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WINTER, 2010-11

Program Professors Present at National Educators' Meeting

Program Director, Dr. Paul R Geisler, LAT, ATC and Clinical Education Coordinator, Dr. Kent Scriber, ATC, PT made presentations at the 2011 NATA Educators' Conference in Washington, DC over the February 25-27 weekend. Professor Scriber presented "Reassessing Assessment: Are Clinical Grades Necessary?" at the Best Practices Workshop, while Associate Professor Geisler presented a workshop entitled "Integrating Clinical Reasoning and Evidence-Based Practice: A Pedagogical Strategy for Enhancing Clinical Decision-Making" along with colleague Dr. Joshua Drouin, ATC from Lock Haven University (PA). Both sessions were well attended and received, as the insight and information presented demonstrates that Ithaca College continues to be a leader in athletic training pedagogy and practice.

Dr. Scriber, EdD, ATC, PT Selected as Fellow of NATA

Clinical Education Coordinator, Kent Scriber, EdD, ATC, PT, FNATA has achieved yet another milestone in his long and distinguished career. Already a member of the New York State and National Athletic Trainers' Association Hall(s) of FameDr. Scriber has now been named a Fellow of the National Athletic Trainers' Association! The Fellows program was created to honor the NATA’s most accomplished scholars and researchers for their leadership and service to the athletic training profession. Dr. Scriber is now part of an elite group and is to be commended for his long and tireless dedication to the field of athletic training. Dr. Scriber, FNATA will be honored at the 2011 Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia in New Orleans on Tuesday, June 21 at 3:00 pm. If you are an IC AT Alum, and are going to be in New Orleans, be sure to congratulate Dr. Scriber!

Director Receives Promotion & Tenure

Program Director, Paul R. Geisler, EdD, ATC received word recently that his application for promotion to Associate Professor and Tenure was approved by the Ithaca College Board of Trustees! Now in his 6th year as the Director of the AT Education Program, Dr. Geisler thanks all of the many students, colleagues and peers that supported his application and contributed to his successes. He particularly thanks his close colleagues from the AT Education Program who have contributed greatly not only to his success as a Director & Educator, but also to the overall excellence of the Education Program.

Alpha Eta Honor Society Inducts 2 Senior Students & Professor

On February 15th, 2011 Ithaca College's Chapter of the Alpha Eta Honor Academic Honor Society for Allied Health Professions held it's 2nd member induction ceremony. Amongst the 22 inductees in the class of 2011, senior AT majors Daniel Adelman and Jacqueline Harpham were inducted, as was Professor Kent Scriber, EdD, ATC, PT. Chapter President & Associate Professor, Dr. Geisler, was the master of ceremonies and was particularly proud to induct 3 member of the AT education program into this National Honor Society. This brings to 6 the number of Bomber AT who have been inducted into the Chapter.

Two AT Majors Win NYSATA Scholarships

Congratulations to Chelsea Schrade, Class of 2011 and Stephanie Carminati, Class of 2012 for recently being awarded undergraduate scholarships from the New York State Athletic Trainers' Association at the recent 2011 EATA Annual Conference & Symposium in Philadelphia! Two more in the long line of Bomber AT professional scholarship winners-well done ladies!

Alum, Professional Baseball AT Visits

Ms. Nancy Patterson, MS, ATC and IC Class of '06 (BS) and '08 (MS) returned to South Hill recently to share her experiences and insight as one of only 3 female athletic trainers in professional baseball. Currently beginning her 3rd year with the Los Angeles Dodgers club and 2nd with their Double A farm team, Nancy has already worked with the Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners clubs in her young career. Nancy visited with Dr. Scriber'sPrevention & Care of Athletic Injuries class, and spent time with about 20 athletic training majors and staff sharing her insight and advice on what it takes to be a professional athletic trainer, and answered questions from those in attendance. Nancy shared stories of how she got into the door of professional baseball, life on the road, administrative and managerial challenges, what it takes to succeed, the pressures of being a woman in a "man's world", and some of the "do's and dont's" of interviewing for professional AT jobs. Keep an eye on Nancy, because it won't be long before you see her in Chavez Ravine in "The Show"!


Bomber Alum Inducted into State AT Hall of Fame

Bernie Stento, MS, ATC (Class of 1989) was recently inductedinto the Indiana Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame. After graduating from IC, Bernie received his MS from the University of Arizona, worked as an athletic trainer at Lehigh University for 4 years, and provided outreach athletic training services for a Michigan City High School for 5 years prior to becoming the athletic trainer and a health educator at Chesterton High School in IN. Bernie also served for 9 years as the chair of the Education, Scholarship and Research committee for the IATA. Congratulations Bernie!

Athletic Training Major Wins Yet Another Prestigious Scholarship

Senior Jackie Harpham, Class of 2011 just received word that she is the recipient of a 2010 Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association District II Undergraduate Scholarship! The Scholarship Award of $2500, along with a plaque will be presented to Jackie at the Annual EATA Awards Banquet, which will be held Saturday, January 8, 2011 in conjunction with the EATA's Annual Meeting at the Philadelphia Loews Hotel. Jackie has now completed a rare, and perhaps unprecedented sweep of state, regional and national professional scholarships, as this marks her 3rd athletic training scholarship in 2010. Earlier this year, Jackie was the recipient of scholarships from the National Athletic Trainers' Association and the New York State Athletic Trainers' Association. Congratulations Jackie for all of your hard work and due recognition!

