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National Occupational Therapy Month opens with guest lectureship

In a tradition that has provided insight for occupational therapy students, faculty and alumnae for decades, the Annual Sister Genevieve Guest Lectureship will continue on Tuesday, April 5, 2011.

Each year, St. Catherine University brings in a renowned occupational therapy scholar to give a stimulating lecture to students of the occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant programs, as well as faculty and alumnae of the University.

In 2011, the lecture will be given by Mary Vining Radomski, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, an occupational therapist and clinical scientist at the Sister Kenny Research Center. Radomski co-edits Occupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunction with Catherine Trombly Latham. Much of her clinical work and writing from the past two decades has centered on brain injury and cognitive rehabilitation. In her presentation, Radomski will describe an ecological model of adherence to therapy recommendations and she will give recommendations for practice and research in the occupational therapy field.

The annual lectureship event comes at the onset of National Occupational Therapy Month, and it brings full circle a relationship that started more than 10 years ago. The newly appointed Dean of the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health Penelope Moyers, Ed.D., OTR, FAOTA, first discovered St. Catherine University when she gave a lecture for the Annual Sister Genevieve Guest Lectureship in 2000.

Moyers said her experience through the lectureship and other speeches she had given prior to taking on the position at St. Kate’s were part of what drew her to the School of Health.

“It created a knowledge of the faculty and a connection so that before I came to St. Kate’s, I already knew who all of them were,” said Moyers.

Radomski’s lecture, which is geared toward St. Catherine University students, faculty and alumnae, will take place from 9 to 11 a.m., April 5, in the Jeanne d’Arc auditorium.

“The lecture’s meant to challenge any assumptions you might be making and open up your mind to how you need to change as a faculty member — how you need to incorporate this kind of thinking into the curriculum,” said Moyers. “The other thing it does is it shows the students that they really are at a place where a national forum is possible.”

More about Sister Genevieve Cummings
A 1949 graduate in occupational therapy and sociology, Sister Genevieve Cummings later served as a faculty member and chair of the Occupational Therapy Department. The curriculum she helped design was recognized as a national model within the profession and her leadership in the American Occupational Therapy Association produced standards for ethical practice that remain in place today. Her work also greatly enhanced the visibility of the College as an innovative leader in occupational therapy education. Many of her students attained high levels of professional excellence and positions of leadership within the field of occupational therapy.

Recognized as a visionary leader, Sister Genevieve served as the Provincial Superior of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. She also served as the chair for the faculty assembly for the College of St. Catherine, before her death in 1994.

April 4, 2011 by Melissa Kaelin

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