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Keuka’s Athletic Trainers are Experienced Experts

Jeff Bray (l), Gabrielle Lorusso, and Phil Rahr provide Keuka College's student-athletes all phases of preventive training, care and injury rehabilitation for all intercollegiate sports at the College.

When Keuka College’s student-athletes come to campus as freshmen, they hope to enjoy productive and healthy collegiate careers that include plenty of wins on the field, and success in the classroom.

They also hope to remain healthy as they practice and suit up for the Wolfpack’s 18 intercollegiate sports teams.

While a student-athlete can’t predict when or if they will need the services of an athletic trainer, Keuka College student-athletes are supported by an athletic training staff that includes three National Athletic Trainers’ Association (N.A.T.A.)-certified athletic trainers who collaborate with physicians and other allied health care professionals to provide the best possible medical care.

The athletic training staff administers all phases of preventive training, care and injury rehabilitation for all intercollegiate sports at the College.

Jeff Bray has served as Keuka’s head athletic trainer since July of 1992, while Gabrielle Lorusso has been an assistant athletic trainer since December, 2012, and Phil Rahr was hired as an assistant athletic trainer in August of 2014.

Combined, Keuka’s three athletic trainers possess more than 36 years of experience in athletic training. Their experiences range from secondary school to Division I NCAA athletics to the National Football League.

“Our staff challenges each other to continually improve and gain knowledge of the latest trends in athletic training,” said Bray, adding that each staffer pays attention to the latest trends in sports medicine and has attended recent seminars on the importance of properly diagnosing and treating concussions and concussion-like symptoms.

“Each staff member is committed to treating each student-athlete as an individual, and we work as a unit to develop and oversee a sports medicine program that focuses on the overall well-being of our student-athletes.”

Bray has taped thousands of student-athletes and professional athletes during a career that, among other stops, has seen him work the sidelines of NFL games with the Philadelphia Eagles, alongside pit crews for assorted auto racing events across the world, and behind the bucking chutes at top-flight bull riding competitions.

A native of Sterling, Kansas, Bray earned his bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University (’87) and obtained his master’s degree in education from Boise State University (’90). Bray is a certified athletic trainer who has been certified by the Board of Certification. He is also registered with the New York State Department of Education and is a member of both N.A.T.A. and the New York State Athletic Trainers Association (N.Y.S.A.T.A.).

Both Lorusso and Rahr bring a tremendous skill set with rehabilitation techniques and the ability to relate to the student-athletes. 

Lorusso has been certified by the Board of Certification, and she is also registered with the New York State Department of Education and is a member of both the N.A.T.A. and N.Y.S.A.T.A. Lorusso attended Daemen College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health care studies (’11). She also earned her master’s degree in athletic training.

Rahr, who graduated from Keuka College in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in biology, is a certified athletic trainer who has been certified by the Board of Certification.

Rahr received his master’s degree in athletic training from Shenandoah (Va.) University. In both 2011 and 2012, Rahr traveled with and was a trainer for the under-18 boys teams that captured gold medals at the USA Hockey national championships.

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Top Student Worker, Boss Honored

Student Employee of the Year recipient Brandon Jacobs is flanked by Jeff Bray and Sally Daggett

The “face of Game Day and Event Management” and a “role model, mentor, and friend” were the respective recipients of the 2014 Student Employee and Work-Study Supervisor of the Year awards, respectively, at the Student Employment Awards Luncheon April 17.

Senior management major Brandon Jacobs and Interlibrary Loan Librarian Kimberley Fenton were selected by two separate panels of judges.

Jacobs, nominated for the award by Jeff Bray, associate director of athletics, has worked in Game Day and Event Management for four years.

“You think when you go to a sporting event on the Keuka College campus, it just happens—but it only happens because of Brandon,” said Bray, who sees the Walworth resident as a co-worker.

As the student supervisor for Game Day and Event Management, Jacobs’ role is “absolutely critical” to the success of hosting home sporting events.

