February 23, 2016
SLU AT Speaker Series Event Provides a Moving Message About Health Professionals Dealing with Adversity
The Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program hosted its 5th Annual Speaker Series and Recognition Ceremony on Monday, February 15 at 7:00pm in the Huh Auditorium at the Center for Global Citizenship.
The event was presented by the Saint Louis University chapter of Iota Tau Alpha - the Athletic Training Honor Society - and supported by the SLU Student Government Association. The evening began with the 2016 initiation ceremony for the SLU Alpha Iota Chapter of Iota Tau Alpha, the National Athletic Training Honor Society.
Alpha Iota Chapter - Iota Tau Alpha
Ryan J. Dale
Erin E. Fabbri
Ali N. Graham
Christopher P. Mecherle
Margaret M. Rowell
Stephanie A. Uhrich
Cara E. Bowton
Bradley J. Bunten
Ryan P. Lilly
David J. O'Loughlin
Christopher A. Spink
Angelina M. Vitale
2015 Iota Tau Alpha honoree Madeleine Bresnahan was also recognized at the event because she was studying abroad in last Spring.
Scholarship award winners Dustin Jamboretz, Rachel Spika and Demeisha Crawford were also recognized.
Then, Dr. Fred Pestello, SLU President, made introductory remarks and welcomed attendees.
The keynote speaker for the event was R. Mark Laursen, MS, ATC, a Clinical Associate Professor of Athletic Training and the Director of Athletic Training Services at Boston University.
The title of his presentation was
#BostonStrong: Our Journey 2012-14, Boston University's Experience with the Boston Marathon.
Mr. Laursen discussed his experience as a health care provider in the 2012 Boston Marathon and during the 2013 event, where a terrorist attack resulted in two pressure-cooker bombs being detonated near the finish line of the race. Three people perished and over 250 others were injured in the attack.
Both immediately following the tragedy and in the years that followed, Boston University played a substantial role with the marathon and in the Boston community. Factors were discussed that affected the support that was provided for those affected.
Following the keynote presentation, there was a panel discussion addressing how Saint Louis University would respond to a comparable tragedy. The panel included: Mark Laursen, SLU Dean of Students Mona Hicks, Ed.D.; SLU Campus Minister Fr. Robert Murphy, SJ, DPT, ATC; and SLU Psychology Professor Michael Ross, Ph.D.
This event was a truly moving and memorable experience!
February 15, 2016
My Experience in the Interprofessional Team Seminar
By: Krystin Haas (MAT Class of 2016)
The Interprofessional Program at SLU is a great asset to have as students. It shows all of the different medical professions how at some point, we will all need each other.
We were able to engage with a group of post-baccalaureate students from many different health professions programs including: medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, social work and nursing.
We discussed the case of Tommy Mallon's cervical spine injury as presented on the website injuredathletes.org. We focused on our preparation, our roles, communication and transitions of care. We were able to discuss best practices and barriers that can occur in managing such a case from the field to the hospital and beyond.
Being able to help lead some of the sessions about the athletic training profession was a great experience. It got us to be excited about our profession and teach the other professions what we are capable and what we know; these sessions made it possible for us to advocate our profession and be passionate about it.
These students that are going through SLU now are the ones that will be out in the medical field when we are practicing. These are the professionals that we will deal with, which makes the experience that much greater.
Advocating for athletic training and showing other health professions why we matter, could potentially save a lot of struggle in the future.
The topics that were raised and the information that everyone (including the AT students) learned will hopefully lead to a better professional relationship in the future.
February 11, 2016
Six Athletic Training majors were among more than 250 Billiken student-athletes that were recognized at Wednesday’s men’s basketball game against Richmond as part of Academic Excellence Night. Academic Excellence Night recognizes Billikens student-athletes who achieved a 3.0 grade point average or greater in the Fall 2015 semester. Congratulations!
February 02, 2016
5th Annual Saint Louis University Athletic Training Speaker Series and Recognition Ceremony
Monday, February 15, 2016, 7:00 PM
SLU Center for Global Citizenship
Keynote speaker Mark Laursen, MS, ATC, will be speaking about the role that Boston University has played with the Boston Marathon and in the community since the attack. He is a Clinical Associate Professor and the Director of Athletic Training Services at Boston University.
After the featured speaker, there will be a panel discussion addressing how Saint Louis University would respond if our city had a comparable tragedy.
The panel will include: Dean of Students Mona Hicks, Ed.D.; Campus Minister Fr. Robert Murphy, SJ, DPT, ATC; and Psychology Professor Michael Ross, Ph.D.
Prior to the presentation, the SLU chapter of Iota Tau Alpha, the National Athletic Training Honor Society, will induct its newest members.
The 5th Annual Athletic Training Speaker Series and Recognition Ceremony, supported through funding from the Student Government Association, is free of charge and open to the public.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 314-977-8561.