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ExSciThe ExSci student group traveled to Indianapolis, IN to attend the Midwest Regional Chapter Meeting for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). There were fifteen members in attendance, breaking all records for the club and giving the best representation for any University at the meeting.
Posted Nov 18


mahperdTwo Western Michigan University graduates and two students were honored at the Michigan association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) at the annual conference of the organization held in Dearborn Nov 3-5, 2011. Amy Niewenhuis was named Teacher of the Year (TOY) - Elementary Physical Education. Amy is a teacher for Otsego Public Schools. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Physical Education. Heather Sawyer was named TOY- High School Physical Education. Heather teaches for Lakeview Public School System in Battle Creek. Heather completed her undergraduate degree in Physical Education and her master's degree in Coaching Education. Undergraduate students who received MAHPERD Student Honor Awards were Trey Conner and Jennie Carson. Trey and Jennie are both Physical Education majors. Trey serves as the Vice President of the Epsilon Alpha Chapter of Phi Epsilon Kappa (PEK) and the Vice President of the Future Professionals Division on the MAHPERD Board of Directors. Jennie is the secretary of PEK. Pictured with Dr. Deb Berkey are the following graduates and students of the physical education program(s) at WMU: Tracy Daniel- Physical Educator at Comstock HS/TOY-HS-2010 Chris Juscsyzk- Physical Educator at Lawton Elementary/TOY-El-2010 Lori Bronkema- Elementary Physical Education/Health teacher- Otsego Amy Niewenhuis- Physical Educator at Lawton Elementary/TOY-El-2011 Dr. Deb Berkey- MAHPERD University Educator of the Year-2009 Trey Conner- MAHPERD Student Honor Award-2011 Jennie Carson- MAHPERD Student Honor Award-2011
Posted Nov 16

Amy NiehwenhuisPhysical Education Alum Amy Nieuwenhuis has been named Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
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Posted Nov 15

Dr. Marianne FrauenknechtThe W. E. Schaller Presidential Citation was presented to Dr. Marianne Frauenknecht, Department of Human Performance and Health Education. This award is given by Eta Sigma Gamma, the national health education honorary association at the American School Health Association National Convention in Louisville, KY Oct. 14, 2011. The award was given in recognition of Dr. Frauenknecht's exemplary leadership, prolific scholarly, educational, and service contributions to the profession.
Posted Nov 11

Amos O. AdurojaDr. Amos O. Aduroja has been named a Fellow of the American School Health Association. An active member of the American School Health Association since 1991, he has a long record of service to health education and leadership within the organization. Dr. Aduroja has served on the organization's International Council, the Council for Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs, and he has served as vice-chair and chair of the International Council. In addition, he has provided leadership on significant research projects that are of importance to school heath education in this country, as well as in other countries. Advancement to Fellowship status is granted to American School Health Association members who have maintained regular membership for 10 or more consecutive years and have shown substantive and consistent leadership and service on the association's committees, councils, sections, or boards. Candidates for fellowship also must demonstrate leadership and service in the field of school health through national, state, and district organizations. The fellowship is presented this fall at the Annual Conference of the American School Health Association in Louisville, Kentucky.
Posted Wed October 12

Melissa and Amanda giving a presentation

Special (Adapted) Physical Education graduate students, Melissa Bogard and Amanda Chiotti gave two presentations at The Annual Conference of National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities in Reston, Virginia on July 16, 2011. Bogard gave a poster presentation entitled as The Effective Practice of a Data-Based Program on Training Young Adults with Disabilities Sport Activities over Two Years. Chiotti gave an oral presentation entitled as The Effective Practice of an Integrated Recreational Program on Training Young Adults with Disabilities Workout Activities over Two Years, which was selected as one presentation of the Emerging Scholar Symposium held in this conference with the conference registration fee being waived. The completion of both presentations was supported by a federal grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education (H128J090007). The abstracts of both presentations are published in The Proceedings of the 2011 Annual Conference of National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities on pages 15 and 20.
Posted Tues September 6

Deb BerkeyDr. Deb Berkey served as the keynote speaker for the Bangor High School Athletic Gathering on May 20. As invited guest speaker, Berkey addressed student athletes, faculty, parents and guests at the event staged in the high school auditorium. Berkey's address was titled "The Student Who Participates in Athletics 'L.E.A.R.N.S.'"
Posted Thur June 16

WMU's new Hybrid Online Master's Degree Program in Special (Adapted) Physical Education has accepted 27 students who have the opportunity to earn a free master's degree, with tuition and textbooks covered by a federal grant. The initiative, announced in January, is supported by a $1.18 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The work is directed by Dr. Jiabei Zhang, professor of adapted physical education, coordinated by Dr. James Lewis, associate professor of recreation and technology, and assisted by Mrs. Munselle Pientka, office coordinator of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. In addition to tuition and textbooks, the grant provides an on-campus adapted physical education lab staffed by two graduate assistants. Also involved in the project are Dr. Yuanlong Liu, professor of measurement and evaluation, who will assess the effort, and WMU President Dr. John M. Dunn, professor of adapted physical education, who has served as a consultant on the grant. An additional 11 graduate students will be recruited to begin the program in fall 2012. Those interested in the program should contact Dr. Jiabei Zhang at or (269) 387-2949.
Posted Tues May 24

