Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Jessica Evans Receives Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Award

Congratulations to SUNY Cortland senior women's swimmer Jessica Evans (Hamburg) who has been named the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Award winner in swimming for 2012-13 school year. The award is given to one student-athlete in the conference, from each sport, who has the highest cumulative grade point average, over a minimum of three semesters, among all first-team or second-team all-conference selections. The Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Award recognizes a combination of academic excellence and outstanding athletic achievement within the SUNY system at the Division l, Division lll and junior college levels. A student-athlete is only permitted to win the award once.

Evans is a physical education major with a 3.89 cumulative GPA entering the spring semester. This past winter she earned second-team All-SUNYAC honors with a runner-up finish in the 100-yard butterfly at the SUNYAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. She also swam on a 200-yard freestyle relay team that won the SUNYAC title and earned honorable mention All-America honors with a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Championships.

Evans swam on both 800-yard freestyle relay and 200-yard freestyle relay teams that set school records. As a junior, she was part of two conference relay championship teams. She was the SUNYAC champion in the 100-yard butterfly as both a sophomore and junior.

She is a PE Rockstar Alum and we wish her all the best in student-teaching and beyond.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Sarah Nadrowski Wins All-Around National Title

Congratulations to Sarah Nadrowski a Cortland PE Senior who won the all-around title at the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) Championships, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  The Cortland team won third place overall. More details can be found here.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

PE Student-Teaching Awards - Spring 2012

Sixteen senior physical education majors at SUNY Cortland were recognized with Lenore K. Alway/Anthony P. Tesori Awards for their outstanding work in student teaching in New York state schools during the Fall 2011 semester.
Physical Education Department faculty members nominated nine women and seven men for the recognition. The students received a certificate.
The Alway award, given to women, acknowledges Lenore K. Alway, the late pioneering head of women’s physical education at the College from 1941 to 1965. The men’s award honors Anthony P. Tesori, a 1939 graduate who gave the College many years of leadership in athletics and administrative areas and earned the College’s C-Club Hall of Fame Award for his achievements before and after graduation.
The Alway Award honorees and the New York state schools or school districts where they completed their teaching are as follows:
• Alyson Case of Naples, N.Y., at Rochester City School District and Victor Central School District.
• Jamie Florindi of Cortland at Ithaca School District and LaFayette Central School District.
• Gillian Garzia of Cortland at Clarkstown Central School District and Ramapo Central School District.
• Jacqueline Graves of Manlius, N.Y., at Syracuse City School District and East Syracuse – Minoa Central School District.
• Lauren Herman of Dix Hills, N.Y., at Ithaca City School District and Groton Central School District.
• Rebecca Knierim of Springville, N.Y., at Cheektowaga – Sloan Union Free School District and at Orchard Park Central School District.
• Alicia Nipper of Auburn, N.Y., at Marcellus Central School District and Fulton City School District.
• Nicole Sherman of Dix Hills at North Babylon Union Free School District and at Hauppauge Union Free School District.
• Sara Tagliaferri of Cortland at Dryden Central School District and Tully Central School District.

The Tesori Award honorees and the schools or school districts where they completed their teaching are as follows:Via Cortland

• Tyler Byrnes of Cortland at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District and Glens Falls City School District.
• Scott Gilberti of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., at Beacon Central School District and Somers Central School District.
• Zachary Kiggins of Cortland at West Genesee Central School District and LaFayette Central School District.
• Joseph Roche of Mahopac, N.Y., at Groton Central School District and Newark Valley Central School District.
• John Roth of Johnstown, N.Y., at Marathon Central School District and Fabius-Pompey Central School District.
• Frank Thomas of Cortland at McGraw Central School District and Liverpool Central School District.
• Matthew Walker of New Windsor, N.Y., at Pine Bush Central School District and Ramapo Central School District.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Non-Traditional Students Inducted into Honor Society

Congratulations to two of Cortland PE students and Rockstar PE Alum Tracy McClure and Nate Davis for being elected to membership in Alpha Sigma Lambda, an international honor society recognizing the academic achievements of non-traditional students.

Alpha Sigma Lambda national standards reserve membership for students who are in the top 10 percent of all non-traditional students at the College. Members must have completed 24 credits hours of work at SUNY Cortland with a grade point average of 3.2 or higher. For the inductees to be in the top 10 percent of students at SUNY Cortland this year, they needed to have a GPA of 3.65 or greater.  The GPA range for this group of students inducted was 3.65 to 4.22.

