CWUNewsNews New Professors, 24 Sep 2015 22:15:07<p>We are pleased to welcome our new faculty to&nbsp;the &nbsp;PESPH department</p><p>Dr. Brian McGladrey - Athletic Administration and Coaching</p><p>Dr. Erica Pratt - PESH</p><p>Dr. Michelle Thornton - PESH</p><p>Gabrielle McNeillie - Dance</p><p>Dr. Jill Hoxmeier - Public Health</p>CWU Educator Leads the Charge for Healthier, More Active Kids, 07 May 2015 15:10:12<p>“50 million strong by 2029” is the goal of SHAPE America under its new president, Stephen Jefferies, Central Washington University physical education professor. The organization has set a goal of getting every student in America’s schools physically active and healthy by 2029, which marks when this year’s entering preschoolers will graduate from high school.</p><p>SHAPE, the Society of Health and Physical Educators of America, focuses on childhood obesity, the No. 1 health concern among parents in the United States. One in three children and teenagers in the United States are obese or overweight, according to the American Heart Association.</p><p>“SHAPE America has a major advantage in achieving this goal because health and physical educators are present in the lives of children in almost every US school,” Jefferies said. “It’s not enough to simply present active and healthy options to kids who come from environments where healthy living is not encouraged. The new focus in schools needs to be on igniting a love of movement in kids.”</p><p>Jefferies says the challenge is to meet kids where they’re at and help them find things they enjoy.</p><p>“There are a lot of people who view physical activity as work,” he said. “I don’t view it that way. I choose to be physically active because I enjoy it. It brings joy to my life.&nbsp; That’s the key to teaching kids. Kids don’t move and participate in physical activities to be healthy; they do it because they like it.”&nbsp;</p><p>He further notes that, for many kids, physical education is the only regularly scheduled time they have to move and learn the importance of good health. Jefferies’ work with SHAPE America will focus on changing the way that school health and physical education teachers approach their work.</p><p>“In many instances, kids who aren’t raised being physically active don’t have the skills to be successful in after-school programs and organized sports,” Jefferies said. These are unfair disadvantages and it’s a situation that must change if we hope to prepare the next generation with the skills, knowledge, and desire to lead healthy and productive lives.”</p><p>Jeffries added that the ultimate goal is to have children naturally choose to be active in their free time—“Kids can’t become healthy just by participating in classes.”</p><p>Adults can also benefit from increased levels of physical activity—“All of us spend too much time working and not enough time enjoying our lives. We all need to be more playful,” he said.&nbsp;</p><p>Jefferies, who is in his 29th year of teaching at CWU, served on the board of SHAPE Washington and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) for several years. Located in Reston, Virginia, SHAPE America represents approximately 200,000 health and physical education teachers.<br>&nbsp;</p><p>May 7, 2015</p><p>Media contact: Robert Lowery, director of Content Development, 509-963-1487,</p></br>Wellness Winter Schedule, 11 Jan 2015 22:14:19<p><strong>Wellness Hour Winter Schedule</strong><br>“CENTRAL to your HEALTH”<br>Monday – Friday from 12-1PM in Nicholson Pavilion</p><p><strong>Fees</strong><br>CWU Faculty&amp;Staff*…&nbsp; $20/qtr<br>Adult Community*…&nbsp; $25/qtr<br>Parking Permits…&nbsp;&nbsp; $20/qtr</p><p>Please pay&nbsp;at the cashier office&nbsp;(Barge Hall 104)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br></br>New Professors, 16 Sep 2014 21:28:39<h3>We are pleased to welcome Dr. Tishra Beeson and Dr. Casey Mace to our PESPH Department.&nbsp; They will both be part of the Public Health Program.</h3>Physical Education and School Health Major Speaks at Commencement, 29 May 2014 20:41:31<p>Mary Johnson was chosen to be the speaker at the 9:30 AM Commencement for Spring, 2014.&nbsp; Congratulations!</p>Public Health Major Chosen as CWU Student Employee of the Year, 02 May 2014 09:04:18<p><img alt="" src="/pe-health/sites/" style="width: 375px; height: 375px;"></p><p>Kari Kenyon, a resident assistant in Central Washington University’s University Housing, Wellness and New Student Programs, was named the Student Employee of the Year at a ceremony on April 16.</p><p>Kenyon, a junior pursuing a degree in public health, was nominated for the award for her stellar work ethic and drive, as evidenced by her reliability, initiative, and professionalism.</p><p>“Kari is a self-starter who needs minimal guidance and coaching,” said Rebecca Richards, CWU residence hall coordinator for the Women’s Theme Community. “[She] takes initiative in training new and returning staff members and she does with a kind, patient, coaching skill rarely seen in student employees.”