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Kinesiology and Health Studies hosts professional development day April 2

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies will host its annual “ASK KHS Student Symposium,” a professional development day for students on Thursday, April 2.

     Department Head Eddie Hebert said all Southeastern faculty, staff, and students as well as community members are invited to attend the series of presentations by professionals in the fields of fitness, health education, athletic training, teaching and coaching, and health care.

     The free symposium is scheduled from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building.

     Speakers will include New Orleans Saints athletic trainer Reggie Stone, New Orleans Zephyrs owner Ron Maestri, Southeastern Athletic Director Joel Erdmann, and retired Louisiana State University athletic director and baseball coach Skip Bertman.

     “Since traveling to a professional conference is difficult for many college students, the KHS faculty decided to organize one on campus to give Southeastern students opportunities to see and hear from area role models and begin to network with professionals from potential internship sites,” Hebert said. ASK KHS has been an annual spring event for five years, he said.

     Bertman will give the keynote address at 11 a.m. The speakers, who Hebert said reflect the diverse career paths of kinesiology and health studies majors, also include Mary Martin Nordness, director of communication for the Southeast Dairy Association. Nordness has been selected as the department’s 2009 Alumnus of the Year and will be among the Southeastern graduates honored at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences convocation in April.

     Stone and Maestri are scheduled to speak from 8:30-9:20 a.m. along with Ecole Classique School teacher and coach Wally Scott.

     The schedule also includes:

     9:30-10:20 a.m. -- Erdmann; Conrad Earnest, exercise physiologist, Pennington Biomedical Research Center; Errol Gauff, basketball coach, St. Thomas Aquinas High School; Tammy Swindle, health educator, Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans.

     12:45-1:45 p.m. – Nordness; Dawn Braud, fitness director, Woman's Hospital; and Noel Smith, teacher, Hurst Middle School in St. Charles Parish School.

     2-2:45 – Jane Eason, LSU physical therapy professor; a representative from Our Lady of the Lake Physician Assistant School; and Southeastern kinesiology professor Charlotte Humphries, who will give a presentation on the online PASS-PORT system used in university education courses.

     For additional information, contact ASK KHS coordinator Josh Yellen,, 985-549-2276.

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