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May 9, 2014

At today's commencement ceremony, Exercise Science/Pre-Physical Therapy graduate Joel Obregon received the College of Education and Human Performance Outstanding Graduate Award.  Joel will be entering the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock this summer.  Congratulations, Joel!

May 9, 2014

Congratulations to all of our graduating students in Spring, 2014!  Best wishes to you!

April 22, 2014

Ms. Breanne Flores-Contreras, Senior Academic Advisor II, was awarded the 2013-2014 Staff Council Employee of the Year award by the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Staff Counsil.  Congratulations Ms. Breanne, we are proud of you!

March 31, 2014

SweepThe Health & Kinesiology Nation swept the College of Education and Human Performance annual faculty and staff awards for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Dr. Chris Hearon, Professor and Chair, was awarded the CEHP Outstanding Senior Faculty Member award, Dr. Lorraine Killion, Assistant Professor, was awarded the CEHP Outstanding Junior Faculty Member award, and Ms. Breanne Flores-Contreras, Senior Academic Advisor II, was awarded the CEHP Outstanding Staff Member award.  Congratulations Dr. Hearon, Dr. Killion, and Ms. Breanne!  We are proud of you!

March 3, 2014

Five faculty members (Bliss, Cutton, Fiddler, Gaines, and Hearon) and fifteen undergraduate/graduate students in the exercise sciences attended the Annual Meeting of the Texas Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (TACSM) in Ft. Worth, Texas on February 27-28.  At the meeting, the TAMUK Student Bowl, comprised of undergraduate students Joel Obregon, Gene Paez, Samantha Cantu, and Ashley Balles (alternate) competed in the annual Jeopardy-style quiz bowl with 29 additional teams from schools around the state.  The TAMUK team placed 12th in the bowl, and first among the South Texas schools.  Undergraduate Research Award winners, Joel Obregon and Gene Paez, also participated in the student poster session at the meeting.  Obregon, the department's Major of the Year in Exercise Science, also received the TACSM Major of the Year from Texas A&M-Kingsville at the meeting.

February 17, 2014

Alan Harwell of KRIS TV (NBC, Corpus Christi, TX) visited the Department of Health & Kinesiology's Sport Marketing and Promotions class today. Mr. Harwell talked with students about media sports marketing, and assisted students in creating a promotional video for the department's Sport Business program.  Click on the photo below for the video broadcasted on KRIS TV!

Sport Business Class

January 13, 2014

The Department of Health & Kinesiology's Sport Business program is highlighted in a recent press release (click the logo below to view the press release).  More information on the Sport Business degree plan can be found on our Undergraduate Program webpage.

Sport Business Program Information

November 4, 2013

Dr. Bruce Lund and the Department of Health and Kinesiology are recognized in the Fall 2013 edition of Javelina Today highlighting his use of Twitter as an instructional tool in the classroom.  Click the image below to see the article.  More information on the Sport Business degree plan can be found on our Undergraduate Program webpage.

Dr. Lund Twitter

October 31, 2013

Dr. Nestor Sherman has been named Regents Professor by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.  Over the last two decades Dr. Sherman's teaching performance, scholarly productivity, commitment to student engagement, dedication to the University, work ethic, and character are reflective of someone that embodies the spirit of this prestigious recognition. Dr. Sherman is held in very high regard by professionals both within the University, and within our field. He is an exceptional role model for our faculty, staff, and students in the classroom and out.Congratulations, Dr. Sherman, the Health & Kinesiology Nation is pround to call you one of ours!

September 1, 2013

Dr. Stacey Gaines was announced as the new Associate Chair of the Department of Health and Kinesiology and Graduate Coordinator of the Kineisology masters program.  With this change, Dr. Mike Daniel has become the Program Coordinator of the Exercise Science program.

August 29, 2013

Dr. Stacey Gaines and the Department of Health and Kinesiology are recognized in the Summer 2013 edition of Javelina Today highlighting the new Exercise Science-Performance Psychology degree plan.  Click the image below to see the article.  More information on the degree plan can be found on our Undergraduate Program webpage.

Javelina Today

August 26, 2013

The Department of Health & Kinesiology welcomes new faculty member, Dr. Bruce Lund starting Fall, 2013. 

