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March 29, 2004

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Iowa Student From Ohio, Virginia Helps Launch ARCA Chapter

University of Iowa student Antony White, a Bowling Green, Ohio, native whose family now lives in Winchester, Va., was instrumental in establishing a student chapter of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA) on the UI campus.

In large part through the efforts of White, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counselor Education, the UI College of Education's Rehabilitation Counseling program has become the first such program in the nation to start a student chapter of ARCA.

ARCA is a professional organization of rehabilitation counseling practitioners, educators and students concerned with improving the lives of people with disabilities. Its mission is to enhance the development of people with disabilities throughout their life span and to promote excellence in the rehabilitation counseling profession.

"Students like Antony White are the future of the profession, so getting them involved while they're on campus allows them to better understand the issues and to network with professionals," said UI Rehabilitation Counseling Professor Dennis R. Maki, Ph.D. "We're very proud of our students and their work leading other students in the field."

Maki said the student chapter also serves to enhance the UI's already strong reputation in the national rehabilitation counseling community. The program has been named third in the nation for several years running by U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of graduate programs.

White, son of Dr. Allen S. and Maureen G. White of Winchester, Va., is specializing in health management and policy. After an expected graduation date of spring 2006, he hopes to teach and conduct research in the areas of rehabilitation, law and health policy.

White says he hopes other rehabilitation programs across the country will take a similar step and start a campus ARCA chapter. To that end, representatives from the UI ARCA chapter as well as some from Florida State University, which was the second school to have a student chapter, will instruct other schools on how to start their own chapters at the American Counseling Association conference in Kansas City March 31 to April 4.

"A student presence at the national level is a key but often lacking element in many professions," White said. "Through our partnership with the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association and the considerable support offered by the University of Iowa, ARCA is making great gains toward closing that gap."

More information about ARCA is available online at

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