Athletic Training Education

News & Notes: Updated 04/15/2014

Spring 2014

Student & Faculty Scholarship on Display

2013-2014 has indeed been a productive year for joint faculty and student scholarship in the IC Athletic Training Education program. On April 4th, senior AT majors Jay Loehner and Theresa Lau presented their case research at the University of Kentucky, as part of the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research symposium. Sponsored and mentored by faculty members in Athletic Training, the trip was fully funded by IC's Office of the Provost as part of a specific initiative to promote faculty-student collaboration and applied research. This marks the 3rd consecutive year that the Bomber AT program has had a presence at the NCUR event. Congratulation Jay & Theresa!

Not to be outdone, 13 other Athletic Training majors (10 seniors and 3 juniors) worked with AT and Exercise Science faculty on 14 different research projects that were presented on campus at the 2014 James J. Whalen Academic Symposiuman annual celebration of student research, creativity and performance held on Ithaca College's campus each spring. Senior AT majors Rory Fawcett, Allison Bartkowiak, Joseph Armeli, Robbie Williamson, Lindsey Lamond, Rachel Schechter, Becky Guzzo, Sarah Donovan, Andrew Claypool, & Sydney Folk, and Junior AT majors Zach VanNostrand, Jacob Mir and Aliza Kamman all presented their joint research projects to the audience, with 8 projects being considered as Awards Finalists for their quality and/or uniqueness. Of particular note, Senior AT Major Sarah Donovan was an Award winner for her case study entitled "Exercise-induces Laryngeal Obstruction in a Collegiate Male Soccer", a joint project conducted under the supervision of Clinical Associate Professor of Athletic Training, Mike Matheny, MS, ATC and Clinical Assistant Professor of Speech Pathology, Mary Pitti

Decorated Boxer, Concussion Awareness Speaker Presents The Second Impact

On Thursday, April 3rd, ex professional boxer and Rochester Boxing Hall of Fame member, Ray Ciancaglini brought his Second Impact story and mission to South Hill, where he presented his personal story about the dangers of participating with a concussion, and the detrimental effects that boxing with a concussion have had on his life to a packed room of faculty and students from the athletic training, exercise science and physical therapy programs, as well as several members of the local and sports medicine communities. Ray's heartfelt and poignant personal message was well received, and the audience was able to see first hand the potential second impact associated with subsequent blows to the head while experiencing symptoms of a concussion. Throughout, Mr. Ciandaglini was candid and informative as he detailed his personal experiences with boxing, concussions, and the subsequent disabilities he endures now, as a result.  Ray generously presented Dr. Kent Scriber with several special momentos, including a signed pair of boxing gloves and historic photos from his boxing days, while Ray was made an honorary member of the Bomber Athletic Training program by being presented with an official AT shirt! See some pics from the event here!

Clinical Faculty Member Recognized by NATA

Department of Exercise & Sports Sciences Clinical Associate Professor, Chris Hummel, MS, ATC has been recognized by the National Athletic Trainers' Association for his dedicated and continued service to the profession by being selected as a 2014 winner of an "Athletic Trainer Service Award". Over the years, Chris has been an active member and Officer with the New York State Athletic Trainers' Association, a volunteer with the US Olympic Training Center, an important contributor to the NY State AT Legislative agenda, an abstract reviewer for the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association Research Committee, a manuscript reviewer for Athletic Training and Sports Health Care, and given several educational presentations on concussion and athlete safety to various groups. Chris will receive his award at the 2014 NATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium in Indianapolis, in June. Congratulations and thanks for all you do, Chris!

Winter 2013-14

Senior AT Majors win State and Regional Scholarships

The long line of undergraduate excellence in Athletic Training education at Ithaca College continued recently, as 2 more senior Bomber AT majors were recognized for their outstanding academic and clinical records at the 2014 EATA Annual Conference & Clinical Symposium, in Mashantucket, CT. Senior AT/DPT major Rory Fawcett (Chester, NH) was awarded $2,500 with the Hartmann-Conco Sports Medicine EATA Scholarship Awardwhile fellow Senior AT/DPT major Andrew Claypool (Horseheads, NY) was awarded $2,000 with the NATA District 2 Scholarship from the NYSATA. Rory also competed and represented IC very well in the annual EATA Quiz Bowl, while fellow seniors Gary Cohen (Stuart, FL) and Sydney Folk (Long Island, NY) competed in the Student Taping Contest. Overall, 23 current undergraduate AT majors and 6 program faculty members attended the conference in CT--quite a showing for the program!

Program Scholars Share Research at EATA Convention

At the recent EATA Annual Convention & Clinical Symposium in Mashantucket, CT this month, Senior AT major Gary Cohen (Stuart, FL) presented his case study research entitled "Management of Chronic Ankle Instability & Multiple Ankle Dislocation in a Female Collegiate Gymnast".  Clinical Associate Professor Chris Hummel, MS, ATC and Dr. Patrick McKeon were co-authors on this challenging case. Also, Assistant Professor and Clinical Education Coordinator, Dr. Patrick McKeon, PhD, ATC, CSCS presented "Immediate Effects of Sensory-Targeted Ankle Rehabilitation Strategies on Balance and Range of Motion in Those with Chronic Ankle Instability" to the members in attendance, which is part of an intensive and ongoing research project that Dr. McKeon is conducting with his colleague from UNC, Charlotte, Dr. Eric Wikstrom.

Faculty Member Named Chair of New EATA EBM Sub Committee

Jennifer Medina McKeon, PhD, ATC, CSCS, Assistant Professor of Athletic Training and Exercise Sciences has been named the inaugural Chair of the EATA's Sub Committee on Evidence Based Medicine at the Annual Meeting in January.  The EBM is a sub committee of the EATA's Research Committee, and Dr. J McKeon will be in charge of developing and implementing the regular EBM programming for the Annual Meeting, which includes identifying and securing speakers and topics, and gaining BOC approval for required EBM CEUs on an annual basis. 

Fall 2013

Dr. McKeon Presents at United States Military Academy

On Friday, November 8th 2013, Dr. Patrick McKeon, PhD, ATC, CSCS, Clinical Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Athletic Training presented his research on Sensory-Targeted Ankle Rehabilitation Strategies (STARS) as part of the John A. Feagin Sports Medicine Fellowship Lecture Series at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. The STARS project is currently being funded by the NIAMS at Ithaca College, and was the foundation for Dr. McKeon's presentation to the orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists and athletic trainers at West Point, which in turn, led to exciting and promising conversation for future collaborations between the USMA and Ithaca College on related clinical research questions.

IC Oracle Honor Society Inducts 3!

