APTA REACH100 | Nov 10, 2011

Hello, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Jennifer Hohl. I am a second-year physical therapy student at the University of North Dakota and I am the Student Ambassador for the state of North Dakota. I am excited to share with you some pictures and stories from just a few of the events in which physical therapy students from the University of North Dakota and the University of Mary have been active.

Both the University of Mary and the University of North Dakota signed up to participate in the APTA's REACH100 challenge. REACH100 is a national contest to encourage physical therapy students to become registered members of the APTA. In Bismarck, University of Mary students have proudly reached their goal of 100% APTA membership! Way to go!

Several of the University of Mary's SPTs recently participated in Light the Way, an event hosted by North Dakota's first lady on March 21st, World Down Syndrome Day. This event promoted Down Syndrome cognitive research, a rapidly advancing area of research that holds great promise for improving memory, learning, and communication for individuals of all ages with Down Syndrome. The students held blue luminaries outside the governor's mansion that evening to show support for this important research and to 'Light the Way' to creating opportunities for individuals with Down Syndrome in ND.

UND students have been active as well this spring, holding two bake sales and a concession stand at the Junior Grand Am basketball tournament as fundraisers to send students to National Student Conclave in Minneapolis this fall. On Friday April 1st, eleven first- and second-year SPTs went to Parkwood Place, a nursing home in Grand Forks, and volunteered to set-up and run games and activities for the residents. Some of the activities included cards, bean-bag throwing and exercises with Thera-bands.

April 9th, UND registered to have two teams of six riders to participate in Altru Hospital's Spin for Kids event. This event raises both money and supports the Pediatric Therapy Department at Altru. The following weekend, PT students will be out in the community giving back as part of UND's Big Event, an annual community service event for both Grand Forks and East Grand Forks communities. Finally, as we continue through the year, I can hope and expect to continue to see more great things from our amazing group of PT students here in North Dakota.

Thank you all for your support of our state's SPTs. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact me. If you have any news about our students that you would like to share, please send your story and pictures from the event to aptasa.coreND@gmail.com

Jennifer Hohl, SPT
Core Ambassador - ND
University of North Dakota - 2012