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Partnership with Evangel provides grant for graduate assistantship

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

308987_2377976527600_634331674_nDr. Tona Hetzler, department head of sports medicine and athletic training at Missouri State University, received a departmental grant of $14,660 from Evangel University to be used for Missouri State graduate assistants.

The graduate assistants hired through the grant will be masters students earning their degrees in athletic training. The students will work on Evangel’s campus serving as trainers in their athletic department. The duties and tasks will be similar to the head athletic trainers’ as the graduate assistant must already be a certified athletic trainer before being considered.

“Athletic training is new graduate program,” said Hetzler. “The first class was fall 2012. This program will increase the hands-on experience for students and will help recruit potential athletic training students. With athletics changing and becoming full-time activities, it gives us a chance to give students more hands-on experience and provide more care for the summer.”

The grant money will pay the students’ tuition and provide a monthly stipend during the duration of their work with Evangel. This is Hetzler’s first year sharing a graduate assistantship with Evangel; however, the sports medicine and athletic training department has merged with Mercy Sports Medicine and Drury athletics to provide similar opportunities for students.

For more information, contact Hetzler at (417) 836-8553.


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