Congratulations to the following sophomore AT majors who were inducted into the Ithaca College Oracle Honor Society on Monday, November 4. After completion of their freshman year, students who are in the top 10 percent academically in each school are invited to become members of this prestigious Society. Please join me in congratulating AT Class of 2016 members:

  • Sonia DelBusso (Kimberton, PA)
  • Miriam Rosenthal (Charlotte, NC)
  • Jennifer Zehner (Ashland, MA)

State Assemblywoman Visits IC ATEP to Learn About Athletic Training

Just before Fall Break in mid October, 5th term State Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (District 125) visited IC to learn more about the profession of athletic training, the education of athletic training professionals, and the role that athletic trainers have in promoting and maintaining health and function in active populations. As a member on the Higher Education and Mental Health Committee, Ms. Lifton was invited to IC as part of the New York State Athletic Trainers' Association's efforts to enhance and rewrite the state practice act for athletic trainers in New York. After touring our Athletics & Events Center AT Room, speaking with a few of our students, and exchanging information with several faculty members, Ms. Lifton expressed her support for the AT Practice Act that is currently in process in Albany. Click here for a picture of Ms. Lifton's visit to IC!

Summer 2013

Newly Renovated Hill Center and IC Athletic Training Clinic Nearing Completion!

You may not be aware, but the Hill Center on campus has been undergoing SIGNIFICANT renovations for the several months--a complete infrastructure overhaul (new AC, heating, etc.), extensive interior renovations for new classrooms, faculty offices, locker rooms, and student space, and most importantly, a BRAND new and expanded Athletic Training Clinic for the education program and athletic training services provided to Bomber Athletes. The physical space of the old pool in Hill has been filled in, and a second floor installed vertically to create more multipurpose space--the downstairs, pool level is now the new IC Athletic Training Clinic! Complete with an 8 room office suite, an office for graduate assistant ATs, expanded treatment and rehab areas, a large hydrotherapy room with a cold immersion tank, an MD exam room, AT student locker storage, and ample supplies storage, the Clinic is also directly connected to a brand new classroom/lab space for the AT program! It will be fully operational VERY SOON, so look back often for pictures and more details! And, once should you be on South Hill any time soon, be sure to stop by the new and improved Hill Center for a tour!

Director Publishes Invited Editorial

Paul R. Geisler, ATC, EdD, Associate Professor and Director of Athletic Training Education at Ithaca College has just published an invited editorial in Athletic Training & Sports Health Care. Entitled, "The Elephant in the Room: Adequate Supervision, Not Direct Supervision", the piece critically addresses the CAATE standard for "direct supervision" of all athletic training clinical experiences and calls for something different--adequate supervision--that will foster and develop greater professional growth, autonomy and confidence in entry-level athletic trainers. The article is out now in advance electronic format, and will be published in hard copy in Volume 5, Issue 4 of the journal in a few weeks.

Brief Alumni Updates...Moves & Stories

Nick Kostishak, ATC, Class of 2012 and current grad student at A. T. Still University was recently selected to intern with the NFL's Arizona Cardinals during their spring workouts in Phoenix. Impressing his mentors, Nick was invited back full time to work the Cardinals summer camp and also to help out during home games this fall. Way to impress Nick!

Jimmy Newton, ATC, Class of 2012 and DPT student Class of 2014 was recently selected to be an intern with the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles for their summer training camp. See pic of Jimmy here!

Dan Adelman, MS, ATC, Class of 2011 and recent MS graduate from UNC, Chapel Hill was recently hired as a season long Athletic Trainer with the NFL's Baltimore Ravens. While a GA at UNC, Dan was also part of the medical team for the UNC Women's Lax team, who won their first National Championship title this spring with an exciting overtime win over their rival, the University of Maryland. Looks like everything is coming up crabs for Dan, well done!

Spring 2013

Our Annual Adieu to our Graduating AT Majors!

Well, final exams and projects are almost over, but some clinical education duties are not yet so as the Bomber Track and Field and Baseball teams are still practicing and competing. Alas, its time to say a goodbye to our graduating class of athletic training majors--well, not all of them. A few will be around a few more years to complete their DPT degrees on South Hill, but most of them are moving onto the "next step". Congratulations to the Class of 2013 for all you have accomplished thus far, and best of luck in your immediate and subsequent endeavors, we will miss you all. Here's where they are off to at this point in time:

  • Ethan Alderman, ATC is searching for a high school or small college AT position
  • Kristen Bartiss, ATC, will be working on her master's degree in sports medicine at Utah State University
  • Jackie Boss, ATC, will remain at IC to finish her DPT degree
  • Chanel Cohen, will remain at IC to finish his DPT degree
  • Brendan Donelan, has decided not to pursue athletic training and is working for Telecom Infrastructure in NYC
  • Amber Duda, ATC is attending Medical School at Campbell University, NC
  • Charles Edwards, ATC, will remain at IC to finish his DPT degree
  • Laura Goodwell, ATC is taking a break from school and will enroll in graduate school in 2014
  • Jonah Larson, will remain at IC to finish his DPT degree
  • CatherineLewis, ATC will take a brief hiatus by working as an Assistant Womens' Basketball Coach at the Coast Guard Academy, CT
  • Caroline Lisee, ATC is a Clinic Outreach AT with Maryland SportsCare & Rehab in Mt. Airy, MD
  • Jana Katz, ATC, will work on her master's degree in athletic training at Georgia Southern University, in Statesboro, GA
  • Andrew Kraft, ATC is working as an Outreach AT with a PT clinic and HS in Seattle, WA
  • Meaghan McMillen, ATC will be an athletic training intern at the College of Holy Cross
  • Caitlin Murphy, ATC, will remain at IC to finish her DPT degree
  • Brianna Rathbun, ATC, is an outreach AT with Slocum Dickson Medical Group, Utica, NY
  • Julian Rivera, ATC, will remain at IC to finish his DPT degree
  • Chris Toone, ATC, will be working on his master's degree in sports medicine at the University of Utah
  • Adina Wagner, ATC, will be an athletic training intern at the University of Denver
  • Joe Weber, will remain at IC to finish his DPT degree
  • Julie Winn, ATC, is working as an outreach AT for Integrated Rehabilitation Services, Manchester, CT

Click here to see pics from the Annual Year End Party!

2013 AT Major and 2015 DPT Major Wins Campus Life Award

Kudos to Class of 2013 (AT) graduate Julian Rivera on being the only HSHP student to win a 2013 Campus Life Award--well done and way to represent Julian! More about the award and the official Ithaca College announcement can be found here!

Graduating Senior Wins NATA REF Scholarship!

Christopher Toone, Class of 2013 was recently notified by the NATA's Research & Education Foundation that he is the 2013 winner of the Sayers "Bud" Miller Memorial Scholarship for undergraduate athletic training majors. This marks a continuation of a long line of Bomber AT majors winning NYSATA, EATA and NATA undergraduate scholarships to help defray the cost of their undergraduate or graduate studies. Congrats and best of luck to Chris who is on his way to the University of Utah to begin work on his master's in sports medicine and where he will be the graduate assistant AT for the University's Ski Team!

