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September 2021

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2022 NAKHE Conference Registration

Registration is now open for the 2022 NAKHE Annual Conference! The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel from January 5-8 in Phoenix, Arizona.

The 2022 NAKHE Conference theme, Embracing the Future: Navigating a Hybrid World, will focus on how leaders can effectively utilize technology and creativity to lead during trying times. While we have all faced the COVID-19 pandemic this is not the only hard to deal with an issue facing higher education. Budget cuts, institutions dealing with natural disasters, national and local social unrest, political legislation that affects institutions, are all major factors that force leaders to do their most creative work for students, staff, faculty, and institutions. Using technology effectively to navigate during trying times is a must. Presentations will be grouped together with other related presentations for each session. The conference is scheduled to be face-to-face with 1 full virtual day of presentations. All face-to-face concurrent sessions will be available for virtual attendees via the Whova App. All named lectures and awards will be live-streamed for our virtual attendees. Face-to-face and online spots will be available for several types of presentations.

NAKHE Fellow Spotlight: Dr. Betty Block

Dr. Betty Block was inducted as NAKHE Fellow #25 in 2018. Dr. Block is a former president of NAKHE and the 2019 Texas A&M System Regents Professor. She is a professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Texas A&M University-Commerce. She specialized in Embodiment and Dance Therapy and has published numerous articles in Quest including her recent publication entitled Thirdspace Movement Concepts in Physical Education Teacher Education in Quest.

She has received many distinguish awards including National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education Presidential Award, National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education Amy Morris Homans Lecturer, NAKHE Distinguished Administrator Award, and Texas A & M University – Commerce Outstanding Department Head Award.

Dr. Block is an exceptional leader who is willing to take her time to mentor up-coming scholars and help them with their scholarly plans. She also leads several important initiatives for NAKHE including recent internationalization initiatives. NAKHE, as an organization, is fortunate to have Dr. Block as an important part of our community!

NAKHE Elections Begin October 1st

The 2021 NAKHE elections for the offices of President-elect and Vice President-elect of the association will run from Friday, October 1 through Thursday, October 30.

On October 1, an email message containing a unique ballot link with a random, secret access key will be emailed to current professional, emeritus, and student members. (Associate and concurrent members do not participate in NAKHE elections.) The email will come directly from a secure online voting website called “ElectionBuddy”. The "From" name on emails to voters will be "ElectionBuddy Elections", not NAKHE.

Click here to find out more about this information!

The candidates for President-elect are:

The candidates for Vice President-elect are:

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Farrey to Speak at 3rd Annual Metzler Lecture

Tom Farrey, executive director of the Aspen Institute's Project Play, will be the featured speaker for the 3rd Annual Mike and Terry Metzler Distinguished Lecture, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m.

He will give a presentation entitled, "How to Put the Youth Back in Youth Sports."

Farrey, a former ESPN journalist and author of “Game On: The All-American Race to Make Champions of Our Children,” focuses his work on improving the U.S. youth sports system – in particular, increasing participation and expanding opportunities for recreational youth sport. Farrey serves as executive director of Project Play, an initiative that helps stakeholders build healthy communities. The initiative’s reports and data have shaped the national conversation about the value of sports for children and the gaps facing vulnerable populations, and hundreds of organizations have used Project Play’s framework to introduce new programs, partnerships and grant funding to their communities.

In his presentation, Farrey will explain how youth sports became an industry designed by adults, for adults – and how we can put the voice and choice of children back into the delivery of activities.

The purpose of the Metzler Distinguished Lecture, founded by Georgia State retired faculty members Mike and Terry Metzler, is to feature scholarship, research, policy and programs that promote physical activity for healthy living.

The lecture will be held in a virtual format and registration is required. To register, visit

by Claire Miller

In memoriam: Dr. Samantha Rachel Roberts

It is with sadness that we share the news that Dr. Samantha Roberts passed away unexpectedly on September 19, 2021. Dr. Roberts was an Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Texas A&M University-Commerce. She was also an active member of NAKHE and the editor of the NAKHE Magazine.

She was born on November 16, 1976, in Catterick, North Yorkshire, England, UK, the daughter of John David Gorse and Susan Gorse. Click here to view Dr. Roberts’ obituary.


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