MARQUETTE – Julie Rochester, a health physical education and recreation professor at Northern Michigan University, is the recipient of the 2005 Michigan Athletic Trainers’ Society Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award. 

            Rochester first came to NMU in 1990 as an athletic trainer and coordinator of student development in the athletic training non-degree program.  In 1999, she transferred to the health physical education and recreation (HPER) department where she planned, implemented and directed the new baccalaureate athletic training program.  Her service to the university, local community and several other organizations over the years granted her tenure and promotion at NMU in 2004. 

            “It was mostly the educational aspect that drew me to the athletic training field, which was why I made the shift from the athletics department to the HPER department,” said Rochester.  “I enjoy working closely with students and teaching them what they need to know to go out there and get good jobs in the field.  I was pretty surprised when I learned that I’d be receiving this award, because I know people who’ve received it in the past and never considered myself to be at their level.  But I’m very excited and it’s a great honor to represent NMU for this award.”

            Rochester has teaching experience in approximately nine health promotion/athletic training courses at NMU and currently serves as an active member in several campus organizations including the Campus Visit Program, Student Leader Fellowship Program and the Student Athletic Training Organization, as well as several organizations in the community such as Upper Peninsula Partnerships for Safety and “SAFE KIDS” of Marquette and Alger county. 

She received her award at the 14th annual Michigan Athletic Trainers Society Educational Conference held recently in East Lansing.

Prepared By
Becky Kratz