Class of 2013 Remains Perfect on BOC Exam Results

The 2013 exam period has just started, but as of this moment, Ithaca College is at 100% first time BOC pass rate for class of 2013, again! We still have a few graduates to take the exam, but as of this writing we are at a 17 for 17 rate, extending our streak to (at least) 49 consecutive first time passes!!!

Kudos to the following graduating seniors who can soon add "ATC" to their name:

Ethan Alderman, ATC
Kristen Bartiss, ATC
Jackie Boss, ATC
Amber Duda, ATC
Charles Edwards, ATC
Laura Goodwell, ATC
Jana Katz, ATC
Andrew Kraft, ATC
Cat Lewis, ATC
Caroline Lisee, ATC
Meagahn McMillen, ATC
Caitlin Murphy, ATC
Brianna Rathbun, ATC
Julian Rivera, ATC
Chris Toone, ATC
Adina Wagner, ATC
Julie Winn, ATC

Please join me in congratulating these students and their accomplishments when you have the opportunity!

Athletic Training Majors Present Research at James J. Whalen Symposium

Eight undergraduate athletic training majors and their faculty mentors recently presented their faculty collaboration research to the academic community at Ithaca College at the 2013 James J. Whalen Academic Symposium, held on campus on April 4, 2013. Five students presented case study research in the poster presentation segment, while three students presented their research in the oral component of the program. Presenting case study posters this year were:

  • Meaghan McMillen, '13 and Faculty Sponsor Todd Lazenby, MA, ATC presented Mulligan Mobilization Techniques for the Treatment of Rotator Cuff Tendinitis and Impingement Pathology
  • Julie Winn, '13 and Faculty Sponsor Courtney Gray, MS, ATC presented Deltoid Ligament Tear in a Collegiate Women's Soccer Player
  • Jana Katz, '13 and Faculty Sponsors Mike Matheny, MS, ATC and Paul R. Geisler, EdD, ATC presented Pellegrini-Stieda Syndrome in a Collegiate Soccer Player
  • Christopher Toone, '13 and Faculty Sponsor Kent Scriber, EdD, ATC, PT presented Identification of Staphlococcal Infection in a 20-year-old Male Basketball Player
  • Brianna Rathbun, '13 and Faculty Sponsor Kent Scriber, EdD, ATC, PT presented Division 1 Collegiate Field Hockey Player with Type 1 von Willebrand's Disease

Presenting their research in oral format this year were:

  • Ethan Alderman, '13 and Faculty Sponsors Barb Belyea, DPT, PT & Deb King, PhD presented Reliability and Validity of 2-Dimensional Motion Analysis Using a Hand Held Table Compared to Traditional 3-Dimensional Motion Analysis
  • Theresa Lau, '14 AT and '16 DPT and Faculty Sponsor Paul R Geisler, EdD, ATC presented Redefining the Importance of Health: The Impacts of Malnutrition of Cardiovascular Diseases in Ecuador and the Dominican Republic
  • Chanel Cohen, '13 AT and '15 and Faculty Sponsor Paul R Geisler, EdD, ATC presented Athletic Pubalgia with Inguinal Hernia in a Collegiate Hurdler

Congratulations to all of this year's Whalen participants, especially our athletic training majors who added a valuable scholarship experience to their college education!

Welcome Aboard Dr. Patrick McKeon & Dr. Jennifer McKeon!

We are extremely excited to announce that after a long, intensive and very competitive search process, we have officially hired our next Clinical Coordinator for the Athletic Training Education Program at Ithaca College. Patrick McKeon, PhD, ATC, CSCS, currently an Assistant Professor in the Division of Athletic Training in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Kentucky, has accepted our offer to join us as our next Clinical Coordinator and Assistant Professor!

Dr. McKeon earned his BS in AT at Springfield College, his MS in Sports Health Care at AT Still University in AZ, and his PhD in Sports Medicine at the University of Virginia and is one of our profession's bright young stars, having already won the NATA Research & Education Foundation's Freddie Fu New Investigator Award, and the Kenneth Knight Outstanding Research Manuscript Award from the Journal of Athletic Training in his young academic career. 

In between attaining his academic degrees, Dr. McKeon garnered significant clinical experiences along the way at Pearl River HS and HealthSouth Rehab Corp in metropolitan NY, Phoenix College (AZ), Brophy College Prep, Phoenix (AZ), Canisius College (Buffalo, NY), and Marist College (Poughkeepsie, NY), where he was also a Clinical Coordinator. Dr. McKeon is a renowned athletic training scholar and clinician with an extensive track record, including over 40 refereed manuscripts, 55 peer reviewed abstracts, 2 book chapters, over 20 invited scholarly presentations, and impressive grant funding from various sources. An established expert on the foot and ankle, functional in/stability, criteria based LE performance, and clinically based outcomes, Dr. McKeon brings an exciting and diverse research and teaching agenda with him to South Hill that promises to add a dynamic element to our already outstanding program. You can learn more about Dr. McKeon's professional accomplishments here.

But wait, there's more good news...

We are doubly excited to announce that Dr. Jennifer Medina McKeon, PhD, ATC, CSCS will also be joining the Department of Exercise & Sport Sciences next year as an Assistant Professor, and although she'll chiefly be responsible for teaching kinesiology classes and laboratories for the Department, she will be intricately connected to our ATEP. Yes, they are related and yes, she is as impressive an addition to our program and department, as is her husband. 

Dr. Jennifer McKeon is also currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky, in the Division of Athletic Training, and earned her BS in AT from Pennsylvania State University, her MS in AT from AT Still University in Phoenix, and her PhD in Biomechanics & Kinesiology from Pennsylvania State University.  Jennifer also completed a Post Doctoral Fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill before beginning her current tenure at at UK. Also an expert on the lower extremity, Jenn specializes more proximally with a focus on the knee and complete LKC, but is also interested in balance, stability, and functional measurements of the LE. She has also completed significant work on injury epidemiology research, clinically based outcomes and various evidence based initiatives that are clinically useful and meaningful to the practicing professional. To date, Dr. J McKeon has published 24 peer reviewed manuscripts and 39 abstracts, presented over 25 scholarly talks, and secured over $100K in research funding. In addition, Jenn played 4 years of Division 1 intercollegiate soccer at Penn State, and has received several awards for her scholarly productivity and quality. Learn more about Jennifer here.

Together, the addition of Dr. P McKeon and Dr. J McKeon to our department and ATEP signifies the arrival of 2 incredibly talented, productive and renowned clinicians, teachers and scholars to our ranks, which in short time will initiate anexciting and bold new direction for our current faculty, students and curriculum. The McKeons are well renowned in the AT community and they are exited to bring their experience, energy, creativity and insight to South Hill in August. The impact of this news is already being felt amongst our current staff, as we are all excited to bring them aboard as colleagues and peers and to begin carving out the next exciting step in the evolution of the IC ATEP!

