Outreach and service
Among its range of ongoing commitments, SOTA this past year continued to work with the Badger Childhood Cancer Network by providing child care during the monthly support group sessions. Students also continued their involvement with the Expanding Your Horizons conference, a career day for middle school girls interested in math and science, and with the second annual Run, Walk & Roll for Cerebral Palsy.
Students also are working on developing new relationships in the community, partnering with Avalon Assisted Living facility to assist residents during their balance class. In the future, SOTA hopes to expand its involvement with the Avalon community as this new partnership is a wonderful opportunity for students to engage in occupational well-being with older members of the Madison community.
SOTA was also excited to be part of the ninth annual Indigenous Health & Wellness Day in April. The event, sponsored by the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, provides an opportunity for American Indian middle and high school students to learn about pathways and careers in health and health sciences. Students in the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) Program taught attendees about OT through interactive activities.
AOTA Annual Conference
This past spring, 20 students in the MSOT Program and several faculty members attended the AOTA Annual Conference in San Diego, Calif. A highlight of that event came when Mary Schneider, a UW-Madison professor emerita of kinesiology (OT) and psychology, received the Virginia Scardina Award of Excellence from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF).
Meanwhile, several faculty and students presented their research at the conference, including Class of 2012 graduates Vanessa Eisch and Laura Hewitt, and Class of 2013 graduate Angela Gille. The MSOT students were also recognized for achieving 100 percent student membership in AOTA for the 2012–13 academic year.
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• SOTA students teamed with the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton to help host two Peruvian OTs, Manuel Escobar Galindo and Jesus Trinidad Lopez, during the fall of 2012. During their visit, the men held a workshop for interested students, faculty and the community in which they described their practice and how they promote inclusion and mobility for children with disabilities in Peru.
• In February, SOTA’s interdisciplinary committee helped plan and host the university’s second annual Inter-professional Leadership Summit, which was attended by students from a range of health-related fields across campus .
• At the end of the academic year, the MSOT Class of 2013 celebrated graduation with a banquet organized by SOTA prior to heading off for fieldwork experiences.
• Several students from the Class of 2014 welcomed the incoming MSOT students at an orientation lunch and evening welcome party on June 7.
• Anne Rego, an MSOT student, earned a Charline Chilson Scholarship from the Delta Zeta Sorority for the 2013-14 academic year.
• Third year student, Malorie Juarez, received the 2013 Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association Endowed Scholarship.