FALL 2012
We are excited about the 2012 –
2013 academic year at Barry Uni-
versity in the School of Human
Performance and Leisure Sciences.
As is evidenced by this interesting
newsletter summarizing the past fall
semester, the School of HPLS is
going and growing into the second
decade of the third millennium.
We are in the second year of our
strategic plan (2011 – 2016), and
many programs, projects, and initia-
tives have been planned, organized,
established, sustained, and grown.
Our goals include: (1) expand and
sustain enrollment, participation
and programs to compete as a
School of first choice glocally; (2)
expand and enhance HPLS-relat-
ed campus infrastructure, technol-
ogy, and facilities which support
equal access and opportunity; (3)
transform physically active life-
styles and quality of life of under-
served and diverse populations by
expanding the scope and impact
of our glocal community out-
reach; (4) empower future HPLS
professionals as leaders with the
knowledge and tools to promote
glocally physically active lifestyles
and improve quality of life; and
(5) effectively apply faculty and
staff contributions that promote
active lifestyles and quality of life
glocally. Growth and development
will be realized as we continue our
progress in advancement of human
potential through the integration of
body, mind and spirit in pursuit of
excellence. We have also completed
the first draft of a research focus for
the School: Wellness. Wellness in-
volves processes and actions within
sport and physical activity contexts
through which individuals, societ-
ies, and organizations become aware
of, and make proactive choices
toward optimal levels of function-
ing, performance and effectiveness.
The School’s students prosper in a
supportive environment with faculty,
staff, and administrators who are
vitally engaged in student life. The
School’s academic programs are col-
laborative and creative, emphasizing
both the development and applica-
tion of knowledge.
The School of HPLS serves glo-
cal communities through scholar-
ship and professional practices in
science, sport, recreation and well-
ness. A Study Abroad Handbook
has been developed for faculty and
staff members who serve as course
leaders at the undergraduate and
graduate levels. The handbook, de-
signed to assist professors, coaches,
and campus recreation and wellness
professionals in the development
of study abroad courses and experi-
ences, was created by the School’s in-
ternational initiatives task force. The
document has also been shared with
the newly created Center for Com-
munity Service Initiatives (CCSI)
on campus. An HPLS Facilities
Manual was also created and shared
with Conference and Event Services.
Major facilities renovations continue
to be underway. Pennafort Pool was
totally renovated, with attractive sur-
roundings for students to relax. Ad-
ditional office space is being created
to accommodate faculty, staff and
administration. Softball and baseball
areas received new entry areas and
dugouts were upgraded. Several other
projects have been placed on hold
and waiting for additional funding:
locker room renovation, resurfacing
of outdoor fields, athletic training
laboratory expansion/renovation,
HSC Room 1 renovated into a Dis-
tance Education classroom.
The School has completed a
pilot of the HPLS Student Success
Program. Based on discussion in-
volving student needs, industry best
practices, university resources and
existing programs (student-athlete
academic support services), and with
Dr. Darlene Kluka, Dean of HPLS
The 2012 HPLS Champion Kickball Team
A Message From the Dean
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