Emerald Eggert, of Bethel, participated as a member of Alvernia University's Student Occupational Therapy Association while studying Occupational Therapy during the 2019-2020 school year.
The Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) works to create a strong community that fosters the values of the occupational therapy profession and brings to life the Franciscan core values of Alvernia University. SOTA creates an environment of professionalism among occupational therapy students and presents ourselves in the community by giving a better understanding of who Occupational Therapists are.
SOTA creates a strong community of support that fosters the values of the occupational therapy profession and brings to life the Franciscan core values of Alvernia University, holds programs that reflect the interests of the occupational therapy profession, promotes collegiality among occupational therapy students and with other student clubs, advocates for the OT profession by representing the occupational therapy field through work in the community, develops the identity of occupational therapy students, and become involved in the regional, state, and national associations of occupational therapy.
Through Alvernia University's rich campus life, students enjoy a full calendar of activities and events, more than 60 clubs, intramural sports, and student leadership and governance opportunities. The University presents endless opportunities for students to gain leadership, problem-solving, collaboration, and teambuilding skills. Students hone lifetime skills essential for any industry or field of study.
Student clubs and activities also offer students opportunities to connect with Alvernia's surrounding communities throughout Reading and Berks County, Pennsylvania. Through service, engagement, and leadership, students learn indelible lessons outside the classroom. Campus clubs and activities are among the many ways in which Alvernia students gain real-world experience, contribute to more than 60,000 hours of community service each year, and help the university remain deeply anchored within its communities.