OTA Students Complete Community Beautification Project
Students of the Kent State University at East Liverpool Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program showed off their green thumbs for the fifth consecutive year and got their hands dirty by joining forces with the East Liverpool Garden Club to weed, mulch, trim and edge the green serpentine area off St. Route 30 near Kent State East Liverpool.
Through the annual project, students learn the importance of community involvement and commitment. They analyze the physical, psychological, social and sensory involvement that gardening offers and are able to realize how to use gardening as a therapeutic intervention with occupational therapy services.
Kathy Swoboda, lecturer in the OTA program believes it is important to volunteer in the community. “As a class, we look to help others and the East Liverpool Garden Club has been an organization that we reach out to annually,” she said. “The serpentine garden welcomes many to the city of East Liverpool and many of our students make the daily drive down St. Route 11 to our unique campus and pass right by it. The garden has little to no impact until they put their hands on it by tending to the plants. Then, there is pride and ownership.
“The garden welcomes them during the spring and summer months; they watch the fall leaves cover over it; and they take notice when their cohorts have ‘spruced’ it up for graduation,” Swoboda continued. It becomes part of the experience of becoming a Kent State East Liverpool graduate. In this experience, we give back to the community by showing that we care.”
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To welcome its new birthing manikin and the infant it delivers, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing department held a baby shower complete with games, snacks, gifts and decorations.
While a traditional baby shower helps celebrate an approaching birth, this shower included a simulated birthing experience involving nursing faculty and students who are in the parent-child module of their coursework.
Kent State East Liverpool students from the Occupational Therapy Assistant and the Physical Therapist Assistant programs combined their fundraising efforts to make a monetary donation to Focus Hippotherapy, an outdoor equestrian facility in Berlin Center that treats individuals with a variety of diagnoses.
The students presented a check to Dawn Speece, owner and executive director of the facility who founded the program in 1993. Hippotherapy comes from the Greek word “hippos,” meaning horse, and is defined as treatment with the help of a horse.
Rad Tech students on the Salem Campus celebrated National Radiologic Technology Week with several activities and a luncheon. The week is traditionally observed in hospitals and healthcare facilities across the country to recognize the role of radiologic technology and radiation therapy professionals in partner care and healthcare safety and to commemorate the discovery of x-rays on Nov. 8, 1895, by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen.