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Clarkson University Doctor of Physical Therapy Student Appointed to National Board

Lora John is combining her passion for physical therapy with her interest in leadership opportunities as an ambassador for the American Physical Therapy Association.

Lora JohnThe APTA appointed John, a student in Clarkson University's Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, as a core ambassador for the 2013-2014 academic year.

John will serve as a liaison between the APTA and students enrolled in 33 DPT and Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) programs across New York state; she is the only such ambassador in the state. She will communicate information from the APTA's Student Assembly Board of Directors to students in New York's programs, and in turn voice those students’ concerns to the APTA.

In addition, John will travel to physical therapy schools in New York to make APTA presentations. She will also perform at least one physical therapy advocacy project and make a legislative visit at the state or national level.

“I really want to further the profession and I want to help people, not just help my patients – that's what I'm going to school for, but to help others in the profession," John said. "I can use some of the skills and some of the things that interest me to help inspire and put the fire under other people to say 'Hey there’s good things you bring to the table too. Run With that. You can help the profession.'"

John said Clarkson’s DPT program encouraged her to seek leadership opportunities beyond her classes.

"Clarkson has allowed me to further develop those skills," she said. "It makes me want to give back."

Leslie Russek, an associate professor in Clarkson’s DPT program, praised John’s leadership skills and initiative.

"She's incredibly considerate. She consistently goes above and beyond. She'll take extra time to work with students who are struggling," Russek said. "She really believes in the value of what she's doing; she's committed to the patients and the population that we serve."

Stacey Zeigler, a clinical associate professor of physical therapy, expressed a similar sentiment.

"Lora is a natural born leader," Zeigler said. "She’s a highly energetic person. She always has a positive attitude. She knows what her skills are and what she can do with those skills."

John’s appointment also reflects well on the opportunities available to Clarkson physical therapy students, Zeigler said.

"We’re not just a physical therapy program," she said. "We also promote leadership skills and development."

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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