Saturday, May 19, 2012

Students Honor University and Clinical Educators


Students in the Physical Therapy Class of 2012 recognized three outstanding educators at their graduation banquet on Friday, May 11, 2012.

Amy Foley, PT, DPT was honored with the Faculty of the Year award by the students who cited her clinical knowledge and classroom excellence in presenting the award. Amy has been a member of the core faculty in the department since 2004. The students commended Amy on her ability to serve as a mentor and role model in the classroom and clinic.

Amy Foley (L) with 2012 Class President Sam Schnabel.

Carol Hobbs, PT was named Adjunct Faculty of the Year by the students. This is the first year that this award has been given. Students in the Class of 2012 asked if they could create the award so that they could honor Carol for her year classroom excellence. The award will now be given annually to an adjunct instructor who demonstrates excellence in his or her teaching.

Carol Hobbs (R) with Class of 2012 graduate Tara Free.

Justin Trent, DPT was named Clinical Educator of the Year. This is another award that was given for the first time in 2012. The core faculty of the department wanted to begin recognizing clinical physical therapists who serve as clinical instructors for students during full-time clinical internships. These therapists do a tremendous job of polishing the raw skills of our students and we are extraordinarily grateful for all of them and the hard work they devote to being clinical instructors.

The faculty solicited nominations from the class and five clinical instructors were nominated. Class of 2012 graduate Chelsie Harper nominated Justin for the award. Her nomination cited his extraordinary clinical skill and praised him for patience, compassion and excellence in mentoring and instruction.

Justin Trent (R) with Class of 2012 graduate Chelsie Harper.

Congratulations and many thanks to these three outstanding educators and to all who give so generously to be clinical instructors. Our students benefit greatly from your efforts!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Photo: Student Award Winners

Here's a photo of the three students from the PT Class of 2012 who received departmental awards at the graduation gathering on Friday, May 11, 2012.


From L to R: Tyler Newton, Megan Overall, Sam Schnabel.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Class of 2013 White Coat Ceremony


Members of the PT Class of 2013 marked their transition from classwork to full-time clinical internships by participating in a White Coat Ceremony on Friday, May 11, 2012 in Mabee Theater on the Rockhurst University campus.

The White Coat Ceremony is a ritual in many physical therapy schools that marks a student's transition from the study of preclinical to clinical health sciences. The ceremony typically involves a formal "robing" or "cloaking" of students in white coats, signifying their transition from the basic science and academic portion of their education to their clinical studies.

In his brief remarks to open the program, PT Department Chair Brian McKiernan, PT, PhD, stated, "The white coat signals a transition, but it is a symbol of transformation." Reflecting on the two years of classwork that the students had already completed, he observed that, "Having gotten a good handle on the science of healing you will now be given your white coat and challenged to learn the art of caring."

After receiving their white coats, the Class of 2013 recited the Model Oath for Physical Therapy (adopted by the APTA Section on Education in February 2004):

"As I enter the profession to practice as a physical therapist, I solemnly and willingly pledge the following:
  • I will respect the rights and dignity of all individuals and will provide compassionate care.
  • I will be trustworthy towards my patients and clients and in all other aspects of physical therapy practice.   
  • I will place the welfare of my patients and clients above my own self-interest.
  • I will provide accurate and relevant information to patients and clients about their care and to the public about physical therapy services.
  • I will exercise sound judgment and comply with laws and regulations that govern physical therapy and protect the public from unethical, incompetent, and illegal acts
  • I will maintain professional competence and promote high standards for physical therapy practice, education, and research.
  • I will address the health needs of society and strive to effect changes that benefit patients, clients, and the community.
  • I will respect the rights, knowledge, and skills of colleagues and other health care professionals and seek consultation whenever the welfare of the patient or client may be advanced.
Thus, with this oath, I freely accept the responsibilities that accompany the practice of physical therapy."

Following the ceremony, students and faculty joined family and friends for a reception in the Student Activity Center.

We're very proud of the Class of 2013 and we're confident that they will do great things as they complete their full-time clinical internships throughout the coming year.


Members of the PT Class of 2013 gather after their 
White Coat Ceremony on May 11, 2012.

For more pictures, view the Rockhurst University Photo Album.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Congratulations to the Class of 2012!!


The Department of Physical Therapy Education congratulates all 47 members of the Class of 2012 who graduated on May 12, 2012 in a ceremony at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri.

We're proud of the graduates and we know that they will all make a positive difference in the lives of the patients and clients they treat.

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.

Samatha Schnabel received the 2012 Lampe-Loescher Award for the graduating student who exemplifies exceptional academic accomplishment, leadership and service and who demonstrates potential for exceptional leadership and service to the physical therapy profession.

