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Local UI student receives master's degree in physical therapy

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- (Student name), the (daughter/son) of (parents) recently completed the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) Program at the University of Iowa. (Student name) holds a bachelor's degree from (college/university). (He/she) was one of 35 students recognized by the UI Physical Therapy Graduate Program at convocation ceremonies held Nov. 20.

The convocation address, "The Mystery of Attention," was delivered by Carol Vance, a faculty member of the UI Physical Therapy Graduate Program. Aimie Mowen and Heather Wirtz spoke as representatives of the graduating class.

Completion of the MPT Program makes (student) eligible to take the state licensing examination necessary to practice physical therapy.

This year, the UI MPT Program was ranked fourth in U.S. News and World Report's rankings of America's Best Graduate Programs.

EDITORS: Graduates are listed below alphabetically by hometown, beginning with Iowa recipients.


 Allerton  Alyssa Christine Clark; Jerry and Leslie Mason; Iowa State University
 Anamosa  Sally Ann Meyer; Ron and Joyce Wendt; Luther College
 Blairstown  Wendy Lynn Emanuel Craft; Bonnie and Larry Emanuel; University of Iowa
 Carroll  Susan Anne Grant; Mr. and Mrs. Bernard F. Daiker; Wartburg College
 Cedar Rapids  Andrea Lynn Stibal; Jim and JoAnn Young; Iowa State University
 Clarinda  Steven Donald Clark; John and Judy Clark; University of Iowa
 Clive  Brian M. Steffan; Mr. and Mrs. David Steffan; Simpson College
 Coon Rapids  Christy Marie Palmer; Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Palmer; Luther College
 Coralville  Andrea Lynn Stibal; Michael and Susan Stibal; Iowa State University
 Dubuque  Merek Christine Guy Deacon; Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Guy; Northeast Missouri State University; Anne Marie Johnston; Bob and Jane Specht; Loras College; Jason Edward Meyer; Rosie Kamm; University of Northern Iowa
 Emmetsburg  Heather Renee Brown Wirtz; J.W. (Bill) and Connie Brown; University of Iowa
 Harlan  Shannon Marie Strissel; Jerry and Dorothy Strissel; Iowa State University
 Independence  Amy Lynn Higgins Kimball; David and Connie Higgans; Wartburg College
 Iowa City  Erin Michelle Luebke; Robert and Marilyn Luebke; Iowa State University; Jeffrey Mark Nielsen; David and Fran Nielsen; University of Iowa
 Lone Rock  Leslie Lyn Jensen; Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Jensen; Iowa State University
 Marengo  Shelley Renee Hautekeete; Richard and Sherry Hautekeete; Luther College
 Mason City  Jeffrey Paul Schlimgen; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schlimgen; University of Iowa
 Northwood  Brian Douglas Lease; Mr. and Mrs. Craig Lease; Luther College
 Pella  Vicki Maria Tysseling; Carl and Mary Tysseling; Iowa State University
 Rockwell  Denise Lynn Harper; Wayne and Donna Harper; Iowa State University
 Solon  Blair Gary Hansen; Gary and Marian Hansen; University of Iowa
 Sheldon  Alison Lea Veldhuis Sterk; Dr. and Mrs. Henry Veldhuis; Northwestern College
 Sioux Center  Bradley Dale Zwart; Mr. and Mrs. Merlin Zwart; Dordt College
 Sully  Amy Lynn Terpstra; Warren and Alma Terpstra; University of Northern Iowa
 Traer  Daniel Joseph O'Malley; Mr. and Mrs. Kevin O'Malley; University of Northern Iowa
 Waukee  Julie Ann Gressley; Lynn and Karen Gressley; University of Northern Iowa; Amie Elizabeth Mowen; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mowen; University of Northern Iowa
 Wayland  Tamara D'Lyn Eichelberger; Dean and Louise Eichelberger; Coe College


 Lahaina  Stanley Yoshio Kamimoto; Kazuto and Dorothy Kamimoto; Brigham Young University


 Shawnee  Nicole Lynne Peterson Nigg; Tim and Alice Peterson; Iowa State University


 Park Rapids  Tanya Ann Peterson; Mr. and Mrs. Royce Peterson; University of Minnesota--Morris
 Prior Lake  Rebecca Ann Legan; Mike and Cheryle Theisen; Winona State University


 Racine  John E. Simonsen; Joedy and Skip Simonsen; Mankato State University