HSHP Annual Awards 2014
The School of Health Sciences and Human Performance honored students for their outstanding academic and professional achievement this year during a ceremony and reception held May 14. To learn more about this year's award winners, click on their pictures below.
|Adam R. Kinney|
|Graduate Professional Excellence Award in Occupational Therapy|
As the son of an Educational Interpreter for the Deaf and a police officer in Fulton, New York, I grew up with a tremendous appreciation for service to others and to my community. I began my academic career by obtaining my dual-degree in psychology and statistics at St. John Fisher College, and eventually held a job as a research analyst. I soon found that while this was a valuable career, it was not one that satisfied the desire to serve others and my community that was instilled in me throughout my childhood. This led me to Ithaca College, where I will obtain my M.S. in Occupational Therapy.
My most memorable experience at Ithaca was one that truly embodied this commitment to service. As a graduate assistant for Dr. Lynn Gitlow, I had the opportunity to train a gentleman who lived in Longview with visual deficits to learn a software program that facilitated the functional use of his computer. It was during this experience that I learned the value of engagement in meaningful occupation. I wasn’t merely helping him email his family members, I was helping him fulfill his role as father, grandfather, and greatgrandfather.
Academic achievements and personal highlights
- Elected Secretary/Treasurer of Pi Theta Epsilon
- Inducted into Alpha Eta Honor Society
- Graduate Assistant for Dr. Lynn Gitlow
- Helped gentleman who lived at Longview learn a software program that facilitated the functional use of his computer
- Co-authored a paper published in OT Practice titled “Project Lenny: Service Learning to Expand Assistive Technology Training”
- Presented a poster entitled “Functional and Psychosocial Outcomes of OT/AT Intervention Using a Mounting Device” at the 2014 AOTA Conference
- Presented a research project entitled “Functional and Psychosocial Outcomes of Intervention Using a Mounting Device” at the 2014 ATIA Conference
- Junior Research Analyst at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY
The Graduate Professional Excellence Award is given to the graduate student who will be an excellent representative of the program in the professional community of occupational therapy, through clinical work, research, interdisciplinary projects, experiential learning, or work in the profession or local community.