More than 200 athletic training students and 30 faculty members from 18 colleges and universities in Ohio came to the College of Mount St. Joseph on January 18 for the annual Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association (OATA) College Student Symposium and Quiz Bowl. The Mount’s athletic training program, in collaboration with the OATA student senate, hosted the conference which focused primarily on professional preparation issues for athletic trainers and the role they play in the health and well-being of patients.
Mount athletic training faculty, students and alumni were involved in the planning and execution of the event. The student Athletic Training Club took a lead role in planning the conference from recruiting and scheduling speakers to coordinating the athletic training competitions. Students participated in small group discussions examining employment setting and future career plans as healthcare professionals.
"I am proud that our students were able to experience the opportunity to work on a professional conference for their athletic training colleagues,” said BC Charles-Liscombe, Ed.D., department chair and associate professor of athletic training. “It showcases the skills that Mount students are capable of in and out of the classroom. When students graduate they must have the ability to network professionally and to present to their peers. Hosting this event allows more students to be involved than if we were to go to another school and spend the day somewhere else."
The day concluded with the annual OATA College Quiz Bowl, a jeopardy-style competition testing students' knowledge of athletic training course content and decision making abilities. Athletic training seniors Gina Carmossino, Kelleen Scott and Kayla Wuest were hoping to defend their status as state champions from 2013. The University of Akron was declared the eventual winner and will represent the OATA at a regional competition in Chicago in March.
The College of Mount St. Joseph is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic college that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.