Do you know what 5 pounds of fat looks like? Come to the TCC Northeast library to see the display about kinesiology during the month of March 2015. The display has a model that represents 5 pounds of fat as contrasted with 5 pounds of muscle. In the display along with various sports equipment you might encounter in classes offered through the Kinesiology (formerly Physical Education) department, are books to check out on the topic.
So, what is kinesiology? Kinesiology is defined in the Merriam Webster dictionary as: “The study of the principles of mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement.” TCC students may now complete an Associate of Arts degree in Kinesiology. Kevin Harper, TCC NE Campus Kinesiology department chair, stated that he was very excited about this new opportunity for TCC students to be better prepared for the bachelor’s degree in kinesiology as well as preparing them for several career paths. Agreements for ease of transfer from TCC are in the works for UTA, and hopefully for Texas Wesleyan U., and ACU in Abilene. UTA may even have graduating senior interns from their kinesiology department at TCC in Fall 2015.
Kinesiology is a growing discipline because of the aging population in the U.S. and because of an increasing focus in health care of prevention of disease emphasizing good nutrition and exercise. Maybe you made a New Year’s resolution about getting in better shape or maybe you are interested in careers such as: athletic trainer, coach, corporate wellness manager, fitness choreographer, fitness instructor, personal trainer, physical education instructor, recreational or physical therapist, youth camp sports director, and many others. Either way, you may find out more about the kinesiology department and may read books on the topic in the library.
Kevin Harper is proud of the faculty members teaching in the kinesiology department as they all have their special strengths and talents. Joining the faculty members Kevin Harper, Bart Desender, & Eli Koenn are newest members of the faculty who have brought new energy to the department: Tim Sebesta (sponsor of tennis club sports team), Ashley Burgardt, and Vicki Babb. Kevin plans to start a running club sport team soon.
NHPE Opportunities: Besides classes, there are open hours for students and staff for weight training, gym, basketball, volleyball, racquetball, and swimming. Call 817-515-6635 for more information about dates and times. Come pick up a brochure about the department at the library or in the NHPE building or call 817-515-6634 for more information about classes. Remember this quote for inspiration: “The greatest wealth is health.” (Virgil, Roman poet)
In NE Library, Science & Technology