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Please find our students and faculty accomplishing and engaging in some noteworthy activities.

October 20, 2017

AOTA First Hill Day

On this day in 1999 AOTA held its first Hill Day. We’ve had nearly 6,000 participants since then. Were you one of them?

October 6, 2017

UCA OT Fall Conference 2017 – A Huge Success!

The Statewide Occupational Therapy conference held Friday, October 6, at the University of Central Arkansas was a huge success. With nearly 250 people in attendance, the networking opportunities were immense.  By having three different concurrent sessions with nine different topics, attendees had a hard time deciding which sessions to attend. During the joint sessions, Dr. Kenneth Ottenbacher and Dr. Mark Taylor carried the conference theme of Celebrating 100 Years of Occupational Therapy by recapping the profession’s history and giving advice on working with different generations. Both of our speakers were gracious enough to provide us with their Powerpoint Presentation.

Link to Dr. Kenneth Ottenbacher’s presentation
Link to Dr. Mark Taylor’s presentation

In addition to the speakers, there were 20 exhibitors ranging in focus from pediatrics to senior adults and from assistive technology to complementary & alternative medicine.

A special “Thank you” goes out to our Purple Level Sponsor, Pediatrics Plus, for helping make the conference a success.

You won’t want to miss next year’s conference.

Save the Date
October 5, 2018
UCA Student Center.

October 6, 2017

Congratulations Presidential Leadership Fellows and ROTC!

Congratulations to OT student, Hayley Overbay and all other UCA students recognized today by the Board of Trustees and President Davis as the newest UCA CLAWS representatives! Extremely proud of you Hayley! Way to represent OT! Check her out in this video!

CLAWS – 10/6/17

Congratulations Presidential Leadership Fellows and ROTC for being recognized by the Board and being our newest CLAWS representatives.

Posted by University of Central Arkansas on Friday, October 6, 2017

September 25, 2017

Class of 2020 support their classmates on Capitol Hill!

The class of 2020 supported their profession and classmates at AOTA Hill Day on Monday by participating in Virtual Hill Day. Students emailed letters to their local congressmen on important legislative issues impacting OT! Way to go!! Learn how you can send your own email at aota.org

September 25, 2017

AOTA Centennial Hill Day underway!

UCA OT proudly representing Arkansas among 45 other states!

Video link

www.aota.org/takeaction

Proud to have Arkansas represented! Catch a glimpse of your Arkansas Hill Day representatives!

“Your advocacy today will write the history of the profession”(A. Lamb, AOTA President). 4 students from the c/o 2018 along with Mrs. Saviers, wrote history today by joining 600 of their OT colleagues on Capitol Hill in D.C. for AOTA Centennial Hill Day. Arkansas was present to advocate with legislators on key issues impacting occupational therapy. Their hard work paid off with well-received messages and resounding success! Way to make us proud UCA OT!

September 24, 2017

Getting ready for AOTA Hill Day!

Wish these students good luck tomorrow as they embark upon Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. for AOTA Hill Day! They will meet with legislators regarding issues impacting occupational therapy and health care. Go UCA! GO OT!

September 14, 2017

Successful Open House!

OT Student Brady McCombs with Therapy Dog Nibs!

The OT Dept. hosted a successful Open House today for interested students!

August 31, 2017

EARN Contact Hours at UCA’s OT Fall Conference!

Where will you spend your continuing education hours this Centennial? Don’t miss the celebration at the UCA OT Fall Conference Oct. 6th and earn 6 contact hours!

August 31, 2017

OT Centennial article by alumna, Angela Bernard!

Written by UCA OT Alumna, Angela Bernard (Angela OT Page) and published by AOTA in celebration of how OT changes people’s lives. Worth the read! Way to go Angela!

http://www.otcentennial.org/article/not-only-did-you-fix-my-hand-you-changed-my-life-client-story

August 25, 2017

Join us for OT Open House!

August 21, 2017

Enjoying the Solar Eclipse

UCA OT Faculty & Students enjoying the solar eclipse! What a great way to spend the first day of orientation to OTD school!

August 21, 2017

Congratulations Graduates – Class of 2017!

