After a relaxing spring break, our students returned to the classroom for three amazing presentations this month. Elise Caldwell opened up the month with a discussion on what she does as an Athletic Trainer at a local high school. Elise spoke on how her passion for science and athletics shaped her professional aspirations, leading to the education she received and her current position. Elise spent over 1,200 hours working in various physical therapy clinics, high school medical departments, and her college football team’s athletic training department as well as for Washington D.C.’s professional soccer team before returning to South Florida as an Athletic trainer. After explaining her responsibilities for treating athletes on the field, Elise taught the class how to splint a broken or dislocated wrist as well as proper wound care during her activity.
Lani Ferro works as the Director of Governmental Affairs at our local Niklaus Children’s Hospital. Lani works as a representative of the hospital and, to a larger sense, the pediatric medical community of South Florida. As such she uses her influence to lobby local, state, and federal elected officials to draft and propose legislation that will benefit our children and the medical professionals who care for them. Lani not only helps officials draft legislation, but also acts to educate them on local issues and concerns, as well as strategize on how to best implement and write new legislation for the most effective results. During the activity, the students split into senators and two groups of lobbyists, with the lobbyists doing their best to represent their respective groups’ interests to the senators when it came to a bill that would allow for oil drilling on a nature preserve.
Constance Bates brought her storied personal history into the classroom when she shared how she developed into the professor she is today. Professor Bates highlighted how no there was little expectation for a girl to become a professor when she was a child, and how media at the time motivated her to overcome the obstacles that had been put in her path. Today she teaches at Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University, where she additionally works in research departments, having multiple published research articles under her name. After explaining to the students what would be expected of them as college attendees, she brought her research experience to the classroom, having the students break into groups and researching articles in the Wall Street Journal, identifying and applying published trends to modern business.