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A word of thanks to the fine people at St. Francis University

October 29, 2010 - Cory Giger
I'd like to publicly thank the fine people at St. Francis University for their help earlier this week going above and beyond with my research project on the ImPACT concussion test. I am very proud of the project, and it would not have been possible without their help.

Assistant professor Ivan Mulligan, from the physical therapy department, invited me up to campus to take the ImPACT test, which was wonderfully gracious of him and incredibly beneficial. I wasn't doing a story about St. Francis, but merely about concussions and the testing, and Ivan went out of his way to walk me through the process. He is a true professional in every sense.

Sports information director Bob Volkert also was very helpful in the process, agreeing to come over and take pictures of me taking the test. We wound up only using two small photos in the paper, but I didn't know that would be the case at the time. Volkert not only took time out of his day to shoot the photos, he even stopped by my house in Altoona to deliver the CD with all the shots. What a terrific gesture of professionalism.

There are wonderful people at St. Francis University, and I have always enjoyed dealing with them in my 12 years covering the sports programs. Athletic director Bob Krimmel, basketball coaches Don Friday and Susan Robinson Fruchtl, senior woman administrator Erika Renwick, former basketball coach Bobby Jones, assistant basketball coach Rob Krimmel, former university president Father Christian Oravec, former SID Pat Farabaugh, Volkert, a number of fans and many others on campus are some of my favorite people I've come across in my career.

St. Francis may not have a great football or men's basketball program -- it's nice to see the women's program excelling again -- but the people I mentioned above and many others are examples that having outstanding people on campus isn't just limited to talking about the athletes.

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