Dr. Moore with Lindsey Roe


On August 11th, 2017 we graduated 48 new occupational therapists! Congratulations and well wishes on your many journeys ahead! We look forward to hearing of your many great accomplishments.

Class of 2017

 

August 12, 2017

UCA OT Fall Conference welcomes Dr. Kenneth Ottenbacher
Friday, October 6

Dr. Kenneth Ottenbacher

Join us for the UCA OT Fall Conference where you will not want to miss The Marian Ross Lectureship presented by Dr. Kenneth Ottenbacher! We are honored to ‘welcome home’ a true leader in the profession. Read his bio below then click here to register!

Recognized as one of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s most 100 Influential People in Occupational Therapy in 2017, Dr. Ottenbacher has significantly advanced the science of occupational therapy. His research focus is rehabilitation outcomes, with an emphasis on the assessment of change in functional status, disability, frailty, and minority health in older adults. Dr. Ottenbacher’s recent research has focused on system outcomes such as hospital readmission and discharge destination following post-acute care. He is an expert in methodological and data analysis issues related to clinical and population research, has been awarded substantial funding throughout his career, has more than 300 refereed publications, and has participated in the development of three graduate programs. Dr. Ottenbacher is currently working for University Texas Medical Branch Health as the Russell Shearn Moody Distinguished Chair in Neurological Rehabilitation, Professor and the Director of the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences, and Director for the Center for Recovery, Physical Activity, and Nutrition. Dr. Ottenbacher was an inaugural graduate of the University of Central Arkansas Occupational Therapy program under the mentorship of Mrs. Marion Ross. His lecture, celebrating OT’s Centennial, will highlight the profession’s history and how the influence of Marian Ross and the University of Central Arkansas has shaped his career.

June 9, 2017

Congratulations Dr. LeQuieu! She has just been accepted to AOTA’s Academic Leadership Institute!

The AOTA Academic Leadership Institute (ALI) is designed to develop academic leaders across all levels of occupational therapy education programs. The Institute will provide active learning opportunities, mentorship experiences, and network activities to engage occupational therapy faculty members seeking to advance their skills and knowledge in academic leadership.  Based on principles of adult learning, the program will be designed to insure that learners set the pace and customize their activities as they develop their skills to solve complex academic related problems.

The overall goal of the program is to develop an ongoing cadre of individuals who have a defined skill set that prepares them for leadership positions in academic institutions.  Participants will engage in active learning, including mastering self-directed, self-initiated asynchronous and synchronous materials, participating in mentoring meetings, and completing relevant readings and learning exercises that are individualized to their needs. The Academic Leadership Institute will be delivered by recognized experts in occupational therapy education.

May 16, 2017

Congratulations to Dr.s Tina Mankey and Lorrie George-Paschal on their promotion to Professor!

May 16, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Tracey Zeiner on earning her doctorate!

April 24, 2017

Honoring OT Month!

In honor of OT month, the class of 2018 wore their favorite OT shirt! Way to go!

April 19, 2017

Class of ’99 with Dr. Jennifer Moore
(UCA Downtown – OT Centennial Celebration)

April 19, 2017

Snapshots from our Centennial Celebration held at UCA Downtown, April 19, 2017

April 24, 2017

4th Annual Service-Learning Awards Ceremony

L-R: Mrs. Brittany Saviers, Dr. LaVona Traywick, alumnus Leila Lipham, students Ethen Cavanaugh and Kelsey Pope.

Congratulations to the OT Department’s students, faculty, and community partner who were recognized at the 4th Annual Service-Learning Awards Ceremony! We are very proud of your accomplishments and commitment to engagement!

Ethen Cavanaugh was the recipient of the Leadership in Service-Learning Award.
Kelsey Pope was nominated for the Exceptional Achievement in Service-Learning Award.
Brittany Saviers was nominated for the Service-Learning Faculty of the Year Award, and our service learning partner, AR. Rehabilitation Services– Leila Lipham, was nominated by 2016 service-learning students for the Community Partner of the Year Award.

