Joe Finnell Distinguished Alumni Award


The UCA Department of Physical Therapy is seeking nominations for the Joe Finnell Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes graduates who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in their professional careers. The honoree(s) will be recognized at a ceremony on Saturday, April 29, 2023 on the UCA campus.

Past Recipients:

Susan Appling, Mary Anne Hart,  James A. Hoyme, Cecile W. Kimmer, Barbara J. Lovett, William S. Quillen, Nancy Reese, Chris Throneberry, Mala H. Waller, Glenda Winborn

Criteria for Selection:

The award is open to any alumna or alumnus of the UCA Physical Therapy program who graduated 10 or more years ago. This individual is or was a licensed physical therapist (PT) or physical therapist assistant (PTA) and has earned a PTA or PT degree from UCA (ie. AS, BS, MS, DPT, or PhD degree).

Recipients of the award will have made exceptional contributions and impact to the profession or community. Award recipients will be determined based their contributions and achievements in one or more of the following:

  • Clinical practice
  • Education, academic or clinical
  • Leadership, service and advocacy in the profession
  • Leadership, service and advocacy in the community, including distinguished service to the UCA Department of Physical Therapy or the University
  • Scholarship & research
  • Greater consideration will be given to nominees whose contributions and accomplishments directly support the mission and goals of the UCA Physical Therapy Department.

Nomination Process and Deadline:

Nominations are made by sending an e-mail to with the subject line: Alumni Award Nomination. The email should include the name and contact information of the nominator and the following attachments:

  • Detailed resume or curriculum vitae for the nominee; OR a detailed biographical sketch of the nominee in the form of a cover letter.
  • Two letters of recommendations for the nominee focusing on the nominee’s contributions and achievements in the areas of the award criteria listed above.

Deadline for submission is Monday, March 13, 2023.