Program Director Travels to China with IC School of Health Sciences & Human Performance

In July-August of 2010, Assistant Professor & Program Director Paul R. Geisler traveled with Dean Steve Siconolfi, Assistant Professor Hongwei Guan, and IC Librarians Lis Chabot and Lee Smiegel to China to meet with various representatives fromBeijing and Chengdu (Sichuan Province) Sport Universities, and the Medical College in Changzhi (Shanxi Province) about existing and future exchange programs with students and faculty members from each institution. During the 12 day trip, the IC delegation was graciously treated by their hosts with trips to the Forbidden City, the Wolong Natural Giant Panda Reserve, the Wong Family Compound, the Great Wall of Chinathe Sanxingdui Museum in Nanxing, and the Ancient City of Ping Yao (amongst others), and witnessed firsthand performances by the world famous Chinese Acrobats and a classic Chengdu Sichuan Chinese Opera. Dr. Geisler and his colleagues also met Yao Ming's personal physician, toured 2 Chinese hospitals, received an acupuncture treatment from Dr. Ruibing Ye, the foremost Eastern sports medicine physician in China, and sampled a wide variety of interesting and tasty cuisine from the 3 provinces they visited.

Dublin City University Students Study at IC!

This fall, 4 senior students from Dublin City University enrolled at Ithaca College to extend their sports medicine studies by garnering valuable clinical and didactic experiences from the Athletic Training Education Program. Enda Doherty, Karen Hogan, Chloe Giacometti, and Diarmuid Horan arrived in August to work with IC athletic teams, and attend classes and will depart on December 7th. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a long and fruitful exchanges between the 2 higher education institutions for students from both programs.

Program Scholarship

The faculty members of the ATEP continue to be very productive with research during the 2010:

  • Jess Farley, ATC and Class of 2010 and Professor Scriber, EdD, ATC, PT presented a poster entitled "Hip Labral Tear and Femoroacetabular Impingement in a College Ice Hockey Athlete" at the 2010 New York State Athletic Trainers' Association Annual Meeting in Syracuse, NY.
  • Clinical Assistant Professor Todd Lazenby, MS, ATC Assistant Professor Paul R. Geisler, and Eric Berger, ATC & Class of 2010 presented a poster entitled "Unique Management of a Posterior Elbow Dislocation of a Division III Collegiate Football Player" at the 2010 New York State Athletic Trainers' Association Annual Meeting in Syracuse, NY.
  • Clinical Assistant Professor Courtney Gray, MS, ATC & Dan Clifton, ATC and Class of 2010 presented a poster entitled "Patellar Dislocation and Accompanying Bursitis in a Female Collegiate Soccer Player", at the 2010 New York State Athletic Trainers' Association Annual Meeting in Syracuse, NY.
  • Clinical Assistant Professors Chris Hummel, MS, ATC and Todd Lazenby, MS, ATC, and Assistant Professor/Director, Paul R. Geisler, ATC published another unique case study inAthletic Training & Sports Health Care. "Management of a Stage III Lisfranc Ligament Injury in a Collegiate Football Player: A Case Review" was accepted in the fall and published in the advanced online edition, and will be published in hard copy in the first edition of 2011. This case study was also presented as a poster at the 2010 New York State Athletic Trainers' Association Annual Meeting in Syracuse, NY.
  • Professor Kent Scriber, EdD, ATC, PT and Clinical Assistant Professor Courtney Gray, MS, ATC also received official acceptance of a case study manuscript in Athletic Training & Sports Health Care entitled "Non-Traumatic Isolated Osteochondral Defect of the Knee in a Female Soccer Play." It will be published in early 2011, as well.

SPRING, 2010

Faculty Attend NYSATA Lobby Day in Albany

On June 1st, Dr. Geisler and Dr. Scriber joined several other certified athletic trainers from NY State for their annual Lobby Day at the State Capital. While there, the group of athletic trainers from various professional settings met with state Senators and Assembly representatives to discuss pending legislation on concussion management policies for high school athletes, and the role of athletic trainers in Governor Patterson's call for the legalization of Mixed Martial Arts in the state of New York.  The meetings were informative, both for the athletic trainers lobbying for their causes, and for the politicians as well as it was a great opportunity to educate them on the education and profession of athletic training.

Athletic Training Education Program Graduates 18 Seniors!

On Sunday, May 23rd, the Athletic Training program graduated 18 outstanding students at the college's 115th Commencementexercises, and Athletic Training students represented our program in grand fashion with impressive academic accomplishments!

Athletic Training Major graduating Summa cum Laude:

  • Jessica Farley

Athletic Training Majors graduating Magna cum Laude:

  • Amanda Boccio
  • Daniel Clifton
  • Carolyn Dartt
  • Katrina Marshall

Athletic Training Majors graduating Cum Laude:

  • Julianne Clark
  • Kassia Garfield
  • Caitlin Ryan

On the Move

Now that they have graduated, the Class of 2010 must leave South Hill and move onto the next exciting phase of their personal and professional lives! As of February 2011, we have 14 newly certified athletic trainers, and an idea of where some of them are now:

  • Amanda Boccio, ATC is attending the New York Chiropractic College, in Seneca Falls, NY
  • Julie Clark is attending the New York Institute of Technology for Physician Assistant studies
  • Dan Clifton, ATC is attending the University of Virginia to work on his master's degree in sports medicine
  • Carolyn Dart, ATC is attending the University of Virginia to work on her master's degree in sports medicine
  • John Dale, ATC is continuing work on his DPT at Ithaca College
  • Jess Farley, ATC is an athletic trainer with the Junior Broadbeach Cats, of the Australian Rules Football League
  • Bryan Gardner, ATC is working at Forme Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation and Mt. Vernon High School
  • Kassia Garfield, ATC is continuing work on her DPT at Ithaca College
  • Jenny Keough, ATC is at IC working on her MS in Exercise Science, and serving as a GA AT at Cornell University
  • Jonathan Lin, is finishing his BS in Clinical Health Studies, while continuing work on his DPT at IC
  • Kevin Orloski, ATC is an intern with the NFL's New York Jets
  • Caitlin McFadden, ATC is an intern at The Ohio State University working in the Division of Sports Medicine
  • Caitlin Ryan, ATC is attending Temple University to work on her master's degree in athletic training
  • Chelsea Welsh, ATC is working as a high school outreach AT and strength/conditioning coach in Albany, NY with TopForm, Inc.
  • Katrina Marshall, ATC is an athletic training intern at SUNY-Binghamton, working with the womens' lacrosse team
  • Eric Berger, ATC is working as an athletic trainer and strength coach at Life Integrated Fitness Training (LIFT), in Purchase, NY
  • Chad LaChance, ATC is working with Saratoga PT Associates as an outreach AT at Ballsont Spa High School, in Albany, NY
  • Kevin Campbell is working on pre-requisite coursework for physical therapy school at SUNY-Oneonta

