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Dr. Amanda Andrews Benson receives Ingalls Award at Troy University

Dr. Amanda K. Andrews Benson, chair of the Department of Athletic Training, is the recipient of the 2011 Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching at Troy University.

Dr. Benson received the award during the University’s annual Honors Convocation held Monday night in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.

The Ingalls Award is given annually to the teacher on the Troy Campus who has “most diligently, effectively and cheerfully conducted his or her classes during the current academic year.” Students nominate faculty members for the award, and a committee of students and faculty advisors selects the recipient. The award consists of a statue of Socrates, a plaque and a check for $1,000.

“Dr. Benson’s extensive practical experience enables her to provide excellent supervision and guidance for our students both in the classroom and in a clinical setting,” said Dr. Earl Ingram, interim Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. “That type of quality hands-on experience and instruction is invaluable to our students as they prepare to enter the career field. In addition, her work with regional and national professional organizations provides TROY students with tremendous networking opportunities in both the academic and professional realms.”

Dr. Benson joined Troy University in 2003 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 2009. In 2010, Dr. Benson was selected to participate in the University’s Chancellor’s Fellows Program, which is designed to enable qualified faculty and staff to develop increased knowledge and understanding of the programs and operations of Troy University. Participants are selected based on their leadership potential and past service to the University.

Dr. Benson said she was humbled to receive the honor.

“Throughout my education and career I have had excellent mentors, and I always strive to emulate them both inside and outside the classroom,” Dr. Benson said. “I am fortunate enough to work with outstanding, intelligent, motivated students on a daily basis; so to know that they nominated me for an award of this caliber is extremely humbling.”

An active contributor to the profession of athletic training, Dr. Benson serves as the District IX representative on the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) student committee, the NATA Research and Education Foundation scholarship committee, Planning committee for Student Southeast Athletic Trainers Association and as a national accreditation reviewer. She has also had the opportunity to work with athletes at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and has served on the National Exam Writing Committee.

Dr. Benson earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Human Performance with an emphasis in Administration and Teaching in 2003 from the University of Southern Mississippi, her master’s degree in physical education in 2001 from Eastern Kentucky University and her bachelor’s degree in exercise science in 2000 from State University of New York in Buffalo.

Ingalls Award Winner

Dr. Amanda Andrews Benson, chair of Troy University’s Department of Athletic Training, receives the 2011 Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching during the University’s annual Honors Convocation on Monday night. From left to right are: Dr. Hal Fulmer, Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies; Dr. Benson; Dr. Damon Andrew, Dean of the College of Health and Human Services; and Dr. Earl Ingram, interim Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The award consists of a statue of Socrates, a plaque and a check for $1,000.

Athletic Training student appointed to national board

A Troy University student has become just one of 10 athletic training students nationwide to be named to a steering committee.

Alisha Tolbert, a sophomore from Wetumpka, will join the National Athletic Training Association Students’ Committee in order to provide voice for students within the athletic training community, said Dr. Amanda Andrews Benson, who chairs the University’s Athletic Training Education Program.

“The committee promotes learning about issues impacting the profession, gives the students an avenue to engage in volunteering and it allows them to take a stand on matters impacting students in the present and future,” she said.

Tolbert and the committee will be responsible for oversight of the organization’s Deloss Brubaker Student Writing Award, implementing annual meetings and events for student members; increasing student membership, volunteering and promoting annual meeting attendance; providing information to student athletic trainers about the field; and  promoting the professional socialization of athletic training students.

Alisha Tolbert

TROY athletic trainers garner accolades


TROY – Two Troy University athletic training students have been awarded scholarships from the Alabama Athletic Trainers Association.

Sean Boland, a graduate student and baseball athletic trainer from High Falls, Ga., received the graduate scholarship and Ben Elliot, a senior athletic training major from Oxford, was named the undergraduate scholarship winner. Both awards are for $1,000.

“This is the first time TROY students have received both the graduate and undergraduate awards and it is a great honor,” said Dr. Amanda Andrews, department chair and program director for TROY’s athletic training education program.

In all, 17 TROY students attended the annual conference where the scholarships were announced, and 23 TROY alumni attended, Andrews said.

One alumnus was recognized by the Association.

Todd Killingsworth, a 1997 athletic training graduate, was named Clinical Athletic Trainer of the Year. He is currently employed by Southern Bone & Joint in Dothan.

Graduating Class of Spring 2008 Placements

Lindsey Smith – Received the Alabama Athletic Trainers Association Scholarship Award for 2007 – 2008.  She will be attending McNeese State in Lake Charles, Louisiana, as a Graduate Assistant.

Brooke Jackson – Received the Kenny Howard Fellowship Award.  She will be attending Auburn University as a Graduate Assistant.

Brittany Desotell – Received the American Sports Medicine Institute Award 2008.  She will be attending Virginia Tech as a Graduate Assistant.

Mallory Cescutti – Received the American Sport Medicine Institute Award 2008.  She will be attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham – Physicians’ Assistants School.

