Two Lock Haven University professors and an alumnus have earned awards from the Pennsylvania Athletic Training Society (PATS). Faculty members Dr. Yvette Ingram and Jason Erlandson will receive the PATS Distinguished Merit Award and PATS Service Award, respectively. Alumnus Dave Marchetti ‘03 will also receive the PATS Service Award.
The honorees will receive their awards at the PATS Annual Symposium Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet to be held June 9th in Erie, PA. According to the PATS website, “the Service Award recognizes individuals for their dedication, loyalty, & service to the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society. Honorees must have demonstrated direct and/or indirect service to the Society for a period of at least five years. The services include committee work, special projects, and liaison to allied groups with significant results, commercial ventures that benefit the Society, establishment of programs to benefit the health care of athletes of the Commonwealth, and any other service.”
Erlandson shared, “Giving back to the profession, including being an active part of our state’s professional society, has always been encouraged given the rich history of LHU athletic training. Now that I find myself in the role of Head Athletic Trainer, once held by Dave Tomasi, I am proud to take my place in that history and hope to inspire the next generation of ATs to embrace that tradition of service as well.”
For Marchetti, “It is an absolute honor to receive the PATS Service Award and it is overwhelming to find my name on a list with such highly esteemed LHU alumni and Athletic Trainers from across the Commonwealth. I hope to continue to serve this great organization and to continue to work to advance the profession. The LHU Athletic Training Program instilled a solid work ethic in me which hopefully shines through today.”
Ingram shared that, Erlandson and Marchetti join a long list of LHU graduates who have also won this award, including Elizabeth Gulich Evarts ‘15, Lindsey McGuire Keenan ‘14, Linda Platt Meyers ‘10, Julie Ramsey Emrhein ‘04, Edwin “Sandy” Bush ‘03, Barry McGlumphy ‘00, and LHU’s first athletic training program director David Tomasi ‘88.
Ingram will receive the Distinguished Merit Award, which, according to the PATS, “is awarded to a BOC certified athletic trainer who has been in practice as an athletic trainer in Pennsylvania for a minimum of 15 years and demonstrates distinguished professional achievement in the practice of athletic training in their respective employment setting. These athletic trainers deserve recognized merit for demonstrated excellence in their primary fields of practice and significant influence on the athletic training profession and the organizations and people they choose to serve.”
Several alumni have also received past Distinguished Merit Awards, including, Kenneth Rodgers ‘16, Edwin “Sandy” Bush ‘14, Linda Platt Meyer ‘12, LHU’s second athletic training program director Thomas West ‘14, and David Tomasi ‘88.
Of the award, Ingram said, “I am honored to be receiving this award and following in the footsteps of other LHU alumni and faculty. LHU has a strong tradition of serving the Athletic Training Profession and creating a family atmosphere. I hope that I am carrying this tradition on in honor of David Tomasi the Founding Father of our Athletic Training Program.”
For more information about Lock Haven University’s athletic training program please visit www.lockhaven.edu/athletictraining
Lock Haven University is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.
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