PTHS forming affinity group

June 8, 2010

As Bradley University marks its 16th year of graduating students with a degree in physical therapy in 2010, the Department of Physical Therapy and Health Science announces the formation of an affinity group.

“With this level of maturity comes a responsibility to give back to our graduates and to provide a formal mechanism for them to stay connected to the department,” says Department of PTHS Chair Dr. Steve Tippett.

An affinity group consists of alumni who possess a unique and common connection to Bradley University. The affinity group strives to reconnect alumni who have shared experiences as former PT students. It is a type of alumni association that is within the Bradley University Alumni Association. The goal of the affinity group is to enhance communication, facilitate networking, and provide a formal mechanism to help steer the direction of the department.

There are three key components to a successful affinity group. Initially, the department needs to be committed to developing and nurturing the group. Our current faculty and staff are indeed committed to this goal. Secondly, an affinity group requires and receives assistance from the Bradley University Office of Alumni Relations. The department has communicated with the Office of Alumni Relations, which is enthusiastically onboard.

As a result of previous Connective Issues newsletters, the department has heard from some alumni who want to reestablish connections. These individuals will be contacted in early 2010 to discuss the formation of a PT affinity group. We also are looking for representation from all alumni who are Bachelor of Science in physical therapy (PT), Bachelor of Science in health science, master’s in PT, and doctorate in PT graduates.

If interested in helping grow what will be a vibrant and beneficial organization, call Dr. Steve Tippett at 309/677-2855 or drop him an e-mail at