Tracy McClure - Blog - ePortfolio

Nate Davis - Blog - ePortfolio
via Cortland News

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Portfolio Showcase Spring 2012 including 4 ePortfolios

The Cortland PE Department awarded 16 teacher-candidates with Honors on their Portfolios during the Spring 2012 Portfolio Showcase at Park Center on Thursday April 26, 2012.  The recipients were J. Trenton JonesAnthony DiRienzoMelanie MatassaRebekah Fredickson, Jessica Volz, Bree Zogaria, Jamie Boldish, Andrew Hettinger, Nicole Petit, Sunnie Bifarella, Pete Johnson, Lima Stafford, Carlee Hoyt, Kimberly Quartier, Michelle Krisa, and Charles Giardino.

Please take notice that the first four recipients had Electronic Portfolios and that more and more people are choosing to represent their ability to meet NCATE Initial Teacher Standards with this tool. Click here to find out more information on how to start your own ePortfolio.  To date there have been nearly 200 ePortfolios created from current Cortland PE teacher-candidates and alumni and to see more samples and get directions to creating your own, please click here. In fact 11 of the 16 recipients all have blogs and ePortfolios.  Congratulations and Good Luck during Student-Teaching.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Motor Development Videos & Concert Spring 2012

In PED 201 - Motor Development (with Assistant Professor Stephen Yang), students are given this project assignment to produce a representation of their understanding for a particular chapter. Each group must complete a musical video/song with lyrics appropriately explaining/teaching the audience the most important concepts. They will also have to perform in front of an audience which gives them another opportunity to show their commitment to communication and performing with passion. All part of becoming a Rockstar PE Teacher 

Come to Poolside next Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 12:30pm to catch this semester's latest and greatest performances.  Come out to support this semester's groups and perhaps catch some repeat performances from previous groups.

Past videos and performances.

Spring 2012
Spring 2011
Spring 2010
Fall 2009
Spring 2009

Friday, March 23, 2012

PE Student Teachers Honored

Eighteen senior physical education majors at SUNY Cortland were recognized with Lenore K. Alway/Anthony P. Tesori Awards for their outstanding work in student teaching in New York state schools during the Fall 2011 semester.
Physical Education Department faculty members nominated 12 men and six women for the recognition. The students received a certificate.
The men’s award honors Anthony P. Tesori, a 1939 graduate who gave the College many years of leadership in athletics and administration and earned the College’s C-Club Hall of Fame Award for his achievements before and after graduation. The Alway award, given to women, acknowledges the late Lenore K. Alway, the pioneering head of women’s physical education at the College from 1941 to 1965.
The Tesori Award honorees and the schools or school districts where they completed their teaching are:
• Michael Esteves of Pleasantville, N.Y., at Mount Vernon City School District and Bedford Central School District.
• Michael Gimblette of Ossining, N.Y., at Hendrick Hudson Central School District and Somers Central School District.
• Anthony Giuliano of Harrison, N.Y., at Tarrytown Union Free School District and Irvington Union Free School District.
• Alexander Greenberg of Harrison, N.Y., at Peekskill City School District and Scarsdale Union Free School District.
• Scott Hamlin of Liberty, N.Y., at Sullivan West Central School District – Elementary School and Sullivan West Central School District – Secondary School.
• Christopher Heim of Amherst, N.Y., at Williamsville Central School District and Amherst Central School District.
• Mike Howell of Binghamton, N.Y., at Maine-Endwell Senior High School and Chenango Bridge Elementary School.
• Christopher Infante of Nanuet, N.Y., at South Orangetown Central School District – Elementary School and South Orangetown Central School District – Middle School.
• Miles Levesque of Tupper Lake, N.Y., at Lansing Junior Senior High School and South Hill Elementary School.
• Nick Mangan of Orangeburg, N.Y., at Ramapo Central School District and Byram Hills Central School District.
• Ryan Strader of Cicero, N.Y., at Central Square Central School District and Baldwinsville Central School District.
• Frank Zambrano of Nanuet, N.Y., at Ramapo Central School District and Pearl River Union Free School District.
The Alway Award honorees and the schools or school districts where they completed their teaching are:
• Jenna Monahan of Holbrook, N.Y., at Deer Park Union Free School District and Bayport-Blue Point Union Free School District.
• Brittney Reed of Cortland, N.Y., at Manlius Pebble Hill School and Moravia Senior High School.
• Caitlin Sharkey of Palenville, N.Y., at Saugerties Central School District and Saugerties Central School District.
• Megan Shirey of Springfield Center, N.Y., at Herkimer Central School District and Richfield Spring Central School District.
• Jennifer Thorpe of Lakewood, N.Y., at Beverly Martin Elementary School and Cincinnatus Central School.
• Jenna Wenk of Ossining, N.Y., at Lakeland Central School District and Peekskill City School District.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Karyn Schutzer wins NYSAHPERD’S 2011 Jay B. Nash Award