Faculty Members Publish Manuscript in Athletic Training & Sports Healthcare Journal

Professor Kent Scriber, EdD, ATC, PT and Clinical Assistant Professor Courtney Gray, MS, ATC recently co-wrote and published an article in a recent volume of Athletic Training & Sports Health Care. Entitled "Encouraging Students to Develop Their Own Learning Strategies", the "Pearls of Practice" column details some creative and student directed learning assessment strategies that the authors have used in their athletic training classes at Ithaca College, and can be found in Volume 5(2), 2013.

Bomber Alum Receives National Recognition & Elected to Prominent Professional Post

Jill Manners, MS, MPT, LAT, ATC, PT, IC AT Class of 1993 & currently Athletic Training Education Director and Associate Professor at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC was recently elected to the NATA Research and Education Foundation Board of Directors as the District 3 Chair. More impressively, it was just announced that Jill is this year’s NATA Gail Weldon Award of Excellence recipient, which recognizes one athletic trainer each year who has displayed an exceptional commitment to mentoring, professional development and life balancing for women athletic trainers or significant contributions to improve the health care of females provided by athletic trainers. Jill will receive her award at this year's Annual Conference & Symposium in Las Vegas. Congratulations and keep up the good work Jill!

Program Founder, Long Time Director and Professor Receives National Educator Award

Kent Scriber, EdD, ATC, PT, FNATA, and Professor of Athletic Training has been chosen as the 2013 Sayers "Bud" Miller Distinguished Educator Award winner by the National Athletic Trainers' Association's Executive Committee for Education. Dr. Scriber is not only an alumnus of Ithaca College (BS in physical therapy, Class of 1972), but also the Founder and long time Director and Clinical Coordinator of the Athletic Training Education Program at his alma mater. This prestigious award was given in part due to Dr. Scriber's extensive accomplishments and contributions to Athletic Training Education over his 40+ year career as a clinician, educator, scholar and administrator, but also for his "bigger" impact on the professional development of over 400 Bomber AT alums, to date! Dr. Scriber will receive his award at this summer's NATA Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, and will be a keynote luncheon speaker at the 2015 AT Educators' Conference, as well. Congratulations and thanks for all you do Dr. Scriber!!!

Faculty and Student Publish Case Study in Journal of Athletic Enhancement

Physical therapy student Tim Reynolds, Class of 2015, Chris Hummel, MS, ATC, Clinical Associate Professor and Paul R. Geisler, EdD, ATC, Associate Professor and Director of Athletic Training Education recently had a case study manuscript accepted for publication in the Journal of Athletic Enhancement. Entitled, Deep Vein Thrombosis in a Collegiate Female Soccer Player: A Case & Evidence Supported Review, the paper details the unique case of a healthy and young collegiate soccer player developing multiple DVTs following a minor knee injury and subsequent international travel. Interestingly, the case fit beautifully into the known and reported evidence according to Well's Prediction Rules, all except for the age, relative health status, and injury status of the patient in question.

Clinical Faculty Member Gaines Valuable Experience at US Olympic Training Center 

Clinical Associate Professor Chris Hummel, MS, ATC, recently completed a one week volunteer experience at the United States Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  This is the second volunteer experience with the OTC for Professor Hummel, following a prior two week experience in 2003. This spring, Chris was able to work with many resident athletes and current/future Olympians. His responsibilities consisted of direct treatment/rehabilitation and practice coverage for the US National Men’s Gymnastics team, US National Men’s Greco-Roman and Freestyle Wrestling teams, and the US National Women’s Freestyle Wrestling team. This valuable opportunity allowed for interaction not only with these elite athletes, but the large Sports Medicine team that supports these athletes year round.  Chris is hopeful that his time in CO will lead to continued opportunities to support the health and performance of our nation's Olympic athletes.

Winter 2012-13

Senior AT Major Recognized by Empire 8 For Hardwood Exploits

Senior Athletic Training Major Catherine Lewis (North Stonington, CT/Wheeler HS) has been selected by the Empire 8 Athletic Conference as Ithaca College's representative on the 2012-13 Women's Basketball Sportswoman of the Year Team. The award recognizes Cat's competitive honor and integrity while on the hardwood, which the Empire 8 feels is an essential component of a student-athlete's overall educational experience, and distinguishes Cat's consistent exhibition of these critical traits that define an outstanding sportswoman. Congrats Cat!

Bomber AT Alum a Rose Bowl Champion!

Steve Bartlinski, ATC, PTA, IC Class of 1994 & Head Athletic Trainer for the Stanford Cardinal Football team recently became a Rose Bowl Champion after his Cardinal gridiron team beat the Wisconsin Badgers 20-14 to capture the 99th edition of the annual game in Pasadena, CA on January 1, 2013. To our knowledge, Steve is the first Bomber AT Alum to have such a distinction, congratulations Steve! 

A Notable EATA Annual Convention for Ithaca College Athletic Training Education

The 2013 Annual Convention & Symposium of the EATA was recently held in Buffalo, NY (yes, we went to a conference in Buffalo in January!), and for many reasons it was a worthwhile and notable event for the Bomber AT program and family. All together, 23 undergraduate students, 3 faculty and several local alumni were in attendance to witness and enjoy several outstanding events:

  • Kent Scriber, EdD, ATC, PT and Professor of Athletic Training was recognized for his long, dedicated and productive service to the profession not once, but twice. First, it was announced by the NYSATA at its State Meeting on Saturday, that a new annual recognition award would be named in his honor, the Kent Scriber Recognition Award. Kent and Dr. James Swensen from University of Rochester Sports Medicine were then recongized as the inaugural winners of the award. Pics of the announcement can be seen here. Then on Saturday night at the EATA Awards Banquet, the first Kent Scriber District 2 Scholarship was awarded by the EATA to undergraduate AT student, Steven Barandica from Kean University. These 2 awards are incredible testaments to the amazing and illustrious career of Dr. Scriber, and are emblematic of the impact that his tireless efforts have had upon the field of athletic training and literally hundreds of professionals across his 4 decades of work! Read more here.
  • Caitlin Ryan, MS, ATC, IC Class of 2010 won the graduate Research Poster Presentation Award given by the EATA Research Committee for her poster depicting the results of her master's thesis research on lacrosse face mask removal strategies that she completed at Temple University in 2012. Way to represent Caitlin!
  • Julian Rivera, AT Class of 2013 and DPT Class of 2015 won the 2013 Ed Abramoski/Buffalo Bills NYSTA Undergraduate Scholarship award, continuing the long line of Bomber scholarship winners!
  • Chanel Cohen and Jonah Larson, both AT Class of 2013 and DPT Class of 2015 members, brought a trophy home to South Hill in winning the annual EATA Taping Contest, as classmate Adina Wagner donated her perfect ankles by serving as their taping model! This is the first time any Bomber AT students have won this exciting award! Kudos Chanel and Jonah!

