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November 2008
athletic training labHi!   If you are a Brockport student, faculty, alumni, or emeriti, this is a time to be very proud of your department! I'll apologize up front for a lengthy introduction to this newsletter but, what can I say, there's MUCH for our department to celebrate right now! Before you explore your area of interest, let me describe some recent highlights and some things we're looking forward to this year.

Female working with studentWe have been approved by Albany to revise our curriculum to five stand-alone majors: Athletic Training, Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology, Physical Education Teacher Education and Sport Management. The department will retain a concentration in Adapted Physical Education and a minor in Coaching.
All the new majors will be implemented by Fall 2009 and we believe they will bring additional curricular strength and greater visibility to each of the sub-disciplines.
Last year, Physical Education and Sport was (still!) attracting more students than any other major on campus.

photo of Dr. Drewe-DixonThe Department will host several events of note this year. The annual sport philosophy lecture was held in October, featuring Dr. Sheryle Drewe-Dixon from Alma College in Michigan speaking on "The Problem with Youth Sport: Words from a Reluctant Soccer Coach".

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Also in October, the Department hosted Dr. Jane Curry's one woman show, titled, "Nice Girls Don't Sweat", a historical and humorous look at the history of women in sport.


Game Face photoIn the spring, the department will host "GameFace: What A Female Athlete Looks Like", a photographic exhibit of girls and women from all walks of life in sport activities. Finally, the department will host the Section V Sportsmanship Summit, attracting several hundred local high school students and coaches.

two students in labWith the help of Provost Dr. Anne Huot last year, the department was the recipient of some much-needed funding for upgrades to our lab spaces. Exercise physiology, athletic training, biomechanics, motor behavior and pedagogy all purchased some new state-of-the-art equipment and made some significant structural changes in the labs that have resulted in much nicer, more inviting learning spaces for students.

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The Department participated in two successful site visits last year, one from NCATE
for Teacher Education and one from CAATE for Athletic Training. These two accreditations are the "gold standard" in the field.

Here are a few other good things going on around the department. We have the highest number of "extraordinary scholars" (i.e. Distinguished Scholars, Presidential Scholars, Dean's Scholars, Faculty Scholars and Recognition Scholars) in the college!

Bryan Kent photoThe Physical Education Majors Club, which routinely attracts 100+ students to a meeting, won the BSG Outstanding Club of the Year Award last year! Bryan Kent won the prestigious SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence last spring.

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    Carly Guariglia
won the    2008 School of Arts and Performance Outstanding Student Award. Mike Cocquyt will receive the Jay B. Nash Award from NYS AHPERD at the state conference in November. Mike is the seventh Brockport student to receive this award for most outstanding Physical Education Major in the state in the past 10 years! For a complete list of all the departmental award winners in 2007-2008, please check the department Website.

Turning to our alumni, Amy Bielunis is the 2008 American Star of Teaching for the State of New Hampshire for her use of innovative classroom strategies to raise student achievement. Amy was selected as one of 51 teachers out of a pool of 5,000 nominees and she was the ONLY physical education teacher in ANY state!

aahperd logoGina Pucci is the AAHPERD Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year for the state of Maryland. Last spring, Rocco Aiello was named the AAHPERD National Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year. Also last spring, Haley Schedlin was named the AAHPERD National Masters Student of the Year. Matt Dadey is the President of the Adapted Section of NYS AHPERD.

Congratulations to all our outstanding students and alumni!

In recognition of our long history of quality and success, the department, with the help of Executive Director of Alumni Relations, Mike Andriatch, is in the process of establishing a Physical Education Hall of Fame. Do you know anyone you'd like to nominate? Stay tuned for more information!

If you have news of a former student, alumni, emeriti faculty or staff member, please let us know at or (585) 395-5341. We'd love to hear from you. Enjoy the rest of the newsletter!

Susan Petersen, EdD
Chair, Department of Physical Education and Sport
by Dr. Timothy Henry

group lifting maleThis is a very exciting time for the Athletic Training Major.  Yes, you read it correctly! There is now an academic major in Athletic Training.   The primary modification from the "old" concentration is the addition of a fifth semester of clinical experience.  The program also received word this fall that we were granted "continuing accreditation" by CAATE.

We have also expanded the athletic training room.  Over the summer we added approximately 1700 square feet of new space.  Thanks to John Jackson, Mike Militello and Sue Wielgosz who spent many hours over the summer painting and cleaning to make the new space sparkle!  This is a huge addition for the program and provides space for taping, rehabilitation, evaluations, strength training and stretching.

