Denisonians in Health Professions: Occupational Therapy

Denisonians in health professions: occupational therapy - erin-williamson-300x298.png image #0Erin Williamson ’06

Role: Occupational Therapist (OT)

Graduate School attended: Occupational Therapy M.S. Program at Columbia University, graduated in 2009      

Fun Fact:  I make pottery and am working on setting up my own in-home studio

Describe the process you went through to select your career path: what impacted your decision?
I began working with special needs children while still in high school, which I continued throughout college.  Then, during my sophomore year in college, I was fortunate enough to shadow a physical therapist, speech pathologist and occupational therapist at Vanderbilt University.  This introduced me to occupational therapy and I have never looked back. I enjoyed the ability of the OT to integrate daily activities which have meaning/purpose to the patient into treatment and goals for progress.

What are your favorite aspects of your profession?
As an occupational therapist, we have the unique ability to work in any setting/ venue (examples: hospital, school, consulting in universal design, theater settings, etc.) as well as work with any age group. I have worked in the acute care hospital setting, home health services, skilled nursing facilities and school systems. I have now been an OT for 8 years. 

What is the most challenging aspect of your work?
Occupational therapists are often seen as an added service and always work as part of a team. One has to ensure that all professionals we work with understand the legalities and capabilities of an occupational therapist.  You must have strong people/social skills to ensure your patients’ needs are met.

Describe what a typical day looks like for you.
I primarily work in the school system with elementary to high school special needs students. A typical day entails direct service in individual/small group settings, observations of students in the general education classroom, consulting with teachers and special education staff, IEP meetings with families as well as completing daily notes and evaluations.

What advice would you give a student interested in pursuing your field?
Most OT programs require specific pre-requisites and shadowing an OT in the field. I would recommend starting shadowing hours as soon as possible.  As a new therapist entering the field I would recommend first working in the hospital setting.  There you have the opportunity to be exposed to numerous diagnosis/ages which then prepares you for any other area of OT you may wish to pursue.

Denisonians in Health Professions: Optometry Student

Denisonians in health professions: optometry student - rachel-reed-283x300.png image #0Rachel Reed ’13

Role: 3rd year optometry student

Professional School attended: University of Houston College of Optometry, anticipated graduation in 2019       

Fun Fact: I’ll be making my first trip to India this fall to represent US students as a student liaison at the World Congress of Optometry.

Describe the process you went through to select your career path: what impacted your decision?
I majored in Psychology at Denison and truly enjoyed learning about the inner workings of the brain. I had long thought I would enter the medical field in some capacity, but felt stuck in my junior and senior year, torn between pursuing a career in psychology or going after a medical degree. I knew pursuing a graduate degree would mean devoting more years of my life to education, and incurring debt along the way, so I wanted to make sure the choice I made was the right one.  I began shadowing medical professionals in various fields to see what their day-to-day life is like.  At each place I shadowed, I tried to see if I could imagine myself working there, how my life would be, and the challenges and rewards each profession would bring. I finally met Dr. Flood from Granville, who I quickly realized was the doctor who I aspired to be. I loved how Dr. Flood had found a way to combine her passion for service with her professional training, and was able to give back as a doctor through international medical mission trips.  Hearing about these trips, and the lives they changed by giving the gift of sight, confirmed that this was the field I needed to be part of.

What are your favorite aspects of your profession?
There are some patient encounters that turn your whole week around. Helping a teenager transition from glasses to contacts so they can continue competing in the sport they love. Helping find the right glasses prescription for a toddler so they can finally see their parents’ faces. Helping a grandmother get glasses so she can pass her driving test and remain an independent member of society. Finding signs of diabetes or high blood pressure in the eye and helping diagnose an unknowing patient with these important systemic conditions.

What is the most challenging aspect of your work?
Patient noncompliance. When you tell a patient they need to use drops, consult another doctor, or make a lifestyle change -or else they might go blind- and they refuse to take action. It’s difficult to watch a patient’s vision decline when there are measures they could take to help preserve it.

