The Lakeland trio had previously shared oral presentations on their work at the Wisconsin Strength and Conditioning Conference in Waukesha and Lakeland’s inaugural symposium on undergraduate research and scholarship in April.
A significant portion of the women’s travel and lodging expenses, as well as their conference admission fees, were covered by Lakeland’s Student as Practitioner fund. This fund, established in 2010, funds a variety of off-campus student learning and professional development experiences.
During the 2015-16 academic year, for example, more than 300 Lakeland students benefited from more than $14,000 in SAP funding. Funded excursions ranged from a bus trip to Lambeau Field so Lakeland accounting students could learn about the Green Bay Packers’ financial practices, to a trip for five psychology lab students to a major conference in Chicago, to a Lakeland contingent attending an accounting conference in Florida.
“I think the Student as Practitioner program provides a wonderful resource for our students,” said Lakeland University Provost Meg Albrinck. “It’s a great way to help make classroom learning real, to connect our students with the world around them and their chosen career fields in a very tangible way.”
Barron, who graduated in May with a degree in exercise science, is now at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, where she is pursuing her master’s degree in occupational therapy.
Ciepley, who also graduated in May, works full time at Fit Body Boot Camp in Sheboygan as a certified personal trainer.
And Williams returns to Lakeland to pursue her degree in exercise science.
“It’s unusual for undergraduate students to present at a national conference,” said Bill Ebben, Lakeland’s associate professor of exercise science. He explained that Barron, Ciepley and Williams submitted abstracts of their posters, which went through a peer review process before the trio was invited to present in New Orleans.
“Their work was judged by experts,” he said. “Not everyone gets to present at this prestigious conference. Generally, undergraduates are not involved in this level of research and presentation. This is awesome exposure for them and for our program as we continue to work hard to raise our profile.”