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Eleven New Inductees in PTE

The Division of Occupational Therapy at Keuka College is excited to announce that eleven students were recently inducted into the Alpha Sigma Chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon, the national occupational therapy honor Society. The induction ceremony was held on May 3rd, 2014 at Top of the Lake in Penn Yan, N.Y. The ceremony was presided over by the current members of the organization and their faculty advisor, Dr. Jean Wannall. An inspiring keynote address was given by Dr. Michele Bennett (Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator at Keuka College) on the topic of leadership and professionalism. The newly inducted members include (front row, left to right) Haley Ash, Sara Niver, Faith Garlington, Chloe Zaengle, Kayla Clark, (back row, left to right) Olivia Hudson, Meghan Kelly, Aidan McCown, Katherine Lynch, and Kimberly Dauphin.  Newly inducted member not pictured is Savannah Fuller.

Pictured below are all PTE members in attendance at the ceremony.

 

OT Division Student Awards and Scholarships for 2013-2014

Keuka College’s Division of Occupational Therapy is proud to honor the following students with the awards and scholarships listed below:

FUTURE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PRACTITIONER AWARD

This award is presented to an occupational therapy student whose enthusiasm and interest represents an exceptional commitment to the ideals of the profession of occupational therapy. This award was presented to:

 

Aliza DeWilde

Liesl Hall

AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN CLINICAL REASONING

This award is presented to the student that demonstrates commitment and skills in the clinical reasoning process throughout academic and practice settings. This award was presented to:

Tori Putch

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AWARD FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

This award recognizes a student for their overall academic excellence as demonstrated in GPA, classroom participation, Field Period™ and fieldwork performance, and research endeavors. This award was presented to:

Shannon Elliott

Patricia Wallace

LEADERSHIP IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AWARD

This award recognizes a member of the occupational therapy senior class for their collaborative effort to promote the profession of occupational therapy. The award acknowledges the individual’s efforts to promote public awareness and understanding of occupational therapy at Keuka College and the community at large. This award was presented to:

Alicia Fisher

BARBARA NEUHAUS SCHOLARSHIP

Barbara Neuhaus graduated from Keuka in 1950 with a degree in sociology. After Keuka, Barbara earned a certificate in occupational therapy, a master’s in special education and a doctorate in teaching from Columbia University. She worked as, lectured on and taught occupational therapy throughout a long and distinguished career, winning numerous awards and commendations for her work.

This scholarship is presented to honor Barbara Neuhaus – her dedication to her profession, determination, integrity, and her special humor.

This scholarship was awarded to:

Megan Barney

ANASTASIA ALISA McMANUS ’14 MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The purpose of this memorial scholarship is to support and recognize an occupational therapy student as they prepare for professional practice and to honor the memory of Anastasia Alisa McManus. Anastasia was an occupational science major whose life and career aspirations were cut short due to a car accident. This scholarship reflects Anastasia’s passion for the occupational therapy profession, community, and college service.

This scholarship is awarded to:

Kayla Clark

The students were presented with their awards and scholarships at the Keuka College Honors Convocation on May 3, 2014. Congratulations to these students for their achievements!

Great Success in Emerging Areas of Practice for Level I Fieldwork

The Academic Fieldwork Office in the Division of Occupational Therapy is having great success in the realm of emerging areas of practice. Each senior level student has now completed a fieldwork Level I at an emerging area of practice, as well as a second Level I at a traditional setting.

As OTs move more and more into emerging areas of practice, we believe our students must also experience unique opportunities where OT services are limited, or even non-existent. Emerging areas of practice consist of those areas that may be changing or evolving in society that practitioners may need to respond to in order to meet occupational needs within our culture. Experiences may include situations to enhance an understanding of the developmental stages, tasks, or roles of individuals throughout the lifespan. This may include management and administrative experiences in OT settings, community agencies, or environmental analysis experiences. Populations may include disabled or well populations, age-specific or diagnosis-specific participants.

Dr. Michele Bennett, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, worked throughout the summer and autumn of 2013 to arrange most emerging area of practice placements for January of 2014, as well as some throughout the fall and spring academic semesters. One emerging area placement was even arranged for last summer at a traditional and equine-assisted therapy site (Pray Road Stables  in Ogdensburg, N.Y.).

One of our OT students had the opportunity to complete her fieldwork experience with a group of nursing students from Keuka College’s ASAP program. Ten nursing students and one OT student traveled to the Dominican Republic to The Mariposa Dominican Republic Foundation. The volunteers for this organization work together to provide needed community-based services in the hands of severe poverty. The mission of the organization is to empower young girls. The trip included service work at The Mariposa DR Foundation, visits to a public hospital and HIV clinic, and home visits to work with families in identifying health and safety risks. The student (pictured above) enjoyed the experience. Her supervisor reported: “All I can say is [student] is a rock star and we all love love love her.”

