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The kinesiology department is comprised of the majors of athletic training, exercise science, and physical education. The department also offers minors in health education, exercise science and kinesiology and well as the offering of the health dynamics academic programs.  It also oversees the inter-collegiate athletic and club and intramural sports programs.

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Athletic Training Student, Cara Conrad, Receives NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship

The senior from St. Joseph, Mich. (Michigan Lutheran HS), will receive a one-time, $7,500 nonrenewable award to use during the 2014-15 academic year. Conrad, an athletic training student, also will be given an all-expenses paid trip to the NCAA Career in Sports Forum on June 5-8 at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis, Ind.

Conrad plans to use the NCAA grant toward graduate school for physical therapy.

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Kinesiology Department Welcomes
Peter Bodary for Lecture

Hope College students and faculty welcomed Peter Bodary, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Movement Science and Health & Fitness Director at the University of Michigan on Tuesday, March 3. Professor Bodary presented a lecture titled, "Is hepcidin responsible for exercise-induced iron deficiency anemia?"



Orienteering Class makes the most of the
historical Michigan winter!

Students in Professor Stein Slette's Kinesiology 128 Orienteering Class, or as they affectionally refer to it as, "Hardcore Class," have thoroughly enjoyed the long, snowy winter in Michigan. Below are a few pictures from a recent class outing.

Students on an ice-covered Lake Michigan with icebergs
in the background.

Heather Englert, Catie Gammon, and Meredith Busman (pictured L to R) are
proudly showing of that they found Orienteering post number
11 AA deep in the woods at Yankee Springs Recreation Area.


Professor Emeritus George Kraft
Honored By The College

The performance lab at DeVos Fieldhouse on the campus of Hope College has been dedicated in honor of  longtime Hope educator and coach Dr. George Kraft. Read more.


Professor Kirk Brumels Featured In News From Hope, "A Higher Calling"

Sense of calling brought Dr. Kirk Brumels back to his alma mater to serve as program director of athletic training education and associate professor of kinesiology.Read more.


The Vande Poel-Heeringa Stadium Tennis Courts receive the 2013 USTA Outstanding Facility Award

The Technical Committee of the USTA has named the Vande Poel-Heeringa Stadium Courts at Hope College the recipient of the 2013 USTA Outstanding Facility Award. The United States Tennis Association’s Outstanding Facility Award Program was established to stimulate high standards in tennis facilities and to recognize those facilities whose efforts make such a positive statement about the vitality of the game. Congratulations to tennis center director, Jorge Capestany and his staff!!


Kirk Brumels Inducted into
Athletic Trainers' Hall of Fame

Dr. Kirk Brumels, associate professor of kinesiology and program director of athletic training education at Hope College, has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Michigan Athletic Trainers’ Society (MATS).

Brumels, a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and licensed Michigan athletic trainer, has been a member of the Hope faculty since 2001. He had previously spent more than a decade as an athletic trainer with the New England Patriots.

He has been active with MATS in a variety of ways, including as president during 2011 and 2012, president-elect in 2009-10, and as chair of the Professional Education Committee during 2007 and 2008.  His current involvement includes serving as Michigan state representative to the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association (GLATA).

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2013 Department Award Winners

Pictured left to right: Kyle Kreps, Lauren Maslyk, Erin Holstad, Kylie Clark, Molly Collins, Pete Aune, and Morgan McCardel

Exercise Science Majors of the Year
Kylie Clark, Erin Holstad, and Lauren Maslyk

National Association of Sport and Physical Education
Outstanding Majors of the Year
Molly Collins and Kyle Kreps

Seymour Pre-Physical Theraphy Award
Morgan McCardel

Susan Allie Physical Education Award
Molly Collins

Athletic Training Junior Book Award
Rachel Slotman

Miner Stegenga Award
Courtney Kust

Alvin Vanderbush Student Athlete Award
Liz Ellis

Kathleen White Memorial Award
Lauren Maslyk

Lawrence "Doc" Green Award in Athletic Training
Pete Aune

Dorothy and Russell Siedentop Awards
Liz Ellis and William Seiler

William and Mabel VanderBilt Family Award
Morgan McCardel

Otto VanderVelde All-Campus Award
Cory Schmidt

John Schouten All-Campus Award
Libby Westrate


Students Learn from Dr. Douglas Casa


Hope College AT program students participated in a heat illness preparedness drill/lab with Dr. Doug Casa, the foremost expert on exertional heat stroke research and care. Dr. Casa was in Holland as a lecturer for the Hope College Distinguished Lecture Series in Sports Medicine and was able to extend his stay to interact with students and staff regarding this and other issues related to youth sports safety. Dr. Casa is an exceptional instructor and researcher who exemplifies the idea of evidence based medicine. Dr. Casa has been involved in several multi-professional task forces that have created "best practice" policies, guidelines, and recommendations surrounding prevention of sudden death in athletes. Many of these policies are based on his research.


Students Attend MAHPERD Conference


13 students and 2 faculty members from the department attended the Michigan Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Conference in Traverse City. Seniors Kyle Kreps and Molly Collins (pictured on the right) were named the MAHPERD majors of the year.



Our mission is: serve Hope College, by offering programs and assisting students in consonance with its Christian liberal arts mission serve students by providing excellent academic programs that match the talents of our faculty with the needs of society, by helping them enjoy and value the exploration and development of their physical gifts, by teaching them to live healthy lives through the balancing of the mind, body, and spirit, serve the community by preparing students with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to transform the health of its citizens, creating and communicating new knowledge through advances in health and physical activity.

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