HSHP Annual Awards 2014

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. 

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Rachel L. BambrickRachel L. Bambrick
Creative and Innovative Thought Award

Growing up in Plymouth, Massachusetts, I always knew I wanted to work in the health sciences. However, I had never heard of occupational therapy until I came to Ithaca College. Upon arriving in Ithaca, I quickly switched into the major. It was the perfect fit. I fell in love with the holistic, client-centered profession. The idea of “healing through doing” truly resonated with my personal beliefs. 

While attending Ithaca College, I was given the opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad in Durban, South Africa. I was part of a Community Health and Social Policy program through the School for International Training. The program focused on experiential learning and immersion in the culture. While abroad, I was given the opportunity to live with homestay families around the city and country and pursue a research topic of my choice. I volunteered with the Children’s Rights Centre of Durban, South Africa, and was able delve into research on the impact of HIV on a child’s play behaviors. This idea has begun to slowly transform itself into a graduate thesis that I hope to pursue in the coming year. 

Academic Achievements and Personal Highlights 

  • Alpha Eta Society
  • Phi Theta Epsilon
  • Dean’s List
  • Studied abroad in Durban, South Africa
  • Volunteered at the Children’s Rights Centre in Durban, South Africa
  • Whalen Symposium presenter: “From Finger Painting to Hop Scotch: The Impact of HIV on a Child’s Play” Captain of the women’s ultimate frisbee team
  • Graduate student worker for the Occupational Therapy department
  • Student manager for Information Technology Services at Ithaca College 

The Creative and Innovative Thought Award is given to the student who demonstrates creativity and innovation through the expression of ideas or actions that serve to challenge or broaden traditional views of occupational therapy and occupational therapy education.

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