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Wil Poton receives his scholarship from OAHPERD President Jo RauchOAHPERD scholarship goes to PE teacher candidate

October 2010 - Wil Poton, a Physical Education Teacher Education major, received the undergraduate student scholarship for $900 from the Oregon Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (OAHPERD) at its recent conference. The scholarship is highly competitive and only one undergraduate student is selected. According to Marita Cardinal, professor of Health and PE, "Wil is one of our top PETE majors and most worthy of receiving this scholarship. We are very proud of his academic success and community service and this scholarship will help with his plans to continue his education in the MAT program at WOU later this year."



Capitol Hill lobbying, lunch with Jill Biden cap breast cancer conference

From left -- Jessica Henderson, Jill Biden and Katrina RothenbergerMay 2010 - Jill Biden, Ed.D., hosted student Katrina Rothenberger and health and physical education Professor Jessica Henderson at her home in Washington, D.C., as part of the annual National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) Advocacy Conference. The duo was invited to the luncheon, said Henderson, because of the formation of the new WOU student organization Wolves Against Breast Cancer, which Rothenberger co-founded and leads, with Henderson as faculty adviser. Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, is active in the breast cancer community through her home state of Delaware.


Twenty WOU students attended the conference and also met with the Oregon congressional delegation and their aides to advocate for both access to quality health care and funding of breast cancer research. View slideshow.


One NBCC focus is to get young people involved through its "Emerging Leaders" program and Rothenberger was one of four selected for the program from across the country this year. For the past five years more students from WOU than any other university have participated in this leadership program, Henderson said. With a B.S. in Community Health Education ('10) from WOU, Rothenberger was voted Outstanding Community Health Education Major by faculty in the Division of Health and Physical Education. This fall she plans to begin the Master’s of Public Health (MPH) program at Oregon State University with a focus on health policy. Added Henderson, "I feel so proud of the passion and professionalism the students have displayed." More than 800 attended the NBCC Advocacy Conference from the U.S. and at least 16 other countries. Most attendees are breast cancer survivors, said Henderson. More information:


International award goes to Cardinal as adviser

May 2010 - Professor of health and physical education Dr. Marita Cardinal received the 2010 Outstanding Faculty Academic Advising Certificate of Merit form the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). The director of WOU's Academic Advising and Learning Center was also singled out for honor by the group. Read more.


EWU honors alumna for outstanding achievement

May 2010 - Marita Cardinal, professor of health and physical education and graduate of Eastern Washington University, was named EWU's 2010 Distinguished Alumni for Outstanding Achievement in Professional Endeavors. This is one of three alumni awards granted each year at EWU. She was nominated for the honor by a former professor and colleague.


Dancer wellness curriculum gets notice

March 2010 - This month's Dance Teacher magazine spotlights WOU's unique system for teaching dance that focuses as much on student well being as dance technique. Marita Cardinal, former professional dancer and now professor of health and physical education, developed and teaches the curriculum in close connection with WOU dance faculty. Read more.


Timken receives teaching honor

October 2009 - Gay Timken, associate professor of Health and Physical Education, was named Oregon Association for Physical Education Teacher of the Year for Higher Education at the OAHPERD conference. As she was attending a national conference, her students accepted the award on her behalf.


Henderson garners WOU's top teaching award

Dr. Jessica HendersonSpring 2009 - Jessica Henderson, professor of Health and Physical Education, received the 2009 Pastega Award for Excellence in Teaching. Link to: Pastega award information | feature article in WOU Magazine, fall 2009.




Dr. Marita Cardinal and husband Dr. Brad Cardinal

Cardinal named dance scholar/artist

April 2009 - Marita Cardinal, professor of health and physical education, delivered the Scholar/Artist Lecture at the 2009 National Dance Association (NDA) conference in Tampa, Fla. Her lecture was titled Wellness Education for Dancers: A 15-Year Retrospective: read more


The NDA Scholar/Artist award recognizes her scholarly record both past and present, documents her in-depth study of dance, and acknowledges outstanding communication to selected arts groups and others: read more. The lecture/article was published as an individual document/booklet by NDA of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD). Also, the article will be published (in a slightly shorter form) in the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (JOPERD). She is shown at right accepting a plaque and bouquet at the conference alongside her husband Dr. Brad Cardinal of Oregon State University.


Faculty distinction at international conference

Dr. Daniel Lopez-Cevallos (r.) with two other Daniel Lopez-Cevallos, Ph.D., assistant professor of Community Health Education, was invited to Bamako, Mali, Africa, to participate in the Global Ministerial Forum on Research for Health. The forum included a Young Voices essay competition for professionals under age 30 working on a broad spectrum of health research.

