Thursday, February 25, 2010

Student and Alumni Updates

Since we've been "newsletter challenged" this past year, we've missed updating you on lots of student and alumni news. Here are a few good tidbits. We'll publish more soon (promise!).

Jessica Barr (PT '10) and Jason Craine got married on January 3, 2009.
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Katy Griffith (PT '10) got married on December 5, 2009 and is now Katy Watson.
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Mark Twellman (PT '11) and his wife welcomed their first child on Monday, December 7, 2009. Leah Grace Twellman weighed 7 lbs., 10 oz. and was 20.5 inches. Mom, dad and baby are doing well.
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Janda Stone (PT '07) had a baby boy on March 24, 2009. Jayven Michael Stone weighed 8 lbs., 15 oz. and measured 21.5 inches. Janda says she's still enjoying motherhood.
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Jennifer (Clemen) (PT '02) & Russell Demmer announce the birth of their son, Garret John Demmer. He joins older brother Carter and was born May 19, 2008 at 9:20 pm (8 lbs., 3 oz. 21 inches)
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Cory Faris (PT '06) and his wife welcomed Aidan Matthew Faris on born November 17, 2008.

PT Grad Featured in Johnson County Magazine

Biagio Mazza (PT '01) and his practice (Elite Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy) were featured in the December 2009 edition of "435 South: The Magazine of South Johnson County" (Johnson County, KS).

Here's a link to the article:

Congratulations to Biagio and all the therapists at Elite.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Faculty / Students Present at CSM

In addition to Steve Wilkinson's extended presentation on Saturday, students and faculty of Rockhurst PT are making 16 additional poster presentations of classroom work and research results on Friday and Saturday at CSM.

Here's a listing of the presentations (click each thumbnail to see a larger copy).

The Effects of an Audience Response System on Exam Scores
in a Physical and Occupational Therapy Neuroscience Course
The Effect of Carbohydrate Supplementation
on Gross Motor Control During Prolonged Aerobic Exercise
Patient Perceptions About Appearance and Behaviors
of Physical Therapists
 Comparing Bilateral Motion in Asymptomatic Subjects
During Upper Extremity Nerve Tension Testing
Comparison of Lower Trapezius and Serratus Anterior
Muscle Activation During Shoulder Flexion
Under Three Hand-Held Load Conditions
in Young and Old Adults

An Intentional Mentoring Program to Improve Patient Care
and Staff Satisfaction As Well As Reduce Staff Turnover

The Effects of Core Stability Training
on Low Back Pain and Performance in a Competitive Cyclist
 The Concurrent Validity of Goniometry and 3-D Motion Analysis

for Assessing Pelvic Motion during the "Bent Knee Fallout" Test
The Development of Leadership in Physical Therapy: Student Leaders

Academic Integrity in Physical Therapist Assistant Education Programs

The Effect of Body Position on
Maximum Inspiratory and Expiratory Pressures
and Forced Expiratory Flow

Audiovisual Parent Training with Motor Practice
May Promote Postural Stability
in Healthy Infants: A Pilot Study

Promote Active Learning Using the
International Classification of Function, Disability, and Health Model

The Effects of Carbohydrate Supplementation
on Cognitive Measures during Prolonged Aerobic Exercise

Exploring Standardized Vocabulary Use
for Physical Therapy Exercises: Practice and Perception

Presenting the ICF Model as an Electronic Ontology
for Use in Physical Therapist Education

Thursday, February 18, 2010

PT Grads Earn Specialist Certification

Congratulations to three Rockhurst PT grads for earning certification by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) in 2009.

These grads were honored in a ceremony that took place at the Combined Sections Meeting on the evening of Wednesday, February 17, 2010 in San Diego.

According to ABPTS, "Clinical specialization in physical therapy addresses a specific area of patient need. It requires knowledge, skill, and clinical experience that exceeds that of the physical therapist upon entry into the profession and is unique to the specialized area of practice."

Congratulations again to the following grads:

Joan Bergeron (PT '87) - Pediatric Certified Specialist (PCS)

Thomas Bratcher (PT '92) - Sports Certified Specialist (SCS)

Matthew LeCluyse (PT '03) - Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS)

Jamie Konrade (PT '05) - Sports Certified Specialist (SCS)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Join Us for Student Research Presentations (3/5/10)

Members of the Class of 2010 will present the results of their student research projects on Friday, March 5, 2010 in Science Center 115 on the Rockhurst campus.

The program begins at 1:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to join us.

The presentations will cover a wide range of topics that are of interest to all physical therapists. This year's class has worked very hard and has, once again, raised the bar in terms of the scope and quality of their projects.

We hope to see you there. We have plenty of room and lots of refreshments. What better way to spend an early spring Friday afternoon? :-)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Join Us at CSM in San Diego

If you're a graduate of the Rockhurst PT program and you're planning to attend the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in February, please join us for the Jesuit Schools Reception. The reception will take place on Friday, February 19th at 7:30 p.m. in the Indigo West Foyer ABCD of the San Diego Bayfront Hilton. Most of our faculty and many of our current 2nd and 3rd year students will be at the meeting. We'd love to catch up with old friends.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

APTA President To Help Program Celebrate 25th Anniversary

Make plans now to join us in May 2010 as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first class to graduate from the physical therapy program at Rockhurst University.

