OT Clubs and Organizations
The Occupational Therapy Department offers a variety of clubs and organizations that align with Misericordia's four charisms: mercy, service, justice, and hospitality. OT clubs and organizations provide students with professional hands-on learning, community service, and local, regional and international service learning opportunities.
OT International Club
Occupational Therapy International Club (OTI) is "dedicated to increasing knowledge and understanding of occupational therapy in diverse cultures and countries". Its goal is to educate students about occupational therapy both locally and internationally, as well as, participate in service projects.
OTI members donate blankets to children in Jamaica!
Members of the Occupational Therapy International Club provided weighted blankets to children in Jamaica. The OTI Club members supported OT students and faculty who were attending a service trip to Kingston, Jamaica to assist children in the Mustard Seed Community.
Dr. Ellen McLaughlin is the OTI Club advisor.
MSOTA, the University award winning organization, stands for the Misericordia Student Occupational Therapy Association! One of the most active and service-oriented clubs on campus, MSOTA has a long list of activities including service projects and fundraising events to benefit local community and non-profit organizations.
In 2015-2016 MSOTA has held service projects and fundraisers to benefit the Special Olympics, Ruth's Place, Relay for Life and the CEO Food Bank among others. For the full club report click the link below.
Dr. Dawn Evans is the MSOTA club advisor.
David A. Evans Color Run
MSOTA members and Dr. Dawn Evans at the David A. Evans Color run!
MSOTA celebrates Occupational Therapy Month
MSOTA members celebrated OT Month at Misericordia in April 2016!
MSOTA OT Month Speaker Night
Pi Theta Epsilon
Misericordia University’s Psi Chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon earned the Most Valuable Player Award and placed fourth in the nation as part of the national St. Catherine Challenge that raises money for the American Occupational Therapy Foundation’s research grants.
Pi Theta officers 2016-2017, from left, Kaitlin Sauder, vice president; Lauren Apgar, treasurer; Dr. Joseph Cipriani, professor, occupational therapy and faulty advisor; Jillian Robinson, president, and Mollie Robinson, secretary.
2017 Inductees-Weekday and Weekend ProgramsThe Induction Ceremony for Pi Theta Epsilon, the National Occupational Therapy Honor Society, was held on February 4, 2017 in Insalaco Hall. Lindsay Kreusel from the weekend entry level MS OT program was inducted. Inductees from the weekday entry level BS/MS OT program were Miranda Amey, Mariah Bostwick, Julianne Cariola, Samantha Gregorowicz, Abigail Kayes, Emily Mesaris, Olivia Natale, Molly Noon, Micaela Rhone, Sarah Roettger, Brianna Rowe and Kaitlin Wilson. Thank you to the Honor Society advisor Dr. Joseph Cipriani and OT Administrative Assistant Jolene Miraglia for coordinating this event.
Pi Theta Epsilon Executive Board officers for 2017-2018:
President: Mariah Bostwick
Vice President: Miranda Amey
Secretary: Molly Noon
Treasurer: Brianna Rowe
Pi Theta Epsilon Executive Board officers for 2016-2017 were:
President: Jillian Eberly
Vice President: Kaitlin Sauder
Secretary: Molly Robinson
Treasurer: Lauren Apgar
Dr. Joseph Cipriani is the Pi Theta Epsilon advisor.
Intercollegiate Speaker Series
Intercollegiate Speaker Series:The Pi Theta Epsilon (PTE) chapter worked with PTE chapters at Temple University, The University of the Sciences, and Salus University to host an occupational therapy guest lecture. Deborah Humpl OTR/L, ATP who is the team leader at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) working on the outpatient and hand transplantation teams at the main CHOP campus was the speaker.The event was hosted at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia on March 19, 2016.
PI Theta Epsilon conducted these additional fund raising and service projects in 2015-2016:
- Fall Prevention- fall 2015
- Flea Market- fall 2015
- AOTA Webinars- fall 2015
- Polo Sale- fall 2015
- Decals, Sunglasses, Lanyards- fall 2015
- St. Catherine's Challenge- fundraiser for AOTF (American Occupational Therapy Foundation)-Nationally ranked 5th out of all the schools that participated!
- April 16, 2016 Classic Car Show
- Service Projects-Dallas Elementary "career day"; Music and Memory iPod drive; April 30, 2016 Booth at SGA Carnival
Autism Speaks U is a newly founded club at Misericordia! The club's main objective is to spread awareness, and educate others about autism. Autism Speaks U holds meetings, runs fundraisers, and hosts events around campus in order to meet their objectives of raising awareness and educating others!
Click on the link below to see Autism Speaks U in action!