NYS-AHPERD’S 2011 Jay B. Nash Outstanding Major Award winner is Karyn Schutzer, senior Cortland PE student and currently the President of SUNY Cortland PE's Major Club - APEM. The award will be presented at the NYSAPHERD Conference on November 18th, 2011 at Turning Stone.

Congratulations Karyn and for continuing to make your mark on our PE community. In the picture above, Karyn (far left) is assisting Jack Murphy (2011)  in a 21st Century Scavenger Hunt at the 2011 AAHPERD in San Diego, CA.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Cortland Rugby Player Makes All-Star Team

From SUNY Cortland News:

Cortland Rugby Player Makes All-Star Team
Michael Compton, a SUNY Cortland senior who spent three years as an Army ranger, is once again part of a respected, select group: the Northeast Rugby Union All-Star Team.

Compton, a physical education major who plays prop for the Cortland Rugby Team, traveled to Colorado last week to play in the national Men’s Collegiate All-Star Championship after being selected for the team. The Northeast Rugby Union is the coordinating body for rugby throughout New York and New England.

“We are very proud of Mike’s accomplishment,” said SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum. “He’s been recognized as one of the best rugby players in the country, and he learned to play the game here at SUNY Cortland.”

Compton, a former high-school football and baseball player, from Jeffersonville, N.Y., spent more than a year serving with the Rangers in Iraq. He began playing rugby about three years ago, after coming to SUNY Cortland.

“I knew I wanted to play ball in college, but I didn’t want to sit on the bench,” Compton said. “I tried rugby. I enjoyed the camaraderie. I enjoyed the sport. I never thought it would take me this far.”

Compton made the starting, 15-man lineup that the Northeast Rugby Union fielded against the West All-Star team in Glendale, Colo. on June 9. He played prop, a key position in the center of a rugby scrum. The Northeast lost 21-14, but won a consolation match the following day against the West’s second squad, 41-15.

Men’s rugby is one of 34 competitive club sports offered to SUNY Cortland students through the College’s Recreational Sports Program. The clubs range from standards like baseball and football to less mainstream athletic activities such as ultimate Frisbee, kickline, hoop dance, Tae Kwon Do and Quiddich, an earthbound adaption of the magical game depicted in “Harry Potter” books and movies.

Compton, 25, walked in Commencement ceremonies last month, but is still enrolled in the College because he will be completing his student teaching requirement this fall. He will teach physical education at Liberty Middle School and Liberty Elementary School in Liberty, N.Y.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Music Video Backs National Fitness Campaign

Reposted from SUNY Cortland News:

Music Video Backs National Fitness Campaign

About 50 SUNY Cortland students from two physical education courses took to YouTube recently with a music video parody to promote awareness for First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign against childhood obesity.
The clip, which features Assistant Professor Stephen Yang’s students, is a response to Beyonce’s "Move Your Body,” a workout video re-written with new words to her hit song "Get Me Bodied." The Grammy award-winning singer released the tune earlier this month to encourage dance exercise among children as part of the First Lady’s effort.
Yang saw an opportunity to teach his students, mostly aspiring physical education teachers, in a memorable way. Students performed a choreographed routine similar to Beyonce’s, with old dance moves like the Running Man and new ones like the Dougie.
“We can’t just talk about current issues,” Yang said. “We’ve got to give students opportunities to create social moments.”
Yang’s students banded together to form a group dubbed the P.E. Rockstars. All of his students are required to maintain their own blogs related to physical education. Yang has even created an all-inclusive blog of relevant course material.
J. Trenton Jones, a junior from Clifton Springs, N.Y. and a physical education major, volunteered to edit the raw video footage, which was shot from four cameras.
“Dr. Yang gives you the tools and he allows you to teach yourself,” said Jones, who knew little about video editing before Yang’s class. “He puts you in a situation and you have to work through it.”
The production of a music video made sense, given the relevance of the First Lady’s fitness campaign and the fact that May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.
“This was a great way to move and get people doing cardio,” Jones said. “Dancing is lifelong fitness activity and that’s pretty much where physical education is heading – lifelong fitness.”
Yang said he would like physical education students to create exercise-encouraging music videos every year. SUNY Cortland’s Department of Physical Education is one of the largest and most respected in the United States, attracting about 800 students every year.
“Obviously, we’re not professional dancers,” Yang said. “But this is a baby step towards a much larger goal: to create agents of change.”

