News and Events

OT Bears All logoApril 21, 2016

Invited Presentation:
Assistive Technology (AT):  “Incorporating AT into Activities at Home, School, and Work!”

Pac Conference Presenters

L-R: Taylor Johnson, Emily Ratcliff, Dr. Lorrie George-Paschal, Lauren Tannahill, Dr. Tina Mankey, Kerrie Bollinger

Dr. Lorrie George-Paschal and Dr. Tina Mankey, along with Master’s Level Occupational Therapy Students, Kerrie Bollinger, Emily Ratcliff, Taylor Johnson, and Lauren Tannahill presented at the Parent Advisory Council’s Family Bistro Conference on Friday, April 15th. The 90 minute presentation included providing suggestions for incorporating soft tech, low tech, and hard technologies to increase occupational performance in the home, school, community and to ease transitions!!
During our 90 minutes we provided a short PPT providing information on soft, low and high tech assistive technologies for play, school and work environments.  We engaged parents in discussions in which they shared about their successes and barriers with the ultimate outcome being the increased success in daily living activities at home, school, and work!!
Students demonstrated and provided hands-on activities including creation of a schedule board, making a notebook switch (momentary switch), demonstrating environmental control options, and creating a switch-adapted toy.  Participants went to the different activity stations that most closely suited their needs or interests.
April 20, 2016

Service-Learning Awards

SL OT 2016

L-R: Casey Stewart, Dr. Jennifer Moore, Grant Camden, Mrs. Brittany Saviers, Dr. Lorrie Paschal

A wonderful evening was to be had at the Service-Learning Awards Banquet on April 19th. Our department, students and faculty were highlighted – please see below:
Congratulations to all!
Student Award Nominations:
Casey Stewart (winner) – Spirit of Humanity Award

Grant Camden (runner-up) – Exceptional Achievement in Service Learning

Community Partner of the Year Award Nominations:

Faulkner county Juvenile Drug Court

L-R: UCA President Tom Courtway, Judge Troy Braswell, Chief of Staff Faye Shepherd, Occupational Therapy Graduate Student Casey Stewart

Faulkner County Juvenille Court – (winner)
ARC Arkansas – (nominee)
ACTS Jr. – (nominee)
Brookdale Memory Center – (nominee)

Faculty Practitioner of the Year Award:

Mrs. Brittany Saviers – (runner-up)

Other community partners attending the event:
Boys & Girls Club
Community Connections
Conway Cradle Care
March 31, 2016

UCA Occupational Therapy Program: Educating Master’s OT Students in Assistive Technology and Developing Leadership Skills

On March 29th, UCA Occupational Therapy Department hosted an Assistive Technology (AT) Lab experience for 20 Occupational Therapy Assistant Students from Arkansas Tech University, Ozark Campus!  Dr. Paschal coordinated the event and six Occupational Therapy student volunteers helped by sharing technology with OTA students. Equipment stations included technology for Low Vision, Hearing, Communication, Computer Access, and Environmental Activities of Daily Living.  Equipment demonstrated was provided by a grant from Increasing Capabilities Access Network (ICAN).  It was a great experience and we loved having these future professionals come to UCA!!

Many thanks to our OT student volunteers! Dr. Paschal

March 11, 2016

Bear Facts Day

On Saturday, March 5th UCA Hosted Bear Facts Day. Graduate students, Cindy George, Taylor Lichty, and Lindsey Roe joined Dr. Paschal in welcoming visitors to campus and introducing them to our great profession! The students brought “artifacts” from their courses to share with our campus guests. Cindy George brought her “Show of Hands” model and a pillow she made in Art & Science of Occupation. Taylor Lichty brought her Spinal Cord Model that she made in Functional Neuroanatomy showing afferent and efferent spinal cord tracts. Lindsey Roe brought a one handed rolling pin she found in a thrift shop. The students shared how the mix of art and science they are learning in occupational therapy school is preparing them to become occupational therapists!