We would love to hear from any and all of you!  If you ever are in the area you really should stop in and see our new facility.
by Dr. Heidi Byrne

Male on exercise bikeAll of us in the exercise physiology concentration are happy to be working in the newly renovated laboratory in Tuttle South!  The summer renovation produced a teaching classroom and a research laboratory separated by a soundproof wall.   The hydrostatic weighing area was re-designed to be more efficient and includes updated technology.   This reconfiguration will now allow teaching and research to occur simultaneously.

renovation project was led by Al Bosco, and his expertise and leadership are much appreciated.  We would like to thank him and his team of workers for a job very well done!  The funding for the renovation was procured by Provost Anne Huot and we owe her sincere gratitude as well.  Our lab is now a point of pride for our concentration, our department, and our college. 

by Dr. Robert Schneider
Now a full-fledged major, the Sport Management Program will soon seek accreditation through the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA). As a major, the Sport Management Program will enjoy enhanced visibility at the local, national and international levels.

blaze sports logoOur graduates continue to excel as professional employees in a wide variety of sport entities. In August, Jessica Romito ('08) accepted an administrative position with Blaze Sports in Atlanta, Georgia. Romito will assist in the direction and management of the many adapted sports programs offered by Blaze Sports throughout the world. Ben Freidson recently accepted a position with Volkswagen of America in Herndon, Virginia. Freidson manages Volkswagen's sponsorship for Major League Soccer as well as their New Jersey sponsorship with DC United.

Texas Wildcatters logoIn professional hockey, Steve Samoyedny ('03) continues to serve as the assistant general manager to the Texas Wildcatters located in Beaumont, Texas. Locally, Adam Winslow ('03) is the director of ticket sales and operations for the Rochester Rattlers, Knighthawks and Americans.

Pro Prospects training center logoJared Carrier
('02) is the General Manager of the Baseball & Softball Training Center in Monticello, New York. Carrier has overseen the advancement of several players into the professional ranks. And, Mary Ellen Enigk ('00) is employed at Oklahoma University in Academic Services.

Dr. Eugene OrbakerAlong with faculty members Dr. William Stier and Dr. Robert Schneider, Dr. Eugene Orbaker continues as an outstanding teacher in the sport management program where students have come to treasure the wisdom and wealth of sport management experiences that he offers. Dr. Orbaker recently began his 50th year of service to The College at Brockport. Congratulations and thank you, Dr. Orbaker!

photo of Kozub and Brusseau by Dr. Alisa James
We're pleased to welcome two new faculty members: Dr. Francis Kozub and Dr. Tim Brusseau.  Dr. Kozub is a new Associate Professor having previously taught at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. He  completed both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the College at Brockport and his doctorate at The Ohio State University.

Dr. Brusseau just finished his PhD at Arizona State University, having completed both his Bachelors and Masters degrees at Ithaca College. We are very happy to welcome both to the department.

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The New York State Association for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Annual Conference will be held in November at the Turning Stone Resort and Conference Center in Verona, NY. Students
Michelle Sullivan and Carley Guariglia as President and President-Elect of the Future Professionals section of NYSAHPERD, will be very busy running the Future Professional Members Meeting and Luncheon. In addition, several students will be presenting "Games That Work" with Dr. Alisa James, Dr. Douglas Collier, Dr. Tim Brusseau and Mr. David Berky.

The Department will also honor three award winners at the conference. Mike Cocquyt and Carley Guariglia will be honored as the College at Brockport's "Majors of the Year".  In addition, Mike Cocquyt was chosen as the Jay B. Nash Award winner. The Jay B. Nash Award is the highest award given to a student at the state level.

photo Dr. Alisa JamesAnd finally, Dr. Alisa James will be honored as the Future Professional's Section Amazing Person.

If you're attending the conference, please stop by the exhibit booth and know you're welcome to attend the combined College at Brockport and Central Western Zone social on Friday evening. We would love to see you!
by Dr. Lauren Lieberman

Camp Abilities Alaska groupThis past summer marked the 7th year of Camp Abilities Alaska held in Wasilla. The team running this camp consisted of  director Haley Schedlin,  goal ball and beep baseball specialist Rocco Aiello, and three counselors Laura Brodfuehrer, Greg Schultz and Justin Haegele (all Brockport graduates!)  Dr. Lauren Lieberman was assistant director. Fifteen children from all over Alaska benefitted from a week of sports, recreation and friendships.
Other camps this past summer were held in Brockport (30 students volunteered), Maryland, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Florida and Puerto Rico.