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Professor Kim Duchane helps Kalie Carlisle '09 apply adaptive physical education techniques.

2008 AAHPER Undergraduate Physical Education Student of the Year Melanie DeGrandchamp ’09

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Not your parents’ P.E. class
186 majors + 28 faculty members + 119 course sections =
Exercise and Sport Sciences at Manchester
Profession Mark Huntington '76 with exercise science major Brandon Wells '10.
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chain amino acids and sports psychology. They talk about sports communication, sports business, sports law, sports budgets. You can still major in physical education at Manchester College, but it’s all different now, and that’s a good thing, real good.

The field of health and athletics is changing dramatically, sprinting in many different directions, encompassing science, business, communications, law and recreation. The program is called Exercise and Sport Sciences (ESS) nowadays at Manchester College, with a curriculum that is head-spinning. Graduates of the program are well-prepared for graduate school, and careers as athletic trainers, coaches, fitness trainers – and yes, health and P.E. teachers.

Manchester College offers six majors with specified concentrations – more variety than any other liberal arts or Division III athletics college in Indiana, said Mark Huntington ’76, professor and chair of the Exercise and Sport Sciences Department and director of the athletic training program. Three of the majors are for K-12 educators, including P.E. for students with disabilities. MC students also can get degrees in athletic training, exercise science and sport management. (And students across campus can combine a minor in coaching, athletic training or physical education with a non-ESS major.)

Manchester offers the only undergraduate program in adapted physical education in Indiana.

With 186 majors, 15 full-time and 13 part-time faculty members, 55 theory courses with 63 sections, and 31 activity courses with 56 sections, the ESS Department has its hands full with one of the largest and most integrated groups on campus.

“There is not as much demand for the physical educator in schools as there once was,” said Huntington. “We are changing with society: The increased participation in physical activity is increasing the need for medical assistants in that area, hence our athletic training program. Paradoxically, increased levels of health problems are linked to lack of exercise. And there is the business of sport. What has happened in the department mirrors what has happened in society.”

A new sport management major comes available to incoming students next fall, as well as an opportunity for current sport management majors (nearly onefourth of ESS majors) to switch to the new major. The major currently is fitness and sport management, which is scientifically grounded, but requires students to take a couple business and accounting courses and a
communication course.

Creation of the new major was led by Ryan Hedstrom ’00, assistant professor of exercise and sport sciences and a former student of Huntington’s. Hedstrom, who is in his first year of teaching for Manchester, helped restructure the undergraduate sport management program at Castleton State College in Vermont.

“My thinking was, if we are going to have a program, it better prepare students for what they are going to do or we might as well not have it,” said Hedstrom. “The needs of sport facilities, sport businesses and athletic teams have changed. They need people who are focused on the business of sports rather than people who know about the human body and have
also taken an accounting class, per se.

“If you think of college athletic directors: Would you rather they know about the human body or know how to balance a budget? Would you rather they know about exercise physiology or about public relations?”

Students will be given the opportunity to choose between a sport communication track or sport business track in the sport management major, and integrate the fitness part of the old major into the exercise science major. They also will have the opportunity to take new courses in event and facility management, ethics and psycho-social aspects of sport, sport leadership and governance, sport business, legal aspects of sport and physical education and sport information practices.

Internships are an integral part of the Manchester College sport management program. The College is perfectly located for myriad internship opportunities. Only an hour away in Fort Wayne are professional teams in baseball (Tincaps), hockey (Komets), basketball (Mad Ants), arena football (Freedom), soccer (Fever), and women’s football (Flash). Indeed, Fort Wayne recently was voted “Best Place in the Country for Minor League Sports” by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal.

MC’s athletic training majors score NFL internships with the Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Diego Chargers. And, they get jobs with the pros, as well as with schools and other organizations. Three graduates are athletic trainers for minor league affiliates of professional baseball teams: Mike Salazar ’98 is with the Cleveland Indians, John Patton ’01 is with the Houston Astros and Dru
Scott ’07 just accepted a position with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The College has won national and state recognition for its adapted physical education major, which teaches the art and science of developing and
implementing a carefully designed physical education program for students with disabilities. The program dovetails with the College’s commitment to preparing teachers of ability and conviction who respect the infinite worth of every individual.

Consider Melanie DeGrandchamp ’09, who is carrying a double major of adapted physical education and K-12 health and physical education.