Our office has received a great deal of positive feedback from site supervisors at emerging areas of practice, including:

Agencies collaborated with for Level I fieldwork experience in the 2013-2014 academic year included:

Professional Continuing Education Opportunity for Fieldwork Educators

Keuka College’s Division of Occupational Therapy is proud to offer a professional continuing education opportunity to fieldwork educators. To earn continuing education credits, please view the fieldwork educator’s informational video at http://ot.keuka.edu/fieldwork-educators/.

Once you have completed the video, click on the link provided for the exam. Once exam and information sheet are completed, email exam to jchapman2@keuka.edu. Upon successful completion of the exam and information sheet, a continuing education certificate will be provided to you.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Jean Wannall at jwannall@keuka.edu or Dr. Michele Bennett at mbennett1@keuka.edu.

Thirteen New Inductees for PTE

 

The Occupational Therapy Division at Keuka College is excited to announce that thirteen students were recently inducted into the Alpha Sigma chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon, the national Occupational Therapy Honor Society. The induction ceremony was held on May 4th, 2013 at the Dresden Hotel in Dresden, NY. The ceremony was presided over by the current members of the organization and their faculty advisor, Dr. Jean Wannall. An inspiring keynote address was given by Dr. Onda Bennett (Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy at Keuka College) on the topic of effective leadership. The newly inducted members include (bottom row, left to right) Chelsea Craine, Alicia Fisher, Liesl Hall, Tori Putch, Shannon Elliott (back row, left to right), Megan Barney, Katherine Kostuk, Patricia Buyck, Patricia Wallace, Elizabeth Vinette, and Lindsay Holmes. Newly inducted members not pictured are Jillian Hart and Nick Scherer.

OT Division Student Awards and Scholarships for 2013!

Keuka College’s OT Division is proud to honor the following students with the awards and scholarships listed below:

FUTURE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PRACTITIONER AWARD

This award is presented to an occupational therapy student whose enthusiasm and interest represents an exceptional commitment to the ideals of the profession of occupational therapy. This award was presented to:

April Beckwith

AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN CLINICAL REASONING

This award is presented to the student that demonstrates commitment and skills in the clinical reasoning process throughout academic and practice settings. This award was presented to:

Elizabeth Vinette

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AWARD FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

This award recognizes a student for their overall academic excellence as demonstrated in Grade Point Average, classroom participation, field period and fieldwork performance and research endeavors. This award was presented to:

Shannon Zigenfus

LEADERSHIP IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AWARD

This award recognizes a member of the occupational therapy senior class for their collaborative effort to promote the profession of occupational therapy. The award acknowledges the individual’s efforts to promote public awareness and understanding of occupational therapy at Keuka College and the community at large. This award was presented to:

Halie Squires

BARBARA NEUHAUS SCHOLARSHIP

Barbara Neuhaus graduated from Keuka in 1950 with a degree in sociology. After Keuka, Barbara earned a certificate in occupational therapy, a Master’s degree in special education and a doctorate in teaching from Columbia University. She worked as, lectured on and taught occupational therapy throughout a long and distinguished career, winning numerous awards and commendations for her work.

This scholarship is presented to honor Barbara Neuhaus – her dedication to her profession, determination, integrity, and special humor.

This scholarship is awarded to:

Kacie Horoszewski

ANASTASIA ALISA McMANUS ’14 MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The purpose of this memorial scholarship is to support and recognize an occupational therapy student as they prepare for professional practice and to honor the memory of Anastasia Alisa McManus. Anastasia was an occupational science major whose life and career aspirations were cut short due to a car accident. This scholarship reflects Anastasia’s passion for the occupational therapy profession, community, and college service.

This scholarship is awarded to:

Kimberly Dauphin

The students will be presented with their awards and scholarships at the Keuka College Honors Convocation on May 4, 2013. Congratulations to these students for their achievements!

Fieldwork in Emerging Areas of Practice

The Academic Fieldwork office at Keuka College has been very busy the past few months getting fieldwork Level I and II placements ready for January. This year we are excited to report that we will be sending 19 senior level students to 13 placements at emerging areas of practice for Level I fieldwork.

Keuka College’s occupational therapy program has a strong history of providing students with observational as well as hands-on experiences in more traditional practice settings where occupational therapists are currently working. As OTs move more and more into emerging areas of practice, we believe our students must also experience unique opportunities where OT services are limited or non-existent. Emerging areas of practice consist of those areas that may be changing or evolving in society that practitioners may need to respond to in order to meet occupational needs within our culture. Experiences may include situations to enhance an understanding of the developmental stages, tasks or roles of individuals throughout the lifespan. This may include management and administrative experiences in OT settings, community agencies, or environmental analysis experiences. Populations may include disabled or well populations, age-specific or diagnosis-specific participants.

