Health and Human Performance Testimonials

Travis Esslinger (2003, 2005)
Teaching Assistant
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR

Quite possibly the best six years of my life! The HHP Department at FHSU provides excellent teachers who truly care about the progress and development of their students. The experiences and friendships built through this program will last a lifetime. I am currently developing curriculum and teaching various activity classes and PE related courses at the University of Arkansas. The diverse opportunities I experienced at FHSU have helped me become more knowledgeable in the various fields of kinesiology and as a result my understanding and teaching has vastly improved. While at FHSU I completed an internship as an Exercise Specialist at the Center for Health Improvement, was active in PEK and track and field, and worked as a part-time stroke clinic aid, a water aerobics instructor and a personal wellness GA.

Katherine Rhodes (2006)
Personal Trainer, Fitness Director
Larry North Fitness
Dallas, TX

I have always had a strong passion for both fitness and how the body adapts to exercise. I was fortunate to become employed by Larry North Fitness – one of the top training facilities in Dallas – and began training shortly after graduation in May of 2006. Half a year after starting, I was promoted to assistant fitness director and, a year later, fitness director. As a health and human performance major, I was involved with Special Olympics, ARC, various intramural events and FHSU varsity athletics. I was also active in Phi Kappa Epsilon. Additionally, I spent a summer participating in an internship with the Cooper Aerobics Center. It opened my eyes to the variety of careers available in the fitness industry beyond physical education teachers and coaches. These experiences gave me a set of skills suited for my future career. FHSU provided me with valuable work experience and knowledge to take into my career as a fitness director.

Jeremy Capo (2002, 2004)
Assistant Director of Athletics
Colorado State University-Pueblo
Pueblo, CO

I monitor the department’s compliance and eligibility; am responsible for athletic facilities; and manage home athletic events, all of which I thoroughly enjoy. Had it not been for my academic experiences, I would not have pursued a career in this field. I use the skills gained in the core classes to assist me with event planning, marketing, promotions and many other every day activities. I did internships in the FHSU Intramural and Athletics Departments. Both provided me with hands on knowledge of the field and allowed for personal and professional growth. My extracurricular activities included participating in Intramurals and officiating. Most importantly, the internships cemented my decision to pursue a career in the field. Every day was a new and exciting challenge, which provided different ways for me to use what I learned in the classroom in a practical situation. Had it not been for the leadership of the HPER department staff and faculty, I would not be where I am today! I am forever in debt and owe them a tremendous amount of gratitude!

Brad Brown (1977, 1978)
Head Athletic Trainer
Tennessee Titans Football
Franklin, TN

My job entails day-to-day evaluation of injuries to the players and directing treatment and rehabilitation. I work directly with our doctors, players, and administration to ensure proper care for the players. My job has given me the exhilarations from being involved in two super bowls and the experience of losing and having to deal with the emotional low. My academic experience allowed me to specialize in athletic training and gave me the opportunity to go into a profession in which I could enjoy what I do. I worked in as a student athletic trainer at FHSU, learning the trade in an apprenticeship program with the head athletic trainers. I was a graduate assistant and then taught and directed the athletic program at Fort Hays. My internship was my job, in that it is the profession I ended up going into and have been in now for 33 years. The connections I made and work I did at FHSU have afforded me an opportunity to do what I love to do.

Linnie Irvin (1981, 1991)
Middle School Computer Teacher; HS Activities Director & Head Football Coach
Hoisington USD 43
Hoisington, KS

I am teaching 7th & 8th graders computers skills and technology. I work afternoons at the High School as Athletic Director and Head Football Coach. I went to Fort Hays to be a teacher and that is the career that I am in. Fort Hays did a great job of preparing me to be a teacher and I am very grateful for their professional training I received. At FHSU, I participated in Intramurals.

Tamara (Rector) Roberts (1992, 2009)
Director
Cloud County Alternative High School
Concordia, KS

After teaching physical education and health for 12 years, I decided to try something new. I wanted to reach kids who had difficult lives and help them get their high school diplomas. Teaching P.E., I had the challenge of trying to reach many children. Their lives, circumstances, and influences were things that I helped them overcome while teaching them the importance of their health and well-being. My academics at FHSU taught me how to do this; to reach each one as an individual. It was one of the most influential times of my life. Teachers really care at FHSU and this made my educational experience even better. At FHSU, I was a member of KAHPERD, AAHPERD, and Phi Epsilon Kappa. These organizations taught me many useful activities for my classroom and are filled with professionals who are willing to help fellow professionals with advice, activities, or whatever they need.

Jeff Schulz (1990, 1992)
Associate Professor of Health Education
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI

I teach undergraduate and graduate courses focused on all levels of Health Education, ranging from courses on program planning and evaluation, to those that are more entry-level. In addition I teach courses that are content-specific, such as Drug Use and Abuse. I also spend a significant amount of my time engaged in research and community service. Currently, I am involved in two projects, which tie these aspects of my job together. The first is a program designed to address obesity in elementary school children. The second program involves integrating physical activity into drug and alcohol rehabilitation programming. Although much of the content matter has changed, I am able to engage my students in the manner I was engaged. I teach the way I was taught. As a student, I developed a passion for my profession because my professors made learning personal. I try to do the same for my students. At FHSU, I was involved in student organizations and was fortunate to have a graduate assistantship. Through these involvements, I learned to apply the course content to the real world. I also learned to work with other people! That may have been the greatest benefit!

Chris Helm (1998)
Program and Facility Supervisor - Lone Tree Recreation Center
South Suburban Parks & Recreation District
Denver, CO

I manage the Lone Tree Recreation Center and its programs. In addition to the Center I oversee the seasonal operations of our Cook Creek Outdoor Pool. My experiences at FHSU taught me a great deal about the Sports and Recreation industry. I was able to apply the academic teachings and transition them in to practical situations with such areas as budget management, leisure programming and adaptive recreation, to name a few. My internship was in Resort Recreation at Hilton Head, S.C., where I was in charge leisure programming for a time-share resort. I was involved with the Intramural Club at FHSU and was Treasurer for Phi Epsilon Kappa, business fraternity for Physical Education. In addition, I was a member of the American Alliance for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) and the Kansas Association of Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance (KAHPERD). My internship taught me independence in a work environment and helped me to develop key public speaking skills. Through Intramurals, I learned to work with a committee, which is essential in my job. PEK taught me financial management and collaboration skills.

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