Describe what a typical day looks like for you.       
As a third year student I split my days between seeing patients in clinic and attending classes. Monday through Friday I’m at school from 8 am until 4 pm with scheduled class and clinic, and then I often stay after to finish patient charts or study. It is a rigorous graduate program, but the program ensures we will be fully prepared to see patients on our own after graduating.

What advice would you give a student interested in pursuing your field?
You don’t have to study the eye before going into optometry. I majored in psychology and I have classmates with backgrounds in art, business, and engineering.  There is a wide variety of backgrounds from students entering the field, which makes each class unique and diverse. As long as you complete the required prerequisite courses, you will be considered for admission, regardless of your area of study.  What is important is showing that you’ve expressed interest in the field (i.e. shadowing a local optometrist) and are passionate and will contribute to your school. Schools appreciate when students have shown dedication to a cause important to them- either community service, research, or organization involvement- as it shows a student is likely to be an active member of the optometry field as well.

Denisonians in Health Professions: Public Health

Denisonians in health professions: public - clare-meernik-253x300.png image #0Clare Meernik ’12

Role: Public Health-Epidemiology

Graduate School attended: University of Michigan School of Public Health, graduated in 2014

Current Job: Research Associate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program

Fun Fact:
After grad school, I bought my first road bike and started competing in triathlons. Since I started racing two years ago, I’ve completed 8 triathlons, including four Half Ironmans.      

Describe the process you went through to select your career path: what impacted your decision?
I always knew I wanted to pursue a career in health sciences, but the only solid options I was aware of were becoming a doctor, a PA, or a PT. Thinking about the hours and time involved with attending medical school was not appealing to me, not to mention my dislike of blood and other gross stuff involving the body. I came across public health, and specifically epidemiology, as a career option while interning at the University of Kentucky Ovarian Cancer Screening Center the summer between my sophomore and junior years at Denison. Epidemiology is concerned with understanding, preventing, and treating disease at the population level, rather than on a case by case basis that a doctor deals with. I liked the idea that, as an epidemiologist, I would have the potential to improve health outcomes on a broad scale; for instance, epidemiologists are involved in developing cancer screening recommendations for the entire population (e.g., who should be screened and when? What negative effects result from over screening?). Once I became aware of epidemiology as a career path, I knew it was the perfect choice for me.

What are your favorite aspects of your profession?
My favorite part of being in the public health field is that my colleagues all genuinely care about improving people’s lives. Public health programs are continually being underfunded or even cut, at the expense of our nation’s health and our ability to respond to public health crisis such as an epidemic of an infectious disease. Everyone I have interacted with in the public health field continues to fight for increased funding of programs and enactment of policies that improve health outcomes and overcome health disparities.           

What is the most challenging aspect of your work?
Public health funding is often not on the top of policymakers’ budgets because the dollars and lives saved are often not seen until they are long out of office. Specifically, in my field, tobacco is considered by many to be an old issue that we’ve already conquered, resulting in severe underfunding of tobacco control and prevention programs. The fact is, more than 35 million Americans still smoke, resulting in nearly 500,000 deaths each year in the U.S. Tobacco control and prevention is a top priority in the public health field, though convincing policymakers to fund programs and enact policies that address the huge burden of tobacco remains challenging.

Describe what a typical day looks like for you.
My typical day involves a variety of different projects, which always keeps me on my feet. I may be conducting data analysis related to the evaluation of community-based tobacco cessation programs, which involves descriptive statistics (e.g., What are the demographics of those who enrolled in the programs?) and regression models (e.g., What demographic and program utilization factors are associated with tobacco cessation 7 months after the end of the program?). In addition to program evaluation, I am also involved in various tobacco control research projects. For instance, I managed a study examining how the different packaging elements of little cigar and cigarillos (e.g., pack color, flavor, and warnings) affects people’s perception and use of those products. My role in the project involved developing survey items, data analysis and interpretation, and drafting a manuscript for publication.  

