Alumni Newsletter - December 2002
Happy holidays UTC Alumni! We have had a great fall semester.
Our DPT proposal was approved by the UT Board of Trustees in
October. We are now awaiting the final decision from the Tennessee
Higher Education Commission and hope to graduate the first class in
August. The Class of 2003 has been patient with us as we have
juggled schedules, offered additional courses and extended time in
clinical education. The biggest question we're getting from alumni
is: "When are you going to offer a transitional DPT for
us?" Well, we must get the entry-level program up &
running before we can submit the proposal for the transition
program. We'll be working on the proposal in the spring and will
try to keep you posted.
Several of you responded to our request for the UTC PT Alumni Scholarship
Fund. Thank you very much for your contributions. If you
haven't contributed and would like to participate, doing so before
January 1 may offer you a tax incentive! Be sure to
specify that your contribution is for that particular scholarship fund or
it will go into the general fund.
We have teamed up with Chattanooga State for the past several years to
offer a Professional Issues Forum in January. The 2003 speaker will
be Chris Larson, of the Federation of State Boards of Physical
Therapy. Chris is the former President of the Washington PT
Association and the Washington State Licensing Board. She is a
frequent speaker at APTA's CSM & Annual Conference. The topic
will be "Clinical Integrity--Ethical Decision Making in the Clinical
Setting." Chris serves as the liaison to the national ethics
& legislative committees for the licensing boards. She will
present some of the challenging questions PTs & PTAs are facing
today. Feel free to send me your burning questions & I'll add
them to her list!
Because of major construction on our campus, the forum will be held at
Chattanooga State on January 17, 2003. Lunch will be offered at
11:15 in their Faculty Dining Room, with the presentation from 12:00-1:30
in the Humanities Auditorium. Please RSVP to me if you would like
to attend. I'll need lunch reservations by January 10.
We hope you have a wonderful holiday season. Keep in touch!
Debbie, Nancy, June, Yvonne, Dave, Cathie, Larry, Randy & Mike