Follansbee native honored

Kacey DiGiacinto, assistant professor in the physical education and health department at Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, N.C., earned the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education’s 2014 Hally Beth Poindexter Young Scholar Award.

During the January 2014 National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education’s Collaborative Congress, DiGiacinto, daughter of Donna and Paul DiGiacinto of Follansbee, presented her paper titled “Diversifying Kinesiology: Untapped Potential of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”

NAKHE is an organization for kinesiology professionals in higher education. Its purpose is to foster leadership in administration, policy, preparation for the professions, teaching and scholarship.

Kinesiology is an academic discipline which involves the study of physical activity and its impact on health, society and quality of life.

This is the first time an ECSU faculty member has won this award. This award is earned by a faculty member who has less than fives years of post-graduate experience in the field of kinesiology.

In her report, DiGiacinto explores three related issues, first, how professionals in this field of study can attract quality African-American physical education teacher education students to the field of kinesiology; second, can they identify well prepared African-American undergraduates who will thrive in graduate level coursework; third, how can they recruit exceptional African-American students to participate in professional organizations like NAKHE. Ultimately, the author will provide suggestions for recruiting African-Americans to kinesiology and ideas for further involvement in NAKHE.

DiGiacinto presented similar research in Auckland, New Zealand, in February at the Association Internationale des Ecoles Superieures d’ Education Physique/International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education International Conference. She was the primary author on a co-authored research poster that won third place in a research poster competition. Her co-author is Brian Culp, associate professor at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.