Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Program in Physical Therapy Summer 2013 Reading List

During the summer prior to the start of their first semester at SLU, incoming students are expected to read a common book. The Fall 2013 Book Selection is Tattoos On the Heart by Gregory Boyle, S.J. You can find out more about the First-Year Summer Reading Program at SLU here.

Inspired by SLU’s First-Year Summer Reading Program we asked what Program in Physical Therapy faculty and staff were reading this summer. Find some recommendations below!

Mark Reinking’s Reads

The Timekeeper by Mitch Albom  
A different perspective on the gift of time.

My Own Country: A Doctor's Story by Abraham Verghese  
A fascinating story of the early days of the discovery of AIDS and the cases of AIDS managed by an Indian physician set in eastern Tennessee. 

Calico Jo by John Grisham  
A story of baseball and fathers and sons.  A great read.

Unbroken by  Laura Hildebrand  
The true story of Louis Zamperini, a former Olympic athlete who served in WWII.  It is the story of his survival through his aircraft crash, being adrift in the Pacific for weeks, and his capture by the Japanese.  Survival beyond all odds.

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes  
A powerful story of a young Marine in Vietnam, and the accompanying tragedy and courage in his experience.  Unforgettable.  

Darina Sargeant’s Reads

Darina enjoys cozy mysteries and her favorite writers in that genre are Carolyn Hart and Susan Witting Albert. When she’s feeling more adventuresome she reads Dan Brown.

Dead, White & Blue by Carolyn Hart
Death Comes Silently by Carolyn Hart
Darling Dahlias & the Cucumber Tree by Susan Witting Albert
Lavender Lies by Susan Witting Albert
Indigo Dying by Susan Witting Albert
Spanish Dagger by Susan Witting Albert
Inferno by Dan Brown
The Sacred Universe: Earth, Spirituality and Religion in the 21st Century by Thomas Berry
Cultivating the Spirit: How College Can Enhance Student's Inner Lives by Astin, Astin & Lindholm

Mary Ann Bindbeutel’s Reads

Mary Ann’s guilty pleasure reading is any Sigma Force novel by James Rollins.

Ratlines by Stuart Neville
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
The Dinner by Herman Koch, Sam Garrett (Translator)
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter 

Kate Lochhead’s Reads

Kate Lochhead is in the middle of The Long Loneliness by Dorothy Day and is planning to read Bossypants by Tina Fey. 

Sacred Journey by Frederick Buechner

Chris Sebelski's Reads

Chris Sebelski is planning on reading Quiet:The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking by Susan Cain. She is interested because her personality characteristic assessments indicate that she is an introvert and she is interested in what the book has to say. 

Gretchen Salsich's Reads
Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
Gretchen loved it because it's a quick paced novel about a quirky women and her very bright teenage daughter. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Mallory Eggert Earns All-American Strength and Conditioning Honors

Photo courtesy of Saint Louis Athletics 

PT Student Mallory Eggert (Class of 2015) was featured in today’s Newslink for earning All-American Strength and Conditioning Honors.

Basketball strength coach Erick Schork, CSCS, SCCC, USAW said, “She is the consummate student-athlete, balancing a demanding course load majoring in physical therapy and contributing as a team leader. Mallory has transferred her work in the off-season by posting the highest scoring average of her career. She also finished seventh on the school’s all-time rebounding list. Mallory has developed into a great leader and a great teammate.”

Congratulations, Mallory!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Photos from the PYII's Foot Orthotics Lab

6 SLU PT Students Volunteer at the Lupus Foundation of America's Summer Jam Youth Retreat

SLU PT Students Claire McKeone, Claire McInerney, Molly Gries, Mollye Leas, Laura Sloan, 
and Lindsay Noesen (Class of 2014) at the Lupus Foundation of America’s Summer Jam Youth Retreat

