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OT alumni Jeremy Gardner Creates Vertical Squeeze Swing

Occupational Therapy Alumni, Jeremy Gardner, MS, OTR/L (2008) completed one of his Level II fieldwork placements in a sensory integration clinic while in the program. While sensory integration uses various suspended equipment when treating patients, there was not a swing at the clinic (or available for purchase in any of the equipment catalogues) that allowed a child to stand and participate/complete an activity with both hands. Jeremy created such a swing and tested it with many of his clients who loved it. After determining that it was safe to use, he contacted Southpaw Enterprises, a company specializing in sensory integration equipment. The vertical squeeze swing™ was created and is being used worldwide today in sensory integration clinics and schools. To view: Southpaw Enterprises.com Vertical Squeeze Swing. Congratulations Jeremy!!‌


SHU Breaks Ground on Center for Healthcare Education

June 18, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University broke ground today on a new building to house its Colleges of Health Professions and Nursing. Located at 4000 Park Avenue in Bridgeport, the Center for Healthcare Education will be three stories comprising 117,000 square feet on 8.7 acres. “Like the recently completed Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center, the new Center for Healthcare Education will provide our students with all the latest technology used in their future professions,” says SHU President John J. Petillo. “The expanded space and updated equipment will offer new opportunities for learning and ensure that they graduate well prepared to make their mark in the booming health-care industry.”

Seven Faculty Members Awarded Tenure

June 2, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University’s faculty was celebrated recently at the University’s annual Faculty Reception. During the ceremony, University Provost Laura Niesen de Abruna announced that seven faculty members have been awarded tenure by the Board of Trustees. They are Kwamie Dunbar of Oxford, Anna Greer of Bridgeport, Dawn Melzer of Trumbull, Heather Miller-Kuhanek of Southington, Patrick Morris of Norwalk, Christopher Kelly of Hamden and Mary Treschitta of Fairfield.

Promoting Global Health Awareness Through Hands-On Training

November 26, 2014

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – When you get Christina Gunther talking about international study-abroad opportunities provided through Sacred Heart University’s College of Health Professions, the conversation quickly moves from travelogue and course listings to social justice, unique hands-on training and life-altering experiences. Gunther, director, Global Programs & Assessment, isn’t just an advocate—she’s a coach, mentor, diplomat, social worker, international tour director and global healthcare champion. And she’s working to change the world, one student, one country and one cultural experience at a time “with a talented group of faculty.”