April 21, 2017

Dr. Traywick: On-Ground Teaching

Dr. Jennifer Moore, Department Chair, Dr. Ishee, College Dean, Dr. LaVona Traywick with her husband, Deano.

Dr. LaVona Traywick was recognized for her achievement in On-Ground Teaching through the UCA Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE). The objectives of the CTE through this program are to encourage ongoing instructional improvement, to recognize faculty for engaging in rigorous faculty development activities, and to establish a campus-wide mark of professional achievement related to teaching.

April 14, 2017

Seven words. One Story. What’s Yours?

In honor of OT Month, we want to know in 7 words or less…what does OT mean to you?

4.14.17 - Seven Words or Less

April 7, 2017

Historical Day at the State Capitol with Governor Asa Hutchinson

Happy 100 years OT! A historical day at the state capital today as Governor Asa Hutchinson formally presented the proclamation for Occupational Therapy Day for the State of Arkansas! Faculty, staff, and students from the Department of UCA OT and the OT Assistant program at Baptist Health College represented the profession on this momentous occasion.

A big thanks to Mrs. Brittany Saviers and OT students Reagan Parsons, Perri Evans, Madelynn Gates, Brittany Barre, and Scarlett Warren for all of their hard work in making this event possible.

April 12, 2017

Al Roker Praises OT

At AOTA’s 2017 Annual Conference & Centennial Celebration in Philadelphia, Al Roker of the Today Show shared his family’s story. In a video welcome to this year’s more than 14,000 attendees, Roker explains that he, like a lot of people, did not know much about occupational therapy until someone close to him needed it: his son Nick

https://otconnections.aota.org/aota_blogs/b/media_relations/archive/2017/04/10/thankful-for-his-son-s-future-al-roker-thanks-occupational-therapy.aspx

April 12, 2017

Proclamation Day at the Arkansas Capitol, Friday, April 7

UCA CELEBRATES OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY CENTENNIAL

April 3, 2017

Formal Proclamation for Occupational Therapy Day in Arkansas

http://ee-governor-2015.ark.org/images/uploads/170317_2017_Occupational_Therapy_Day_in_Arkansas.pdf

In celebration of Occupational Therapy Month, the formal proclamation for Occupational Therapy Day for the State of Arkansas with Governor Asa Hutchinson will take place at the capitol this Friday, April 7th. If you have any questions or are interested in going, please email Mrs. Brittany Saviers at bbrown@uca.edu.

March 15, 2017

You’re invited to join UCA’s Celebration of Occupational Therapy’s 100 Years

Wednesday, April 19, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., remarks at 6:30 p.m.

Live Entertainment, Door Prizes, Art Displays, Refreshments, and a look back at Occupational Therapy’s Rich History

Centennial Celebration

 

April 2, 2017

AOTAs  Centennial Bash at Conference

https://www.facebook.com/AmericanOccupationalTherapyAssociationAOTA/videos/10154453814673017/

Over 14,000 in attendance at the OT National Conference. It was great having faculty and students attend and present at the Centennial mark of our great profession.

AOTA’s Conference in Pictures
 
 

April 1, 2017

Another Historical Figure Siting!
Historical Photo Shot

I Spy…Sarah Van Camp and Dr. Moore

March 30, 2017

Hanging with our Founders!

Happy 100th birthday OT! Hanging with our historical founders at Conference!

I Spy...Mrs. Tracey Zeiner; I Spy...Dr. Letha Mosley; I Spy...Dr. Jennifer Moore; I Spy...Dr. Elizabeth LeQuieu

I Spy…Mrs. Tracey Zeiner; I Spy…Dr. Letha Mosley; I Spy…Dr. Jennifer Moore; I Spy…Dr. Elizabeth LeQuieu

March 5, 2017CassieSmithFB

One of Our Own….

Alumni Cassie Smith – making a positive impact!