January 27, 2016

Continuing Education Opportunity

offered by
Increasing Capabilities Access Network

We are excited to invite OTs and students to the 2016 Tools 4 Life Conference to be held March 17 and 18. I am attaching a brochure for the conference and the OT “Guidelines for Acceptable Continuing Education” that I received from the Arkansas State Medical Board. Our conference may fall under item 7 on the list. Please spread the word to anyone that may benefit from this conference.

The brochure gives detail of the courses and speakers and has a link under “Registration” but here is the direct link to the registration portal :

Thank you,
Chris Wren

Congratulations Class of 2015T!
December 12, 2015

Class photo

Class photo - hats off

UCA Occupational Therapy Faculty Dr. Letha Mosley and Dr. Lorrie George- Paschal presented at the 2015 Education Summit

Letha presentation

Dr. Letha Mosley

Dr. Letha Mosley presented Evaluation of Progressive Problem-Based Learning (Pro-PBL): Evidence and Lessons Learned to Enhance Student Learning Outcomes. Dr. Mosley’s presentation included suggestions for implementation of Pro-PBL and outcomes related to facilitating students’ knowledge, skill development, and interprofessional collaboration.

Dr. Paschal presented Building Capacity of Occupational Therapy Educators in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Paschal serves as a leader of the American Occupational Therapy Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program. The paper presented included outcomes of the national OT Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Initiative.

The 2015 AOTA/OTCAS Education Summit was held in Denver, Colorado, October 17-18.

Dr. Paschal also presented an overview of interprofessional education program at the University of Central Arkansas. Additionally, she provided an overview of programmatic outcomes for colleagues Melinda Rybiski (Ohio State) and Sandra Dunbar (Nova Southeastern University) who were unable to travel to the conference.



Group Pic

Mentoring Mom and Graduate Occupational Therapy Students! (Dr. Lorrie Paschal, Kerrie Bollinger, Taylor Johnson, and Emily Ratcliff)

Assistive Technology!
Holly Schroeder and her mom Alicia visited UCA’s Occupational Therapy House, December 3rd to learn how to adapt toys and learn how to develop and use talking books! Holly had many toys that she could not access due to cerebral palsy. So with student volunteers Kerrie, Taylor and Emily, we adapted a toy and engaged her mom in the process. Within six hours, her mom had emailed Dr. Paschal letting her know that she had already adapted another toy by herself and had borrowed a trackball for accessing the PPT!

Students Reactions to this experience:

“There was such a light in both of their eyes when Holly was able to activate the Chihuahua’s singing and dancing routine” T. Johnson, OTSpic2

“I am so excited as an OT student to continue being involved with families … to empower them with knowledge to help their children and family members play together” K. Bollinger, OTS

UCA Occupational Therapy Department Presents:

Where in the World is the Arkansas Traveler?

Thursday, November 12, Reynolds Performance Hall, 7PM, Free Admission
ACTS PlayBill
Homecoming Week:
3rd Annual “Show of Hands” Exhibits
(Tuesday, October 27, 2015, Student Center during x-period, 1:40-2:30 pm)
(Saturday, October 31, 2015, Doyne Health Science Center Lobby, all day)


“Man, through the use of his hands, as they are energized by mind and will, can influence the state of his own health.”

– Mary Reilly


The exhibit entitled “Show of Hands” marks the first semester of occupational therapy school for UCA occupational therapy students. Like the experience of hand casting, the journey toward becoming an occupational therapist is marked by periods of intense activity, excitement, frustration, pleasure, and contemplation.

Typical for endeavors associated with the field of occupational therapy, the process and outcome of hand casting reflects a complex blend of science and artistry. There is no denying the psychosocial aspect of creating an image of oneself. The occupational therapy students have taken the complex process of alginate and hydrostone casting to another level through their display of expressive hand gestures and the inclusion of objects that represent who they were, are now, and someday hope to be.

