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Associate professor to give the 2012 Moore Lecture

Following the 2010 earthquake, Associate Professor Sue Klappa aided victims of the disaster.
Following the 2010 earthquake, Associate Professor Sue Klappa aided victims of the disaster.
Photo supplied by Sue Klappa.

Susan Klappa, PT, Ph.D., a member of the faculty of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health, has been chosen to present the prestigious Sister Anne Joachim Moore lecture at St. Catherine University’s annual internal conference, the Teaching and Learning Network (TLN).

Klappa will discuss "Teaching Hope & Love: Lessons from the Comilia,” on Tuesday, Jan. 24, during the conference on the University’s St. Paul campus.

More about Susan Klappa

Sue Klappa earned a Master of Physical Therapy degree from St. Catherine University and her doctorate in Education, Curriculum & Instruction: Family, Youth, and Community from the University of Minnesota. She also holds a master’s degree in physical education from the University of Minnesota.

Sue joined the DPT Program faculty in 2005. Her clinical expertise is primarily in the areas of outpatient orthopedics, acute care and aquatic therapy. Sue teaches course content in cardiac rehabilitation, acute care, complex medical and trauma care and physical therapy for persons with amputation.

With a passion for the role of physical therapy in the international community, Klappa has also been involved with Physicians for Peace and their Walking Free Program in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. She has also traveled to the Honduras, Venezuela and Mexico as a physical therapist.

She is the author of a book about her experiences in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake, entitled, Experiences of Physical Therapists Not-Knowing During International Service Work: The Essence of Not-Knowing.

About Ann Joachim Moore CSJ

The Sister Anne Joachim Moore lecture at the University's annual internal conference, the Teaching and Learning Network (TLN) is a prestigious honor offered to faculty each year.

A 1937 graduate of St. Mary’s School of Nursing and a 1947 graduate of the St. Catherine nursing program, Sister Anne Joachim was founder and the first and only president of St. Mary’s Junior College, which merged with the then–College of St. Catherine in September 1986 to form the Minneapolis campus.

Her work in the 1960s and ’70s to transform St. Mary’s School of Nursing into a thriving two-year college earned Sister Anne Joachim a Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, in 1989 and a place of honor in St. Catherine’s “Centennial 100” in 2005.  She also served as a member of the University’s Board of Trustees. She died in December 2010 following a brief illness.

Jan. 23, 2012 by Julie Michener

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