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TWU School of Occupational Therapy in Houston to Host 24th Annual Mary Joyce Newsom Lecture and Celebration of Scholarship April 27, 2016

Mary Joyce Newsom


Rachel Campbell

This year’s event occurred on Wednesday April 27, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 pm.  Adele Brunson, the 2015 Mary Joyce Newsom Award recipient, delivered the annual lecture.  Nominees for the 2016 award were presented and Rachel Campbell was the 2016 Mary Joyce Newsom Award recipient. 

The award was established to honor Mary Joyce Newsom for her professional contributions, her personal qualities, and to honor and promote student excellence at the Houston Center. Mary Joyce Newsom received both her BS and MA degrees in occupational therapy from Texas Woman’s University. She served as Director of Occupational Therapy at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research in Houston for 20 years, until she resigned in 1980 because of ill health. Donald and Harriett Davidson, following Miss Newsom’s death, established the Newsom Award fund in 1982. This fund was transferred to the Mary Joyce Newsom Endowment Fund for Occupational Therapy in 1994. The Newsom Award was first given at the Houston Center in 1982, at the time of a recognition ceremony for students leaving the center to go to their Level II fieldwork experiences. In 1994 a separate ceremony was begun, in which the awardees from the prior year returned to TWU to present a lecture to current students. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to the lecture; light refreshments to follow.

The criteria for the award are based on Miss Newsom’s concept of the ideal occupational therapist. Specifically, these include scholarship, professional/community service, and personal characteristics including an ability to see things in perspective, a genuine sense of humor, a commitment to finding better ways to do things, a commitment to the theoretical base of occupational therapy, and a genuine interest in and concern for people.


    Sarah Cupit - 2014                    Adele Brunson - 2015          

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