Monday, October 31, 2011

Congratulations to Lauren Schwartze (and family)!

We're happy to report that PT department secretary Lauren Schwartze and her husband welcomed their first child on Thursday, October 27th

Micah James Robert made his grand entrance at at 11:42 p.m. and checked in at 21.75 inches and 10 lbs., 6 oz.

Although they're both a bit tired, mom and baby are doing very well. Congratulations to Lauren and family!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Students Raise Money for Breast Cancer Awareness

Earlier this month, female students from both the 1st and 2nd year PT classes had pink feathers braided into their hair to raise awareness of breast cancer and raise money for breast cancer research.

The girls all paid $10 per feather. A local hair dresser donated a few hours of her time to come to campus and put the feathers in. About 40 girls participated from the 1st and 2nd year PT classes and they raised $430 in donations.

The money was given to Susan G Komen, an organization that provides education about early detection of breast cancer, supports groups for those fighting and, most importantly, funds research for finding a cure.

Although it was only a one day fundraiser, the feathers will be worn for the month of October in honor of those who have lost their fight with with breast cancer, those who are still fighting, and those who have defeated breast cancer.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mayer, Sudbeck Receive RehabCare Scholarships

Congratulations to Kati Mayer (PT '13) and Mark Sudbeck (PT '13) for being the 2011 Rockhurst PT recipients of $2,500 scholarships awarded by RehabCare. This is the first year that RehabCare has awarded scholarships to Rockhurst PT students.

With over 27 years of experience, RehabCare is the leading national provider of post-acute services, managing rehabilitation programs in partnership with over 1,270 hospitals and skilled nursing facilities in 42 states. RehabCare also owns and operates 35 long-term acute care and freestanding rehabilitation hospitals.

As recipients of the scholarships, Kati and Mark documented an excellent academic record, demonstrated a passion for physical therapy and articulated a clear interest in working with the geriatric population and providing services in underserved areas (rural communities).

They will complete a clinical internship in a RehabCare facility and will present a project and an in-service to therapy staff.

Congratulations to Kati and Mark for not only receiving the scholarships, but also for choosing to pursue careers in physical therapy!

Kati Mayer (PT '13), Mark Sudbeck (PT '13)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Students Walk for American Stroke Foundation

PT students hit the pavement in support of the American Stroke Foundation's 9th Annual Stroke Walk on October 1st at Theis Park in Kansas City, MO. Department Chair Dr. Brian McKiernan and three friends of the students joined the event. 

The Rockhurst Physical Therapy Team from left to right: Megan Kelley, Kati Mayer, Tessa Campbell, Kevin Kelley, Kimberly Cochran, Ewa Zarycka, Andra Woods, Bryn Fitzmaurice, Kate Ruble, Brian McKiernan, Nikki Anderson and Kira Fladstol.

Together the team raised $1,270 for the American Stroke Foundation, bringing in the fourth highest team total. Overall, the event raised $43,000 to benefit the American Stroke Foundation. 

Students stop for a pose with stroke survivor Dolores Clark.

Stroke survivor Kevin Petrehn (third from left) is all smiles with the ladies of the Physical Therapy Team.