Congratulations to Dr. Steve Elliott and Dr. Alexia Franzidis for their selection as 2014 Discere Aude Award recipients. The Discere Aude Award recognizes faculty who were nominated for the award directly by students on the Chancellor's Achievement Award List. Those nominations are further vetted by members of the CTE Advisory Board, so that the list of faculty who are awarded each year received the most powerful nominations from our highest-achieving students.




Save The Date! Friday December 12th at 5:00PM SHAHS will hold our Ceremony of Achievement for Fall graduating Seniors and their families. This celebration is the School’s way of recognizing graduating seniors in a more intimate setting than the University’s Graduation which is held on the NEXT DAY Saturday December 13TH. Parents are able to meet the faculty and staff that directly assisted their child with their education. Awards will be given out for Outstanding Students in each degree program! Fall graduating Seniors please make preparations to attend and don’t forget to let your family and friends know so that they can attend also! More information to follow!

Doors open at 4:30pm and the ceremony starts at 5:00p-6:30p in the BurneyCenter Ballroom. (We ask that all DECEMBER graduates be at Burney by 4PM in your cap and gown)




Congratulations to our Public Health Studies student Gabrielle Barnish who recently won a scholarship from Wilma Women To Watch for her many community service contributions. Gabrielle was presented with her scholarship on October 24th. .




Congratulations to Dr. Dan Johnson who received the NC Recreational Therapy Association’s Outstanding Professional Award in Raleigh NC on Oct. 21st. The award is for leadership and service to the profession; and professional research, publications, or presentations.



Sue Combs (School of Health and Applied Human Sciences) to Attend White House Summit and Research Forum


Sue Combs, professor and director of the I Can Do It, You Can Do It program (IDIC), has been invited to attend the White House Summit and Research Forum Oct. 6-7. The conference focus is “Improved Health and Fitness for Americans with Disabilities.” 

The I Can Do It program utilizes faculty and students from the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences to provide mentoring to individuals with disabilities. Mentors are students majoring in physical education and health, exercise science, special education/adapted,  and recreation, sport leadership and tourism management. The multi-disciplinary make-up of the class provides a unique learning experience for both the mentees and mentors. The program also offers information to the participants and their families about nutrition. 

“The I Can Do It, You Can Do It program is the only one of its kind in North Carolina and is one of nine in the nation of activity based programs for those with disabilities,” said Combs. “Not only does the program develop healthful living for the mentees, but creates learning experiences for UNCW students as well.”

Jordan Weber, who is currently enrolled in the Educational Leadership graduate program at UNCW, has been involved with ICDI since the beginning and assists Combs with the program.  

Initiated in 2004 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disability and promoted by Michelle Obama, the program aims to combat the increasing obesity rate in America. Recently, the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Nutrition (PCFSN) endorsed ICDI and charged the program to increase access for all Americans regardless of ability to lead a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition.


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