A Mountain State University educator was awarded the prestigious Elizabeth Devereaux Lectureship during the West Virginia Occupational Therapy Association's recent 2011 Annual Conference.
Jackie Hughes-Hurt, academic fieldwork coordinator for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at MSU, received the honor during the Oct. 21-22 conference in South Charleston. She will deliver the keynote Elizabeth Devereaux Lecture during the 2012 conference.
"This is a well-deserved honor for Jackie," said Kay Blose, director of the OTA program at MSU and a 2005 winner of the award. "The lectureship recognizes extraordinary work in occupational therapy in West Virginia. Jackie is not only very active in the state organization as its secretary, but she is an excellent mentor for our students."
Hughes-Hurt also is a graduate of MSU's occupational therapy program.
Elizabeth B. Devereaux passed away in May 2010 at age 84. She was a former president and honorary life board member of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, serving as president from 1988 to 1994. She retired in 1994 after serving for 16 years as associate professor and director of the Division of Occupational Therapy in the Department of Psychiatry, Marshall University School of Medicine.
The WVOTA represents occupational therapy practitioners statewide, providing continuing education opportunities and assisting in the development of OT programs at West Virginia colleges and universities.