Merrie Sue Holtan, who teaches communication studies at MSUM, has published “Power and Stride: The Nancy Burggraf Story,” about a woman who “has been called a hockey “guru” and “icon” by USA Today and was the first woman nominated to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.
MSUM alum Dean Hulse, who serves as an activist for agricultural, renewable energy, and land use issues, has published “Westhope: Life as a Former Farm Boy,” where he recalls his idyllic childhood and adolescence in a small town that will look and feel familiar to many and movingly describes his failed attempt to carry on the family farm. Like Holtan, he’s a graduate of MSUM’s MFA program.
Dawn Hammerschmidt and Chris Huot attended the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) annual Hit the Hill meeting in February. This year’s event was held in conjunction with the NATA’s Professional Educators Conference. Hit the Hill is an annual meeting where certified athletic trainers and athletic training students meet with their federal representatives to discuss federal legislation that affects the practice of athletic training. This year’s focus was the recently introduced Athletic Trainers Equal Access to Medicare (ATEAM) bill. This bill would improve patient access to athletic trainers, allow physician choice of a wider range of qualified health professionals, and restore the ability of athletic trainers to work incident-to a physician. Just over 500 certified athletic trainers from across the country attended this event. Two MSUM athletic training students were selected to represent Minnesota at the student iLead leadership workshop, which was run concurrently with the educator’s conference. Beth Fruechte and Levi Tande, seniors in the athletic training education program, attended the workshop. The workshop focused on preparing students as future leaders in the athletic training profession. They were also part of the group from Minnesota to meet with their federal legislators to discuss the ATEAM bill. Beth and Levi were among 120 students who attended the workshop and participated in the Hit the Hill day functions.