Springfield College Physical Therapy Professor Dawn Roberts and a group of 11 physical and occupational therapy students will take part in a global health service trip to Haiti during the week of March 16 through March 20. Roberts and



Assistant Professor of Physical Education Elizabeth Mullin, center, is photographed above with the Dean of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation Tracey Matthews, left, and Physical Education Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator Michelle Moosbrugger, right.

Springfield College Assistant Professor of Physical Education Elizabeth Mullin received the 2015 Mabel Lee Award during the annual Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America National Conference in Seattle, Wash.  The Mabel Lee Award recognizes members of SHAPE America who have demonstrated outstanding potential in scholarship, teaching, and professional leadership. 

“I appreciate being recognized by SHAPE America for my service to the organization and research in health, physical education and recreation,” said Mullin, who, from Springfield College, earned a master’s degree in sport and exercise psychology in 2008 and a PhD in sport and exercise psychology in 2011. “I have personally benefitted from the contributions of many previous Mabel Lee Award recipients and it is deeply gratifying to see my name alongside their names on the list of winners.” 

The Mabel Lee Award was established in 1976 and is named after the first female president of the American Physical Education Association and a leader in athletics for women. The award is given out annually in two separate categories, college and university and non-college and university.  

“Elizabeth is a very dedicated faculty member and she is very deserving of this special honor,” said Springfield College Dean of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation Tracey Matthews. “She provides very strong leadership with her students in the classroom, she has produced and published some exceptional research in the areas of measurement research and sport and exercise psychology, she also has maintained a very active leadership role within the School of HPER and the College, as well as with SHAPE.”   

Mullin was recognized for her exemplary teaching abilities, her multiple presentations and published works in physical and health education, and her outstanding administration and strong leadership roles within SHAPE America.  Mullin most recently served as the Research Committee chair for the SHAPE America Eastern District Conference hosted at the Springfield Sheraton Hotel in February 2015. More than 40 combined Springfield College faculty members, students, and alumni accounted for more than 25 percent of the presentations at the Eastern District Conference.

One of the highlights from the Eastern District Conference was more than 27 youngsters from the Arthur T. Talmadge School in Springfield being led by Springfield College physical education and health education students through a variety of health and fitness related exercises and activities.

The annual SHAPE America Regional and National Conferences showcase the largest organization of professionals involved in school-based health, physical education and physical activity who are dedicated to teaching and promoting active, healthy lifestyles.  Similar to Springfield College, SHAPE America was founded in 1885 and provides a comprehensive array of resources, leadership in the development of standards and guidelines, professional development and advocacy for its members as well as the general public.

Founded in 1885, Springfield College is known worldwide for the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy—educating students in spirit, mind and body for leadership in service to others. With its foundation of academic excellence and rich athletic heritage, Springfield College prepares students with real-world leadership skills for careers that transform lives and communities. The college offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of health sciences, human and social services, sport management and movement studies, education, business, and the arts and sciences. It also offers doctoral programs in physical education, physical therapy, and counseling psychology. The college is ranked in the 2015 edition of “Best Colleges” in the top tier of “Best Regional Universities – North Region” by U.S.News Media Group, and is designated as a premier Leadership Development Center by the YMCA of the USA. More than 5,000 traditional, nontraditional and international students study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its School of Human Services campuses across the country.