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A Graduate's View of the Health and Physical Education Program at Louisiana College
Dr. Kristi Sayers Menear majored in Health and Physical Education and Special Education at Louisiana College and graduated with a B.A. in 1993. She went on to receive a M.A. and Ph.D from the University of New Orleans. She is a Certified Adapted Physical Educator (CAPE) through the National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities. Dr. Menear is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
"What do I remember most about my years in the Physical Education department?
I recall all the faculty knowing all the students. Faculty were happy to interact with students and seemed happy to teach at LC.
I recall individualized mentoring from several faculty members.
I recall professors tailoring assignments to reflect individual students’ past experiences and future career plans. I recall many, many hours spent in the schools hands-on with students and learning to become a teacher. When I began a masters program immediately after graduating from LC, my professors were amazed at my professional knowledge and experiences.
I recall a sense of camaraderie amongst students and faculty -- in classes, in the hallways, all across campus. This was facilitated, in part, by the small class sizes, but also by the Physical Education Majors and Minors (PEMM) Club. With faculty support and guidance, we raised funds to support donations to various local causes. We also held crawfish boils for members of the department to fellowship together.
One of the most far-reaching outcomes of my time in the PE department was when the PEMM Club raised money to match a donation by an alum, Dr. Frank Ashley, who was at the time a professor at Texas A & M University. The money was used for physical education majors to attend our state professional association’s conference, LAHPERD, and the Texas association’s student leadership conference. At these conferences, I gained professional knowledge and networked with students and professors from other universities. This opened doors to many job opportunities and graduate assistantships upon graduation from LC. My attendance at these conferences also planted the seed that grew into a career in higher education. I now strive to be the compassionate person and the passionate educator that was modeled by the LC faculty."
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