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The Roar Report with Joanne Trammel & Catie Canavan

Joey Gifford - ISU Marketing and Communications

KISU’s Ricky Colapietro interviews Joanne Trammel, the Program Coordinator for the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program, as well as Catie Canavan who is the Clinical Assistant Professor/Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for the Occupational Therapy (OT) program. In this joint interview, they discuss the OT program and the OTA program, describing what OT/OTA students actually do and what prospective students can expect going into these fantastic programs. OT/OTA students experience a unique educational experience that enables them to truly help people in many different ways that are tailored to their needs.

Ricky Colapietro was born and raised in Alaska, coming to ISU in 2019 to begin his undergraduate degrees in Business Finance, Economics, and Management. Ricky is involved with the Honors program, as well as Chi Alpha, acting as a small group leader as well as the club treasurer. He has been working at his local radio station KVAK for a little over 4 years, being involved in many different functions at the studio, one of the most notable being a co-host to the weekly live radio show “Justin and Ricky’s Random Radio Show.” It airs locally in his hometown Valdez, Alaska live 3-4 pm every Thursday and Idaho listeners can listen to 5-6 pm MST on either the KVAK Radio app which can be found on the Google Play or Apple App store or the streaming option at The show features random facts, jokes, a holiday countdown, local news, and other shenanigans. Outside of school and work, Ricky enjoys fishing, working out, and playing video games with his friends.