USAO Physical Education Professor Receives State Honor Award

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

CHICKASHA – Exercise is proven to have multiple benefits, including better physical and mental health. But Dr. Nancy Osborn recently discovered an additional benefit: statewide recognition. The local professor recently was honored by the Oklahoma Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (OAHPERD) for her achievements in physical education.

Osborn, who has been teaching at the University of Science and Arts for nearly 15 years, received the OAHPERD Honor Award in October for her contributions to physical education in the state.

“It is an honor to be recognized for work in the organization and for the field of physical education,” Osborn said. “I have always enjoyed the organization and being able to give back to my profession. I would like to say a big thanks and appreciation for this award to all who are in the organization.”

According to Osborn, Honor Award nominees must meet stringent qualifications: 10 years of service in Oklahoma, OAHPERD membership for five years and current membership in the national association. Additionally, candidates must show proficiency in several areas, including excellence in teaching, outstanding administrative achievement, contribution to research and professional publication and “meritorious service within the profession.”

Candidates must participate in state, district and national professional association leadership.

Osborn has been a working member of OAHPERD for nearly 35 years. She has served as past vice president of the general session, presented at the convention and presided at presentations. She has written for the organization’s journal, held numerous offices and represented OAHPERD at various regional and southern district conventions. She also has written a book and edited and compiled another.

After earning her bachelor of science degree from Phillips University, Osborn received her master’s degree in education from Central State University. She went on to complete her doctorate from Oklahoma State University.

In 1992, Osborn joined the faculty at USAO, where she now serves as associate professor of physical education.

Osborn said she looks forward to a time when the start of each week is less daunting.

“I truly enjoy what I do and look forward to TGIM: Thank Goodness It is Monday,” she said.