Cal State Fullerton to Celebrate
Kinesiology and Health Science Building
April 21, 2004 :: No. 222
Kinesiology and Health Science Building
Reducing childhood obesity and promoting wellness
in later years are the topics of two community forums Cal State
Fullerton will host April 30 as part of dedication festivities for
the university’s Kinesiology and Health Science Building.
California State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Jack O’Connell, an advocate of promoting health and fitness
in schools, will deliver the keynote address as part of the 10:30
a.m. dedication ceremony.
“We have a daylong series of events designed
to focus not only on the building dedication but on good health
practices,” said Roberta Rikli, dean of the College of Human
Development and Community Service. “The community, of course,
is invited to help us celebrate this achievement and receive valuable
insight from our panels of healthcare experts.”
Festivities are scheduled from 8 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.,
beginning in the Kinesiology and Health Science Building with a
forum on childhood obesity. The building dedication will be followed
by tours, a reception and health fair. A 1:15 p.m. forum on wellness
in older adults, at the Ruby Gerontology Center, will conclude the
A 71,000-square-foot expansion of the facility, formerly
known as the Physical Education Building, features new facilities
for the Wellness Center and Center for Successful Aging, a two-court
multipurpose gymnasium, numerous labs and a 125-seat lecture hall,
as well as 42 faculty offices.
“The new building addition provides students with new and
enhanced labs and classrooms, as well as modern, state-of-the-art
equipment for their career preparation in rehabilitative services,
fitness, health promotion sports and education,” said Rikli.
The building addition also provides new practice facilities
for Cal State Fullerton basketball teams and additional seating
space in the Titan Gym.
“Addressing the Obesity Epidemic in Children:
Schools and Communities Working Together” is the subject of
the 8:15-10:15 a.m. panel discussion featuring physicians, academics
and community leaders.
Presenters include: Mark Horton, deputy director
of the Orange County Health Care Agency; William M. Habermehl, superintendent
of schools for Orange County; Susan Clark, director of endocrinology
at Children’s Hospital of Orange County; America Bracho, president
of Latino Health Access; Michael Ruane, executive director of the
Children and Families Commission; and Rikli. Kathy Koser, division
chair of kinesiology and health science, will moderate the panel
in the KHS building’s lecture hall, Room 199.
The 10:30 a.m. dedication ceremony will be held on
the KHS patio, where Cal State Fullerton President Milton A. Gordon
will welcome guests. The keynote address by O’Connell, a Cal
State Fullerton graduate, will highlight the importance of education
and programs, such as those offered at Cal State Fullerton, in promoting
health and combating health-related problems, including the rising
rates of obesity in children.
As a community partner with Cal State Fullerton, Bill
Wood, vice president of community relations for PacifiCare Health
Systems and president of PacifiCare Foundation, also will make remarks.
From 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., a reception, tours
of the new building and a health fair will be offered.
“Promoting Wellness in Later Years: A 10th Anniversary
Celebration of Campus/Community Partnerships—Honoring the
Past, Looking to the Future,” is the focus of the 1:15-2:45
p.m. forum in the Ruby Gerontology Center.
Special guests include Mary Ellen Courtright, vice
president of Archstone Foundation; Mary Paul, interim executive
director of the Orange County Office on Aging; and Wood.
Panel presenters are C. Jessie Jones and Debra Rose,
co-directors of the university’s Center for Successful Aging,
and professors of kinesiology and health science, and Rikli, who,
as dean of the college, led the planning effort for the building’s
Seating is limited for the two forums. For reservations
to any of the day’s festivities, call 657-278-3316 or register
online at http://hdcs.fullerton.edu/knes/khp.htm.
||Kathy Koser, chair and associate
professor of kinesiology and health science, at 657-278-3320
Valerie Orleans, Public Affairs at 657-278-4540
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