Meet Tony Kollasch | Briar Cliff University

Meet Tony Kollasch

Whittemore, IA
Biology and Applied Health and Exercise Sciences

Tony Kollasch

Academically, I felt that the programs that I was interested in would provide a strong foundation for pursuing a career in physical therapy. Coming from a small school, I liked the small class sizes and getting the chance to build a relationship with my teachers. Furthermore, I was drawn in by the sense of community that I felt on campus.


— Tony Kollasch
Whittemore, IA
Biology and Applied Health and Exercise Sciences

Tony Kollasch (‘19) competed against 30 other undergraduates to receive the “Outstanding Undergraduate Student Oral Presentation” award from the American College of Sports Medicine. In addition to winning this award, Tony was accepted into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Iowa, which he will start this summer.

Tony comes from the small town of Whittemore, IA, where he graduated from Bishop Garrigan High School before deciding to pursue a biology and kinesiology and human performance degree at Briar Cliff.

“Academically, I felt that the programs that I was interested in would provide a strong foundation for pursuing a career in physical therapy. Coming from a small school, I liked the small class sizes and getting the chance to build a relationship with my teachers. Furthermore, I was drawn in by the sense of community that I felt on campus,” says Tony.

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Over the past year, Tony has been working diligently with Dr. Kushnick at Briar Cliff, where he collected research alongside Dr. Norio Hota of Chubu University in Japan. Their research centered on blood flow restricted exercise. After collecting data throughout the summer, Dr. Kushnick asked Tony if he could present their findings at the American College of Sports Medicine.

In November 2018, Tony travelled to Grand Rapids, MI to present his solo oral presentation entitled No gender difference in energy expenditure during walking performed with blood flow restriction, based on the research he collected with Dr. Norio Hota and Dr. Kushnick. His presentation had a ten-minute time limit, where afterwards those in attendance could ask questions.

“While initially very nervous, I felt well prepared, and afterwards thought that I had done an adequate job. There were nearly 30 undergraduates competing in my division, and on the final day, I was shocked and honored to be awarded the ‘Outstanding Undergraduate Student Oral Presentation.’”

Tony believes professors Dr. Jung and Dr. Kushnick have been valuable acting as mentors while at Briar Cliff. He says Briar Cliff University has set up a strong academic base for him, and he is thankful for being able to partake in diverse experiences on campus.

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