Adrianna Vicino races 7-year-old Rosie McRackan on scooter boards

Impactful relationships

Quinnipiac graduate occupational therapy student Adrianna Vicino races 7-year-old Rosie McRackan, of Raleigh, N.C., during Camp No Limits on July 7, at the Athletic and Recreation Center on our Mount Carmel Campus. This year, 45 occupational and physical therapy graduate students provided education, mentorship and support for children with limb loss and their families during the 3-day camp. This is the third year that the university has hosted the camp.

Camp No Limits

Occupational, physical therapy students host Camp No Limits

Thirty-two children came to our Mount Carmel and York Hill campuses from across America to try new things, develop innovative skills and feel more independent.

The children, partnered with 45 graduate occupational and physical therapy students, participated in three days of purposefully designed events and activities at Camp No Limits. Camp No Limits provides education, mentorship opportunities and support for children limb loss

“Our students — who have been preparing for Camp No Limits all spring — walk away with the realization of how much they have to contribute and can work together on a PT/OT team to make a significant difference in children’s lives,” said Kim Hartmann, professor of occupational therapy and director of the Center for Interprofessional Healthcare. “They will work with children with various needs their entire career. To really see that these children have so much potential and want to play, be involved and learn is invaluable.”

Each of the children came to the camp earlier this month with at least one parent and, often, a sibling. This is the third year the university has hosted the camp, and we are proud to be the only university to host one of the 10 camps.

“They all feel educated and empowered to try new things,” Hartman said. “They do basketball, sled hockey and adaptive ice skating, field-day activities and adaptive arts and crafts.”

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Mike Smizaski '17 raises his hand to make a figure on a TV screen raise its hand.

Experiential learning

Mike Smizaski '17, a biomedical science major, demonstrates his work during an interprofessional event at the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on our North Haven Campus.

Virtual reality simulation

Virtual reality simulation developed to help prevent patient-drops

A team of Quinnipiac students and faculty have developed a virtual reality simulation that teaches patient-transfer techniques to future health care professionals. The program addresses both patient and health care providers: it aims to reduce the risk of dropping a patient during a transfer and reduce the risk of lower back injury among the health care provider lifting the patient.

“We were looking for a high-impact project that addressed actual problems,” said nursing professor Karen Myrick. “We found out that back injuries take the most nurses and physical therapists out of the workforce. The idea grew from there, and morphed into a major initiative.”

The simulation tracks a user’s movements through a virtual hospital setting that mimics the most common patient-transfer situations. It is customizable and offers users real-time feedback as to their posture and lifting technique. The simulation is also fully autonomous, enabling faculty to engage with students in other ways.

The project, made possible by The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, required the collaborative expertise of students and faculty from 6 disciplines across the College of Arts and Sciences and Schools of Engineering, Health Sciences and Nursing: biomedical science, computer science, game design, industrial engineering, nursing and physical therapy.

Video: Student Creates Smart Wheelchair

Entrepreneur creates smart wheelchair

Nate Noncent works on upgrading a walker, starts video

Room to create

Inspired by his mother’s illness, health sciences major Nate Noncent ‘17 led a team of students from mupltiple disciplines to create Next Step Walkers, an obstacle detecting, self-braking walker.


Giaimo examines remains with students on our North Haven Campus.

World-sized classroom

Alicia Giaimo, clinical associate professor of diagnostic imaging and program director of radiologic sciences, examines remains with students on our North Haven Campus.

Quinnipiac team examines skeletal remains believed to be from Revolutionary War soldiers

Quinnipiac team examines skeletal remains believed to be from Revolutionary War soldiers

A team of Quinnipiac professors and students returned from their holiday break early to examine human skeletal remains — believed to be from the first of three Revolutionary War soldiers found last month in an 18th century home being renovated in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

For the past two decades, Quinnipiac has utilized its imaging facilities to shine light on history — working with organizations like the Smithsonian Institute and Barnum Museum.

“Our Bioanthropology Research Institute has a long history of working with the state archaeologist on skeletons of historical and archaeological significance,” Ullinger said. “We can provide imaging technology and anthropological expertise in order to learn more information about Connecticut’s recent and ancient past. We involve our students in our research, which gives them hands-on opportunities to learn about radiography and anthropology, as well as a chance to contribute to our knowledge of human history in Connecticut.”

Skiing Unlimited

Opening the lanes of happiness, independence

Students in the School of Health Sciences teamed up with their peers in the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine to teach children with disabilities how to ski last summer.

Ian Coyne, a senior with cerebral palsy at Xavier High School in Middletown, Connecticut, skied weekly with Quinnipiac volunteers.

The Quinnipiac students — with help from faculty — have worked with more than 20 children last season. During the seven-week program, the volunteers used adaptive equipment, such as snow sliders, outriggers and tethers, to help the children control balance as well as turns and speed.

Students and faculty help a young boy with a disability to ski using an assistive device

Helping hands

Pre-med student Nicole Napolitano '16, left, and physical therapy student Christina Ast '14, DPT '17, help Ian Thompson hit the slopes.

"It is great for our students to see the kids in a holistic manner and just having fun like other kids," said Martha Sanders, associate professor of occupational therapy. "It's really one of the goals of therapy that we rarely get to see."

Steve Balcanoff, manager of non-clinical community programs at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, said the Skiers Unlimited program dates back more than 30 years.

"With a lot of the kids, you can see the confidence building," he added. "They feel enthused and proud. The parents will tell you it's making an impact at school and in the home. Frequently, the parents get inspired to learn how to ski when they are out here. It can have a lasting effect on families."

Quinnipiac became involved with the program two decades ago when Richard Albro, now associate professor of physical therapy emeritus, discovered the ski program while on sabbatical and was so impressed that he got students involved.

"It's been wonderful, but this year the enthusiasm from the Quinnipiac students seems to be above and beyond," Balcanoff said. "We have a couple of volunteers from Quinnipiac who have been involved in this program for 14 or 15 years."