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2012 News and Events

HARK & Phi Epsilon Kappa Partner with Head Start

Everyone's Moving in Pre-K

Smiles, laughter, movement, brightly colored hula hoops and pool noodles were all present in a hands-on in-service for Head Start teachers and teacher's aides at the SCOPE Center last Friday afternoon. Phi Epsilon Kappa, Longwood University's honor fraternity in Health, Athletic Training, Recreation, and Kinesiology (HARK), made a commitment to increase children's physical activity levels when the group raised money for equipment for Head Start.  Hula hoops and pool noodles are the essential equipment needed to implement the Head Start/Body Start curriculum developed by the American Alliance for Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.  The past president of Phi Epsilon Kappa (Rosella Sheehan) and current president (Courtney Daymude) joined with their advisor, Alicia Peterson, to present 180 hula hoops and 180 pool noodles to Head Start.  Accepting the donations were Amanda Corbin and June Gregory.  These items will provide equipment for 9 of the 21 Head Start classrooms in the area.  Phi Epsilon Kappa plans to raise more monies this year so that all 366 children in the area Head Start programs will be able to participate.

Drs. Vonnie Colvin and Claire Mowling, faculty in the HARK Department, along with Meg Van Trees, a graduate student involved everyone in fun and creative activities that utilized the equipment effectively.  The Head Start personnel learned that a pool noodle could be a helicopter, a fishing pole, a rocket, or a horse while a hula hoop could be a bubble, a car, a place to wiggle, stretch, jump, etc..  All activities promoted gross motor movements as well as integrating academics.  Drs. Colvin and Mowling will be providing in-services for the teachers and teachers aides throughout the year. In addition, the graduate students in the HARK Department will be creating activity DVDs for use with pre-schoolers. Smiles, laughter, movement, brightly colored hula hoops and pool noodles, all ingredients for an active school year.


The National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) Honors Longwood University's Recently Re-Accredited Therapeutic Recreation Program in the "Best of the Best Ceremony"

Therapeutic Recreation Accreditation Ceremony
Pictured above, Dr. Rena Koesler, coordinator for the Therapeutic Recreation Program, was presented with the 2012 NRPA award for accreditation during the "Best of the Best" ceremony.  Dr. Koesler and Dr. Susan Lynch's unrelenting efforts, recently obtained re-accreditation for their program with the Council on Accreditation Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT).  COAPRT indicated that the Therapeutic Recreation Program here at Longwood University "met or exceeded stated criteria of educational quality" and is recognized as the only Therapeutic Recreation stand-alone program in the Commonwealth of Virginia -- not to mention one of few national programs that is accredited by COAPRT.     

Fall 2012 Student Teaching Seminar Day

Seminar Photos

Henrico County Public Schools "New Teacher of the Year" Award Recipients PHETE Graduates

PHETE Grads Honored Teacher of The Year Award

On May 8th, 2013, Henrico County Public Schools celebrated "New Teacher of the Year" and "Teacher of the Year" recipients.  Two of Longwood's 2012 PHETE (Physical & Heath Education Teacher Education) program completers were among the honorees.  Brittany Long and Kawaune  Rawlings were selected as the "New Teacher of the Year" for their respective schools. 


Spring 2012 Professionals Who Made a Difference

Banquet Photos

Education Recruitment Day

Longwood's Education Recruitment Day as held on Friday, March 2, 2012 in Blackwell Hall on the Longwood University Campus. Representatives from a wide range of schools in the area met with and interviewed candidates who will be licensed to teach during the 2012-2013 academic year.

Telehealth: A Speech-Language Intervention for Veterans with TBI

Presentation at the Brain Injury Association of Virginia's Annual Conference March 10, 2012 in Richmond VA.  Present at this event was Shannon Salley, SLP.D, Michele Norman, Ph.D, Lauren Robinson, B.S., and Sara Betz, B.A.



Research 2
The next presentation, Telehealth: A Speech-Language Intervention For Adolescents With TBI again headed by Lauren E. Robinson, Sara E. Betz, Shannon Salley, and Michele Norman,

will be presented at the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing Convention

April 21, 2012 in Raleigh, NC


Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE) Sophomores Rope Jumping


Last week, Channel 12 news aired this picture of Longwood University PHETE sophomores rope jumping in some unpredictable weather.  Nothing better than having fun in the sun......and in this case SNOW! 


1979 Longwood University Graduate Receives Prestigious National Board Certification

Four teachers from Chesterfield County Public Schools have achieved National Board Certification, one of the highest credentials in education, of which include a 1979 graduate of Longwood University, Robyn S. Hilton.  In 2010 Robyn decided to pursue the National Board Certification.  She acquired this prestigious certification in November, 2011, and was awarded her pin in a ceremony at Virginia Commonwealth University in January, 2012.  Robyn is pictured below, second from right. 

Robyn Hilton