She is the 2008 Undergraduate Physical Education Student of the Year of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
(AAHPER). DeGrandchamp, who graduates with honors this spring, is preparing for a career teaching students with disabilities.

“The level, content and high expectations in Manchester ESS courses are definitely superior,” said DeGrandchamp. “The professors are experienced,
knowledgeable and creative in teaching us not just our subject areas, but lifelong skills, applications in other areas, realistic knowledge from outside the textbooks and are excellent in encouraging us to fulfill our dreams and succeed!

“A few internships, observations, coaching opportunities – and now student teaching – have all prepared me for my career.”

Manchester College graduates are teaching physical education, coaching and directing programs at K-12 schools, universities, Ys and organizations across the state and the nation. Others have used that solid liberal arts education to find their place in business and industry. Michele Atkins ’06, for example, is a health fitness specialist with DePuy
Orthopaedics Inc. in Warsaw, Ind.

An important part of the adapted physical education major is service-learning. ESS majors, for example, lead Special Olympics Manchester, providing sports training and athletic competition in a variety of sports adapted for children and youth with intellectual disabilities.

The Sports, Health, and Physical Education (SHAPE) club, the MC student professional organization for ESS majors, helps with the Jump Rope for Heart program at Manchester Elementary School, fundraising for the new Wabash YMCA and the cancer research fundraiser Relay for Life.

Manchester’s ESS faculty and students also appear frequently as presenters at professional regional and national conferences. Associate Professor Kim Duchane has served as president of the 1,000-member state AAHPER. The wellpublished scholar in adapted physical education is frequently called upon to present at national, regional and state conferences.

Manchester grads also are coaching, getting their roots as players and assistant student coaches for Spartan teams. Some, like Head Golf Coach Jeff Kock ’95 and Assistant Baseball Coach Dan Sprunger ’06, have returned to MC to coach. Others are at high schools and colleges … or coaching community recreation leagues. And some are coaching in the
pros, like Mike DeBord ’78, offensive line coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks.

Each Homecoming, the M Association honors a Manchester College graduate as The Claude Wolfe Coach of the Year. The coach selected demonstrates competitive excellence while mirroring the values of Claude Wolfe ’41, who coached Manchester College teams for 25 years.


It’s the mantra of Spartan student-athletes: “School comes first”

The Spartan track record speaks for itself. Of the 260 students on the Fall 2008 Dean’s List, 68 are student-athletes who have the necessary 3.5 GPA or higher. And yes, track teams led the race.

The Spartan achievement has everything to do with the philosophy of Division III athletics, says Karla Conrad ’11, volleyball and softball player, and a solid member of the Dean’s List with a 3.8 GPA.

“I wanted to play with people who weren’t only playing a sport because it paid for their college education. I wanted to be a part of an organization that was dedicated to sports because of their heart, not because of their money.

“At a Division III school, there is also support from coaches off the court that I find very helpful when dealing with the stress of being a student-athlete,” Conrad says. “They make sure studies are the top priority and want you to get the best education possible.”

For cross country and track coach Brian Cashdollar, it all comes down to the athlete’s mindset, particularly with runners: the dedicated approach runners take to their training with seemingly endless mileage and training, and obsession with times, heights, lengths and distances.

Spartan cross country and track teams crank out high team GPAs year after year. The cross country teams consistently post 3.0 or higher and the 2007 women’s cross country team was recognized by U.S. Track and Field as an All-Academic Team for its academic achievement.

Last year, 27 Spartan athletes earned Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic honors, with GPAs of 3.5 or higher.

As the name implies, student-athletes are expected to be students first. In fact, student-athletes are expected to do well academically or they can’t compete. They must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA and carry at least 12 credit hours. Most coaches require their players (especially first-year students) to spend four to six hours a week at study tables and to attend workshops in time management, note-taking, study skills and test-taking.


In this issue
We are in this together
from the president.

The Chime Inscriptions on the 10 bells continue to ring true today.

A legacy of Faith, Learning and Service
Remembering President A. Blair Helman.

International consciousness
Expanding MC horizons on campus and abroad.

The PERC pulses with activity
Bulging at the girders with Spartans, intramurals, classes.

Not your parents' P.E. class
Exercise and sport sciences bring new career opportunities.

Manchester in the spotlight
New initiatives put College in national media.

Profiles of ability and conviction


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