Student Physical Therapy Association | Mount St. Joseph University
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The SPTA gets physical therapy students involved to serve their class, community and profession

Mission and Goals

In assimilating to and embracing our role as developing professionals, the SPTA will serve as an extension of the American Physical Therapy Association, Ohio Physical Therapy Association, and Southwest District of the Ohio Physical Therapy Association in advancing the profession and providing service to the community at local, state, national level. The goals of the MSJU SPTA are: 

1. To promote and present the topics of interest that contribute to our physical therapy education as requested by SPTA members.

2. To promote and organize participation of SPTA members to local, state Ohio Physical Therapy Association (OPTA) and national American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) events.

3. To allow students to participate in a variety of positions that help contribute to one's professional development.

4. To keep MSJ SPTA members abreast of legislative activities, and ways to become more involved in the legislative process at local, state, and national levels.

5. To be involved with the public pertaining to community service at Mount St. Joseph University and the Greater Cincinnati area.

SPTA Officers 2017-2018

Position Officer
President  Kari Lockwood
Vice President  Jen Rae
Secretary  Alexandra Shipley
Treasurer  Kimberly Baker
Membership  Khadija Cleghorn
Activities Emily Lehman


Organ Donation Awareness and Drive

SPTA, in honor of former faculty member, Dr. Pete Mosher, hold an organ donation drive in the Fall of every year. Pete battled severe lung disease and passed away on December 7th, 2013 while awaiting transplantation (more information on Dr. Mosher here). For more information on organ donation visit the Donate Life sites in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.

Fundraiser for Hurricane Relief

The SPTA and the Student Nursing Association teamed up to raise money and donations for hurricane relief efforts for the victim of Hurricane Harvey. Each program competed in a friendly penny war/donation competition where donations were given a monetary value based on the type of item. All proceeds were given to Matthew 25 Ministries. Both programs filled up an entire car full of non-perishable food items to baby supplies!

Other activities

MSJU Golf Outing 2017

Mount Saint Joseph University’s Student Physical Therapy Association (SPTA) held their 8th annual golf outing on Saturday, September 16th at Neumann Golf Course. The golf outing proceeds help support SPTA funded opportunities for professional development (e.g. state and national conferences and seminars) and advocacy (e.g. community service projects, and mentorship). A portion of the funds from this year’s outing is going to the Mercer-Marquette Challenge to support new investigators in the field of physical therapy. The outing was a scramble (team-work!) and 15 foursomes participated. It turned out to be a beautiful, fall day! Thank you to all the participants and sponsors.