Physical Therapy Club
The Physical Therapy (PT) club aims to involve the student body in events that focus on spreading PT awareness and fundraising for related charities. We are constantly looking for new members while embracing our current and alumni members. The PT club accepts all types of members, regardless of class standing or major. We seek to educate the community and student population on the role of Physical Therapy in congruence with the rehabilitation population. As PT students, we like to apply our knowledge base to assist the community and participate in many forms of community outreach and service programs. We strive to raise as much money as possible for reputable charities while organizing events that the entire campus can be involved in.
PT Club Officers
President: Christine Keifer email@example.com
Vice President: Matthew Aiten firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Holly Hilbrandt email@example.com
Treasurer: Jamie SanFilippo firstname.lastname@example.org
Service Learning Coordinator: Elizabeth Rynar email@example.com
Events Coordinator: Kierstyn Pieroni firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Media Officer: Colin Homola email@example.com
In the Communityplus or minus
Seniorcise: Students perform an exercise program with seniors at Scranton area senior living communities. Locations include Amos Towers, Lutherwood Apartments and Geneva House.
Kidsercise: Students perform an exercise program with children at the Day Nursery Association.
Abilities Tip-Off weekend in coordination with I AM (Individual Abilities in Motion) Organization
Upcoming events (2016-2017)plus or minus
October 21st: PT Club Fundraiser
November 12-13th: 5th Annual Abilities Tip-Off (Location: Byron Center)
December 2nd: PT Formal (Location: The DeNaples Center)
TBD: 34rd Annual Volleyball Marathon (Location: Byron Center)
2014-2015 Eventsplus or minus
The Ryan O'Malley Annual Race (ROAR)
Physical therapy club members gave their time to support the 2015 Ryan O’Malley Annual Race (ROAR) on May 17th. ROAR commemorates the life of Scranton graduate Ryan Thomas O’Malley and promotes suicide prevention and health and wellness awareness. The club members assist the runners/walkers throughout the race by giving direction, motivation, support and organization. All proceeds benefit the Ryan T. O’Malley ’99 Memorial Scholarship at the University of Scranton, which is awarded to a computer science student at the university.
Members of the PT Club pose for a picture before the run.
Members of the DPT class of 2017 looking into the distance during the ROAR run (from left to right): Corey Pasquarelli, Suzie Leschen, Charlie Lewis, Jordan Cominsky.
Jessica Merino (left) and Colleen McMahon (right), members of the DPT class of 2017, direct runners during the fun run.
32nd Annual Volleyball Marathon
The Volleyball Marathon took place for the 32nd time on March 7th with 10 teams competing for the title. Teams were donning anything from denim to bandanas and eye black to red white and blue all for a good cause. While not on the court, participants were able to buy raffle tickets for prizes and baked goods made by members of the PT club. All of the proceeds benefitted the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the lives of those living with Cystic Fibrosis while working towards a cure.
Team Danny’s Denim Dolphins (from left to right): Sam Russo, Pete DeLong, Jim Moser, Jane Grenaldo, Alex Tomlinson, Nora Henry, Shannon Gilman, Charlie Lewis, and Dan Dolphin (center), members of the DPT class of 2017.
Eric Forsberg (left) and Kevin Kenefick (right), DPT class of 2016, take a break for a picture.
Some members of the PT Club and DPT class of 2016 (from left to right): Emily Mossler, Jamie Shackles, Christine Moleti, and Sarah Staudenmeier.
3rd Annual Abilities Tip-Off
The University of Scranton joins with the organization, Individual Abilities in Motion (I AM) and other local schools to host an annual abilities tip-off weekend with the help from the U of S Physical Therapy Club. This eventful weekend includes a 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball tournament open to all university students with special guests from the organization. This year’s event included an interactive wheelchair dancing performance. All proceeds from this fantastic event went towards the I AM Organization, which supports individuals with spinal cord injuries.
Above participants involved with the interactive wheelchair dancing put on a performance at the Wheelchair Basketball event.
Team Hot Wheels (Left to Right) Casey Heslip, Jack Mulcahy, Paige Taylor, Charlie Lewis (DPT class of 2017), Travis Fahey (DPT class of 2017), Matt Donaldson (DPT class of 2017), and Matt Maghini.
Kevin Kenefick (left) and Maureen Gentry (right), DPT class of 2016, participating in the 3rd annual abilities tip-off event.
America's VetDogs and Maria Gervasio Fund Fundraiser:
This past October, the PT club hosted a fundraiser at Backyark Ale House in memory of Maria Gervasio. Maria is an Occupational Therapy graduate from the University who passed away this year. She was an avid supporter of the organization, America's VetDogs, which is a nonprofit organization that provides guide, service and hearing dogs to disabled veterans and active duy members. The proceeds from this wonderful event went towards America's VetDogs and the Maria Gervasio Fund.
Peter Cuviello, DPT class of 2016, (left) and Joe Pesce (right) showed their support and prizes at the fundraiser in memory of Maria Gervasio and America’s VetDogs.