Occupational Therapy Anniversary at EMU: Celebrating 75 Years of Academic Excellence and Life Changing Work!

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Eastern Michigan University and the College of Health and Human Services is proud to celebrate the 75th anniversary of its Occupational Therapy program. Established in 1941, the OT program has prepared practitioners and scholars alike who have provided service to the profession, to their clients, and to communities. These dedicated health professionals use their skill and compassion to reengage people in activities they need or want to do.

The Occupational Therapy program’s Diamond Jubilee celebration will take place September 23 & 24 with the 6th Annual Lyla M. Spelbring Endowed Lectureship and Conference and 75th anniversary reception. Dr. Spelbring was a visionary leader who inspired generations of OT students and professionals through her dedication to the profession. The keynote speaker at this year’s event is Dr. Glen Gillen, Associate Director, Professor of Regenerative & Rehabilitation Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center Programs in Occupational Therapy.

Occupational therapy students using the home lab.

Occupational therapy students using the home lab.

According to EMU Professor, Dr. Valerie Howells, “The Spelbring lectureship creates a wonderful opportunity for occupational therapists to receive professional development units each year for a great price with the added benefit of good food and seeing old friends and making new ones. This year’s 75th anniversary of the OT program offers a chance to celebrate the rich history of the program and the many successes of our graduates. We hope to see everyone there.”

For more information about the Diamond Jubilee Celebration, or the Lyla Spelbring Lectureship and Conference, please visit The itinerary for the two-day event, and directions on how to purchase tickets are posted on the website.

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