From June 7th-9th I spent my weekend alongside 5 other SLU physical therapy students volunteering as a camp counselor for the Lupus Foundation of America’s Summer Jam Youth Retreat. Molly Gries, Mollye Leas, Claire McInerney, Claire McKeone, Lindsay Noesen, and I are all in the second professional year of the Program in Physical Therapy at SLU.
The youth retreat is a weekend long summer camp for girls with Lupus that serves as an opportunity for them to talk and get to know others fighting battles similar to their own, while also having a camp experience they might not have had otherwise. Most of the campers have Lupus, while the rest were there to support their friends who have the disease.   
    Lupus is one of many diseases whose owner’s outward appearance may not indicate that they are even sick, but inside of them there is a battle in which each of their bodies is fighting against itself.  As an autoimmune disorder it can manifest itself in many different ways and at varying degrees. Symptoms range from joint pain to chest pain to fever. Other symptoms include fatigue, weight loss, and skin lesions commonly found on the face and known as a butterfly rash. Statistics from the Lupus Foundation of America indicate that “more than 16,000 Americans develop Lupus each year and that anywhere from 500,000 to 1.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Lupus,” the majority of whom are women.
   Throughout the spring the 6 of us met with members of the Lupus Foundation to plan and organize in order to make it the best camp experience possible.  At camp the girls participated in a variety of crazy activities we planned for them including making masks, decorating flip-flops, performing skits, and practicing yoga among many other camp activities.  I personally did not know what to expect from the weekend, but it was an absolutely amazing and unforgettable experience.  The campers were receptive to new games and ideas as well as each other.  They helped each other make s’mores at the campfire, worked together with their cabin-mates on a scavenger hunt, and sang karaoke like rock stars.   With or without Lupus, there was a great mutual respect among these young women and we were all very honored to be a part of this for a brief window in time. It was a brilliant demonstration of the strength of the human spirit that I can only hope these young women will take with them on their life journey with Lupus. To see more pictures from the retreat you can visit the Lupus Foundation of America’s Facebook page at Lupus Foundation of America Heartland Chapter.

Laura Sloan (Class of 2014)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Kelly Schoen and the San Francisco Marathon- Team RDS Runners

The article below was written by PT student Kelly Schoen (Class of 2015):

My dad, Bob Schoen, is the President of Research Down Syndrome. 

"RDS is committed to supporting the identification of the causes of the intellectual impairments associated with Down syndrome and to facilitating the development of pharmacological therapies to improve memory, learning and communication in persons with Down syndrome. Remarkable progress has already been made over a very short time. In fact, a human clinical trial has already begun, less than a decade after the support of private foundations stimulated the progress of Down syndrome cognitive research. Your support will help translate these research initiatives into a reality."

He has been making remarkable progress in the growth and success of this foundation, and much of this has been from the support of friends and family.  We are excited to say that we have been training for the San Francisco Marathon to help raise money.  My dad, who will be turning 60 in the middle of June soon after the race(!), has been working hard in his training, alongside my dedicated mother, to complete the half marathon. 4 out of the 5 of us kids are training for the run as well.

Please consider helping us raise money for the cause. Any donations, for any amount would be appreciated. I am so proud of my dad for all he does and of my family for their support. We have been so blessed, and they have shown me by example the importance of giving our time and gifts to help others.

Here is the link for the website. It explains a little more about our run and the foundation.

Thanks for your time.  We're lucky to have all of you in our lives!

Friday, June 7, 2013

PT Alumni Patrick Mitchell Commissioned as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy

On June 5, 2013 Program in Physical Therapy Alumni Patrick Mitchell (Class of 2012) was commissioned as a lieutenant in the United States Navy. Lieutenant Mitchell will be stationed in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Congratulations Patrick! 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

SLU PT Student Amy Keys Named Doisy's Outstanding Undergraduate Student of the Year!

Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy student Amy Keys (Class of 2015) was named Outstanding Undergraduate Student of the Year by the Doisy College of Health Sciences Alumni Board. Amy was born and raised in St. Louis. Maureen and Rich Keys, Amy’s mother and father, met their freshman year at Saint Louis University. All of Amy’s siblings attended SLU, including her sister, Margaret Keys, who graduated with her DPT from the Program in Physical Therapy in 2010.

A large part of Amy’s involvement at SLU has been with the Micah House Program, which focuses on faith, service, social justice, and community. Amy was a Micah Mentor and served on a leadership committee for the Micah House Program. She went on a Spring Breakout mission trip to Navajo Nation and has been involved in SLUCORE, Oriflamme, Relay For Life Steering Committee, and SLU Club Softball. Amy helped with College Church’s youth group and attended multiple SLU Campus Ministry retreats. Amy was a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, Alpha Eta Honor Society, and NSCS. She was on the Dean’s List each year. During Amy’s freshman and sophomore years she worked as an Athletic Trainer Assistant with SLU’s Division 1 Athletic Trainers. 

Congratulations Amy!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Hillside Sale for Hillside A Success!

$1,300 was successfully raised at the Hillside Yard Sale for Hillside Health Care International this weekend. Hillside HealthCare International is a non-for-profit medical clinic in Punta Gorda, Belize. Despite some less than ideal weather, the sale went on in large part due to the enthusiasm of the volunteers who endured rain and mud.

Carol Beckel (third to the left) and PT student volunteers who helped to make the Hillside Sale for Hillside a success