Anterior Cruciate Ligaments
By Alexis Jenkins
Alexis Jenkins definitely is very active from the start. Sports have always been her passion; growing up, you could always catch her outside at the softball field playing with her high school, tournament team, or family. This all was until she had an almost career-ending injury occur not just once but twice. Luckily, she could continue to play two years of college softball, but she always wondered why tearing your ACL, also known as your Anterior Cruciate Ligament, was such a big deal. Now years later, she is a Senior here at Millersville studying Sports Journalism. After graduation, she plans to work her way into the ESPN world to eventually become an ESPN Broadcast Journalist.
Social Isolation in Rural Areas: Developing Student Community COnnections through letter writing
By Brittany Leffler & Rachel Preibisch
Brittany Leffler is in her third year of study and research a part-time MSW candidate in the School of Social Work at Millersville University. She is employed full-time as a sexual assault counselor and educator at Lancaster County’s designated rape crisis center, the Sexual Assault Prevent, and Counseling Center at the YWCA Lancaster. Brittany’s social work areas of focus include the traumatic effects of violence, human sexuality, adverse childhood experiences, and expressive arts interventions for youth and adults. She is a recipient of the Steinman Fellowship, a PA standards
mandated reporting training instructor, a certified clinical trauma practitioner, and a student research assistant at Millersville University’s Center for Public Scholarship and Social Change (CPSSC).
Rachel is a first-year Master of Social Work candidate at Millersville University. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in German Studies from Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana, and has international work experience in community project development and economic journalism. The themes of social isolation, loneliness, connectivity, and meaning, which emerge through this work, are knowledge that she will carry with her into social work practice. Rachel is excited to be under the wing of several faculty and student mentors during this project.
We have no known conflicts of interest to disclose.
Special thanks to the Center for Public Scholarship and Social Change, and the BTGT team: Drs. Jennifer Frank, Laura Breirton Granruth, Heather Girvin, and Mary Glazier for all of your support during this project. Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Brittany Leffler at email@example.com.
Keywords: social isolation, poverty, rural communities, experiential learning