Your CPD summer reading list

July 25, 2014 by Sue Reeves

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Earlier this year, volunteers helped DSL participants plant vegetables in the community garden.

It’s summer time, and the living is easy. If you need a little quiet time this week, in between trips to the lake and the mountains and the splash pads and the zoo, kick back with a cold beverage and your e-reader, and revisit some of these CPD-related stories. No, there won’t be a test.


Aggies Elevated: Dreams do come true

Youth learn to be ninja leaders

Spring break students receive robust experience

Blanding students spend a week in the AT lab


Graduate Student of the Year gets involved at DSL

Little things mean a lot


Ferrara named Alum of the Year

Harris named Student of the Year

Employee service awards

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Harris named “Student of the Year”

July 22, 2014 by Sue Reeves

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David Harris

David Harris, who provides tech support for the Early Childhood Alternative Teacher Preparation program, has been named the 2014 “Student of the Year” at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with disabilities.

Harris, a computer science major who started working at the CPD in September 2009, provides support during the school year to students in the ECATP online classes, answering technical questions about Canvas or Adobe Connect. He also supports the one summer class, and helps with the week-long orientation workshop at the end of July.

“Over the past several years, your work on the Early Childhood Alternative Teacher Preparation program has helped move the project forward in a substantial way,” said Bryce Fifield, director of the CPD. “At the same time, you have been pursuing your own education and professional training. Your ability to keep a balance between these competing demands is no small achievement.”

Harris’ future plans include moving to California to be closer to family. He hopes to find work in the technology fields of artificial intelligence or augmented reality.


Ferrara named “Alum of the Year”

July 17, 2014 by Sue Reeves

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Dr. Joseph Ferrara

Dr. Joseph Ferrara has been named the 2014 “Alum of the Year” by Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities.

Ferrara was a graduate research assistant from 1976-1978, did post-doctoral study in 1983-1984, and was an associate research professor from 1984-1991. He left the CPD for a position at the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities at Minot State University.

“In 1988, an old friend from graduate school, Steve Ragan, called from Minot and asked if he could use my vita in a proposal for a new University Affiliated Program,” Ferrara said. University Affiliated Programs are now called University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs).

Ferrara told his friend the proposal wouldn’t have much chance of funding and forgot about it. The proposal failed, but Ragan revised it and resubmitted it. When it was approved, Ragan offered Ferrara a job in Minot. Ferrara said he wasn’t interested.

“When I got home, I told my wife Alane that Steve had called and offered me a job,” Ferrara said.  “She asked if the North Dakota job would involve much travel.  When I said that there would be little or no travel, she produced a calendar that showed that my work at the CPD had taken me away from home way too many times.”

They made the move from Utah to North Dakota.

“When I came to Minot, in the fall of 1991, the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabiliites had two full-time employees,” Ferrara said. “When Steve’s proposal was funded, it more than doubled the University’s overall soft-money budget. Working with great people, to build NDCPD into a viable member of the UCEDD network, was a labor of love.”

Ferrara retired from NDCPD in 2012 as associate director of development. He was also a faculty member in the Department of Communication Disorders and Special Education.

He recently reflected on his time at Utah State University.

“After I had sold my home in Logan, and moved my family to Minot, I came back to Logan to complete my final two weeks as a USU employee,” he said. “During that time, CPD staff and faculty felt sorry for me and could not fight a compulsion to feed me. In those two weeks I was fed by friends, attended going away parties every night, and gained 15 pounds. I’ll always cherish the memory of the kindness of my CPD family.”

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Up to 3 giveaways encourage attendance

July 15, 2014 by Sue Reeves

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A small sample of the goodies that will be given away this summer by Up to 3.

A big summer giveaway by the Up to 3 program at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities is one way to encourage attendance at community activities, said Kim Allen, Up to 3 service coordinator.

Upcoming community activities being planned for Up to 3 families include swimming at the Logan Aquatic Center, splash pad support for kids with autism, a picky eater picnic and a “man-tastic” weenie roast at Willow Park.

“Every time they come to activities, they’ll get a ticket to put in the box,” Allen said. “The more they come, the more chances they have to win.”

Prizes include educational items from, a one-hour photo session with local photographer Lindy Clark, and goodies from Stork Landing.

The drawing will be July 31. Up to 3 families can get details about community activities from their service coordinators.

There are several reasons for the community activities, Allen said.

“It provides social support for families out in the community, and it lets us meet them somewhere other than in their homes,” she said. “And, families with medically fragile children are more likely to come to events if they know there will be someone there that they know, who can support them.”

Don’t miss the CPD picnic tomorrow night!

July 10, 2014 by Sue Reeves

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Don’t miss your chance to win this sea serpent floatie or other fun summer raffle prizes at the CPD picnic!

The CPD’s annual picnic and summer swim for employees and their families begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 11 at the Willow Park West Rotary Pavillion, 500 W. 700 S. in Logan.

Employee awards for years of service will be given at 7 p.m. Employees being recognized include Storee Powell, Susan Dickinson, Joran Ivie, Casey Paul Fife, Elizabeth Robertson, Hanh Tran, Aubrey Messer, Kalyn Wight, Megan Burke, Clay Christensen, Ania Cordero, Jamie Saltern, Brian Hess, Kevin Davis, Tom Galloway, Jose Orozco Franco, Brad Schwartz, Kerry Prout, Jessica Akers, Shane Johnson and DeVanie Hatfield (3 years); Fay Hauser, David Harris and Sandy Lopez (5 years); Laura Compton, Joy Gines, Lydia Burrola, Marla Nef, Tressa Johnston and Amy Notwell (10 years); Wayne Ball, Carol Massanari, Ed O’Leary, Tyler Monson, Dale Brown and Heather Mariger (15 years); Cora Price (20 years); Marilyn Hammond and John Copenhaver (25 years); Cyndi Rowland, Mary Ellen Heiner and Dennis O’Dell (30 years).

A raffle will follow the employee recognition awards. Raffle prizes include beach towels, lawn games, water blasters, picnic items and more.

At 7:30 p.m., all are welcome at the Logan Aquatic Center, 451 S. 500 W, for two hours of free swimming.

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