Robert Templin, MS, ATC/L, Adjunct Professor and Campus Minister - will be in Malawi, Africa this summer with The Church of Christ Mission Services

His tasks will be:

  1. Medical Aid to the citizens of Malawi (practicing Athletic Training)
  2. Distribution of food
  3. Helping with the orphanage

Chuck Ash, Hall of Fame Induction


DESTIN, Fla. – Troy University head athletic trainer Chuck Ash joined an elite group on Saturday when he was inducted into the Alabama Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held at a luncheon as a part of the association’s annual summer meeting at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Ash, who has served as a Athletic Trainer at Troy since 1987, was one of two new members inducted into the Hall of Fame, which was founded in 1995. He was joined in the 2008 class by Marshall Smith of Dothan, who served as head trainer at Troy prior to Ash. “I didn’t look at this as a personal award, but more of a recognition for all of the great people I have been associated with over the years,” Ash said. “I have been very fortunate to have had an opportunity to work with some of the best in sports medicine – Doc Anderson, Dr. James Andrews, Dr. James Whiteside and Dr. Jeffrey Dugas – and they deserve as much credit, or more, than I do.” Anderson, who served as head trainer at Troy from 1967-79, and still serves on the faculty at Troy University in the athletic training program, said he knew Ash had a chance to become a good trainer when he was a student. “The thing that stands out most about Chuck is that he has good, common, old-fashioned, country wisdom,” Anderson, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999, said. “He is a bright guy, but he has a lot of common sense. It hasn’t been easy for Chuck to move this program from Division II to I-AA to where we are now with limited resources. He has great interaction with his students, and that makes a huge difference.” Ash is a 1978 Troy University graduate who got his start as a graduate assistant for Anderson. He moved on to serve as athletic trainer at Central High School in Phenix City from 1980-82 and then at Early County High School in Georgia from 1982-87. He also served as head baseball coach at Early County before returning to his alma mater in 1987. “I am very honored and humbled by the whole thing,” Ash said. “To be included in a group that includes some of the very founders of our profession, like Jim Goosetree from Alabama and Kenny Howard from Auburn, is a great honor.” The Alabama Athletic Trainers Association has almost 500 members from across the state.

Amanda Andrews represents AT profession in Washington, D.C.

Lobbying federal legislators is everybody's business, so the National Athletic Trainers’ Association has asked athletic trainers in leadership positions with national, district and state associations to travel to Washington D.C. and make their voices heard.  Dr. Amanda Andrews, a certified athletic trainer and assistant professor from Troy University, was among those who traveled to the nation’s capitol to educate members of the U.S. Congress about athletic training, promote NATA’s legislative agenda, and specifically support the passage of the Medicare Access to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services Improvement Act (House Resolution 1846). The passage of this act will once again ensure that all therapy services, whether provided in a physician’s office or other setting, meet the requisite Medicare standards for payment.

In its fifth year, the 2008 “Capitol Hill Day” was on Monday, February 25, 2008.  More than 265 NATA members from 42 states descended on Congress, and meet with their senators and representatives, and lobby on behalf of certified athletic trainers.

Spring 2008 Internship Placements

The following students have been placed in internships for Spring 2008:
Name Venue Location
Cescutti, Mallory UMS Wright Mobile, AL
Desotell, Brittany VA Tech  Blacksburg, VA
Goforth, Jessica Southern Bone & Joint  Dothan, AL
Haney, Jessica Baldwin Co. Bone & Joint   Fairhope, AL
Hyeon, Kim Champion Rehab – St.Vincents’ Hospital Birmingham, AL
Jackson, Brooke Hoover High School  Hoover, AL
Majors, Misty  Southern Bone & Joint Dothan, AL
Miyazaki, Kyohei Rehab Associates-Faulkner Univ. Montgomery, AL
Peterson, Hannah Cottonmouths – Ice Hockey Team Columbus, GA
Smith, Lindsey Mountain Brook High School   Birmingham, AL
Tyler, William  Champion Rehab-St. Vincent’s Birmingham, AL

Additional Honors and Rewards

  • Mallory Cescutti has been accepted into UAB’s Occupational Therapy School for the Fall Semester – 2008.
  • Mallory Cescutti and Brittany Desotell were honored January 17, 2008 by the American Sports Medicine Institute – St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. They each received a cash award to further their education.

John H. Anderson inducted into Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame

John H. Anderson began his career as Head Athletic Trainer at Auburn High School in 1996 after completing his B.S. at Auburn University in 1963 where he lettered in track and field and cross country.  He subsequently completed an M.S. at Auburn University in 1967 before moving on to Troy University as Head Athletic Trainer in 1967 where he remained until 1979.  While at Troy University he completed a M.Ed. in 1969.  From 1979 through 1989 he served as the Head Athletic Trainer at Louisiana State University before returning to Troy in 1989 where he continues today as the Program Director for Athletic Training Education.  In this role he has received the Ingall’s Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching from Troy. 

John has been a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association since 1966 and became a Certified Athletic Trainer in 1970.  His credentials also include licensure as an EMT in both Alabama and Louisiana.  John has worked numerous international events including the 1970 World Games, the 1976 Olympics in Mexico, the 1983-1985 Olympic Sports Festivals, the 1983 World International Special Olympics, the 1987 Pan American Games, and the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA.  He also served as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Blue-Gray Football Classic from 1971-1979, and has been the Head Athletic Trainer for the Alabama High School All-Star Football Classic from 1990-present.

He has contributed through several service clubs including the Troy Exchange Club and the Troy Lions Club where he served as president in 1978.  He chaired the Alabama Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame Committee from 1990-1998.  He has served as the District IX representative to the NATA Memorials Resolutions Committee since 1999, and in 2000, he began serving as the Alabama representative to the Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association History and Archives Committee, which he has chaired since 2004.

John received SEATA District Award in 2001 and the Education/Administration Award in 2007.  In 1990, he received the NATA 25 Year Award followed by the NATA Athletic Trainer Service Award in 1997.  He was also named NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer in 2006.  In 2005, John founded Iota Tau Alpha Honor Society – an honor society for Athletic Training Education Majors which currently has 25 chapters and 500 members.