His essay is titled The Dismantling of Public Health Infrastructure: a ‘Natural' Disaster? It was one of 42 essays chosen from over 300 submissions from scholars around the world. He is pictured on the right with two fellow conference attendees, both physicians. The November 2008 meeting was co-organized by the Council on Health Research for Development, the Global Forum for Health Research, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank, together with the government of Mali. Read more: Daniel's blog.



Students volunteer at OAHPERD conference
Maria Acosta and Daniel Nkemontoh WOU students Maria Acosta and Daniel Nkemontoh served at conference registration.
Thomas Silbergerm Danielle Fenton Howell and Molly Smith
Other WOU student volunteers included
(from left) Thomas Silberberger, Danielle Fenton Howell and Molly Smith.

State OAHPERD conference highlights
The annual OAHPERD (Oregon Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance) Conference was held Oct. 10, 2008, at West Salem High School in Salem. More than 50 WOU Health and Physical Education (HPE) students attended, all enrolled in a teaching methods course in an effort to foster ongoing professional development and "lifetime learning" for professionals. In addition, around 20 WOU HPE alumni attended, along with faculty members Marita Cardinal, Gay Timken and Bob Hautala.

Pictured at right are five WOU student volunteers who assisted with registration and elsewhere. Each one majors in Physical Education Teacher Education.

Each year, OAHPERD conference director Malinda Schlatter asks WOU HPE faculty to recommend outstanding majors with strong records of academic achievement, responsibility and service who will represent WOU HPE well. A new group of students is selected each year for this service opportunity.

At the conference students chose from a variety of sessions to learn quality, contemporary activities, topics, research, and methodologies for teaching health and physical education. Sessions are typically taught by K-12 teachers and college faculty who are willing to share their favorite, most effective ideas.

Maria Acosta (top picture) was recognized for her National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NAPSE) Major of the Year award from the Oregon Association for Physical Education and WOU. Also at the conference Boe Burrus, who is completing his bachelor's in education, received a $900 OAHPERD scholarship. In 2007 he was named the NASPE Major of the Year at WOU. This year he was the student representative on the OAHPERD Board of Directors and was involved in planning and implementing the entire conference.


Skateboard in PE class

USA Today newspaper quoted a recent graduate in a June 2008 story titled, Skateboarding kickflips into PE. Jake Gerig, a PE teacher in Albany, received his MAT in Physical Education and was interviewed for the story: read more


Top adjunct named

The 2008 recipient of the Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching by adjunct faculty is Warren Allen of the Health and Physical Education Division. Associate Provost David McDonald made the award, which includes $1,000. Allen joined the faculty in 2000 and teaches a wide variety of both academic and activity classes, including more than 14 different courses in the past seven years. A Master Martial Artist, Allen is a 5th degree Black Belt. Prior to coming to WOU he spent 16 years in the medical community and eight years teaching and working at medical school in Minnesota, focusing on cardiovascular radiology and cardiac rehabilitation. Students call him an inspirational teacher and mentor, who fosters their critical thinking and reflection. He was also among those recognized for adjunct honors in 2006: read more


Link to: WOU 2008 Academic Excellence event |Health and Physical Education Academic Excellence Web site


Asleson sets triathlon course record, announces next WOU race

Spring 2008 - Elke Asleson, adjunct instructor, set a course record in her age group at the May 10 Canby Sprint Triathlon. Asleson, who previously finished the Hawaiian Ironman competition, was among 250 participants who swam, ran and biked in the fund raiser for the Canby swim team. Linda Stonecipher, chair of the Division of Health and Physical Education, said, "Her dedication to fitness creates a great role model for our students."


In related news, Asleson is co-organizer of the annual April WOU triathlon. More than 140 entrants took part this year. It is a fund raiser for WOU and a community awareness/fitness event. She announced the 2009 event will be on Saturday, April 25.


