The University of Southern Mississippi's School of Kinesiology will host the 82nd annual Mississippi Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) Convention Nov. 5-6 in the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.
The convention, titled "Focus on the Future," will provide university students career guidance and professionals with information about current and future educational trends.
The convention is designed for educators, administrators, coaches, and young professionals involved in all aspects of health, physical education, recreation, and dance. Programming will include a combination of instructional and activity-based sessions. Continuing education units will be available.
Beth Foster, an adapted physical education specialist, will lead the pre-convention session on Thursday, Nov. 5 starting at 8 a.m. "Participants will be introduced to Adapted PE and how to incorporate individuals with disability into the regular physical education classroom," said Matt Dalrymple, president of MAHPERD and school health administrator for the Office of Healthy Schools, Mississippi Department of Education. "Mrs. Foster will also be presenting two other times at the convention on Friday."
At the pre-convention SuperStars Competition, 12:30-5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, students from different colleges will compete in events related to health, physical education, recreation, and dance.
Friday's keynote speakers include Eugenia King and Shelia Grogan from Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Nancy Roman from Southeast United Dairy Industry Association.
Dr. Robert Doan, MAHPERD board member and assistant professor of kinesiology, physical education emphasis, was instrumental in bringing the conference to Southern Miss. "With students, professors, and teachers from all over the state attending the conference, we have a great opportunity to share our research, undergraduate and graduate programs, and facilities that make the School of Kinesiology at Southern Miss special," Doan said.
"We are excited to bring MAHPERD to Hattiesburg and the USM campus," said Dalrymple. "We are expecting a great turnout and some really pertinent information from all our speakers and guests."
For more information about the MAHPERD Convention and registration, click here.