30 Under 30: Innovative Educators - Pat Colgan (PE Alum)

Cortland APE Alum Pat Colgan - Prince Georges County in Maryland. Lots of Cortland PE Alum (approximately 30) in the same or neighboring districts including recent grads Jerry Greenlaw and Caleb Olsen.  They love fitness and Jerry's elementary school just got a bronze level for the national healthy school program. Congrats and keep up the great work Cortland Alum!

Name: Patrick Colgan
Age: 26
Location: Beltsville, Maryland
School: Buck Lodge Middle School and High Point High School
Position: Adapted Physical Education Teacher, Girls' Varsity Soccer Coach, Unified Bocce Ball Coach and Middle School Girls’ Soccer Coach

Technology and television screens aren’t always counterproductive to physical education, a fact popularized by the Nintendo Wii’s Fit. Patrick Colgan is popularizing this technology at Buck Lodge Middle School and High Point High School. By incorporating the video game console, LCD projectors, and board maker software into his general and adapted physical education program, Colgan makes it a whole lot easier for his students to design and enjoy their own individualized education program. Possibly more unique is Colgan’s involvement in the creation of a fully inclusive fitness club called Tutors and Tournaments that combines education, physical fitness, and technology into one club allowing students with and without disabilities to work together.

What are your goals for your work?
“My goals for the Wii Technology is to provide students with a[n] innovative way to develop their fitness and skills while having fun. I also hope that if students are stuck in the house that they may be able to use what we do in the after school club and in the classroom at home.”

What challenges do you face trying to break the mold?
“The biggest challenge is securing enough funds to hook up the 15 Nintendo Wiis to televisions and LCD projectors. We have significantly more Wiis than televisions, which prohibits us from using all of them during class and the after school program.”

In your opinion, what’s the biggest flaw with the American education system today?
“To me, the biggest flaw in the education system today is standardized testing. It takes a lot of creativity away from the teachers and how they use their specific curriculum. The high stakes testing can be stressful for teachers and students.”

Growing up, what educators made the biggest impression on you and why?
"My father, Ed Colgan, was a high school biology teacher and a coach for over 30 years.  His incredible work ethic, discipline, morals, values, and ability to balance a successful career and family are a constant inspiration to me everyday."

What do you hope your students take away from you?
“I teach students with disabilities in Physical Education and I would like to see them being physically active in the community when they graduate high school. Whether it be at a fitness center or at home. I also would like my students and athletes to take the ideas of respect, commitment, humor, dedication, discipline, an open mind, and a serious work ethic wherever they go.”

Thursday, February 24, 2011

EKP Certification Apps due March 23, 2011

To all Past & Present Self Defense Students

Educational Karate Program (EKP) Certification
Application deadline is Wednesday, March 23 , 2011 

See your teacher for an application  or 
Take a Pink Sheet (information sheet) and a White Application off the office door of
Colleen Buchanan
E310 Park Center 
Pick one up from the front Dance Studio

    Karate MoleskineImage by MikeOliveri via Flickr
  • EKP doesn't "expire" once they get certified here.  The certification will go into a "holding phase".  When they get a teaching job, they will contact Master Ochiai at the headquarters in Vestal to "activate" the certification.
  • Once they are certified by attending the April program, all students are invited and encouraged to attend EKP Certification night every April until the they graduate for a "refresher".  There is no cost to the student, just their time.  They will however, need to submit and application (no money) so that we can notify headquarters that a student will be taking the refresher at no charge. 
  • Once they get the JOB, they will be required to keep the certification active to teach in the public schools.  Headquarters will have contact with the teacher at their school, and keep them up to date.
  • Our "competitors" don't offer this course, so this is an investment (of $90 and three hours of their time) to make themselves more marketable.  Right now a school district in Binghamton is only looking at Cortland grads who are EKP certified.  It is very costly for a school district to pay for a teacher/district to become certified.
  • Deadline for applications is Wednesday, March 23, 2011 .
  • EKP night is Friday, April 29 , 2011 .
 Don't wait until the last minute to put this application together.  I will take a couple of days to compile all the necessary items.

