Four members of the Saint Louis University (SLU) Athletic Training program recently received honors for their respective work. Student Caitlin Gibson was awarded the Elie A. and Karen A. Baho Scholarship; student Amelia Meigs was awarded a Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association (MoATA) grant to attend the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) iLead Conference; Associate Professor Katherine Newsham, PhD, ATC, was elected Secretary of the Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association (MAATA); and Program Director Anthony Breitbach, PhD, ATC, was named a Short Reports Editor for the Journal of Interprofessional Care.
Gibson, a senior in the Athletic Training program, was one of two students this year to receive the Baho Scholarship, which was established in order to provide scholarship benefit to an undergraduate student in either the field of engineering or the field of health care sciences. Gibson was very excited to hear the news that she had received the scholarship.
“I was extremely grateful to hear that I had been awarded the Baho Scholarship,” said Gibson. Gibson hopes that, one day, the education that this scholarship helps to provide will help her achieve her dream. “I would love to work as an athletic trainer for a professional team someday. My dream job is to work for a team in the English Premier League.”
Meigs, a graduate student in the Athletic Training program, earned a grant from the MoATA that will provide her with $500 to travel to attend the NATA iLead Athletic Training Student Leadership Conference in Grapevine, Texas later this semester. The conference is only available to juniors, seniors and graduate students that are NATA members, and it will be held in conjunction with the Athletic Training Educators’ Conference.
“It is an incredible honor considering there are many athletic training programs across Missouri,” Meigs said. “I am extremely excited to attend the conference and I hope to gain leadership skills and learn more about how to be a leader in the field of athletic training.”
Dr. Newsham, who currently serves as president of the MoATA, was recently elected to Secretary of the MAATA – one of the ten districts of the NATA. As secretary for the MAATA, Dr. Newsham will serve the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota, and she is eager for the new opportunity.
“I’m honored to fill the position of Secretary for the Mid America Athletic Trainers’ Association. This is a great opportunity to continue to serve the organization in their important role of promoting our profession,” Dr. Newsham said.
Dr. Breitbach will be joining the Journal of Interprofessional Care as a short reports editor. The journal was created to disseminate research and new developments in the field of interprofessional education and practice pertaining to the fields of primary, community and hospital care, health education and public health and beyond health and social care into fields such as criminal justice and education. Dr. Breitbach will draw from his experience he has from his ongoing work with interprofessional education at SLU.
“It’s exciting to get this opportunity to serve with colleagues from all over the world,” Dr. Breitbach said. “I am honored to be the first athletic trainer selected as an editor for the premier international journal dedicated to interprofessional education and practice.”