Class of 2013 AT Major Making Global Impact

Taken from IC View: For Chris Toone, Athletic Training major, Class of '14, it was a semester on the high seas to visit various countries and assist in humanitarian work. These events led both students to take up the cause of improving the education of children in Africa. Toone first pulled up to the school in Akatim, a rural settlement in western Ghana, during a downpour. The makeshift structure—erected by villagers after the Ghanaian government failed to deliver on its promise to build a school—barely qualified as shelter, let alone a place of education. “When we got to the school, I didn’t actually believe that it was a school,” Toone says. Although some pieces of wood served as walls, light came straight through from the other side; holes in the ceiling let rain leak into the classroom, and pieces of plywood dangled. “Everyone was just huddled together, and no one was really doing anything. But it was just a normal school day for them. We didn’t see one smile while we were there,” he recalls. Toone visited the school with a group of college students during a Semester at Sea program in 2010, and the poor conditions there stuck with him and the other students. They decided to found a nonprofit that has since raised more than $50,000 for the school and a clinic in nearby Senase, a larger although still impoverished village with some infrastructure.

Read more about Chris' incredible work in IC View, check out the Senase Project, or watch a YouTube video on the Senase Project to see first hand what Chris and his cohort has accomplished so far! You can support Chris and the Senase Project's mission to improve education in Ghana by clicking here

Fall 2012

Class of 2013 Member Recognized as Scholar All American

Senior AT Major, Julie Winn (Sutton, MA) as been recognized by the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America as a 2012 Third Team, College Division Scholar All American for her exploits on the soccer pitch and in the classroom. In leading the Bombers to the Elite 8 of this year's NCAA tournament, Julie was also (earlier) named to the NSCAA's First Team All-East Region team for 2012. A 3rd Team All-East Region honoree in 2011, Julie tallied First Team All-Empire 8 recognition for the 3rd straight season, and set a pair of school records this year, claiming a season best 12 assists en route to setting the school's career assist record with 29. She also scored 4 goals in totaling 20 points on the season. Also named Ithaca's E8 Sportswoman of the Year, she earned conference All-Tournament Team accolades, as well. Join me in congratulating Julie on an outstanding career on the pitch, while maintaining an impressive academic record as a Bomber AT Student!

Exchange Students from Ireland Study at Ithaca College Again

Once again, the Ithaca College Athletic Training Education Program has hosted 2 international students interested in athletic training and American culture. Ciara Black, from Castleknock, Dublin and Lisa Kelly from Borrisokane, Tipperary have been on South Hill all fall studying therapeutic modalities with Professor Todd Lazenby, while also enhancing their understanding and sports medicine skills associated with American football in working with the Bomber Football club. This represents the 3rd year that the IC ATEP has hosted exchange students from Ireland. As Ciara and Lisa near the end of their stay in Ithaca, we wish them the very best as they prepare to enjoy an American Thanksgiving and to soon head "back over the pond" to Dublin City University to complete their studies in sports medicine.

Senior AT Bomber Student to Represent Program at iLead Conference

Senior AT Major, Caroline Lisee (Randolph, NJ) will represent Ithaca College's ATEP and the New York State Athletic Trainers' Association at the 2013 iLead Conference in January in Dallas, TX. Held in conjunction with the NATA Educators' Conference, iLead is a student centered conference for junior and senior AT majors interested in learning more about leadership and preparing to transition to the professional world of athletic training. Caroline will be funded by NYSATA for the trip, and will have the opportunity to speak with peers and AT leaders regarding ethics, interviewing, networking and a variety of other professional topics. More information can be found here. Congratulations Caroline!

Summer 2012 

Program Director Presents Pedagogy Research at National Conference

Director of Athletic Training Education & Associate Professor in the Department of Exercise & Sport Sciences, Paul R. Geisler, EdD, ATC recently presented "Evaluating the Integration of Clinical Reasoning and Evidence Based Medicine Decision Making in Undergraduate Athletic Training Students" at the recent NATA Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia in St. Louis, MO. The short, peer reviewed presentation was part of the NATA's Executive Committee for Education and the CAATE “Best Practices Symposium", and was attended by over 100 athletic training educators and scholars.

Spring 2012

Program Presence at New York State Athletic Trainers' Association Annual Meeting

The New York State Athletic Trainers' Association (NYSATA) held their annual meeting in Lake Placid, NY over the first weekend in June and the Bomber Athletic Training Program was well represented by 3 faculty members and research presentations. Chris Hummel, MS, ATC, Associate Clinical Professor presented his survey findings of "Energy Drink Use in the Division III Student-Athlete", which found that more than half of the student athletes surveyed (54%) had consumed an energy drink in the last 12 months and that significantly more males (78%) than females (34%) used energy drinks in the 12 months prior to being surveyed. Todd Lazenby, MA, ATC, Associate Clinical Professor, Stephanie Carminati, ATC, Class of 2012, and Paul R. Geisler, EdD, ATC, Associate Professor presented a poster entitled "Management of an Ulnar Collateral Ligament Tear in a Division III Baseball Pitcher" that was highlighted by the use of an ERX edema reduction sleeve to expedite an earlier return to throwing for the patient. And finally, Professor Kent Scriber, EdD, ATC, PT and Assistant Clinical Professor Courtney Gray, MS, ATC and Class of 2012 graduate, Megan Kreyling, ATC presented a case entitled "ACL Deficiency in a Female Collegiate Soccer Player", that highlighted the difficulties associated with managing an ACL deficient knee during a competitive season and the "coper vs. non coper" debate.

Congratulations Class of 2012! 

Numbering 11, the AT Class of 2012 has accomplished much, both individually and collectively--over the last 4 years, they have carried the torch of excellence passed onto them by their prior alums. All 11 passed the BOC Examination on their first try for a 2nd consecutive, first time pass rate of 100% for the IC ATEP! Eight presented research at scholarly conferences, 6 national, regional and state AT scholarships were won, 1 was inducted into the academic honor society for allied health education, 2 graduated Summa cum Laude, 1 Magna cum Laude, 2 Cum Laude, 2 were members of Phi Kappa Phi, 3 were members of the Oracle Society, 1 was named an Academic All District tennis player (see following), and 2 finished the BS in AT phase of our dual degree AT/DPT program.

These are just a few of the impressive accomplishments for this large and cohesive group that will be sorely missed on South Hill next fall. Although some are still weighing their post baccalaureate options, we do know where some of them will be in the coming months:

  • Jessica Anderson, ATC will work on her master's degree in exercise science and as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Cornell University.
  • Regina Baker, ATC will work on her master's degree in athletic training at AT Still University, in Mesa, AZ.
  • Rebecca Campbell, ATC is working as a physician extender at Premier Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Associates in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Stephanie Carminati, ATC will be working with youth camps and applying for internships with MLB.
  • Samantha Coca, ATC is an athletic training intern at Ithaca College.
  • Nick Kostishak, ATC will work on his master's degree in athletic training at AT Still University, in Mesa, AZ.
  • Megan Kreyling, ATC will work on her master's degree in athletic training at the University of Florida.
  • Jessica Leuchtenburg, ATC is an athletic training intern at UMass, Lowell.
  • Jimmy Newton, ATC, will complete the last 2 years of his DPT degree at Ithaca College and work part time as an intern AT for Ithaca College Athletics.
  • Thomas Rice, ATC will work on his master's degree in Athletic Training at the University of Kentucky.
  • Courtney Woytovich, ATC will complete the last 2 years of her DPT degree at Ithaca College and work part time as an intern AT for Ithaca College Athletics.

