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Department of Kinesiology

Academic Year 2014-2015

Letter from the Department Chair… Welcome to the Department of Kinesiology at CSU San Bernardino. Our

Terry L. Rizzo

Professor and Chair, Kinesiology

Past President, National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities

Emeriti Editor, Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly

Past President California Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

faculty and staff continue to work hard to make our department one of the best on campus and a state-wide leader in CSU Kinesiology. The department is in full swing with a number of projects underway under the supervision of our capable faculty. For instance, under the guidance of Dr. Nicole Dabbs we now have a fully functional Biomechanics lab in the HP building basement. Dr. Dabbs supervised the demolition of the area and reconstruction into a new high-tech biomechanics laboratory for teaching and student research. This month (May 2015) we started construction department’s hemodynamic laboratory; this is an extension to the Human Performance laboratory (HP 119) and will enhance academic experiences of students and support student-faculty research endeavors. Similarly, under the guidance of Dr. Rymal, we expect development of a new Motor Behavior laboratory will begin sometime this summer 2015. Future plans for a Physical Activity and Pedagogical Kinesiology “concept classroom” in the Physical Education building. This new facility will offer students a center for learning and student-faculty research. At the present time we are seeking funding for a feasibility study to make our ‘dreams come alive.’

Our department continues to evolve and with the evolution brings change.

Beginning in the fall of 2015 we will have two new tenure track faculty join our department. Dr. Jen Roper has expertise in biomechanics, motor control, exercise physiology and nutrition. Her versatility is a significant asset to our department. Dr. Roper is a graduate of the University of New Mexico. Along with the addition of Dr. Roper, Kinesiology is delighted to add Dr. Jason Ng to our department. His expertise is in exercise science with particular emphasis in exercise physiology.

In gaining two new faculty members, however, we are terribly disappointed

in losing two others to other California universities. Beginning in the fall 2015 Dr. Shannon Siegel will join the faculty at the University of San Francisco. Losing Dr. Siegel after so many years leaves a huge void in our department. Our loss is their gain and we wish her the best of luck in all she does in the future. Also, Dr. Alencar is leaving CSUSB kinesiology after two years to join the faculty at CSU Long Beach.

Last year (October 2014) Dr. Aaron Moffett directed the 9th Annual Disabilities

Sport Festival here at CSUSB. The event served about 1,000 individuals with disabilities in our community and, as usual, was a great success. Two years ago, Dr. Moffett’s work in developing the festival has gained the attention of the United States Air Force. His national reputation for working with Wounded Warriors has provided him with an opportunity to work full time with the Air Force. Consequently, Dr. Moffett will take another year leave of absence to work with our veterans.

I remain an Emeriti Editor of the Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly; the most

scholarly journal in rehabilitative sciences associated with physical activity and individuals with disabilities. Also, I have the privilege of representing CSUSB as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Kinesiology Association. I am serving my final year as Past President of the National Consortium of Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPEID).

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