NYU Steinhardt’s Physical Therapy Department Celebrates 90th Anniversary

On May 18, 2017 NYU’s Physical Therapy Department gathered with 200 alumni and friends to celebrate 90 years as an academic department at NYU.

The Steinhardt School, where the PT department is housed, was founded in 1890 as the first School of Pedagogy at an American University, with the goal to raise the art of teaching to the same dignified plane as the professions of law and medicine. School teachers actually came together and petitioned the NYU Chancellor to create a school. A place to study everything that could influence learning – education, music, art, nutrition, psychology, communication, and physical health. This last area ultimately led to the establishment in 1927 of Steinhardt’s Physical Therapy Program, which was created in response to public recognition that physical therapy was a valuable tool for rehabilitating World War I veterans. The department has been active since, graduating over 3,500 physical therapists practicing in the U.S. and abroad.

The evening’s festivities were hosted by Dr. Marilyn Moffat and chair of the department Dr. Mitchell Batavia, along with a year’s worth of hard work and planning dedication from department administrator Anne Seaton and her team.

Held in the beautiful Rosenthal Pavilion in NYU’s Kimmel Center for University Life, guests enjoyed sweeping northern views of the city as they sipped cocktails, ate a delicious meal, and caught up with old friends, classmates, and colleagues. Speakers at the event included Dean of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development Dominic Brewer, Steinhardt Vice Dean for Academic Affairs Ted Madger, Dr. Moffat and Dr. Batavia, as well as other distinguished guests and alumni.

The night also honored Dr. Andrew McDonough, Professor Eileen Nathanson, Dr. Wen Ling, and Dr. Tsega Mehreteab who will retire this year after 39 years in the department. Proceeds from the event will help support the growth of the department and provide scholarships to incoming Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students.

View our slideshow of the event!

Posted: June 13th, 2017