Class of 2012 AT/DPT Major Earns Academic Tennis Recognition

Ithaca senior men's tennis player Jimmy Newton (Englewood, Fla./Florida Virtual School) was recently named to the CoSIDA 2012 Academic All-District At-Large Team in District 3, which encompasses all Division III schools in the state of New York. Newton is an athletic training and clinical health studies major with a 3.94 cumulative grade-point average, and a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma National Collegiate Athlete Honor Society. He was also the male recipient of the 2012 Bernard Senior Scholar-Athlete Award at Ithaca College. Although Jimmy just passed his BOC exam and received his BS in AT at IC, he's not done with South Hill yet as he has another 3 years of study to complete his DPT. Read more about Jimmy's outstanding tennis career at IC here.

Class of 2014 Dual AT/DPT Major earns All American Status in Softball!

Sophomore first baseman Sydney Folk of the IC softball team has been named to the 2012 National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Third Team. The Long Beach (NY) native lied IC in several offensive categories this season, including batting average (.414), doubles (10), home runs (5), RBIs (41), total bases (82) and slugging percentage (.641). She was also named Empire 8 Player of the year and earned all-tournament honors at the NCAA Division III Softball Regional in Willimantic, CT. Sydney is double majoring as a sophomore athletic training major and will complete the doctorate of physical therapy program at IC with an additional 2 years of study. You can read more about Sydney's outstanding season here!

2012 Grad Wins Another Scholarship!

Jessica Anderson, Class of 2012 recently received word from the NATA Research & Education Foundation Scholarship Committee that she has been selected to receive the 2012 Ronnie Barnes Scholarship, sponsored by Ronnie Barnes Scholarship Fund. Jessica will be recognized during the Pinky Newell Scholarship & Leadership Breakfast at the NATA’s 63rd Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia in St. Louis, June 27 - 29, 2012. This is Jessica's 2nd NATA Scholarship to go along with one each, from the EATA and Cramer Products. Jessica will use the funds to help defray the cost of her graduate education--she will start working on a master's in exercise science at Ithaca College while working as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Cornell University! Congratulations Jessica and best of luck next year!

Alum Works Rookie & Free Agent Camp with NFL's NY Giants!

2011 athletic training alum and current DPT student, Jon Lin, ATC was recently invited to work with the NY Giants athletic training staff for their 4 day rookie and free agent mini camp at their training facility in NJ.  Things went so well for Jon that was invited back to work a 2nd mini camp for veterans! Kudos and best of luck Jon! 

Class of 2012 Continues Perfect Streak on BOC Exam!

Well, someone once said that "excellence is a habit", and so it must be with the Ithaca College Athletic Training Education Program. All 13 members of the Class of 2012 who recently took the BOC exam passed on the first try, making it 33 straight over the last 2 years! Congratulations to Regina Baker, Rich Mallon, Melissa Nunez, Jimmy Newton, Sam Cocca, Thomas Rice, Stephanie Carminati, Nick Kostishak, Jess Leuchtenburg, Jess Anderson, Becky Campbell, and Megan Kreyling for accepting, carrying and passing the torch of excellence and for a job well done! 

2006 Alum Returning to Clinical Faculty!

The Athletic Training Education Program and Department of Exercise & Sports Sciences at Ithaca College are pleased and excited to announce that Ms. Sarah Piebes, MS, ATC has been hired as our next Assistant Clinical Professor. Sarah is a 2006 graduate of our undergraduate program, and a 2008 graduate of the MS in AT program at AT Still University. Since earning her master's, Sarah has worked as an athletic trainer at the University of Vermont and Milton Academy outside of Boston, and has been involved with AT education at UVM and Boston University throughout. She has presented and published on pediatric concussion issues, and will bring her diverse expertise and considerable energy back to South Hill in August! Welcome back Sarah!

Undergrad AT Majors Present Research at National Conference

Jimmy Newton, AT Class of 2012 and DPT Class of 2014 and Jessica Leuchtenburg, AT Class of 2012 recently traveled to the University of Utah to present their faculty sponsored research at the 2012 National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Jess presented a case poster on a complex knee injury in an IC football player, under the direction of Clinical Associate Professor Chris Hummel, MS, ATC, and Professor Kent Scriber, EdD, ATC, PT, while Jimmy presented a shoulder injury poster from his experiences with the hockey team at Cornell University, which was completed under the direction of CU Assistant AT, Ed Kelly, MS, ATC & Dr. Scriber. Congratulations to Jimmy and Jessica and kudos for representing Ithaca College Athletic Training on the national stage!

Athletic Training Majors Present Research at Academic Conference

On April 11th, the 2012 James J. Whalen Academic Symposium was held on the Ithaca College campus, and the Athletic Training Education Program was represented by 9 different posters and presentations. Held annually to celebrate the tradition of student and faculty collaboration in research and creative activity at IC, the symposium provides students the opportunity to present thesis projects and independent research they have completed. Seven senior and 1 junior athletic training majors compiled and presented their case study research with the help of faculty mentors from the program. Adina Wagner was the lone junior to participate, while senior AT majors Nick Kostishak, Megan Kreyling, Thomas Rice, Courtney Woytovich, and Stephanie Carminati represented the class of 2012 in outstanding fashion. Faculty members Mike Matheny, MS, ATC, Todd Lazenby, MA, ATC, Courtney Gray, MS, ATC, Paul R Geisler, EdD, ATC, Kent Scriber, EdD, ATC, PT and Chris Hummel, MS, ATC were instrumental in helping the students complete and compile the poster presentations. Clinical Associate Professor Hummel also sponsored an oral presentation by Exercise Science major Tim Reynolds to round out the program's representation. Congratulations to all!

Program Director Recognized for National Service from NATA

Dr. Paul R. Geisler, EdD, ATC, Associate Professor and Director of athletic training education was recently notified by the National Athletic Trainers' Association's Honors & Awards Committee that he is to be a recipient of a 2012 Athletic Trainer Service Award. The award recognizes members of the NATA who have demonstrated a strong commitment to their national and local associations and affiliated professional endeavors over a minimum 15 year period of membership. Dr. Geisler received his award at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the NATA in St. Louis, MO on June 28th.

