Letter From Doug

Boiler Up! Win, Lose or Draw…we continue to support our Boilermaker
Student-Athletes. It never ceases to amaze me how our staff can stay
positive even when times get tough. Our focus has, and always will be,
the success and well-being of our student-athletes as well as our teams.
So let’s focus on the good things that have happened around here.
Our athletics department started a new recognition program this year:
The Bravo Award. Recipients will be nominated by their peers within
athletics for their dedication to their job and for putting forth an extra
effort to move Purdue forward. I am very pleased to share with you that
we had 4 recipients this year: Kara Kessans, Jane Bline, Casey Kohr and
Stephanie Leech. Congrats to all four individuals!
This year has also been a success for Team-Sports Medicine. Our
student program continues to thrive in the classroom and we continue to
develop them into fine promotable individuals. Through our Newell-
Combs scholarship fund, we were able to award over $35k in
scholarships. Six juniors and six seniors were given the honor of having
their names placed among the distinguished winners from years past.
Thank you for your continued support, this a tradition that is envied by
programs all around the country.
The month of May has been slow in Boiler country. As our student-
athletes return to campus and youths visit from around the area for
summer camps, we are reminded of how special the campus of Purdue
University is and how lucky we are to be connected to so many great
people. We are looking forward to seeing you all in Indy this summer at
our Alumni event. Please stop in and say hello! Boiler Up, Hammer
Down, Hail Purdue!


While at Purdue, Nicole’s primary responsibilities were to
provide medical care to the women’s soccer team. She also
assisted with men’s and women’s tennis and track and field
teams. In the summer she was Gatorade camp manager
and helped restructure the sports medicine coverage for
summer camps. During the last fall season she had assisted
in a concussion research study with the women’s soccer
team. In February she represented Purdue at the Big Sky
Sports Medicine Conference with a case study poster
presentation. Currently she is looking for employment in the
collegiate athletic training setting.

Krystal’s primary responsibilities during her graduate
assistantship were with the division of recreational sports.
She provided athletic training services to club sports teams
and intramural teams. After graduation, her dream job
would be to return to her alma mater, Franklin College, and
work as an athletic trainer. She would also enjoy working as
an athletic trainer at a small college or as a physician
extender in Indiana.

Katie is graduating with her Doctorate of Philosophy in
Health and Kinesiology. She has previously worked with the
Purdue softball team and spirit squads, the Division of
Recreation Sports, and also as a research assistant with Dr.
Leverenz and Dr. Nauman (Mechanical Engineering). Her
work on helmet attenuation will be presented this summer
as part of the J&J Feature Presentation at the National
Athletic Trainers’ Association annual meeting. Katie and her
husband, Evan, will be moving to Woodbury, MN, following

Junior Athletic Training Student Award Winners
Left to Right: Meeja Richards, Katye Clark, Klint
Dougherty, Paige Creghton, Sarah Hurdish.
Not pictured: Maddie Hansen
Thank you to
all those
Greetings from the academic side…
I’ll begin with a few updates on our faculty. Alice continues as our Clinical Coordinator and is split with athletics as the
rehab coordinator in the athletic training room. Denny is continuing to teach the HK 208 classes, Prevention and
Treatment of Athletic Injuries, and the students love him, as you would imagine. Dr. Zinsmeister retired last summer so
Craig Voll took over teaching anatomy and pathology this year. We miss Dr. Z teaching but she still is around and
continues to help when and where needed. Craig accepted an Assistant Professor position at University of Indianapolis
beginning in the fall so we will be shifting around teaching responsibilities again.

Spring ’14 saw us graduate 15 athletic training students on May 17
. All are set for next year and we wish them well as
they begin their careers. All but one has taken the BOC exam and our students continue to do well. At this time our
overall 3-year first-time pass rate on the BOC is 90%, well above the required national threshold of 70%.We selected 14
new students to enter the program. Our enrollment for next year is 41.

We’re pleased with the new class. The students just keep getting stronger. All of our classes are doing well both in the
classroom and the clinical setting as well as finding meaningful placement after graduation. We can’t ask for more! I’m
continuing to work on moving the program to an Entry-level Master’s Program. Our next comprehensive accreditation
review is in the 2016-17 academic year and I want to have the new curriculum ready for review at that time.

