Throughout 2017, occupational therapy is celebrating 100 years of helping people of all ages live life to the fullest. The university is marking its own milestone this year: 20 years of preparing students for rewarding careers as occupational therapists.
The centennial got started in a big way, with a float in the Annual Tournament of Roses Parade—and the university was part of it. Harrison Phelps, president of the Student Occupational Therapy Association on the San Marcos campus, was chosen to ride on the float after a successful fundraiser for the Occupational Therapy Association of California.
“There were a lot of OT fans, a lot of OTs in the audience, people who were watching and maybe receiving OT at the time. Quite a few people who would yell ‘thank you for what you do,’” said Phelps.
In February, dozens of students and faculty attended the American Occupational Therapy Association’s centennial conference in Philadelphia. Faculty shared their research in poster presentations on a variety of topics from hippotherapy to telehealth, service learning partnerships, rehabilitation services in Guatemala, and the philosophical origins of occupational therapy.