Athletic Training Facility Dedicated
April 04, 2011
The athletic training facility within the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex (The MAAC) at the University of Mount Union was dedicated Friday, April 1 in honor of the late Daniel M. Gorman. Gorman, director of the athletic training education program and associate professor of human performance and sport business, passed away tragically on January 12.
“I am truly grateful for all of you – the family, friends, students and colleagues of Dan Gorman – and our ability as a community to unite in our offering of support, remembrance and reverence. Today is a bittersweet day,” said Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of Mount Union, during the dedication ceremony. “It is indeed fitting that we join today to dedicate this facility in Dan’s memory – to commemorate the program that he built, the work that he loved, the students whom he influenced and the campus he called home. Daniel M. Gorman Athletic Training Facility will be a permanent testament to Dan for all he has done for Mount Union.”
During the ceremony, it was announced that a scholarship fund had been established in tribute to Gorman. The Daniel M. Gorman Sophomore Endowed Prize in Athletic Training was able to become a reality thanks to the outpouring of support from the M Club, alumni and friends. Therefore, the Gorman Prize will begin in April of 2012.
Other individuals who spoke on behalf of Gorman and the impact he had on every person he encountered included Gregory King ’89, vice president for University advancement, Rev. Marty CashBurless, University chaplain, Dr. Patricia Draves, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the University, Morgan Cooper ’03, certified athletic trainer at Mount Union, Kelsey Shonk ’12, president of Mount Union’s Student Athletic Training Club, Erin Richardson ’12, vice president of the Student Athletic Training Club, Gigi Gorman, wife of the late Daniel Gorman and Elliot Gillies, friend of the Gorman family.
Each year the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, a part of the United Methodist Church, invites Mount Union to nominate a faculty member for an Exemplary Teacher Award. The award is intended to demonstrate the profound respect that the United Methodist Church has for the teaching-learning process and to recognize particularly talented professors. The Faculty Personnel Committee on behalf of the faculty and with the endorsement of the administration nominated Dan for the award, and in March, Mount Union was notified that Dan Gorman was selected for the award. Draves presented this prestigious award to Gigi during the dedication ceremony on Friday.
Following the dedication ceremony, attendees had the opportunity to tour the Daniel M. Gorman Athletic Training Facility, which accommodates student athletes from all of Mount Union’s varsity sports. The facility includes a large injury/ post-operative treatment area, taping/bracing area with elevated stations, rehabilitation area, cryotherapy room featuring three large whirlpools, wet and dry storage areas and athletic training student workspace, as well as an elaborate cabinetry area for cleansing and dressing wounds. Built in 2009, the space is equipped with state-of-the-art therapeutic modalities and rehabilitation equipment.
Gorman joined the Mount Union community in 1985, and during his tenure at Mount Union, he was integral to the success of the University’s athletic training program, which recently received the maximum 10-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). He was also a dedicated mentor in the LS 100 program, which is designed to assist first-year students in their transition to college.
A native of Westbury, NY, Gorman earned an associate of arts degree in liberal arts with emphasis in physical education from SUNY – Morrisville in 1978, a bachelor of science degree in physical education with emphasis in athletic training from SUNY – Cortland in 1981 and a master’s degree in physical education with emphasis in adult fitness and cardiac rehabilitation from Eastern Illinois University in 1983. Gorman received certification from the National Athletic Trainers Association in 1981.
Prior to joining the Mount Union faculty, Gorman served as assistant professor and director of the athletic training education program and head athletic trainer at State University of New York (SUNY) – Cortland. Throughout the past two decades, Gorman was an active member of numerous athletic training program accreditation efforts, including those at Augustana College, Rowan University, Heidelberg University and the University of Toledo.
Gorman also previously served as assistant director of sports medicine and research at the King Abdul Azizz Air Base in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia through work with the United States Sports Academy, head athletic trainer for the Gary, IN Golden Bears semi-pro football team and coordinator of sports medicine for the Michigan City, IN public school system while on the staff of Michigan City Memorial Hospital.