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2015 Dr. Behrens Athletic Training Scholarship Award.

The Dr. Jeffrey Behrens Athletic Training Scholarship is an annual award given to an Athletic Training Student of Augustana College.  The award was created by, and is funded through, Sanford USD Medical Center as a memorial tribute to the significant contributions Dr. Behrens made to the Athletic Training Education Program of Augustana.

Dr. Behrens provided numerous services to Augustana.  He served primarily as the Medical Director of Sports Medicine, team physician, lecturer and mentor to the Athletic Training Students.  He will always be remembered for his persistent work ethic, his passion for sports medicine, his humor and his compassion to help others.  Dr. Behrens was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on September 11, 2000.

Recipients of this award are selected by their peers and the certified Athletic Training Staff of the College.  The applicants are evaluated on academic integrity, work ethic, acceptance of responsibility, willingness to help others and their commitment to athletic training.


This year’s award winner is Kirby Bertram, a senior Athletic Training Student from Winner, SD. 

Kirby is the daughter of Duane and Nicky Bertram. 

Kirby’s leadership experience include Secretary-Treasurer of the Athletic Training student organization,  on the Leadership Committee at Celebrate United Church and is Co-chair of the event “Operation Beauty” at the YMCA.  She has volunteered at the Tri-State Basketball Tournaments held in Sioux Falls, various mini projects that Augustana has offered such as “Rake the Town” and “Paint the Prairie”, plus she is a First Responder in the Athletic Training Department for various athletic events.  Kirby is employed as a Personal Trainer and in the summer the Director of the “Little Vikes Camp” program both at the YMCA, and travels to Phoenix, Arizona to participate in the Volleyball Festival of which they have asked her to come back because of her great work ethic.

After graduating with a major in Athletic Training and minor in Fitness Management, Kirby is planning on attending graduate school.


Congratulations to Kirby and the best of luck in your future plans!


2014-15 Dr. Jeffrey J. Behrens Sports Medicine Scholarship Recipient:

This scholarship is a memorial to Jeffrey Behrens, MD physician for the Augustana athletic teams, special friend of Augustana and a member of the Sanford medical staff.  He was an exceptional doctor and committed to the care of college athletes.  The recipient of this scholarship should preferably be a senior, participating in intercollegiate athletics or be declared as an Athletic Training major and plans on working in a health related field or attend graduate school in a health related field after graduating.  They must also possess a cumulative GPA greater than 3.2.

Nate Kirby is the first recipient of this scholarship.  Nate is an Athletic Training major and has played football at Augustana for the last 4 years.



NEWS FLASH........9 Augustana Athletic Training Students passed their certification test this year. This test is referred to as the BOC and is required by all senior Athletic Training majors if they want to become certified. Congratulations goes out to Sarah Rech, Holly Hafemeyer, Kim Nelson, Zach Barbur, Echo Bartos, Kelli Bolton, Ashley Erschens, Mary Johnson and Jordan Mitzel. They are the newest certified Athletic Trainers at Augustana!!


Program Director/ Head Athletic Trainer Brian Gerry has put together an educational video concerning knee injury prevention. Click the link below to view video.