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Kays Foundation Awards Grant for Physical Therapy Education


Kristie Vinson (center) accepts a grant authorization from the Kays Foundation board, represented by  Terry Carty.  Dr. Susan Hanrahan (left), dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, also attended the presentation.

JONESBORO – The Kays Foundation announces its award of a $5,000 grant to Kristie Vinson, assistant professor and clinical director of physical therapy at Arkansas State University.

The foundation awarded the matching grant to assist Vinson with acquiring equipment for expanding learning opportunities for doctor of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant program students. 

"The equipment being purchased is commonly used in the clinical setting, and is specifically used to assist patients with standing, transfers and mobility," Vinson explained.  "The addition of the equipment will allow students to be better prepared to work with the equipment in the clinical setting. Students will be able to explore, learn and establish competency by using the equipment with their peers, prior to working with the equipment on actual patients."

Vinson has been a member of the A‚ÄëState College of Nursing and Health Professions faculty since 2012.

Terry Carty, executive vice president, said the grant is part of the Kays Foundation's ongoing commitment to assist the university through grants in support of projects that advance its academic, service and research missions.  The foundation board reviews grant requests annually.

The Arkansas State College Foundation for the Advancement of Higher Education, which does business as Kays Foundation, traces its beginnings to 1911 and the administration of V.C. Kays, the founding president of the institution that evolved into Arkansas State University.

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