Monday, September 27, 2010

Midwest Student Conclave A Huge Success

The Rockhurst campus literally buzzed with excitement on Saturday, September 18, 2010 as over 200 PT and PTA students from across the Midwest attended the Midwest Student Conclave.

The conclave was sponsored by the Student Special Interest Group (SSIG) of the Kansas Physical Therapy Association (KPTA) and was hosted by the Department of Physical Therapy Education at Rockhurst.

Four Rockhurst PT students serve as officers of the KPTA SSIG and were instrumental in organizing and executing this huge event. Christopher Robl (PT '11) is chairman, Eric Bradshaw (PT '11) is vice chairman, Megan Kaufman (PT '12) is secretary and Ashley De Los Reyes (PT '12) is treasurer.

The event was free for students who are currently enrolled in PT or PTA programs and featured presentations by guest speakers on topics ranging from running to golfing to canine rehabilitation to the spine and much more.

Besides educational presentations, student attendees had the opportunity to have their resumes critiqued by managers and directors of PT clinics/departments and to participate in mock interviews. An exhibit hall was set up in the morning and provided students with the opportunity to talk with future employers and a ranger of vendors from all over the country.

The SSIG is operated under the umbrella of the KPTA "by the students, for the students". It is designed to allow PT and PTA students to meet, confer, and promote interests about classes, the KPTA, and APTA.

You can learn more about the KPTA SSIG by looking them up on Facebook or visiting their web site (

Congratulations to all who planned and attended this great event! Rockhurst PT Education looks forward to hosting future events for KPTA SSIG.

Rockhurst PT students who serve as officers of KPTA SSIG (from left): Megan Kaufman, Ashley De Los Reyes, Chris Robl, Eric Bradshaw.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Please Join Us at CSM 2011

Faculty and students from the Rockhurst physical therapy program will present 11 different posters with results of their respective research projects at the 2011 APTA Combined Sections Meeting (February 9-12 in New Orleans, LA).

We hope to catch up with many alumni and friends of Rockhurst PT at this spectacular meeting in the Crescent City. Make plans now to attend! Visit for more details.

Dritley, Parker Receive VNA Scholarships

Congratulations to Jon Dritley (PT '12) and Larry Parker (PT '13) for being the first Rockhurst PT recipients of scholarships sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Association of Kansas City. They were honored, along with recipients from other Kansas City area healthcare education programs, at a reception at the Visiting Nurse Association's Kansas City headquarters on August 19, 2010.

The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) was Kansas City's first home health care agency. Established in 1891, VNA provides quality multi-disciplinary home health care to residents of Kansas City and the surrounding metropolitan area.

In summer 2010, VNA established two scholarships to support nontraditional students in the Rockhurst PT program who are pursuing a career change by entering the physical therapy program. The scholarships are designed to support the students as they change careers and to encourage consideration of home health therapy as an employment option after graduation. VNA will continue to award two $2,000 scholarships annually to qualified students in the Rockhurst physical therapy program.

Congratulations to both Jon and Larry for not only receiving the scholarships, but also for choosing to pursue careers in physical therapy.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Graduating Classes Donate to PT Scholarship Fund

Many thanks to members of the PT graduating classes of 2006, 2009 and 2010 for donating to the growing endowment for our PT Scholarship Fund.

The Class of 2006 donated $129.80 while Class of 2009 contributed $24.25 and Class of 2010 donated $1,111.46 to the scholarship fund. Most of these funds came from the respective classes closing their class bank accounts.

Many thanks to all as every penny helps us grow the endowment to the point where we can (hopefully very soon) begin to provide substantial scholarship support to one or more students in the PT program.

Students and Faculty Complete Memorable Service Trip

Five members of the PT class of 2012 spent the week between summer and fall semesters working hard on a service trip in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Megan Kaufman, Rachael Thurman, Jessica Rolf, Daniel Bowman and Nathan Carlson along with PT faculty member Catherine Thompson joined students and faculty from the Rockhurst OT program working with patients who have Hansen's disease at the Damien house in Guayaquil.

Although they worked long hours at Damien House, the group also managed to get away for sight seeing in Cuenca in the Andes Mountains and for hiking in the Cajas National Park.

This is the third consecutive year that students and faculty from PT and OT have traveled to the Damien House. Many thanks to Rockhurst University for supporting this annual trip.

After returning to Kansas City, Megan reflected on the trip and said, "I learned a great deal about working with patients, documentation,  and putting my knowledge to use. This was just an amazing trip with some amazing therapists. If anything, this trip reminded me of how much I want to be a physical therapist and how I will absolutely love what I am doing when I get a job."

PT Class of 2012 (from left): Rachael Thurman, Daniel Bowman, Megan Kaufman, Jessica Rolf and Nathan Carlson (August 2010)