Athletic Training program alumnus honored

Aaron EpplerAaron Eppler, a 2005 graduate of the athletic training program, was awarded the Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award for 2012-2013 at the College of Ouachitas (COTO), where he attended for two years.

“Each year, four academic divisions submit their nominations for the Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award,” said Amber Childers, director of College Advancement at COTO.  “COTO President Schoonmaker then reviews the submitted nominations and selects one recipient to be honored at the Annual Student Awards Ceremony for the College in April each year. The recipient is also recognized at the Annual Conference of the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges in the fall.”

President Schoonmaker said: “I was so impressed with all of his accomplishments and his dedication to work and family. Aaron represented what I believe to be great attributes. I was also very impressed with his reflections on how COTO played a big part in the preparation of his career.”

Eppler credited the University of Central Arkansas in helping to prepare him and mold him into the professional that he is today. He singled out clinical instructor David Strickland as a “mentor and close friend.”