Written by Karen E. Mosier
Curtis Larson has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Saskatchewan. He has worked on campus for just over 25 years. Curtis oversees the operations of the Health Science building because no one college owns the building. This coverage includes several colleges and schools including the College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy & Nutrition, College of Dentistry, School of Public Health, and School of Rehabilitation Science as well as supporting researchers from other colleges. He is involved with space management and allocation, managing the supply centres, and supervising 5 lab managers which provide lab management services to the research cluster laboratories.
What Curtis likes best about working on campus is that no two days are ever the same. There is something new to learn every day. There is someone new to meet every day. In particular, he enjoys meeting new faculty and seeing their passion for doing research. He applauds the great infrastructure that we have on campus, especially the new research and teaching spaces in Health Sciences as “we have fantastic spaces available for teaching and research”. His primary goal is to help researchers in any little way that he can. By providing support to help them set up their own research space, researchers can go forward and be inspired and do their best and be successful and increase their research record. This small part to play in their success is what motivates him to get out of bed in the morning and tackle the new challenges that he faces every day. He firmly believes that it is important to work together and not get bogged down with the complexity of the challenges but rather focus on finding a solution. He credits his science background in that it has given him the basic knowledge to understand what research is all about and appreciate the problems that researchers face and to help them work out a solution.
Curtis has been extensively involved with ASPA over the years. He served in the capacity of President Elect, President, and Past President from 2001 – 2004. He is currently on the ASPA Executive for a one year term and he is also on the ASPA 40th Anniversary Committee. He values the support that ASPA has provided to him over the years (e.g., collective bargaining, great benefits, wages, good work environment, processes to solve problems, etc.).
Curtis recommends to all ASPA members the value of volunteering – to be on an ASPA committee or run for an Executive position. Volunteering is a great opportunity to get to know the rest of the university and meet new people. It is also a great way to grow a new skill set that you can utilize in your current and future positions (e.g., leadership skills, negotiation skills, public speaking skills, conflict management skills). He urges, “This is a great career move, so whether you are new or you have been around for 20 years, get involved!”