Message From The Director
Message from the Director
Dear Students, Friends, and Colleagues,
I have some exciting news to share with you. Last October, the University of Nebraska Board of Regents approved a name change for the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER). It is my pleasure to announce that our school name is changing to the School of Health and Kinesiology (H&K) beginning Aug. 2017.
You may be wondering why the need for a name change. The School of HPER has a long-standing presence in the Omaha community having been established as a physical education program for women in the 1940s and later renamed in the tradition of all physical education and recreation programs nationally. Much has changed since the school of HPER was established almost 70 years ago.
To meet the growing needs of our community and today’s health, physical education, and wellness practitioners, our curriculum has evolved to deliver increasingly demanding scientific knowledge for physical education pedagogy as well as strong foundations in health, anatomy and physiology, growth and development, nutrition, injury treatment and prevention, and wellness for life. Accordingly, HPER departments have become increasingly specialized and reliance on scientific knowledge and methods has led to the establishment of modern discipline based programs which train future practitioners and world-class researchers. The School and faculty have now developed national and international reputations for practitioner training and research excellence.
It is evident from the significant changes in societal behaviors towards health and well-being that the nature of physical education has had to evolve. Today’s physical educator must be better prepared to address national health and wellness priorities. This in turn has resulted in a shift in program emphases to meet national health challenges such as obesity, diabetes, and the health needs of an aging population. Now is the right time to change the School name to one that better reflects our school mission and the current and future scientific disciplines that will be needed to meet these national priorities. Health and Kinesiology, which is the scientific study of human locomotion, is the name that will help to support our growing programs in the future.
Moving forward, the School will operate in the usual manner but with a renewed sense of purpose and mission, continuing the ongoing growth experienced over the last five years. No programs, accreditation, faculty or staff changes are currently planned. You should expect to see numerous ongoing administrative and documentation changes with both the HPER and the H&K name on documents, webpages, syllabi, business cards, signs, etc. while our staff works towards the final name change deadline of Aug. 24, 2017. The name change process will culminate in a campus-wide open house unveiling event, planned in conjunction with Durango Days in August. Please read our FAQs for more information about the change.
If you are a student, we are committed to training and supporting you, helping you discover and choose your ideal career path. While many career opportunities now await you upon graduation, many jobs of the future may not yet exist, but your training will prepare you to evolve and grow professionally, ready to enter newly created job markets. Internships, research experiences, and practicum opportunities will serve to connect you to exciting career paths. The renamed School of Health and Kinesiology will be quickly linked to its traditional roots and recognized as the model modern school of higher education that meets the health education and wellness needs of the community and region.
Serving as Director of the School for two years has continually impressed me with the high quality, admirable character, and dedication of our students, faculty, and staff. I am proud to serve this welcoming, vibrant University. I look forward to moving the School of Health and Kinesiology forward in this new era of increasingly health and fitness aware students and Omaha citizens towards a bright and exciting future. I invite you to join me in this exciting adventure.