March 10, 2017

Congratulations Lynn Baker

Mrs. Lynn Baker was elected board member for Camp Aldersgate

March 10, 2017

Congratulations Brandy Patebrandy-pate-2

UCA Occupational Therapy Alumna and adjunct faculty, Brandy Pate was recognized in UCA’s Greek 100! Congratulations, Brandy!
http://uca.edu/greek100/profile/brandypate/

February 2, 2017

Dr. LeQuieu to join AOTA’s SoTL Program as a Mentor

Dr. LeQuieu was invited to join the American Occupational Therapy Association Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Program as a mentor.  She is both honored and excited to be mentoring a SoTL inquiry group.  Her role will begin in March and the group will work over two years. She will be joining another UCA OT faculty, Dr. Lorrie George-Paschal who is a member of the SoTL Leadership Team.

February 1, 2017

Pi Theta Epsilon (PTE) Inducts New Members
PTE 2017

Newly Inducted Members (L-R): Lindsay Hobson, Molly McGehee, Brittany Taylor, Jacinda Witt, Erin Spence, Lindsey Mooney, Logan McDaniels, Kelsey Pope, Rachel Campbell, Kyle Jones, Tara Dyer, Lyndsey Hunt, Perri Evans, Elizabeth Palese

What a great way to begin the Spring semester! On Tuesday the Gamma Iota Chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon (PTE) inducted 14 new members. PTE is a specialized honor society for occupational therapy students and alumni. The objective of the society is to recognize and encourage scholastic excellence and advancement among occupational therapy students. (http://www.aotf.org/pithetaepsilon.aspx)

February 1, 2017

Mock Interview Day

The UCA OT Mock Interview Day/Workshop will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. This event is a wonderful opportunity for prospective OT applicants to experience a foretaste of interviewing for the OT program should they be offered an actual program interview for admission. Attendees will learn and receive information about proper dress attire, interview tips, and feedback regarding areas needed for improvement.

Last year, we had about 58 students register. This year, we had to close registration at 70 due to limited capacity!  Students planning to attend the event have expressed excitement and gratitude for the opportunity to experience interviewing in a mock/preparatory setting. Moreover, they are elated that they will have the opportunity to meet our current OT students who will be serving as interviewers for the day.

Much appreciation to Mrs. LaTisha Standokes and current OT students for offering this wonderful event!

December 5, 2016

Dr. Letha J. Mosley Named
Letha Mosley

Letha J. Mosley, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Letha J. Mosley, UCA Occupational Therapy faculty member named one of 100 Influential People in Occupational Therapy by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA)

December 13, 2016

Students Participate in Brain Injury CE
The following occupational therapy students completed up to 11.5 hours of continuing education on Specialty Practice in Brain Injury on Nov 11 and 12, 2016:
Taylor Johnson
Jessica Hayes
Savannah Chandler
Shannon Spurr
Hannah King
Grant Camden
Taylor Lichty
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In addition, Taylor Lichty successfully completed the Provisional Certified Brain Injury Specialist exam on Dec 8, 2016.

November 7, 2016

Featured in OT Practice

Faculty and students featured in the November 7, 2016 American Occupational Therapy Association OT Practice! Check out Dr. Mosley’s piece regarding fall prevention and photo of our OT students as they participate in Backpack Awareness Day!

OT students addressing students at Conway Junior High School L-R: Sarah Van Camp, Sarah Davis, Olivia Gray

Student Occupational Therapy Association members(SOTA) L-R: Sarah Van Camp, Sarah Davis, Olivia Gray

OT Student, Emily Turner, weighing a students backpack

OT Student, Emily Turner, weighing a students backpack

October 7, 2016

OT Gaining Altitude

Gaining Altitude logo-1Over 200 occupational therapy practitioners, students, colleagues of occupational therapy and vendors participated in the Occupational Therapy Gaining Altitude Fall Conference!