Marita Cardinal garners recognition and awards Dr. Marita Cardinal Spring 2008 - Marita Cardinal, professor of Health and Physical Education, has been singled out recently for local and national awards in areas of research, student advising, and scholarship. For information on other awards she has received recently, click here. Here is the list of the latest awards:

WOU Mario and Alma Pastega Award for Excellence in Scholarship for 2008 - This is one of the two most prestigious annual faculty awards at WOU. Cardinal, who joined the faculty in 1998, achieved Fellow status in Research Consortium in 1995, part of the American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. In addition, she has published 17 peer reviewed articles, made 35 research presentations at national and international conferences, and received funding for 11 external grants: read more


National Dance Association Scholar/Artist Award for 2009 - This award recognizes her scholarly record both past and present, documents her in-depth study of dance, and acknowledges outstanding communication to selected arts groups and others. At the annual meeting next spring 2009 she will deliver the NDA Scholar/Artist lecture, which will also be published in a refereed journal: read more


Faculty Academic Advisor of the Year for 2007-2008 - This award was presented at WOU's annual Leadership Recognition Night. Students nominate faculty for the award. Comments from students indicate she is tireless at providing help, resources and encouragement, instilling confidence along the way: read more


Area youths benefit from WOU service project

A school playground is being refurbished as dozens of university students have spent the last few months partnering with communities throughout the Willamette Valley on a number of social service projects as a part of a class taught by Health professor Jerry Braza: read more from the Polk County Itemizer-Observer, 3/26/2008.


Service Learning Scholars are named

The Division of Health and Physical Education, in conjunction with WOU's Service Learning and Career Development center, provides outstanding students service learning opportunities and recognition when they complete the requirements. The Service Learning Scholars Program is designed to educate students through experiential and service learning, foster civic engagement and responsibility, and work towards the betterment of the local community and the world.


2007-08 scholars and projects:

  • Julie Herd: United Communities Against Meth (UCAM)
  • Stephanie Suek: Medical Team International/Dental Van Oregon and TA Program Planning
  • Elly Thomas: Publication of Service Learning Book and Community Support
  • Abigail Nilsen: Forgotten People Foundation (FPF/Vietnam) and Alternative Break Leader
  • Anna Jansen Strack: Falls City Playground and TA in Program Planning
  • Ellen Yliniemi: Coffee Creek Correctional Facility and Socks for the Homeless
  • Laura Paquet: Earth Peace Treaty–Global Warming
  • Keely Beach: Earth Peace Treaty-Global Warming and Alternative Break Leader
  • Eva Fleming: Bullying Project with American Red Cross and Salem-Keizer Schools

More information: Jerry Braza, professor of Health Education, 503-838-8253; Michael Hampton, director of Service Learning and Career Development, 503-838-8648; Craig Wimmer, Health Education coordinator at Student Health and Counseling Center, 503-838-8772.


Healthy kids/asthma initiative gets WOU push

The Division of Health and Physical Education continues to fortify its commitment to promoting healthy communities through an Asthma Friendly School grant from the Oregon Department of Education in September 2007. This latest effort builds upon the community forum that WOU cosponsored last year with Salem Hospital and the Salem Statesman Journal, and the Health Summit that WOU hosted this summer. Read more.


Adjunct faculty standouts

Elke Asleson and Daryl Thomas were among those named outstanding WOU adjunct faculty at the May 2007 ceremony. Read more.


(L-R) Marita Cardinal, Avery Cotton and Pam Ward
Marita Cardinal, left, and Pam Ward, faculty sponsors of the Social Dance Club, flank Avery Cotton, club president, at awards event.

Student leaders in division are honored

At the WOU Leadership Recognition Awards event in May 2007, Avery Cotton, Social Dance Club president, was recognized for his efforts in forming and sustaining the student-run club. The dance club, which meets at a local studio and has been featured in the Salem newspaper, encompasses both fitness and service learning. Read the article.


Cotton was also named the Delmer Dewey Award winner, WOU's highest honor for a graduating man.


Theresa Warner, Exercise Science Major of the Year, was also recognized at the leadership event. See story below.


Prestigious research internship awarded to graduate assistant

Shannon Talbott, a graduate student in the Health and Physical Education Division, was recently selected to participate in a summer research internship on poverty and adolescent risk at the University of Alabama School of Public Health. Shannon TalbottShe will work on longitudinal research, administered annually since 1998, funded by the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, National Institute for Drug Abuse, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study addresses challenges that face young people growing up in impoverished neighborhoods including violence, alcohol and drug use, sexual behavior, psychosocial development, and family dynamics. Talbott will conduct field research of adolescents living in public housing and other very low-income neighborhoods in Mobile and Prichard, Ala. She will have access to the data for academic purposes and may complete her master’s thesis using these data. This nationally competitive internship accepts only 20-30 students a year.


Cardinal receives three awards

Marita CardinalMarita Cardinal, professor of Health and Physical Education, was recently honored with these three service awards.

