From the department of exercise science and athletic training at Manchester University

Homecoming reunites alumni and faculty

Homecoming was a great turnout this year. The Department of Exercise Science and Athletic Training tent (on East Street this year) was the site of many reunions that included alumni from the Exercise Science, Athletic Training and Physical Education Programs. Attendees enjoyed watching a video featuring athletic training alumni by Nate Corder, MU videographer, as well as a photo montage of our recent study abroad trip to Ireland and London compiled by Tyler Hudson, second year MAT student. The trip abroad was also the subject of an Encore Lecture by Jeff Beer and Ryan Hedstrom, focusing on the logistics and collaboration between the Exercise Science and Sport Management Programs.

Pictured above, left to right, are Lana Groombridge, Zach Dougal, Jeff Beer, Mark Huntington, Alicia Krueckeberg '08 VanZile, Adam VanZile '09 and Dan Jones '09. 

Successful students and alumni

We'd like to congratulate the following students and alumni for their continued success. . 

  • Elena White has been accepted to Trine University for Physical Therapy School.
  • Adam Gibson passed his national Board of Certification exam on his first attempt.
  • Heather Dorn accepted a position teaching physical education at Harrison Elementary School. 
  • Holly Rawles Schultz is a family and consumer science teacher at Central Noble High School, Albion, Ind.
  • Kevin Kling is a physical education teacher at Huntington Catholic School.
  • Andrew Gray accepted a position at Wawasee Middle School, while coaching men’s soccer at
    MU this fall.
  • Brian Clark is currently working as a graduate assistant at Western Kentucky University in the School of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport.
  • Kari Carpenter is an athletic trainer at Franciscan Health, Crown Point, Ind.
  • Sam Burrows is a certified athletic trainer for LaPorte High School, LaPorte, Ind.
  • Brandon Madden works at Avon High School near Indianapolis as an athletic trainer for Hendricks Regional Health Sports Medicine.
  • Courtney Chowning is a certified athletic trainer at Franciscan Health Indianapolis
  • Blake Miller is a certified athletic trainer at Indiana Physical Therapy.
  • Cody Harlan is an athletic trainer graduate assistant at Anderson University.
  • Megan Smith is a graduate assistant at Ball State University working toward her master's degree in  clinical neuropsychology
  • Alexis Boursier is a graduate student at Valparaiso University.
  • Heather Racine is a certified athletic trainer with Parkview Health.
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    MU welcomes back Michael Salazar

    Michael Salazar, 1998 alumnus, now assistant athletic trainer for the Cleveland Indians, made a visit to Manchester on Nov. 17. In an informal talk with MU students, he shared experiences and stories about working in major league baseball, including the 2016 World Series, in which the Indians fell to the Cubs in seven games. He credits MU as being instrumental in his success and, as an advocate for the University's Athletic Training Program, says  that he is always looking for great people from Manchester University to promote in the league. We congratulate Michael on his achievements.

    IATA Posters

    Four Manchester students were asked to present their academic posters at the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association 2017 Annual Fall Business Meeting and Clinical Symposium held Nov. 5. in Carmel, Ind.  The hard work of Frank Sammons, Jacey Cauhorn, Jennifer Lichtman and Sydney Sims paid off when their abstracts and posters were chosen by the IATA. Sammons, Lichtman and Cauhorn have also submitted posters to the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association for their annual meeting in March. The following posters were presented. 

    • A Morel-Lavallee lesion on the dorsal side of the left hand in a male high school football athlete: A case study. Cauhorn JR, Lichtman JE, Geraghty RP, Beer JA, Dougal ZJ. Click here to view poster.
    • Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee in an Adolescent Female Soccer Player: A Case Study.  Sims, S & Beer, JA. Click here to view poster
    • Polycystic Kidney Disease in a Collegiate Track Athlete: A Case Study. Franklin Sammons, ATS; Jordan Redding, MS, LAT, ATC, Jeffrey Beer, MA, LAT, ATC. Click here to view poster.

    2018 Northeast Sports Medicine Symposium

    Manchester University and Parkview Sports Medicine will host its 4th annual Northeast Sports Medicine Symposium (NEISMS), Feb. 10, 2018, to be held at the Mirro Center in Fort Wayne, Ind.  Any medical professional interested in obtaining education on various topics in sports medicine are welcome. BOC and APTA continuing education units will be available. Please visit for more information and registration.

    GLATA Alumni Outing:

    This year the Athletic Training Program will host its first GLATA alumni gathering in conjunction with the annual GLATA conference. The event will be held at the RAM brewery from 7-10 p.m., Friday March 16. Light appetizers will be provided as well as a cash bar and chances to win Manchester University prizes. Manchester University athletic training students and alumni are welcome. Registration is encouraged.

    Connect with us! Please take this opportunity to update your profile and share your news with alumni and friends of the Exercise Science and Athletic Training program. In addition, please indicate your interest in participating with the University in other ways. (If you have already expressed your interests, there is no need to respond again unless your preferences have changed).

    To contact us, email Jeff Beer at