HSHP Annual Awards 2014

HSHP Annual Awards 2014

The School of Health Sciences and Human Performance honored students for their outstanding academic and professional achievement this year during a ceremony and reception held May 14. To learn more about this year's award winners, click on their pictures below. 

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Ryan D. NorlandRyan D. Norland
Graduate Professional Excellence Award in Physical Therapy

When I was a junior in high school, my parents suggested that a career in physical therapy might be a great match for me. I had no idea how planting that idea in my head would have such a profound effect on me. I spent part of that summer observing physical therapists at a nearby clinic and realized that this field was a perfect fit. I have always had a passion for helping and caring for others. I was an active high school athlete and enthusiastic sports fan. When either myself or my teammates were injured, I was always fascinated by how that injury was treated, often involving some sort of physical therapy. I have found that hard work, determination, compassion, and positivity are the keys to my success.

My experiences at Ithaca have been incredible. I was able to attend the American Physical Therapy Association National Student Conclave in Louisville in October 2013. This event was an amazing opportunity to learn more about the profession and all the new research and developments that are occurring today. I was able to meet professionals and students with whom I shared the same enthusiasm and motivation. I have been inspired to be a part of an occupation that is positively changing the world and hope to one day be a larger part of that change.

Academic achievements and personal highlights 

  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Third Annual Symposium on Regenerative Rehabilitation Travel Award 2014
  • APTA Student Assembly Member of the National Student Conclave 2013
  • Volunteer Coach for the Ithaca College Men’s Varsity Soccer Team in 2013
  • Empire 8 All Conference – First Team 2012
  • Captain of the Ithaca College Men’s Varsity Soccer Team in 2012
  • Empire 8 Sportsman of the Year 2011
  • Dean’s List
  • Studied Abroad in London, England
  • Oracle and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies

The Graduate Professional Excellence Award is given to graduate students whose work and leadership during their academic coursework points to a promising career in the field of Physical Therapy.

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