Third-year residential occupational therapy students at ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ASHS) had a full day of events September 8 in preparation for their graduation from the 28-month program early next year.
The day started at 9:45 a.m. with students presenting their group research projects. At noon, OT students mingled with physical therapy students at a joint job fair in the Learning Resource Center sponsored by Alumni Services. At 1 p.m., 26 third-year students gathered for a pinning and awards luncheon.
According to Occupational Therapy Chair Bernadette Mineo, Ph.D., OTR/L, the luncheon isn’t a formal affair. It’s an opportunity to send students off to their clinical rotations, celebrate their accomplishments, and have a little fun.
“Our students get very close to each other and to the faculty,” said Dr. Mineo. “We like to celebrate those friendships and remember some of the good times they’ve had during their educational journey at ATSU.”
Award winners included Melinda Waszuk – Leadership Award; Valerie Scheer, Melinda Waszuk, and Melissa Puzzella – OT Program Development Award; Tonya Doty – Spirit of OT Award; and Tonya Doty and Michelle Scott – Comedian Award.
The students, who walked in the ASHS graduation ceremony on August 8, have an additional three-month clinical rotation to complete before officially graduating from the program on January 15, 2010.