UU Student to Spend Eight-Months in Alaska

Tyler Bader First Cary S. Keller ATEP Internship

A Welcome Dinner Party for Tyler - left to right: Amber Barlow, Assistant AT UAF; Dr. Mike Sfraga, Vice Chancellor of Students, UAF; Tyler Bader; Chris Dean, AT for Lathrop High School; and Dr. Cary Keller, President/Medical Director Sports Medicine Fairbanks, UAF Team Physician, and sponsor of the Cary S. Keller Athletic Training Internship
 

URBANA, OH (September 5, 2012) - The 2012 – 2013 academic year at Urbana University has begun. Student- athletes began arriving on campus the second week in August. The annual Welcome Weekend for the new students completed the move-in activities and the first day of class was Monday, August 20. But for one returning upper-class Urbana University student, the journey to “campus” took a different direction. Tyler Bader, a senior in the UU Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP), began his first day of the academic year and his internship at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) in the training room for the Nanook’s athletic department.

This past April, Tyler was named the recipient of the inaugural Cary S. Keller Athletic Training Internship. The internship was established after Dr. Keller visited the UU campus on an invitation from Dr. Stephen Jones, president of Urbana University, to participate in the UU Colleges Against Cancer Relay for Life’s 24-hour bike ride. The two became friends during Dr. Jones’s tenure as the UAF Chancellor from 2004 to 2008. Dr. Keller is an orthopedic surgeon and team physician at the UAF. He has returned to the UU campus a number of times and continues to build a bond with the athletic training students.

The goal of this new internship program is to give a senior level student within the ATEP the opportunity to travel to Fairbanks, Alaska for eight months and work side by side with the AT staff at UAF; Mike Curtin, the head athletic trainer and Amber Barlow, the assistant AT. The student would also work with Dr. Keller in his office at Sports Medicine Fairbanks.

On learning that he had been selected as the intern, Tyler said, “I was overwhelmed with excitement. I knew that this would be a once in a lifetime experience. I hope to gain experience and knowledge as far as assessing injuries, use of therapeutic modalities, and just all around field experience.”

“This endeavor between Urbana University and the University of Alaska Fairbanks is a unique opportunity for the ATEP. Our students will be the beneficiaries of superior tutelage while working with Dr. Keller and members of the UAF Sports Medicine staff,” said Brian Edwards, chair of the UU Athletic Training Education Program. “I couldn’t think of a more deserving student than Tyler Bader to be the first intern in this program. His maturity, professionalism, and dedication to his craft, makes his the perfect individual for this opportunity.”

Tyler is the son of Taria Bader and grandson of Harry and Antoinette Bader from Southgate, Kentucky, and a senior in the Urbana University Athletic Training Education Program. He attended St. Terese School and graduated from Newport Central Catholic High School.

Here is the first entry of Tyler’s blog after arriving on the UAF campus on Monday, August 13:

 August 14, 2012 - After arriving, one of the assistant ATC’s, Amber Barlow, picked me up and took me to the training room. Volleyball was already starting their conditioning that day at 8 a.m., so I ended up staying the whole day helping Amber out, getting to know the facilities, and meeting all the people that work within the athletic department. The day was pretty much the same routine as any other for a ATS: volleyball players come in and get ice or stretched, get the water ready for them, go through any injuries or problems their dealing with before they head off to practice (which is conveniently right upstairs form the AT room). Amber and I have just been doing a lot of paper work the rest of the days. The blog also has some beautiful photos of the campus, his room, and the countryside. To follow this eight-month internship journey with Tyler, go to the blog address: www.uuatep.wordpress.com.

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