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Kent State University at East Liverpool’s Occupational Therapy program was well represented at this year’s 91st annual American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) conference held in Philadelphia. Six, OTA students attended the conference, accompanied by two faculty members.
Students were able to attend education sessions and network with OT professionals from around both the country and the world. During the opening ceremony, students were welcomed by AOTA President Florence Clark and were then addressed by the keynote speaker, Shonda Schilling, wife of baseball hall-of-fame candidate Curt Schilling.
Jason Lombard, a Kent State junior, from North Canton, was one of the six students who attended the conference. “The experience at the AOTA conference was phenomenal and I would attend again in a heartbeat,” Lombardi said. “Being able to gather in one place with fellow students and staff interested in occupational therapy created an electric-like vibe throughout the facility. What an experience!”
Fellow attendee, junior Cindi Morgan from Massillon also enjoyed the conference. “Attending the conference was extremely beneficial for the experience, information that I received, and all the fun things I was able to pick up at the expo while I was there, Morgan said.
“We will be putting together our OT tool boxes this semester and a resource book, so all of the goodies I was able to bring back with me have truly given me and the others who attended a head start.”