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Physical Ed., Health and Athletics Receives Presidential Citation

Berea College’s Department of Physical Education, Health and Athletics (PEHA) was awarded a Presidential Citation by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) at the organization’s recent national convention in Chicago.

Dr. Joy Hager accepted the award along with other PEH faculty

Presidential Awards are given in recognition and appreciation of individuals and/or organizations who have played a significant role in the development of the profession, advocacy for the mission of the Alliance and/or support for the President in his/her leadership role. The award was made to Berea and to the PEH Department “in recognition of outstanding support of the promotion of health, physical education, recreation and dance” and specifically, “in appreciation for their belief in the potential and goodness within all people and their dedication to providing an education to assure the fruition of that potential.”

Dr. Joy Hager, professor and associate department chair accepted the award on behalf of Berea and the PE, Health and Athletics Department. Other Berea faculty present for the ceremony and who attended the convention included department chair and director of dance programs Dr. Susan Spalding; associate professor and athletics director Joan Weston; associate professor Mike Johnson; associate professor Martha Beagle; associate professor Kris Wright; assistant professor Kelly Ambrose and assistant professor Melody Srsic.

Presenter of the award was AAHPERD President Dr. Shirley Ann Holt Hale, a 1966 graduate of Berea College. Holt Hale, a former Physical education instructor at Berea, for more than 30 years has been an elementary physical education teacher in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and is a former National Physical Education Teacher of the Year. She is recognized as a prime mover in revolutionizing the teaching of physical education, including influential textbooks on assessment, content and teaching standards, and travels throughout the United States as a consultant on curriculum development. Holt Hale earned her masters in education degree from Eastern Kentucky University and also holds a PhD. in early childhood education from Vanderbilt University. In 2003, Holt Hale became the first elementary PE teacher chosen to lead AAHPERD.

Also at the convention, Berea student Emily Gaskell, a senior from Mt. Vernon, Ky., was recognized as the Berea PEH Department’s Outstanding Major, but was unable to attend the meeting.

AAHPERD is an alliance of six nation-wide organizations with 26,000 members which describes itself as “the largest organization of professionals supporting and assisting those involved in physical education, leisure, fitness, dance, health promotion and education and all specialties related to achieving a healthy lifestyle.”

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