Program graduates first 2 AT/DPT Dual Degree Candidates

At IC's 115th Commencement Ceremony, 2 athletic training majors completed the first part of a trail blazing path by graduating with their BS in Athletic Training, AND a BS in Clinical Health Studies as part of their requirements for their dual degree, AT and DPT program. Kassia Garfield, ATC and John Dale, ATC completed phase one of this pilot project, a joint venture between the Department of Physical Therapy and the Athletic Training Program that allows students to earn dual degrees (well, actually 3) in order to eventually become a DPT, ATC credentialed health care provider. After finishing the dual BS in Athletic Training and Clinical Health Studies, successful students roll into IC's DPT program to complete the requirements for their clinical doctorate. There are currently 5 other AT majors attempting to carry out this intensive and grueling program, and we hope to have it formalized and ready to roll out for mass consumption in the coming months. Congratulations to Kassy and John, and best of luck with your next degree!

Two Students Receive NATA Scholarships!

Junior athletic training major Jackie Harpham and senior Katrina Marshall were recently awarded academic scholarships from theNational Athletic Trainers' Association for their accomplishments both in, and out of the classroom! These awards represent the 2nd such awards for each, as Jackie also received a NYSATAscholarship and Katrina an EATA award in February, 2010. For the year, this brings to SIX (6) the total of state, regional, and national athletic training scholarships that IC AT students have won--a record for the program! Congratulations ladies on jobs well done!

Dr. Scriber Visits Ireland!

While many of IC's students were sunn'ing and funn'ing in warmer climates, Dr. Kent Scriber, ATC, PT visited IC alum Dr. Michael Ferrara, ATC at the Dublin City University, Ireland over spring break to share his insight and expertise with students at DCU studying athletic training and sports physiotherapy. Dr. Ferrara is working at DCU on a Fulbright Scholarship for the spring semester, and Dr. Scriber took advantage his relationship with Dr. Ferrara to gain an incredible experience. While there, Dr. Scriber gave two presentations; the first  at their weekly "Journal Club" where gave a presentation regarding direct supervision in clinical education for athletic training to the faculty and students from DCU's Athletic Training and Therapy program. He also presented "Some Perspectives on the Teaching/Learning Process" to the faculty. In addition, Dr. Scriber worked towards laying some groundwork for a potential exchange program with DCU and IC students. More to come on this exciting opportunity! To see a few pics of Dr. Scriber's trip, click here.

Clinical Faculty Member Presents at NY State Athletic Administrators' Annual Meeting

On March 17th, 2010, Assistant Clinical Professor Chris Hummel, MS, ATC presented "Concussion Management in High School Athletics" at the 28th Annual Conference of the NY State Athletic Administrators' Conference in Saratoga Springs. Attended by over 30 Athletic Directors and other administrators, Chris provided a summary of the latest concussion management recommendations and procedures intended to help educate coaches, parents and athletes about recognizing and caring for concussions in high school athletes. By doing so, Mr. Hummel provided a tremendously valuable service to the states' athletic directors, while also promoting both the profession of athletic training and Ithaca College in the process.

Yet Another Bomber AT Student Chosen to Represent & Serve on a national level!

Athletic Training Major, Alyssa Sotomayor, Class of 2011, was recently selected to serve on the newly formed NATA Students Committee (NATSC) which is intended to provide a voice for students within the AT community. The NATSC promotes learning about issues impacting the AT profession, getting involved in volunteer opportunities, and taking a stand on matters impacting students in the present and future. The NATSC offers information, encouragement and advice, and also plans and implements quality educational and networking opportunities at NATA's annual meeting. Congratulations Alyssa!

Faculty Scholarship

In addition to teaching classes, supervising students' clinical experiences and providing care for athletes, the faculty of the Athletic Training Program have also been busy at work in the scholarship and research domains:

IC will be well represented at the 2010 NATA Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium this June in Philadelphia, as the program has 2 case studies accepted for poster presentation during the Free Communication portion of the program. If you are going to Philly, take a few minutes to visit with our faculty members who've authored these interesting case studies with past AT students:

  • Millspaugh R, DiCenso M & Geisler PR. Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion with previous history of posterior foraminotomy: A case report.
  • Gray C, Scriber K & Geisler PR. Femoral neck stress fracture in a female soccer player: A case report.

On Thursday, June 24, 2010, you can observe these case studies anytime between 8:00 - 11:30 a.m., and chat with Courtney or Rose, anytime between 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at The Philadelphia Convention Center, Grand Hall.

Dr. Scriber, ATC, PT has also been very busy, co-authoring 3 articles that will soon be published. Ithaca College Clinical Faculty members Ms. Courtney Gray, MS, ATC and Ms. Rose Millspaugh, MS, ATC worked with Dr. Scriber to write the piece on grading clinical performance. Look for the following articles in press soon:

  • Scriber K, Gray C, Millspaugh R. (2010, Under revision). Should athletic training educators utilize grades when evaluating student clinical performance? Athletic Training Education Journal.
  • Casa D, Armstrong L, Carter R, Lopez R, McDermott B, Scriber K. (2010, In press). Historical perspectives on medical care for heat stroke (Part II): 1850 through present. Athletic Training & Sports Health Care.
  • Casa D, Armstrong L, Carter R, Lopez R, McDermott B, Scriber K. (2010, In press). Historical perspectives on medical care for heat stroke (Part I): Ancient times through the nineteenth century. Athletic Training & Sports Health Care.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Todd Lazenby, MS, ATC has co-authored another manuscript with Dr. Paul R Geisler, ATC on an interesting case they encountered with one of IC's baseball pitchers. It will soon be published in the journal of Athletic Training & Sports Health Care:

  • Geisler PR & Lazenby T (2010, Under revision). Transient axillary neuropraxia in a collegiate baseball pitcher: A case review. Athletic Training & Sports Health Care.