What advice would you give a student interested in pursuing your field?
Epidemiology is a great career path for someone who is passionate about improving health at a local, national, or international level. The number of different paths within epidemiology are endless–from HIV prevention in Swaziland to cancer screening in rural Appalachia. If you are interested in potentially pursuing a career as an epidemiologist, take as many statistics and data analytics courses you can while at Denison; these will help tremendously in preparing you for your MPH. If you are nearing the end of your Denison career and have not had the opportunity to take many of these courses, don’t worry! I went into my MPH not having the opportunity to take any courses related to public health while at Denison. Many of my classmates in grad school were biology or health science majors, but many were not. Public health graduate programs are interested in students with diverse backgrounds, not just those from the health sciences. As long as you can demonstrate a passion for why you want to pursue a career in public health, programs will be interested in you!

Denisonians in Health Professions: Nursing

Denisonians in health professions: nursing - dr.-tina-andrews-parks-197x300.png image #0Dr. Tina Andrews-Parks ’05

Role: Clinical Education Specialist/ Registered Nurse

Professional Schools attended: Purdue University, graduated 2015 and DePaul University, graduated 2007       

Fun Fact: I am part of Denison Posse #1 and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.

Describe the process you went through to select your career path: what impacted your decision?
I was a very sick child. I spent most of my childhood in the Cook County Hospital of Chicago, IL because I was also uninsured. This experience directly impacted what I wanted to do in my life, and that was to be an “ambassador” for world health. This led me to Chicago Vocational High School in which I became a Certified Nurse’s Assistant at 16 years old and a Licensed Practical Nurse at 18. During my first semester at Denison, while others were having fun, I was studying to pass the state board of nursing. At Denison, I majored in communication while completing pre-professional course work. My specialty is in gerontology and Medical Surgical Nursing.  Nursing chose me. Nursing is not just my profession, it’s who I am. 

What are your favorite aspects of your profession?
The field of nursing has allowed me to fulfill my love for both STEM and Liberal Arts. I love science (especially biology) as well as writing and research. I have the opportunity to experience the science of healthcare through pharmacology and pathophysiology but also train others and do public speaking workshops on qualitative matters that affect the human aspects of disease maintenance. This makes me an informed, compassionate resource for the field.

What is the most challenging aspect of your work?
It is challenging to see good people die in a failing system. In this field you get to know the patients and their families personally. Many times people perish for the lack of knowledge or access to care. Healthcare often blurs the lines of business and ethics and the two are very challenging to wade through. Our political environments are constantly changing and humans are directly affected every day to the point of death. Healthcare is a field that does not stay the same. Sometimes a patient can miss an opportunity for a life sustaining treatment by one day because of funding cuts or changes in legislation. It is devastating and can take an emotional toll on everyone involved.

Describe what a typical day looks like for you.
There is no typical day in the life of a healthcare professional which is one of the many reasons I love the job. This job will always present you with new people, new discoveries and new ways to treat the ever evolving human.        

What advice would you give a student interested in pursuing your field?
Nursing is a multi-faceted career that touches almost every aspect of the human existence. It allows you to explore, expand, and combine your many passions to make for a fulfilled career.  Nursing can open doors into fields such as higher education, law, government, pharmaceuticals, international affairs, social work, mental health, travel and even the food and drug industry. I have never regretted my choice to become a Doctor of Nursing Practice. This is my calling.

