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Physical Education Faculty Members Win Prestigious MAHPERD Awards

Frostburg State University faculty members Charles and Bonnie Hircock recently received recognition for their excellence in FSU’s Physical Education Department by winning an award from the Maryland Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD). The Hircocks both received R. Trait McKenzie Awards for “Outstanding Contributions to the Welfare of Man Through Service to the Education Profession.” The awards, the highest honor given by the MAHPERD, were presented during a dinner on Oct. 14 in Towson.

Charles “Charlie” Hircock received his Ph.D. in Physical Education and Health Education at Ohio State University, before coming to Frostburg in 1972. His area of expertise includes physical education pedagogy, supervising of interns in Health and Physical Education, secondary methods in health and physical education and movement experiences for children. Charlie has also served as a volunteer track coach and as the coordinator of track and cross-country recruiting for FSU.

Bonnie Hircock received her education degree at West Virginia University in Physical Education Administration and Educational Administration. Since then, she has served as a guidance counselor for Allegany High School in Cumberland, assistant principal and principal of Beall Junior-Senior High School, counselor/administrator for The American International School in Kuwait, and as an assistant professor at FSU. Most recently, she has been chair of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department at FSU. Aside from teaching, she has also coached women’s basketball, tennis and gymnastics and has served as an advisor for drill and cheerleading teams.

Also honored at the awards dinner was FSU graduate Trish Cook, Office of Health Education, Baltimore County Public Schools, for Health Educator of the Year. Current FSU students Robert Farmer, Jamar Nolan, Adam Lowe and Andrew Bloom received the MAHPERD Future Professional Award, and Meghan Norris of FSU was one of three to receive the MAHPERD Scholarship awarded that night as well.

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