A new and exciting facet of our program is a move toward an international scope. As you know, for several years I’ve
taken the AT students on a study abroad trip to China and did that again this May. Over the past couple of years, I’ve also
been working on a relationship with the athletic therapy education program at Dublin City University in Ireland. This past
spring we had the first 2 students spend the semester at DCU, taking classes in their AT program. The students did a great
job and represented Purdue well. In exchange, we will have 2 DCU students at Purdue for the fall semester. Additionally,
we will have a Sport Rehabilitation student from Beijing Sport University attending for the year, also beginning in the fall.
Our students who were on the SA trip to China in May met and spent some “social” time with Yifu “Cliff” Zhou and are
excited to have him coming. I see these opportunities as just adding to the possible choices our students have when they
graduate. Athletic training is becoming a global profession and we need to have our students ready to be a part of it.
Those are the high points from the education side. Thank you, again, for your support. Anytime you are in the area,
please stop in and say hello. We always like to see you.

Senior Athletic Training Student Award Winners
Left to Right: Shelby Heilman, Chelcee Hill, Erica
Illium, Partson Chinyadza, Aaron Howing, Megan

Grant is from Brookston, Indiana, a very small town north of Purdue. He graduated from
Indiana Wesleyan University, a school in Marion, Indiana with a BS degree in Athletic
Training. His responsibilities will be to provide athletic training services to the co-rec
department. He grew up hearing and seeing the different traditions of Purdue University,
and is excited to finally be a part of them.

Brooke grew up in Oxford, Iowa, a small town outside of Iowa City. She attended the
University of Iowa with a major in athletic training and a minor in psychology. She
primarily assisted with the women's basketball team at the University of Iowa this past
year. Brooke will be working with the men's and women's track team when she
arrives on campus this summer.

After 30 yrs at Purdue, I’m officially retiring effective June 30, 2014. I would
need more space than was offered me to thank all the people who touched my
life at Purdue. Chris Ramsey hired me in Biomedical Engineering in 1984. The
Director, Dr. Leslie Geddes made a huge impact on my career for almost 6.5 yrs.
I was then hired by Coach Gene Keady in 1991. The next 15 yrs in MBB was
unforgettable. His work ethic, loyalty and impact on others, was like no other I
had encountered. When Coach retired, and Matt Painter took over, the loyalty
and love for my job was even greater.
A change was made and Denny Miller hired me in Sports Medicine. The support
I have had the last three years of my career, has been great, not only from the
entire staff, Denny himself, but the new Director of Sports Medicine, Doug
Boersma. He is a family man, loyal to his staff, and dedicated to over 500 student-
athletes. The SM staff welcomed me and never looked back. Thank you to each
one of you.
Now that I am planning life away from Purdue, I’m very excited. I will now
concentrate on what matters most, my family. To each and every one who made
a difference in my life, during my tenure at Purdue, THANK YOU. Kathy O’Brien

Top Row Bottom Row
Cameron Ortyl Paige Creighton
Amanda Campbell Katye Clark
Sarah Hurdish Birke Duerloo
Tiffany Conley Chloe Salway
Grace Macleod Meeja Richards
Klint Dougherty
Not pictured: Maddie Hansen, Jordon Moore

Birke Duerloo
Maddie Hansen
Top Row Middle Row Bottom Row
Steve Hansen Louis Matrisciano Abigail McClintock
Michael Howk Lori Hann Grace Connell
Tanner Maksymicz Brad Herman Jordan Leikel
Natalie Ater Grace Browning
Vanessa Saqib-Vicente Madeline Pellikan

Top Row Middle Row Bottom Row
Emily Rupp Emily Loew Claire Albert
Mitchell Thain Mary Jo Soller Jessica Wargo
Mike Louderback Kristen Mercker Trilliah Fazle
Alexander Taylor Morgan Deplanty Roxy Maslikowski
Maureen Brooks Jennifer Hussey

The Purdue Athletic Training Club is a student organization on campus where
athletic training students can practice new and old clinical skills, while also
volunteering within the community. The club continues to serve as a
mentor/mentee program for the incoming freshman as they further expand their
knowledge and skills in athletic training.

