We celebrated the 25th anniversary of the first graduating class with a series of events that took place on campus during the weekend of May 7-8, 2010.
On Friday night, students, alumni and friends gathered for refreshments and a look at the Rockhurst PT program (past, present and future). Ellen Spake (chair of the program from 1983 - 2003) took the audience on a guided tour of the "past" with a history of the inception and growth of the program. Class presidents Chelsie Harper (PT '12), Chris Robl (PT '11) and Greg Hollenbeck (PT '10) gave the audience a taste of the "present" experience from a student perspective. Brian McKiernan (current chair of the program) finished the evening with a look ahead at some dreams and schemes for the "future" of the program.
Saturday morning, current PT students teamed up to host the "Let's Get Physical Run/Walk" which raised $4,000 for the American Stroke Foundation. Saturday afternoon, students, faculty and alumni joined together for a picnic lunch and some fun and games in the wonderful spring weather.
Early Saturday evening, current students got a chance to meet and talk with current APTA president Scott Ward during a private reception.
Saturday night was a festive event as more students, faculty, alumni and friends gathered together one last time. Attendees were treated to presentations by Scott Ward (APTA president), Tammy Burlis (MPTA vice-president) and Mark Dwyer (KPTA president). All three speakers inspired the crowd with visions of a bright future for PT.
We are grateful for all the support and best wishes we received from alumni and friends. The "last" 25 years have been fantastic and we look forward to an even more exciting and memorable "next" 25.
From left: Brian McKiernan (current chair of the PT program), Ellen Spake (current faculty and original chair of the PT program), Scott Ward (APTA president), Catherine Thompson (PT faculty and 25th anniversary organizer), Mark Dwyer (PT adjunct faculty and KPTA president).
From left: Brian McKiernan (current chair of the PT program), Jerry Lampe (physical therapist and co-founder of the program), Ellen Spake (current faculty and original chair of the PT program), Lou Loescher-Junge (physical therapist and co-founder of the program).
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