Fire trucks, squad cars, SWAT teams, ambulances, and bomb robots swarmed the original CPD building last week. However, no one was in danger and there was no imminent threat on campus. As a final public service, the outgrown building was being used for training purposes for a variety of campus and city emergency personnel prior to its demolition in a few weeks.
Since CPD staff have all been relocated and salvage operations completed, the empty building provided a perfect opportunity to stage practice drills without fear of damaging property explained Judy Crockett, USU Emergency Manager.
“We like to take advantage any time we have an empty building. It’s a great chance for the guys to practice without fear of inflicting damage,” said Crockett.
The maze-like halls of the CPD, constructed in 1972, presented an unusual environment for personnel to practice decision-making on the fly. Numerous offices without windows and solid brick walls created challenges for participants. Some of the scenarios included fire-fighters snaking through the halls on their stomachs to rescue a downed co-worker, an active shooter situation, and a hidden bomb.
A new four-story Clinical Services Building will be constructed on the site of the old CPD, which is currently the only single-story building left on campus. The building, scheduled for completion in fall of 2017, will bring together many clinics from the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services under one roof, including several CPD service programs.
See more photos of the training exercises on the CPD Facebook page.
Tags: CPD building, emergency training
The CPD is happy to congratulate Emily Lund as Graduate Student Researcher of the Year at the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. She was presented the award by Dean Beth Foley last week, who said:
“Emily Lund is a wonderfully appropriate recipient of the Graduate Student Researcher of the Year Award. Her research is both important and prolific. As a doctoral student in Disabilities Disciplines she has developed lines of research at a level that is expected of faculty members. One of her research topics is interpersonal violence and trauma, particularly as it relates to individuals with disabilities. She has published papers on:
· Factors that predict interpersonal violence;
· How university campuses educate students on sexual violence;
· Bullying among elementary-age children with disabilities;
· The relation between trauma, self-injury and suicide in people with disabilities;
· The perceived acceptability of suicide for people with disabilities.
Emily’s research on this last topic revealed some extremely important and deeply disturbing information – that suicide is seen to be more acceptable for people with disabilities. This was the case even when she asked people with disabilities. This is clearly an issue that merits serious examination.
Emily’s research is as prolific as it is important.
· She is an author on 46 peer reviewed articles.
· She is first author on 16 of these and second author on 9.
· In 2015 alone, she published 7 peer reviewed paper and had 8 more in press.
It is extremely rare for a graduate student to conduct such important research and it is equally rare for one to publish this tremendous volume of research. … No question – Emily Lund is statistically significant with a very large effect size.”
Lund participated in the CPD URLEND training program from 2013-2014. She is currently a fourth-year student in the Disability Disciplines PhD program in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation, where she is specializing in both special education and rehabilitation counseling. Lund has given numerous national and international presentations on topics related to her research and has had her work featured in media and trade publications.
Eleven students from St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict in central Minnesota spent their spring break last week volunteering at the Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD) and local disability-related community organizations. The students, both graduate and undergraduate, are part of the Alternative Spring Break program, which pairs students according to their interests with a service spring break experience. Volunteers represented a wide range of disciplines and cited numerous reasons for their service.
“It’s a good experience to gain understanding of different people and sort of broaden your horizons,” stated one of the volunteers.
Students spent the week engaging in a wide variety of service learning projects including a fun evening bowling with the TOP Sports participants. Other projects included yard work at the Developmental Skills Laboratory (DSL), a day program for adults with developmental disabilities, and time spent with DSL participants in one-on-one and small group social activities. Other CPD and college projects that were the recipients of volunteer service included Project PEER: Postsecondary Education, Employment and Research, Aggies Elevated, and Up to 3 Early Intervention. Volunteers also helped community organizations, including Deseret Industries and Common Ground, including a day spent skiing and snowshoeing with youth and adults with disabilities.
Reflection time was also allotted each day for students to write their thoughts about their experiences. Local host families housed the volunteers.
More photos are available on our CPD Facebook page.
We’d like to extend a big thank you to the “Bennies” and “Johnies” !
Tags: spring break, volunteers
The USU Annual Employee Recognition Luncheon will be held at noon today in the Ballroom of the TSC. The luncheon recognizes employees who reached or will reach the 10-year or greater milestone year of service between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. In addition to the luncheon, employees will receive in the mail a milestone brochure to select a gift.
The following CPD employees are being recognized.
Jamie Bitner is a Clinician II with Up to 3 Early Intervention.
Christina McComber works on contract management with TAESE.
Nancy Milleson is a staff assistant at TAESE.
Marty Toohill is the Coordinator of Psychological Services for Clinical Services.
Curt Phillips is a physical therapist with Up to 3 Early Intervention.
George Wootton is a family/nurse practitioner with the Medical Clinic.
Dave Forbush is the director of the Utah Professional Development Network at TAESE.
Sue Olsen is the director of the Exemplary Services Division and of Clinical Services.
Shauna Crane is a program coordinator at TAESE.
Kelly Smith is the CPD’s Information Specialist.