68 Trojans Presenting at 2014 AOTA Conference →
Congratulations to the 68 USC Trojan faculty, alumni, students and staff who presented at the 2014 Conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, March 3-6 in Baltimore. Additionally of special note, alumnae Dottie Ecker Cert. ’58, MA ’68 and Sue Knox MA ’68, PhD ’97 were co-recipients of the AOTF’s A. Jean Ayres Award. AOTA President Ginny Stoffel acknowledged, by name, the excellence of alumna Annemarie Orr MA ’09 and student Alyssa Concha MA ’14 during the Opening Ceremony and Presidential Address, respectively. Lastly, alumnae Beth Larson PhD ’96 and JoAnne Wright PhD ’95 were named to the AOTA Roster of Fellows. Fight On!
Click below to view the full list of speakers.
USC Presenters at 2014 AOTA Conference (PDF)
MA Student Phillip Lin Wins AOTA Election →
USC entry-level professional program student Phillip Lin MA ‘15 has been elected to a position on the American Occupational Therapy Association Assembly of Student Delegates. Lin won the race for Student Representative to the Representative Assembly, becoming a voting member of AOTA’s policy-making body representing practitioners nationwide. Congratulations, Phillip, and Fight On!
Summer English Program To Speed International Student Successes →
The USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy’s Global Initiatives office launched the Summer Occupational Therapy and English (SOTE) program in early February. SOTE is a four-week continuing education workshop specifically designed for international occupational therapists who are considering applying to, or have already been admitted to, the Division’s master’s degree programs. The program aims to introduce students who have practiced abroad to occupational therapy practice in the United States and to provide them opportunities for strengthening English fluency and proficiency at the graduate-school level. The program is scheduled to run from July 14 through August 8, 2014.
“Our Division is immensely enriched by our international students, and Global Initiatives is fully committed to supporting their specific needs,” said Daniel Park, coordinator of the program. “Through the SOTE program, we hope that international therapists who wish to pursue further study in occupational therapy in the United States will gain the confidence go after their dreams.”
PhD Candidate Amanda Foran Interviewed on National Public Radio →
Occupational science PhD candidate Amanda Foran ‘14 was interviewed by Ben Johnson for American Public Media’s Marketplace Morning Report as part of a series exploring video games and mental health.
“People with autism want to engage socially, they desire that interaction,” Foran told Johnson. “If we can utilize this technology to help make it a little more comfortable, people just blossom when they’re playing.” The interview aired on National Public Radio affiliate stations on Tuesday, December 3.
Foran and her advisor, Professor Sharon Cermak, are using active video games to examine the effects of physical activity and social participation in individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
Listen to the full interview online.
PTE Honor Society Wins President’s Award →
USC’s Alpha Eta chapter of the Pi Theta Epsilon national honor society for occupational therapy students and alumni received the 2013 President’s Award at the 2013 American Occupational Therapy Association/National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy® National Student Conclave in Jacksonville, Fla.
The President’s Award recognizes Pi Theta Epsilon chapters that organize and implement outstanding scholarly activities designed to increase knowledge of, develop professional skills for, and further contribute to the advancement of occupational therapy. USC’s PTE chapter was recognized for its annual Occupational Therapy Extravaganza event, which it has been hosting for six consecutive years. Trojan student Colin Lenington MA ’14 was in attendance to accept the award on behalf of the chapter.
“I am very proud of all of you [PTE members], and of our Division, for this honor,” said Associate Dean Florence Clark. “The Occupational Therapy Extravaganza is truly a wonderful annual showcase and I know it is the result of much passion, vision, teamwork, and dedication.”
Congrats and Fight On!