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2017-2018 SSIG Executive Committee Results
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We are very pleased to announce the results from the 2017 SSIG Elections.

Thank you to all of those student members who voted in this year's elections and a special thank you to all of those who were slated for positions this year.

The results are in! Below you will find the 2017-2018 SSIG Executive Committee results. Those students elected into position will take office with a term of June 1st, 2017 - May 31st, 2018.  

Welcome new student leaders! 

Your 2017-2018 SSIG Executive Committee


PRESIDENT

MEET:

SAMANTHA CARAVETTE, SPT

 

2nd year student at University of Illinois at Chicago

 

 

A little bit about Samantha:

"I am currently a second-year student at the University of Illinois at Chicago and have been my class liaison to the IPTA SSIG since entering the program in the fall of 2015. My interests in physical therapy practice focus around sports, namely baseball/softball and athletes with disabilities. I am one of the co-chairs for UIC Adaptive Endeavors, an organization that promotes PT student involvement in events and programs tailored towards athletes with disabilities. While most of our work is in collaboration with GLASA, I led the partnership between our organization and the Chicago Park District Special Recreation department in order to expand our scope to include Special Olympic athletes. I love running, rock climbing, and hanging out with my roommate, who is a 2-year-old Whippet mix. If I wasn't pursuing a career in physical therapy, I think I would try my hand at being a writer due to my love of reading. I am a die-hard Cubs fan and would probably faint at the sight of Anthony Rizzo in person."


VICE PRESIDENT

MEET:

RIMA LINTAKAS, SPT

 

2nd year student at Midwestern University

 

A little bit about Rima:

"I am 100% Lithuanian (a small country by Poland), which impacts most of my hobbies and activities. I am a vyr skautė, which is the equivalent of a Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout, within the Lithuanian Scout Association. By becoming a vyr skautė, I have had the opportunity to be a scoutmaster for 25 girls aged 5-10 for 5 years before starting PT school. Whenever possible, I still help run a scout meeting. I have helped organize numerous scouting events for the Boy Scouts of America Venturing program as well, and am a Silver Award recipient (the equivalent of an Eagle Scout in the BSA). Also, I have been dancing Lithuanian Folk Dancing for 21 years, and have taught 2-5 year olds and 12-18 year olds for 6 years.

Currently, one of my greatest hobbies is staying connected with other SPTs/SPTAs/PTs/PTAs on social media. I love finding new podcasts through Twitter or Facebook, and using the hashtags to find new topics to talk about. My favorite hashtag is #PTFam, because it makes me feel more connected to students/professionals outside of my Midwestern University bubble."


SECRETARY/ TREASURER

MEET:

MURTAZA AZIZ, SPT

 

2nd year student at Rosalind Franklin University

 

 

A little bit about Murtaza:

"I am currently a 2nd year DPT student at Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine and Science. In my 1st year, I served as a student PT Manager at our school's Interprofessional Community Clinic that offers low cost and free medical services to residents of the North Chicago and surrounding areas. I was also a Panel member and involved on the Patient Appointment's committee as part of the Interprofessional Community Institute. In addition to being passionate about learning, some of my hobbies include hiking, working out, cooking, specialty coffee, listening to podcasts, and practicing the guitar. "


SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATOR

MEET:

GARRETT STROUP, SPT

 

1st year student at Governors State University

 

 

A little bit about Garrett:

"Outside of class, I spend my weekly free-time rock climbing with friends at a gym called ClimbOn. When I have a free weekend I often organize rock climbing trips to southern Illinois or Devil’s Lake in Wisconsin. These trips require the initiation of the trip, teamwork, and safety within the group. In addition, I also have fun water skiing, downhill skiing, running, and play board games with friends. For work, I am a part-time personal trainer at a local gym. This job requires initiating assessments, scheduling, and a perspective which puts my client first. Having trained people of all ages and functional levels, I am always proud to see the success of careful planning and hard work.."


SPTA DIRECTOR

MEET:

JASON MAGAFAS, SPTA

 

1st year student at Fox College

 

 

A little bit about Jason:

"Prior to deciding to pursue a career in Physical Therapy, I was a paramedic. During this time I ended up injuring my mid-back and was told by both Chiropractors and Physical Therapists that there was not much that could be done for mid-back injuries. My Physical Therapist did an amazing job in getting me back to work. Unfortunately, my back pain would continue to come back and I began to develop an interest in Physical Therapy in order to learn more about mid-back injuries and hopefully find new therapeutic interventions.

Whenever I'm not in school or studying, I spend my time relaxing in different ways. I am an avid movie-goer, reader, and gamer. Me and my wife spend many nights either going to the movies or working on puzzles while watching movies at home. Whenever I hang out with my friends we enjoy doing things such as playing board games such as Mysterium (A new and more advanced version of Clue), Telestrations (think Pictionary meets the telephone game), and more comedy/party based card games (Cards Against Humanity and the like). We also thoroughly enjoy playing Dungeons and Dragons and other table top games, yes we are quite geeky. Thanks to being a Paramedic and now an SPTA, I can no longer watch sports (college football being a personal favorite) without analyzing every injury and trying to predict what the trainers will say is wrong."



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