HSHP Annual Awards 2014
The School of Health Sciences and Human Performance honored students for their outstanding academic and professional achievement this year during a ceremony and reception held May 14. To learn more about this year's award winners, click on their pictures below.
|Kelly M. Parker|
|Professional Excellence Award in Clinical Exercise Science|
Kelly grew up in a family of fitness enthusiasts in Succasunna, New Jersey. From a young age she had no choice but to be active. Sundays were for family runs and vacations were a perfect opportunity for long bike rides. As she grew older, her interest in the science behind movement grew, but she was unsure of which path she should pursue in exercise science. When choosing her college, Ithaca College stood out due to its numerous programs, hands-on practical experiences and distinguished faculty and alumni.
As a junior in the Clinical Exercise Science program, Kelly learned about many different programs that required exercise physiologists and wanted to pursue everything. She decided to dedicate her spring semester to her other passion of traveling and attended Semester at Sea. During this time, Kelly met hundreds of children and realized that America’s youth were completely different than any other adolescents in the world– they were sedentary and overweight. These observations made Kelly realize that pursuing a future in preventing childhood obesity was her mission. Upon returning to IC, her passion has grown due to her professor’s encouragement and working with area Girl Scouts. By combining her two loves – exercise and travel – Ithaca College has prepared Kelly to transform the world!
Academic Achievements and Personal Highlights
- Study Abroad Semester at Sea Spring 2013 – Institute of Shipboard Education
- Vice President, Ithaca College Habitat for Humanity
- Ithaca Area Girl Scout Leader
- Exercise Science Club – Community Outreach
- Coxswain, women’s sculling and rowing team
- Fitness Specialist at the Robert R. Colbert, Sr. Wellness Clinic
- Strength and Conditioning Coach, Ithaca College Women’s Rugby Team
- Fieldwork at Hackensack Regional Medical Center
- Dean’s List
The Professional Excellence Award is given to students in each major within the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences who, through their studies, curricular, and extracurricular activities, embody the professional and educational aspirations implicit in the major.