Physical Education, Health and Recreation Department

The third National Conference on Sports Pedagogy (NCSP) has had to pack so much into this year’s gathering, entitled “Best Practices in Movement Education to Develop Champions for Life”. This is simply because of all the larger issues and changes confronting sports, particularly in education.…

How has your life experience made you the leader you are today?
I was raised between Alaska and MT-- so I grew up with hard working, make-your-own-way types of people.

When I was 25 I contacted a terrible case of typhoid fever which led to a series of surgeries and infections. A…

Matt Overton, the Pro Bowl long snapper for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League, will share his story in a visit to the Western Washington University campus on Feb. 24.

Overton, a Western alumnus, will attend numerous events throughout the day, including an open…

Western alumnus Jake Merrill, 23, was killed in an avalanche Tuesday, Feb. 11, while guiding a backcountry skiing expedition in Northeastern Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains.
Merrill was one of two guides leading the six-skier and two-guide expedition.

A Bellingham climber and skier is one of two people who died in an avalanche Tuesday, Feb. 11, on Wallowa Mountain in northeast Oregon, according to the Baker County Sheriff's Office.

On Thursday the local sheriff's office identified 23-year-old Jake…

Keith Russell, professor and director of Western Washington University's recreation degree program, was given a 2014 Leadership Award this past weekend from the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs.

Russell received the award at the NATSAP national…

Children will get to participate in their own specially designed Sammamish Walk at 10 a.m. June 15 at Beaver Lake Park. Children and their parents will seek out hidden items as they explore the trails that lace through Beaver Lake Park. Two parks and recreation students from Western Washington…

Linda Keeler, a sport and exercise psychology faculty member in the Physical Education, Health and Recreation Department, co-authored an article with a former graduate student titled "Examination of a hazing workshop intervention for intercollegiate sport club athletes." The article…

The Friday Harbor chapter of Soroptimists International honored Mollie Kohring of Lopez Island with its 2012 Violet Richardson Award, which recognizes individuals for volunteer community service.

Kohring joined the Lopez Island Conservation Corps in 2007 and has been an active participant…

Keith Russell, an associate professor of Physical Education, Health and Recreation, has co-authored the book "Adventure Therapy: Theory, Research, and Practice," recently published by Routledge Mental Health. Also, Russell will be presenting research on adventure therapy at the…

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