TTU's Health and PE Department honors students and alumniTennessee Technological University's Department of Health and Physical Education (HPE) presented its two annual student awards and two new alumni awards at a banquet Friday, April 11.
The awards included two Flavious Smith Distinguished Alumnus Awards given in honor of Flavious Smith, the chairperson of Tennessee Tech's HPE department from 1961-1996. They are being presented for the first time this year to alumni who have excelled in their careers and have made noteworthy contributions to society. David Bow, coordinator of the Physical Education Program at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn., and Dexter Mills, principal of Harrison High School in Cobb County, Ga., received the alumni awards this year.
Corey Lane, senior HPE major from Portland, Tenn., received two Outstanding HPE Awards: one sponsored by the Tennessee Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and one by the National Association for Sports and Physical Education.
Lane, the son of Larry and Georgia Lane, is a member of the Student Tennessee Education Association as well as the Tennessee Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. He served as volunteer assistant football coach at Monterey High School. Lane has been included in "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges" for the past two years and is currently student teaching at Jere Whitson Elementary School in Cookeville. He was last year's recipient of the Raymond "Bull" Brown Scholarship, awarded annually to a senior HPE major who exhibits scholarship and leadership excellence.
Jason Hardy, senior HPE major from Gainesboro and son of Kenneth and Janice Hardy, is this year's winner of the Raymond "Bull" Brown Scholarship. Hardy is an active member of the HPE Club and has served as senator for the Student Government Association. He also won the university's Outstanding Student Scholarship and the J. E. Owen Business Scholarship and was on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll when he played football for Tennessee Tech his freshman year. Hardy is also active in the community, serving as volunteer football coach at Jackson County High School and working with the Special Olympics.
At Tennessee Tech, Bow received his bachelor's degree in HPE in 1972 and his master's in HPE in 1975. He was a member of the Sigma Delta Psi Honorary Society in athletics and was included in "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges." He also serves as president of the Tennessee Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. In 1994, Bow was inducted into the Tusculum College Sports Hall of Fame.
Mills received his bachelor's degree and master's in HPE from Tennessee Tech in 1973 and 1974, respectively. During his career, he has served as the committee chairperson for the National Association of Secondary School Principals and has worked with the Red Cross as a C.P.R. and first aid instructor. Mills also received the Citation for Distinguished Professional Service from the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Facilitator Award from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education Principals' Center.