Right: Graduate Assistant Lindsey Roe, Conference Coordinator

Right: Graduate Assistant Lindsey Roe, Conference Coordinator

OT Students with Dr Robin Bowen: L-R Kyle Jones, Rachel Campbell, Dr Bowen, Erin Spence, Lyndsey Hunt, Stephanie Pearson

OT Students with Dr Robin Bowen: L-R Kyle Jones, Rachel Campbell, Dr Bowen, Erin Spence, Lyndsey Hunt, Stephanie Pearson

Cynthia Cole Outstanding Fieldwork Educator Award Nominees and Recipient: L-R: David Bise, Stephanie Huskey-Smith, Adam Wilkerson (award recipient), James Saviers, Dr Elizabeth LeQuieu

Cynthia Cole Outstanding Fieldwork Educator Award Nominees and Recipient: L-R: David Bise, Stephanie Huskey-Smith, Adam Wilkerson (award recipient), James Saviers, Dr Elizabeth LeQuieu (Academic Fieldwork Coordinator)

Session Titles and Descriptions
Achievement…Enjoy the Climb
Keynote Speaker: Ms. Charlotte Strickland
Keynote Speaker, Ms. Charlotte Strickland

Keynote Speaker, Ms. Charlotte Strickland

Little Rock native, Ms. Charlotte Strickland will be featured as the conference’s keynote speaker as she discusses the ten most common reasons why people fail, the three V’s of achievement, and the steps that leaders can take to

achieve. Ms. Strickland earned a Business degree from the University of Central Arkansas and a Master’s degree in Higher Education from the University of South Carolina. For thirty years Ms. Strickland has worked in higher education coordinating Orientation, Ethics and Leadership academic courses, Greek training, and Leadership training seminars. Ms. Strickland currently serves as UCA’s Professional Development and Training Coordinator, providing campus-wide training on subjects such as Diversity, Customer Service, Workplace Harassment and Supervisory Skills. Most recently Charlotte was asked to join “Speakers of Significance” – a company based out of San Antonio Texas – which offers the speaking services of twelve dynamic speakers to companies, colleges, and communities across the United States.

Poster Presentations

Poster Presentations

 

Poster Presentation #1

This dynamic session incorporates the familiar aspects of a traditional poster presentation along with different intervention programming presentations from occupational therapy practitioners. Through these poster presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to review research and learn about innovative practice and programming from practitioners, educators, and students.

Lunch/Arkansas Occupational Therapy Association Business Meeting

Members of the AROTA are invited to join the profession’s state leaders as they envision the future of OT in the state of Arkansas.

Marian Ross Lectureship- Dr. Robin Bowen
Dr Jennifer Moore, OT Department Chair, Dr Robin Bowen, Marian Ross Lectureship Award Recipient, Dr Letha J. Mosley

Dr Jennifer Moore, OT Department Chair; Dr Robin Bowen, Marian Ross Lectureship Award Recipient; Dr Letha J. Mosley

The inaugural Marian Ross Lectureship will be delivered by Dr. Robin Bowen, President of Arkansas Tech University. Dr. Bowen received her Doctor of Education degree with an

emphasis in higher education administration from Texas Tech University. She also holds a Master of Education degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Arkansas and a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy from the University of Kansas. Dr. Bowen is the first female president of a public, four-year university in Arkansas. This past year she was named one of AY Magazine’s Most Powerful Women and received the Arkansas Traveler certificate from the State of Arkansas. Dr. Bowen is a board member for the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Arkansas River Valley Alliance for Economic Development and the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Bowen is passionate about advancing education, at all levels, and enhancing economic development in the great state of Arkansas.

The lectureship was established in honor of its namesake, Mrs. Marian Ross, and her accomplishments for the profession of occupational therapy in the state of Arkansas. Mrs. Ross was not only the founding UCA occupational therapy department chair in 1970, but was also the first African American to serve as a chairperson at UCA. Her extensive contributions include serving as Chief of Occupational Therapy at several facilities in Arkansas and Ohio from 1957 to 1991. She was commended by the both American Occupational Therapy Association and the American Medical Association for her work to establish and maintain accreditation for the UCA OT program. Her strong leadership and commitment resounds throughout the educational framework that is still being used to educate the state’s future practitioners to this day.

Poster Presentation #2

The second poster session also will incorporate the familiar aspects of a traditional poster presentation along with different intervention programming presentations from occupational therapy practitioners. Through these poster presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to review research and learn about innovative practice and programming from practitioners, educators, and students.