  • Research Consortium Award in recognition and appreciation for contributions as the National Dance Association Representative to the Research Consortium Executive Board (2004-2007)
  • National Dance Association Plaudit Award for service to the National Dance Association as Chairperson of the NDA Research Committee (2004-2007)
  • National Dance Association Presidential Citation for outstanding service to the National Dance Association and to the dance field as chairperson of the NDA Scholar/Artist Selection Committee (2004-2007)

According to Linda Stonecipher, chair of the division of Health and Physical Education at WOU, "Marita has dedicated many, many hours of service to each of these groups during the past three years, and the recognition is well deserved."

    2007 AAHPERD in Baltimore

    Students at AAHPERD conference in Baltimore

    Students in Baltimore, left to right, are Darik Griffith, Ellie Babcock, Megan Moore, Veronica Schneider, Andrew Stockner, Natalie Reding and Boe Burrus.

    Marita Cardinal, Boe Burrus and Linda Stonecipher

    Professors Marita Cardinal (left) and Linda Stonecipher stand with Boe Burrus, who was honored as PE Teacher Education Major of the Year at AAHPERD.

National AAHPERD conference highlights
March 2007 - WOU students received both experience and recognition at the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance conference in Baltimore, MD. These students received awards:

Theresa Warner- Theresa Warner: Exercise Science Major of the Year Award (pictured at left)

- Boe Burrus: Physical Education Teacher Education Major of the Year Award (pictured at right)

- Anna Janson: Health Education Major of the Year Award


Seven WOU students who plan to teach physical education attended the conference, and are pictured at right. After the trip, Linda Stonecipher, chair of the Division of Health and Physical  Education, said, "Faculty are proud of the way they demonstrated their  professionalism by attending a national physical education conference as undergraduate students."


Research on intimate partner violence impacts curricula

Ingrid Adams (MS in Education: Health, 2006) presented a researchIngrid Adams paper at the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) conference in Baltimore, MD, in March 2007. The paper, "Health care providers and intimate partner violence: Attitudes, beliefs, and education," was part of her master's thesis. Link to the PowerPoint.


Her study investigated the relationship between health care workers' attitudes about female victims of abuse and the providers' education about intimate partner violence. Results of her study gave evidence that medical schools and universities should provide comprehensive and continuous curricula about intimate partner violence to physicians, nurses, and other health care workers. The abstract of her study was published in Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport (February 2007, p. 23).


    AAHPERD NW/SW conference

    Boe Burrus

    Boe Burrus leads a physioball workout.

    Tyler Mitchell

    Tyler Mitchell, left, gets people moving.

    Bob Hautala and Boe Burrus

    Bob Hautala, standing right, and Boe Burrus, far right, demonstrate technique.

Regional AAHPERD showcases collaboration

Brian Caster, associate professor, and Bob Hautala, assistant professor, collaborated with two students for a presentation at the January 2007 conference of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), Northwest/Southwest districts in Reno. Presenting with them were Tyler Mitchell of Gladstone, Ore., an exercise science major, and Boe Burrus of Creswell, Ore., who is majoring in physical education teaching. Their conference presentation was titled, The effect of an 8-week physioball training program on core stability and general balance. "Boe and Tyler prepared well for the presentation," Hautala said. "It was easy to step back and let them take over during the activity portion of the presentation. They did a great and very professional job."


Mind maps presentation

Bob Hautala, assistant professor, presented a session titled "Mindful learning and the use of mind maps" at the annual conference of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), Northwest/ Southwest districts, in Reno January 2007.


Article accepted

In December 2006 a major American health journal accepted for publication an article by a WOU alumnus and his professor. Dustin Melton ('05 Master of Science in Education) and Jessica Henderson, associate professor, developed the article from Melton's master thesis. read more


Breast Cancer Coalition training

Jessica Henderson, associate professor, led 11 WOU students to Washington, D.C., during Spring 2006 for the three day National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund annual advocacy training conference, where she was also a presenter. While there, students also lobbied legislators for six U.S. research facilities, including one in Oregon. Students paid their own travel expenses and five wrote essays to obtain scholarships.


Professor nominated

Jerry Braza, professor, received the Carnegie Foundation and CASE Professor of Year Program nomination from Western Oregon University in 2005. In 2001 he received the Mario and Alma Pastega Award for Excellence in Teaching.












Adjunct honors

2006 Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching by Adjunct Faculty - Warren Allen, Jan Vandehey and Pam Ward were singled out. To link to posters that were displayed during the WOU spring celebration, click on the name.




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