DPT Convocation 2013

DPT Convocation 2013


PT and PTA Alumni

The Department of Physical Therapy welcomes PT and PTA alumni from Arkansas and beyond to our web site.  We would like to share news, offer events for continuing education through our web site and our Physical Therapy Alumni Newsletter.  In addition, we are able to host a job listings site where job announcements can be made available to all of our graduate.

2013 Alumni Weekend Continuing Education Course – new!

The Department of Physical Therapy is pleased to host a course that is both timely and pertinent for PTs regarding healthcare reform presented by Jim Hoyme entitled “Some Will Win…Some Will Lose. I Prefer to Win. Do You View Healthcare Reform as a Threat or an Opportunity?” This course is scheduled for Saturday, October 26 and approved for 4 hours of continuing education by the AR State Board of PT. A breakfast will be held at 8:00 with the course beginning at 8:30 and ending at 1:00 followed by a cookout celebrating PT Alumni Weekend during UCA Homecoming. Kickoff for the game is 3:00 p.m. Course registration materials will be posted in the coming days.

PT Student Scholarships Awarded

The Department of Physical Therapy has awarded six physical therapy student scholarships for 2013-2014. Each scholarship is a result of gifts made generously by alumni of the physical therapy program. Recipients were recognized during the 2013 Physical Therapy Convocation ceremony held on August 9 at Reynolds Auditorium at UCA. Dr. Nancy Reese, Chairperson of the Department, presented the Joe Finnell Physical Therapy Scholarship to Tyler Floyd and Brittany Zielstra, both third year DPT students and to Cortney Barnhill and Carly Hood, both second year DPT students. Dr. Margaret McGee, Associate Professor, presented the Thomas Meadows Memorial Scholarship to Brittany Zielstra. Nat Grubbs and his family presented the Madeline Ann Grubbs Scholarship to Tyler Floyd.

DPT Convocation August 9, 2013

The DPT Class of 2013 celebrated their graduation on Friday, August 9 during the Physical Therapy Convocation held in Reynolds Performance Hall. Dr. Bill Bandy was the keynote speaker for the class of 55 graduates as well as student speaker Gabe Harris from the class of 2013. Hunter Platt received the outstanding DPT Student Award for 2013. Seventeen students received the Academic Excellence Award for achieving a 3.90 or above GPA, seven of whom received a 4.0 GPA. Seven students received the Research Excellence Award, three received the Clinical Excellence Award, three received the Service Excellence Award and 2 received the Leadership Excellence Award. Students, family, guests, and faculty attended a reception immediately following. UCA Commencement ceremonies were later held in the Farris Center.


Alumni Weekend

In the Fall of 2006, we offered our first PT Alumni Weekend including continuing education courses, guest speakers such as Mr. Finnell, and awarded the distinguished alumnus award to Susan Appling, Class of 1986.  Dr. Jack Thomas and Dr. Bruce Mendelson each taught continuing education courses for us.  In 2007, we provided a panel of pediatric therapists, many of them alumni and in 2008 a Gross Anatomy review lab.  Since then, we have aligned our PT alumni weekend with UCA Homecoming activities.  This year we offered a continuing education course in constraint induced therapy with guest lecturers from Emory University and the UCA OT program.   We are also participating in the UCA tailgating festivities held on Bruce street and in the lawn of the PT Center.  Please stop by to see us at the next UCA football game.


Keeping in Touch

Please update your mailing address and contact information now at Update Records on the UCA Alumni Services Webpage.


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