Health & Kinesiology Distinctive Service Awards

2016 marked the 100 year anniversary of the Department of Health & Kinesiology. As part of the celebration, we initiated the Distinctive Service Awards. These awards honor Purdue faculty, staff, and alumni for their influential contributions in fields represented by Health & Kinesiology.

2017 Distinctive Award Recipients

 
Ismail
Abdelrahman Hafez Ismail, known by most simply as “Ish”, was born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1923.  As an athlete, Ish competed in basketball for the Egyptian National Basketball Team at the Olympic Games in London in 1948 and Helsinki in 1952. Born in Alexandria, Egypt, he received his Bachelor’s degree at Cairo University, a double Master's Degree, and a Health and Safety Doctorate from Indiana University. His work was known across the globe. He joined Purdue University in 1958 as a Professor where he studied the impact of exercise and physical fitness on such diverse human domains as personality, hearing acuity, emotional stability, the body’s biochemical make-up, and intellectuals function. He created Purdue’s adult fitness program, where for over 20 years he personally helped over 1,000 men and women experience the joy of improved vigor and health. “Exercise,” Ish often said, “is nature’s medicine.” Purdue University proudly created the Ismail Center named in memory of this extraordinary gentleman and scholar. The Ismail Center is designed to recapture Ish’s health and fitness scholarship, teaching and service model, and contribution. 

Seffrin

Dr. John R. Seffrin has been on the frontlines of the war against cancer for many years, not only as CEO of the American Cancer Society, but also - for many years before that - as one of the Society's roughly three million volunteers nationwide. Under his leadership, the Society has become the world's largest voluntary health organization fighting cancer, with a billion dollars in resources to save lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. Under his leadership, the American Cancer Society has become a leading advocacy organization. He spearheaded the creation of the Society's nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action NetworkSM, of which he is also the chief executive officer. Dr. Seffrin is active in numerous organizations. He currently serves on the White House Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health, as well as the Advisory Committee to the Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a Secretary-level appointment. Dr. Seffrin is a past president of the Geneva-headquartered Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), the first globally-oriented cancer non-governmental organization (NGO), and has served as chairman of the board of Independent Sector, the largest coalition of nonprofit groups. He also helped to create the National Center for Tobacco-Free Kids (now the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids), among his many collaborations and affiliations. Dr. Seffrin holds a B.S. degree from Ball State University, a M.S. degree in health education from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in health education from Purdue University. Ball State University, Purdue University, Thomas Jefferson University, Indiana University, and Mercer University have also bestowed honorary doctorates upon him in recognition of his more than three decades of leadership in the worldwide fight against cancer. 

Todt

Dr. Annie Elble-Todt has a Master of Public Health (MPH), PhD in Foods & Nutrition, and BS in Biomedical Engineering, all from Purdue University.  She co-founded Give Hope Fight Poverty and has been working with orphaned & vulnerable children of Southern Africa & designing service-learning programs for US college students & young professionals since 2007. Later, she lived in Swaziland, Africa & worked for Baylor College of Medicine's Pediatric HIV Clinic in Mbabane as a Visiting Scholar.  During this time, she facilitated the development of a national protocol on infant feeding pertaining to reducing the transmission of HIV/AIDS, volunteered at an HIV orphanage, & worked closely with the University of Swaziland's Nursing & Community Health department to assist with a nationwide community health needs assessment. Since returning to the states, Annie consulted with domestic and African nonprofit organizations to increase global opportunities for US college students while simultaneously implementing sustainable programs that improved the lives for orphans living in child-headed homes.

2016 Distinctive Award Recipients

David Craig

David H. Craig is an alumnus of Purdue University's groundbreaking Athletic Training program. He worked as an athletic trainer with the Indiana Pacers for 38 years — 35 of those years as the head athletic trainer. Mr. Craig is a member of the Indiana and National Athletic Trainer's Hall of Fame. He is an expert in sacroiliac joint assessments and as a clinician prescribes exercises as indicated for various abnormalities such as foot, knee, hip, low back and neck pain. He developed the "Stretching With A Purpose (SWAP)" program to address the needs of his patients. He has consulted with many college athletic training programs across the country. Using a patient-focused approach, Mr. Craig challenges colleagues and students to think creatively in pursuit of the best treatment options.

 

Otten

Robert D. Otten received his bachelor's and master's degrees in health education with distinction from Purdue University. He currently serves as Vice President of Health Policy at the American Medication Association (AMA). Since joining the AMA, Mr. Otten has been instrumental in the development of AMA policies on several key socioeconomic issues that impact physician practice: Medicare and Medicaid reform; containment of health care costs; economic research and analysis of high—priority AMA advocacy campaigns; and revision of current procedural terminology (CPT) codes among other health policy issues. Mr. Otten has written extensively on health care financing, delivery and review issues in leading health policy journals.

 

Shrader

Ray Anne Shrader, PhD, began her career at Purdue University in 1959. In addition to the responsibilities of a busy faculty member, Dr. Shrader provided leadership in many ways: developing and supervising the undergraduate curriculum, serving as an academic advisor and faculty fellow, chair for various university committees, and as a member of the College of Liberal Arts Senate in several different capacities. Dr. Shrader helped develop the movement and sports science curriculumader andher long-time colleague, Dr. Jane Maver, conducted the innovative Developmental Movement Education activity program for preschool children for 25 years. Dr. Shrader also established an HK undergraduate travel scholarship. She retired from Purdue in 1993 and was named Professor Emerita.
 
  

Spencer

Rebecca Spencer, PhD, graduated from Purdue University in the interdisciplinary program in Neuroscience concentrating on neural control of movement under Dr. Howard Zelaznik. Her post-doctoral work on neural control of motor sequence learning was funded by a National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award and was subsequently awarded an NIH Pathways to Independence Award for studies on the age-related changed in sleep dependent consolidation of motor learning. Dr. Spencer is now a tenured associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences. Her current work is broadly focused on the functions of sleep. To date, she has received over $4 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health.

  

Torabi

Mohammad R. Torabi, PhD, received his PhD from Purdue University in 1982 and is currently Chancellor's Professor and Dean of the IU School of Public Health. He also serves as Co-Director of the rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention. Dr. Torabi's research focus is public and school health behavior specifically in the area of tobacco as a gateway drug. Dr. Torabi has served on numerous boards throughout his career and currently is the Health Education commissioner for the International Council for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. He has received many service awards and was selected as a Distinguished Alumnus of Purdue's College of Liberal Arts. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior, American School Health Association, AAHPERD Research Consortium, American Association of Health Education and the North American Society of HPER.

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