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University of Kansas School of Health Professsion Physical Therapy newsletter

Winter 2013-14

From Lisa Stehno-Bittel, Department Chair

Autumn begins on busy note for PTRS students and faculty

The final week of September was a busy time for the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science as several students and faculty were recognized for their accomplishments:

Lisa Stehno-BittelSept. 30: Katie Siengsukon receives a large grant from the Multiple Sclerosis Society
Sept. 30: Steve Jernigan and our own male DPT and Ph.D. students walked a mile in high heels to raise funds for domestic violence awareness.
Oct. 1: Kendra Gagnon and Yvonne Colgrove speak at the APTA Education Leadership Conference
Oct. 1: Sandra Billinger is awarded the SHP Outstanding Early Career Alumni Award
Oct. 1: First-year students receive their KU pins; Camilla Wilson, Ph.D., gives the Jessie Ball lecture. Wilson's lecture tied the history of KU's program with the qualities its current students.
Oct.  7: Lisa VanHoose chosen as the Soroptimist Ruby Award winner
Oct. 8: Patricia Kluding receives the Outstanding Faculty Researcher for the School of Health Professions.

Chili Send-Off

Faculty, staff serve traditional chili luncheon to third-year PTRS students

Faculty and staff members served a chili luncheon to third-year students in the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science program after their final exam on Dec. 11.

Department Chair Lisa Stehno-Bittel told the students the event is a University of Kansas Medical Center tradition marking the end of their time on campus. The students will be heading out next semester for their clinical internships before graduating in May.

While the origin of the chili lunch tradition has long been lost through the years, many of the students launched a new tradition this year by wearing holiday-themed sweaters. (PHOTOS)

KU alumnus changing the face of physical therapy halfway around the globe

Muhammed Al-Jarrah, Ph.D., PT, is leading Fatima College of Health Sciences' effort to establish the principles of physical therapy education and clinical practice in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. (MORE)

Vidoni's research highlighted during
Alzheimer's Awareness month

The work of Eric Vidoni, research assistant professor in the Department of Neurology and education and outreach director of the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center, is featured in the Nov. 14 edition of the Foundation for Physical Therapy newsletter. (MORE)


Student starting PTRS alumni network

Elise Umbarger, a second-year student in the doctor of physical therapy program (DPT), is working with the KU Med Center Alumni Association and the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science to create an alumni network to aid students while they are on their clinical internships. (MORE) (Email your contact information)


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VIDEO: Vitamin Beat rocks SHOW & TELL concert


Kurt Mason named Clinical Instructor of The Year

Green Eggs

DPT students put on show at Operation Breakthrough


Upcoming Events

Dec. 16-20: Finals
Jan. 21: Spring classes begin
March 17: Spring Break
May 12: Finals begin
May 18: Commencement

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