Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association ALATA eBlast News
August 7, 2008

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In This Issue:
•   From ALATA President, Heloise Jones
•   SEATA Officer Nominations Needed by Aug. 15
•   ALATA Awards & Association Updates
From ALATA President, Heloise Jones
Dear ALATA Membership,

I hope that this letter finds each of you doing well.  I hope that each of you had a safe and enjoyable summer.  It’s hard to believe that it is the beginning of August and that football season is upon us.  I honestly believe that it comes quicker every year.

I would just like to extend a great big thank you to all of you who attended our annual athletic trainer’s meeting in May in San Destin.  I, unfortunately, was not able to attend the meeting the entire time due to a previous family commitment, but from the feedback that I have received thus far a good time was had by all.  If you were not fortunate enough to attend the meeting I certainly hope that you will do all that you can to attend next year’s meeting in San Destin.

On another note, I know you all are probably curious as to what is going on legislatively among our athletic training community.  I would like to ensure each member that the ALATA Executive Council has been very busy this summer in terms of preparing for further legislative activity in the coming future.  I certainly hope that you will continue to check the web-site and read your e-blasts as we will continue to make every effort to keep you updated on events as they occur.  We will definitely need everyone’s help if we are going to make this a successful year in legislation.

On that note, I wish each of you a successful fall in your respective settings and look forward to seeing and talking with everyone soon.

Heloise Belarmino Jones, ATC, LAT
ALATA Awards & Association Updates
  1. Congratulations to the 2008 Hall of Fame Inductees:  Chuck Ash, Troy University and Marshall Smith, Southern Bone and Joint.
  2. Congratulations to the following ALATA Award Recipients: Clinical Athletic Trainer - Todd Hooks, High School/Secondary Schools - James Jones, Collegiate - Rodney Brown, Award of Merit - Mike Jones, Sports Medicine Person of the Year - Dr. Jeffery Dugas, Service Award - Leah Taylor, Vendor - Spencer Sappington.
  3. Congratulations to our Scholarship Award Winners.  Alyssa Hart, from Auburn University, is the recipient of the Graduate Athletic Training Scholarship from ALATA.  Lindsey Smith, from Troy University, is the recipient of the Undergraduate Athletic Training Scholarship from ALATA.  Please encourage your students to apply for ALATA Scholarships.
  4. Congratulations to Heloise Jones who will serve a second term as President and Karen Stanton who will serve a second term as Treasurer.  We thank each of them for their services and look forward to the next 2 years.  Their new terms will become effective January 1, 2009 and will conclude on December 31, 2010.
  5. Please make an effort to find your Senate and House Representatives by going to this link  In the near future we will ask you to make contact with these individuals as we prepare to strengthen our practice act.  You will have access to specific bullet points and facts regarding athletic trainers and our legislative efforts.  We will post these on the website within the next few months.
  6. The Sunset Review will take place in the month of October on a Thursday morning.  However, at this time we are not aware of the specific date.  This information will be posted on the website when it is available.
  7. Thank you to everyone who donated money for Chris King and his family.  As you may know, Chris’s wife was in a serious bus accident while on a school fieldtrip and sustained multiple injuries.  ALATA will be presenting this in-kind gift to the King Family.
SEATA Officer Nominations Needed by Aug. 15

Nominations are being accepted for the positions of SEATA District Director, President and Treasurer.  Information regarding these positions can be found on the SEATA webpage.  All nominations must be received in writing via the SEATA Officer Candidate Nomination Form at (either email or regular mail) to the Elections Committee Chair, Donna Wesley, 414 Oak Road, Fulton, MS  38843 or to the SEATA Secretary: Lori Groover, NSU Allied Health Sciences, P.O. Box 2090 Thibodaux, LA  70301.  Nominations are being accepted through August 15, 2008.