WINTER, 2010

Athletic Training Majors Inducted into National Academic Honor Society

On Thursday, February 11th, senior AT majors Carolynn Dartt and Katrina Marshall were inducted into the Ithaca College Chapter of Alpha Eta, the National Honor Society for Allied Health Professions. Two of only twelve student inductees in the inaugural event, Carolynn and Katrina were chosen because of their outstanding academic accomplishments and demonstration of service and activities to their academic program that indicate strong professional potential in the allied health fields. College President Thomas Rochon gave a Presidential Address to the students, faculty and guests, and a small reception was held in honor of the Inductees. The Chapter is now recognized as a formal academic honor society by the college, and is the first and only Academic Society open to multiple programs (athletic training, exercise science, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech language, pathology & audiology) in the School of Health Sciences & Human Performance. In the future membership will be open to interested faculty and alumni of the AT program. Congratulations Carolynn and Katrina!

IC Alum Publishes Book on Swimming Performance with Human Kinetics Publishers

Ian McLeod, IC Class of 1997, is the author of Swimming Anatomy (2010), his first book. Swimming Anatomy provides a stunning visual perspective on swimmers’ muscles and how they are developed. The full-color interior contains over 200 expertly drawn illustrations and anatomically grouped exercises with icons identifying the strokes that will benefit most from each exercise to make you faster in the water. Recommended by USA Swimming to author this text, McLeod has extensive experience working with world-class athletes, particularly swimmers. A certified athletic trainer and certified massage therapist, he was a member of the U.S. team’s medical staff at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. You can listen to Ian discuss common training errors, injuries, and strength & conditioning for swimming by clicking here, or you can purchase a copy of this beautifully composed and produced book by clicking here.

McLeod has extensive experience working with world-class athletes, particularly swimmers. A certified athletic trainer and certified massage therapist, he was a member of the U.S. team's medical staff at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. He has also worked extensively as an athletic trainer with the sports programs at the University of Virginia and Arizona State University.

McLeod remains deeply involved with USA Swimming's High Performance Network, a group of volunteer health professionals who support U.S. swimmers at national and international meets. He has been given the organization's highest honor, the Gold Standard Award. McLeod also served as massage therapist to the Egyptian national swim team during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. He has provided athletic training and sport massage to swimming stars such as Ed Moses, Kaitlin Sandeno, Natalie Coughlin, and Jason Lezak.

McLeod lives in Tempe, Arizona, with his wife and two children.

Faculty & Student Scholarship

At the January, 2010 EATA Annual Meeting & Symposium, held in Boston, MA, several faculty and students of the program presented research on interesting case studies from the previous year. Non-Traumatic Isolated Osteochondral Defect of the Knee in a Female Soccer Player was presented by Courtney Gray, MS, ATC, Assistant Clinical Professor, Shannon Reugger, ATC, '09, and Dr. Kent Scriber, ATC, PT, Professor and Clinical Education Coordinator; and Recognition and Management of a Femoral Stress Fracture in a Female Collegiate Lacrosse Player was presented by Cody Herbert, ATC, '09, Caryolyn Dartt, senior, Class of '10, and Chris Hummel, MS, ATC, Clinical Assistant Professor. Congratulations all!

Senior Kassie Garfield Wins Regional Quiz Bowl at EATA in Boston!

Senior Athletic Training and DPT major Kassie Garfield represented  Ithaca College Athletic Training in the student quiz bowl held recently at the 2010 Eastern Athletic Trainers' Symposium, in Boston, MA.  In front of a boisterous crowd of IC classmates, Kassie rallied from 6th place to steal the 1st place trophy and was named the District 2 Champion.  Kassie is now qualified to represent Ithaca in the national quiz bowl competition to be held this summer at the 2010 National Athletic Trainers' Association Symposium, in Philadelphia, PA. If you are planning on attending NATA this year, be sure to stop by the Quiz Bowl (Thursday, 4:30 p.m.) to root her on and to touch base with the other undergraduate AT students that will be there!

Four AT Majors Awarded Academic Scholarships!

Junior Jacqueline Harpham, and seniors Caitlin McFadden and Carolyn Dartt were all recipients of New York state undergraduate athletic training scholarships recently awarded at the NY State Athletic Trainers' Association Annual Meeting, held in Boston, MA in conjunction with the 2010 EATA Annual Symposium. Senior Katrina Marshall was the recipient of an EATA undergraduate scholarship, also awarded at the annual EATA Awards Banquet held in Boston, MA. All in all, 15 undergraduate AT majors and 3 AT faculty members from Ithaca College attended the EATA conference!

FALL, 2009

Mike Ferrara, PhD, ATC, Class of 1980 inducted into Bomber Athletics Hall of Fame!

Recently inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in June at the NATA meeting in San Antonio, TX, and awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, Dr. Mike Ferrara was recently honored by his alma mater by being inducted into the Bomber Athletics Hall of Fame during a ceremony recently over  IC's Alumni and Homecoming Weekend. Mike is the first Bomber AT alum to be bestowed with such an honor, and all Bomber ATs should be immensely proud of the string of well deserved accomplishments Mike has attained in the last year! Well done Mike!

Program Welcomes Chinese Scholars to Campus

Continuing with the growing relationship between Ithaca's School of Health Sciences and Human Performance and the Beijing Sport University, we have been hosting 3 Chinese scholars of sports medicine this fall. Drs. Peng Huang, Zhang En Ming and Wang An Li have been spending time with our faculty and students, teaching and attending classes, and enjoying the culture and scenery of the Finger Lakes Region while here to learn more about sports medicine and athletic training in the United States. Dr. Wang taught a class on Classic Chinese Massage and Medicine for our students, and even shared his culinary expertise with Drs. Geisler and Scriber by making them dinner at the home of Dr. Geisler and his family! This exciting experience has opened doors for a continued dialogue and exchange of ideas between the 2 educational institutions, and it's likely that AT faculty members from IC may soon travel to Beijing to teach athletic training courses at the Sports Rehabilitation College at Beijing Sport University.

