School of Kinesiology faculty and students honored at LAHPERD Convention


Eight outstanding LSU School of Kinesiology faculty members and students were honored at the 2014 Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (LAHPERD) convention in Baton Rouge on Friday, November 7, 2014.

  • Dr. Birgitta Baker received the Scholar Award, which recognizes a professional who promotes and stimulates scholarly productivity among professionals and recognizes senior level scholars who have made and continue to make significant contributions to the profession.
  • Professor Emeritus, Dr. Amelia Lee received the Pathfinder Award. The award was established to honor members who have and/or continue to advocate, recruit, and enhance opportunities for girls and women in sport and sport leadership.
  • CHSE Associate Dean for Online Programs & Professional Education, Dr. Charity Bryan received the Honor Award. The LAHPERD Honor Award is given to the person(s) who have rendered at least five years of meritorious service to LAHPERD. The candidate must be of high moral character and demonstrated noteworthy contributions to the profession in the state of Louisiana. The Honor Award is the highest award given by the LAHPERD.
  • Dr. Wanda Hargroder concluded her term as LAHPERD President at the end of the November 2014 Convention and Dr. Emily Beasley, President-Elect, received the gavel from Dr. Hargroder at the Awards Luncheon.
  • Senior Kinesiology major, Ricky Richard served as Future Professionals Representative to the LAHPERD Board. In this capacity, he ensures that LAHPERD provides opportunities for Health, Physical Education, Sport & Leisure, and Dance students of Louisiana colleges and universities to meet and work together for professional growth and understanding.
  • Dr. Lisa Johnson was named Health Educator of the Year College/University. This award recognizes an outstanding College/University Health Educator who serves as a positive role model epitomizing personal health, fitness, and sensitivity to the needs of students.
  • Ms. Kathy Hill and Dr. Charity Bryan both received the 2014 Presidential Award. This award is given to an individual that has provided invaluable support to the president or the association. It is the duty of the president to identify, nominate, and describe the contributions of the recipient.

LAHPERD was founded in 1934 with the intention to improve the quality of life for the people of Louisiana through health, fitness and recreational activities. LAHPERD is an affiliate of the national organization, AAHPERD, or the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. The members of LAHPERD consist of teachers, administrators, dance instructors, recreation supervisors, fitness directors, college students, allied health specialists, exercise physiologists, and athletic trainers and are found in sixty-four parishes (counties) and twenty four universities in the state.

About SOK
The LSU School of Kinesiology advances the understanding of physical activity, sport, and health to optimize the quality of life for diverse populations through excellence in teaching, learning, discovery, and engagement.

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About CHSE
The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. Formed in 2012, CHSE brings together programs and capitalizes on individual strengths to create a dynamic new college that addresses the socially significant issues we face as a state and nation. The College is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs.

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