August 28, 2008

Welcome Home!

There is a SLU tradition in the first week of school where students, faculty and staff celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit in St. Francis Xavier College Church. After the mass everyone gathers in their academic units to have lunch and get acquainted.
The Doisy College of Health Sciences met as a group in the Multipurpose Rooms of the Busch Student Center. This year was especially important to us because it is our program's first year. There was a great turnout and many prizes were given out, including an iPhone.
Mary Finkenkeller, Shelley Frank and Lizzy Kienstra

Nick Giovannetti, Angela DeLaria & Alyson Dykes

August 21, 2008

Countdown to kickoff

We would like to welcome all of our students back to SLU as they move in and classes start on August 25th. This is an exciting time for all of us!

Speaking of kickoff, things are going well in our students' first clinical rotations with football at Washington University. Darcy Downey, our clinical coordinator, took some "action shots" of our students.
The Bears first game is at Greenville College on Saturday September 6th, click to see the entire schedule:

August 20, 2008

Saint Louis University Climbs in U.S. News & World Report 'Best Colleges' Rankings

SLU listed among the top five Jesuit schools in United States

ST. LOUIS -- U.S. News & World Report once again has recognized Saint Louis University as one of the finest Jesuit, Catholic universities in the United States.

In the 2009 edition of "America's Best Colleges," SLU climbed to No. 80 among the more than 250 national universities in the country -- a list topped by Harvard, Princeton and Yale. The ranking placed SLU among the top five Jesuit universities in the country for the sixth consecutive year.

"With an exceptional combination of Jesuit values, challenging academics and groundbreaking research, it's no surprise that Saint Louis University continues to attract such national attention," said University President Lawrence Biondi, S.J.

SLU's undergraduate programs continue to earn national recognition.

Individual programs also made this year's rankings. The University's undergraduate engineering programs -- offered through SLU's Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology -- were named among the top 40 in the nation. Additional rankings for SLU are expected to be included in extended rankings scheduled to be released online tomorrow. The U.S. News rankings come on the heels of another national honor for SLU's undergraduate programs.

In July, The Princeton Review, a New York-based education services company, recognized SLU as one of the best schools in the country for undergraduate education. Only about 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges made the 2009 edition of "The Best 368 Colleges."
The top rankings for SLU don't end at the undergraduate level. Earlier this year, U.S. News named SLU's health law program the best in the nation for the fifth year in a row. In its "Best Graduate Schools 2009" issue, the magazine also gave high marks to numerous other graduate programs, including geriatrics, part-time MBA, occupational therapy and physical therapy.
SLU also is recognized as one of the nation's leading education values. Both Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Consumers Digest have recognized SLU as a best buy in higher education. The University strives to keep its nationally recognized education affordable, which is why 97 percent of freshmen receive scholarships.

The U.S. News and Princeton Review rankings come at an exciting time at SLU. This year, the University has enrolled one of its biggest and brightest freshman classes in history, drawing students from all 50 states and more than 80 foreign countries.

This spring, SLU opened the $81 million Chaifetz Arena on campus. This 10,600-seat, multipurpose arena offers the Billikens a true home court advantage and provides a world-class venue for top-notch concerts. The University also recently completed another historic building project: the Edward A. Doisy Research Center. This $82 million, state-of-the-art facility is helping SLU's world-renowned scientists further research discoveries in key areas, such as cancer and aging.

Saint Louis University is a Jesuit, Catholic university ranked among the top research institutions in the nation. The University fosters the intellectual and character development of more than 12,300 students. Founded in 1818, it is the oldest university west of the Mississippi and the second oldest Jesuit university in the United States. Through teaching, research, health care and community service, Saint Louis University has provided one-of-a-kind education, leadership and service for 190 years.

August 12, 2008

A "Grand Connection" with Billiken Athletics

We are very fortunate to have such a great relationship with the athletic department at Saint Louis University. They serve as partners in our efforts to provide the best possible professional preparation for our Athletic Training Students.

The SLU magazine "Grand Connections" ran a nice article on the academic/athletics collaboration in its July edition. We have also placed the article on the website.

Read it here:

Our partnership is also evident by the SLU athletes that have chosen Athletic Training as their major:

Lindsay Ciresa, Freshman. Softball
Mallory Dugger, Freshman, Women's Track & Field
Ashley Gaillot, Freshman, Volleyball
J.J. Hannigan, Sophomore, Men's Track & Field
Evan Johnson, Freshman, Men's Soccer
Heather King, Senior, Women's Basketball
Colleen Kustura, Freshman, Women's Soccer
Zach Miller, Freshman, Baseball
Keri O'Keefe, Sophomore, Softball
Cody Stites, Sophomore, Baseball
Caitlin Werkmeister, Sophomore, Women's Soccer

Best of luck to them as they start fall practices!

August 05, 2008

On TV about practice in the heat...

Tony made an appearance on Channel 5, KSDK, during the noon news on August 5, 2008.

He was interviewed by Art Holliday about the dangers of practice in the heat during 2-a-days.

See it here:

August 01, 2008

Summer's almost over...time to get ready for clinicals...

This has been a busy week for our program and our students in the professional phase of our program.

On Monday, July 28th the students had their final in Gross Anatomy (and they all lived to tell about it haha)

On Wednesday, July 30th we had the written final, practical final and student presentations in MAT 501, Principles of Athletic Training.

On Thursday, July 31st we had a training session for a group of athletic trainers who will be serving as Approved Clinical Instructors for our program.

Mary Stephen, from SLU's Reinert Center for Teaching Excellence gave an excellent presentation on learning styles and clinical teaching strategies.

The following Certified Athletic Trainers attended the session:

Mike Berry - Washington U

Anna Braun - Washington U

Jonathan Burch - SLU

Elena Claus - PRORehab/Marquette HS

Martin Fields - Webster U

Shawn Garlock - PRORehab/Velocity

Theresa Hummel - SLU

Lori Khazen - Athletikare

Scott Kugler - Pioneer Sports Medicine/Chaminade College Prep

Rick Larsen - Washington U

Aaron McBride - Pioneer Sports Medicine/Notre Dame HS

Kelly Mitchell - Washington U

Joi Richardson - PRORehab/Kirkwood HS

Amy Schork - Webster U

Miya Sullivan - SLU

Angie Wills - SLU

Sean Wright - Webster Groves HS

The participants also enjoyed a lunch catered by Fresh Gatherings Cafe in the Doisy College. It provided a great opportunity for some good food and fellowship.

Angie Wills, Lori Khazen and Anna Braun

Joi Richardson and Miya Sullivan
Mark Reinking, PT/AT Department Chair and Amy Schork