Program Receives Top Re-Accreditation Status!

Following an exhaustive self-study and subsequent site visit in the 2008-09 academic year, the CAATE has formally awarded a 10 year re-accreditation status to our athletic training education program. Cited for, amongst other things, our outstanding student learning outcomes, a strong, medically based curriculum, the dedication and expertise of the our faculty, the warm and genuine culture of our program, and our clinical relationships with Cornell University and Ithaca High School, the site visitors were impressed enough with our program that they recommended the maximum 10 year re-accreditation status for our program, an award rarely given out by the CAATE.  Such success is directly attributable to the hard work, compassion and commitment of many people involved in the program at IC, from the students, to the faculty and clinical instructors, all the way to the various administrators that work to support the program. Job well done indeed!

SUMMER, 2009

Class of 2006 Alum Publishes Concussion Article in School Nursing Journal

Sarah Piebes, MS, ATC, IC Class of '06 and currently an Assistant Athletic Trainer with the Department of Athletic Medicine, University of Vermont recently co-authored and published an article entitled "Caring for Student-Athletes Following a Concussion" in The Journal of School Nursing". This unique manuscript identifies the dynamic role the school nurse plays in the care and treatment of a concussed athlete. As the primary health care provider for students during the school day, school nurses can help ensure all necessary steps are taken to aid the recovery of an injured student-athlete. It is important that school nurses are up-to-date on current concussion information to allow for optimal care following injury and during the recovery process. The article can be accessed here if you are interested in obtaining a copy.

Two AT Professors Publish Article on Clinical Reasoning

Assistant Professor and Program Director Paul R. Geisler, EdD, LAT, ATC and Clinical Assistant Professor Todd Lazenby, MS, LAT, ATC recently published an article in the Athletic Training Education Journal entitled Clinical Reasoning in Athletic Training Education: Modeling Expert Thinking, a peer-reviewed, online journal for athletic training educators. The article is the first scholarly work to incorporate the thinking strategy in medical practice known as clinical reasoning into the pedagogical and clinical domains of athletic training, and was published in this summer's Vol. 4, No. 2.  It is available for download at:

Bomber Alum Presents at NWATA District 10 Conference

Emily Ambrose, ATC, IC Class of 2008 and graduate student at the University of Oregon recently presented on Functional Movement Screening at the NWATA District 10 Conference in March, in Seaside, Oregon. More than 400 ATs from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska attending the event.

AT Major Travels to China with HSHP Group

Kelly Davis, Class of 2011, recently traveled with a group of students and faculty to China as part of a regular exchange program with the Cheng Du Sport University and IC's School of Health Sciences and Human Performance to learn about Chinese Culture, Health, Healing and Sport. Here's Kelly's blog on her experiences (click here for a small photo gallery):

While in China, I learned a lot about traditional Chinese medicine that could definitely be applicable to common injuries and ailments in the US.  We learned about and practiced acupuncture, and I learned first hand that it actually works.  Other forms of traditional medicine we practiced were moxibustion, cupping, and massage.  The Chinese also use tai chi and calligraphy for medicinal and meditation purposes.  One of the many sites we visited were the 2008 Olympic venues – the Bird’s Nest and the Water Cube.  We were also able to meet some of the coaches for the Olympic teams, such as rhythmic gymnastics.  We learned about the health care and hospital systems in China, which is very different from ours.  One big cultural difference that we found is that physical activity in China is much more important and integrated in to their culture than in the US.

SPRING, 2009

Faculty Scholarship & Activities

  • In May, Dr. Paul R. Geisler, ATC, Assistant Professor and Director of Athletic Training Education took part in an exciting and informative continuing education conference put on by the Departments of Athletic Training and Physical Therapy at Cornell University as an invited speaker at A Sports Medicine Update: Pathologies and Treatment of the Hip and Athletic Pubalgia". Attended by over 60 physicians, athletic trainers and physical therapists, this unique conference featured numerous presentations from renowned physicians specializing in the hip and pelvis in competitive athletes, including Dr. William Meyers of Drexel University's College of Medicine ("Athletic Pubalgia: Signs, Symptoms & Surgical Intervention"), Dr. Robert Buly of the Hospital for Special Surgery and the Weill Medical College of Cornell University ("Evaluation and Surgical Intervention of Hip Pathology"), and Dr. Matthew Scuderi of Upstate Medical University ("Hip Pain in the Young Adult: Clinical and Radiographic Work-Up"). Following his recent clinical intervention and research with the Cornell University mens' hockey team, Dr. Geisler presented "Prevention of Athletic Pubalgia" to the audience.
  • Also in May, Dr. Kent Scriber, EdD, ATC, PT, Professor and Supervisor of Athletic Training presented "Work/Life Balance for Athletic Trainers" at the 2009 New York State Athletic Trainers' Association's Annual Meeting in Syracuse, NY. Kent shared the bill with Dr. Andrew Cappuccino, the Orthopedic Spinal Surgeon for the NFL's Buffalo Bills. Dr. Cappuccino was the physician who cared for, and operated on Bills' tight end Kevin Everett when he sustained his cervical spine injury, and presented "Surgical Care Following Catastrophic Cervical Spine Injury". He highlighted the cervical spine surgery and hypothermia treatment used for Kevin Everett’s miraculous recovery from a C3-C4 bilateral fracture during a game against the Denver Broncos in 2007.Kevin Everett himself was also in attendance, and he gave a very moving presentation following Dr. Cappuccino's talk.  
  • In May, Dr. Scriber participated in NYSATA’s Lobby Day in Albany, NY with a group of certified athletic trainers in order to update key legislative members about the profession’s current activities. The legislators contacted all chair various insurance and health care committees in the House and Senate.

