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USD Occupational Therapy Student To Appear in Tournament of Roses Parade

Stephanie Conway Stephanie Conway will help represent the occupational therapy profession in the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 2, 2017.

Vermillion, S.D. Stephanie Conway, an occupational therapy student at the University of South Dakota, will help represent the occupational therapy profession in the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade, to be held in Pasadena, California on Jan. 2, 2017.

She was invited to ride the float created by the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the occupational therapy profession. Conway, a native of Sioux City, Iowa, was selected because of her help raising money for the float with other USD OT students.

She will be accompanied to Pasadena by fellow student Riley Johnson, of Arlington, Neb., who also helped raise money and will join Conway in the anniversary activities but not in the parade itself. The two are traveling courtesy of the South Dakota Occupational Therapy Association.

USD’s OT organization was one of only two student organizations to be represented on the centennial float. Conway will join 11 others who are involved in occupational therapy as students, practitioners or patients on the float.

The float will be entry Number 62 in the parade, which will be televised on Jan. 2 on NBC. KDLT-TV of Sioux Falls will broadcast an interview with Conway to promote the parade.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.