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

September 25, 2017

AOTA Centennial Hill Day underway!

UCA OT proudly representing Arkansas among 45 other states!

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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!

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

April 12, 2017

Proclamation Day at the Arkansas Capitol, Friday, April 7


April 3, 2017

Formal Proclamation for Occupational Therapy Day in Arkansas

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

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

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

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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!

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. (

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!