“Over the past year, Brandon has become the ‘face’ of our game management staff,” said Bray. “Referees, visiting coaches, and our own coaching staff know he is someone they can count on and is the ‘go-to’ person.”

Jacobs is responsible for the organization and set-up for more than 70 home sporting events—including equipment, sound systems, scoreboards, visiting locker rooms, and game officials.

“In doing so, it has been assumed by many that he is member of our professional staff; not a student employee,” said Bray. “When those individuals comment on a job well done, they are shocked to learn that he is a student. Brandon has aspirations of becoming a college athletics director and has really taken stock in his opportunity as a work study student.”

Sally Daggett (l), poses with the Student Employee of the Year nominees including Megan Barney, Lee Bottoni, Brandon Jacobs, Brianna Long, Karina Cochran, Kayla Garrow, and Megan Barney

The other student nominees were Lee Bottoni, Kayla Garrow, Karina Cochran, Kelsey Morgan, Brianna Long, and Megan Barney.

“Recognizing our work-study students is important, and this is an opportunity to honor the best of the best of our student workers,” said Sally Daggett, human resources manager. “I am proud of the work all of our 442 students, who perform 870 jobs for an average of six hours a week. If we were to hire full-time employees to do the work they do, we would need 103 more full-time employees. So, Keuka College students do a massive amount of work.”

Work Study Supervisor of the Year Kimberley Fenton holds her plaque next to Sally Daggett and Faith Garlington

Fenton was one of five work-study supervisors nominated for the award. She was nominated by occupational science majors Alysa Halsey and Faith Garlington.

Both were nervous about finding a work study position when they arrived as freshmen on campus, but since then, Halsey and Garlington believe Fenton has welcomed and included them in many library related tasks.

“Ms. Fenton has steered me toward success in any activity that I do,” said Halsey, an occupational science major from Pulaski. “She gives me freedom and allows me to feel independent by figuring out problems on my own, but reminds me she will always be there to answer any questions I have.”

That freedom and independence includes creating display case designs for patrons of the library to view.

“Ms. Fenton usually just lets me do whatever inspires me about the particular topic that is being displayed at the time,” said Halsey. “I use my imagination for the appearance, and my knowledge for the information that is being displayed. She provides me with the responsibility of creating displays, but I know that if I need advice or help I can always go to her for guidance.”

Garlington, who also assists in creating displays, agrees.

“I have also used my academic background in the creation of specialty displays for different disease awareness months,” said Garlington. “As an occupational science major, I have learned about many disorders which have ‘awareness months’ and I am often recruited to come up with display ideas. When I achieve these special goals, the other librarians also support me. They notice a particularly job well done and offer support in any task with which I may struggle.”

Halsey says Fenton creates a “quality and challenging environment by pushing me to work for the things I don’t believe that I can accomplish. She exemplifies the characteristics of a leader and a role model while helping me achieve the goals and dreams that would otherwise be out of reach.”

In her time with Fenton, Garlington has “gradually received more responsibility. [For example], this past fall when Ms. Fenton hired a new assistant to replace a graduating senior, I was entrusted to train her in many different aspects of the job. I had to act as a professional while showing the new student how to do many tasks. This made me feel as though I was a part of the library staff.”

Sally Daggett (l), poses with the Work Study Supervisor of the Year nominees Lori Haines, John Boccacino, Kimberley Fenton, Michelle Polowchak, and Karlee Roberts

The other supervisor nominees were Lori Haines (assistant secretary to the Board of Trustees/board liaison and presidential support specialist.), John Boccacino (sports information director), Michelle Polowchak (director of human resources) and Karlee Roberts (D.R.I.V.E. peer mentor supervisor).

“Thank you to our student workers for the excellent work you do across the entire campus, and to our work study supervisors who provide a positive working environment,” said Anne Weed, vice president for academic affairs. “Thank you to all the nominators for recognizing how important it is to make people feel the worth of what they do every day.”

Each of the nominees was recognized at the luncheon by his or her nominator and presented with a gift. The names of the student and supervisor award recipients will be added to two separate plaques housed in the Center for Experiential Learning. The Student Employee of the Year plaque is hung up in the winner’s work-study location until the following year’s awards luncheon.

