Roberton named to hall of fame
Dr. Mary Ann Roberton, a professor emerita of human movement, sport and leisure studies, has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) for her “exemplary career as a researcher, physical education teacher, and administrator.” The award was presented last month in San Diego.
In naming Roberton for the honor, the association said, “At every point, her work and efforts have improved physical education, particularly at the elementary school level where she has had such a significant and profound effect on how children are taught motor skills.”
Spanning nearly 50 years, Roberton’s professional career included serving as director of the School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies. She taught at the University 15 years, retiring in 2005.
From her seminal papers in the 1970s on the developmental stages of the over-arm throw to her work on locomotor skills, Roberton provided a rich and insightful description of how the young child comes to coordinate his or her body for the achievement of specific task goals. In the last decade, she has turned her scholarly work to understanding the relationship between motor skill competence and physical fitness in children.
While her scholarship has influenced other researchers, Roberton’s evidence-based research has also informed practice. Her textbook for physical education teachers, Developing Children –Their Changing Movement: A Guide for Teachers, is still relevant 25 years later, NASPE said.
State Fire School starts May 9
Hundreds of emergency responders will arrive at BGSU May 9 for State Fire School. The program runs until May 13.
The opening ceremony will begin at 8 a.m. in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Lenhart Grand Ballroom. One training exercise will take place on BGSU’s campus. On May 13 from 8 a.m. to noon an advanced rope rescue class will utilize the Offenhauer Towers for an evacuation exercise. Earlier rope rescue training will take place May 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the water tower on Sand Ridge Road in Bowling Green.
Additional training includes live fire and search and rescue tactics involving full equipment from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 10-12 at 4114 Glendale Ave. in Toledo and extrication training in usual and extreme situations May 10-12 at Central Trux and Parts located at 8550 Central Ave. in Sylvania.
Since 1974, BGSU’s premier fire training program has provided the most up-to-date training and education in firefighting, officer leadership, investigation, technical rescue, emergency medical care, and more.
State Fire School is hosted by Continuing and Extended Education.