Physical Therapy students set to celebrate graduation with pinning ceremony

  WJU News
  Friday, December 7, 2018 10:06 AM
  WJU News, Academics

Wheeling, WV

Fifty-six physical therapy (PT) students will receive their official Doctor of Physical Therapy graduate pins this Sunday, Dec. 9, at 5 p.m. in the performance gym of the Alma Grace McDonough Center on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University. 

The pinning ceremony marks the beginning for these new physical therapists who will take the board exam in January before entering the professional world of medicine. 

The ceremony will include a welcome from Dr. Allen Marangoni, director of the physical therapy department, a congratulatory address from President Michael Mihalyo and remarks from Rev. Donald Serva, S.J., who will perform the anointing of the hands. 

Music will be provided by Robert Troeger, director of music ministry and chamber singers at Wheeling Jesuit. 

The class of  2018 graduates include: Hugo Andreini, Michael Androsko, Brooke Armbruster, Michael Babjak, Cody Benavides, Annemarie Blanks, Scott Bradley, Alexis Brahler, Joe Brickner, Jenna Byrne, Emily Cook, Elisabeth Coombs, Dominique Craft, Taylor Curfman, Joshua Demery, Shane Devlin, Samantha Dowling, Thomas Duong, Carissa Emerick, Samuel Foster, Caitlyn Friday, Dominique Gillespie, Kalyn Hanby, Kaitlin Herzog, Blake Hummel, Krista Issler, Luke Ivers, Jacob Jackson, Peter Jaros, Kameron Kaneshina, Madison Kinder, Emily Kittle, Margo Laboon, Kelly Lartz, Dani LeValley, Kimberly Lupton, Autumn Mattis, Hannah Medvid, Joe Molek, Morgan Napolillo, Thucnhi Nguyen, Thien Phan, Mackenzie Pheneger, Natalie Polito, Celine Pollander, Brennan Rahl, Palmer Reap, Megan Roessler, Arif Salla, Danny Savoie, Elina Shapiro, Molly Sullivan, Jessica Thobe, Jessica Tierney, Nicole Vasas and Lauren Wiegman. 

"Other than the immense education pertaining to the field of physical therapy, I learned the importance of collaboration -- I wouldn't have made it through this program had it not been for the support of my peers, professors, and the yoga community here in Wheeling," said Jessica Tierney, a member of the DPT class of 2018.

Tierney continued, "I came in as a fiercely independent student and quickly realized that attitude and approach were simply not sustainable. Interdisciplinary and professional communication and collaboration are attributes that the WJU PT program really emphasizes -- we're stronger together -- and I think it's a philosophy that we need more of in our world!"

The physical therapy program at Wheeling Jesuit helps prepare its graduates to deliver their services to diverse populations throughout the medical world through preventive care, health and wellness and rehabilitation. 

"These past two and a half years have been about building a foundation that will last for the rest of our lives. I have learned that physical therapy is not just founded on mere knowledge and skill. It is also founded on listening, compassion, empathy, and overall wanting to do the right thing to help our patients. I have learned to be the man, the son, the friend, and the therapist that I am today through this program at Wheeling Jesuit. While I still have much to learn, I am happy with how much I have experienced along the way of becoming a physical therapist," said Arif Salla, class representative for the DPT class of 2018.

Wheeling Jesuit University is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the country offering 25 majors and concentrations, 15 minors, and six graduate programs. The University provides a Jesuit, Catholic, liberal arts education, and our affordable programs unite the Jesuit tradition of intellectual excellence allowing students to receive an education for life, leadership and service with and among others. The 65-acre campus is situated on the Ohio River 50 miles south of Pittsburgh, and two hours east of Columbus, in Wheeling, WV.  

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