Here are our emerging areas of practice placement sites for January:

 

To find out more about our emerging areas of practice, please contact Michele Bennett, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator at mbennett1@keuka.edu or at (315) 279-5720.

Keuka OT Honors Poster Presenters at AOTA Conference

Keuka College Occupational Therapy  Division would like to honor our students who’s posters were chosen for presentation at the national AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) conference!  OT students can submit their posters to AOTA for their consideration.  If their poster is chosen, they can go to conference and present it. We’d like to acknowledge the following students who’s posters were chosen by AOTA.  Rebecca Salyards’, Class of 2011, poster will be presented this April at the AOTA conference.  Ashley Joswick, Class of 2009, presented at the 2010 conference.  Marianne Wallace, Jody Ensworth and Bridgit Quinlan’s, Class of 2008, posters were presented at the 2009 conference.  Lauren Conrad, Class of 2006, presented at the 2007 conference. 

We are very proud of all of our students and their hard work.  We wanted to be sure to take the opportunity to commend these students for the honor of presenting their research at the national conference.  There is a display case in the Lightner Library showcasing the posters and the student’s picture and year their poster was chosen.  If you can, stop by the library to see the display featuring these students’ hard work. 

Going the Extra 26.2 Miles

On October 30, 2011 OT grad students Deanna Nortier and Alyssa Hermenet ran the 26.2 mile Marine Marathon in Washington, D.C.  The Marine Marathon is run through the streets of Washington, D.C., passing many of our national monuments.  Deanna and Alyssa were among the 21,250 participants and two of the 20,895 finishers.

We asked Deanna and Alyssa why they decided to run the Marine Marathon.  They explained that last spring, they ran a half marathon in Lake Placid and decided they wanted to further challenge themselves to run a full marathon, so they agreed to train together.  “We chose the Marine Marathon because one of Deanna’s good friends was a Marine that was killed in action in June of 2010.  We also both know many people who have/are serving in the military, and we felt this would be a great way to show our support to all the troops.”  As OT grad students, Deanna and Alyssa have very busy schedules.  They agreed to meet on Saturday mornings each week to run a “long” run together.  They would run separately, as their schedules allowed, throughout the week.  Starting in June, they had their first Saturday morning long run and started with ten miles.  They increased the distance by a mile each week, ending their long distance training regime with twenty mile runs.  Although training took up a lot of their “free time”, they never saw it as something extra or being a burden.  Instead, it was a leisure activity that they both truly enjoyed doing.  “We encourage people to give running, (or any sort of cardio activity) a try.  It is a great way to relieve stress and fill a competitive drive as “retired” athletes.  Overall, it was an unforgettable experience, and we can definitely see another marathon in the future!”

We congratulate Deanna and Alyssa on their “going the extra 26.2 miles” and completing the Marine Marathon! 

Keuka OT Welcomes New Faculty

Lisa McGowan is an alumni and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Keuka College and her Masters of Education from Alfred University.  She has over six years of experience as a pediatric occupational therapist with an emphasis in school-based settings.  She has also worked with the geriatric population in long-term care.  Lisa is our new pediatric instructor.  She is excited about joining the Keuka College faculty and sharing her pediatric knowledge with the occupational therapy students, and we are very fortunate to have her!

Chris Alterio has been an occupational therapist for 24 years and received his clinical doctorate from Nova Southeastern University.  He is the owner of ABC Therapeutics Occupational and Physical Therapy, which is a private practice in Western New York.  He is the current Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and has been actively involved in national credentialing of occupational therapy practitioners for twenty years.  He previously held appointment as Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for the Occupational Therapy Division at Keuka College and is very happy to join us as an adjunct professor teaching our grad students. We are proud to have Chris as part of our OT division!

 

Michele Bennett joined the Keuka OT Division as an adjunct instructor in occupational development for adolescents to adults.  She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degrees here at Keuka College.  When not teaching, Michele works full time as an OT at Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital in Bath, New York.  We welcome Michele, and know she will do a great job with our students!

 

Caren (Carrie) Roberts joins the OT Division as an adjunct instructor teaching occupational development in adults.  She is a Keuka alumni and received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at Keuka College.  She is currently obtaining a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) through Chatham University in Pennsylvania.  When not teaching for Keuka College, she works full time with children 0-5 with developmental disabilities at Keuka Lake School in Penn Yan, New York.  Her professional focus is on pediatrics, sensory integration and autism.  She has occupational therapy experience in hospitals, nursing homes, acute care, home based and outpatient care.  We greatly look forward to having Carrie be a part of our OT team!