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58 new DPT students receive class pins during annual Jessie Ball Lecture

Jessie Ball Lecture

Fifty-eight first-year doctor of physical therapy students took part in the annual DPT Pinning Ceremony Thursday night in Battenfeld Auditorium, which takes place in conjunction with the Jessie Ball Lecture. Traditionally the DPT pinning takes place after the students have completed their first semester of classes at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Ceremony photos

Michael J. Mueller, PT, Ph.D., FAPTA, division director of research in physical therapy at Washington University in St. Louis, delivered the lecture, which is named after Ball, a beloved faculty member at KU Medical Center for 28 years.

Ball joined the University of Kansas Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation in 1960 as an assistant professor and served as interim department chair from 1979 to 1981. During her tenure at KU, Ball received the Chancellor's Teaching Award and the Stata Norton Distinguished Teaching Award. In 1994, she was honored as the Distinguished Alumna by the KU School of Allied Health.

A beloved and respected faculty member, Ball retired in 1988. She is remembered fondly by a legion of physical therapists who were her students.

Those taking the class oath this year were:
Frank Adelman, Juan Alvarado-Lopez, Heather Bays, Garrett Brockmeyer, Kathryn Brown, Madelyn Buckner, Christin Burgess, Avery Clifton, Kylie Cooper, Allison Corley, Madison Crocker, Jessica Ebenkamp, Trevor Elmer, Angela Gargaro, Sarah Grant, Kayla Hare, Preston Hollenbeck, Emily Janssen, Chaz Johnson, Brooke Katterhenry, Kiersten Kirkendoll, Abigail Larson, Adam LeBlanc, Ashton Lee, Shira Levine, Nathan List, Ryan Lollar, Kelsey McClure, Karsyn Meairs, Kathryn Mena, Elisa Mohr, Anthony Moran, Kathy Nguyen, Garrett Nicol, Shannon O'Neill, Emily Orscheln, Tad Parsons, Brandon Poole, Jacob Reynolds, Josiah Rhodes, Jessica Ronnebaum, Christopher Salavitch, Mitchell Savage, Jessica Schaaf, Carly Schmale, Meg Schwartz, Elizabeth Shelly, Morgan Shoemaker, Hana Speaks, Jessica Spencer, William Spengler, Audrey Thompson, Jake Thompson, Morgan Tyree, Shannon VanBuskirk, Tanner Vinson, Timothy Von Behren and Kaylah Williamson.

Other award winners recognized at the event were:

DPT Legacy Award
Heather Bays

KU Clinician of the Year
Karen Bock, PT, CLT-LANA, Truman Medical Center

Bloom Wahbeh-Foster Leadership Award
Lucas Schippers

Penny Cohn Scholarship
Ally Burden, Collin Johnson, Derek Feist, Sarah Kwapiszeski

Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant
Mayis Aldughmi 

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant
Sanghee Moon

Bittel Family Scholarship Award
Zaid Mansour

Outstanding Presentation at SRF
Linda D'Silva

Beverly A Drake Fellowship Award
Paige Vanderpool, Kellie Stickler

Last modified: Sep 07, 2018