Alumni Spotlight: Rishi Dani

Name:  Rishi DaniAlumni Spotlight:  Rishi Dani - FullSizeRender-Rishi-Dani-1.jpg - Image #0
Class Year:  2005
Major(s)/Minor(s):  Mathematics-Economics
Organization Name: CIBC World Markets
Job Title:  Executive Director – Interest Rates Derivatives Sales

What was your career path like?
After Denison I joined JPMorgan as an analyst in their Interest Rate Derivatives Sales team, working with large Corporate clients in the US. In the time since, I have worked at several large multi-national banks including RBS, Nomura and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. During that time I have focused largely on Interest Rate Derivatives and Structured products, marketing them to large Corporate clients both in the US as well as Latin America.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love working in sales as it allows me to interact with clients and has afforded me the opportunity to travel extensively through the US, Latin America and Europe. At the same time, covering Interest Rate Derivatives means I have to follow closely the macro economic trends in the US as well as other major economies of the world which is of strong interest to me. Finally, providing derivative solutions entails coming up with creative ideas and involves a high degree of structuring and problem solving which is a stimulating challenge.

What surprises you most about your career or career path?
While I was at Denison, I always figured I would work in Finance but looking back now, I was woefully unaware of the different opportunities available within finance (investment banking, sales and trading etc). When I was interviewing at JPMorgan, I thought I was interviewing for an Investment Banking job and it turned out I was interviewing for a sales role and that too selling Interest Rate Derivatives – I had no idea what that meant. So looking back now, I had never imagined I would be doing what I am doing today.

How did Denison prepare you for the world after college?
While I was a student, I never appreciated the well rounded education that a liberal arts degree provides. Most of my peers in banking were from Ivy League schools and yet Denison prepared me well enough to keep up with them. For me Denison gave me the ability to think differently and to think outside the box which really set you apart from students who have spent their entire college career focused on just their main degree. On a lighter note, one of the experiences from Denison that helped me immensely was my time working at the Annual Fund which made me very comfortable talking on the phone – something a lot of kids out of school had a tough time adjusting to.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received throughout your career or what piece of advice would you like to share with others?
I would strongly encourage students to start thinking about what careers they might be interested in and to use the summers between Sophomore and Junior and Junior and Senior years to find relevant internships. I was surprised when I realized the different opportunities within finance and I wish I had a better understanding of those opportunities and maybe I would have pursued a different group. I think Denison’s biggest asset is its Alumni network and I strongly encourage students to use the career center to reach out to alumni in companies they are interested in – as a student I got invaluable advice on jobs, resumes etc from Alumni and in the end I got the interview at JPMorgan through an alum.

Denisonians in Health Professions: Team Physician

Denisonians in health professions: team physician - grant-jones-205x300.png image #0Grant Jones ’88

Role: Allopathic Team Physician

Professional School attended:
The Ohio State University College of Medicine, graduated in 1992

Current Titles: Team Physician-Department of Athletics and Professor- Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Fun Fact: As a team physician for Ohio State’s basketball team, I have been known to get excited at times during games.  During one game, one of our players hit a game-winning shot to win the Big Ten Title.  I was so excited that I ran onto the court before realizing that there were .7 seconds left on the clock.  I promptly ran back to the bench, but not before being caught on TV doing so.  Unfortunately, the mad shot was the ESPN play of the week that was replayed over and over again.  I could not watch ESPN for a week due to the embarrassment!

Describe the process you went through to select your career path: what impacted your decision?
I was injured quite often growing up- several lacerations and broken bones.  So, I spent a lot of time in physician’s offices, particular Orthopaedic surgeons.  And, all of the physicians I met seemed to really enjoy what they were doing.  I was also influenced by my brother, who also went to Denison, four years ahead of me.  He ended up in pre-medicine and then went on to medical school at Ohio State as well.  In terms of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, my specialty, I love sports and I love surgery, so my occupation allows me to do both.

What are your favorite aspects of your profession?
I really enjoy surgery, particularly challenging cases, during which you often have to be real creative.  I also enjoy covering athletic events and covering athletic training rooms.  It is very gratifying to see an athlete whom I have worked on return to his or her sport.