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Game Day and Event Management a Success Thanks to Brandon Jacobs

Editor’s Note: This is the seventh in a series of profiles of 2014 Student Employee of the Year nominees. The winner will be announced at a luncheon Thursday, April 17.

Two years ago, Jeff Bray, associate director of athletics and athletic trainer, watched then-sophomore Brandon Jacobs struggle with the Game Day and Event Management process.

The now-senior management major was trying to figure out how to do his job, said Bray, while seeing the need for the management of the process to be done differently.

“Brandon mentioned to me on several occasions that if he were in charge, ‘this is how it would be done,’” said Bray, who nominated the Walworth resident for the Student Employee of the Year award. “So when the opportunity presented itself, I challenged him. The result—Brandon has taken the opportunity and run with it.”

As the student supervisor for Game Day and Event Management, Jacobs’ role is “absolutely critical” to the success of hosting home sporting events.

“Over the past year, Brandon has become the “face” of our game management staff,” said Bray. “Referees, visiting coaches, and our own coaching staff know he is someone that they can count on and is the ‘go-to’ person.”

That is because in the role that Jacobs fulfills, said Bray, he has the opportunity to work with and communicate directly with professional staff, outside vendors, as well as staff and administrators from visiting colleges.

“In doing so, it has been assumed by many that he is member of our professional staff; not a student employee,” said Bray. “When those individuals comment on a job well done, they are shocked to learn that he is a student. Brandon has aspirations of becoming a college athletics director and has really taken stock in his opportunity as a work study student.”

“Keuka College has a reputation within our athletic conference of using outstanding student workers for home games,” said Bray, who gives much of the credit to Jacobs. “In working with his peers, Brandon does so in such a way that they want to work with him. He is knowledgeable in what his tasks are and he completes them.”

In addition to his responsibilities for the organization and set-up for more than 70 home sporting events—including equipment, sound systems, scoreboards, visiting locker rooms, and game officials—Jacobs was tasked to complete a work study schedule for the spring semester.

“He had every student worker’s name, event, and task for that day,” said Bray. “Brandon had obtained all 25 of the students’ class schedules, the athletic schedule, spring break, meal times, etc. and had completed a task that has been known to take me weeks to do complete. It was a bit of a ‘wow’ moment for me.”

Bray said Jacobs is unlike any other student employee he has supervised in the Game Day/Event Management area.

“The work study position that Brandon maintains represents Keuka College on the frontline of visitors to our campus,” he said. “Brandon’s professional approach allows us to always have a full staff for games, as his work study peers respect him and respond appropriately when he schedules them to work or he offers instructions to them. Upon graduation, if I had a position available, I would not hesitate to offer it him.”

Josh Makin’s Field Period™ Confirms Career Goals

Sophomore Josh Makin (Lethbridge, Alberta/Catholic Central) has been instrumental in the successes of the Keuka College men’s volleyball team.

In 2013, Keuka’s first year with a team, Makin, an outside hitter, earned second-team All-North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) honors as the Storm captured the NEAC postseason championship.

As a talented student-athlete, Makin relies on athletic trainer Jeff Bray and assistant athletic trainer Gabrielle Lorusso to keep him healthy and on the court, despite the assorted nicks and bruises that occur during the volleyball season.

During the January Field Period™, Makin landed a joint Field Period™ with Rebound Health Center in Lethbridge, Alberta and Ocean Physical Therapy in San Clemente, Calif.

His appreciation for physical therapy started before Makin arrived on campus. When he was 17, Makin tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and had reconstructive surgery before enduring a grueling, six-month rehabilitation.

Recognizing the important role physical therapists play in not only athletics, but in day-to-day life, Makin, a biology major, decided he wanted to become a physical therapist once he graduates from Keuka.

His latest Field Period™ only reaffirmed his passion for physical therapy. (more…)

You Can Count on Keuka’s Student-Athletes

Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera, Keuka College's president, shows support for the newly unveiled Count on Me campaign, an effort that showcases how Keuka student-athletes can be counted on in the classroom, the playing field and in the community.

