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

2018 Board of Certification Exam Results

undergrad students

This year was a fantastic year for the students who sat for the Board of Certification exam to become certified athletic trainers. The 10 undergraduate students who are graduating and took the exam all passed the exam on the first time. This 100 percent pass rate is fantastic for our accreditation and continues to show the strength of our school and program.


The Master of Athletic Training program had 12 students this year who are eligible to take the exam. Of the 11 taking the exam in April 10 passed on their first attempt for a 91 percent success rate. The 12th student will take the exam in June. Of our undergraduate and graduate students taking the exam combined this year, 20 of 21 passed the exam on the first attempt. Congratulations!

Research Symposium

Our Exercise Science and Athletic Training Department had a big presence in the 2018 Manchester Research Symposium. We are very proud of our students who do research with faculty mentors. As you can see below we have had some great turnouts with our student research. The following were poster presentations.

A Case Study Presentation on a Football Player with a Fractured Radius: A Surgical Intervention
Sydney Thompson……Class of ’19

Major: Athletic Training, Exercise Science and Fitness
Katelynn Skeens…….Class of ’19
Major: Exercise Science and Fitness
Mentor: Ms. Erin Foreman

Gender Performance in 13 Reasons Why
Carissa Fockler…….Class of ’18

Major: Exercise Science and Fitness
Mentor: Dr. Erinn Brooks

Characterizing Amyloid Imaging Agent Binding Site(s) on Synthetic Aβ40 Fibrils
Alexis Figueroa…….Class of ’19

Majors: Chemistry, Exercise Science and Fitness
Mentor: Dr. Peter Spielmann (University of Kentucky)

Deep Vein Thrombosis in Lower Extremity of a Female Collegiate Volleyball Athlete: A Case Study
Kendra Borton…..Class of ’19

Major: Athletic Training
Rachel Roths…….Class of ’19
Major: Athletic Training
Mentor: Mr. Zach Dougal

Morel-Lavallee Lesion in a High School Athlete
Jacey Cauhorn……Class of ’18

Major: Athletic Training, Bachelor of Arts
Jennifer Lichtman……Class of ’18
Major: Master of Athletic Training
Mentors: Mr. Jeff Beer, Mr. Zach Dougal

Exercise Science and Athletic Training End of Year Banquet

The end-of-year banquet was great as usual. Thank you to everyone who helped with speaking, presenting, organizing, etc. Once again this year we had three Majors of the Year representing the three main majors housed in the ESAT Department. As always, we are proud of the three individuals listed below who received this honor. From these three Hunter Gaerte was chosen the Lana Groombridge Award Winner. This winner is chosen from faculty and staff who interact with these students in class and other environments.

Major of the Year Winners

Athletic Training: Spencer Shore
Exercise Science: Taylor Loshe
Physical Education: Hunter Gaerte

Lana Groombridge Award
Hunter Gaerte

Remodeling and Improvements

If you have not been to campus for a while, you should see the improvements to the ESAT and Athletics departments. We have repainted and remodeled the Spartan Room for future events and replaced all of the furniture. Please see our improvements below in the pictures.



Initiatives: In 2018, the ESAT Department looked to the future academically. As department chair I was charged with moving the department forward with a new possible initiative. As we discussed our ideas, one emerged as the leader: adding a master’s degree in nutrition. We developed a proposal and presented it to the Cabinet and the Board of Trustees for consideration. We are awaiting a decision, but we are hopeful.  With this move the ESAT Department would add two registered dietitians to our faculty who would provide academic and research support.  Again, this has not been approved, but we feel strongly about the value of adding this degree to our department.

2018 GLATA: This year Manchester University hosted an alumni event that brought together current students and alumni. The gathering was at the RAM Brewery in Wheeling, Ill., where several alumni come back to chat about old times and the future.


Tim Demchak: We congratulate the Mildred Lemen Distinguished Faculty Excellence Awardee, Tim Demchak, Ph.D., ATC. Dr. Demchak will discuss his community engagement practice here in the Wabash Valley!

Zach Dougal
  1. Congratulations to Zachary Dougal for finishing his Doctor of Athletic Training degree from Indiana State University. Zach has spent the past two years diligently working and studying to finish his DAT. We are extremely proud of our faculty and clinical education coordinator. We are excited for the future of our program.
  2. He has been appointed as a section editor of a new peer-reviewed athletic training journal, Clinical Practice in Athletic Training. In that role, I will oversee all submissions regarding preceptor case studies. The website is almost ready to go live, so I’ll be sure to update you on more information soon.
  3. He is currently serving on the IATA Educational Committee and Scholarship Committee for the upcoming year.
  4. He is waiting to hear back regarding my application to the IATA Diversity Committee chairperson position.

Jacob Meyer: Accepted a position with the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball team.

Frank Sammons ’18: Accepted a position with the Cleveland Indians to be their extended season intern in Cleveland, Ohio, with the MLB team.

Elena White ’18: Will attend Trine University for her doctoral degree in physical therapy.

Spencer Shore ’18: Will attend the University of Indianapolis to study physical therapy.

Jennifer Lichtman ’18 (MAT): became the head athletic trainer for the Jersey Surf World Class Drum and Bugle Corps.

Lauren Burish ’18 (MAT): Will be a certified athletic trainer at Beacon Health System @ John Adams High School.

Robbiccaa Williams ’18 (MAT): Took a certified athletic trainer position at ProRehab Physical Therapy located in Evansville, Ind.

Ciara Maxell ’18 (MAT): Ciara has passed her certified ergonomics assessment specialist (CEAS) certification.

Tyler Hudson ’18 (MAT): Has taken a certified athletic trainer position through Logansport Memorial Hospital in Logansport, Ind., for outreach to a local high school.

Sydney Sims ’18: The certified athletic trainer has accepted a position with Logansport Memorial Hospital in Logansport, Ind., for outreach to a local high school.

Tyler Parish ’18 (MAT):  Accepted a certified athletic trainer position with the Peninsula Oilers baseball team in Alaska.

Paige Keller ’18: An ESAT physical education teaching major, has been named the 2018 Outstanding Future Educator by the faculty in the MU Education Department. She was honored April 6 at the National Education Banquet in Carmel.

MiKayla Duzan '20: Congratulations to the ESAT physical education teaching major on receiving a scholarship from the Indiana Society of Health and Physical Educators.

Garrett Phelps ’18: Congratulations to the ESS student for becoming a certified strength and conditioning specialist.

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