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Alumni Return to Campus to Celebrate Program’s 20th Anniversary

Occupational therapy assistant alumna Melissa A. Frederick (Class of 2007) joins others in a session showing participants how to use Tai Chi to help clients.The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Pennsylvania College of Technology celebrates its 20th graduating class this summer.

In honor of this landmark, the program, in concert with Alumni Relations and Workforce Development & Continuing Education, sponsored a full day of educational and social events for alumni on May 30.

Of the nearly 400 occupational therapy assistant graduates, more than 90 registered for the event. While many came from the local area, several traveled from other states, including Nevada and Florida.

Alumni attended concurrent education sessions in the morning: “Listening Therapies for Sensory Integrative Disorders,” by Barbara J. Natell, director of the occupational therapy assistant program; “Therapeutic Use of Tai Chi Ch’uan,” by Steve Gallik, occupational therapist from the Selinsgrove Center; and “The New Healthcare Epidemic: Obesity,” by JoAnn Waltz, registered nurse, and Jeanne Kerschner, occupational therapist, of Susquehanna Health.

In the afternoon, Dr. Rick Dowell, a neuropsychologist from Evangelical Community Hospital, presented “The Lurian Model of Neuropsychology.” He also offered a keynote address: “What Do You Do When Your World is Turned Upside Down? Lessons Learned Along the Yellow Brick Road.”

In addition to education sessions, the day included lunch, dinner, campus tours by student ambassador Brian D. Walton, of West Chester, and memory-sharing over old photo albums and videotapes.

For more information about the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program or other majors offered by Penn College’s School of Health Sciences, visit online or call (570) 327-4519.

To learn more about Penn College, visit on the Web , e-mail or call toll-free (800) 367-9222.

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