Who was Dr Elmer B. Cottrell?

Dr. Elmer B. Cottrell arrived at Slippery Normal School, now Slippery Rock University, in 1924. He was a faculty member there until 1948 and taught Tests & Measurements, Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Organization and Administration.

While at Slippery Rock he coached the following sport teams: basketball, football,tennis, golf, and initiated the first swimming team. In 1948, he became Chief of Health, Physical Education and Recreation in the Department of Education. The task assigned to Dr Cottrell was to establish and promote standards for these three areas: public schools, colleges and universities.

Elmer was one of PSAHPER’s founder’s, he took great pride it’s accomplishments. He died in 1956. The first Cottrell Award was given in 1957.

Congratulations to the 2015 Elmer B. Cottrell Award winner:


The Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (PSAHPERD) is pleased to honor Kathryn Virginia “Ginny” Ward as the 2015 recipient of the Elmer B. Cottrell Award, which is PSHPERD’s highest honor. Ginny is a graduate of Slippery Rock University as well as obtaining a Master of Education Degree from West Chester University. She is recently retired from North Penn High School in Lansdale, Pa. after teaching and coaching for 35 years. In addition to teaching at North Penn she served as the Concerns Affecting Today’s Youth Peer Educators Advisor, department chair, Key Club Advisor, and head lacrosse coach. 

Currently, Ginny is serving as a Collaborative Manager for Fizika Group and is owner and president of Discover Nature Consultants in Schwenksville, Pa.

Ginny’s service to PSAHPERD has been far-reaching and diverse. Ginny has been a member of PSAHPERD for the past 41 years and has served on the PSAHPERD Executive Board for over 30 years. As an Executive Board member, Ginny served as President and Past President, VP for Health, VP for Physical Education, VP for DGWS, VP and President of SED, and SED Secretary. She has served as chair of several PSAHPERD committees; Operating Codes, PEPI, Fitness, Credentials, PELIFE, Structure and Function, Personnel Evaluations, Scholarships, and Sponsorships. Additionally, she served as an active member of a number of committees; Applied Strategic Plan, Aquatics, Convention Planning, Constitution and Bylaws, International Relations, Grassroots, Journal Advertising, Legislative, Social Justice, Special Projects, PELIFE, and the PELIFE Assessment Project. She has also been an active member of the Eastern District of SHAPE America. In ED of SHAPE America she served as VP for Health and on their Council for Conventions and the Local Convention Committee.

For her commitment and dedication to PSAHPERD and to the profession, Ginny has received numerousawards and recognitions including the SED-PSAHPERD Phil Maguire Outstanding Professional Award, PSAHPERD Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year, PSAHPERD Presidential Award, and the PSAHPERD Honor Award.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending in-depth conversation with friends and family, traveling, sculling, gardening, birding, camping, biking, golfing, and communing with nature. She also enjoys reading historical novels, writing poetry, baking, photography, singing and dancing when no one is around, and any Phillies win….is icing on the cake. Mostly she attempts to appreciate all the blessings that have been bestowed on her and growing in the here and now, while reflecting on the past and cherishing the hope of tomorrow.

Congratulations Ginny Ward, the 2015 Elmer B. Cottrell Award recipient.

Cottrell Award Requirements

Must meet all of these requirements:

  1. The candidate must be over 45 years of age
  2. PSAHPERD member for 15 years, including the last five years, or last five years prior to retirement
  3. PA employment for last 10 years
  4. Recipient of the PSAHPERD Professional Honor Award prior to nomination

Must meet four (4) of the following seven (7) service criteria:
  1. Past President of PSAHPERD, and/or President or Past President of EDA and/or AAHPERD
  2. Three (3) or more years as an officer of PSAHPERD, and/or a Local Association.
  3. Member of PSAHPERD Executive  Board for a minimum of five (5) years
  4. PSAHPERD Journal Editor – minimum three (3) years
  5. Convention Manager and/or Convention Program Chair of a PSAHPERD, EDA and/or AAHPERD convention – minimum 3 (three) years
  6. Chair of five (5) or more different committees of PSAHPERD, EDA, and/or AAHPERD or chair of two committees six (6) years or more
  7. Committee work (not chair) for ten (10) years or more in PSAHPERD, EDA, and/or AAHPERD

Minimum of 20 years as an outstanding and dynamic HPERD teacher, leader, coach and/or administrator who shows a long-term commitment to the profession as evidenced by meeting a minimum of 5 of the following criteria:
  1. AAHPERD member minimum of ten (10) years, including last five years
  2. Articles in PSAHPERD Journal and/or other publications
  3. Recognized HPERD researcher and/or published author
  4. Advocacy in HPERD field and related fields (e.g., presentations, papers, publicity)
  5. Ten (10) years or more as a teacher and/or an administrator in HPERD
  6. Ten (10) years or more as a professor in a HPERD degree granting institution of higher education
  7. Special recognition and honor by professional organizations, or by school administration as an outstanding teacher or educational leader.
  8. Has national certification recognition in a HPERD related field (e.g., National Board Certification in Health, National Board Certification in Physical Education, America College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), Certified Adapted Physical Educator (CAPE), etc)

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The Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Inc (PSAHPERD) is a non-profit (501 c 3) education association working to promote quality programs and provide professional development in the disciplines it represents. The PSAHPERD  is committed to the continual professional growth and development of its members,  the expansion and application of the knowledge base and pedagogical constructs, and the support of the professions that encourage active healthful lifestyles by all people in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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