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TWU Dallas occupational therapy students host "A Show of Hands" exhibit

The "A Show of Hands" exhibit marks the end of the first semester of school for TWU Dallas occupational therapy students (OT 5132: Persons, Tools and Occupations). Like the experience of hand casting, the journey toward becoming an occupational therapist is marked by periods of intense activity, excitement, frustration, pleasure and contemplation.


As is typical for endeavors associated with the field of occupational therapy, the process and outcome of hand casting reflects a complex blend of science and artistry. Hand casts may serve as a form of medical documentation, as an essential component of creating prosthetics and orthotics, or may contribute to reducing scar tissue formation by enabling therapists to create customized splints that supply sustained pressure to burned skin.

According to associate professor Tina Fletcher, "there is also no denying the psychosocial aspect of creating an image of oneself. The occupational therapy students have taken the complex process of alginate and Hydrostone casting to another level through their display of expressive hand gestures and the inclusion of objects that reflect who they were, are now, and someday hope to be."

OT students partner with Dallas Arboretum for Sensory Friendly Family Day

When the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden hosted its Autumn at the Arboretum Sensory Friendly Family Day on Sunday, Nov. 5., students from Texas Woman’s University’s School of Occupational Therapy were there to help guests as they explored special sensory-friendly exhibits.

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2 OT students engage in a bubble activity with children
TWU occupational therapy students host an interactive bubble activity for families visiting the Dallas Arboretum.


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Occupational Therapy Alumni League of Leaders (OT-ALL)


The OT-ALL Award will increase opportunities for occupational therapists to assume positions of leadership that serve to advance occupational therapy.

The OT-ALL Award honors and acknowledges TWU occupational therapy alumni united in common interest, who make a commitment to lead by example and work in the community to contribute to the vision of the Vanderkooi Endowed Lectureship, serve the profession and the community to promote health and participation.

Members of Occupational Therapy Alumni League of Leaders

Charter Members

Chandler Dykes and Michael Cambell

Virginia Chandler-Dykes

Regina Michael Campbell

2017 Cohort Members

Jared Gamble

Jared Gamble headshot

I elected to apply to become a member in OT-ALL as it represents values that are important to me personally, including giving back to the profession and to my community; both of which have given so much to me. Additionally, within the profession, there have been many that have come before me that have helped the profession to become what it is today. It is my hope to be a part of shaping its future and being a part of OT-ALL allows me to be united with and strengthened by others that share that vision. As a member of OT-ALL, it is my hope that within the next year, my research regarding the Slagle Lectures will be published in AJOT. Additionally, as part of giving back to the community, it is my hope to be able to start an after-school sports program for students at one of the schools that I serve. With this, I am hopeful to promote health and well-being for the students, while also encouraging parent involvement. 

Catherine Graves


I think the overarching reason I applied for membership to OT-ALL is because, at the end of the day, I need to feel a sense of purpose and a sense of connection. I didn’t want to graduate from my program and find myself five or seven years into my career, simply clocking in and out each day. I suspect that once you allow yourself to detach from your program or your profession, reconnecting years down the road may prove difficult. I saw OT-ALL as an opportunity to stay connected, and I’m very pleased that I made the effort to apply. My goals for OT-ALL are to help lay the groundwork that will shape the League for years to come, to encourage alumni to apply for membership and to form relationships with TWU staff and alumni from all campuses. I sincerely encourage you to apply. Who doesn’t benefit from connection and purpose?

Marie Garza


As an occupational therapist, I have the pleasure of enhancing people’s lives, ensuring they can truly live their lives to the fullest. Being a part of such a rewarding profession, has allowed me to fulfill my aspirations of making an impact in others’ lives. Now, more than ever, our profession needs leaders to voice the importance and need for occupational therapy. To be a part of OT-ALL provides me with the chance to further myself as a leader personally and professionally. With this opportunity, I hope to lead our profession into the future.




Become a member of the League of Leaders: Download an OT-ALL application here (pdf).

Deadline: November 27, 2017


Virginia Chandler-Dykes established the annual OT-Alumni League of Leaders Award to honor Regina Michael Campbell, faculty emerita, for 15 years of service as Chair of the Vanderkooi Endowed Lectureship Committee. The new alumni leader is expected to serve as a catalyst to promote and support a league of leaders founded on commitment, relationship building, and accountability to colleagues, clients, and members of the community. The TWU Vanderkooi Advisory committee established criteria for the award in the Spring of 2016 and the first members of OT-ALL were inducted in 2017, the centennial year for the profession of occupational therapy.