Megan (Overall) Wickey received the 2012 Ellen Spake Award for Outstanding Leadership.

Tyler Newton received the 2012 Donna J. Calvert Award for Outstanding Professionalism and Communication.

Rockhurst Physical Therapy Class of 2012
Jennifer Kay Bedell
Daniel Antonio Bowman
Nathanial James Carlson
Frank Moses Carrio Jr.
Tyler Aaron Clark
Jayde Rashae Cordes
Sawyer Powers Davison
Ashley Dawn De Los Reyes
Aaron Aloysius DeGreeff
Jennifer Dawnita Donner
Jon William Dritley
Erin Nicole Ellison
Tara Jo Free
Thomas Edward Frevert
James Christopher Gehling
Samantha Dee Greer
Chelsie Dawn Harper
Mary K. Hernandez
Jessica Ellen Karlson
Megan Nicole Kaufman
Amy Elizabeth Koehler
Kayla Jeanette Krueger
Benjamin R. Lemon
Kathryn Elizabeth Lydick
Joanne Alejandra Marquez
Jordan P. Mettler
Tyler Fitzgerald Newton
Peter B. Nguyen
Megan Elizabeth Overall
Benjamin Thomas Perkins
Kara Diane Poehlman
Megan Renee Rives
Heather Elaine Robertson
Jessica Barbara Rolf
Angela Denise Schleeper
Samantha Ann Schnabel
Brent Robert Simmons
Jeremy Ryan Skeens
Lindsey Marie Smith
Kyree Kay Steinle
Brooke Nicole Stoppel
Tyler Robert Stutz
Katharina Kristine Tallman
Rachael Nora Thurman
Jamie A. Torres
Anthony Joseph Wear
Bethany Dale Wirsig

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Kate Ruble Receives Barnett Scholarship


Kate Ruble (PT '13) has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the Megan Lynn Barnett Scholarship Award. The presentation of the scholarship will be made on May 11, 2012 as part of the White Coat Ceremony for second year students who are members of the DPT Class of 2013.

Megan Barnett started the PT program in June 2005 as a member of the class of 2008.  Unfortunately, on December 15, 2006, Megan was killed in an automobile accident after having completed over half of the physical therapy curriculum.

In the midst of their hurt, Megan’s family decided that something positive and life affirming would come from their loss. Megan’s parent’s (Mark Brown-Barnett and Patricia Brown-Barnett) gave a gift of $50,000 to Rockhurst to endow a scholarship in Megan’s name. They have continued to support the scholarship with additional gifts since that time.

They believed that progressing through the PT program had been a transformative experience for Megan and they wanted to support other PT students who were making the same journey.

The family and faculty decided that the award would be given to a second year PT student who could clearly articulate growth and transformation while enrolled as a student in the PT program. The scholarship requirements state that applicants must submit a formal application and typed essay that demonstrates self-reflection and articulates how experiences in the DPT program at Rockhurst University have transformed his/her attitudes and behaviors consistent with the core values of Rockhurst University and the physical therapy profession.

The scholarship recipient receives $1,500 toward tuition expenses in the third year of the PT program.

Kate started the DPT program in 2010 and is scheduled to start her full-time clinical internships in June. She will graduate in May 2013. Congratulations Kate!

Kate Ruble (PT '13)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Don Hoover Headed for Western Kentucky University


The Department of Physical Therapy at Rockhurst University is sad to announce that Dr. Donald Hoover will be leaving Rockhurst University at the end of spring semester 2012 to take a new position in a developing PT program at Western Kentucky University.

Don taught for the Rockhurst PT department as an adjunct instructor in 2000 and then joined the department on a full-time basis in January 2007. In the interim, he was a full-time faculty member in the PT program at the University of Indianapolis.

While at Rockhurst, Don has taught in the areas of exercise physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, motor control, motor learning and therapeutic modalities.

He was also instrumental in the development of the new combined DPT/MBA degree that the department announced this year and he had a guiding role in the renovation of teaching lab space that is currently underway in the department.

PT department chair, Dr. Brian McKiernan says he's very sad to see Don leave, but is excited for the opportunities that his new position will offer.

"Don has had a very big and very positive influence on our department and our program," McKiernan said. "He has served as a mentor and role model for both faculty and students while at Rockhurst."

"He has tremendous vision and I believe he will continue to be a leader in the field of physical therapy no matter where he works. While we don't want him to go, we know that it's a good move for him and his family and we're confident that the students and faculty at Western Kentucky will love and appreciate him as much as we have."

All faculty and students in the PT department wish Don and his family the very best of luck in the future!!

The department will announce a new, full-time faculty member early next week.


Don Hoover, PT, PhD