Winter 2011

Faculty and Senior Major Inducted into Honor Society

Chris Hummel, MS, ATC, Clinical Associate Professor and Assistant Athletic Trainer, and Jessica Anderson, ATS, Class of 2012 were inducted into the Ithaca College Chapter of the Alpha Eta Society on February 16 in the VIP room of the Athletics & Events Center on the Ithaca College Campus. Founded in 1975, the Alpha Eta Society is the National Academic Honor Society for the allied health professions, and serves to recognize the academic and professional accomplishments and potential of both students and faculty of allied health education programs. One of 62 chapters nationally, this is the 3rd class of inductees to the Ithaca College Chapter, making Mr. Hummel and Ms. Anderson now 2 of only 12,600 members nationwide. Congratulations to Chris and Jessica for this proud honor, click here to see a pic from the induction ceremony! 

Students & Faculty Present Scholarship at Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association Annual Meeting

Two members of the Class of 2011, Jackie Harpham, ATC and Elyse Putorti, ATC and faculty member, Professor Kent Scriber, EdD, ATC, PT recently presented their research findings at the 2011 EATA Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. Attended by almost 1,400 professionals and students, the research component of the program included 4 oral and 30 poster presentations that were accepted after a rigorous peer review process. Ms. Harpham, now a graduate student at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and her clinical instructor, Chris Hummel, MS, ATC, Clinical Associate Professor presented a case study on a complex foot injury in a collegiate football player, while Ms. Putorti, now an orthopedic patient navigator at Cayuga Medical Center, and her Clinical Instructor, Courtney Gray, MS, ATC, Clinical Assistant Professor presented their case study involving an idiopathic long thoracic nerve injury in a collegiate basketball player. Dr. Scriber was a co-author on IC Exercise & Sport Science master's student Olivia Jarem's poster presentation on collegiate athletes' knowledge of concussions, which was part of her master's thesis while at IC. Click here to see some of the collaborative research done between faculty and students in the athletic training program at Ithaca College! Several Bomber alums were also in attendance at the annual meeting, giving the faculty a chance to catch up with some of their "old" students about past and present times on South Hill!

Clinical Faculty Member Moves On to New Role

Clinical Assistant Professor, Rose Millspaugh, MS, ATC and new mom recently announced her resignation from her position with the Athletic Training Program to become a full time mom, effective at the end of the fall semester. Rose was a valuable member and friend of both the education program and athletics division who was committed to the care of all her athletes, and to the mission of the educational program. Her expertise and energy will be missed, but the program wishes her the best of luck in her new role as a dedicated mom and wife for her family. 

Program Alum Honored by State as "Athletic Trainer of the Year"

John Reynolds MS, ATC, VATL, IC Class of 1990, and the Head Athletic Trainer at George C. Marshall High School in Northern Virginia was the recent recipient of the 2012 Dr Vito Perriello Award for Athletic Trainer of the Year - Secondary School by the Virginia Athletic Trainers' Association for his considerable volunteer service to the profession. This is the second year the VATA has given awards for each practice setting, and it's a tremendous honor for one of our alums to be recognized as the cream of the crop.  The award recognizes the professional and lifelong work of Dr. Perriello, a pediatrician from Charlottesville who was the long-time chair of the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) for the VATA, and who also served as chair of the National Federation of High Schools SMAC. Most importantly, Dr. Perriello was an ardent supporter of athletic trainers, especially those in the secondary school setting. In July of 2011 John represented the VATA and athletic trainers nationwide in an outstanding interview he conducted on Fox TV (DC) regarding the new VA High School Concussion Law, which can be seen here. Congratulations John! 

Senior AT Major Profiled in Cramer's First Aider

Jessica Anderson (Westfield, NJ), Class of 2012, and the 2008 recipient of the NATA's Jack Cramer Scholarship for high school seniors pursuing a career in athletic training, was recently profiled in Cramer Products' First Aider e-Newsletter. Read the full profile here!

Athletic Training Faculty Speaks on Concussions at Medical Meeting

Chris Hummel, MS, ATC, Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences, recently presented at a regional Concussion Management conference held in Syracuse, NY hosted by St. Joseph's Hospital.  Chris spoke on various issues regarding concussion management for high school and collegiate athletes to an audience of 50 physicians, athletic trainers and other healthcare providers. Particular emphasis was placed on creating policies and procedures for high schools and colleges to ensure safe return to activity following concussion, along with the essential role that Certified Athletic Trainers play in this critical process.

2 More Athletic Training Scholarships Awarded to Bomber Students

In continuing with Ithaca's track record for scholarly achievements in its undergraduate athletic training program, senior athletic training and physical therapy double majors James Newton (Englewood, FL) and Courtney Woytovich (Shillington, PA) were recently awarded professional scholarships by the NYSATA and EATA, respectively. Jimmy won the Ed Abramoski Buffalo Bills Scholarship from the New York State Athletic Trainers' Association, while Courtney was the recipient of the Henry Schein Inc. Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association Wes Jordan Scholarship Award. Both awards will be given out at the 2012 EATA Annual Meeting to be held Jan. 6-9 at the Westin Hotel, in Boston MA. Congratulations on a job well done Jimmy and Courtney! In the last 3 years, 12 different National (NATA), Regional (EATA) and State (NYSATA) scholarships have been awarded to outstanding Ithaca College athletic training majors for a total of almost $20,000!

Fall 2011

Professor Scriber Visits China!

Professor Kent Scriber, EdD, ATC, PT, Clinical Education Coordinator, recently returned from China where he was an invited speaker at Beijing Sport University. He presented “Prevention and Management of Low Back Injuries in Golf” for the 2011 BSU Golf Rehabilitation and Training Conference attended by 85 physicians, physical therapists, and golf coaches. Additionally, he presented “The Development of the Athletic Training Profession in the United States” to 110 faculty members and students at Beijing Sports University.

Bomber AT Alum Makes it to "The Show"!

Nancy Patterson, '06, MS, '08, Athletic Training and Clinical Exercise Science, Exercise and Sport Sciences has been promoted the AA Chattanooga Lookouts to their parent club, the Los Angeles Dodgers, or "The Show". In doing so, Nancy is the first female ATC at the major league level! Nancy earned her bachelor’s degree in clinical exercise science and athletic training in 2006 and a master’s in exercise and sport sciences two years later. Ithaca College prepared her well, she says, for the challenge of pro sports: “The first time being on your own with a team can be nerve-wracking. But between the classes at Ithaca and our on-field experience, I felt very well prepared.” “I attribute this to the way IC’s program is put together and the outstanding professors who put in the extra time and effort to help the students succeed.” She’s now assistant athletic trainer for the L.A. Dodgers. “Going to Ithaca is what allowed me to go into baseball,” Nancy says. “Everyone has heard of Ithaca’s athletic training program.”  Read the full story and see pics of Nancy in action at Chavez Ravine here! Congratulations Nancy!

