Health Sciences and Human Performance

Faculty News

Christine Cecconi, clinical assistant professor of speech-language pathology and audiology, received the Faculty Opportunity Award for 1997–98. Tom Swensen, assistant professor of exercise and sport sciences, was given the 1998 Teaching Excellence Award [see page 8].

Associate professor Ellen Staurowsky, M.S. ’79, received the 1998 Temple University College of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Young Alumni Achievement Award. She also presented papers at conferences this spring: "We Got Next: A Cautionary Tale about Women’s Sport in the United States" at the Eastern Canada Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium; "Men and Women and Title IX: The Things We Think and Hesitate to Say" at the conference of the central south zone of the New York State Association for HPERD held at Ithaca College; "Major League Baseball: A Study in Crisis" at the North American Society for Sport Management conference; and "Searching for Sockalexis: Exploring the Myth at the Core of Cleveland’s Indian Image" at the 10th symposium on baseball and American culture in Cooperstown.

Staurowsky and faculty members Wayne Blann and John Wolohan, with Joshua Goldstien ’98 and James Corlett ’98, conducted a workshop, "Trends and Issues in Corporate Sponsorship in Sports," at the annual meeting of the NASSM.

Wolohan presented "The Americans with Disabilities Act and Professional Sports" at the 11th annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Legal Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity.

Data from the Professional Examination Service’s most recent quarterly report on the Physical Therapy Licensing Exam show that the passing rate of Ithaca College physical therapy graduates consistently far exceeds that of other groups. The highest scorer for any graduate of a New York program for both periods, the first and second quarters of the year, was an Ithaca College graduate.

Associate professor and department chair Katherine Beissner, along with Nicole Bowen, M.S. ’98, Tara Rodriguez, M.S. ’98, and Amanda Varrenti ’97, gave a platform presentation, "The Relationships between Strength, Range of Motion, Balance, and Function in Older Adults," at the combined sections meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Beissner, assistant professor Jennifer Collins, and clinical instructor Mike Buck led a workshop titled "Practical Approaches to the Use of Functional Outcome Measures in Home Health" at the 1998 Scientific Meeting and Exposition of the APTA.

Michael Pagliarulo, associate professor, recently received the Dr. Marilyn Moffat Distinguished Service Award from the New York State Physical Therapy Association.

Nick Quarrier, clinical assistant professor, was elected vice president of the Performing Arts Special Interest Group, part of the orthopedic section of the APTA.

Professor Andy Robinson was honored with the Professional Merit Award by the Clinical Electrophysiology Section of the APTA for his contributions to the development of entry-level curriculum guidelines for clinical electrophysiology and for his work on the standardization of terminology in electrotherapy. He also gave two invited presentations at the APTA combined sections meeting: "Pathophysiology

of Nerve Compression" and "Con temporary Issues in the Clinical Application of TENS for Pain Control."

Roger Riley, associate professor and chair, received the 1997 Illinois Park and Recreation Association Literary Award for the best article published in the association’s bimonthly magazine.

At the New York State Therapeutic Recreation Association conference, Janice Elich Monroe, assistant professor, presented a three-hour session, "The Magical Qualities of Play as a Therapeutic Recreation Intervention."

Student Awards

Members of the class of ’98 garnered many honors as they prepared for life after Ithaca College. Amy Childers and Heather Young were class marshals and earned Dean’s Awards in physical therapy and exercise and sport sciences, respectively. Other Dean’s Award recipients were Jacqueline Carlton, health services administration; Kaitlin Kaeppeler, speech-language pathology and audiology; Kendra McIlvee, therapeutic recreation and leisure services; and Honora Sherkan, health promotion and human movement. Four HS&HP graduating seniors --- Kameil Grant, Phil Mendoza, Bill Roberts, and Sara Satinsky --- were honored with Campus Life Awards for service to the College community. In the Department of Health Services Administration, Kelly A. Testa received the HS&HP 1998 Emerson Summer Internship Scholarship Award.

Kelli M. Kane ’99 and Elaine Gebell ’99, both majoring in health services administration, received the Gerontology Institute Student Summer Internship Grant. Kane is interning at Westwood Senior Village in West Seneca, Gebell at Claire Bridge of Niskayuna, New York.

Therapeutic recreation major Christina Meneses ’99 was presented with the student scholarship at the New York State Therapeutic Recreation Association conference.

Sports information and communication major Kristen Muenzen ’00 wrote an editorial for her hometown newspaper, the Sparta Independent, about the perceived unpopularity of women’s sports. The Women’s Sport Foundation was impressed with her work and featured her editorial in the May/June 1998 edition of its newsletter, Women’s Sports Experience.

Alumni Award

Mike Sweeney ’77 received the 1998 Department of Health Services Administration Alumni Award. The vice president/administrator of Hilltop Retirement Community in Johnson City, New York, home to some 500 residents, Sweeney is also a preceptor and advisory committee member in the HSA program. In March he was honored as one of two "administrators of the year" at the 29th annual convention of the New York chapter of the American College of Health Care Administrators.


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