Giving Back moves us San Marcos campus OT students honor Occupational Therapy Month in April by having a T-shirt contest to celebrate and show their creativity USA San Marcos campus OT students participated in the 5k Race for Autism fundraiser on Saturday, March 24. The San Diego Race for Autism gives 100% of race proceeds to support much-needed programs and services for children with autism in the community. This spring, USA St. Augustine, FL campus student, Laura Alexander, was the recipient of a motor scooter presented to her by the Blood Alliance. The scooter giveaway was an incentive to increase awareness and participation for donating blood among college students. USA St. Augustine campus OT students assisted with the St. Johns Special Olympics Team on March 31, 2012 at Englewood High School in Jacksonville, FL. Above are two of USA’s students working hard to give back to their community and to help spread awareness of the occupational therapy profession. We were thrilled to have some of our EdD and DHSc students on campus for their Residency I and II course recently. Students on both the St. Augustine and San Marcos campuses were able to teleconference with each other to work collaboratively during the weekend. Exciting! Arlow Bailey, OPA-C, lab instructor for the MOPA program, accepts a donation of 36 orthopaedics books from David Risch, MD to supplement the St. Augustine campus library’s collection. USA acted as a collection site for the 2012 Shoes4Kids program. Spearheaded by Dr. Catherine Patla on the USA campus, The Shoes4Kids program’s goal is to serve the underprivileged children and their families by providing them with a new, brand name pair of athletic shoes. Shoes4Kids mission is to make a difference in the life and health of our children by making sure they have shoes that fit and by promoting and encouraging the benefits of exercise. This spring, St. Augustine campus Assistant Professor Melanie Lomaglio, PT, MSc, NCS, along with students and licensed neurologic physical therapists conducted an exercise research study with patients that have Parkinson’s Disease, which examines the effects of group exercise on walking performance, balance and quality of life. USA held pinning ceremonies for students on both campuses. Pictured to the right, is the St. Augustine, FL campus Flexible DPT ceremony. The USA Pinning Ceremony signifies each student’s commitment to their profession, patients and clinical excellence as they prepare to enter the clinic.