2016-17 Kinesiology Awards and Honors

The 2017 Department of Kinesiology Award and Senior Celebration was held on Thursday, April 27th, 2017. This event honored the accomplishments of our outstanding students in Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Physical Education and Athletics and celebrated the next steps in their professional careers and chosen vocations. Each year the faculty and staff of the Kinesiology Department select deserving students who live into the department mission of “using the study and practice of human movement to transform the mind, body and spirit for lives of leadership, character and service.” We are so proud of each and every one of our graduating seniors and know that they will impact the world with accomplishments that have both significance and meaning.  Below is a listing of this year’s award winners:

The Miner Stegenga Award – Elizabeth Perkins:  This award is presented a student-athlete in the junior or senior class who has shown leadership in campus Christian activity. The student is one who demonstrated athletic ability in a college-sponsored sport and exemplified Miner Stegenga’s deep love of sports and his deeper love and Christian concern for those who played on both sides.

Alvin Vanderbush Student Athlete Award – Michael Stephen:  An award established by former Hope College athletes, to be given to a student-athlete who demonstrates the qualities and ideals exemplified by former Professor and Coach Alvin VanderBush’s life and career—integrity, diligence, commitment, and caring.

Otto VanderVelde All-Campus Award – Harrison Blackledge:  Presented to the senior man chosen by the Athletic Committee for his outstanding contribution to the College in athletics, scholarship, and participation in student activities. To be eligible, he must have earned at least three athletic letters.

John Schouten Award – Erin Herrmann  and Elizabeth Perkins:  This award is given in memory of John Schouten who was a long-time physical educator and Hope’s first athletic director.  Presented to a woman athlete in the senior class who, in the estimation of the athletic staff and the kinesiology department faculty, has been one of the top athletes in the women’s athletic program and has been an able and conscientious student during her years at Hope College. The recipient of this award must not only be an outstanding athlete, but must also possess other strong character traits. Ideally, she must demonstrate competent leadership in campus and Christian activities as well as leadership within the teams on which she has participated.

Dorothy and Russell Siedentop Award – Harrison Blackledge, Angelique Gaddy and Amanda Traversa:  An award given by Dr. Daryl Siedentop (’60) in memory of his parents to an outstanding graduating senior member of the men’s basketball team and an outstanding graduating senior member of the women’s basketball team. Preference will be given to students considering graduate school and careers in teaching and coaching. The recipients are chosen by the Athletic Committee.

Lawrence “Doc” Green Award in Athletic Training – Kyle Niswonger:  Presented to the most outstanding senior athletic training student who best exemplifies the qualities of scholarship and selflessness exemplified by the late Doc Green.

William and Mabel Vanderbilt Family Award – Abbie Zuiderveen:  An award established by Mrs. Mabel Vanderbilt Felton in memory of William Vanderbilt, Sr.  It is presented to seniors majoring in kinesiology who have demonstrated scholarship, integrity, and the promise of continued outstanding service to others.

Athletic Training Jr. Book Award – Madison Roskuszka:  Presented to a junior who exhibits the greatest promise for a career in sports medicine as a certified athletic trainer.

Susan Allie PE Award – Katrina Ellis:  This award is presented in memory of Susan Allie, Hope class of 1981.  Presented to the female major whose overall performance is judged most outstanding and best represents the high standards set by the late Susan Allie.  Winner decided by the Physical Education faculty.

Kathleen White Memorial Award – Bryanna Howard:  Presented to a promising junior or senior kinesiology major, preferably a young woman.

Exercise Science Major of the Year – Byoungjoon (Brandon) Jang:  Presented to the most outstanding exercise science major as determined so by the exercise science faculty.

Society of Health and Physical Education (SHAPE) Outstanding Major of the Year Award – Amanda Traversa and Michael Barnett:  Awarded at NASPE Conference in fall and recognized at department dinner.


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