October 17, 2016

Health Fair and Fiesta

Through partnership with Dr. Webster and others who organized the UCA Amigo Cup Health Fair and Fiesta, a team of occupational therapy students were able to advocate stress-management strategies to the many visitors. Olivia Youngblood, Hannah King, Tara Dyer, Sarah McDougall, Annemarie Beck, and Lindsey Roe promoted activities such as adult coloring, regular exercise, spending time outdoors, and engaging in self-relaxation techniques (such as tai chi or yoga) in order to lower anxiety levels and chances of developing chronic conditions. The OT students came prepared with color-your-own postcards and information about the OT program at UCA for unfamiliar visitors. “Stress affect people of all demographics: the goal of our involvement with this health fair was to promote leading a healthy, balanced lifestyle in order to combat stress through everyday activities.” (Lindsey Roe). A few of the OT students had backgrounds studying Spanish and were able to engage directly with the Latino population present. The experience was meaningful and enjoyable for all who attended and volunteered!

August 27, 2016

Neighborhood Block Party at Camp Aldersgate

On Saturday August 27, 2016 twenty energetic OT students joined Mrs. Saviers at the Arkansas Down Syndrome Association’s annual Neighborhood Block Party at Camp Aldersgate. The students ensured the fun of approximately 200 kids, adults, families, and community members as they engaged them in a variety of games, selfies, face painting, and merry-go-round rides. The department is very proud of how these students represented OT and UCA through service!ADSA Block Party 2016

June 2, 2016

ACTS in the Rock

A special thanks goes to some outstanding students for participating in ACTS in the Rock this spring.  This wonderful semester ended last evening at a sold out event for the Arkansas Enterprises for the Developmentally Disabled.  Under the direction of Lindsey Roe, Chelsea Coffelt, Mac Gaskin, and Lindsey Butler – participants from ACTS in the Rock performed “Shhhh…..Election 2016.  The performers told the story of a cadet in the Secret Service who couldn’t quite follow all of the regulations needed to protect the presidential candidates.  A special thanks also goes to the fieldwork students who worked with the performers during the school year!  Mrs. Saviers and I are extremely grateful for these students who volunteered their time!

Dr. Moore and Mrs. Saviers

May 11, 2016

UCA Occupational Therapy and ArkSTART

The talented Mr. Brad Stiltner, Ms. Sarah Storts, and Mr. Caleb Reeder performed alongside occupational therapy faculty and students Dr. Jennifer Moore, Ms. Lindsey Roe, and Mrs. Chelsea Coffelt at the ArkSTART Conference 2016 “To Infinity and Beyond:  Taking Strengths to New Heights” on May 11 in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Their rendition of “King of Peanut Butter” brought the audience to laughter as they told the story of a king who loved to eat peanut butter so much that his mouth got stuck closed.  The queen, a dentist, construction workers, and Cupid all tried without success to open the king’s mouth, but it wasn’t until the court jester told a joke did the king release a laugh.  With his mouth finally open, he immediately said to the dismay of those who tried to help, “I want more peanut butter!”

Acting Creates Therapeutic Success (ACTS) is a community-based program designed to provide opportunities for engagement in the performing arts for individuals with all abilities while also encouraging occupational therapy students to understand the empowerment of human capabilities through the arts.  Founded in 1997, under the direction of University of Central Arkansas faculty members Drs. Jennifer Moore and Cathy Acre from Occupational Therapy and Dr. Bob Willenbrink from Mass Communication and Theater, ACTS addresses the challenges participants may experience with communication, mobility, and social skills to name a few.  At its inception, there were four performers, four occupational therapy students, and the three founders participating in the program.  Currently, there are two ACTS programs for adults serving approximately 80 participants and four ACTS programs serving roughly 50 children which are all led by occupational therapy practitioners and students.

Over the course of six months, small groups of participants in the Conway, Arkansas ACTS program engage in weekly one-hour sessions that include drama, movement, art, and/or music.  During the first three months in the weekly sessions, occupational therapy students facilitate the participants through a system called OINCS (orientation, integration, new elements, collaboration and storytelling).  It is through these weekly sessions that the storyline is developed for the performance.  It should be noted that there is not a script, only a theme to guide the participants.  During the last three months, the weekly sessions are devoted to set design, repetition of scenes, staging, costuming, and refinement of the performances.  Participants are encouraged to contribute in all areas of the creative process including story development, dance choreography, actor portrayal, costuming, and set and playbill design; culminating in a performance for the public each year.

