South Dakotan Health Magazine Fall 2013 - page 5

2013 |
The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
hosted 40 high school students at the seventh annual Health
Care Careers Summer Camp, June 16-21.
Soon-to-be sophomore, junior and senior high school students
from South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota had an
opportunity to learn about health care professions and meet with
more than 20 professionals representing a wide range of specialty
areas. In addition to daily sessions that introduced students to the
gross anatomy lab, administering EKGs and CPR certification,
camp participants were able to speak directly with presenters and
ask career-minded questions about the health care industry. Tours
of the Sanford Medical Centers in Vermillion and Sioux Falls,
Southeast Technical Institute and the Parry Center for Clinical
Skills and Simulation were also made available to campers.
Sponsorship of the seventh annual Health Care Careers
Summer Camp was provided by Sanford Vermillion Medical
Center, the Dakota Hospital Foundation, Sanford School of
Medicine, USD School of Health Sciences, Sanford Health,
Delta Dental of South Dakota Philanthropic and the 7th District
Medical Society.
The eighth annual Health Care Careers Summer Camp
is tentatively scheduled for June 15-20, 2014. Registration is
open to students entering 10th through 12th grades in the fall
of 2014. Students are selected to participate based on their
academic record, previous volunteer experience and a personal
statement provided by the student. •
Students from South Dakota, Iowa,
Nebraska and Minnesota Participate in
Health Care Careers Summer Camp at USD
Recipient of First-Ever Wanda and Tim
Hannahs Scholarship Announced
Occupational therapy graduate
student Kara Pettit was selected as
the first-ever recipient of the Wanda
Hannahs Family Scholarship.
The $500 annual scholarship
was established in honor of Wanda
Hannahs, a former employee of
Sanford Vermillion, who suffered
a spinal cord injury in an accident
which resulted in her being a
quadriplegic. Hannahs, her health
care team and USD faculty and students learned together to
maintain and sustain her independence. Until her passing in late
2011, Hannahs’ dedicated family made certain all the needs and
expectations of her independence were met. For more than a
decade, Hannahs was able to maintain independence and sustain
a lifestyle unlike any other totally dependent individual.
Pettit’s selection was based on three criteria—high academic
achievement, leadership and service—areas wherein she excels.
She was recently inducted into the Pi Theta Epsilon honor
society for occupational therapy students, and has excelled in
the classroom and demonstrates a commitment to leadership
in practice and in service. Most laudable is her remarkable
history of service. She served as a volunteer with AmeriCorp for
two years, tutoring students in a low-income area in Florida.
Additionally, she served as a conversational partner (teaching
English to women from Puerto Rico), a camp counselor for
children with special needs, a Special Olympics volunteer and
served as a paraprofessional for a student with autism. During
her undergraduate and graduate career thus far she has made four
trips to border cities in Mexico to build homes and work at an
orphanage, and four alternative spring break trips to non-profit
camps, volunteering at nursing homes.
“Kara exemplifies the qualities we celebrate through this
scholarship,” said Barbara Brockeveldt, Ph.D., chair of USD’s
Department of Occupational Therapy. “Her determination in all
things, dedication to academics and commitment to service truly
speak for themselves.”
In 2009, Pettit graduated from Truman State University in
Kirksville, Mo. with a bachelor of science degree in biology. She
will finish her graduate education in occupational therapy in
December 2014. •
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