the nation's best. U.S. News and World Report ranked the program No. 6 in the country in its 2014 survey. Graduateprograms.com reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. The program rankings cover a period from Sept. 1, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2014. Graduateprograms.com assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school. Rankings cover a variety of student topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network. For a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories. More information is available at www.graduateprograms.com/top-occupational-therapy.
CSU has always been a place of great innovation, where faculty and staff breathe life into pioneering ideas that change the way we solve problems around the globe. Now, thanks to a donor, the Ripple Effect has $50,000 in funding to support great ideas that can make CSU a better place for women to work. All CSU employees are invited to submit proposals to the Ripple Effect that will further the mission of making CSU the best place to work or learn if you’re a woman, as well as improve the university for all employees. All ideas submitted will be considered, and funding will be distributed based on merit as evaluated by an awards committee with membership from faculty, admin pros and state classified staff, among others, with options ranging from awarding the entire sum to one idea that needs a high level of seed money to awarding numerous, smaller grants. “Thanks to a generous donor, who has asked to remain unnamed, we’re able to take this next step in our quest to make CSU an even better place to work if you’re a woman,” said Amy Parsons, vice president for operations, who oversees the Ripple Effect. “If you have never written a grant proposal, don’t let that stop you. We are looking for great ideas from people who are working across the university.” “Creating the model workplace for women – and all employees-- requires the collaboration and thoughtfulness of all employees. We want your best ideas, and, because we want to foster creativity, we are not putting any constraints on the ideas that can be proposed. The sky is the limit – ask us for training, physical improvements, speakers, books, events, subsidies, programs or anything else you can imagine, and we’ll consider it.” Grant proposals should be submitted via email to Katie Esquivel in the Office of the President by email at Katie.Esquivel@colostate.edu by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19. Awards will be announced the first week of the spring semester. In support of this opportunity, the President’s Commission on Women and Gender Equity has scheduled workshops on proposal writing and have developed a proposal form (including a Spanish language version) to provide guidance on what to include in the proposal. Workshops are scheduled from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3, in Clark C 217, and noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in Clark C 146. Lunch will be provided at the workshops and you will be asked to RSVP. More information about the grant program, including a call for proposals, a template form for the proposal, and information about how to submit the proposal will be available on the Ripple Effect website at www.rippleeffect.colostate.edu. For more information, contact Lorie Smith at Lorie.Smith@colostate.edu.
To meet the growing demand for professionals who can manage sustainability initiatives within organizations, Colorado State University is offering an online Integrated Sustainability Management badge and certificate program. The program, delivered by OnlinePlus and the Institute for the Built Environment, provides the knowledge and tools to develop more environmentally and financially sustainable practices inside an organization, as well as build and foster an organizational culture to support them. “Across industries, the momentum to create socially and environmentally responsible settings continues to increase,” said April Brown, program manager. “The leading researchers and experts who teach in this program help you become an effective agent of positive change for healthier economies, cities, and workplaces.” The program features four course modules, each focusing on a key area of sustainability: organization, people, resources, and facilities. For each module completed, participants earn a digital badge that can be displayed on a resume or shared on social media, and can provide proof of expertise to employers because it links to a site listing details of competencies learned. Upon completion of all four modules and an assessment, participants earn a Mastery Badge and certificate. Course registration is now open, and courses begin in February 2015. To register, or for more information, visit the website or call (970) 492-4711.
Colorado State University’s Fashion Group International student chapter will be hosting its annual recycled fall fashion show on Nov. 15 between 7 and 9 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Lory Student Center on CSU’s campus.
Strap on your hiking boots and experience the great outdoors at CSU, named second among the Top Colleges for Outdoor Sports & Recreation by Best College Reviews.
Cary Fowler will deliver the 15th annual Thornton-Massa Lecture, “A Plan of Action for Plant Genetic Resources,” on Oct. 26 at 3:30 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Theater.
Halloween brings out the I-don't-ever-really-want-to-grow-up in all of us. Make the rounds at Colorado State University next week to join in Halloween-inspired activities like the Rec Center's Zombie Tag Game and the UCA's Halloween Organ Extravaganza.
The Pow Wow events include various Native American dances and a free traditional dinner to provide knowledge to the campus community on how Native Americans live and maintain their traditional and cultural values.
First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to speak in the Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom during a campaign rally for U.S. Sen. Mark Udall on Thursday, Oct. 23. This is not a Colorado State University event. It is coordinated by Sen. Udall’s campaign office and CSU College Democrats, a student organization. All classes will be in session and previously planned events, including guest speaker Laverne Cox in the Main Ballroom at 7 p.m., will continue on schedule. Students, faculty and staff traveling to campus should expect delays in traffic and transit during the arrival, visit and departure of the First Lady. Services and offices in the Lory Student Center will continue on a normal schedule. Event details: Doors open at 1 p.m.; the campaign event is set to begin at 2:30 p.m. Event attendees are asked to enter the south doors of the Lory Student Center to access the line into the venue. Attendees should arrive early to accommodate for delays in traffic and security screening, but no overnight camping will be allowed. All attendees will go through airport-like security and should bring as few personal items as possible. No bags, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids or signs will be allowed. Cameras are permitted but are subject to inspection. Once guests are screened through security, they cannot exit and return to the area. Tickets: Tickets are required but not guaranteed for this free event. All tickets are distributed through the Udall campaign and are not available through the university. All questions about the event and tickets should be directed to the Udall campaign offices. Event parking: Classes are in session and parking on campus is limited. Event attendees should park at the Moby Arena parking lot, accessible off Shields Street. The university’s shuttle system, Around the Horn, stops at Moby every 10 minutes and arrives at the Lory Student Center within minutes. For schedule information, visit www.ridetransfort.com. From the transit center in the LSC, event attendees will take a five-minute walk to the south doors of the Lory Student Center to access the line into the venue. The walk from Moby to the Lory Student Center is about 10 to15 minutes. Arrive early for the event; the transit center will be closed during the arrival of the First Lady. Transit to the event: Because classes are in session and parking is limited, event attendees are encouraged to take transit to campus for the event. MAX, the city’s bus rapid transit system, runs along five miles of the north-south corridor with stops at University Avenue on campus and Laurel Street near campus. For more information, visit www.ridetransfort.com. Traffic and transit impacts: The visit will impact traffic, parking and transit on campus during the afternoon. All transit to the Lory Student Center Transit Center and the center itself will be closed 2:45-4:15 p.m. and traffic on local streets may be halted for security for limited times before and after the event, creating some delays. Media: Reporters will be required to RSVP through the Udall office before the event. Reporters should park in the Moby lot and use Around the Horn to reach the Lory Student Center. TV trucks may contact the university for parking information.