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2010 Archive

2010 News and Events

Bandy Receives the 2010 APTA Lucy Blair Service Award

Bill Bandy

Dr. Bill Bandy, Professor Department of Physical Therapy

Dr. Bandy recently received news that he is the recipient of the Lucy Blair Service Award from the American Physical Therapy Association.  He will be recognized in June during the APTA Honors and Awards Reception at PT 2010 in Boston.  The purpose of the Lucy Blair Service Award is to acknowledge and honor physical therapist members of the Association whose contributions to the Association as a whole have been of exceptional value.  Lucy Blair was the first recipient of the award which was established in 1969 to honor dedication, devotion, and outstanding service to the American Physical Therapy Association.

Bandy Honored with Sports Lifetime Achievement Award

Bill Bandy, PhD, PT, SCS, ATC, Professor of Physical Therapy, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sports Physical Therapy Section of the American Physical Therapy Association during the awards ceremony at the 2010 American Physical Therapy Associations Combined Sections Meeting held February 17-20 in Las Vegas, NV.  The award is to honor a Sports Physical Therapy member whose contributions to the specialty of sports physical therapy through leadership, influence and achievements have been demonstrated for over 25 years.  Dr. Bandy is a recent past board member of the American Physical Therapy Association and currently the Editor-in-Chief of the North American Journal of Sports Physical Therapy.

2010 University of Central Arkansas Commencement

View this UTube Video  for sights and sounds from the August 13 University Commencement Ceremony held in the Farris Center.  2010 DPT Graduate, Tyler Morehart, delivered the keynote student address.

2010 DPT Convocation

Also on August 13, the Class of 2010 and their guests, UCA Administrators, and PT Faculty honored the DPT Graduates.  Dr. Lance Grahn, Provost, provided words of wisdom.  Dr. Charlotte Yates, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, delivered the keynote address.  Dr. Hattlestad, Dean of the College of Health and Behavior Sciences and Dr. Elaine McNiece, Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School presented class certificates.  Dr. Misty Booth, Director of the Pediatric Residency,  presented the pediatric residency certificates to Devon Clark and Keely O’Dell, UCA’s first residents.  Dr. Nancy Reese, Professor and Chairperson of Physical Therapy, presented the Joe Finnell PT Student Scholarship to Erica Cason, Kaitlyn Stambaugh and Joshua Eaves, all of the DPT Class of 2011.  Dr. Reese also presented the Thomas Meadows Memorial Scholarship to Morgan Purkiss, DPT Class of 2012.  Nat Grubbs, his wife and daughters presented the Madeline Ann Grubbs Scholarship to Park Tipton, DPT Class of 2011.  Dr. Misty Booth presented the 2010 ArPTA Outstanding Student Clinician Award to John Montgomery, 2010 DPT Graduate.  Dr. Steven Forbush, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, presented the 2010 Outstanding DPT Student Award to Shane Irgens.   DPT Class President, John Montgomery, presented the Faculty gifts that included two charcoal grills for tailgating and a UCA Physical Therapy banner that can be used at community events such as Rollin’ Round the Rim. The ceremony closed with a Benediction lead by Ryan Ottenger.  A reception for graduates and guests immediately followed in the Reynolds Auditorium Balcony.

Physical Therapy Alumni Weekend 2010

DPT Students attending PT Alumni Weekend 2010

DPT Students attending PT Alumni Weekend 2010

The Department of Physical Therapy hosted Physical Therapy Alumni Weekend during UCA Homecoming on October 30.  Faculty, PT students, guests and alumni from 1980, 1982, 1984, 1997, 1999, 2007 and 2009 visited during the luncheon.  Close to 90 guests attended the tailgating cookout held on the patio of the PT Center.   The Department began hosting PT Alumni Weekend during UCA Homecoming in 2007.  It is a great opportunity to visit with classmates and faculty prior to the UCA football game.  Please plan to join us next year!

Drs. Taylor, Bandy and Whittemore

Dr. David Taylor, Associate Professor and Dr. Bill Bandy, Professor recently published the following article along with recent 2010 DPT graduate Dr. JD Whittemore.

  • J. David Taylor, PhD, PT, William D. Bandy, PhD, PT, SCS, and Joe D. Whittemore, DPT, PT.  Test-retest Reliability and Minimal Detectable Change of a Novel Submaximal Graded Exercise Test in the Measurement of Graded Exercise Test Duration.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, October 20, 2010 (Epub ahead of print).

Dr. Chad Lairamore

Dr. Lairamore, PhD, PT, has been appointed by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy to the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) Task Force.  This task force will be working on new content outlines for the NPTE.  The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy develops and administers the NPTE for both physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in 53 jurisdictions – the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. These high-stakes exams assess the basic entry-level competence for first time licensure or registration as a PT or PTA within the 53 jurisdictions.

Dr. Charlotte Yates, Dr. Nancy Reese

Dr. Yates, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Dr. Nancy B. Reese, Professor and Chairperson of Physical Therapy recently had a paper published in Brain Research Bulletin.

  • Liu H,  Skinner RD,  Arfaj A, Yates C, Reese NB, Garcia-Rill E. L-dopa effect on frequency-dependent depression of the H-reflex in adult rats with complete spinal cord transection.  Brain Research Bull.  2010; In press.

Dr. Charlotte Yates, Dr. Kevin Garrison

Dr.Yates, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Dr. Kevin Garrision, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy recently had a paper published in Translational Neuroscience.