Dr. Kent Scriber and former Bomber AT faculty member Cindy Trowbridge, PhD, ATC recently coauthored an article in the Athletic Training Education Journal entitled "Is Direct Supervision in Clinical Education for Athletic Training Students Always Necessary to Enhance Student Learning?". The article, available in PDF format (here) in Vol. 4 (1) of the online, peer reviewed journal challenges one of the central tenets and conversational hot button topics of recent education reform in athletic training; namely the requirement that all clinical experiences for students must be directly supervised.

Alumni Activity

  • At this year's Annual NATA Symposium & Convention in San Antonio, TX, 2 recent Bomber AT alums will be presenting research from their graduate studies at AT Still University:
    • Sarah Piebes, Class of '06 will present Headache and Headache-Related Quality of Life in Adolescent Athletes: Implications for Concussion Assessment.
    • Tomo Tanabe, Class of '07 will present A Comparison of Health-Related Quality of Life Between Male and Female Adolescent Athletes.
  • Recent alum Amy Jennings, Class of '07 recently graduated from AT Still University in Phoenix, AZ with her master of science degree in athletic training (along with Tomo Tanabe) and along the way, received 2 awards for her professional and academic accomplishments:
    • The AT Still University Dean’s Scholarship for  excellence and leadership in the local school and community.
    • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, an award that recognizes students across the nation who’ve demonstrated scholastic achievement and individual and diverse service to their community and school.
  • Kelly McMullen, Class of '08 recently finished her Master of Science degree in Athletic Training from the University of Virginia, and has just accepted a position as an assistant athletic trainer at Occidental College, in CA. Congratulations Kelly!

Congratulations and continued success to all!

Program Award Winners for 2008-09

Our annual award winners for our most outstanding senior AT majors were announced recently. The winners will receive formal recognition of their distinction, and commemorative plaques during senior week at either the HSHP Students' Award Ceremony, or the Department of Athletics Senior Awards luncheon. This year's outstanding winners:

  • Becky Bedard, Mark H. Alderman Award for demonstrating service, kindness and compassion for others during her clinical experiences in the program.
  • Cody Herbert, Rodney Dusinberre Award for exemplary hard work, commitment and loyalty to the Athletic Training Education Program.
  • Meg Himes, DESS Professional Excellence Award for academic achievement, work and activities within the major, school, college, community and profession.

Congratulations to all of our award winners on their accomplishments and due recognition for their efforts and energy during their tenure as athletic training majors!

Bidding Adieu to the Class of 2009!   On May 17th, we said goodbye (temporarily) to another outstanding senior class of athletic training majors here on South Hill. As of now, some of them know what they will be doing after graduating, while others are still mulling things over before taking the next step. Stay tuned for more details, but here's what some of the Class of 2009 are doing next year:

  • Becky Bedard, ATC is attending The University of Virginia to work on a master's degree in sports medicine.
  • Cody Herbert, ATC is attending Ithaca College to work on a master's degree in exercise science & is working as a GA at Cornell University.
  • Meg Himes, ATC is attending The University of Virginia to work on a master's degree in sports medicine.
  • Shannon Ruegger, ATC is attending The University of Florida to work on a master's degree in athletic training.
  • Leigh Starzynski, ATC is attending The University of Georgia to work on a master's degree in kinesiology with a concentration in athletic training.
  • Seth Magnani, ATC has accepted an athletic training internship at the University of Florida, in Gainesville working with the men's tennis team.
  • Mike DiCenso, ATC is working as an athletic trainer for Salve Regina College in Newport, RI.
  • Chris Carpenter, ATC is working as an AT for Dr. Frank Schlehr in Lockport, NY.
  • Lizzie Bronson, ATC is working as an AT for Dr. Frank Schlehr in Lockport, NY.
  • Leah Dior is working as an athletic training intern at the University of Detroit, Mercy.
  • Jen Salvati, ATC is working as a clinical outreach AT with Forme Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine in Scarsdale, NY and covering Briarcliff Manor High School.
  • Dan Parker, ATC is working as an AT with Maryland Sportscare & Rehab in Eldersburg, MD who contracts his services to Liberty High School.
  • Whitney Wendt is enrolled in the Physician Assistant program at Seton Hall University, in NJ.
  • Shaun Waldron, ATC is an AT at Tully High School, in NY, working as a Personal Trainer at Bally Fitness in Syracuse, and working towards a massage therapist license at Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in Syracuse.

Another NATA Scholarship Winner

Becky Bedard, Class of 2009 became the latest IC AT major to receive an undergraduate scholarship from the NATA's Research & Education Foundation. Becky, who will be attending the Univervsity of Virginia to begin work on her master's degree in athletic training in June, will receive $2300 and a plaque commemorating her accomplishments at this year's NATA Annual Convention and Symposisum, in San Antonio, TX. Congratulations to Becky on cotninuing the long line of excellence for the Bomber Athletic Training Education Program!   
Senior Athletic Training Students Present Research at Academic Symposium
   Six members of the graduating class of 2009 recently presented their research on a clinical case study at the 2009 James J. Whalen Academic Symposium on the Ithaca College Campus. The conference, held on April 16th, 2009 and started in 1997 was initiated to celebrate the 22-year presidency of James J. Whalen at Ithaca College. This year's Symposium included over 250 students and 150 presentations from all 5 schools of Ithaca College. Megan HimesRebecca Bedard,Michael DiCensoShannon Ruegger, Leigh Starzynski and Lizzie Bronson represented the Athletic Training Education Program by presenting various clincal case studies that were generated from their respective clinical experiences. Each was supervised by an athletic training faculty member. Congratulations to all! 

IC Alum Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Mike Ferrara, PhD, ATC, IC Class of 1980, has been awarded aFulbright Scholarship, the first such award for an IC Bomber AT alumnus! More details to follow, but congratulations Mike on a job well done!

