2017-18 End-of-Year Update
The end of the semester definitely ran away, leaving little time and lots of distractions from social updates. Let's take a moment to re-cap on the events of the fantastic ending.
The end of the year was particularly exciting with awards and the inevitable, much anticipated graduation. On May 8, 2018, the Student Athletic Training Association (SATA) executive board hosted an end-of-year cookout that saw involvement from across both degree programs. Students enjoyed good food, cornhole and a cohort vs. cohort kickball game. Though well trained for the event, all injuries were minor and nothing was left on the field except blood, some tears and a lot of pride. In conjunction with this event, the faculty handed out the traditional superlatives to recognize students that stood out in the past year. Though there were many outstanding students in different areas throughout the year, the following students were recognized:
- Outstanding Junior: Aly Buehler
- Most Improved Junior: Maddie Wyatt
- Outstanding Senior: Catherine Young
- Outstanding First-Year MS in AT Student: Emily Roberts
- Outstanding Second-Year MS in AT Student: Jamisha Banks
A few days later at the Department of Exercise and Sport Science Honors and Awards Celebration, students and faculty connected to the athletic training program took home nine of the 22 awards distributed. The following students and faculty were recognized:
- Courtney Carrico (BS in ESS: Pre-AT/Pre-PT conc.) - Outstanding Junior and the Fred Darling Physical Education Leadership Award
- Owen Petersen (BS in AT) - Outstanding Senior and the Leadership Merit Award
- Emily Roberts (MS in AT) - Outstanding Athletic Training Graduate Student Award
- Tegan Evans (BS in AT) - Samuels Scholarship
- Dr. Spigelman (faculty) - Excellence in Advising Award
- Dr. Sciascia (faculty) - Excellence in Scholarship and the Excellence in Teaching Awards
With the EKU Athletic Training Program representing well in the final days of the semester, graduation was the final touch, the icing on the cake! The 2018 graduation saw the first cohort of 5 students in the MS in AT program and the second to last BS in AT cohort. The MS in AT cohort made it to graduation after 2 years of classes, 38 weeks of full immersion experiences, sweat and maybe some tears. All five students were hooded and walked across the stage. It was momentous but might have been overshadowed by the joy experienced earlier in the month as the BOC exam results were released. Of the four students, that opted to take the exam during the Jan/Feb or Mar/Apr test cycles, all four passed on the first attempt, leaving the first cohort with a 100% pass rate to date. This is no easy feat and speaks to the dedication of these students and their faculty in preparing for the event. It speaks to the impact of their preceptors who divulged wisdom and experience, allowing the students to learn through hands-on application.
The graduation of the second to last cohort in the BS in AT Program was no-less momentous and required the same amount of effort. This cohort boasted a 90% first attempt pass rate on the BOC exam and raised the EKU 3-year average. Though they weren't a first or a last class, they managed to set the bar in many academic areas, contributed to the student club in ways that were unprecedented, contributed to some great Quiz Bowl teams and will be greatly missed.
Matthew J Sabin
Published on May 29, 2018