Department of Kinesiology Recreation and Sport Studies News

UT to Install Natural Playground at Head Start Center for Pupils, Research

UT faculty is joining community volunteers today and Saturday, June 7, to install a new natural playground at the North Head Start Center. The playground will give students a new recreation area and provide researchers with an opportunity to study the environment’s impact on children’s activity levels.

Alum Will Be Working on the Sidelines at Paralympic Games in Sochi

Pate with the Paralympic flame in a photo taken at a disability sport conference at Coventry University in Coventry, England, just before the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

Alumnus Joshua Pate has studied the Paralympic Games for years. This winter, for the first time, he’ll experience them firsthand as a volunteer. He’ll work as a news reporter for the Paralympics, which will be held March 8 through 15 in Sochi, Russia. Pate received his bachelor’s degree in sport management in 2002 and his master’s in journalism and electronic media in 2004.

All in the Family: Grad Follows in Mother’s, Grandmother’s Footsteps

When Andrea Sams graduates today, it will be more than a personal achievement. It will be a family tradition. She is the third generation of women in her family to earn their degrees from UT. Sams graduates from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Her grandmother graduated in 1953 with a master’s degree in family relations and child development. Her mother earned her bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising in 1983.

Study Identifies Ways Children Can Meet Recommended Activity Goals

Despite overwhelming evidence about the benefits of physical activity for children, most American youngsters are not meeting the federal recommendation of sixty minutes a day. A new study by a team of UT researchers has identified specific ways—and estimated minutes for each approach—that can help children achieve the recommended daily physical activity goal.

Big Idea: Wilson to Use ‘Flipped Classroom’ in Sports Classes

Hal Wilson

Hal Wilson, a graduate teaching associate in recreation and sport management, had a big idea that will make his classes more interactive. He’s won a GTA@OIT grant to implement his “flipped classroom” approach this spring. Wilson, who teaches a class that deals with cultural ideologies and social issues, will supplement assigned readings with online videos and presentations and incorporate some online assignments.