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Dec. 21, 2004
Contact: Edmond McDavis III
MUW’s Yates and others recognized at MAHPERD convention
COLUMBUS, Miss -- Seven representatives of Mississippi University for Women’s Division of Health and Kinesiology recently traveled to Gulfport to attend the annual Mississippi Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (MAHPERD) convention to participate in various presentations.
Little did they know that they would come back with numerous accolades. Dr. Joyce Yates, coordinator of graduate studies in health education, Emmy Ody Pohl Endowed Chair and professor of health and kinesiology, returned with the title of president-elect of the MAHPERD.
Graduate student Barbara Daniel was voted vice president-elect of the MAHPERD. Both will serve a two-year term.
Yates also was presented the Honor Award, the highest honor that MAHPERD gives.
“I was completely surprised. I always attend the MAHPERD luncheon at convention but never expected to be the recipient of the Honor Award,” she said.
“The award specifies on the plaque `In recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession through excellence in teaching, a commitment to service and dedicated leadership.’”
Yates, Division of Health and Kinesiology head Dr. Jo Spearman, instructors Ellen Jackson and Golda Vandiver and graduate students Melissa Corrigan, Barbara Daniel and Fay Retnam also attended and participated in the convention.
Spearman and Vandiver attended a session given by the National Commission for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Yates and Jackson participated in a certification workshop in “Physical Best” testing. Yates also presented on the topic of stress management along with Corrigan, Daniel and Retnam.
Corrigan made a presentation on dietary fiber and Daniel presented on the topic of senior adult exercise.
Yates said, “I am grateful that I am given the opportunity to work with so many different programs in the Columbus community and on campus that can make a difference for the health of students and citizens. MAPHERD has recognized the efforts that we are making in our area to produce positive initiatives for healthier lifestyles.
“My hope is for everyone to embrace quality of life as a choice and to decide to make whatever changes are necessary to live a healthy productive life. The MAHPERD organization has provided me a network to meet professionals in the field who have helped me grow professionally and have enabled me to obtain the information and strategies necessary to implement programs and coursework that are innovative. I am humbled to be honored by MAPHERD.”
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