Dr. Lund joins the HKN faculty after recently completing his doctorate at Middle Tennessee State University.  Dr. Lund also completed an M.S. from Middle Tennessee State University and a B.A. from Hope College (MI).  He will be coordinating, and teaching in courses within, the Sport Business program.

August 10, 2013

Congratulations to all of our August 2013 graduating seniors.  We wish you the best in your future endeavors!

June 1, 2013

The Department of Health & Kinesiology welcomes new faculty members, Dr. Ryan Fiddler and Mr. Matt Bliss starting Summer I, 2013. 

Dr. Fiddler joins the HKN faculty after recently completing his doctorate at Oklahoma State University.  Dr. Fiddler also completed an M.S. from Oklahoma State University and a B.S. from Northeastern State University (OK).  He will be teaching in the area of exercise science and physiology.

Mr. Bliss is ABD from Kent State University, where he also received his M.S. degree.  He also holds a B.S. from Mansfield University (PA).  He will be teaching in the area of exercise science and physiology.

May 10, 2013

Congratulations to all of our May 2013 graduating seniors.  We wish you the best in your future endeavors!

March 1, 2013

The Department of Health & Kinesiology was well-represented at the 2013 Texas ACSM annual meeting in Austin.  Fifteen exercise science students and 5 faculty attended the two-day meeting.  Undergraduate students Elizabeth Haddock, Allison Insell, Dylan Riedesel, and Alexis Schmidt, along with graduate student Jordan Stack, presented posters at the poster competition.  Three undergraduate students, Allison Insell, Alexis Schmidt, and Rhonda Zuniga, competed for the javelinas at the Texas ACSM Student Bowl, a jeopardy-style competition testing their knowledge in the exercise sciences.  Their team placed 6th out of 30 teams representing schools throughout the state, and placed the highest of all schools in south Texas.  Congratulations!

January 11, 2013

Dr. Stacey Gaines, coordinator of the Exercise Science-Performance Psychology program is featured in a press release by the University discussing the new Performance Psychology degree plan in the Department of Health and Kinesiology.  The entire press release can be seen by clicking here.

January 9, 2013

The Department of Health and Kinesiology is recognized in the Fall 2012 edition of Javelina Today as the 3rd largest department on campus! Kinesiology is also listed as the 2nd most popular major on campus!  Click the image below to see how we rank against the others!

HKN Top 10

January 9, 2013

Dr. Lorraine Killion, coordinator of the EC-12 Physical Education program in HKN, was interviewed for the Fall 2012 edition of Javelina Today. Dr. Killion discusses the prevalence of childhood obesity in the United States and offers suggestions for avoiding the consequences of the national epidemic.  Click the image below to read the full article and see a video of Dr. Killion speaking about her research!

Dr Killion

December 14, 2012

Congratulations to all of our December 2012 graduating seniors.  We wish you the best in your future endeavors!

August 26, 2012

The Texas Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine announced that the Department of Health & Kinesiology at Texas A&M University-Kingsville was selected as a host site for the 2012 Texas ACSM Fall Lecture Tour.  The Department of HKN will welcome Dr. Claude Bouchard, Ph.D., FACSM to campus on Thursday, October 4, 2012.  The lecture is open to the public.  For more information, click the image below.

TACSM 2012 Fall Tour Flyer

August 15, 2012

Congratulations to all of our August 2012 graduating seniors.  We wish you the best in your future endeavors!

July 1, 2012

The Department of Health & Kinesiology welcomes new faculty member, Dr. Daniel Burt starting Summer II, 2012. 

Dr. Burt joins the HKN faculty after recently completing his doctorate at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. Dr. Burt also holds degrees from Henderson State University and Ouachita Baptist University (AR).  He will be teaching in the areas of kinesiology pedagogy, adapted physical education, and sport business.

May 15, 2012

Congratulations to all of our Spring 2012 graduating seniors.  We wish you the best in your future endeavors!

May 1, 2012

Dr. Stacey Gaines was awarded the College of Education and Human Performance Junior Faculty Member of the Year Award for the 2011-2012 academic year.

February 3, 2012

Dr. Sara Mahoney was a recipient of the TAMUS Student Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence for Fall 2011.

