“It is a great honor to be recognized with this award, and knowing that the nomination came from a close friend and colleague made it all that more special,” Mark says.
Throughout his career at Oregon State, Mark has served as associate dean for undergraduate programs, director of the Athletic Training program, associate professor of Exercise and Sport Science, director of the Sports Medicine and Disability Research Laboratory, EXSS faculty advisor and advisor for the Athletic Training Club.
“I have seen firsthand his ability to mentor aspiring undergraduate and graduate Athletic Training students,” says Athletic Training Program Director Kim Hannigan-Downs – who nominated Mark for the award. “He is a strong voice for the importance of education. He challenges the students to critically process new ideas, create thorough technical writing skills and empower students to take control of their education.”
Colleagues describe Mark’s dedication to the Athletic Training Program and his students as an important means for the program’s continued success.
“Mark helps to develop the future generation of Athletic Training students by creating enthusiasm for the field, mentoring professionalism and teaching clinical skills,” Kim says.
“In addition to his leadership, Mark brings a unique background in the field of emergency medicine to our curriculum,” she adds. “As a former EMT, his previous training adds credence and knowledge to an important aspect of the student’s knowledge base. They value his real-life scenarios and practical knowledge.”
Mark is an active professional in the field, serving on a variety of committees both with NATA and the NATA Foundation. He is currently finishing a second term as the NATA Foundation president and has presented at several national and international seminars.
“His history of involvement illustrates his commitment to the profession,” Kim says. “His work as the NATA Foundation president on the three-year capital campaign was critical to the AT profession, and the benefits of this work affects everyone within the field of athletic training by supporting scholarships for future professionals and providing money for vital research.”
Mark, joined by his wife Laura and daughter Sydney, received the award June 26 in Las Vegas at the NATA National Symposium.