Colleen Buchanan

SUNY Cortland
Physical Education Department
E310 Park Center
Cortland, NY  13045
(607) 753-5538

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

SUNY Cortland PE Alumna General Ann E. Dunwoody Selected to Receive NCAA’s Highest Honor

SUNY Cortland: News Detail

Gen. Ann Dunwoody '75 Selected to Receive NCAA’s Highest Honor

Former SUNY Cortland student-athlete and 1975 alumna Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody has been selected to receive the 2011 Theodore Roosevelt award, the NCAA’s highest honor. The award, also known as the “Teddy Award,” will be presented on Friday, Jan. 14, during the annual NCAA Convention in San Antonio, Texas.
Named after President Theodore Roosevelt, whose concern for the conduct of intercollegiate athletics led to the formation of the NCAA in 1906, the award was established in 1967 and is given annually to an individual “for whom competitive athletics in college and attention to physical well-being thereafter have been important factors in a distinguished career of national significance and achievement.”
Dunwoody joins a prestigious list of “Teddy Award” winners that includes former U.S. Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. Other past winners include John Glenn, Bob Dole, John Wooden, Arnold Palmer, Bill Cosby, Sally Ride, Madeleine Albright and Jesse Owens.
Dunwoody is the first woman in U.S. military history to be promoted to the rank of four-star general and is the current Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command. She graduated from SUNY Cortland with a degree in physical education and was directly commissioned into the Women’s Army Corps. She received a Master of Science in Logistics Management from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1988 and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1995.
Dunwoody as student and general.
Dunwoody, a former gymnast and women's tennis player at Cortland, is the first woman in U.S. military history to be promoted to the rank of four-star general.
Nominated by recently retired SUNY Cortland Director of Athletics Dr. Joan Sitterly, Dunwoody was a starter and four-year participant on the College’s women’s gymnastics team under Coach Antoinette “Toni” Tiburzi and women’s tennis team under Coach Sylvia Stokes.
“They were just great role models, great people,” Dunwoody recalled about Tiburzi and Stokes. “They’re ‘people’ people. They just made sports fun. I will always fondly remember Cortland because it was a positive experience for me. I have been blessed to have lots of positive experiences. The encouragement I got from the faculty there, the friends that I made there, made my whole college experience a positive one.”
When Dunwoody began her military career, women had yet to be admitted to West Point. Her brother, father, grandfather and great-grandfather all attended the U.S. Military Academy, a family history that stretches to 1866. Dunwoody’s father, a career Army officer, was a veteran of World War II and Korea and served in Vietnam during her college career.
In 1992 Dunwoody became the first woman to command a battalion in the 82nd Airborne Division. She was the first female general at Fort Bragg, N.C., and the first woman to lead the Combined Arms Support Command at Fort Lee, Va.
Dunwoody was deployed to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Storm as a division parachute officer for the 407th Supply and Transportation Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division. She served as the 1st Corps Support Command Commander in the deployment of the Logistics Task Force in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Dunwoody was promoted to the rank of four-star general in a ceremony at the Pentagon in 2008. Marking the occasion, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said, “History will no doubt take note of her achievement in breaking through this final brass ceiling to pin on a fourth star, but she would rather be known and remembered, first and foremost, as a U.S. Army Soldier.”
In a briefing to the press after the ceremony Dunwoody remarked, “I never grew up in an environment where I even heard of the words ‘glass ceiling.’ You could always be anything you wanted to be if you worked hard, and so I never felt constrained. I never felt like there were limitations on what I could do.”
Dunwoody remains a proponent of an active lifestyle and enjoys running with her husband, retired Air Force Col. Craig Brotchie, and their springer spaniel, Barney.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Elementary School Practices Fall Short of National Recommendations for Diet and Physical Activity

New Report Highlights Changes Needed to Support Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in U.S. Elementary Schools

Elementary school practices fall short of national recommendations for diet and physical activity.

