Greetings to all from the Teacher Certification concentration here at The College at Brockport! Fall 2007 is an exciting time here at the college, and there have been many exciting developments in our area. As always, success begins with talented and motivated alumni, students, and faculty.
We're very proud of alumnus Brian Oaks
who is the President-elect of NYS AHPERD. This is a wonderful accomplishment and we know that Brian will do excellent work. In the past year alumna Toni Hagerman
was selected as the Executive Director of the Eastern District Association of AAHPERD. And, of course, Dr. Jane Clark
, is this year's Alliance Scholar! Way to go, alumni!
The teacher certification area is pleased to welcome two new faculty members, Dr. Ferman Konukman
and Mr. Dave Berkey
. Dr. Konukman comes to us from Central Washington State University, while Dave has worked as an associate faculty member for a number of years in "adventure education". He now assumes a full time position.
At the NYS AHPERD Conference in November, three The College at Brockport faculty members will be honored with "Amazing Person" awards. Mr. Jack Hogan
is being recognized by the Future Professionals group, Dr. Alisa James
by the Higher Education/Professional Preparation group and Dr. Susan Petersen
by the Central Western Zone. That three of our people are being recognized with these prestigious awards in one year is a clear testament to the quality of our program and to their considerable individual abilities.
Our students are also receiving noteworthy recognition. Joe Aquilina
, having received the male Departmental Major of the Year award, went on to win the coveted Jay B. Nash Award from NYS AHPERD. This award is given to two undergraduate students in the state of New York for outstanding performance during their professional preparation. The female Departmental Major of the Year award went to Michelle Sullivan
, currently the President of the PE Majors Club. At the national level, senior Christopher Jaskier
received the NASPE Major of the Year award. We are proud of these students and know that they will continue to represent The College at Brockport well.
Our physical education majors club continues to be a strong and committed presence at the college. Examples of club activities last year include multiple presentations at the NYS AHPERD conference, fundraising for the American Heart Association through our annual Hoops for Heart basketball tournament and raising money for local food pantries with a Halloween "haunted house". The club also sponsored nationally recognized scholars who spoke about issues as diverse as the meaning of symbols in the Olympic movement to reducing the incidence of childhood obesity. The current school year promises to be as exciting with more than 100 members present at the first meeting!
Please stop by and see us during the 2007 NYS AHPERD conference November 7-10.
We'll have a booth in the exhibit hall and, in conjunction with the Central Western Zone, will be hosting a "social" on Friday, November 9 from 5:45 to 6:45 pm in the Catskill Room of the Shenendoah Club House.
We wish you all the best for the coming year and look forward to seeing you at the conference.