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October 2009

Release Date: Oct. 7, 2009ASU Logo

State Recreation Group Honors ASU Professor

Dr. Warren Simpson, Angelo State University associate professor of kinesiology, has received statewide recognition for his work in education.

The Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS) named Simpson, noted for student professional development, curriculum design and leadership/mentoring, as its 2009 Recreation Educator of the Year.

In his nomination letter, Dr. Allyn Byers, Simpson’s colleague in the Kinesiology Department, said, “Dr. Simpson perpetually demonstrates qualities of leadership and service to both others and me through his commitments to our discipline as well as our university. It is my belief that Dr. Simpson has a genuine concern for student well-being and is considered an advocate for students.”

To be considered for the award, candidates have to be faculty members in an institute of higher learning engaged in instruction, research and service activities. They also have to demonstrate outstanding performance in at least one of the three areas and competence in at least one other area.

Simpson is the coordinator of graduate studies in the ASU Kinesiology Department. The honor is the second for Simpson in the past three years. He was also honored by the National Intramural-Recreation Sports Association (NIRSA) for lifetime achievement in recreation with the Regional Award of Merit in 2008.

Besides his teaching duties, Simpson also participates as the educational member of a TRAPS student development committee composed mostly of parks and recreation personnel from around Texas. He is also the chairman of the NIRSA’s National Student Professional Development Committee, which operates seven workshops in six regions and a national conference for student development.

He also works to set up recreational programs correctional recreation, military recreational family and fleet readiness programs and summer camps, teaching facilitators how to run camps, train staff and budget the programs.

Simpson received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Fairfield University in Connecticut and a Master of Education in counseling and student personnel from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. His doctorate is from Texas A&M in physical education and sports psychology.

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