KIN Shines at Annual CAPHERD Conference

Congrats to the KIN faculty who took part in the CAHPERD (California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) State Convention that took place in Garden Grove (Southern California) this past week (2/21-2/23). We are very proud of our undergraduate students and Dr. Daum  who spent their time and money to attend.

Here are some of the highlights and news:

  • We had 10 undergraduate Kinesiology-Preparation for Teaching students and two faculty attend the conference (attached is a picture of the group minus Dr. Siebert) . A very well attended conference, CAHPERD leadership mentioned they had very high pre-registration (over 1,000 pre-register) and day-of registration.
  • One of our students, Joanna Peet, was one of the three scholarship recipients from CAHPERD. She earned a $1,000 scholarship because of her scholarship, leadership and service.
  • Joanna Peet also presented her original research poster based on her work with Dr. Shifflett and others related to gender bias and sport reporting. She won top original research poster.
  • Our students took part in the student competition Friday night and placed third. Team “Daum’s Disciples” (They chose the name of their group,  thank you Daniel Murphy for coining the term…) earned third place of 11 teams. CSU San Bernardino was second and CSU East Bay earned first. There were many undergraduate students from across the state, I estimate at least 75, in attendance.
  • Dr. David Daum was voted Vice President Elect of Physical Education for CAHPERD, he will serve a three year term.
  • San Jose will host the 49th NAPEC (National Adapted Physical Education Conference) in Fall 2020, Dr. Siebert is involved with the planning of this. I am sure she will provide more details as we get closer.
  • The CAHPERD state convention will be back in Garden Grove in February 2020. The 48th NAPEC, will also be in Garden Grove, Nov. 7-9th, 2019. We look forward to sending another strong contingent of students and faculty. There will be an opportunity, like Joanna took advantage of, for students to present original research or research critiques at CAHPERD, I will forward the information when session proposals are due for CAHPERD 2020.
  • CAHPERD Bay District Workshop will be hosted at SJSU Fall 2019, date TBD (Likely Nov. 2nd, 2019), Dr. Daum will be helping organize this event as 2018’s event was very successful.

Welcome Message from New KIN Chair Dr. Semerjian

Dear Kinesiology Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community,

As has been previously announced, I have been asked to fill the role of interim chair for the Department of Kinesiology. Dr. Matthew Masucci has been asked to serve as the interim Associate Dean for the College of Health and Human Sciences. His outstanding leadership of our department has been recognized, and this is a wonderful opportunity for him to lead our College. We have benefited tremendously from his leadership and will miss him, however, I think we also understand his desire to serve the college at this time.

These shifts in responsibilities have resulted in Dr. Jessica Chin filling in as interim undergraduate coordinator. She will continue to serve as the Advising Manager. Dr. Chin has a great deal of knowledge and experience in our undergraduate program and I know that she will bring her strengths to this position. As a result she will step away from her position as associate chair. To limit further disruptions we will not fill the associate chair position this semester.

While we do not have someone formally filling in as associate chair, several individuals have stepped forward to offer their help and support to cover these duties. I greatly appreciate the students, faculty, and staff who have come by to say that they will help in any capacity that they can. This is who we are as the Department of Kinesiology; supporting each other to create an environment where everyone can thrive.

I am greatly appreciative of all of our students, faculty and staff. I am committed to working hard and helping our department to continue to flourish. Ultimately we are here to educate and prepare our students, and I am dedicated to help us all do that the best that we can.

Dr. Tamar Semerjian

Dr. Masucci departs KIN for CHHS Dean’s Office Role

A message from departing chair Dr. Matthew Masucci.
I have been appointed as the Interim Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS). While I am excited about the opportunity, I will be sad to be moving on from the role of department chair that I have held since 2014 and from the department that has been my home since 2002.
I am pleased to announce that you will be in capable hands as Dr. Tamar Semerjian has been appointed by the President as the Interim Department Chair of Kinesiology effective immediately. I have every confidence in her ability to help guide the department through this time of change and I’d like personally thank Tamar for her willingness to serve.
Related to this change, Dr. Jessica Chin will continue in her role as Associate Chair and will assume the responsibilities of Undergraduate Coordinator for the Spring semester.
Her knowledge and abilities will be a great asset to the department in this transition and I want to thank her for her willingness to take on this role.
It has been a great pleasure to work in such an amazing department and I am committed to fostering continued success in the department and college.
Best wishes for a successful semester!