MAATA Announces Award Winners to be Honored at Awards Banquet

The Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association will hold their 22nd Annual Honor and Awards Banquet Friday, March 20th, 2015 in Omaha, Nebraska. The evening event is held in conjunction with the Association’s 36th Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium.

Awards Banquet Program

Hall of Fame Inductees

James “Jim” Rudd, LAT, ATC
Jim Rudd received his Bachelor of Science degree from St. Lawrence University in Physical Education in 1973, and became a Certified Athletic Trainer the following year. He later earned his Master of Science degree from the University of North Dakota in biology. Jim’s athletic training career began in 1973 as an Assistant Athletic Trainer with the Philadelphia Eagles Football Club, before accepting the Assistant Athletic Trainer position at the University of North Dakota in 1974. After two years in Grand Forks, Jim served as the Head Athletic Trainer at Mercer County Community College for one year, moving on to Kansas State University in 1984. Jim served as the Curriculum Director at West Virginia University for one year, then moved to Valdosta State College, where he worked until the spring of 1989. His final stop brought him back to the University of North Dakota where he first served as the Program Director, then as Assistant Professor.

Jim is a recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Service Award, and has served as a member of the NATA Program Director’s Council, and Chairman of the NATA Memorial Resolution Committee.

At the state level, Jim was elected the inaugural President of both the Kansas Athletic Trainers’ Society, where he initiated the Licensure Committee in the state, and the New Jersey Athletic Trainers’ Society, where he was an original member of the New Jersey Licensure Committee. In addition, Jim is a member of the North Dakota Athletic Trainers’ Hall of Fame, as well as the 2008 recipient of the Legacy Award given by the North Central Conference.

John Roslien, LAT, ATC
John Roslien received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Iowa and became a Certified Athletic Trainer in 1984. John earned his Master of Science degree in 1986 at Western Illinois University.
John’s career began as an Associate Professor at Central College in Pella, Iowa, where he now serves as the Athletic Training Program Director and Associate Professor, twenty-nine years later. In his tenure at Central, John also held the position of Head Athletic Trainer from 1986-2003. He currently serves as the liaison to the Wales Study Abroad Program and the college representative to the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
In addition to being a 2007 Iowa Athletic Training Society Hall of Honor Inductee, John has received the NATA Service Award, as well as the 2014 MAATA Award for Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer. As an active member of District 5, John has contributed on many levels, serving as the organization’s Vice President, Public Relations Chair, and Annual Meeting Exhibit Chair. Perhaps in no greater way have his contributions and influences had an impact as with his efforts and leadership as the MAATA Treasurer. John’s hard work has ever-positively changed the stability of the organization, establishing a strong financial foundation for the future.

Doug Long Ph.D., LAT, ATC
Doug Long, Ph.D., received his Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Nebraska-Kearney in 1984. Following, he earned a Master of Science degree from Fort Hays State University, becoming a Certified Athletic Trainer in 1985. Dr. Long earned his Ph.D. in Health Education and Nutrition Studies from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2008.
Doug began his career as the Head Athletic Trainer at Chadron State University in Chadron, Nebraska. After four years, he accepted a position with Great Plains Regional Medical Center in Platte, Neb., where he currently serves as both a Certified Athletic Trainer and Clinical Exercise Specialist.
He has been a member of the NATA since 1981, and was presented with the NATA Service Award in 2014. Further, he has served as a presentation moderator five times at NATA annual meetings.
At the state level, Doug has served as an active member of the Nebraska State Athletic Trainers’ Association since 1985, and has held the positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Public Relations Director over a thirty-year span. Doug was awarded the Nebraska Athletic Trainer of the Year in 2000. He has also been inducted into the NSATA Hall of Fame.
Since 1985, Doug has served the MAATA, including roles as the Annual Meeting Coordinator, Secretary, and most recently District President. As President, he brought greater structure to procedures, and more recognition to the membership. A snapshot of his accomplishments includes the establishment of committees to review and revise the MAATA Mission Statement, Constitution, and Bylaws, and establishing the mentorship program for younger members associated with the Athletic Training Student Leadership Committee.

Other Award Winners

MAATA Young Professionals’ Committee Distinction Award – Jason Ensrud of Nebraska Wesleyan University
This unique award recognizes a young professional athletic trainer who has made a significant impact on the profession and association while representing the goals and values of the YPC.

MAATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award – Doug West from University of Iowa
This award recognizes MAATA members who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to leadership, volunteer service, advocacy, and distinguished professional activities as an athletic trainer at the district and state levels. Examples of contributions include holding a district office, serving as chairperson or being an active member of committees, or any level of significant impact on the MAATA.

MAATA Athletic Training Service Award – Paul Richter of Black Hills Orthopedic & Spine Center
The Athletic Training Service Award recognizes MAATA members for their distinctive contributions to the athletic training profession at the local, state, and district levels.

MAATA Ethnically Diverse and Female Recognition Award – Taryn West from Presentation College
This award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the professional development of ethnically diverse or female athletic trainers, or has provided exceptional health care services to an ethnically diverse or female population. This award will focus on MAATA members who have made a significant impact within the MAATA District.

MAATA Athletic Training Educator of the Year – Mary Beth Zwart from South Dakota State University
This award is presented to an athletic training educator who exemplifies excellence in the field of athletic training education. The recipient will show excellence in promoting athletic training education by demonstrating significant contributions to the education of MAATA members, students in the classroom, clinical education of students, development of an educational program, or through academic presentations and published work that will enhance the field of athletic training.

Entry-Level Scholarship Winners

TOSA Medical Entry-Level Scholarship – Leah Kroeger of Oklahoma State University
Leah is a junior at Oklahoma State where she carries a 4.0 grade point average. She is a member of Phi Kappa Theta Honor Society, Golden Key, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Phi Kappa Phi. Leah has been very active in outreach activities through her church. Her long-term goals include attending graduate school for athletic training and sports psychology.

MAATA Frank Randall Entry-Level Scholarship – Rachel Evans of Central College
Rachel has a 3.97 GPA student at Central College. She has volunteer experience with the Drake Relays, and has served her campus as a new student orientation leader. Besides her students experiences, she has completed an internship at a physical therapy clinic. She would like to pursue a graduate internship with a Division 1 program.

MAATA Lynn Bott Entry-Level Scholarship – Karisa Fuerniss of Northwestern College
Karisa has a 4.0 grade point average, and has extended herself by serving as a teaching assistant and tutor at Northwestern College. She has worked as a camp counselor and has volunteered as a child care provider for a women’s transitional housing center. She hopes to eventually find employment in a small college setting.

MAATA Jerry Weber Entry-Level Scholarship – Trev Muth of Nebraska Wesleyan University
Trev carries a 3.6 grade point average, and has been honored with numerous academic awards and scholarships during his time at Nebraska Wesleyan. He has prepared two research poster presentations, one at Wesleyan and one at the MAATA.

Post Certification Scholarship Winners

TOSA Medical Postgraduate Scholarship – Maria Backes of Truman State University
Maria will complete her Bachelor’s degree this spring and is awaiting acceptance into a graduate assistantship. She has a 3.96 grade point average and has won numerous academic awards. Maria has invested herself as a peer educator on campus and has served extensively in her university and state student organizations.

MAATA Jim Booher Post Certification Scholarship – Mara Reidel of South Dakota State University
Mara is a graduate student at South Dakota State University, after receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus University. Mara has completed multiple internships and observation experiences outside of her clinical program, including a six-month internship at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

MAATA Terry Noonan Post Certification Scholarship – Jennifer Luper-Lark University of Tulsa
Jennifer is completing her studies at the University of Tulsa and is pursuing a graduate internship at a Division 1 school with a softball experience. Jennifer has a 3.6 grade point average, and has won several academic awards and scholarships. Jennifer has also volunteered her time to professional organizations at the university and state levels.

Research Grant Awards

Adam Rosen and Melanie McGrath – University of Nebraska at Omaha – $2,000
Neurocognitive Deficits in Those with Chronic Ankle Instability

David Shannon and Mary Larson – North Dakota State University – $1,500
Athlete’s Perception of Athletic Trainer Empathy: How Important Is It?

Tona Hetzler and Kristin Tivener – Missouri State University – $1,000
Does Simulation Based Training in Athletic Training Curricula Increase Students’ Clinical Confidence and Competence in Cardiovascular Assessment Procedures?