What is the most challenging aspect of your work?
The hours can be very long.  Some days, I leave at 5 o’clock in the morning to do surgery, and then have to go straight from work to cover a sporting event until 11-12 at night.  I also take trauma calls, during which I am up operating all night before having to go into work that AM.

Describe what a typical day looks like for you.
Surgery usually starts at 7 AM.  I then operate until 3-5 PM depending on the day.  After that, I often cover one of OSU’s athletic training rooms until 5-6 PM.  During the school year, I often have to cover sporting events after training room.  If there are no sporting events to cover, then I return home around 6 and eat dinner with my family before getting a work out in.         

What advice would you give a student interested in pursuing your field?
Spend as much time as possible shadowing physicians to make sure that this field is right for you.  Work is often difficult and long, but it is very gratifying when you can help someone.  Make sure that you are able to put the time and effort into medical school, residency and practicing medicine.  It is a lot of hard work.  Also, I would advise looking into completing summer research projects in medicine.  This certainly helps when applying to medical school.

Summer Internship Series: The Denison Archives

Gabriella Caldwell ’19

The Denison Archives and Special Collection, Granville, Ohio

Summer internship series: the denison archives - screen-shot-2017-10-13-at-1.45.11-pm.png image #0My name is Gabriella Caldwell, I am a Junior double majoring Black Studies and Communications.  My internship at the Denison Archives and Special Collection was amazing! I never thought I would learn as much as I did in the short amount of time I had.  Through managing a project alone, visiting other depositories, researching archival job postings, and setting up three different displays; I have gained more confidence working alone, asking questions and became more confident in my abilities to problem solve.  I’m excited to continue to explore the Archives next semester and expand my knowledge of the field even more than I already have.

Some of my highlights of the summer were creating the display surrounding blackface at Denison, seeing the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center Archives and taking the StrengthsFinder test.  I’m am very proud to have been able to create a display that focused on an issue I care about, and being able to share that information with my peers was one of the most rewarding parts of the summer by far.   Creating this display I reached out to seven alumni, three of whom responded and provided significant insight to the productions and how they felt about them then, versus how they feel about them currently, all of which I included in the display. Below is the caption I created for the display

“Denison’s Department of Theatre made significant contributions to the surrounding Denison community, as well as to the larger theatrical community.  Summer and Children’s Theatre programs allowed for the surrounding community to enjoy and engage with the arts, and actors/actresses such as Hal and Ruby Holbrook, Henry Sutton, Bill Moore, Steve Carrell, Jennifer Garner and many more gave the acting community iconic actors and actresses.  However, as with many things, Denison’s Department of Theatre is more than just examples of exceptionalism.

Denison, much like other schools and theatre troops, made detrimental contributions to racial stereotypes using “blackface,” along with minstrel, sambo, coon, pickaninny and mammy caricatures as well as negative portrayals of Asian and Native Americans in various theatre productions.  These contributions continued through 1960s with productions such as Polly, The Mikado, Knickerbocker Holiday, Where’s Charley, and many more.  In looking back at Denison’s developing theatre department a complicated mix of productions reveal biases and perpetuation of unfortunate stereotypes.”

Seeing the Afro-American Museum archives gave me a better understanding about the kinds of collections I want to work with in the future, it also gave me a better understanding of what graduate programs look like for archival work.  And taking the StrengthsFinder test really opened my eyes to some skills I was not aware I had, and gave me the tools to improve in areas I struggle with, as well as the language to use to promote my skills.

This summer has been extremely helpful while I continue to think about what I want to do with my life.  I am very thankful for the opportunity to work with Sasha and Colleen and look forward to continuing my work with them in the future.

