Welcome to the College of Allied Health Sciences PRaISE Kickoff Celebration

Thank you for joining us this evening. We are thrilled to honor the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award winners and present impressive student projects. Please use the chatbox to congratulate our honorees and students on their achievements! Click on the three dots in the top righthand corner and select “pop out” to view the chat.

5:30 – 5:40 p.m. Opening remarks from Dean Tina Whalen
5:40 – 6:10 p.m. Distinguished Alumni presentations
6:10 – 6:50 p.m. Student research presentations
6:50 p.m. Closing remarks

2021 Distinguished Alumni

Tonya Bates headshot

Department of Clinical and Health Information Sciences

Tonya Bates, RHIA, ’11
Dedicated Health Information Management leader and volunteer

Lauren Bland headshot

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Lauren Bland, PhD, ’95
Esteemed communication sciences and disorders educator and mentor


Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences

Robyn McHugh, PT, DPT, ’04
Servant leader providing unparalleled care for physical therapy patients

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School of Social Work

Karen Rumsey, MSW, LISW-S ’10
Respected community advocate caring for victims and witnesses of violence

Student Presentations

Cardiotoxicity of Chemotherapy and the Role of Medical Imaging
Presenter: Elizabeth Verquer
Faculty Advisors: Barry Southers, Whitney Bowen and Alan Vespie
Department of Clinical and Health Information Sciences

“I’m not like your other patients”: A young stroke survivor’s perspective on the rehabilitation process
Presenters: Carly Nunn, Nicole Senkiw, Amanda Dell’Aira and Adrianna Borst
Faculty Advisor: Aimee Dietz
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Establishing Your Student-Led Pro Bono Physical Therapy Clinic: A Systematic Approach to Drive Success
Presenters: Jaclyn Sidow, Carley Jackson, Thomas Marusko, Jamie VanDewerker
Faculty Advisors: Rebecca Rebitski, Chalee Engelhard and Rebecca Leugers
Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

Building the UC COVID-19 Check Response Team
Presenters: Susan Autran, Andie Macdonald, Abigail Williams, Emmalee Windle
Faculty Advisor: Michelle Chyatte
School of Social Work

What is PRaISE?
The College of Allied Health Sciences hosts an annual Presentation of Research and Innovation and Scholarly Endeavors (PRaISE) to showcase the work of graduate students in the college. The Alumni Association partners with this event each year to celebrate honorees of the college’s Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Giving Back

At UC, as students, faculty and staff all continue to adapt and navigate through this time of uncertainty, one thing is clear to us - our college and students need our help now more than ever. Please consider supporting the UC Allied Health Sciences Scholarship for current students in need.

Headshot of Briana Coggins, A&S '10, '20

Briana Coggins, A&S '10, '20

Director of Alumni & Donor Experience, College of Medicine