Trustees approved the creation of an event management minor in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. The minor utilizes University expertise and responds to both growth in professional opportunities and increased student interest in the subject.
Posted Wed April 20

American AllianceTwo graduate students in special (adapted) physical education, Melissa Bogard and Amanda Chiotti, along with their advisor, Dr. Jiabei Zhang, gave a presentation at The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance National Convention held at San Diego on April 1, 2011. The title of their presentation was The Effectiveness of an Integrated Sport and Exercise Program for Young Adults with Cognitive Impairments. Included in this presentation was the effective data for documenting this program collected in the fall of 2010, a part of the implementation of this program since fall of 2009. The completion of this presentation was supported by a federal grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education (H128J090007). The abstract of this research was recently published in Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, March 2011 Issue, Vol. 82, No.1, Page A-77.
Posted Tues April 5

Dr. Suzan AyersDr. Suzan Ayers was recently elected to a 3-yr term as the Professional Services Coordinator on the NASPE Board of Directors at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance national convention.
Posted Mon April 4

Special OlympicsThe students and faculty of the HPHE Department helped to make the 2011 Unified Basketball & Bowling Tournament a success. This year, nearly 200 Special Olympics athletes and partners from the Kalamazoo area participated in the Unified Basketball and Bowling Tournaments held on March 12th. Unified Sports® is a registered program of Special Olympics that combines approximately equal numbers of athletes with and without intellectual disability on sports teams for training and competition. All Unified Sports® players, both athletes and special partners, are of similar age and matched sport skill ability. Kalamazoo County Area 16 Special Olympics would like to thank the WMU, especially Phi Epsilon Kappa , Drs. Deb Berkey and Linda Law, emerita, for their continued contributions to making Unified Sports programs possible for our athletes.
Posted Mon March 14

ConwayProfessors Debra Berkey and Kathy Conway accompanied several intern teachers from the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation to Legislative Advocacy Day conducted by The Comprehensive School Health Coordinators’ Association, Michigan Fitness Foundation, and Michigan Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance on February 16, 2011 in Lansing. Working with professionals from across the state, students had the opportunity to speak directly to Michigan legislators about current issues that impact the delivery of health and physical education in Michigan school districts.
Posted Mon March 14

PEKThe members of Phi Epsilon Kappa Epsilon Alpha Chapter held their spring initiation on Sunday, February 13th in the Student Recreation Center. Phi Epsilon Kappa Fraternity (PEK) is a national honorary fraternity that was founded on April 12, 1913 at the Normal College of the American Gymnastic Union in Indianapolis, Indiana. The local chapter at Western Michigan University initiated its first pledge class to the Epsilon Alpha Chapter on January 11, 1998.
Posted Mon March 14

AmosOn March 6, Dr. Amos Aduroja, Associate Professor of Health Education in Health, Physical Education and Recreation, received a national award in Washington, DC from the Coalition of National Health Education Organizations. The award is titled the "2011 CNHEO Health Education Advocate Achievement Award" for exemplary leadership and dedication to health education advocacy. The coalition is a combination of the primary national professional health education organizations: American School Health Association, American Association of Health Education, American College Health Association, American Public Health Association, Directors of Health Promotion and Education, Eta Sigma Gamma, Society for Public Health Education, Society of State Directors of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.
Posted Mon March 14

Special OlympicsIn partnership with Special Olympics Michigan, Area 16 - Kalamazoo County, WMU Health, Physical Education and Recreation students participated in Unified Floor Hockey, Golf, Basketball and Bowling programs.
Pictured is Jess Brown, WMU sophomore majoring in Recreation with athlete Ellen Lehman.

ExSciThe ExSci Club traveled to Gaylord, MI to attend the annual Michigan American College of Sports Medicine (MIACSM) Conference on Thursday February 3rd and 4th.  Attendees of the conference were Amy Gyorkos, the faculty advisor for the student group, Kelly Frame, Lauren Jansen, Brian Stogsdill, Brittany Gentile, and Kevin Marchelletta. The student group is actively pursuing an initiative called “Exercise is Medicine” and is excited to promote these ideas on the campus and the nearby community of Western Michigan University. “Exercise is Medicine” is an initiative that will promote exercise on campus in a variety of creative ways to improve the health and well being of those involved.

Picture from left to right: Kelly Frame, Brian Stogsdill, Brittney Gentile, Kevin Marchelletta, Amy Gyorkos, Lauren Jansen