Summer Internship Series: Large Art, Small Shed

Evelyn​ ​Kendix ’19

Curatorial Intern, the Shed, Columbus, Ohio

Summer Internship Series: Large Art, Small Shed - Screen-Shot-2017-10-13-at-1.22.06-PM.png - Image #0My​ ​name​ ​is​ ​Evelyn​ ​Kendix.​ ​I​ ​am​ ​junior​ ​Studio​ ​Art​ ​major,​ ​with​ ​a​ ​minor​ ​in​ ​Art​ ​History.​ ​I​ ​worked​ ​at the​ ​Shed​ ​as​ ​a​ ​curatorial​ ​intern,​ ​helping​ ​artists,​ ​assisting​ ​the​ ​head​ ​of​ ​the​ ​gallery,​ ​and​ ​doing general​ ​artistic​ ​duties.​ ​Additionally,​ ​I​ ​got​ ​to​ ​explore​ ​Columbus’s​ ​vast​ ​and​ ​fast​ ​changing​ ​art scene.​ ​I​ ​was​ ​able​ ​to​ ​stretch​ ​my​ ​abilities​ ​during​ ​this​ ​internship.​ ​Form​ ​woodwork​ ​to​ ​social​ ​media,​ ​I learned​ ​lots!​ ​I​ ​was​ ​able​ ​to​ ​expand​ ​my​ ​network​ ​of​ ​art​ ​connections​ ​through​ ​Blake​ ​Turner’s​ ​vast network​ ​of​ ​OSU​ ​artists​ ​and​ ​graduate​ ​students.​ ​I​ ​was​ ​able​ ​to​ ​connect​ ​with​ ​Ann​ ​Hamilton,​ ​a​ ​long term​ ​inspiration​ ​of​ ​mine,​ ​along​ ​with​ ​other​ ​artists​ ​who​ ​fascinated​ ​me.​ ​I​ ​worked​ ​on​ ​multiple exhibitions,​ ​including​ ​working​ ​with​ ​textiles,​ ​paint,​ ​printmaking,​ ​and​ ​videography.​ ​Each​ ​day​ ​was different​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Shed.​ ​Sometimes​ ​it​ ​was​ ​manual​ ​labour​ ​of​ ​construction,​ ​sometimes​ ​it​ ​was​ ​more conceptual​ ​research.​ ​I​ ​learned​ ​how​ ​to​ ​better​ ​talk​ ​about​ ​my​ ​personal​ ​artwork,​ ​through​ ​listening​ ​to others​ ​discuss​ ​their​ ​work.​ ​This​ ​was​ ​a​ ​big​ ​goal​ ​for​ ​me,​ ​so​ ​it​ ​was​ ​very​ ​satisfying​ ​to​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to achieve​ ​this.​ ​I​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to​ ​acknowledge​ ​Blake​ ​Turner​ ​in​ ​this​ ​blog​ ​post.​ ​He​ ​was​ ​my​ ​boss,​ ​but beyond​ ​that,​ ​a​ ​mentor.​ ​I​ ​feel​ ​comfortable​ ​saying​ ​that​ ​he​ ​was​ ​more​ ​than​ ​authority​ ​figure,​ ​I​ ​would consider​ ​him​ ​an​ ​influence​ ​in​ ​my​ ​artwork​ ​and​ ​my​ ​general​ ​practices.​ ​Additionally,​ ​thank​ ​you​ ​to​ ​the Denison​ ​Studio​ ​Art​ ​Program,​ ​Art​ ​History​ ​program,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Knowlton​ ​Center​ ​for​ ​assisting​ ​me​ ​in connecting​ ​with​ ​Blake.

Summer Internship Series: A Summer of Justice

Imaa Nicco-Annan ’18

Africa Division of Human Rights Watch, Washington, D.C.

My name is Imaa Nicco-Annan and I am a senior at Denison University majoring in International Studies with a concentration on human rights and women empowerment, and a minor in French. This summer I had the privilege of working in the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) in Washington, DC.

