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2011 School of HPER Banquet
April 30, 2011

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The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation hosted the 2011 School of HPER Student Banquet Saturday, April 30, at the newly renovated HPER Building.  HPER faculty, staff, students and their families and friends enjoyed a pasta buffet, slide show photo montage and a tour of the beautiful new surroundings.  Students were also recognized for their scholastic and service-oriented contributions

Helping to plan and set up the event were HPER Office Staff Members:  Stacy Sliva, Mary Sutherland, Demi Treat, Molly Handke and the School of HPER Student Organization Presidents: Angie Helselth from CRAB, Kelsey Reilly from MATS, Brent Hassenstab from AFP, Aja Kneip Pelster from ESG and co-presidents Cacee Crone and Natalie Iwai from SRLS.  Presenting that evening was the Director of the School of HPER, Dr. Daniel Blanke

The main reason for the gathering was to pay tribute the students.  The School of HPER is proud to announce the following students for their contributions to the School of HPER, UNO and the community as a whole.
Many generous donors made it possible to continue the tradition of holding a silent auction at the banquet.  Bargains and one-of-a- kind items were up for bid.  These items helped raise funds to support HPER Student Organizations and offset future banquet costs. 
Graduating and Departing Graduate Assistants
The following graduating or departing Graduate Assistants were honored:

Amanda Fletcher
:  Exercise Physiology Lab
Nate Hamilton:    Biomechanics Lab
Robert Jacobs:  Exercise Physiology Lab
Alison Jergenson:  Physical Activity in Health Promotion
Elena Kokkoni:  Masters/Biomechanics Lab
Dianne Webb:  Physical Education Pedegogy
Sara Wolfe: Physical Activity in Health Promotion
           
And from Campus Recreation:
Angela Helseth
: Fitness/Wellness
Matt Jones:  Outdoor Venture Center

 

University Honors Convocation Winners

The 2010-2011 Honors Convocation Award Winners were also recognized:

Alison Frantz:  Recreation Therapy: 
Nicole Gaughan:  Community Health Education
Brooke Groteluschen:  Athletic Training
Hillary Horvatic:  Physical Education, Teacher Preparation 
Colleen Snoza:  Exercise Science 
Amy Wieczorek:  School Health Education 

Campus Recreation
Student Employee of the Year

Ann Woolard

Aja Kneip Pelster was honored for winning this year’s “Public Health Association in Nebraska, Outstanding Public Health Student and Scholarship Award” 

Jenna Yentes was recognized as being the recipient of the 2011 “American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Research Consortium Grant” for her study entitled: “Mechanical Abnormalities in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.”

The School of HPER also honored those who secured a University Committee Research Grant.  The following students were honored for this achievement:

Jon CareyEffectiveness of Elastic Bands in Improving Kinetic Kinematic Measures in Various Populations” 

Ryan Hasenkamp:  “Variability of Movement in an Altered Inertial Dynamic Task”

Neil Huben: 1) Walking Impairments in Vascular Disease; 2)Smoking Cessation For Peripheral Arterial Disease 3) Evaluation of Gait Abnormalities in Geriatric Patients Induced by Peripheral Arterial Disease on Gait Disability”

Austin Korgan – “The Effect of Regulatory Fit and Hardiness on Stress Reactivity” 

The following award and scholarship recipients were also recognized:  

Ernie Gorr Scholarship Award Winners:                         
Katie Keen
     
Moe & Irene Mellion Scholarship Winners:
Andrew Gschwind              Tyler Moos

Richard W. Latin Memorial Scholarship Winner:
Danielle Suponchick

American Association for Health Education Outstanding Health Education Major of the Year: 
Amy Wiezorek

Nebraska Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Award: 
Edward Panton            Micheala Schenkelberg      

National Association for Sport and Physical Education Outstanding Physical Education Major of the Year Award:
              Edward Panton

Outstanding Undergraduate Student of the Year, Health Education Award Winner:
Caitlin Hopkins                                    
                       
Outstanding Undergraduate Service Award Winners:
Cacee Crone                                    Therapeutic Recreation
Ryan Hasenkamp                        Exercise Science
Natalie Iwai                                    Therapeutic Recreation
Kelsey Reilly                                    Athletic Training
Frederick Marshall Ryals            PE, Teacher Preparation
Amy Wieczorek                                    Community Health Education

Outstanding Graduate Service Award Winners:
Jon Carey                                 Exercise Science
Katherine Heckenbach            Athletic Training
Angie Helseth            Physical Activity in Health Prom.
Patrick Tompkins                               Recreation Administration


We would like to take this time to honor the following Biomechanics students for their achievements.  They are truly exceptional individuals whose hard work and dedication should not go unrecognized.  Here is a listing of the students along with details of the grants which were awarded them:

Anastasia Kyvelidou, MS: with Regina T. Harbourne, PhD, Wayne A. Stuberg, PhD , Nicholas Stergiou, PhD.  Infant sitting posture under distorted visual and proprioceptive information. UNO Centennial Celebration of Student Research and Creative Activity, 2nd Place Graduate Poster Presentation, $150, 2010 and Graduate studies Research Fellowship from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, $10,750, 2010.