Throughout the year, we had the opportunity to finesse various skills and
practices. Spine boarding in the pole vault pit presented an exciting challenge
and surprisingly there were many volunteers to play the victim. Vacuum splint
application, spine boarding in lacrosse and football gear, and role playing
emergency situations, are a few other proficiencies practiced.

During the 2013 fall semester, the students were busy with many events. We
sent our largest group of thirteen students to the Indiana Athletic Trainer's
Association convention to participate in the IATA Student Skills Challenge and
Quiz Bowl. Overall, our teams did well, but looking forward to improvement
next year. Our club hosted a toiletry drive for 3 weeks to support the local
homeless shelter, as well as continuing our Christmas tradition of donating to
Toys for Tots. We were able to donate two car loads full of toys!

There were a couple of special events that our club was excited to participate
in. IATA hosted a Pacers night where students were able to enjoy a night with
other Athletic Training students across the state and then cheer on the Pacers
as they faced the Utah Jazz. Another event we were happy to take part in was
Purdue's Relay for Life. Our club raised over $250 contributing to the $111,000
raised for the event.

In order for us to continue to participate in these various events, our club held
two fundraisers. With the best cheese bread in town, the skip-a-meal at Mad
Mushroom was found to be a delight. The annual Penny Wars was also
successful, raising almost $300.00. The staff member and student with the
highest and lowest amount of money in their jars received a pie in the face.
This year the lucky winners were: Dr. Alayne Sundstrom, Sal Vallejo, junior
Chloe Salaway, and sophomore Michael Howk.

As Iota Tau Alpha continues to strengthen in numbers, our plan is to expand
our community involvement. Increasing the number of Quiz Bowl teams at
IATA and volunteering at Purdue University Dance Marathon are a few events
mentioned by our new officers, that they wish to get involved with next
year. Your new officers include: Tanner Maksymicz- President, Katye Clark-
Vice President, Mary Jo Soller- Secretary, Grace Connell- Treasurer, Natalie
Ater- Historian, and Michael Loudervack- Representative.
Thank you for your continued support, and Boiler Up!

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575 Massachusetts Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Come join us for some
finger foods & a cash
June 25

8:00pm –
Nine Irish Floor

As most of you know from previous years, the
Purdue family has set up an NATA Scholarship
in the name of Denny and Linda Miller. For all
of you who have donated to the scholarship
we thank you very much. This effort has been
spearheaded by Randy Cohen and Craig Voll
and it is our intention to raise enough to make
this a yearly $2,500 scholarship. We are still
working towards endowing the scholarship as
a tribute to Denny and Linda for everything
they have done for Purdue University. If you
are interested in making a contribution please
contact Randy Cohen or Craig Voll.
The Varsity P Club was created under the umbrella of the John Purdue Club to
unite former Boilermaker varsity student-athletes, athletic trainers, managers and
spirit squad members into a passionate community with a life-long commitment to
each other and Purdue Athletics. As athletic training alumni, your dedication and
support behind the scenes has proven to be one of the most critical components in
the success of our sport programs. As we look to the future, we recognize that in
order to continue to build a strong athletic training program, we need you and
other athletic training alumni to become active supporters of YOUR program.
To date, there is only 7.6 percent of our athletic training alumni who financially
support Purdue Athletics by being members of the John Purdue Club/Varsity P
Club. This currently places athletic training as the least active sport program at
Purdue. Please take time to discuss this fact with other athletic trainers you stay in
touch with and take pride in making sure your program has a stronger alumni
participation. Remember, you have the choice to determine if you want your
contribution to go towards the Newell-Combs Athletic Training Scholarship fund
to help benefit our current and future athletic trainers or to another sport
For more information, please click the following link Varsity P Club Information or
call Chris Clopton, Director of Varsity P Club, at 765-494-8671. Also, please note
that by joining the John Purdue Club, this automatically qualifies you to become
an active member of the Varsity P Club.

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Stephanie Leech, M.Ed, ATC

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