As student-athletes, the members of Keuka College’s 16 intercollegiate athletics squads must juggle a rigorous class schedule with a demanding practice and training regimen, all while striving for success on the playing field.

These student-athletes rely on their teammates and coaches for camaraderie, guidance and strength in both their athletic and academic endeavors.

And while they know they can count on each other for advice and support, the hundreds of Keuka student-athletes have a message for the faculty and staff on campus, as well as the residents of the surrounding communities: You can count on them, too.

That’s the message of the Count on Me campaign, which was unveiled before a full house Thursday night inside the Weed Physical Arts Center.

“Our student-athletes bring positive attention to the College and enhance Keuka pride among members of the campus community through their exploits on the field and court,” said Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera, Keuka’s president. “However, they also excel in the classroom, do a superior job as work-study students, and exemplify the College’s commitment to social responsibility through their volunteer efforts on campus and in the community. Our student-athletes are versatile and committed, and the Count on Me campaign is a terrific way to salute the many contributions they make to our College.”

The Count on Me campaign is designed to focus on the many ways student-athletes make a difference on the Keuka College campus and area community.

Whether it is in the classroom, on the field or in the community, the Storm’s student-athletes are contributing, responsible members of their communities who care about much more than just wins and losses.

These student-athletes also exemplify the College’s commitment to social responsibility through their volunteer efforts, both on campus and in the community.

Throughout the course of the year, Keuka’s teams participate in community service projects, obtain prestigious internships as part of their Field Period and achieve good grades in the classroom, all while competing for championships in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC).

“We wanted to promote the responsibility and accountability of our student-athletes, and we felt this slogan encompassed much more than just saying our student-athletes are responsible,” said Jeff Bray, Keuka’s head athletic trainer and assistant athletic director.

“There are no limits to all the ways that the faculty, staff and members of the community can count on our student-athletes. We’re all in this together and we have to be able to count on each other at Keuka.”

Junior Brooke Lovell, a member of the soccer and softball teams, takes pride in all the ways the community can count on her and her teammmates.

A Count on Me video was created as part of the campaign, and among the faculty, staff, coaches and student-athletes featured in the video were Jamie Burke, the head women’s soccer and softball coach, Jason Paige, the men’s lacrosse coach, and junior Brooke Lovell (Arkport, NY/Arkport), a member of both the women’s soccer and softball squads.

“Count on Me is a really cool thing to be a part of, and with our student-athletes leading the way, it’s great that we’re working together with the athletics department, the faculty and the staff,” to promote Keuka College, said Lovell, who has earned All-NEAC honors in both softball and soccer while excelling as a unified childhood education major.

“All of our teams do community service projects and we have good GPA’s. If other people see us athletes following the Count on Me model, hopefully they’ll want to follow along and get involved on campus and in the community as leaders.”

Each student-athlete received a green t-shirt with Keuka Storm athletics in yellow lettering on the front, and Count on Me on the back.

The t-shirts were provided by Kenai Sports in Boston, Mass., and are made from recycled plastic bottles, cell phone cases, keyboards and other materials. The t-shirts serve as further proof that, even in matters of the environment, the community can count on the Storm to be eco-friendly.

On average, these recycled t-shirts use 15 to 18 two-liter plastic soda bottles per shirt, as well as a 40 percent mix of organic cotton to make the shirts softer.

While traditional t-shirts use as much as 1/3 of a pound of carcinogenic pesticides per shirt, Kenai’s t-shirts don’t require the use of these harmful pesticides.

Through the purchase of more than 600 Count on Me t-shirts, Keuka’s student-athletes helped recycle more than half an acre of landfill trash, prevented 200 pounds of pesticides from leaching into the local waterways, conserved 2,160 KwH of electricity (enough to power five average households for a month) and prevented the emission of three tons of CO2, according to Phil Tepfer, founder of Kenai Sports (www.KenaiSports.com).