HSHP students honored at Whalen Symposium

Four students from the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance were honored April 10 as part of the James J. Whalen Academic Symposium held in the Campus Center at Ithaca College.

Sarah Donovan, an athletic training major in the class of 2014, was an award winner for her poster presentation “Exercise-induces Laryngeal Obstruction in a Collegiate Male Soccer Athlete,” which was faculty sponsored by Michael Matheny and Mary Pitti.

Nicola Jennings, a health education major in the class of 2014, was an award winner for her oral presentation “Do Sleep, Stress, and Gender Impact Academic Performance in Ithaca College Students?” which was faculty sponsored by Miranda Kaye and Srijana Bajracharya.

Donette Ritchie and Rebekah Wolinsky, public community health majors in the class of 2014, were award winners for their oral presentation “Improving Infant and Maternal Health in El Salvador: Think Locally, Act Globally,” which was faculty sponsored was sponsored by Karen Edwards.

The Whalen Symposium is an annual event giving Ithaca College students the opportunity to showcase excellence in works of scholarship, research, and creativity. In total, Whalen hosted nearly 200 works and handed out 10 awards for oral presentations, two for poster presentations, one for performance, and one for creative design.

HSHP was well represented with 102 students accounting for 59 presentations and 17 award finalist nominations. HSHP students were responsible for nearly a third of all presentations, tackling diverse topics including body image difference in female collegiate athletes, the use of Google Glass in assessing interpersonal skills, and the risks associated with mammograms.

"It was with great pride that I attended this year's Whalen Symposium to witness the research projects of our students," HSHP dean Linda Petrosino said. "I attended poster sessions and oral presentations that show cased high-impact student involvement and impressive results. It certainly was a wonderful day of experiencing the drive, passion, and talent of the IC student."

To see a full list of presentations, check out the Whalen Symposium program.


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