Russell and Delk Earn National Award

January 26, 2015


Jared Russell
Jared Russell
Desmond Delk
Desmond Delk
Jared Russell, Desmond Delk recognized with national awards by SHAPE America

SHAPE America, the country’s largest organization of professionals involved in school-based health, physical education, and physical activity, has recognized two members of the School of Kinesiology in the College of Education with national awards.

Associate Professor Jared Russell was named the 2015 recipient of the E.B. Henderson Award, which recognizes SHAPE members who, through numerous years of proven dedication to scholarship, mentorship, and service to ethnic minorities, have increased involvement of ethnic minorities and underserved populations within their profession. Recipients must demonstrate successful and exemplary involvement in scholarship as well as have a record of increasing involvement of ethnic minorities and underserved populations.

Russell has spearheaded the College’s very successful Minority Bridge Program, which recruits graduate students to the College from historically black colleges and universities. He also serves as the College’s Director of Student Development in the Dean’s office.

Desmond Delk, a doctoral student in the School of Kinesiology, won the SHAPE America Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship, based on academic achievement and extra-curricular accomplishments.  The amount of the 2015 graduate scholarship is $1,750. Delk is the author of a children’s book, and spends a great deal of effort trying to engage underrepresented populations in the pursuit of higher education. Delk is also involved in the College’s Summer Bridge Program.

Congratulations to Jared and Desmond for these well-deserved recognitions.