Class of 2010 member, Jennifer Keough selected as State Representative!
   The leadership qualities of junior athletic training major, Jennifer Keough has been recognized by the President of the New York State Athletic Trainers' Association  with her recent election as a State Delegate for the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association (EATA). The EATA Student Delegation is designed to increase involvement in the “evolution” of student government in the profession of athletic training. As a State Delegate, Jenny's responsibilities include generating and planning professional and educational activities for the Student Program at the annual EATA Conference. This is the 2nd such professional award for Jenny, as she was New York state's student representative at the iLead Student Leadership Conferenceheld in conjunction with the Athletic Trainers' Education Conference in Washington, DC recently. Keep up the impressive work Jenny!

WINTER, 2009

CAATE Re-Accreditation Visit   After the September submission of it's self-study, the AT program underwent it's official re-accreditation site visit in early February by theCommission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education(CAATE). All went extremely well, and reviewers praised the program for its high medical focus, clinical education sites and program, the staff teaching and clinical expertise, the administrative model, and our excellent outcomes (among other things). At th exit interview, the reviewers cited our educational program for zero non-compliances, meaning that there were no major deficiencies in our program. Thus, the program fully expects to be awarded full re-accreditation status, hopefully for a long and extended time period.  Official word of the status and the length of the re-accreditation won't come until August, when CAATE meets to review all program applications.   Dr. Geisler Presents in Arizona   Dr. Geisler took the opportunity to bask in the warm February sunshine of Arizona when he accepted 2 invitations to speak in Phoenix. On February 27th, he presented "Developing Expert Clinicians: Clinical Reasoning Skills in Athletic Training" to the graduate students and faculty at The Arizona School of Health Sciences, at A. T. Still University . He also presented "Prevention & Rehabilitation of Athletic Pubalgia" at the 2009 Arizona Athletic Trainers' Association Annual Winter Meeting on Saturday, the 28th. Both presentations were well received, and Dr. Geisler thoroughly enjoyed the 80 degree weather and blue skies that not typical of Ithaca winters

Drs. Scriber & Geisler Present at National Educators' Conference 
Professor Kent Scriber, EdD, ATC, PT, and assistant professor Paul R. Geisler, EdD, ATC, presented "Teaching Thinking and Thinking Teaching: Clinical Reasoning in Athletic Training Education" at the recent NATA Athletic Training Educators' Conference at the Gaylord Resort, in Washington, DC on February 21-22. Their breakout presentation was well received in all three sessions and focused on the use of clinical reasoning as a viable cognitive scaffold for the teaching and practice of higher-level clinical thinking skills in undergraduate athletic training education. Attended by over 500 athletic training educators from across the country, the NATA Athletic Training Educators' Conference is a biennial conference that brings together leading scholars and practitioners in the education of nationally certified athletic trainers. While there, Kent and Paul were also able tocatch up with recent Bomber Alums Marcia Kafchinski, ATC, CSCS (Class '07 and current DPT student at George Washington University), and Megan Griffith, MS, ATC (Assistant AT at the Episcopal School in Alexandria, VA).

IC Bombers on Capitol Hill

Following the conclusion of the Educators' Conference on February 22nd, Dr. Scriber and Jenny Keough, ATS, Class of 2010 took part in the NATA "Hit the Hill Day" to help with legislative efforts on the behalf of the athletic training profession. While there, Dr. Scriber & Ms. Keough were able to meet with various representatives of the NY state legislators in support of the various efforts of the NATA Political Action Committee.

IC Alum Elected to NATA Hall of Fame

The professional and educational contributions of Mike Ferrara, PhD, ATC, Class of 1980, has been duly recognized, as he was recently elected to the National Athletic Trainers' Association's Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2009. The NATA Hall of Fame was created to recognize the very best of the athletic training profession, and is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a member of the organization. Dr. Ferrara, a professor and program director at The University of Georgia in Athens, joins current Department of Exercise & Sport Science Professor Kent Scriber, EdD, ATC, PT as the only Bomber Athletic Trainers in the Hall! Congratulations on a job well done and a career full of noteworthy accomplishments Dr. Ferrara!

2009 EATA in Boston

Three AT faculty members (Kent Scriber, EdD, ATC, PT, Rose Millspaugh, MS, ATC and Courtney Gray, MS, ATC) took 15 athletic training students to Boston, MA on the weekend of January 9-11 to attend the 2009 EATA Conference & Symposium, held at the Marriott Copley Hotel. In addition to the usual continuing education, professional and networking opportunities that the EATA conference affords, this year was a special one for the Ithaca College athletic training program. Dr. Kent Scriber, ATC, PT was chosen to present this year's William E. “Pinky” Newell Memorial Address at the EATA Awards Banquet. Dr. Scriber presented  “A Brief Look Back Before Moving Forward with the Millennial Generation” to a full banquet hall, and received a rousing ovation for his insights and commentary on the challenges associated with teaching, mentoring and motivating today's millennial students. Click here to download a PDF copy of Dr. Scriber's speech, and here to see pictures from the weekend's festivities.

Another Scholarship Winner!

At the 2009 EATA Conference in Boston, it was announced thatShannon Reugger, Class of 2009, was the recipient of a (one of two) New York State Athletic Trainers' Association undergraduate scholarship. In addition to being an excellent student, Shannon has been a member of the Bomber Womens' Varsity Soccer team for 4 years, and has completed an internship at Metuchen High School (NJ).

FALL, 2008

Recent Alumni to work in MLB!

Nancy Patterson, Class of 2006, recently accepted an offer from the Los Angeles Dodgers to be their full time Advanced A League athletic trainer in San Bernandino, CA after she completes spring training in Glendale, AZ. One of just a handful of women working in professional baseball, this is Nancy's third MLB club experience since leaving IC, having worked for the Seattle Mariners and the Boston Red Sox clubs prior. Congratulations Nancy!

Professor Geisler Publishes Article on Athletic Pubalgia

Paul R. Geisler, EdD, ATC, Assistant Professor and Director of athletic training education in the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences, and Ed Kelly, MS, ATC, of Cornell University, collaborated recently on an article entitled "Groin Pain: A Preventative Approach to Athletic Pubalgia". Kelly is the assistant athletic trainer for mens' hockey at Cornell. The article (you can access it here) is based on their joint clinical research project with the Cornell mens' hockey team from spring 2006, to present, and appears in the October issue of Training and Conditioning.  Training and Conditioning is a nationally distributed trade magazine circulated to thousands of professionals in the sports medicine and sport science domains. Several undergraduate athletic training majors from the Class of 2009 helped carry out this research project: Mike DiCenso, Cody Herbert, Meg Himes, Chris Carpenter, and Bryan Gardner.

