Mary and Butch Slaughter Lecture Series
Edward R. (Butch) Slaughter and his wife, Mary Hoke Slaughter, were devoted members of the University of Virginia community from 1931 until their deaths respectively in 1985 and 1994. Held since 1992, the yearly lecture is sponsored by their children in honor of their dedication to the field of physical education.
The 2016 Mary and Butch Slaughter Lecture
Friday, February 26, 2016
12:30pm Newcomb Theater
“The State of Sport Concussion: Legitimate Concern vs. Paranoia”
By Kevin Guskiewicz, PhD, ATC
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
University of North Carolina
Kevin Guskiewicz is the Kenan Distinguished Professor, Athletic Trainer, and founding director of the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he has served on faculty since 1995. On January 1st, he was named Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC. Over the past 22 years, his clinical research program has focused on sport-related concussion. He has investigated the effect of sport-related concussion on balance and neuropsychological function in high school and collegiate athletes, the biomechanics of sport concussion, and the long-term neurological effects of concussion in retired professional football players. Kevin has published over 150 journal articles and textbook chapters on sport concussion, and has helped sports medicine clinicians to improve diagnosis and management of this complex injury. More recently, his work is aimed at identifying biomarkers for determining the potential risk factors that predict symptom onset and progression of neurodegenerative disease in athletes who have played contact sports. Kevin earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia in 1995, after receiving a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from The University of Pittsburgh in 1992 and a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from West Chester University in 1989. He has been awarded Fellowship in the American College of Sports Medicine in 2003, the National Academy of Kinesiology in 2006, and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in 2008. In 2010 he was named to the NCAA’s Concussion Committee and the NFL’s Head, Neck, and Spine Committee. In September 2011, he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, given annually to individuals who "show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work." Kevin resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with his wife, Amy, and four children, Jacob, Nathan, Adam, and Tessa.
Mary and Butch Slaughter Legacy
Butch Slaughter came to the University of Virginia as an assistant football coach in 1931 and during his years at the University served as line coach under four Virginia head coaches. In 1939, he joined the Faculty in the physical education department and remained a member until his retirement in 1973. His wife, Mary, was dedicated to raising their family and supporting both the Charlottesville and University communities through church and service organizations , such as the “Faculty Wives Club.” Butch’s contribution to the University during those years was deep, acting as the Golf Coach from 1940 through 1969, serving as a member of the University Senate, Chairman of the Department of Physical Education, Chairman of the Processions Committee, Chairman of the ACC Golf Coaches Association, and oversaw the construction of both Newcomb and University Hall. He is primarily remembered as the Director the Intramural Program from 1957 until his retirement. Outside the University he served his community as Chairman of the Charlottesville Recreation Board, the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority, and the Charlottesville Democratic Committee among many other activities. The Slaughter Recreation Center at the University of Virginia was dedicated in his honor.