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Vol 58 No. 1 : January, 2006
Vol 58 No. 1 | January, 2005
Lavay Honored for Contributions

Barry Lavay, a professor of kinesiology at CSULB, received the Adapted Physical Education Professional Recognition Award from the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD) and the State Council of Adapted Physical Education (SCAPE).

The award, presented at the 34th annual National Conference on Physical Activity for the Exceptional Individual in November, is given yearly to an individual who has made significant contributions in the field of adapted physical education.

Lavay was honored for his body of work, which includes not only his long-standing excellence in the classroom, but a variety of profes sional activities such as authoring/co-authoring more than 10 textbooks, textbook chapters and manuals, and more than 40 juried articles in 11 different journals.

As a professor at CSULB, his primary responsibility is to train students to teach physical education to individuals with disabilities. His duties in the Kinesiology Department include coordinating the State Adapted Physical Education Teaching Credential Program, where approximately 200 students have received a California APE Specialist Credential since 1990.

Lavay is also the director of the CSULB on-campus after-school and summer physical activity programs for children with disabilities, including the Perceptual Motor Development Clinic and Camp Nugget , designed specifically to offer positive quality physical activity experiences to children ages 5-12 with disabilities.

“Cal State Long Beach and the Kinesiology Department have a very long, rich tradition training teachers to teach adapted physical education dating back to the late 1960s,” said Lavay. “I feel very fortunate to be in a position to continue that tradition and pass it on to future generations.”

In 2001, he was one of CSULB’s Outstanding Professor Award recipients. That same year, he was honored with the 2001 American Alliance for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Adapted Physical Activity Council Professional Recognition Award for his leadership on the national level and significant contributions to the literature in the area of adapted physical education.

Lavay has served on the Steer ing Committee for the Adapted Physical Education National Standards Project, State Council on Adapted Physical Education, and the Editorial Board of the Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly from 1999-2002. He served for four years on the CAHPERD State Council on APE, of which he was chair from 2000-01. Also, he had been involved with Special Olympics for many years, served on the State Board of the California Association for Blind Athletes, and consulted with the American Youth Soccer Organization to assist in developing instructional materials for coaches to help meet the unique needs of children with disabilities.

Lavay has been on the faculty at Cal State Long Beach since 1988. He received his bachelor’s degree from Plymouth State College in 1973, his master’s degree from Eastern Illinois University in 1976, and his Ph.D. in special physical education from the University of New Mexico in 1984.

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