The Department of Physical Therapy Education will host alumni and friends the weekend of May 7th - 9th for a variety of fun and exciting events here on the Rockhurst campus. It will be a perfect time to see the campus, tour department teaching and research spaces, reminisce with faculty and connect with current students.

The highlight of the weekend will be a dinner on Saturday evening that will feature a keynote address by current APTA president Scott Ward.

Click the link below for more details. We hope to see you in May!

25th Anniversary Celebration

Steve Wilkinson to Present at CSM 2010

PT faculty member Steve Wilkinson, PT, PhD will be one of the presenters at an extended session at CSM 2010 on the use of new technology in physical therapy.

Steve will join Judy Deutsch, PT, PhD and Robert Latz, PT, DPT, GCFP for a three hour session titled, "Innovations in Technology for PT: Wii and Beyond".

This presentation reprises a similar presentation by the group at last year's CSM that was so popular that hundreds of attendees were turned away from the filled auditorium.

Steve's presentation will take place on Saturday morning (2/20) starting at 8:00. If you are planning to attend CSM 2010, this session is a "must see".

Two PT Faculty Earn Tenure and Promotion

Physical Therapy faculty Catherine Thompson, PT, PhD and Brian McKiernan, PT, PhD both earned tenure and promotion at the end of the 2008-2009 academic year. Rockhurst University president Fr. Thomas Curran announced promotion and tenure decisions in mid-April 2009.

Catherine was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor and Brian was promoted to the rank of full Professor. Both Catherine and Brian joined the faculty of Rockhurst Physical Therapy Education at the beginning of the 2003-2004 academic year.

Congratulations to both Catherine and Brian on their accomplishments!

PT Faculty and Students Present at ACSM 2009

PT faculty member Don Hoover, PT, PhD teamed up with three students from the Class of 2009 to make three different presentations at the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting (May 27-30, 2009 in Seattle, Washington).

PT graduates Mindy Frederick, Kenneth Krings and Erin Wilfong presented the results of research they completed in collaboration with Dr. Hoover during the entry-level DPT program.

The presentations were:

  • Time of day does not affect measures of performance while cycling. (poster presentation - Wilfong)
  • The effect of workload on measures of gross motor performance while cycling. (poster presentation - Krings)
  • Concurrent validity of the OMNI scale of perceived exertion during cycling. (platform presentation - Frederick)

Congratulations to Dr. Hoover and these outstanding students.

PT graduates Kenneth Krings, Mindy Frederick and Erin Wilfong (Class of 2009, from left) presented the results of their research projects at the 2009 ACSM national meeting in Seattle.

Congratulations to the Class of 2009!

The Department of Physical Therapy Education would like to extend congratulations to all 38 members of the Class of 2009 who graduated on May 16, 2009 in a ceremony at Municipal Auditorium.

Jan Baird, John Brackle, Lisa Bush, Katie Carnahan, Isaac Cowart, Brandi Dorton, Erin Dunn, Melissa Dutcher, Kathryn Fager, Kristin Fassnacht, Mindy Frederick, Kimberly Freed, Elizabeth Glasbrenner, Jennifer Gloystein, Emily Gourley, Jacquelyn Howard, Christine Johnson, Amber Klassen, Kenneth Krings, Daniel Laughlin, Christopher Maguire, Emily McDonnell, Amanda Swain, William Murray, Erin Peterson, Katherine Plunkett, Sara Pohl, Stephanie Provance, Lindsey Rosemann, Elizabeth Schroeder, Jessica Stegman, Kara Sullivan, Kathleen Totsch, Michelle Webb, Amy Werner, Erin Wilfong, Anita Wilson, Elizabeth Wilson.

We would like to extend a special acknowledgment to several members of the class who received special awards from the faculty at the class graduation banquet the night before the commencement ceremony.

Brandi Dorton was awarded the 2008-2009 Lampe-Loescher Award for the graduating student who exemplifies exceptional leadership and service and demonstrates potential for exceptional leadership and service to the physical therapy profession.

Chris Maguire was awarded the 2008-2009 Donna J. Calvert Award for Outstanding Professionalism and Communication.

Kenneth Krings was awarded the 2008-2009 Ellen Spake Award for Outstanding Leadership.

Brandi Dorton was awarded the 2008-2009 MPTA Outstanding Physical Therapy Student Award.

Aubrey Swank and Kenneth Krings were awarded the 2008-2009 Megan Lynn Barnett Scholarship.

We're Baaaack.....

Well...after posting the initial blog entry before the holidays, we spent quite a bit of time away.  We went through a little period of indecision (to blog?... not to blog?... something else?...), but we're back and we'll be posting regularly from here on out.

We'll post several items in the next couple of days to get caught up on our backlog, then publish whenever new activities occur (or whenever random thoughts cross our minds).

In the long run, this is still probably the easiest and fastest way to communicate with all our alumni and friends.  We will also be starting to distribute an e-mail newsletter in the very near future. Look for a copy in an email box near you.  :-)