Human Rights Watch is a renowned, American-founded international non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on human rights. The organization is known for its neutral reporting, accurate fact-finding, effective use of media, and targeted advocacy. This is often in collaboration with local human rights groups. Human Rights Watch also publishes more than 100 reports and briefings on human rights conditions in some 90 countries, generating extensive coverage in local and international media, some of which we, as interns, had the privilege of drafting.

My responsibilities as the Africa Division Intern were to draft reports and documents regarding issues in Africa while interacting with other US and international organizations, and foreign and domestic government officials.  A typical day of work involved monitoring the media for human rights issues occurring in select countries in West Africa; namely Senegal, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali and Gambia. My colleagues and I were assigned typical intern tasks such as filing and scanning documents, attending external meetings, flagging and sending emails regarding important press releases. However, we were also given a lot of leeway to work on tasks that were more geared towards our personal interests.

Human Rights Watch organized weekly “Speaker Series” where professionals within the organization would speak on varying issues which helped broaden my knowledge about the gravity of some human rights issues that I initially was not aware of. Through this internship, I gained direct exposure to the working on an international human rights organization. I also had the opportunity to network with several professionals in the legal and non-profit fields at leadership conferences hosted by Google, the French Embassy and Human Rights Watch. I was given the opportunity to draft a report on Guinea’s bauxite mining industry that is due for publication sometime this year. I was also assigned a task to identify locations and numbers of Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps in Mali following clashes in 2012.

Through this internship, I greatly improved upon my research, analytical and critical thinking skills. This summer at Human Rights Watch served as a great avenue to learn about the employed strategies and efforts that are placed in investigations on issues of human rights abuses; and in the exposure of facts that generate extensive media coverage and eventually, changes in policy. It also gave me the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in human rights advocacy field which I plan to pursue as a career, and honed my existent skills while simultaneously acquiring new ones. In addition, this internship helped me build my confidence as I attended various conferences and forums and networked with numerous professionals in the legal field.

My summer at Human Rights Watch has helped me guide my professional path and goals. I am certain that I want to work in an organization that focuses more on legislation of policies to protect human rights and eventually go to law school with the hopes of becoming a defense attorney.

I would like to thank Jim Wormington, Corinne Dufka, Lauren Seibert, and my coworkers-MJ, Charline and Gen for an enriching summer experience in DC.

Summer Internship Series: Knowledge Gains

Duncan Tulimieri ’19

Strength and Conditioning Coach Intern, Prentiss Hockey Performance, Stamford, Connecticut

My name is Duncan Tulimieri and I am a Health, Exercise, and Sports Studies major and Biology minor at Denison University. Over the summer of 2017, I was a strength and conditioning coach intern at Prentiss Hockey Performance. I am currently a junior and plan to graduate in 2019 and go on to a graduate school for Kinesiology after graduation from Denison. I am the alternative captain for the men’s ice hockey team.

My internship was a very unique one to say the least. I wasn’t sitting at a desk and looking at a computer and spreadsheets like one imagines an internship would be. I actually did the complete opposite. I was up at the crack of dawn and moving around all day, setting up and breaking down exercises for both professional ice hockey players and the general population. The internship had many great aspects, but my favorite part was getting to know some of the athletes and learn about their views and perspectives about strength and conditioning. I learned that being a strength coach is not only just about being able to work someone out, but also about talking to the person and realizing that you are dealing with a person, not a textbook or skeleton. One of the most rewarding parts of the internship was that I got to see many topics talked about in the classroom, be applied in real life. Some topics that I saw get applied in the gym that were talked about in the classroom were; the stretch shortening cycle, passive insufficiency, isokinetic movements, isotonic movements, isometric movements, etc. It’s one thing to learn about concepts in the classroom and be tested on them, but it’s a whole different setting when you apply them to real live people, and watch how it affects them.

I could not have gotten, or done, this internship without the help of my parents, my supervisors, and the generous donor who supplied me with a stipend. I would also like to thank the people at Prentiss Hockey Performance for helping me to expand my mind and think about things in a different way.