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Senior Athletic Training Student Melinda Primm Receives Numerous Awards

Melinda Primm, who recently graduated in May of 2001, is one of the most honored athletic training students to graduate from California's Undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program.

In January, 2001 the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association (EATA) recently selected the California University of Pennsylvania senior as a recipient of an EATA Scholarship Award. The 1997 graduate of Yough High School was selected from an outstanding group of nominees from the District I and District II regions. These districts cover all of the New England states up to, and including, Pennsylvania. Primm was one of eight scholarship awardees in these regions.

Primm, the daughter of Dave and Karen Primm of Smithton, was presented her award at the EATA Annual Awards Banquet at the Providence Westin Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island. She received the Scholarship Award of $1500 along with a plaque. To be considered for the EATA Scholarship award, Primm had to first be nominated for it and then send in letters of recommendation along with her resume and an essay.

When Primm first learned that she won such an impressive award, she was stunned. "This came as a complete surprise to me," Primm admits. However, it was not as surprising to her athletic training supervisor, Dr. William Biddington. It was Biddington who first nominated her for the Scholarship. Biddington has worked closely with Primm since she was the athletic training student with the Cal U men's basketball team. "Mindy does a very good job. She has a good relationship with the players and very good interpersonal skills," Biddington commented. "This is a very prestigious award," adds Biddington, who is a professor and also chairperson of the Health Science and Sports Studies department.

"Mindy is Cal U's fifth recipient of the scholarship Award over a span of 10 years," he also noted. Biddington also submitted an application on Primm's behalf to the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) for a postgraduate scholarship, and in April learned that she had been awarded a $2,000 scholarship award for attending graduate school. "I am extremely pleased that Mindy becomes our first student to be a scholarship recipient on the national level. She has worked hard to get to this point of her career and is most deserving of this award."

Despite keeping herself busy with the men's basketball team's hectic schedule, the 22 year-old athletic training major still found the time to participate in on-campus activities. She had been involved in such activities as the Athletic Training club, the Stanley Hall council, the Special Olympics, the peer mentoring program and the Honors Program.

She would like to eventually teach at the college level, in an atmosphere similar to Cal U. Mindy also received several awards on campus as well. Her efforts from her research in one of her classes merited her recognition on undergraduate research day and was one on the ones selected to present her paper to the faculty and staff. In addition, she developed this idea into a poster presentation and was the first student form California to have her poster presented at the NATA national meeting in Los Angeles this past summer.

In addition, Mindy was selected as the Outstanding Woman Graduate of 2001 from California University and was the co-winner of the Most Outstanding Athletic Training Student for 2000-2001.

Mindy is now enrolled in the Master's program in Athletic Training at Ohio University.