Leigh Szucs and Terrance Green (center) hold their awards. The students are joined by Dr. Thomas Ormond, dean of the College of Education and Human Services; Dr. Deborah Erickson, provost and vice president for academic affairs; Dr. Cathy Traister, professor and department chair, Health and Physical Education Department; and Michelle Eaton, assistant professor, Health and Physical Education Department.
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - The annual convention for the PA State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance was held November 11-13 at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Champion, PA. At this convention three students from Lock Haven University's Health and Physical Education Department won major awards. Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
Assistant Professor Michelle Eaton stated, “It is a great honor for LHU to win all three of these awards- an accomplishment that hasn't been achieved by one institution in recent memory.” Students from the 14 PSSAHE schools as well as Penn State, Messiah, Philadelphia College of the Bible, and Ursinus are eligible.
Leigh Szucs, senior from Lock Haven, won the highly acclaimed Future Professional Award for her academic work as well as her service to the university and her community. Ten universities submitted representatives to the Future Professional competition and Leigh was chosen as the winner to represent PA at the Eastern District Convention for the American Alliance for Health and Physical Education in the spring. Leigh presented written work and was interviewed at convention for this award. Professor Eaton said, “Leigh is a tremendous representative of the Health and Physical Education program at LHU. Her enthusiasm for the profession and the quality of her work make Leigh a true example of the high quality professional Lock Haven produces.” Leigh is a Health and Physical Education major. Her parents are Terry and Paula Szucs.
Terrance Green, senior from Glenside, Pa., was awarded the highly competitive Violet Baumgardner Scholarship award for his exemplary work as a health and physical education student. Professor Eaton noted that “Terrance has a terrific work ethic and understands the value of Health and Physical Education in the public schools.” He was chosen from three finalists of a pool of over 15 candidates for this award based on his written work and his interview skills. Terrance has been a member of the university marching band for his four years at LHU and is past President of LHUAHPERD, the Health and Physical Education majors club. Terrance is a Health and Physical Education major with minors in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Community Health, Music, and Coaching. His grandmother is Connie Green.
Michael Kostick, sophomore from Enola, Pa. was elected the President of the Future Professionals of PA State AHPERD. This is a three year position as President-Elect, Vice-President, and finally he will be President his senior year of the student section of the state organization. Michael presented a speech at the state convention and was elected by his peers from 15 universities in the state. Professor Eaten commented, “Michael has great enthusiasm for Lock Haven and the Health and Physical Education program.” Michael is a Health and Physical Education major with a minor in Aquatics.
The PSAHPERD convention was attended by 25 students in the Health and Physical Education program at LHU. Presentations were made by the following students, all of whom are majoring in Health and Physical Education:
• Zach Rote, a sophomore from Lock Haven, son of Marchal and Brad Rote
• Seth Lowery, a sophomore from Lock Haven, son of Brenda and Brian Lowery
• Ted Deljanovan, a sophomore from Williamsport, son of Thomas and Rebecca Deljanovan
• Charlene Rarick, a senior from Orwigsburg, daughter of Jeff and Gail Rarick
All three award winners and the four students who made presentations are members of LHUAHPERD, the HPE major's club on campus. LHUAHPERD has 300 members and is advised by Michelle Eaton and Dr. Paul Ballat. Both the Department of Health and Physical Education and the members of LHUAHPERD are very proud of award winners and the professionalism they exhibited in representing LHU.
LHU's Health and Physical Education program was represented by faculty Dr. Brett Everhart, Dr. Cindy Allen, Dr. Paul Ballat, Martha Rowedder, Bridget Roun, and Michelle Eaton.