A comprehensive new report from Bridging the Gap and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows that elementary schools across the nation commonly offer their students junk food and soda, serve meals that don’t meet current dietary guidelines, and provide little time for physical activity.
The report, School Policies and Practices to Improve Health and Prevent Obesity: National Elementary School Survey Results, examined practices that affect nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention for tens of millions of students. Its conclusions are critical for informing the Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation, including policies related to competitive foods and school meals.
Among the key findings from the 2007–08 school year:
  • Nearly two-thirds of public elementary school students were able to purchase competitive foods or beverages on campus. These items, sold or served outside of school meal programs, often included soda, candy, cookies and french fries.
  • Meals served through the National School Lunch Program often included higher-fat items such as pizza, french fries, and 2% or whole milk.
  • Only 20 percent of public school third-graders were offered daily physical education, and only 18 percent were offered at least 150 minutes of weekly physical education, as recommended by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.

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Teacher Professional Development Website

The Teacher Professional Development Network of Central New York, a non-profit, grant-funded group based in the School of Education at SUNY Cortland, is proud to announce the unveiling of its new website found at:

This website provides an up-to-date listing of teacher professional development activities in our region.   Teachers of all grades and subjects will find events presented by museums, Universities, BOCES, school districts and many other community organizations.

The goal of the Teacher Professional Development Network of Central New York  is to support the professional development needs of schools in our area and help connect educators with professional development opportunities.  This site provides a place where all kinds of community organizations can publicize their teacher professional development events and teachers can find workshops that are convenient and relevant to their needs.

So whether you are looking to list a professional development activity that you are offering - or searching for some professional development opportunities for the preservice or inservice teachers with whom you are working - take some time to visit 
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Friday, October 8, 2010


Today we hosted our 30th "Mini-Conference"but it was the second year of holding it in conjunction with NYSAHPERD Southern Zone.  With a diverse selection of presenters and topics, we were able to really capture the spirit of teaching through the physical.   It was a really well organized and run and besides the typical presentations, there were also apparel sales, used equipment and supplies sale, and vendors here at SUNY Cortland. From salsa lessons to exergaming, disc golf to fencing, and workshops for administrators and Special Olympics, there was always plenty to do, see, hear, and absorb.  Thanks to the tremendous efforts of the PE Majors Club and Dr. Malmberg, to all the presenters and to you for attending - if only virtually.  See You Next Year!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Job Posting: Naples Central School

Job Posting:
Full Time Position - Physical Education

Naples Central School
136 North Main Street
Naples, NY 14512

Starting Date: September 1, 2010

Preferred Qualifications:
1. Holds appropriate New York Certificate and Licenses
2. Additional Health Teacher Certification desired
3. Has the ability to coordinate planning and work cooperatively with staff, parents and administration.
4. Loves kids.
5. Good communication skills.
6. Good sense of Humor

Application Procedure:
By August 27, 2010, send a resume, copies of certification and the candidates placement folder, including transcripts and letters of reference to:

Mrs. Kimberle A. Ward,
136 North Main Street
Naples, NY 14512

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Physical Education Is An Academic Subject

Be sure to grab this latest NASPE Advocacy paper "Physical Education Is An Academic Subject". It is imperative that you start to collect your tools to support our profession and your future job.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

12 P.E. Student-Teachers Honored with Lenore K. Alway/Anthony P. Tesori Awards

Twelve senior physical education majors at SUNY Cortland were recognized with Lenore K. Alway/Anthony P. Tesori Awards for their outstanding work in student teaching in New York state schools during the Spring 2010 semester.
Physical Education Department faculty members nominated seven women and five men for the recognition. Each student received a certificate.
The Alway Award, given to women, recognizes the late pioneering head of women’s physical education at the College from 1941 to 1965. The men’s Tesori Award honors the 1939 graduate who gave the College many years of leadership in athletics and administrative areas and earned the College’s C- Club Hall of Fame Award for his achievements before and after graduation.
The Alway Award honorees and the schools or school districts where they completed their student teaching are as follows:
• Courteny Hammond of Green Island, N.Y., at Lansing (N.Y.) Central School District and Ithaca (N.Y.) City School District.
• Taylor Houseman of Rushford, N.Y., at Lansing (N.Y.) Central School District and McGraw (N.Y.) Central School District.
• Alanna Cooney of Binghamton, N.Y., at Vestal (N.Y.) Central School District and Johnson City (N.Y.) Central School District.
• Stephanie Melkin of Seaford, N.Y., at Massapequa (N.Y.) School District and Freeport (N.Y.) Union Free School District.
• Miranda Lustig of Patchogue, N.Y., at Cortland (N.Y.) City School District and Tully (N.Y.) Central School District.
• Alyse Valentini of New Fairfield, Conn., at Port Chester (N.Y.) Union Free School District and Pelham (N.Y.) Union Free School District.
• Kathryn Dylag of Williamsville, N.Y., at Sweet Home Central School District in Amherst, N.Y.
The Tesori Award honorees and the schools or school districts where they completed their student teaching are as follows:
• Jeremiah Retzlaff of Troy, N.Y., at New York City Geographical Districts #28 and #24.                                                     
• Russell Stephens of Wayland, N.Y., at Cincinnatus (N.Y.) Central School District and Marcellus (N.Y.) Central School District.
• Michael Burke of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., at Peekskill (N.Y.) City Schools and Mahopac (N.Y.) Central School District.                                 
• Brandon Herwick of Coxsackie, N.Y., at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central Schools in Selkirk, N.Y., and Catskill (N.Y.) Central School District.                                                     
• Joseph DiMaggio of Rome, N.Y., at Camden (N.Y.) Central School District and Oriskany (N.Y.) Central School District.
For more information, contact the Physical Education Department at (607) 753-4955. 

