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Student Organizations

School of Nursing
School of Applied Health and Sciences
Department of Social and Public Health
School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences
Professional Organizations

School of Nursing

Sigma Theta Tau (international nursing honor society)
Adviser: Kathleen Rose-Grippa
President: Carol Howdyshell

School of Applied Health and Sciences

Exercise Physiology Club
The purpose of the Exercise Physiology Club is to educate its members on the field of exercise physiology and raise charitable money for Chauncey Elementary School.
Advisor: Sharon Rana,
Phone: 740.593.9494
President: Blair Russell,

Student Athletic Trainers' Club
A professional organization for Athletic Training Students. It focuses on bringing a sense of community to the Athletic Training Education Program, professional networking, and community outreach.
Advisor: Kayla Shinew,
President: Emma Fish,

Ohio University Student Dietetic and Nutrition Science Association
The purpose of OUSDNSA is to help promote nutrition awareness throughout campus and surrounding communities by providing service for nutrition-related activities; to provide information to all interested students about the dietetic profession; and to encourage professional development among members.
Adviser: David Holben,
Phone: 740.593.2875
President: Tara Lavelle,

Student Advisory Council (SAC)
The purpose of this college-wide student group is to facilitate interaction between students and faculty, increase students' awareness of extra-curricular activities, serve on college committees and provide a forum to recognize outstanding students.
Adviser: Rebecca Zuspan
Phone: (740) 593-9334

Department of Social and Public Health

Eta Sigma Gamma

Eta Sigma Gamma
Eta Sigma Gamma is the National Professional Health Honorary Society. The primary purpose of Eta Sigma Gamma is to enhance the professional competence and dedication of individual members of the profession of health education.
Adviser: Tania Basta
Phone: (740) 593-4681

Future Healthcare Administrators (FHCA) of the Ohio University
The purpose of FHCA is to promote an educational environment where students may develop professional, personal and social skills. FHCA attempts to develop an association with local, regional and national health services executive groups that may enhance academic and career opportunities.
Adviser: David Stretton
Phone: (740) 593-0434 / ( 740) 593-1218
President: Kim Grabor

Industrial Hygiene Student Local Section of AIHA
The Ohio University Industrial Hygiene Student Association (IHSA) was founded over a decade ago to foster a sense of community among students engaged in this university program of study. Officers of the organization are elected by all members of the BSIH major by an annual election held in spring quarter. Officers of the IHSA help ensure the organization meets its objectives of sponsoring social activities and semi-professional activities, such as resume and cover letter writing workshops, fundraising, major recruiting and topics of interest to the student membership. IHSA meetings are held approximately once per quarter in a local restaurant, officer's home or classroom in Grover Center.
Adviser: Tim Ryan
Phone: (740) 593-2134
Contact: Emily Fulk
Student Environmental Health Association

Student Social Work Association (SSWA)
SSWA is open to all students at Ohio University interested in service to others.  SSWA promotes community service on campus and in the region. The organization has regular meetings which are announced in classes, posted on Facebook and listed on the SSWA Blackboard site.
Adviser: Judi Haberkorn
Phone:(740) 593-9773
Alpha Beta Chapter of Phi Alpha Honor Society
The purposes of Phi Alpha Honor Society are to provide a closer bond among students of social work and to promote high academic standards in social work education. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply for membership.
Adviser: Judi Haberkorn
Phone:(740) 593-9773

School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences

Physical Therapy

Pre-Physical Therapy Club
The pre-physical therapy club is designed for those students who are interested in learning more about physical therapy, and possibly pursuing a career in this broad and rewarding field. Students from any major are welcome to attend our events and meetings. The club meets every other Monday to discuss current issues within the field of physical therapy, as well as to watch demonstrations performed by experienced therapists. Information is also provided concerning pre-requisites, application processes, and interview techniques for entry into a physical therapy graduate program. The pre-physical therapy club also participates in various activities within the community such as Special Olympics, Relay for Life, Run on the Ridges and ATCO dances.

Pre-physical therapy club is a great place to meet other students who are also interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy. Whether you are a senior who is already accepted into a physical therapy program, or a freshman who is not sure what career path to take, pre-physical therapy club is a great way to get involved. We hope to see you at our next meeting.

To receive email updates about meetings and events, you must join the PT Club Listserv:
1. Go to
2. Fill out the information they ask for.
3. Reply to the confirmation email they send you.
Contacts: Samantha Winiesdorffer, or Andrea Johnson,

Students are encouraged to become involved with professional organizations and engage in professional development. Following are links to some PT organizations with which you may be affiliated.
American Physical Therapy Association
Ohio Physical Therapy Association
Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Athletic Trainers Board

Communication Sciences and Disorders

National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA)
NSSLHA is for students in or interested in majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Activities include speakers, volunteer activities and social activities.
Adviser: Kristi K. Kinnard, M.A., CCC-SLP.,, 740.593.0093
President: Bree Ann Williams

OHIO American Sign Language Club
The purpose of OU Sign Language Club shall be to bridge the gap between the hearing and deaf worlds by informally educating people on the usage and application of American Sign Language in everyday life. Contact for more information
Adviser: Brooke Hallowell, Ph.D., CCC-SLP,
Phone: 740.593.1356
President: Shelby Swafford

Undergraduate Research Club (URC)
The CSD Undergraduate Research Club is for Communication Sciences and Disorders undergraduate students who are interested in learning more about research in communication sciences and disorders.
Adviser: Sally Marinellie, Ph.D., CCC-SLP,
Phone: 740.593.1417
Assistant Director: Gayatri Ram
President: Erin Cunningham

Respite Volunteer Home Visitor Program (Non-Registered Student Organization)
Open only to CSD majors, provides special training to students who visit the homes of people with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders to help improve communication in the home and provide relief for stressed caregivers.

Adviser: Brooke Hallowell, Ph.D., CCC-SLP,
Phone: 740.593.1356
Student Coordinator: Kimberley Ghany
Student Coordinator: Christine Szymanski