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The School of Kinesiology's Physical Activity Program (PAP) involved 6,700 students last year in more than 50 different physical activity courses. These courses help to fulfill the University's mission to create well-rounded students in stimulating learning environments.

PE 1036 - Racquetball is an excellent example of University students learning a new skill from renowned athletes. PE Instructors Brian Phillips and Mitch Hoffman both play racquetball competitively and are passionate about teaching students the sport they love.

In preparation for the New York City Marathon on Nov. 4, The New York Times featured the research of three doctoral students, Patrick Wilson (PI), Greg Rhodes, Chris Lundstrom, and their advisor Stacy Ingraham, Ph.D., in a piece titled "How to Carbo-Load for a Marathon."

lundstrom.jpgThis past weekend, Chris Lundstrom, kinesiology Ph.D. student and instructor in the Physical Activity Program, won the Twin Cities 10K (6.2 miles) with a time of 32:14 (5:11 min/mile). The TC 10K kicks off the events of the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend.

An advisee of Dr. Stacy Ingraham and Dr. Arthur Leon, Lundstrom fittingly teaches PE 1262: Marathon Training each Spring.

williams-greg-ultimate.pngSchool of Kinesiology PAP Program instructor Greg Williams (PE 1078 Ultimate Disc) is a member of the Surly Grandmasters Ultimate Disc team that won the 2012 USA Ultimate Grand Master National Championships on Labor Day beating Philadelphia in the finals in Blaine, MN. 18 of the top Grand Master Teams (age 40+) from around the United States came to compete over the 3 day weekend.

The spring 2012 course offering, PE 1262 Marathon Class, enrolled 87 students, each with the goal of completing the Eau Claire Marathon in Wisconsin. Every student who started the May 3 race finished. The group has released a YouTube slide show of their race experience.

One Marathon student was working on an important project last spring, but found time to compete in the race. That student was Prof. Roger Rusack, a U of M physicist who has worked for the last two decades on the search for the Higgs boson particle (nicknamed the "God particle"), whose potential discovery was announced in July. Dr. Rusack appears in several of the slides.

PE 1262 was taught by graduate assistant Christopher Lundstrom and Dr. Stacy Ingraham, lecturer in exercise physiology.

Roberto Sobalvarro, University of Minnesota PE Fencing instructor and head coach for USA Women's Epee, celebrated an Olympic win at the London 2012 games on August 4. Earning the first USA medal in epee since 1932, Sobalvarro's team reached its goal with a bronze medal win over Russia in overtime with a score of 31-30.

"We've been together for a long time and that was huge for us," said Coach Roberto Sobalvarro. "You know, the last two years we've quietly been doing better than almost everybody else and we have done everything I've always said we could do and now we really have done everything I knew we could do. It's always been all about the team."

Below: Sobalvarro and fencers Courtney Hurley, Susie Scanlan, and Maya Lawrence celebrate their win. (Photo: Hannah Johnston/Getty Images Europe.)

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In light of the 2012 Summer Olympics, the School of Kinesiology is proud to recognize its connections to the Games unfolding in London, England over the next two weeks.

Alumni representing the School are former Gopher star and current Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen (B.S., sport management, 2004); triple jumper Amanda Smock (Ph.D., exercise physiology, 2010); and Olympic Committee Member Angela Ruggiero (M.Ed., applied kinesiology, 2010). In addition, Roberto Sobalvarro, instructor for PE 1031 Sabre Fencing and PE 1033 Foil Fencing in the School of Kinesiology, has been named the head coach of the Women's Epee U.S. Olympic Team.

The School of Kinesiology shares the Olympic games' mission to encourage and support the promotion of ethics in sport, with aim to enrich the quality of human life. Congratulations, and good luck!

Cody Mikl.jpgKinesiology graduate Cody Mikl has been selected to serve as the graduate student representative on the Board of Regents. Mikl is pursuing his Ph.D. in OLPD. He received his B.S. and M.A. degrees in Kinesiology with a sport management emphasis. Cody is also a physical activity program instructor and facility manager in the Department of Recreational Sports.

Of the 87, some never imagined they could run a marathon, but wanted to try. Others had nearly no running experience, but were looking for a physical and mental challenge. One of them is a U of M physics and astronomy professor. But this Sunday, all the students in PE 1262 Marathon Training will try for their personal best as they compete in the Eau Claire Marathon in Wisconsin.

In their last preparatory event, the group will convene for a carbo-load Saturday evening, with 118 race participants and colleagues expected at the dinner. The evening will also include a pre-race pep talk by Dr. Stacy Ingraham, Kinesiology lecturer and co-instructor and coach for the course. She will give a slide presentation tracing the history of PE 1262.

PE 1262 is taught by Chris Lundstrom, Kinesiology doctoral student and advisee of Dr. Ingraham, and a nationally ranked marathoner. The course was first offered in Spring 2008 and enrolled 48 runners. This semester, enrollment has almost doubled from the first class, and the course has grown into one of the most popular PE offerings.

Congratulations to Brandi Hoffman, coordinator, and Dr. Jo Ann Buysse, lecturer, both from the School of Kinesiology, for receiving a CEHD CPAC Professional Development Award. The $300 awards will be used for a professional development activity. Ms. Hoffman will be attending the StrengthQuest Educator Seminar April 12-13 in Minneapolis. Dr Buysse will be using her award for international travel.

The call for proposals attracted 59 entries, and forty proposals were randomly selected for funding. The awards were sponsored by the CEHD Professional and Administrative Council (CPAC).

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