UCA Occupational Therapy Department Presents:

Where in the World is the Arkansas Traveler?

Thursday, November 12, Reynolds Performance Hall, 7PM, Free Admission
ACTS PlayBill
“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

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 http://www.ardownsyndrome.org

October 8, 2014

UCA Challenge Week

During the summer of 2014, the University of Central Arkansas hosted the 2014 UCA Challenge.  UCA Challenge is a week long summer science program for 4th and 5th grade students organized by the Department of Early Childhood and Special Education within UCA’s College of Education.  Throughout the week, graduate students in the Department of Occupational Therapy conducted daily sessions for the participants in the “Amazing Body Race”. The occupational therapy students led the participants in a race to learn facts about the human body and how the body systems work. The elementary students had a lesson each day on a different body system followed by hands-on games/activities to learn more about the particular system. On Monday, the theme was focused on the skeletal system.  The students raced to assemble the human skeletal system and made edible bones. On Tuesday, the elementary students constructed model lungs and experimented to see who had the greatest lung capacity. The circulatory system was studied on Wednesday when they made inflatable hearts and learned how to take blood pressure manually. The digestive system was discussed on Thursday and the participants each played a role in the digestive system in order to model the breakdown and movement of food through the body.  They also did an experiment where they made a plastic bag stomach and investigated how the stomach and its juices break down food. On the last day, the occupational therapy student volunteers assisted the participants in dissecting jello brains, along with other experiments, to learn about the neurological system. The week of activities was led by Mrs. Kaley Likes under the direction of faculty member, Dr. Tina Mankey. The student volunteers from the class of 2015t were Mrs. Melodie Mauney, Ms. Chelsea Thompson, Mr. Jordan Greer, Mr. Josh Krolikowski, Ms. Stephanie San, Ms. Taylor Epperson, Mrs. Meredith Wallis, Ms. Ashley Hoyt and Mrs. Casey Stewart.

A Summer @ A-Camp

As part of a summer that they will never forget, Ms. Ashley Hoyt, Ms. Angel Poon, and Ms. Stephanie San volunteered at a therapeutic summer day camp called A-Camp.  A-Camp is located on the beautiful grounds of Camp Aldersgate and welcomes all children with autism and their friends.  The goal is to create memorable experiences and promote relationships through an engaging, nurturing, and adventure based program.  As part of the volunteer experiences, Ms. Hoyt, Ms. Poon, and Ms. San assisted counselors, buddies, campers, and other volunteers with activities throughout the camp experience.  They were able to witness some of the camper’s first experiences with various environments, animals, foods, and peer interactions.

While attending A-Camp, Ms. Hoyt, Ms. Poon, and Ms. San were able to witness the children enjoy traditional camp activities which included canoeing, fishing, hiking trails, swimming, singing, and arts and crafts.  Ms. Hoyt, Ms. Poon, and Ms. San were able to engage with children under the supervision of certified occupational, physical, and speech therapists.  This experience helped to increase Ms. Hoyt’s, Ms. Poon’s, and Ms. San’s knowledge based as they look towards their future careers as occupational therapist.  They witnessed campers grow their social communication and relationship building skills.

Ms. Hoyt, Ms. Poon, and Ms. San were thankful for the opportunity to empower the campers during an unforgettable summer of friendship, companionship, and growth.  Ms. Hoyt Ms. Poon, and Ms. San want to thank A-Camp for the opportunity to touch lives and for renewed outlook and passion for a career in occupational therapy.

Florence Wood Scholarship of Arkansas Occupational Therapy Association Recipient

Ms. Haley Harris received the Florence Wood Scholarship of the Arkansas Occupational Therapy Association by the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.  Ms. Harris participates in many student associations including Student Occupational Therapy Association and formerly held an officer position in the Student Caucus for Diversity in Occupational Therapy group.  As a student of the occupational therapy class of 2015, the occupational therapy department would like to congratulate Ms. Harris on her scholarship.