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Brandon Herwick receives SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence

Brandon Herwick Receives SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence

Brandon Herwick
CORTLAND, NY (05/22/2010)(readMedia)-- Brandon Herwick, a Coxsackie, N.Y., native, was one of four SUNY Cortland seniors honored on April 6 in Albany, N.Y., with 2010 State University of New York Chancellor's Awards for Student Excellence.
"The 228 students we honor today have excelled academically and taken advantage of what SUNY has to offer outside the classroom," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher as she recognized students from the 63 SUNY campuses throughout the state during the ceremony in Albany, N.Y. "These students are proven leaders, athletes, artists, community servants and much more. Congratulations to all of the students receiving today's award and thank you all for your genuine dedication to student excellence."
The recipients were honored for integrating academic excellence with accomplishments in leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts or career achievement. This year's honorees have an overall grade point average of 3.8.
To the SUNY Cortland community, Herwick brings to life the College's Red Dragon mascot, aptly named "Blaze."
But it's not all fun and games for this senior physical education major, who has maintained a 3.63 grade point average during his two years at the College and will graduate in May. The National Association of Sports and Physical Education (NASPE) honored him as its Major of the Year in March for his excellent academic achievement, exemplary leadership and involvement, and demonstrative dedication to the fields of health, activity and fitness.
A promising scholar in his chosen field, Herwick delivered four presentations at two New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYSAHPERD) conferences and recently was slated to give another for the national association.
"I think physical education is an elemental part of a child's education," Herwick says. "It's something that needs to be set up early so that it can be continued for life. Especially with the obesity epidemic, it's important that we get inside of schools and we teach students how to be confident in their abilities."
In March 2008, Tau Sigma, the academic honor society for transfer students, initiated Herwick, who attended Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) before Cortland, as a member. A resident assistant on the campus, Herwick was recognized last spring with an Academic Excellence Award by the Residence Life and Housing Office.
Herwick serves as president of the Alliance of Physical Education Majors Club and the Cortland Table Tennis Club, participates on the Student Activities Board, and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity. He has offered his time and talent to several efforts on behalf of individuals with physical challenges.
This spring, he student-teaches at V.W. Becker, an elementary school in Ravina-Coeymans-Selkirk (N.Y.) School District, and Catskill High School. He'll continue his studies toward a graduate degree in adapted physical education.
"SUNY Cortland is one of the premiere, if not the premiere, New York state physical education schools and it definitely ranks among the top in the nation, if not the world," said Herwick, noting that he was inspired to transfer to SUNY Cortland by Thomas Rogan '66, a Cortland alumnus and his professor at HVCC. His mother, alumna Denise Sonustun Herwick '86, was another influence.
"I think the teachers are very diverse at Cortland and what makes the program so great is how the professors can bring so many different aspects to one profession."
With this year's awards, 56 SUNY Cortland students have earned a Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence since the program was created in 1997.
Each year, SUNY campus presidents establish a selection committee to review outstanding graduating seniors. The nominees are forwarded to the Chancellor's Office for a second round of review and a group of finalists is selected. Each honoree received a framed certificate and a medallion that is traditionally worn at commencement. A complete listing can be viewed at: