2014-15 Outstanding Graduating Graduate Student Award
Matthew Kilgas - Exercise Science
Matt has an overall GPA of 3.96/4.0 in Exercise Science. He has presented papers at the Midwest American College of Sports Medicine meeting and at the International Rock Climbing Research Congress, in Pontresina, Switzerland. He recently submitted a paper to present next summer at the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport Meeting in Poitiers, France. Matt is currently conducting his thesis project: The effect of magnesium carbonate (chalk) on rock climbing economy. In addition, Matt is instrumental in the Exercise Science Lab where he assists other students in learning how to use equipment, fixes equipment and software, and serves as an extra pair of hands.
2014-15 Outstanding Graduating Senior Award
Samuel Tallidis - Secondary Education Physical Education
Sam Tallidis is a very deserving recipient of the Outstanding Graduating Senior Award. Sam has demonstrated stellar academic and professional experience preparation in the areas of Education, Physical Education, and Health. With an overall 4.0 GPA and many service and professional development activities on his resume, he has surfaced as a leader and an exemplary model of NMU programs. In addition, you will see that Sam has received numerous awards and recognitions further reinforcing the type of hard work, dedication, and values he believes in. Here are just a few of his honors:
- 2014 MAHPERD Scholarship Award winner
- 2014 NMU Major of the Year Award
- NMU Transfer PTK Award
- The Dr. Nicholas Mannos Educational Scholarship
- NMU National Transfer Award
- NMU Transfer Excellence Award
Currently, Sam is excelling in his final semester at NMU in which he is student-teaching in the Traverse City School District. Early indications this semester show Sam to be a highly effective educator, with the passion and dedication to make a real difference in the lives of his students. Sam is scheduled to graduate May 2, 2015.
2013-14 Outstanding Graduating Graduate Student Award
Bridget Durocher - Exercise Science
Bridget Durocher will graduate with the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Exercise Science in May of 2014. In addition to her excellent academic achievement in courses, Bridget completed a research Thesis titled Acute Effects of Long Distance Running on C-Reactive Protein and Arterial Stiffness. Her research resulted in peer reviewed presentations accepted for a conference on Experimental Biology in San Diego, CA and the Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in Orlando, FL. Bridget received a Northern Michigan University (NMU) Excellence in Education Award of $1,500 to support her research. Bridget is writing a procedure manual for a new normobaric hypoxia chamber located in the Exercise Science Laboratory at NMU. Bridget is an excellent role model who promotes a healthy, active lifestyle. Her future goals entail striving for excellence in the exercise science field as a cardiac rehabilitation specialist.
2013-14 Outstanding Graduating Senior Award
Danielle Keeler - Athletic Training
Danielle Keeler is one of the most determined students to come through the NMU Athletic Training Program. She has been very successful in the classroom and as a leader on campus and in the community. Her academic achievements have given her an early admission decision to Central Michigan University’s Physical Therapy program, where she will be headed this summer. She successfully completed various edges in NMU’s Superior Edge program, has completed hundreds of hours of community service, and has stepped up into leadership positions that have assisted NMU athletic training students to participate in a number of professional education opportunities. Finally, Danielle is to be commended for sitting for the Athletic Training Board of Certification national examination in February – three months earlier than most other students sit for this exam.
2012-13 Outstanding Graduating Graduate Student Award
Morton Harwood - Exercise Science
Morton has maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA throughout his graduate studies at NMU. He is a consistent and active participant in class discussions and problem solving endeavors and has set the standard for students in the program. In additions to his academic work, Morton has served as a graduate teaching assistant for the School of Health and Human Performance for two years. Morty’s students rate him very highly as an instructor both in health promotion activity classes and course laboratory sessions such as anatomical kinesiology. He has also served as a volunteer tutor and study sessions facilitator for human anatomy students. Morty has exemplified professionalism and a keen interest in the material, which helps students engage in the course and apply it to their lives. He has been an asset in maintaining the quality of the department is undergraduate course offerings. While at NMU, Morty has received certifications from professional organizations including the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the American Red Cross. He has presented at the 1st Annual Exercise is Medicine Conference, Marquette General Hospital and to the NMU Student Leader Fellowship Program. He has an exemplary work ethic and is someone whose value to our service programs has been extraordinary. Morton plans to continue his studies at the Ph.D. level.
2012-13 Outstanding Graduating Senior Award
Mitchell Stephenson -Sports Science
Mitch will graduate with a degree in sports science in May, after making the dean’s list every term at NMU. He was a recipient of the NMU Presidential Scholarship, a Freshman Fellowship and an NMU Student Technology Innovation Award. He was lead author of three papers and coauthor of four papers presented at meetings of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports, the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference. He is a two-time recipient of the Michigan Campus Compact Heart and Soul Award. Mitch plans to attend the University of Wyoming to study kinesiology and eventually earn a doctorate in biomechanics.
2011-12 Outstanding Graduating Graduate Student Award
Adam Shultz - Exercise Science
Adam has maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA throughout his graduate studies at NMU. He is a consistent and active participant in class discussions and problem-solving endeavors and has set “the standard” for students in the program.
In addition to his academic work, Adam has served as a graduate teaching assistant for the School of Health and Human Performance for two years. His students have rated him very highly in course evaluations. Adam has also served as a volunteer tutor and study session facilitator for undergraduate exercise physiology students. He has exemplified professionalism and a keen interest in the material that helps students engage in the course and apply it to their lives. He has been an asset in maintaining quality of undergraduate course offerings of the Department.
Adam Shultz has been outstanding in applying his knowledge of exercise science to the practicalities of adult fitness and cardiac rehabilitation through internship work and exercise leadership with the NMU GETFIT exercise program. He has worked with people of a wide range of abilities and conditions, guiding them through functional exercises to help make the activities inherent in their daily lives not only possible but more enjoyable due to less fatigue. He has an exemplary work ethic and is someone whose value to our programs has been extraordinary.
2011-12 Outstanding Graduating Senior Award
Sarah K. Leissring - Sport Science
Sarah K. Leissring of Juneau, WI graduated in Sport Science in May 2012. She has made the Dean’s list every term at NMU and was selected the University 2012 Outstanding Student of Any Class. In addition to her academic work, Sarah is a recipient of a Freshman Fellowship and two University Scholar Research Awards.
Sarah has been the lead author of four papers and coauthor on six additional papers presented at meetings for the International Congress on Science in Skiing, the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports, and the American College of Sports Medicine annual meetings. She is currently analyzing the data to submit “Knee joint angle and muscle activation in running on level and inclined surfaces” to the journal Clinical Biomechanics. Her research has sought to find the causes of the great disparity between women and men suffering non-contact knee injuries.
Sarah has taken a leadership role in the HPER Exercise Science Lab, by tutoring new lab workers, including graduate students, in how to use kinematic analysis equipment on three different software systems. She is adept at using all types of Biomechanical research equipment and is sought out by her fellow students for help in running their projects.
Sarah has also sought to improve the lives of her fellows in society. During the summer of 2010 she worked at Bay Cliff Health Camp with six 10-12 year old physically disabled girls. During this time she helped with their physical therapy program and in recreational activities. Her work was recognized by her being selected to be the Teen Coordinator/Assistant Program Director for 2011. She has also been a two year volunteer at Bay Cliff’s Snow Days and Family Camp for Spina Bifida.
Sarah is a graduate of NMU’s Superior Edge and Student Leader Fellow Programs and currently President of Northern Arts and Entertainment. She will start her Doctorate in Physical Therapy program at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in June.
Athletic Training Education Program Student Honors
The following students were honored at the Athletic Training Awards Banquet on April 1:
- Theodore Vandermeuse - John L. Lehtinen Most Valuable Athletic Training Student Award
- Tiffany Strobel - John L. Lehtinen Most Valuable Athletic Training Student Award
- Jonathan Slattery - Barbara J. Patrick Athletic Training Student Newcomber Award
- Stephanie Ridolphi - Barbara J. Patrick Athletic Training Student Newcomber Award
- Zak Christie - Athletic Training Student Unsung Hero Award
- Emma Budros - Athletic Training Student Unsung Hero Award
- Jonathan Bauers - Athletic Training Student Most Improved Award
- Samantha Stevens - Athletic Training Student Most Improved Award
- Keenan Quinlevan - Athletic Training Student Program Director Award
- Sarah Hellmann - Athletic Training Student Program Director Award
- Daniel Stam - Athletic Training Student Outstanding Graduating Senior Award
- Stephanie Felton - Athletic Training Student Outstanding Graduating Senior Award
Michigan Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (MAHPERD)
- Ashley Pryor (Community Health Education) has been awarded the 2010-2011 MAHPERD Outstanding Michigan Major of the Year Award.
American Association for Health Education (AAHE)
- Amanda Altobelli (Management of Health and Fitness) has been awarded the 2010-2011 AAHE Outstanding National Major of the Year Award.
Technology Innovation Award for Students
Mitch Stephenson and Erich Petushek won a Student Technology Innovation Award for their project titled “Validation of various instruments used to assess lower body injury risk”. The program recognizes exemplary student use of innovative technology, including but not limited to the TLC mobile device, in applications associated with their academic studies. The award is designed to recognize essential uses of the mobile devices in the academic environment.
Mitch is a sophomore Sports Science major and Erich a second year Graduate student in Exercise Science. Their project incorporated five hardware and three software systems into one NMU mobile devices to compare different ways of assessing jump landing impacts. Body position at the time of impact has been used to predict risk of non-contact knee injuries.
Erich and Mitch’s project compared inexpensive devices (an electrogoniometer and contact pad) that can assess knee joint angle at impact with the ground to more expensive lab oriented data collection devices (video digitizer and force platform). Typically this would require a large amount of post processing of video data that would need to be synchronized with force assessment devices. In addition the data would have to be combined from several data collection devices and systems and then equalized to the same length and frequency. Their solution allowed them to minimize the post processing time by having one system collect all data (except the video) simultaneously. To do this they custom wired the four data devices into a Biopac system on one mobile devices and were able analyze all the non-video data at one time. They used a different program to analyze the video data and then wrote a Matlab routine to equalize that data to the non-video data at the same length and frequency.
They made use of software owned by NMU that is routinely used in the Sport and Exercise Science programs and available via the NMU network (Matlab, MaxTraq) or the Exercise Science Lab (Acknowledge). Their results have expanded how others can collect data in our lab and will be part of an ongoing research project that will be submitted to a professional conference for presentation. It also achieved the goal of providing a low cost, valid means of obtaining data to examine knee injury risk factors.
Erich and Mitch will be recognized at the Celebration of Student Research, Creative Works, and Academic Service Learning in April.