Summer 2011

Program Welcomes Newest Member to the Family

On July 25th, Clinical Assistant Professor Rose Millspaugh, MS, ATC and her husband, Adam, welcomed their first child into the world. Wesley Robert Millspaugh was born at 9:45 p.m., and weighed in at a healthy 7 lbs., 4 ounces, and measured 20.5 inches in height! Mom and child are doing wonderfully, and the program congratulates the Millspaugh family and wishes them many healthy and happy times to come!

Program Director Named to NATA Committee

Associate Professor and Program Director, Paul R. Geisler, EdD, ATC has recently been appointed to a 1 year term on the NATA's Professional Education Committee, under the direction of Dr. Jolene Henning. Comprised only of athletic training educators, the PEC acts as an advocate and resource for students and educators associated with accredited baccalaureate and entry-level athletic training educational programs, and is charged to:

       1. Review and develop the NATA Educational Competencies.
       2. Address issues related to entry-level education.
       3. Be a resource for existing & developing programs.

Spring 2011

Class of 2011 Bids Adieu!

Numbering 20, the AT Class of 2011 has accomplished much both individually, and collectively--over the last 4 years, they have raised the bar for achievement. To date, 19 out of 19 have passed the BOC Examination, 12 have presented research at scholarly conferences, 6 have been awarded national, regional and state AT scholarships, 2 have been inducted into the academic honor society for allied health education, 5 Ithaca College Presidential Scholars, one NATA Students Committee member, one USTFCCCA All-Academic (track and field) member after shattering numerous school, state and conference records, 3 have finished the BS in AT phase of our dual degree AT/DPT program, and one has been chosen as the IC School of Health Sciences & Human Performance "Dean's Award Winner" for achieving the highest GPA in the Department of Exercise & Sport Sciences.

These are just a few of the impressive accomplishments for this large and cohesive group that will be sorely missed on South Hill next fall. Although some are still weighing their post baccalaureate options, we do know where some of them will be in the coming months:

  • Dan Adelman, ATC is attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, working on his master's degree in athletic training.
  • Jackie Harpham, ATC is also attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, working on her master's degree in athletic training.
  • Dan Cassell, ATC is an Athletic Training Intern at SUNY-Potsdam.
  • Alicia Caswell, ATC is attending the University of Massachusetts, Amherst working on her master's degree in kinesiology.
  • Kelly Davis, ATC is at IC working on his clinical doctorate in physical therapy, and as an athletic training intern for the Department of Athletics.
  • Nicole Humpf, ATC is working as an outreach athletic trainer for Cayuga Medical Center Sports Medicine.
  • Richard Mallon, ATC is at IC to working on his clinical doctorate in physical therapy.
  • Jon Lin, ATC is at IC working on his clinical doctorate in physical therapy, and as an athletic training intern for the Department of Athletics.
  • Emily Ondrejka, ATC is attending West Virginia University to work on her master's degree in athletic training.
  • Elyse Putorti, ATC is working as an Orthopedic Patient Navigator at Cayuga Medical Center Sports Medicine in Ithaca.
  • Chelsea Schrade, ATC is working as an Intern at Cleveland Clinic Sports Medicine, in Ohio, and taking classes towards her master's degree at Cleveland State University.
  • Alyssa Sotomayor, ATC is attending the University of Florida, to work on her Master's degree in athletic training.
  • David Bloom, ATC is working as a Clinical Outreach Athletic Trainer for Forme Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, and prepping for medical school.
  • Marirose Benedict, ATC is attending Temple University to work on her master's degree in sport psychology.
  • Allison Kozick, ATC is working at Bouton Physical Therapy, in Rome, NY.
  • Kyle Devins, ATC is the Head Athletic Trainer at Clinton Community College and a Physician Extender at Lake Placid Sports Medicine.
  • Catherine Ortiz, ATC is chillaxing at the moment, but will enroll in spanish medicine classes in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the month of October as a productive way to pass her time before deciding what she wants to do professionally.
  • Mike Becker, ATC is interning as an athletic trainer at Siena College in Loudonville, NY.
  • Taryn Gilrein, ATC working as an athletic trainer in for the Trinity School, in Durham, NC.

Class of 2011 Perfect on BOC Examination!

Ithaca College's Athletic Training Class of 2011 achieved a 100% first-time, pass rate on the national Board of Certification (BOC) Examination, shattering the national average by more than 2:1 margin. Nineteen Athletic Training majors took the exam to become certified athletic trainers, and all 19 PASSED on their first try! The BOC was incorporated in 1989 to provide a certification program for entry-level Athletic Trainers (ATCs), and establishes and regularly reviews both the standards for the practice of athletic training and the continuing education requirements for BOC Certified ATs. The BOC has the only accredited certification program for athletic trainers in the United States.

Passing the BOC examination is the 1st step towards attaining a professional license to practice athletic training in 48 out of 50 states; and the national, first time pass rate averages 46%! Although there are no official records for comparison, its fair to say this performance certainly raises the bar on a national scale! Congratulations to all 18 graduates--you certainly have much to be proud of, and you will be greatly missed!

Class of 2012 AT Major Wins NATA Scholarship

Junior Athletic Training Major, Jessica Anderson has been awarded a 2011 NATA Foundation Scholarship from the NATA Research & Education Foundation. Jessica will be recognized during the Pinky Newell Scholarship & Leadership Breakfast at the NATA's 62nd Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia in New Orleans, June 20-23, 2011. With this prestigious award, Jess joins the long line of Bomber NATA, EATA and NYSATA Scholarship Winners over the last 3 decades!

Sophomore Major Named to EATA Student Delegation

Caroline Lisee, Athletic Training Major Class of '13 was recently selected to serve as a member of the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association Student Delegation for the next 2 years. This selection recognizes Caroline as a leader amongst fellow athletic training students in Districts I and II, and she was nominated for this position by the President of the New York State Athletic Trainers' Association after first being nominated by IC's Program Director, Dr. Paul R. Geisler, ATC.  The EATA Student Delegation involves student representatives directly in the evolution of student government and professional involvement. and is charged with setting the activities for the EATA Annual Conference Student Program and educational sessions, amongst other things. Caroline is the 2nd Bomber AT Major to be chosen for this exciting opportunity, following in the footsteps of Jennifer Keough, ATC, Class of '10.

Program Director Named to Editorial Positions

Dr. Paul R. Geisler, ATC, Associate Professor and Director of Athletic Training Education was recently named to the editorial boards of 2 professional scholarly journals in the athletic training field. In October, he was named an Associate Editor of "Athletic Training & Sports Health Care: The Journal for the Practicing Clinician", and in April, was named to the Editorial Board of "The Athletic Training Education Journal".

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 Fame, Dr. 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's Prevention & 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"!

Summer/Fall, 2010

Bomber Alum Inducted into State AT Hall of Fame

Bernie Stento, MS, ATC (Class of 1989) was recently inducted into 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 from Beijing 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 China, the 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 in Athletic 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.


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