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 Miller earns PSAHPERD's 'Professional Honor Award 



December 18, 2009

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Miller earns PSAHPERD's 'Professional Honor Award' 


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Marybeth Miller, an assistant professor of physical education at Slippery Rock University, has received the Professional Honor Award from the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Two SRU students also were honored at the organization's recent convention in King of Prussia.

           Leslie Korbar, a health and physical education teaching major from Monroeville, was named the Outstanding Future Professional, Natalee Bufalini, a physical education major from Aliquippa, was elected PSAHPERD student section vice president, the only student position.

           Korbar's award noted her leadership, involvement and devotion within the field of health and physical education. She has been active in the Physical Education/Teacher Education Club, president and vice president of Phi Epsilon Kappa, and convention chair for the SRUAHPERD event.

           Bufalini's election to the three-year position followed her speech to the two Student Advisory Council representatives. The normal progression is to next serve as president-elect and then as president. Her duties will include submission of articles to the organization's journal and attendance at the Pennsylvania Student Leadership Conference. 

           Miller's award was presented by Louis Slautterback, SRU physical education instructor.

           "You are to be commended for your efforts in providing both professional and personal inspiration to members of our organization. To be chosen for this recognition is truly a special honor," said Linda Wood Huber, PSAHPERD executive director.

           A four-year member of the SRU faculty, Miller has served as chair of PSAHPERD's early childhood committee, created the committee's mission statement and revived the code protocols as well as provided information for the PSAHPERD Web site. She has also recruited additional committee members and speakers for the organization's annual conventions the past two years.

           Miller and Randy Nichols, SRU associate professor of physical education, received a PSAHPERD "Power -Up" grant that brought John Ratey to SRU last July.

           Prior to joining PSAHPERD, Miller served with the New York state branch of AHPRERD, where she has was a member and chair of the JP Nash Award committee and was a Goals 2000 Turnkey Trainer for NYS Learning Standards for the life of the grant.

           She is co-author of the textbook "Service Learning in physical education and other related professions: A global perspective" to be released in January.

           She is also a co-author of two book chapters, the first related to the competency of physical education interns in a professional development school, and the second concerning integrating children with special needs within elementary physical education. She has delivered numerous national, state and regional presentations, including the recent National Association for Sport Physical Education Teacher Education Conference titled "Cultivating a Culture of Civic Responsibility through Service-Learning in Physical Education Teacher Education at SRU: Making a Difference in Our Community through School-Based and Community-Based Projects."

           She has served as a national reviewer for the NASPE document "Appropriate Practices in Movement Programs for Young Children Ages 3-5" and was a reviewer for the new NASPE/ING "Run for Something Better" school awards program.

           At SRU, Miller promotes a free movement activities program titled "Moving Concepts" for children ages 3-5 with or without disabilities. The program which is rich in developmentally appropriate movement experiences, centers on themes of body awareness, space awareness, effort, relationship to others, and the "Character Counts" program, emphasizing elements of cooperation intertwined with fundamental motor skills. Teacher candidates in physical education, special education, early childhood education and elementary education enrolled in the University's "Movement Education" class provide the instruction. 

           Earlier this year, SRU's Joann Leight, an associate professor of physical education, received the PSAHPERD "Teacher of the Year Award," and Pam Arnhold, assistant professor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences, was named the organization's "Adapted Physical Activity Professional of the Year." For details about Leight's award see:; for details about Arnhold's award, see:


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.


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