Past Outstanding Students
Meet Our Outstanding 2011 Graduates
At the end of the year, each of the academic departments and interdisciplinary programs in the College of the Pacific honors a truly exceptional graduating senior or group of seniors with the Outstanding Graduate Award. This award is given to students who have not only earned a consistently high academic record, but who have also been actively involved in the discipline through activities, research, or special projects.
Athletic Training major Keaton Ann Ray successfully completed all the required courses for Athletic Training while simultaneously completing the pre-physical therapy prerequisites and 900+ hours of clinical rotations. She recently became certified as an athletic trainer. As a junior, Keaton received the National Athletic Training Association Foundation Scholarship awarded to only 40 recipients nationwide. She is a member of the Mortar Board and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. Keaton was on the Deans Honor Roll for six semesters and graduated magna cum laude.
An involved student on and off campus, Keaton was an active member of Kappa Alpha Theta for four years, coached a competitive gymnastics team, played intramural flag football, and was a member of several clubs on campus. Keaton was accepted into several distinguished physical therapy programs and will be attending the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Duke University this fall.
Catherine Vo was involved in a number of activities while at Pacific: She served as the Secretary for the Pre-Physical Therapy club and was an active member and event coordinator for the Interfaith Council and Newman Catholic Community. She is a member of the Mortar Board National Honor Society and served as President of Pacific's Alpha Lambda Delta chapter. Catherine represented Pacific at the Religious Education Congress in Anaheim and the Interfaith Youth Core's Leadership Conference in Washington D.C.In addition to completing her Sport Sciences classes, Catherine was involved in the Tiger PRIDE after-school physical activity program. She took several music classes for her own enjoyment, and also completed a minor in Biological Sciences. She maintained a strong academic record and has been accepted into the graduate program in Physical Therapy here at Pacific, where she we know she will become a vibrant and successful physical therapist.
Athletic Training Students On the Move
- Marc Giampaoli '11 and Victoria Lam '11 accepted positions as Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainers at Chico State University.
- Keaton Ray '11 accepted a position in Duke University's Physical Therapy school.
- Emily Silva '12 received the Bobby Gunn Student Leadership Award of $500 from the Far West Athletic Trainers' Association.
Athletic Training Students Win Best Presentation at Conference
A group of Athletic Training students presented at the Far West Athletic Trainer's Association (District 8) convention in April. Marc Giampaoli '11, Victoria Lam '11, Hanna Fredrickson '12, and Emily Silva '12 presented "Supplemental Recovery Aids: Commercial vs. Non-Commercial Products," which won best presentation in the category "New Tips/Techniques from the Field." In addition, Emily Silva was chosen as the District 8 representative for the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Student Committee, a position she had applied for earlier in the semester. Congratulations Athletic Training students!
Students Selected to Present Tiger P.R.I.D.E. at Posters on the Hill
Three Sport Sciences students have been selected to present at the "Posters on the Hill" event in April. This annual event on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. is organized by the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR). Seniors Dara Tawarahara, Joey Gullikson and Dianna Snyder will present a research poster about the new Tiger P.R.I.D.E after-school physical activity program initiated by Dr. Lara Killick (see below). The poster was one of only 74 selected from nearly 700 submitted from college and university students across the country.
Meet Our Outstanding Senior for 2010!
Mallori Gibson has specialized in sport management and completed her undergraduate degree in three and a half years with a strong GPA. In addition to her outstanding academic record, Mallori was an award-winning volleyball player at Pacific. She was twice honored as an all-conference athlete by the Big West and was also twice named to the conference’s all-academic team. During her senior year, she played an instrumental role in the team’s youth literacy efforts. Mallori also served as an intern at St. Mary’s High School and directed youth volleyball camps for the University. She spent the summer of 2009 studying global sport management in London and Paris. Following the completion of her Master’s degree, Mallori will either play professional volleyball in Europe or begin a career in college coaching or athletic administration.
Athletic Training Students on the Move
Katrina Trinidad '10, one of our senior Athletic Training students was granted a 2-year Athletic Training Graduate Assistantship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, working with their Women's Gymnastics and Softball teams beginning in fall 2010. UNC Chapel Hill is not only very well known for its athletic teams but also has one of the best Athletic Training programs in the nation and is one of the leading institutions in research for Athletic Training.
Kyle Burnett '09, a recent alumnus who has been working as an Athletic Training Intern for us this year was granted a 2-year Graduate Assistantship at Cal State University, Fullerton, potentially working with Men's Basketball or Baseball.
Juan Lopez '11, a junior and a first-year student in our clinical education program, was selected for a summer Athletic Training internship with the San Francisco 49ers NFL team. Juan will be working alongside one of our alumni, Manny Rivera, an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the 49ers. Juan will get the opportunity to work with the players in injury evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation.
Keaton Ray '11, a junior and a first-year student in our clinical education program, was recently awarded a National Athletic Trainers Association Foundation Scholarship for $2300. This is a national scholarship awarded to Athletic Training students throughout the country who are successful academically as well as show excellent potential as a future Certified Athletic Trainer.
Four of our five graduating seniors-Anela LeCara, Darbi Scherer, Antonia Stavrianoudakis, and Katrina Trinidad-took their national Board of Certification exam to become Certified Athletic Trainers and all four of them passed the first time! This is an exciting accomplishment because this exam had a national first-time passing rate of only 43% for the 2009 - 2010 BOC exam year. So these students not only have their degrees in Athletic Training from Pacific, but they are now also Certified Athletic Trainers and ready to begin their careers!