Student Leadership Academy 

 

What is the WVPTA Student Leadership Academy?

Are you interested in creating change and learning from leaders in our profession? Are you thinking about becoming a leader but are not sure how? The WVPTA is offering a
Student Leadership Academy on March 19-20, 2022 from 8:00 AM to 6:15 PM on Saturday and 8:00 AM to 12:45 PM on Sunday at Marshall University.

You will learn what it takes to be a leader, how to get started, and opportunities for
professional engagement within the state chapter and national APTA organization.

You will hear from leaders within the WVPTA, the WVBOPT, student leaders, recent graduates, and a keynote speaker in the field of leadership.

Participation prizes will be presented throughout the morning of the interaction.

Learn about opportunities for engagement that deepen the meaning of your role as a
Professional.

The Student Leadership Academy application may be downloaded below. You must also include your current DPT or PTA enrollment program, your APTA membership card or verification of membership, GPA, and a statement of intent. GPA minimum of 3.2 is required to apply.

Submit completed application and required documents to Melanie Pagliaro at melanie@h2cstrategies.com.

The deadline for submission is January 17, 2022. 

For questions concerning this event, please contact Tim Guiden PT, DPT, WVPTA Vice President at fspttim.guiden@gmail.com

Why?

Employers are looking for leaders. Those who seek opportunities for professional development have a competitive edge. Leadership training also has applications beyond Physical Therapy.

The SLA will add value to the DPT or PTA degree and demonstrate to employers that the graduates of the academy have unique knowledge and skills. Leadership training will fast-track individuals and provide an opportunity for networking with leaders in the physical therapy profession.

Benefits

Selected students will attend a FREE day and a half leadership academy that will help to prepare them for a leadership role in the APTA. Attendees of the SLA will receive three meals (Breakfast x 2, and lunch x 1). The WVPTA will reimburse Academy members for lodging up to ($90) per student. All students who complete the academy will receive a certificate of completion.

Eligibility

ANY student who is enrolled in a DPT or PTA program in West Virginia and who is a member of the WVPTA is eligible to apply for the Student Leadership Academy (SLA). The Academy is limited to 18 students per year based on a competitive application process.

Preference will be given to students based on program seniority (e.g., DPT student 3rd year vs. a 1st year or PTA 2nd year student vs. 1st); however, more junior students are encouraged to apply.  All applications will be reviewed by a committee of three (3) WVPTA members who have an affiliation at different institutions to ensure a fair review process. All students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in the DPT or PTA program.

All students must provide a resume or CV, and a short letter of reference from a DPT or PTA faculty member indicating that the student is in good standing in the program and meets the 3.0 GPA requirement. The applicant must provide a 150-word maximum statement of interest. 

Previous Events

2021

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lisa DeFrank-Cole, Professor and Director of WVU’s Leadership Studies program

Attendees:

Alexandra Arnoldy

Marshall University

Jamie “Jay” Billiter

West Virginia University

William Lucas

West Virginia University

Serenity Lynch-Bolen

West Virginia University

Steven Murray

West Virginia University

Jessica Welch

West Virginia University

Jarrod Plank

Marshall University

Kaitlin Stiltner

Mountwest

2019

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bobbi Nicholson, Professor of Leadership Studies at Marshall University

 Attendees:

Whitley Adkins

Marshall University

Isabella Anile

West Virginia University

Lauren Cline

West Virginia University

Ian Dobek

Marshall University

Kelsie Gillespie

West Virginia University

Emma Grose

West Virginia University

Summer Hill

Marshall University

Amanda King

Wheeling University

Andrew Lively

Marshall University

Rachael Mears

West Virginia University

Winston O’Neal

Wheeling University

Chloe Parsemain

Marshall University

Cole Salmons

West Virginia University

Aaron Saunders

West Virginia University

Donald Smith

Marshall University

Jared Tucker

Marshall University