Please join us on Tuesday, October 27, 2015, in front of the Student Center during x-period VRowe Sample(1:40-2:30), and during Homecoming weekend, October 31, 2015, all day in the lobby of Doyne Health Science Center for our 3rd annual “Show of Hands” from the UCA Occupational Therapy Department. We hope you enjoy the show! For a sneak peek, click here!

Special thanks to the Texas Woman’s University, OT Dept in Dallas for the creation and sharing of the idea of a show of hands!

Homecoming Tailgate!!

You are invited to the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences Homecoming Tailgate, Saturday, October 31st beginning at 3:00pm in front of Farris Center

Occupational Therapy Student helps and learns from a hero!

Occupational Therapy Level II Fieldwork student, Kirby Kirkland, is part of the team who was helping a hero. Being placed at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany was a dream that came true. While she might argue that she is helping heroes daily, she recently worked with a hero with international acclaim, Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone. For more information, follow this link

“Block Party”

On August 29th, thirteen OT students partnered with the Arkansas Down Syndrome AssociationParticipantes to assist with their first annual Neighborhood Block Party at Camp Aldersgate.   The students did an excellent job at engaging the kids and adults in a variety of games, face painting, and dancing!  The faculty and staff are very proud of these students dedication in giving back to their community!

Best Buddies®  – New RSO at UCA

Congratulations to Aly Hill, Markii Landry, and all those involved in bringing Best Buddies to UCA! It is officially a RSO!

Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Aly traveled to the Best Buddies national conference this summer and the director was very impressed (as cited in a recent email) – “you guys have been so wonderful and I have loved getting to know you! I’m ridiculously impressed with the OT Department”.

Aly HIll and Markii Landry organized the local chapter as part of their leadership requirements as LEND trainees. The Department of OT is very proud of these students! Congratulations! Dr. Moore

Live “Emojis” at Play!

The students were in action by creating sensory games to help the children learn emotions and feelings at Pediatrics Plus! The students planned a variety of games and activities for the children to have fun with emotions. It was an exciting learning experience for all! The students were mentored by Dr. Tina Mankey and Mrs. Brittany Saviers.

Open House Flyer- Fall 2015

Welcome Class of 2017

2017 Class Photo 2017 Class Photo-fun

Congratulations Class of 2015!

August 7, 2015
Class of 2015
In Remembrance of Cynthia Cole

Mrs. Cynthia Cole passed away on May 1, 2015.  Many of you will remember Cynthia fondly as she retired from the Department of Occupational Therapy after serving many years as our program advisor and fieldwork assistant.  For the past several years we have honored her contribution to the program by awarding a fieldwork educator the “Cynthia B. Cole Outstanding Fieldwork Educator Award” for their efforts in fieldwork education.  She was a wonderful colleague and mentor to many students.

Let’s All Play!

In the theory course, the students are learning about numerous theories used in occupational therapy practice. For the Sensory Integration theory, students created sensory experiences in the Health Promotion and Wellness (HPAW) residential college. The students were responsible for doing sensory activities with the residential students and sharing the purpose of the activity using the Sensory Integration theory in occupational therapy practice. All the students had fun! The students were mentored by Dr. Tina Mankey and Kaley Likes, OT graduate assistant.

Lots of SOCKS!

The Department of Occupational Therapy wore LOTS OF SOCKS on Thursday, March 19, to raise awareness of World Down Syndrome Day.  LOTS OF SOCKS is an international campaign presented by Down Syndrome International to increase advocacy and education regarding the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome.  To celebrate and show their support for this event, the faculty, staff and students donned over 50 pairs of crazy socks!  The official World Down Syndrome Day is March 21, 2015.  The Department of Occupational Therapy encourages everyone to wear LOTS OF SOCKS or attend one of the special events being held in the Central Arkansas area this Saturday in support of Down syndrome.  Additional information on World Down Syndrome Day events can be found at

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Updated 4.16.2016