Jenny Keough,  Class of 2010 Chosen to Represent NY State at iLead Conference

In continuing with the outstanding legacy of IC Athletic Training student leadership and scholarship, Jenny Keough, ATS Class of 2010 was recently selected by the NYSATA to represent the NY state at the first ever iLead Student Leadership Conference in Washington, DC on February 21-22, 2009. iLead is a fun, interactive 2-day seminar, held in conjunction with the 2009 Athletic Training Educators' Conference, that helps students develop their leadership skills. Congratulations Jenny!

Summer, 2008

Senior Athletic Training Major Featured in IC Magazine,Fuse

Sideline Support: Athletic Training On and Off the Field, Written by Jason Edelstein '08 - Tuesday, August 12

"As a high school student, I knew I wanted to study something in college that combined my passions for sports, health, and caring for others, so the idea of studying athletic training really intrigued me. After completing exhaustive research on athletic training programs on the east coast, Ithaca’s program stood out from all the rest. One of the nation’s oldest and most established programs, IC’s athletic training major has a reputation for producing top-notch graduates who’ve made significant contributions to the profession."

Jason Edelstein

This is the lead in paragraph to the article written by Class of 2008 alum, Jason Edelstein in the IC's Fuse Magazine, a great story on our program and profession written by our 2008 School of Health Sciences and Human Performance Dean's Award  &Mark Alderman Athletic Training Service Award winner. A link to this story is also featured on the Ithaca College main web page. Click here for a direct link to the story!

Freshman AT Major Wins NATA Scholarship!

Jessica Anderson, Westfield, NJ,  Class of 2012, was recently awarded the 2008 Jack Cramer Scholarship given by the NATA Secondary School Athletic Trainers' Committee. The $2,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a high school senior who intends to pursue a career as a certified athletic trainer in a secondary school setting. Congratulations Jessica!

Bomber AT Alum Wins Research Award at NATA in St. Louis!

M. Will Rondeau, MA, ATC, LAT, (Class of 2004), and now at Boston University, won a Master's level award from the NATA's Research & Education Foundation at the recent Annual Meeting & Symposium in St. Louis for his poster project entitled, "Reliability, Precision and Validity of a Clinical Method for Pectoral Minor Length Assessment in Overhead Athletes". Congratulations Will!

Student Majors Raise $ for NATA Research & Education Foundation for 2nd Consecutive Year!

Athletic training students from IC's Ithaca Athletic Training Students Association participated in the BU/SHU Challenge for the 2nd consecutive year. The Challenge began three years ago with six clubs participating. Last year 14 student organizations raised thousands of dollars for the Foundation, and 23 different colleges and universities participated this year to raise a grand total of $11,500.  Funds from these efforts go to support theNATA's Research & Education Foundation's mission of providing research grants and scholarship awards to deserving members of the athletic training profession.

Gone Baby Gone!

On Sunday, May 18th, nine senior athletic training majors said adieu to South Hill (for now), and headed out on their own to begin their professional careers, to continue their studies, or both. To date, most have solidified their immediate plans, and the AT faculty and staff at IC wish them all the best of luck!

Stephanie Watson, ATC was recently hired Professional Orthopedics and Sports Physical Therapy in Mamaroneck, NY as a clinical physical therapy aide.

2007-2008 Student Awards of Excellence

Several graduating seniors were the recipients of annual awards commemorating their outstanding academic and professional accomplishments during their 4 years it Ithaca College. In addition to the traditional awards given by our program and the Department of Exercise & Sport Sciences, we also had one student receive the prestigious "Dean's Award" from the school of HSHP for achieving the highest overall GPA in the Department! Congratulations to all of our award winners this year!

  • Jason Edelstein, School of Health Sciences and Human Performance Dean's Award  & Mark Alderman Athletic Training Service Award winner.
  • Katy Gentile, Mark Alderman Athletic Training Service Award winner.
  • Emily Ambrose, Department of Exercise & Sport Sciences Outstanding Major Award winner.
  • Scott Connell, Rodney H. Dusinberre Athletic Training Excellence Award winner.

Faculty Scholarship

Dr. Paul R. Geisler, ATC & Ed Kelly, MS, ATC (Assistant AT, Cornell University) co-authored an article for Training & Conditioning based on their work with the Cornell Mens' Hockey team entitled "Prevention & Rehabilitation of Athletic Pubalgia Injuries". The article was published in the October issue of the magazine.

Dr. Paul R. Geisler, ATC, Assistant Professor & Director of Athletic Training Education presented "Rehabilitative & Preventative Approaches for Athletic Pubalgia" at the 2008 New York State Athletic Trainers' Association Annual Meeting on May 31st, in Syracuse, NY.

Todd Lazenby, MA, ATC, Assistant Clinical Professor, presented at the Connecticut Athletic Trainers Association's Annual Symposium on Tuesday, May 20th.  The topic of this year's meeting was "Differential Diagnosis of Upper Extremity Neurological Conditions", and Todd presented "Rehabilitation Techniques for Upper Extremity Neurological Conditions", focusing primarily on the use of Neurodynamics in the evaluation and treatment of upper extremity neurological injuries.  He was 1 of 4 speakers that included Jason Scibek, PhD, ATC, Anthony Alessi, MD, and Michael Redler, MD.

Mike Matheny, MS, ATC, Clinical Associate Professor and Head Athletic Trainer and Andy Getzin, MD, Medical Director for Ithaca College Athletic Teams published a case review titled "Retroperitoneal Hematoma Secondary to Iliac Crest Contusion in a Football Player" in the March, 2008 issue of Athletic Therapy Today.

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