Associate Professor, Jennifer Popp, has been named the 2008 Indiana Athletic Trainers' Association (IATA) College/University Athletic Trainer of the Year.
Popp started her career at AU in 1997 as an instructor and assistant athletic trainer. Since then, Popp has been promoted to associate professor and now currently serves as the Athletic Training Education Program Director since the fall of 2006.
"I love what I do," said Popp. "I love my profession, I love the students that I teach and the athletes that I work with every day, and I work in a very supportive environment here at AU. All of those factors combined are the motivation to continue to work hard and be a positive role model for so many that I come into contact with."
Popp received her Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Western Illinois University in 1996 and pursued a Master of Science degree in Human Performance from University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse in 1997. Most recently, Popp earned her Doctor of Education degree in Education Administration from Ball State University in 2005.
Popp did not realize she was nominated by Steve Risinger, AU Director of Sports Medicine, until she received the letter stating she won the award.
"The award is based on a number of things: length of time in the athletic training profession in the state of Indiana [editor's note: 10 years is the required minimum length in the profession to be nominated], dedication to the profession, and athletic training service (to professional organizations at the state, regional, national level), to name a few," said Popp.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,750 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.