April 25, 2012. Congratulations to Matt Murray, a Kinesiology major with a physical education emphasis, as he successfully defended his E-portfolio in front of faculty and other attendees at Wharton Auditorium Wednesday afternoon. Matt plans to continue his education at graduate school, as he pursues his goal of working within collegiate athletics. Matt’s presentation was the first of what is hoped to be a stream of future kinesiology graduates making their E-portfolio presentations.
On Sunday, April 22, a team made up of students and three faculty won the US Southwest Regional Floorball Championship. The one-day event was held on the campus of Southwestern Adventist University. Kinesiology chairperson, Vesa Naukkarinen had only introduced the sport to Southwestern 18 months ago. From that beginning, the sport has become an intramural activity, an activity class, and now a championship team. The team members are from left to right; Vesa Naukkarinen (Captain), Peter Gust, Pedro Cantu, Sean Swayze (front), Matt Murray (back), Connor Mason, Branislav Muntag, Rod Bussey, and Jonathan Wall.
The tryouts finished on Friday, August 26, and the team is now made up of 27 members:
- Chad Hutchinson (Head Coach)
- Nathan Warren (Associate Coach)
- Anthony Rosado (Assistant Coach)
- Nick Osborn (Pastor)
- Walter Patterson
- Benton Robinson
- Jeremy Knaubert
- Eddie X. Ortiz
- Michael Rodriquez
- Pedro Cantu
- Sean Swayze
- Caleb Lewis
- Jonathan Armstrong
- Conner Mason
- Chris Patterson
- Christian Santize
- Chris Rosado
- Keith Jenkins
- Kenny Roger Taer
- Israel Escandon
- Nathanael Hernandez
- Fabian Muela
- Laura Rosado
- Taylor Bussey
- Kate Pleasants
- Tana Eden
- Keilani Stowell
- Amy Adlaon
2 hours after the final list was posted, these 27 individuals left for a team retreat at Riverbend Retreat Center. There they were involved in team building exercises, moving talks about God, and an overall great bonding experience. The real work starts now, as the team begins to prepare for Acrofest, and the final Homeshow that will take place in March.
The team meets for practice from 11:30 to 12:50 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 12:00-1:50 on Tuesdays, and 12:00-12:50 on Thursdays.
Professor Naukkarinen attended the NSCA National Conference this summer. The NSCA is an international nonprofit educational association founded in 1978. Evolving from a membership of 76, the association now serves nearly 30,000 members in 52 countries. Drawing upon its vast network of members, the NSCA develops and presents the most advanced information regarding strength training and conditioning practices, injury prevention, and research findings.
Unlike any other organization, the NSCA brings together a diverse group of professionals from the sport science, athletic, allied health, and fitness industries. These individuals are all in pursuit of achieving a common goal—the utilization of proper strength training and conditioning to improve athletic performance and fitness.
Central to its mission, the NSCA provides a bridge between the scientist in the laboratory and the practitioner in the field. By working to find practical applications for new research findings in the strength and conditioning field, the association fosters the development of strength training and conditioning as a discipline and as a profession.
Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the NSCA serves as a valuable resource for its members, the fitness industry, general public, and the media. The association provides a wide variety of resources and opportunities designed to strengthen, build, advance, and unify. Professor Naukkarinen is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA.
As of July 1, professor Naukkarinen is the department of kinesiology’s new chairperson. Acting as a department chairperson is nothing new for professor Naukkarinen, as he had served as department chairperson at Washington Adventist University prior to his arrival at Southwestern. Southwestern Adventist University has a policy of rotating the chairperson position every four years.
Sao Paulo, SP. Brazil – January 23.
Dr. Bussey was in Brazil to speak at the first Brazilian international conference for Seventh-day Adventist physical educators. The conference was a four-day event held on the Adventist University of Sao Paulo campus with speakers from various countries and other parts of Brazil. The topics ranged from teaching games for understanding to philosophy in physical education.
Dr. Bussey made four presentations which included; critical thinking in physical education, history of SDA physical education in the United States, current issues in physical education, and introduction to Floorball.
The field of physical education has exploded at the Adventist University of Sao Paulo. The university’s first graduate in physical education was in 2000. Today, they have over 500 students studying physical education.
Brazil Congress (28 photos)
6 April 2011
Riverside, CA. – Monday, March 28.
Dr. Thomas G. Bunch was honored at the annual Seventh-day Adventist Health Physical Education and Recreation Association (SDA-HPERA) banquet for his years of service to SDA physical education. Dr. Bunch, who holds a doctorate degree in physical education from Brigham Young University, has faithfully served his church for over 30 years in the physical education field. He has served as professor and department chair of the physical education department at Southwestern Adventist University for over 20 years prior to his move to university administration.
Dr. Vernon Scheffel, a former colleague of Dr. Bunch from their years of service at Atlantic Union College, made the presentation to Dr. Bunch on behalf of the association.
Accompanying Dr. Bunch for the occasion was his lovely wife Linda.
Thomas Bunch (4 photos)
4 April 2011