Dr. Tamar Semerjian Named KIN Dept Chair

Congratulations to Dr. Semerjian, who was named Department Chair of the Department of Kinesiology after a recent election in April 2019. President Papazian has appointed Dr. Tamar Semerjian to serve as Chair of the Department of Kinesiology effective August 19, 2019. She will remain as Interim Chair until that date.

Dr. T. Semerjian

Dr. Tamar Z. Semerjian received her B.A. degrees in Human Biodynamics and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in sport psychology from the department of Health, Leisure, and Sport Studies from the University of Iowa. She is the director of the Silicon Valley Health Aging Partnership (SVHAP).

Dr. Semerjian is currently a Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology and Interim Department Chair in the Department of Kinesiology at San José State University.  She teaches several courses in the department including undergraduate courses in sport psychology, sport sociology, stress management, diversity stress and health, and graduate courses in sport psychology and research methods. Dr. Semerjian’s research has included work with older adults, individuals with spinal cord injury, and transgender athletes.

Generally, her research interests focus on exploring the experiences of marginalized groups in exercise through the lens of both cultural studies and sport psychology. In particular she has been interested in the translation of evidence-based health promotion programs in the community,  the effect of exercise on older adults’ self-perceptions, and the influence of their exercise experience on long-term participation. Because of her belief in the importance of praxis, she has been active in the aging community, implementing exercise programs that are affordable and accessible to diverse populations of older adults.

Dr. Semerjian’s published work has appeared in Spinal CordThe Sport PsychologistJournal of Aging and Physical Activity, Sociology of Sport Journal, and Women’s Sport and Physical Activity Journal, and she had contributed chapters to Sport for Peace and Social JusticeThe Cultural Turn in Sport Psychology, The Hidden Faces of Eating Disorders and Body Image, and Battleground: Sports.

KIN Spring 19 Graduation Updates

Note from KAC on KIN SP19 grads:

Grad stoles will be bought in bulk by Thursday Night (4/25)! So if you plan on buying a KIN Grad Stole please pay $18 in cash to the Kin Main Office no later than Thursday afternoon.

*NOTE* The lettering on the stole will be printed on with ink rather than embroidered (Don’t worry, it will come out nice and its cheaper).

If you are planning on attending the Graduation Banquet on May 22nd from 5PM – 8PM, please fill out the official RSVP to reserve a spot.

This event will plan on having FREE Tacos for graduates, music, a backdrop and photographer (TBD), and achievement recognition for many of our students and faculty!

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*NOTE*Our goal is to have 40-50 graduates attend the Banquet in order for us to reserve catering, so please RSVP ASAP!

If you have any questions, comments, and/or concerns please email us at sjsukinambassadors@gmail.com

PrePT Club Events Updates

Good Morning Pre-PT!

We’re coming down to the last month of school so let’s make the most of it by electing new board members and attending year ending events!
 
Please cast your votes for your 2019-2020 Pre-PT Club Board. Be sure to carefully read the description of each candidate before casting your vote. 
The link to vote: https://forms.gle/LrRE2kvefRtPxrbo9  – Voting will be open until Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at 11:59 PM. We wish good luck to all of the candidates. 
 
Next week is the Graduate Workshop. Join us Thursday, April 25th 6-9pm in SWC 122A, with special guests from current DPT programs, as well as SJSU alumni who just got accepted into programs! We’ll have a panel and group discussions so you’re able to learn about the application process and the experiences as an SPT. RSVP for the event at https://forms.gle/QAC7fEEBNb43P8KS9
 
Lastly, next month is the Third Annual Pre-Health Olympics. On Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 9:00am-1:00pm in SPX 107 help us defend our crown as reigning Pre-Health Champs. This highly anticipated event is a fun and exciting opportunity to compete with and get to know your fellow pre-healthcare professionals at SJSU! We will be playing a multitude of fun games including relay, dodgeball, volleyball, basketball, tug-of-war, and much more! RSVP at https://forms.gle/daBUL3nMk9CrMRVbA