Logan Adds Academic Success Coaches

There’s now one more way for students to succeed at Logan. This spring, Logan’s Department of Academic Affairs added two Academic Success Coaches to help students with every step of their education.

Meet Anna Schowalter, MAT, Academic Success Coach for the College of Chiropractic, and Casey Bryzeal, Academic Success Coach for the College of Health Sciences. Both will be working closely with students, helping them register for classes, track their progress and overcome obstacles.

Since 2013, Anna has held a position in Logan’s purchasing department, where she coordinated graduation and awards ceremonies. Previously, she worked as a high school math teacher and tutor. Anna holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Management from St. Louis University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Webster University.

“I am thrilled to get back into academics and return to working directly with students,” she said. “I am looking forward to guiding students and connecting them with resources that can make their path to graduation easier.”

Working with students in the Doctor of Chiropractic degree program, Anna said she views her new role as a liaison between faculty and students.

“My position offers students a neutral party as they navigate each trimester at Logan,” she said. “Many students don’t realize how rigorous the DC program is until they begin taking classes. My goal is to be a one-stop resource for students so they can focus on their studies.”

Casey has been at Logan for nearly five years, most recently serving in the Human Performance Center, where she advised and registered students in the Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation program. “I truly enjoy working with students and making a difference in their educational experience at Logan,” she said. “Advisors can have a tremendous impact in the success of a student and I am looking forward to serving as a central source of communication for students.”

Casey earned a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication, with an emphasis in Public Relations and Management from Southeast Missouri State University. She will be working with master’s and undergraduate students in the College of Health Sciences.

“I am excited to work together with Anna to ensure dual degree students are on the right path and fulfilling all the requirements for both degrees,” she said.

The two Academic Success Coaches will also join forces to offer student workshops on time management and other topics of interest.

Anna can be reached at DCadvisor@logan.edu and Casey can be reached at HSadvisor@logan.edu. Both will hold open office hours as well as scheduled appointments.

Basics of Diagnostic Ultrasound Lecture - July 31st

Dr. Daniel Haun will lecture on the Basics of Diagnostic Ultrasound on Friday, July 31st from 4pm to 6pm in Room 156A.

Attendees will see live demos and will be able to earn clinic hours. Food will be provided and students can be excused from clinic in order to attend.

Presented by SACA.

Movie Night - Pitch Perfect 2 - July 23rd

Watch Pitch Perfect 2 at Logan on Thursday, July 23rd at 8pm. This free movie night will be held in the outdoor Loomis Amphitheater which is located behind the Purser Center.

The Student Doctors' Council will provide popcorn and beer (limit two per person) beginning at 7:30pm. Other concession items will be available for purchase, but everyone is encouraged to bring a picnic and enjoy the movie.

Body Composition: Projecting 3D Results for Personalized Weight Management

The article below can be found in the Summer 2015 edition of The Tower. Click here to view the complete publication.

Advice for those aiming to lose weight has traditionally been, “cut calories.” The idea that one must expend more energy than he or she consumes in order to lose weight has been accepted for many years; however, recent studies by Logan University’s own Robert Davidson, PhD, suggest that balancing energy may not be the most important factor in managing bodyweight.

According to Dr. Davidson, director of the Master’s in Nutrition & Human Performance program at Logan, the most influential contributor to weight management and the related obesity epidemic is diet composition—the makeup of the calories one consumes.

“A calorie is still a calorie, but it doesn’t take much to change body composition with macronutrient consumption changes,” he explains. "Macronutrients include fats, carbohydrates and proteins.” 

Capitalizing on the impact diet composition has on body composition, Dr. Davidson and his team have developed technology that accurately measures a person’s body composition and projects an image of what the person’s body will look like in the future based on either current or planned inputs such as dietary habits, physical activity levels and current bodyweight and shape. 

For example, if someone desires to lose weight and plans to follow a specific diet and exercise plan, he or she can scan their body in the software with a 3-D scanner, input his or her diet and exercise plans and select the duration of the plans. Then the software produces a projected image of the person’s post weight-loss body. The resulting projection details his or her weight loss in pounds as well as the number of inches he or she can expect to lose from each specific area of the body...and up to five years in the future. 

“Right now, we can provide all the data required for this technology—predicting weight and inches lost and making diet and training recommendations,” said Dr. Davidson. “No one else is doing anything like this.” 

Dr. Davidson and his team have garnered a significant amount of interest in their project. They are seeking additional funding to develop the software for the 3-D modeling and mobile application for users.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of Logan’s development as one of the first nutrition programs to elevate technology for changing body composition,” he said. “And what’s more – making it accessible to the public.”

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SLU Evening MBA Info Session - July 23rd

Representatives from Saint Louis University’s (SLU) John Cook School of Business will be on the Logan campus, Thursday, July 23rd from 5-7pm in Room G134. At the Graduate Business Information Session, you will have the opportunity to informally meet with other prospective students, alumni, faculty and staff, ask questions of a panel of current students and alumni and listen to a presentation about curriculum, admission criteria, career resources, etc.

Saint Louis University has been ranked for “2016 Best Graduate Schools” by U.S. News and World Report: #73 Top Business Program, #15 International Business and #17 Supply Chain Management.

Light refreshments will be served. Please click here to RSVP