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08-25-2015

Clarkson University Physical Therapy Student Receives Samuel B. Feitelberg Fellowship

Clarkson University doctor of physical therapy student Catherine Dahl '16 has received the Samuel B. Feitelberg Physical Therapy Endowed Fellowship for 2014-2015.

Catherine DahlDahl, of Southern Pines, N.C., received her bachelor of science degree in exercise physiology from East Carolina University in 2012.

Supported by the fellowship, Dahl plans to travel to Guatemala to participate in the Wheels for the World organization in October. This organization travels around the world to assemble and fit wheelchairs for people who are in need but unable to afford one.

The opportunity to change someone’s life by providing them the mobility they so desire is both exhilarating and humbling. Dahl's experience will allow her to share with others on a firsthand basis the Wheels for the World message and mission.

"Dr. Feitelberg's willingness and kindness to provide me with the funds to work with Wheels for the World is something that not even words can describe how truly thankful I am," Dahl said. "I only hope that my experience and impression that I leave on those I help on my trip can be seen as my appreciation for this honor."

Feitelberg Physical Therapy Endowed Fellowship was established by the first chair of Clarkson University physical therapy program, Professor Emeritus Samuel B. Feitelberg, who has a passion for promoting physical therapists to be culturally proficient in their professional and personal lives. The fellowship is awarded to Clarkson University doctor of physical therapy students in good standing to assist students to develop cultural proficiency through a variety of activities particularly clinical internships.

Dahl also is on the committee for the Kafka-Phillips Memorial Scholarship, a new physical therapy department scholarship established in memory of two classmates who were killed in a plane crash in 2014.

To support the scholarship, a donor can make a gift online at http://clarkson.edu/giving/ and specify that the gift is for the Kafka-Phillips Memorial Scholarship.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/cdahl.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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