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The Department of Allied Health Sciences celebrated its 13th annual donor appreciation brunch, designed to recognize donors and scholarship recipients across eight departmental programs, on Saturday, November 9, 2019.

This year, 78 students received scholarships and, in 2018, faculty researchers earned $4.9 million in grants and awards. The department celebrated having five top-ranked programs and more than six clinical practice locations.

More than 100 people, including dozens of esteemed donors, joined student scholars and award recipients from the Department of Allied Health Sciences.

Programs represented at the brunch included:

  • Division of Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Division of Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
  • Physician Assistant Studies
  • Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
  • Division of Physical Therapy
  • Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Science
  • Division of Radiologic Science
  • Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences

Highlights included a panel discussion moderated by Lauren Noble, EdD, RT(R), a clinical assistant professor in the Division of Radiologic Science.

The panel included the director and associate professor in Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Science, Mary Ellen Wells, PhD, as well as an alumnus, Chris Lane, DPT,  and current students Lexie Edwards, and Kristen Brooks.

Stephen Hooper, PhD, chair of the Department of Allied Health Sciences and associate dean in the UNC School of Medicine, provided opening and closing remarks.

Hooper expressed his sincere appreciation for the support from the donors. “Your continued support makes a transformational difference,” Hooper said, “Your impact spans the breadth of the department to all of those who work toward a better future for health care by service to our state.”

Hooper also highlighted the department’s new, five-year strategic plan. The plan allows for growth in research and discovery, community engagement, service and impact, as well as workforce development and student success.

The annual brunch was held at the Rizzo Conference Center in Chapel Hill in partnership with UNC Medicine.

-Brooke Love, Communications Intern