CELEBRATING U-M PHYSICAL THERAPY
Thank you to everyone who participated and helped make this day amazing!
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Hail to the Victors as the PT program celebrates its 60th year of existence! On October 12th, over two hundred PT alumni and guests came to the Flint campus to participate in the commemoration of the PT program which included a dinner, drinks, and a lot of fun. Alumni from six decades joined together to share stories about their time in physical therapy school and to reconnect over a great meal. Prior to the event, current students took alumni over to the William S. White building for a tour of the PT facilities on campus. Alumni reported being proud of their physical therapy program and happy to see how the program has grown. Previous directors in attendance included Dr. Richard Darnell, Dr. Beverly Schmoll, Dr. Paulette Cebulski, and Dr. Donna Fry. Current interim director, Dr. Cindy Pfalzer served as the emcee for the night’s program and delivered the history of the PT program to those attending with some special stories added in courtesy of the former directors. Current student, Adrea Gardner, described what it is like to be in physical therapy school now and thanked alumni for their support of the program through donations to the scholarships. Alumni had the opportunity to use the interactive media timeline displaying the history of the program which was created by alumnus, Dr. Jonathon Quinton and his wife Dr. Emily Quinton, both graduates of the class of 2010. The timeline included pictures from each of the classes as well as the events of the past 100 years relative to physical therapy, the University, and world events. Access to this timeline for alumni who were not able to be present is forthcoming. Alumni gathered for photos by class or by decade and had a lot of fun with the ‘vintage’ photo booth. Many alumni participated in the University of Michigan PT clothing sales that current students were selling to raise money for travel to student PT conferences. In addition to those who were physically present, the program commemoration was streamed live over the internet and alumni throughout the US reported that they were able to watch the event. If you missed the chance to view this great event, contact us and we can provide the link to the recording.
The festivities continued on Saturday October 13th in Ann Arbor with the Go Blue Homecoming Tailgate in the field house and the homecoming football game versus Illinois. It was great to watch the cheerleaders (current and past) lead a group of 500+ Michigan alumni in cheers prior to the game while eating some good tailgate food and staying nice and dry in the field house. The marching band came in towards the end of the tailgate to play for the crowd and lead them into Michigan Stadium. PT Alumni were pleased to have received seats close to the field to watch the Wolverines win!
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Professional Development Opportunities at UM-Flint
Each of the five post-professional certificate programs offer their courses for continuing professional development. Clinical coursework is available in the following physical therapy specialties:
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For information about other events during the year, visit www.umflint.edu/pt Questions? Contact us at PTAlumniCommittee@umflint.edu or by phone at 810-762-3373