Austin Korgan: NASA Nebraska Travel Award to Neuroscience 2010, $216.30, 2010.

Ben Bowder: Walter Scott Peter Kiewit Foundation Scholarship University of Nebraska at Omaha. $30,000. 2011, Regents Scholarship University of Nebraska at Omaha. $30,000. 2011, and First Data Corporation Scholarship. $1000. 2011. 

Dimitrios Katsavelis, MS: Graduate studies Research Fellowship from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, $10,750, 2010.

Jennifer Yentes, MS: NASA Nebraska Travel Award for JEGM 2010, $1000, 2010, Student Travel Scholarship to the JEGM combined meeting 2010, $400, 2010, American Society of Biomechanics Graduate Student Grant-in-Aid, $2000, 2010,  NASA Nebraska Space Grant & EPSCOR Fellowship, $10,000, 2010-2011, NASA Nebraska Travel Award to Neuroscience 2010, $477, 2010, Nominated by the University of Nebraska at Omaha to attend the Annual Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students, 2010, Accepted to attend the National Institute on Aging Grants Technical Workshop, November 2010,  Participant in the UNMC High School Alliance Program, 2010-2011,  Systemic Inflammation and Gait in Older Adults with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. University of Nebraska Medical Center, Graduate Student Fellowship. $21,500. 2010-2011, Student Travel to GCMAS 2011. $325. 2011,  and Student Travel Award to ATS 2011. $500. 2011.

Jessie Huisinga, MS: NASA Nebraska Space Grant & EPSCOR Fellowship, 2010, $2500, UNO Research and Creative Activity, Linear and nonlinear assessment of postural control in multiple sclerosis patients, 1st place Graduate Poster Presentation, $250, 2010, NASA Nebraska Travel Award, 2010, $400, and UNO College of Education Travel Grant, 2010, $500.

Joshua Haworth, MS: American Society of Biomechanics Graduate Student Grant in Aid, Effects of Model Viewing in the Development of Infant Sitting Posture, $2000, 2010, and Autism Speaks Weatherstone Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Perception and production of complex movement variability in children with autism, $56,000, 2010-2013.

Jon Carey, BS: School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation 2011 Graduate Student Service Award, 2011, and Nebraska Space Grant & EPSCOR Fellowship, 2010-2011, $2500.

Krupa Savalia, BS: NASA Nebraska Space Grant & EPSCOR Fellowship, $5000, 2010-2011.

Nate Hunt, BS: NASA Nebraska Space Grant & EPSCOR Fellowship, $2500, 2010-2011.

Neil Huben: 2010 Summer Undergraduate Research Program, University of Nebraska Medical Center, $3000, Summer 2010, UCRCA Student Award for Research, The effect of Masai Barefoot Technology (rocker bottom) Shoes on Joint Kinematics and Kinetics, $500, 2010, UCRCA Student Award for Travel, Gait Impairment in PAD Patients is Independent of Level of Disease, $264. Spring 2010, NASA Nebraska Space Grant & EPSCOR Fellowship, $5000, 2010-2011, Great Plains Honors Council 2010 Dennis Boe Award. Awarded for “outstanding scholarly paper of research” for A Review of Basic Temporal and Spatial Gait Parameters in Patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease., $250, 2010, 2010 Golden Key International Honor Society Research Grant, $1000, 2010, 2010 2nd Annual UNO Student Research & Creativity Fair Undergraduate Oral Presentation First Place, $150, 2010, NASA Nebraska Travel Award for JEGM 2010, $1000, 2010,  2010 Academy of Sciences Research Grant, Explorations in STEM: An Educational Science Literacy Program, $300, 2010,  2010 UNO College of Arts and Sciences Excellence Fund Travel Grant, $264, 2010, 2010 UNO College of Education Excellence Fund Grant, $400, 2010, Fulbright U.S. Student Program, The Effects of Visual and Auditory Stimulation on Postural Sway and Balance, Aristotle University, Greece. $24,000. 2011-2012, Society of Vascular Surgery Lifeline Student Research Fellowship, Effects of Revascularization on Gait Biomechanics in Patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease, $3,000. Summer 2011. [Pending], Management of Space Programs. Applied Physics Laboratory. $5,000. Summer 2011. [Pending], and UNO University Committee on Research and Creative Activity Travel. $500. 2011.

Sara Myers, MS: American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Ruther Abernathy Presidential Scholarship, $1750, 2010,  Participant in the UNMC High School Alliance Program, 2010-2011,  Participant in the StO2 Education Physician Program, November 2010, and Participant in the Grant Training Center, Grant Training Workshop, July 2010.

Shane Wurdeman: Frequency analysis of ground reaction forces shows differences in gait in Multiple Sclerosis patients. UNMC College of Public Health Research Consortium 2010, Best Poster Presentation, $500, 2010.

The School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation faculty and staff are proud of each of the students recognized.  This banquet is just a small gesture of that appreciation. 

For more information contact Stacy Sliva at 4-2761 or contact ssliva@mail.unomaha.edu.