Hands of Change is the Alumni Association of San Jose State University Department of Occupational Therapy. Its mission is to provide a bridge between its members and the department, promote a sense of unity, and provide opportunities for networking and mentoring while acting as a resource to enhance knowledge and growth.

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Purposes of the Alumni Association:

  • Provide guidance and support to the members
  • Serve as a resource to its members
  • Networking
  • Provide mentoring to students of SJSU's Department of Occupational Therapy
  • Visit and keep track of friends and faculty
  • Promote ongoing communication with the SJSU's Department of Occupational Therapy
  • Support the department
  • Support curriculum revision
  • Support research
  • Provide recognition of significant events and people

Goals of the Alumni Association:

  • To maintain an updated database
  • To establish membership dues and donations
  • To hold Alumni Reception events at the annual OTAC Conference
  • To develop an alumni contact list
  • To raise funds for scholarships to students
  • To raise funds for Department upgrading
  • To receive funds/support from vendors

For More Information or to Donate:

If you believe that San Jose State University and the Occupational Therapy Department contributed to, or were instrumental in your professional development and ultimate financial success, please help us now with a generous financial contribution. There is no more important time to give than now and there is no more important investment you could be making in your profession than to give back to the school and program of which you can be proud. Consider making a gift to the department in honor today.

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Have more questions? Contact the Alumni Association at 408-924-3070.

Recognition of the Amazing Donors to the SJSU Occupational Therapy Department

The faculty, staff and students of the Department of Occupational Therapy at San Jose State University wish to thank and recognize all of our esteemed alumni and donor friends who have contributed over the past year! Your donations directly enrich and impact our department’s innovative programs of excellence in education, research and practice in occupational therapy and has been instrumental in continuing the academic excellence that is the San Jose State University Occupational Therapy Department.

Our Endowed “Diamond” Donors:

These donors have made a large endowed donation to support the OT department on an ongoing basis – this provides continuous support!

We would also like to recognize each designated donor level from alums and supporters this year (2019/20):

Diamond Donors with a donation of over $500+
Associated Students 
Business Offce
 Dr. Heidi M. Pendleton
Donna & Donald Fridrich  Mr. Robert Reaugh/
 Ms. Janet Lovitt
The Hon. Michael and
Mrs. Susan Harris
 Dr. Susan Robertson
Mr. Steven Leung/Mrs.
Grace Wong Leung       
 Grace Sanchez
Mrs. Judith A. Palladino  

Gold Donors with a donation of $300 to $499
Lois M. Barber     Cindy Robins 
Silver Donors with a donation of $200 to $299
Crowell Family Foundation Alida Lindsley
Lang Do Lela Llorens
Robert O Guillot Winifred Schultz-Krohn
Richard and Pratricia
Mr. Michael B. Wong
Ruth Anne Humphry  
Bronze Donors with a donation of $150 to $199
Francine T. Howard Ms. Loann Nguyen
Ms. Natalie C. John Ms. Kathleen L. Parker
Linda Mather (Hand & Upper
Extremity Rehab. Specialsts)
Gordon & Nancie C. Ward
Caitlin McAvoy  

Past Donors

2018/19 [pdf]


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Keynote Speaker - October 5, 2018

Alumni Shawn Phipps, PhD, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

Chief Quality Officer & Associate Hospital Administrator of Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Hospital and Past Vice President of the American Occupational Therapy Association
Keynote Address by Dr. Shawn Phipps at the SJSU Student Union Meeting Room

photo of video button iconClick here to watch a video of our 75th Anniversary Keynote Address by Dr. Shawn Phipps.

Alumni in the News

In Memoriam

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Susan J. Harris, an esteemed colleague and SJSU Alum, passed away on January 20, 2020.
For those who have not heard of Sue Harris, she was one of the first OTs to start an OT company and it grew into an amazing company. She was a big advocate for OTs having a voice in the political arena and always supported the OTACPAC. She was also named the 2008 SJSU OT Dept. Distinguished Alumni and was one of our Diamond Level Donors. And in 2018 at the OTAC Conference, Susan Harris was the honoree for the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. Here's a link to her Obituary.

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