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More Trine exercise science students continuing on to graduate education

The exercise science program within Trine University’s Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences continues to see growth in success and outcomes, with an increased number of graduates from the Class of 2020 accepted into graduate school.

All 22 exercise science graduates who applied to Doctor of Physical Therapy programs were accepted, the first time Trine has seen 100 percent acceptance, said Catherine Swick, Ph.D., dean of the Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences. Several exercise science graduates are also continuing on to other graduate programs.

“It’s encouraging that our numbers are increasing and we are equipping more students to continue on to graduate education,” said Swick. “This is a testament not only to the personal experience that is part of a Trine University, but the dedication of our students and the quality of our faculty within the Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences.”

“I’m proud of these students, particularly with the challenges that the COVID-19 outbreak brought to this final semester,” said Shane Steele, chair of the Department of Exercise Science at Trine University. “I look forward to seeing each one thrive in graduate school and in their eventual career.”

Fifteen Trine exercise science graduates will continue on to the university’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program at its Fort Wayne Center for Health Sciences:

  • Evonne Bultemeyer, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Miranda Coombs, Lexington, Michigan
  • Sarah Dyson, Payne, Ohio
  • Kyle Foerg, LaPorte, Indiana
  • Natalie Grose, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Taylor Jenkins, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Kennedy Kroeckel, Defiance, Ohio
  • Abigail Kuhlman, Napoleon, Ohio
  • Sybil Kurian, Elkhart, Indiana
  • Stephen Nix, Leo, Indiana
  • Kathryn Simon, Paw Paw, Michigan
  • Morgan Smith, Liberty Township, Ohio
  • Jordan Stevens, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Ethel Taylor, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Brendan Werstine, Lakewood, California

Seven will continue to Doctor of Physical Therapy programs at other institutions:

  • Mikayla Harper, Kendallville, Indiana, University of Evansville
  • Makenna Hartline, Niles, Michigan, Andrews University
  • Joel Huck, Bloomington, Indiana, Messiah College
  • Abigail Kindler, Huntington, Indiana, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Madison Marsh, Coldwater, Michigan, West Virginia University
  • Sean Schirripa, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Alvernia University
  • Macy Whitehair, North Albany, Indiana, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

In addition, the following exercise science graduates are continuing their education in other graduate programs:

  • Kaylynn Cooper, Piqua, Ohio, Doctor of Chiropractic, National University of Health Sciences
  • Taylor Davis, New Haven, Indiana, Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Huntington University
  • Katie Plyer, Layton, Utah, Master of Athletic Training, University of Utah
  • Nolan Stratton, Montpelier, Ohio, Doctor of Chiropractic, Life University