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2009 Archive

2009 News and Events

2009 Physical Therapy Alumni Weekend

On October 23-24, the Departments of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy offered a joint event for Alumni Weekend during UCA Homecoming.  A two-day continuing education course entitled Constraint Induced Therapy and Current Concepts in Neuroplasticity was presented by Dr Steven Wolf and Dr. Sarah Blanton of Emory University and Veronical Rowe of the UCA Occupational Therapy Department.  On Saturday, DPT students, alumni and faculty members gathered for a cookout in front of the PT Center during Homecoming tailgate festivities.

2009 DPT Convocation Services

Outstanding Student Kim Lancaster pictured with Dr. Taylor

Outstanding Student Kim Lancaster pictured with Dr. Taylor

The DPT Class of 2009 and the Department of Physical Therapy held Convocation Services on August 9 in Reynolds Performance Hall with a reception following in Brewer Hegeman Conference Center.  Dr. Bill Bandy, Professor of Physical Therapy, was the invited speaker.  The class presented the Outstanding DPT student award to Kim Lancaster.  Dr. Steve Forbush, President of the ArPTA presented the ArPTA Student Clinician of the Year to Summer Lewis.   In addition, several third year students were awarded physical therapy scholarships including the Joe Finnell PT Scholarship winners – Alexis Smith, Park Tipton, Shane Irgens, and Paige Kibbey and the Thomas Meadows Memorial Scholarship winner – Park Tipton.

Madeline A. Grubbs Memorial Scholarship

Recently, during the Department of Physical Therapy Convocation Services for the graduating class of 2009, the newly endowed Madeline A. Grubbs Memorial Scholarship available to third year PT students, was awarded for the first time to Alexis Smith.  Pictured below, Nat Grubbs, his wife Tracy, and their daughters Meredith and Emily attended the Convocation services held on August 9, 2009 in the Reynolds Auditorium.  Mr. Grubbs, an alumnus and former instructor in the PT program, spoke to the audience about the scholarship named in honor of his infant daughter noting a good thing that was brought about because of support of his students and alumni of the program to support the education of physical therapy students.

New Gross Anatomy and Neuroscience Lab

Professors and students are utilizing a new state-of-the-art laboratory this semester for the first time for Gross Anatomy.   The 4000 square foot structure was completed at the end of 2008 and utilized for the first time during Spring of 2009 for neuroscience courses in PT and OT.  The lab includes a student vestibule with individual lockers, 14 cadaver stations, 9 wash stations, 8 neuroscience tables, AV system (distributed speakers, flat panel displays, boom camera), and ventilation system (overhead air curtain, low air returns).