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UNI to recognize former graduates in Hall of Excellence ceremony

October 30, 2012

Carol Bean, School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, 319-273-2840,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Six graduates from the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services (HPELS) at the University of Northern Iowa will be inducted into the school's Elinor A. Crawford and William R. Thrall Hall of Excellence at 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, in the UNI Commons.

The following alumni will be inducted this year:

-       Barbara Binley Bakker (M.A. '95) spent 24 years as a teacher and coach in the Dike-New Hartford School District. She has received numerous honors and awards for coaching and teaching health, and she led her volleyball teams to seven state championships. She is currently a faculty member in HPELS.

-       Donald L. Corrigan (M.A. '62) served as head wrestling coach at Purdue University, where he went on to earn his Ph.D. in exercise physiology, was a professor and head of the Department of Health and Kinesiology and worked as the director of the Adult Fitness program. He also was a founding member of the American College of Sports Medicine and served as an NCAA wrestling official.

-       William R. Hall (M.A. '56) earned his Ph.D. in educational administration at the University of Iowa and worked as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Waucoma and Dubuque school districts. He was also the president of District No. 1 Elementary Principals Association of Iowa and director of the Institute for School Executives at the University of Iowa. Hall served for 24 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, retiring at the rank of major.

-       Paul W. Kellerhals (M.A. '65) worked as a teacher and coach in Dike and Gladbrook and served as elementary principal in Dunkerton. He served for 34 years in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve. He also taught at the U.S. Army Reserve School and Korean Military Academy. He was a faculty member in military science at Iowa State University and Stephen F. Austin State University. He later went on to earn his Ed.D. from Auburn University.

-       John W. Kohl (B.S. '51) spent 47 years in the education profession and mentored more than 25 doctoral candidates. He taught in Iowa and Oregon, served as an instructor in the Division of Continuing Education for the University of Oregon and Portland State University, directed several programs at Pennsylvania State University, and served as assistant dean and dean of the College of Education at Montana State University. He completed his Ed.D. at the University of Oregon.

-       Dean W. Stoakes (B.A. '46) served as dean of students and principal in the Cedar Rapids School District. During his tenure, Cedar Rapids schools received national recognition for the inclusion of a required health course, as well as for additions to the curriculum for students with special needs. He earned his Ed.D. in secondary school education from the University of Colorado. Stoakes has also been superintendent of schools in Illinois, served as a lobbyist for high schools, worked as an educational consultant, and was a founder and board member of DuPage County Community College and DuPage County Occupational Training School.

Inductees are chosen using the following criteria: demonstrated mastery of their profession; significant contributions to their profession; demonstrated scholarly activity through publications and presentations related to their profession; positions held in professional organizations; and completion of at least 10 years of service to their profession.

UNI's School of HPELS has one of the oldest HPELS programs in the U.S., tracing its roots back to 1896 with the establishment of the Department of Physical Culture. Coursework in physical education dates back to 1878, two years after the opening of what was then known as the Iowa State Normal School.

The cost of the ceremony is $20. To make a reservation or for additional information, contact Carol Bean, at UNI's School of HPELS, at 319-273-2840 or