Dr. Jennifer Allison wins GOTA Outstanding Occupational Therapy Practitioner of the Year Award

At this year’s annual Georgia Occupational Therapy Association conference, Brenau’s School of Occupational Therapy Assistant Professor Dr. Jennifer Allison won the prestigious Outstanding Occupational Therapy Practitioner of the Year Award. This is an award of excellence to honor an occupational therapist licensed in Georgia, who has made outstanding contributions to the profession. Dr. Allison was recognized for utilizing her special skills and knowledge in therapeutic practice, education and research.

Condolences to Nancy Fowler and Family

Cheston Eloise Cline Lanier, the mother of Nancy Fowler, School of Occupational Therapy admissions counselor and instructor, passed away at the age of 95 on Thursday, Aug. 2. Mrs. Lanier was born in Waleska, Georgia, on Jan. 29, 1923. She was married for 68 years to the late Harold Stone Lanier.

Services were held on Aug. 5 and Mrs. Lanier’s internment was at the Sardis Baptist Church Cemetery in Canton.

The family would like to say a special thank you to Mrs. Lanier’s caregivers at Lanier Park New Horizons and Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Condolences to Dr. Wendy Holmes and Family

Albert “Wendell” Holmes, Dr. Wendy Holmes’ father, died Friday, July 28, in Bandon, Oregon, at the age of 98. He moved to Oregon in September 2016 from his home in Mesa, Arizona, to be nearer to his son. A memorial service will be scheduled in Arizona at a later date.

Renowned Australian Rehabilitation Scholar Presents at Norcross OT Program

Dr. Jodie Copley, Boyt Schell visiting Occupational Science Scholar from the School of Health and Rehabilitation at the University of Queensland, Australia, will be at the Norcross campus on May 17 and the Gainesville East campus May 19.

Copley will have round table discussions with occupational therapy faculty and students around engagement and partnership with clients in different practice areas, clinical reasoning in OT and how it develops. She will also discuss individualizing intervention in upper limb rehabilitation which is a focus area of her research.

Dr. Glen Gillen to Speak as Boyt Schell OT Scholar, Feb. 17

Please join the School of Occupational Therapy on Friday, Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. at the Theatre on the Square in the Downtown Center for the Visiting Occupational Science Scholar Dr. Glen Gillen’s presentation, “Integrating Performance Based Cognitive and Perceptual Assessments to Promote Occupation Based Practice.”

Dr. Gillen is a professor at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is best known for his textbooks “Stroke Rehabilitation: A Function-Based Approach,” now in its fourth edition, and “Cognitive and Perceptual Rehabilitation: Optimizing Function.”

Attendees will have an opportunity to speak with Dr. Gillen at a reception immediately following the presentation.

For more information contact Carol Eggerding at ude.uanerb@gnidreggec.

View the PDF flyer at https://update.brenau.edu/wp-content/uploads/formidable/6/ot_scholar_Gillen2017_flyer-final.pdf.

Occupation Haiku Winners Announced April 26

Students, staff and faculty are invited to attend a reading of the winning entries in the 2016 Occupation Haiku contest Tuesday, April 26.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Library Quiet Zone on the Gainesville campus.


Occupation Haiku Contest Open Until April 14

Entries are now being accepted for Brenau's 2016 'Occupation Haiku' contest.
Entries are now being accepted for Brenau’s 2016 ‘Occupation Haiku’ contest.

Seeing as how Occupational Therapy Month and Poetry Month are both celebrated in April, Brenau’s School of Occupational Therapy and English program are teaming up for a unique wordsmithery contest this month. As part of the second “Occupation Haiku” festivities on campus, Brenau staff, faculty and students are invited to send in their best three-line poem capturing and illustrating the significance of “a moment of human occupation and/or daily life.”

Each entry will be judged by a three-person panel consisting of Kathryn Locey, Sandy Brim and internationally renowned occupational therapy and science scholar Betty Hasselkus. There is a $50 first prize, $30 second prize and $20 third prize for student entrants, while staff and faculty will receive honorable mentions for their poems.

Please send your haikus in a single email (not as an attachment) to ude.uanerb@gnidreggec, using the subject line Occupation Haiku Contest. Participants may send in up to three haikus for the contest.

The deadline is April 14 at 11:59 p.m. There will be a reading of the winning entries in the Library Quiet Zone at 5:30 p.m. on April 26.


Condolences to Dr. Robin Underwood

Condolences to Dr. Robin Underwood, associate professor in Occupational Therapy and director of the Center for Productive Living, and family on the passing of her father, Norman Teplitzky, of New York. He died at age 87 after a long illness.

Condolences to Jenene Craig and Family

Sonya Newsome Craig, 79, mother-in-law of Brenau OT Professor Jenene W. Craig, died Thursday, March 21, 2013.  Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Floral Hills Funeral Home with Dr. Winston Worrell officiating. Interment will follow in Floral Hills Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends on Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Please visit our online tribute at here or by visiting http://www.floralhillsfuneral.com.

Full obituary at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ledger-enquirer/obituary.aspx?n=sonya-newsome-craig&pid=163768803&fhid=10959#storylink=cpy

Our deepest condolences go out to Jenene and her family.

6th Annual Occupational Science Visiting Scholar Series Monday, Feb. 4

Winnie Dunn
Dr. Winnie Dunn
The sixth installment of the The Brenau Visiting Occupational Therapy Scholar Series brings Dr. Winnie Dunn to the Brenau Campus. 

The presentation is from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 4,  in the Thurmond McRae Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Dunn, an internationally known expert in sensory integration in everyday life and author of over 100 articles and books dealing with occupational therapy, will be delivering her presentation “Focus on Strengths: Imagine the Possibilities.”