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OT Night Unites Area Students
Posted: Monday, March 28, 2011
Written By:  Andy Hoff, MOT'12 president, Student Occupational Therapy Association
On March 24, 2011 University of the Sciences hosted the third annual Philadelphia Regional Intercollegiate Occupational Therapy night. The event brought together occupational therapy students from University of the Sciences, Temple University, Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University as well as Harcum College, Stockton College and Alvernia University. The collaborative effort over the course of twelve months raised over $10,000 in support of the event. While students from each University coordinated a wonderful and entertaining night for local students in Philadelphia to enjoy with their peers.
Photo 1: Guest Speaker Christina Santhouse
Photo 2: Left to right - Houman Z (Thomas Jefferson University), Sara Schroeder POTA District V executive board, Tami Levengood POTA executive board, and Erica Pugh MOT'12
Pictures 3: Left to right - Katie Green MOT’12, Amanda Friedman MOT’12, Andrew Marinos MOT’12.
Picture 4: Keynote speaker Clay Dyer
Picture 5: Left to right - Katie Lahey MOT’12, Clay Dyer, and Christina Santhouse

The event hosted two extraordinary guest speakers:

  • Christina Santhouse, a very inspiring woman who spoke to the students about determination, courage, and persistence to live her passion in life. Christina had a very serious brain operation as a young child that left her feeling the affects of impaired physical ability. Christina was able to explain to the enamored students how she rose above the challenge to continue her education for speech language pathology as Misericordia University.
  • The keynote speaker for the event was Clay Dyer from Alabama. Clay was born without three of his four limbs, and only a partial right arm. Clay spoke to the students about achieving dreams, loving yourself for who you are and being passionate to wake up every morning with a goal in mind. 

The evening would not have been possible without generous support from local occupational therapy based sponsors. Some of the biggest contributors to the event were Austill's Rehab, Aegis Therapies, EBS Healthcare, Fox Rehab, Genesis, RehabCare, and POTA District V. These sponsors and others met at the University of the Sciences to speak with students, give them networking opportunities and provide the chance to win amazing prizes. It truly was a wonderful experience to have members of the local Philadelphia region come together a special night three years in a row.

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