Department of kinesiology to hold 'Celebration of Excellence'

Penn State’s Department of Kinesiology is hosting a “Celebration of Excellence,” April 15-17, on the University Park campus. The event, which will celebrate more than 100 years since Penn State first committed resources to the study of physical activity, will include Kinesiology alumni, students, and current and past faculty and staff.

The celebration will kick off on Friday night with a welcome reception. Saturday’s events include tours of the department’s laboratories, a tailgate prior to the Blue-White football game, and an evening banquet. The celebration will conclude with a Sunday brunch. Throughout the weekend, attendees can also participate in various fitness activities led by undergraduate students and members of the Kinesiology Club. For more information or registration details, contact Bob Ricketts, senior lecturer in kinesiology, at 814-865-2421 or

The Department of Kinesiology traces its roots to a program in physical education and physical culture that was formed in 1908. The School of Physical Education and Athletics came into being in 1932 and became a college in 1955. Through the years it would change academic homes several times before becoming a part of the interdisciplinary College of Health and Human Development in 1987. The Department of Kinesiology is now home to nearly 900 undergraduate students and more than 50 graduate students. Its graduate program recently placed in the top spot in rankings by both the National Research Council and the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Activity.

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Last Updated April 04, 2011