The Student Occupational Therapy Association, otherwise known as SOTA, is a club on campus for all occupational therapy majors. SOTA is a great way for occupational therapy students to interact with one another. One major part of being a SOTA member is fundraising and giving back to the community. We hold various events throughout the semester, including the ARC Dance, Specialty Fair, and others.
One of the biggest involvements of SOTA is with an organization called The Thomas Jerome House. TJH is a non-profit organization that honors the lives of veterans who sustained a traumatic brain injury while serving our country at war. It provides these veterans with a community where they can live together and recieve the support they need to regain independence and an active role in society.
The thing that makes TJH so special to SOTA is the fact that it was founded by Kristin Perilli, a University of Scranton graduate. Kristin decided to start TJH when one of her fellow Scranton graduates Thomas Jerome (TJ) Hromisin was blinded and incurred a traumatic brain injury when shot by a sniper in combat while serving our country in Iraq.
One way that SOTA members help to raise money and awareness for this important cause is hosting an annual Occupational Therapy Spring Fling. Scranton’s Occupational Therapy Graduate Students will be hosting their 4th annual spring fling on Saturday, April 20th, 2013.
Throughout the semester, SOTA members collect donations and hold fundraisers such as clothing and car magnet sales to raise money for this cause. Each member of SOTA is asked to make a small donation and each grade creates a basket to be raffled off at the dance.
Being a member of SOTA is such a rewarding experience. I love that I am able to give back and help those who need it most.
As a side note, don’t forget to come to the Long Center tonight, February 20, at 7pm to watch the No. 2 seed Scranton Men’s Basketball team take on the third-seeded Juniata. The University’s Student Government is promoting this event as a “White Out” so put on your white t-shirts and join us as we cheer on our fellow Royals. Good luck!!