January 26, 2011

Dr. Lonni Steven Wilson, coordinator of the HKN Department's Sport Business program, was interviewed for the Fall 2011 edition of Javelina Today. Both a print article and video are included in the online edition of the magazine.  Also in this issue (p. 22) was a feature about one of our HKN alums, Rikki (Sheffield) Merchant.

An image of the Fall 2011 edition of Javelina Today

Click the image above to link directly to the article and video.

December 3, 2011

Judy Bloomquist, Faculty in HKN, was named the 2011 Outstanding College/University Physical Educator by the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD).  She was recognized at their annual convention in Dallas, Tx. 

Congratulations to Ms. Bloomquist for this excellent achievement!

November 15, 2011

Dr. Stacey Gaines was awarded the Javelina Alumni Association's Distinguished Teacher Award.  The award is presented annually to a deserving faculty member who has shown outstanding service to the Javelina community through education and student activities.

October 25, 2011

Majors of the year have been announced in the Health & Kinesiology Department.  They are: Marcos Ramirez (Senior, Ex Sci/PrePT), Kelly Bastow (EC-12), and Amanda Arriaga (Sport Business).  Congratulations to all.

October 14, 2011

Marcos Ramirez (Senior, Ex Sci/PrePT) was one of 16 (out of 32) undergraduates to receive the TCUR (TAMUK Council for Undergraduate Research) research grant.  His project (The Effects of Commercially Available Holographic Bands on Strength, Balance, and Flexibility), which is his project for the Exercise Science Undergraduate Research Award he received from HKN, was funded for $1500.  Congratulations.

October 8, 2011

The HKN Club hosted the South Texas Challenge, featuring four South Texas Universities (TAMUK, TAMUCC, UT-Brownsville, and UT-Pan Am).  The teams competed against one another in four events: waterpolo, bowling, 3-team badminton, and an obstacle course.  In the end, TAMUK's HKN club bested the others, winning the championship.  TAMUCC took home the spirit award, and UT-Pan Am won the faculty advisors' award.

July 15, 2011

The Department of Health & Kinesiology will be welcoming new faculty members starting Fall, 2011. 

Dr. David Cutton comes to A&M-Kingsville from his most recent academic appointment at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, IL. Dr. Cutton holds degrees from the University of Florida and Louisiana State University and will be teaching in the areas of motor learning and general kinesiology.

Dr. Sara Mahoney joins the HKN faculty after recently completing her doctorate at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Mahoney also holds a degree from Hope College (MI) and will be teaching in the area of exercise physiology. 

Dr. Lorraine Killion was most recently a faculty member at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX.  She will be teaching in kinesiology pedagogy and will coordinate the EC-12 PE Program. Dr. Killion holds degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University, University of Houston-Clear Lake, Prairie View A&M University, and the University of Houston.

Welcome to Health & Kinesiology Nation!

May 13, 2011

Congratulations to all of our graduating seniors.  We wish you luck in your future endeavors! 

May 7, 2011

Exercise Science/Pre-PT graduate Ricky Balderas was named the Outstanding College of Education and Human Performance Graduate for Spring, 2011.

February 5, 2011

Senior Exercise Science/Pre-Physical Therapy major Ricky Balderas (Bishop, TX) has been named the 2011 Undergraduate Scholar by the Texas Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (TACSM). Balderas will receive this award at the 2011 TACSM Annual Meeting in Austin on February 25, 2011.  Read more.

This is the second year in a row that an undergraduate from Texas A&M-Kingsville has received this prestigious award which recognizes a single outstanding undergraduate in the exercise sciences from one of the universities in Texas each year . Dyana Bullinger, HKN alumna and the 2010 TACSM Undergraduate Scholar, is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at Texas Woman’s University.  Balderas, who will graduate with honors in May, has been granted unconditional early admission to the highly regarded Doctor of Physical Therapy program at UTMB-Galveston, and will begin that program in Fall, 2011.

January 14, 2011

HKN has launched it's new website.  The new website has been designed to integrate with the format of the overall University web, which was redesigned in October for 2010. 

The department website is being maintained by Dr. Lonni Steven Wilson.  If you have any questions or any suggestions regarding the site, contact Dr. Wilson.

This page was last updated on: November 25, 2014