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2016 Student Awards

Outstanding Fieldwork Performance
Cheryl Holzworth, MS, OT

Community Service
Kathleen Boyle, MS, OT

Leadership
Brooke Willis, MS, OT

Professional Development
Anna Olexsovich, MS, OT

Scholarship
Jordan Steele, MS, OT 

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Dean's Awards

2016 - KATHLEEN T. BOYLE - Outstanding Student in the Department of Occupational Therapy. Katie has been an exemplary student researcher, servant leader and emerging practice-scholar who earned an overall 3.8 GPA in the professional phase of the Occupational Therapy Program. In addition to the rigorous curriculum, Katie also voluntarily committed to add a three semester Research Project sequence to her program of studies. Her success in practice scholarship led her and her research partner to present a research poster at the 2015 AOTA Annual Conference titled "Using "Apps" to Support Vocational and Self-Management Skills in Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities". She is also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. Although Katie embraced the role of a scholar during her time at Duquesne it has been the role of Servant Leader that has been a central part of her life. Her volunteer work includes a role as a camp worker for the past 6 years at Camp Dost which is part of the Ronald McDonald House. To extend her support of the Ronald McDonald House, Katie recently became a member of the "Red Shoe Crew" which is a service group for young professionals aiming to raise money and awareness of the Ronald McDonald House. As a member of Gamma Sigma Sigma (GSS) National Service Sorority, Katie held the role as the philanthropy chair where she led the efforts to raise money for an orphanage in Cali, Columbia. Katie was an active member of the DU Student Occupational Therapy Association where she served in the role of fundraising chair. In addition, Katie was an Occupational Therapy Department Student Ambassador representing the OT department at various university functions. During her time here at Duquesne Katie has been an enthusiastic and tireless servant leader. She gives her time freely and enthusiastically to improve the lives of others. She is not one who seeks the spotlight, but one who leads through her actions and who is always ready to serve those in need.

2015- NICOLE MARIE WHISTON - Outstanding Student in the Department of Occupational Therapy. Nicole has been an exemplary student researcher, servant leader and emerging practice-scholar who earned an overall 3.98 GPA in the pre-professional phase and a perfect 4.0 GPA in the professional phase of the Occupational Therapy program. Nicole graduated Summa Cum Laude while challenging herself to not only complete a minor in Psychology and Special Education and study abroad at the National University of Ireland in Galway, but also voluntarily committed to add a three semester Research Project sequence to her program of studies. Her success in practice scholarship led her and her research partner to present a progress poster at the 2014 AOTA Annual Conference, Rivers of Pain: The Impact of Environment of Self-Management of RND. In order to design this study she worked collaboratively with her team and with a local practitioner at the Children's Institute. Nicole assisted with the IRB application process, completed evidenced-based literature review on reflex neurovascular dystrophy and modified existing evaluation processes to be more context focused. Nicole served as a student member of the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Board Committee, a member and Vice President of Pi Theta Epsilon, member of the Student Occupational Therapy Association and chapter President for the Best Buddies program. During her tenure as President of Best Buddies, she led the effort to put together the "Spread the Word to End the Word" concert. This concert aimed to promote inclusion, respect and awareness for people with disabilities in the Pittsburgh community. The concert was so successful that the organization received the 2014 Outstanding Student Organization of the Year and Nicole received the Outstanding Student Leader of the Year Award. Through her involvement in these organizations, Nicole has demonstrated her ability to model the way and inspire a shared vision.

2014 - LAUREN PATRICIA GRABOWSKI - Outstanding Student in the Department of Occupational Therapy and Dean's Award for Excellence Recipient. Lauren has been an exemplary professional student researcher, servant leader and emerging practice-scholar who earned an overall 3.84 GPA in the pre-professional phase and a perfect 4.0 GPA in the professional phase of the Occupational Therapy Program. Lauren graduated Magna Cum Laude while challenging herself to not only completed a minor in Special Education, but also voluntarily committing to add a three semester Research Project sequence to her program of studies. Her success in practice scholarship has led to two national research poster presentations, one state research paper presentation and a research poster presentation at the Duquesne University Undergraduate Research Symposium. She also served as a research apprentice and graduate assistant on two additional studies that were related but separate from her own research project. Lauren has served in multiple organizations, honor societies, sororities and student organizations. Her commitment to engage in activities that support the Mission of Duquesne University across campus are apparent through her membership and active participation in the Golden Key International Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, Residence Hall Council, Community Engaged Scholars and SPIRIT Emerging Leaders. It is a challenge to calculate the total number of community service hours Lauren has completed at the Children's Institute, Children's Hospital and Gama Sigma Sigma Community Engaged Scholar Program. Her contributions have been measured by others and deemed worthy of acknowledgment, which was attested to by her recognition as the 2012 Duquesne University Homecoming Queen, the Dr. Michael Cahill Outstanding Individual Community Service Award and the American Gold Star Mother's White Rose Queen Nominee by the Sigma Nu Fraternity. Her work consistently exemplifies the Department's ideal as an exemplar student servant leader, researcher and entry-level practice-scholar.

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Student Involvement

June 12, 2016 - Walk for Autism Speaks at Schenley Park

11 students from the Occupational Therapy and Physician Assistant programs particpated.

August 29, 2015 - Cultural Integration Program

Duquense University is pleased to partner with Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese medicine to offer a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Science. 14 students from China have joined the Rangos School of Health Sciences as students.

As part of their integration, there are several activities planned.

April 9, 2015 - Undergraduate Research Symposium

Congratulations to Elizabeth Mueller & Meredith Karavolis!

(winners of the Rangos School of Health Sciences Award for Undergraduate Research - $250 prize)

PTE President Emily Kringle (left) presents the President's award to Beta Theta Representatives, Kelsey Kinnare and Alexa Schuck

 

November 14, 2014 - PTE at Student Conclave

Duquesne University's Beta Theta Chapter was this year's recipient of the President's Award for their work in developing and implementing a journal club within their OT program. Kelsey Kinnare and Alexa Schuck were on hand to receive the award on behalf of their chapter. The President's Award is given annually to chapters that organize and implement outstanding scholarly activities.