</p><p>As the senior resident assistant in the Women’s Theme Community in Sparks Hall, Kenyon was responsible for programming activities and events to meet her residents’ needs. This ranged from creating a spa night to help her residents relax during midterms, to engaging speakers to address issues such as how women are portrayed in the media, the different social expectations for women and men, and gender issues. In addition, Kenyon helped to create the four pillars of the Women’s Theme Community: Empowerment, Academics, Service, and Leadership.</p><p>“I worked with the Center for Diversity and Social Justice to develop some of our program,” she said.</p><p>Kenyon also volunteers at community organizations such as Aspen and Planned Parenthood. She plans to seek a chemical dependency counseling certificate and perhaps work at a wellness center at a university after graduating next spring.</p><p>Kenyon is a 2011 graduate of Port Angeles High School.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p><p>May 2, 2014</p>Pearson Spotlighted in Washington State Department of Health Newsletter, 21 Nov 2013 13:55:34<p><img alt="" src="/pe-health/sites/" style="width: 266px; height: 362px;"></p><p>Dr. Rebecca Pearson didn’t plan a career in academic public health. It was a positive happenstance. Family took her away from her California home and to New Mexico State where she earned her Master’s degree. An unplanned opportunity then brought her to the University of Arkansas where she pursued a doctorate in Health Sciences. The opportunity to teach found her, and she realized she would do her best work by training the next generation of public health professionals.</p><p>Becky was nominated to be our November colleague spotlight—and for good reason. She is an associate professor and the program director for the Public Health Program at Central Washington University. Central’s program has between 100-140 students and offers two specializations: 1) Community Health Education and 2) Pre-nursing in Public Health. Her favorite aspect of her job is watching her students stretch and grow, and she works hard to provide her students opportunities to practice what they learn outside of the classroom. Among the community-based learning opportunities she offers her students, Becky’s work with community kitchens is probably the most unique.</p><p>Read more of the story<a href=""> here.</a></p>Dr. Rory A. Weishaar, 20 Sep 2013 09:49:33<p>We are pleased to welcome Dr. Rory A. Weishaar to the department of Physical Education, School, and Public Health.&nbsp;&nbsp; Dr. Weishaar will be teaching in the Athletic Administration graduate program and coaching minor.</p><p>Dr. Weishaar graduated with an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Counseling from University of Montana in 2005.</p>Dr. Madlem Named University Strategic Planning Director, 10 Jun 2013 15:03:49<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>I am pleased to announce that Dr. Melody Madlem has accepted the new administrative position of Director of Strategic Planning effective September 3, 2013.&nbsp; Dr. Madlem has served as the interim director since March 1 and we are pleased that she will be able to continue the important work that is underway.&nbsp; The Director of Strategic Planning is responsible for providing leadership for the university's strategic and long term goal planning function; implementing organizational reviews to identify strengths, weaknesses and opportunities; chairing the Strategic Operations Team; providing support and assistance in the development of unit plan;s and ensuring that unit plans are aligned with the university strategic plan. Dr. Madlem's office is located in Barge Hall, room 311, phone (509) 963-2130.<br><br>Please join me in wishing her well in her new responsibilities.</p><p>James Gaudino, President</p></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"></div class="field-items"></div class="field-item even"></br></br>Orchesis Spring Dance Concert Showcases Senior Talent, 28 May 2013 11:03:15<p><img alt="" src="/pe-health/sites/" style="width: 481px; height: 320px; "></p><p>Orchesis, Central Washington University’s dance performance company, presents its annual spring Dance Concert at 7:30 p.m. on May 30, 31, and June 1, in McConnell Auditorium.&nbsp;</p><p>The 30-member company brings a wide range of dance styles to the performance, which features the work of 11 choreographers including Orchesis Director Therese Young.</p><p>Along with various modern group pieces, this year’s performance features a variety of solos and duets including modern, ballet, ballroom, and musical theatre genres. A new take on humorous theatrical styling is choreographed to Rhapsody in Blue by graduating company member Sasha Rawlinson. Returning company member Lisa Barsotti will again tear up the floor with a high-energy, rhythmic tap piece.</p><p>Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for seniors/students and $5 for CWU students with ID. Tickets are available at the door or online at</p><p>The performance is co-produced by the Physical Education, School and Public Health Department and the Theater Arts Department.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p><p>Photo by Krista Chase</p><p>May 28, 2013</p></br>