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2007.01.23 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

Alliance Scholar Awarded to UNO professor at The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO)

Omaha - Kris Berg, a professor in the School of Health Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) at University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), has been named the 2008 Alliance Scholar by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Dance (AAHPERD) for his pivotal research in exercise physiology.

Daniel Blanke, director of HPER, nominated Berg for the award.

"Kris Berg's passion for all aspects of his profession, from research to teaching to mentoring, were key qualities that make him a true scholar," Blanke said. He added that in Berg's 36 years at UNO, he has strived to define what it is to be a well-rounded scholar. Regular outreach to the community to share knowledge and over 100 published articles started from day one for Berg.

"This is a guy who, year after year, has been productive and engaged in his field. He is considered a true scholar by his peers and his students," Blanke said.

"I've sat at many a meeting with an Alliance Scholar speaker," Berg said. "It is both a humbling experience and terrific honor to receive this recognition."

Berg also goes on to recognize the importance of the award on not only a personal level but also a university-wide level. "Earning this recognition says so much about the quality of research at UNO, on a national scope," he said.

The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) is the largest organization of professionals supporting and assisting those involved in physical education, leisure, fitness, dance, health promotion, and education and all specialties related to achieving a healthy lifestyle.

AAHPERD is an alliance of five national associations and six district. It is designed to provide members with a comprehensive and coordinated array of resources, support, and programs to help practitioners improve their skills and so further the health and well being of the American.

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