Outstanding Service Award Recepients! Well done!
Karissa Miller, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathology
Miller has worked at ISU as an employee for the past three years and as an adjunct for six years prior to that. She is a speech-language pathologist that graduated from Idaho State University in 2007.
She has had the pleasure of working with all populations and in all settings. While she enjoys all of it, she especially enjoys working with the adult populations with disorders including traumatic brain injury, dementia and aphasia. Miller has a passion to work and teach students and to share her passion for her field and life.
Theodore W. Peterson, DrOT, MBA, OTR/L
Peterson has served in many capacities in his nearly 40-year career as an occupational therapist, functioning as a practitioner, administrator and educator in diverse settings and geographic locations.
Born and raised in Minnesota, Peterson received his occupational therapy education at the University of North Dakota, graduating in 1980, and worked as a clinician and manager of rehabilitation services in hospitals and outpatient centers in several Midwestern states. In 2008, he made the leap to academia, joining the ISU department of physical and occupational therapy where he continues to teach students of both programs.
Peterson and his wife of 38 years, Barbara, have three grown children and three grandchildren living in the Chicago and Washington, D.C. areas.
Cindy Seiger, PT, PhD, GCS, CEEAA
Seiger joined the ISU faculty in 2006 and has increased the opportunities for physical therapy students to participate in community outreach service activities. In 2014, she became the Idaho State Advocate for the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy.
She is involved in multiple community outreach programs focused on assisting older adults to maintain a healthy lifestyle and remain independent. She is a class leader and master trainer for the Fit and Fall Proof program, a statewide, community-based fall-prevention exercise program. For the past 11 years, Seiger has conducted a year-round exercise class at the Pocatello Senior Center and her students have recorded more than 65 episodes of the program for Local Access Television. She initiated the nationally-recognized annual “Humpty Dumpty had a Great Fall: A Falls Prevention Conference.”
She also involves her doctor of physical therapy students in service learning to promote engagement in local, national and international communities.
College of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences
Founding Commemorative Faculty photos
Back row starting from the left
Diane Ogiela, Beth Guzi, Kris Brock, Tyler Jepson, Gabriel Bargen, Steven Stubbs, Karrie Hanson, Elizabeth Schniedewind
Front Row starting from the left
Amy Hardy, Mary Vandonsel, Kristina Blaiser, Joni Loftin, Evan Papa, Joachim (Jack) Agamba, Shauna Smith
Not available for photo: LaVona Andrew, Alycia Cummings
Front row from the left:
Robin Pierce Ament, Kathleen Kangas, Heather Ramsdell-Hudock, Nancy Devine, Derek Gerber, Mike Foley, Wendy Morgan, Debbie Vieira, Nancy Cheadle, Jill Radford
Back row from the left:
Dan Hudock, Alex Urfer, Dave Woods, James Ralphs, Trent Jackman, Chris Sanford. Bryan Gee, Connie Miller
Not available for photo:
Jeff Brockett, Deanna Dye, Jennifer Holst, Lisa Hong, Kimberly Lloyd, Karissa Miller, Theodore Peterson, Tori Scharp, Cindy Seiger, Corrie Smith, Kelly Thompson, Mary Whitaker
ISU-Meridian professors Gabe Bargen, PhD, audiology, and Kristina Blaiser, PhD, speech-language pathology, received a nearly $300,000 grant to improve outcomes for children who are deaf/hard of hearing. Grant funding from the Oberkotter Foundation will help the parents of children who are deaf and hard of hearing in Idaho to better understand their child’s needs at a very early age.
Congratulations to Sign Language Interpreting on their program accreditation!
ISU houses the only accredited Sign Language Interpreting program in the state of Idaho
This accreditation confirms ISU's Sign Language Interpreting program:
- meets recognized national standards of interpreter education, including curriculum and highly qualified instructional faculty
- has a curriculum that follows best practices and meets national standards, including a rigorous field experience
- is a program striving to be the best in the education of sign language interpreters, sharing a common goal of graduating highly qualified interpreters
Accrediting body: Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education (CCIE)
Congratulations to Kjirsten Keetch our Online Student BINGO winner! She received a $20 gift card!