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NEW COLLEGES FORMED A plan to reorganize the College of Integrated Science and Technology into two colleges took effect July 1, 2012. The new colleges are the College of Health and Behavioral Studies and the College of Integrated Science and Engineering.

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OT Students Visit VA Legislature

PHOTO: OT students in RichmondAll students in the JMU Occupational Therapy Program traveled to Richmond on Wednesday, February 4th for the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association sponsored Legislative Day. This event allows participants to learn additional information on VOTA legislative goals for the current General Assembly session as well as offering an opportunity to meet with their senator and delegate. VOTA’s legislative interests this year focused on support of separate bills in the House and Senate that enhanced coverage of treatment to individuals with autism. JMU students also lobbied to support the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents (CCCA) in Staunton. This center, which provides inpatient psychiatric services to children and adolescents, was targeted for closure due to state budget reductions. CCCA has been integral in educating JMU occupational therapy students from both a clinical and academic standpoint. Dr. Jeff Loveland traveled to Richmond with the JMU student group and views legislative day as an important part of each student’s education. “When I was in school, my classmates and I did not worry about legislative issues but that has dramatically changed. Keeping up on important legislative issues at the state and federal level that can improve or adversely impact the practice of occupational therapy is everyone’s responsibility today.” Dr. Loveland noted.

December 2008 MOT Program graduates Jennifer Nash Becker and Sarah Coffey were two of six JMU students to attend the fourth annual Graduate Student Research Forum on February 10 at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. Jennifer and Sarah are the first two MOT program students to participate with the JMU Graduate School at this event.

Dr. Jeff Loveland was reelected Chairperson of the Occupational Therapy Advisory Board of the Virginia Board of Medicine on February 3, 2009. This is the third consecutive year that Dr. Loveland has been elected chair of this board. He has served on this advisory board since July 1, 2003.