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2015 Kinesiology Spring Alumni Roundtable

2015 HHD Mentoring Event

2011 Kinesiology Alumni Roundtable

Kinesiology Alumni Roundtable discussions were held Wednesday, November 2, 2011.

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Kinesiology at Penn State to Celebrate 100 years

CENTURY OF EXCELLENCE is the Celebration of over 100 years of graduates from the majors of Physical Education, Exercise and Sport Science and Kinesiology.

Please join us to commemorate this special accomplishment during the 2011 BLUE & WHITE football weekend, April 15-17, 2011. Become a fan of the "Penn State Kinesiology Century of Excellence" on Facebook to keep up with the upcoming events as well as keep in touch with fellow alumni!

2009 Kinesiology Alumni Roundtable

The 6th Annual Kinesiology Alumni Roundtable was held October 21, 2009 at the Henderson Living Center with five alumni attended the event: Sarah Sander, Dr. S. John Miller, Pat Slater, Dan McKenna, and Mark Mintzer. The yearly event brings Kines-related alumni and students together to discuss career pathways and job opportunities in health and fitness.

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Mark Mintzer talks with students at the roundtable.

Penn State's Athletic Training Student Club donates to Make-A-Wish Foundation

Penn State's Athletic Training Student Club recently donated $2,270 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The money, which was raised through canning and a spaghetti dinner, will stay within the central Pennsylvania region. The fundraising is a testament to the guidance and support given by Kinesiology alumni Renee Messina '90 HLED, S. John Miller '80 H P E '01g KINES, and Lauren Kramer '98 '04g KINES.

"I can say we are all looking forward to continuing these efforts annually
to support future wishes," said Messina.

Penn State Kinesiology Alumni attend the Mid-Atlantic Regional ACSM meeting in November 2008

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Seated: Bob Gregory, Jay Willow
Standing: Mike Duffey, Sheri Parker, and Betsy Nagle

Athletic Training Club to host golf tournament

The Penn State Athletic Training Club is hosting its 1st Annual Golf Tournament on Sunday, April 26, 2009. The tournament will begin at 10 a.m. at the Penn State Blue Course and will be followed by an auction and luncheon. Funds raised through sponsorships and the auction items will support the Athletic Training Endowment Fund and professional opportunities for the undergraduates such as attendance at the National Athletic Training Association convention, the Eastern Athletic Training Association conference and the Pennsylvania Athletic Training Symposium. As the tournament takes place on Blue/White weekend, alumni can enjoy activities on campus throughout the weekend. The tournament is an opportunity for Athletic Training alumni to reconnect with each other and to provide students with a networking and mentoring opportunity.

If you are interested in receiving more information, please email Alison Krajewski M.S.,A.T.C. at or Brian Boyd, Athletic Training Class of 2009, at

2007 Kinesiology Alumni Roundtable

The 4th Annual Kinesiology Alumni Roundtable was held Sunday, November 11, 2007 at the Henderson Living Center. Students and alumni discussed career pathways and job opportunities in health and fitness.

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Standing left to right: Emalyn Phillips, Kinesiology Club president; Mark Mintzer '86, Fitness Trainers Inc.; Joe Taranto '01, Park Avenue Chiropractic, Inc.; Harvey Abrams '71, international educator; Brent Morehouse '00, web-based health and performance training; Paula Franetti '78, MetaFitness LLC; John Miller '01, Kinesiology professor and physical therapist; Victoria Watts, vice-president, Kines Club

2007 HHD Alumni Society Board Fall Meeting

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Paula Franetti '78; Robyn Ricketts '04; Dr. Neil Sharkey, associate dean for research and graduate education, College of Health and Human Development; and Dori Sunday, staff assistant to the department head, Department of Kinesiology; at the HHD Alumni Society Board luncheon, September 28, 2007

Alumni Gather for Happy Hour

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On Thursday, November 8, 2007 members of the KINES APG and the Allegheny Chapter gathered at the Quaker Steak and Lube in Robinson, PA for a Happy Hour.

Bob Ricketts Receives Faculty Appreciation Award

Kines APG Faculty Liaison Bob Ricketts received the Faculty Appreciation Award from the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society at an awards dinner on March 30, 2007.

Bob Ricketts receives award

Front Row: Sheri Parker '91, president, Kines APG; Resham Patel, past president, Kines Club; Mary Wolk, HHD Alumni Society board member; Sarabeth Thorne, Kinesiology student
Back Row: Dr. Ricketts; Mark Mintzer, president-elect, HHD Alumni Society board; Robyn Ricketts, HHD Alumni Society board member; Matt Brzycki, HHD Alumni Society board member

Kinesiology Alumni Roundtable (2006)

On Monday November 13th, alumni Scott Ackerman (’94) owner of Elite Fitness Concepts; Leesburg, VA; Paula Franetti, (’78), owner of MetaFitness; Pittsburgh, PA; Tasha (Kulka) Norman, (’00) Doctor of Physical Therapy, Duke University; Joseph Taranto, (’01) Doctor of Chiropractic, Johnstown, PA; and Lauren (Zabrosky) Waltz (’00), 7-12th grade Health and Physical Education teacher entertained students from the Kinesiology Club with their life experiences post Penn State.

After a lively dinner at the Tavern, the alumni met the students in the Living Center to answer questions and give advice on job opportunities in their varied health fields.

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The 2006 Roundtable Panel

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Joe Taranto (right)

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Lauren Waltz (left)

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Paula Franetti (center)

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Scott Ackerman (left)

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Tasha Norman

ACSM Kines APG Reunion (2006)

The 2006 ACSM Conference was held in Denver and the Kines APG organized an informal get together. It was well- received by all that attended and it turned out to be a great networking opportunity for former faculty, graduate and undergraduate students.

Mentoring Program (2005)

The annual Kickoff Dinner and Workshop was held on the evening of Friday, February 25, 2005 at the Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus. Thirty kinesiology mentors met their protégés in person, got acquainted, and learned more about the mentoring program. Mark Rullo (’91) and Kate Meehan (’91), two APG board members, were among the mentors paired.

The Mentoring Program is an opportunity for students to seek personal and professional development advice and counsel from alumni working in their field of interest. Mentors and protégé’s communicate with one another primarily via e-mail, although many alumni have invited their protégés to visit them at their workplace. The mentoring program is open to all alumni of the College of Health and Human Development, as well as to Penn State alumni working in HHD-related fields.

Alumni Awards (2004)

In October 2004, Dr. Cedric Bryant ’84 EX Sci ’89 PHYS, vice president of educational services and Chief exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) received the 2004 Alumni Recognition award from the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society. The award is presented annually to an alumnus/alumna who received his/her degree from Penn State more than ten years ago, and since that time, has displayed outstanding professional excellence and exemplary community volunteerism in a College-related field.

At the ceremony, Dr. Bryant announced that he is establishing the Joe Q. Bryant ACE Educational Scholarship Award in honor of his late father. This award will be given annually to a graduating senior in the Department of Kinesiology for academic excellence and community service.