  • Yates C, Garrison MK, Charlesworth A, Reese NB, Garcia-Rill E. Novel therapies for spinal cord injury (SCI).  Translational Neuroscience.  2010 ; In press.

Dr. Charlotte Yates, Dr. Garrison, Allison Horgan, SPT, Brittany Sexson, SPT

Dr. Yates, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Dr. Kevin Garrision, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy along with third year DPT Students Allison -Horgan and Brittany Sexson recently learned that the following abstracts have been accepted for presentation at the 2011 American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Section Meeting in New Orleans, LA in February.

  • Yates C, Garrison MK, Burba-Horgan A, Franz J.  Outcome measures for exploring the mechanisms of hyper-reflexia and spasticity that develop post SCI in the rat and the effects of passive exercise intervention on each outcome measure.  American Physical Therapy Association Combined Section Meeting; New Orleans, LA; February, 2011.
  • Garrison MK, Yates C, Charlesworth A, Burba-Horgan A, Sexton B.  Regional Cx-36 changes following complete SCI and interventions in the rat. American Physical Therapy Association Combined Section Meeting; New Orleans, LA; February, 2011.

Dr. Tiffany Huitt

Dr. Huitt, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, along with colleges at Wake Forest University School of Medicine recently had an abstract published in Epilpsia, the Journal of the International League Against Epilepsy, entitled “Imaging Cortical Networks Involved in Preictal and Ictal Childhood Absence Epilepsy with Magnetoencephalography.” Stapleton-Kotloski, J. R.1*, Huitt, T. W.1*, Boles, W.2, O’Donovan, C. A.2, and Godwin, D. W.1, 2 Epilepsia 0 Suppl. 0, Abstract 3.204, 2010.   The paper will also be presented at the American Epilepsy Society Annual Meeting, 2010 to be held in San Antonio in December,

1Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston Salem, NC 2715 2Department of Neurology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem NC 27157

Pediatric Residency Receives Credentialing

The UCA Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program, a joint venture between UCA, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Allied Therapy and Consulting Services, received news this month that the program has successfully achieved credentialing from the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education as a post-professional pediatric residency program.  The initial credential is effective July 31, 2010 and in effect for five years.  A credentialed residency program promotes standards of quality and consistency in the teaching and practice of physical therapy.   The credentialing process is voluntary and the UCA program is currently only one of six pediatric physical therapy residencies in the nation.  The 12 month program is designed for practicing physical therapists to gain focused training, education, and mentorship in a variety of pediatric settings. The first two UCA residents will complete the program in August and will be recognized at the Physical Therapy Convocation Ceremony on August 13 at 3:00 in the Reynolds Performance Hall at UCA.  Misty Booth is the Director of the pediatric residency program and can be reached at 501-450-5543 or

Ms. Fant and Dr. Maresh Finalist at 2010 UCA Service Awards

Charlotte Fant, MS, CHES, Program Advisor for the BS in Health Science degree and Pre Physical Therapy Club, was recently honored as a semi-finalist for the UCA Employee of the Year Award at the 2010 Service Awards held on April 13.  Also, Dr. Twala Maresh, DPT, PT, was a finalist for the Teaching Excellence Award.  Dr. Maresh shares her expertise  in neuromuscular rehabilitation as well as provides students with foundational knowledge for physical therapy practice facilitating the transition from student to therapist.  As one student remarked…”it is from her…physical therapy students first learn how to treat patients with dignity, respect and as an individual.”

Wang Receives INBRE Grant

Wen Wang, PhD, MD was recently awarded an INBRE (IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence) Grant for Summer 2010.  Dr. Wang will be working with Martin Hauer-Jenson, MD, PhD, FACS of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Surgery, and Pathology at UAMS to develop a wound healing model.  Dr. Wang is interested in wound healing associated with diabetes.  The Arkansas INBRE is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

APTA Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing Program

Next Course is April 23-24, 2010 at the UCA Physical Therapy Center and sponsored by the UCA Department of Physical Therapy.  See Brochure and Registration Agreement and Dossier for Participants.  This two-day course provides 1.5 CEU and valuable information for clinical instructors.

3rd year Student Elected Director of APTA Student Assembly

Shane Irgens, DPT Class of 2010, was recently elected to the 2009-2010 American Physical Therapy Association’s Student Assembly Board of Directors.  Irgens attended APTA National Student Conclave held in Miami on October 30-November 1 during which he campaigned for the national office.  The Student Assembly is a component of the American Physical Therapy Association comprised of all student members currently at 15,775 members.  The Student Assembly is governed by an elected Board of Directors which consists of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Director, Student PT Delegate and Student PTA Delegate, all of whom are available to discuss issues affecting the Association and the physical therapy profession.

UCA Students Attend National Student Conclave

Several first, second, and third year students attended APTA National Student Conclave held in Miami on October 30-November 1.  This national conference is held annually specifically for students of physical therapy for programming, workshops and social events as well as Student Assembly elections.  Upon return, students reported that it was amazing to meet so many PT students, attend workshops that they actually understood and meet APTA leaders.

Physical Therapists Top “Best Jobs” List, Again…

According to the APTA website, Physical therapists ranked 7th in a list of 50 “Best Jobs in America” featured in the November issue of The profile features an interview with APTA member Jennifer Gamboa, PT, DPT, OCS, and examines education requirements, job satisfaction, and salary estimates. APTA is also cited for explanation for the growing demand for the profession.