Kinesiology professors to present at University Scholar Series

College of Applied Sciences and Arts Kinesiology Professors Ted Butryn and Matthew Masucci will present a lecture as part of the San José State University Spring 2014 University Scholar Series on female triathletes’ awareness of doping and the anti-doping movement. They will speak on Feb. 26, from noon to 1 p.m. in King Library 225/229. The event is free and open to the public.

The professors investigated female triathletes and their awareness of doping as well as the anti-doping movement with a two-year grant from the World Anti-Doping Agency. Butryn is a 2012 Salzburg Fellow and professor of sport sociology and sports psychology. Masucci is an associate professor of interdisciplinary sport studies. They are codirectors of the Department of Kinesiology’s Qualitative Research Lab.

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Kine prof receives national honor

Dr. Emily H. Wughalter has been named the recipient of the Luther Halsey Gulick Medal from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) for 2014. Wughalter will receive her award at the AAHPERD National Convention and Exposition on April 4, during the Hall of Fame Banquet at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel, in Missouri. She is a professor in the kinesiology department in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts at San José State University.

Emily Wughalter

Emily Wughalter

The medal is awarded for long and distinguished service to one or more of the professions represented by AAHPERD, which is the largest professional  organization serving health and physical education professionals.

Wughalter has held multiple service and leadership positions with AAHPERD, including two terms as a board of governors representative, vice president of the National Association of Girls and Women in Sport, the president of the Research Consortium and a member of the Social Justice and Diversity Committee of AAHPERD.

Most recently she served as a member of the Visioning Committee for the unification of AAHPERD that will become the Society for Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) in April 2014.

Over a span of 33 years, Wughalter has often served simultaneously on multiple boards to advance the fields of physical education and kinesiology. She has provided leadership in the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education from which she received the Distinguished Service Award in January. She is also past president of the Western Society for Physical Education for College Women. Her sustained and significant leadership and commitment to girls and women in sport, and social justice and diversity issues is a vein that runs through all the work she does and often puts her on the margins of change.

The Luther Halsey Gulick Medal is named for Gulick (1865–1918), who spent his adult life promoting physical education instruction through his work with the YMCA and New York City public schools. Gulick is credited with having a student develop a game that could be played indoors which evolved into the now popular sport of basketball.

Emily Wughalter with her dog Ruby.

Emily Wughalter with her dog Ruby.

CASA staff recognized for long-time service

At the 46thAnnual Spartan Service Celebration on Oct. 30, three staff members from the College of Applied Sciences and Arts were recognized along with more than 80 staff members campus-wide for serving San José State University for 15 to 35 years.

Stanley Laufer stands during the Spartan Service Celebration. He has worked on campus for 15 years.

Stanley Laufer and Kristina Luna, who work in the School of Library and Information Science, were recognized for 15 years of service while Curt Sennewald, who works in Kinesiology, was recognized for 20 years of service.  Staff members are first recognized when they reach the milestone of 15 years of service and then again at 5-year increments.

Laufer is a network administrator for SLIS, a program that is completely online. Luna is the administrative services manager and works closely with SLIS Director Sandy Hirsh to manage the budget for the college.  Sennewald is an instructional support assistant II with Kinesiology.

“The staff are the backbone of the university,” said Shawn Bibb, the vice president for Administration and Finance, who was himself honored for 25 years of service.

During the presentation of awards, different AVPs took the opportunity to touch on some of the goals set by President Mohammad Qayoumi in the strategic plan for the university.

“Thank you to all of you who make the university a better place to work by helping and caring,” said Bill Nance, the vice president of student affairs, noting that staff members play a large part in welcoming students and other visitors to the university.

At the recent celebration, five staff members were recognized for 35 years of service.

Provost Ellen Junn acknowledged in a fast-paced business environment it is becoming increasingly rare for employees to stay at the same company or organization for 30 or 35 years. She referenced a short video that gave voice to a handful of the long-time employees who talked about their experience on campus.

“They talk about love of the community,” she said. “…Staff represents the heart of the campus.”

The format for the service celebration was updated this year from a luncheon in past years to an afternoon recognition ceremony followed by a reception that allowed honorees to mingle with others from campus.

Kinesiology professor earns Emeritus status

Gail Evans, a former faculty member in the department of kinesiology, has been designated as an emerita professor at San José State University. Evans worked in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts for 18 years before she took an administration position on campus. She served as the associate dean of undergraduate studies from 2001-2008 before departing to take a position as the dean of undergraduate studies at San Francisco State University.

Shirley Reekie, the chair of the Kinesiology department, said it is especially exciting to have Evans as an emerita professor as she is also an alumna of the department. She received a bachelor’s of science in women’s physical education, followed by a master’s and a PhD in women’s physical education from Washington State University. She joined the faculty at SJSU in the 1983.

Upon her retirement from SFSU, SJSU President Mohammad H. Qayoumi formally conferred upon her the status of Professor Emerita in September. Emeritus professors are listed in the university catalog, have a permanent identification card and have many of the same privileges as active faculty members. The College of Applied Sciences and Arts maintains an emeritus faculty office for use when emeritus faculty from the College visit the SJSU campus.

Erin Enguero Awarded CSU Trustees’ Award

Erin Enguero, Kinesiology Major

By:  Shirley Reekie, Chair, Kinesiology

Erin Enguero, a Kinesiology Major, is one of six 2012 Hearst CSU Trustees’ Award Recipients.

The William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement is given each year to those students who have demonstrated financial need, experienced personal hardships, and have attributes of merit, including superior academic performance, exemplary community service, and significant personal achievements.

See the CSU Award website for more information.