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January 2001

Release Date: January 22, 2001

ASU's P.E. Building Gets New Name as Center for Human Performance

With the opening of the Junell Center/Stephens Arena in the next academic year, the Physical Education Building on the Angelo State University campus will be re-named the Center for Human Performance.

Approved by the ASU administration to be effective with the start of the 2001 fall semester, the name change will more accurately reflect the nature of the departments housed in the facilities and the educational, research and practice activities conducted within.

With the exception of football, all of ASU's athletic programs have been housed in the P.E. Building along with the Kinesiology Department and the Department of Intramurals and Recreation. Once men's and women's athletic offices are moved to the Junell Center/Stephens Arena, the Physical Therapy Department will join kinesiology and intramurals in the Center for Human Performance.

Kinesiology Department Head Dr. Melanie A. Croy first suggested the change in 1996 to more accurately reflect the direction of kinesiology which had expanded its scope far beyond the traditional view of physical education. The move of the Physical Therapy Department into the building will enhance the appropriateness of the name change.

"The term 'physical education'," said Croy, "is not broad enough to include the depth of our profession. We deal with and educate students in all aspects of human performance, including exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports law, sport psychology, motor learning, motor development, health and wellness and more."

Dr. Kathleen A. Cegles, who heads the Physical Therapy Department, said the name change reflects contemporary physical therapist and kinesiology practices.

"We believe the new name is most reflective of the ideals of the movement sciences in both fields and succinctly summarizes the scope of practice of both academic programs involved in education, training, research and practice," Cegles said.

When the building opened in 1972, it was the second largest academic building on campus with 81,325 gross square feet of floor space. Today it ranks fourth in size among the classroom or academic buildings on campus.

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