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1946: The College, initially called Physical Education, Health and Athletics, officially opened.

1946:

  • The College, initially called Physical Education, Health and Athletics, officially opened.
  • Dennis K. “Dutch” Stanley was the first dean of the College. Professional curriculum, required physical education, intramural athletics and recreation, inter-collegiate athletics, and student health were the first five departments within the College.
  • The degree offered originally by the College is a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation.
  • Dr. E. Benton Salt became the first chairman of the Department of the Professional Curriculum.
  • Mr. Spurgeon Cherry became the first chairman of the Department of Intramural Athletics and Recreation.
  • Dr. Siewart became the first chairman of the Department of Required Physical Education.
  • Dr. Embree Rose became the first chairman of the Department of Health Services and the Infirmary.
  • Coach Raymond Wolf became the chairman of the Department of Athletics.

1947:

  • The College changes the name of the degree earned to Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education, Health, Athletics and Recreation.
  • Mrs. E. Ashby Hammond initiated the physical education program for women.

1948:

  • The College graduated its first two students.

1949: After a two-year $1.65 million construction project, the Florida Gym was completed in October. At that time, it could hold the entire student body and faculty, seating about 5,500 people.

1949:

  • After a two-year $1.65 million construction project, the Florida Gym was completed in October. At that time, it could hold the entire student body and faculty, seating about 7,000 people.
  • The College establishes four specializations under their major: physical education for men, physical education for women, health education and recreation.
  • Mr. Herman Schnell became the acting head of the Department of Required Physical Education.
  • Dorthy McBride became the first woman faculty member in the college.

1950:

  • The degree earned from the College changes names to Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Health.
  • Dr. Mildred Stewart became the chairwoman of the Department of Required Physical Education for Women.

1951:

  • Miss Jane Millar became the acting chairwoman of the Department of Required Physical Education for Women due to Dr. Stewart’s health.

1952:

  • The College changed its name to the College of Physical Education and Health.

1953:

  • The degrees offered became more specific with separate Bachelor of Science degrees in physical education, health education, recreation and physical therapy.
  • The College begins its internship program requiring the completion of an internship during students’ senior year.
  • Dr. Norma Leavitt became the chairwoman for the Department of Required Physical Education for Women.

1954: The College’s first master’s degree is offered as a Master of Physical Education and Health with a major in physical education.

1954:

  • The College’s first master’s degree is offered as a Master of Physical Education and Health with a major in physical education.

1957:

  • John F. Kennedy spoke at the Florida Gymnasium. He was a United States Senator at the time.

1958:

  • Dr. Irving Waglow succeeded Mr. Herman Schnell as the interim chairman of the Department of Required Physical Education.

1959:

  • Dr. Wayne Sandefur became the chairman of the Department of Professional Curriculum.

1961:

  • The master’s program is expanded, adding a Master of Arts in Physical Education and Health.
  • The physical therapy degree program is removed from the College.

1962:

  • Dr. Norma Leavitt moved to the Department of Professional Curriculum.

1964:

  • Dr. Irving Waglow appointed the permanent chairman of the Department of Professional Curriculum.
  • Johnny Cash performed in the Florida Gymnasium with other popular folk musicians in an episode of “Hootenanny”, taped for national television before a packed crowd of gators.
  • Spurgeon Cherry was named assistant dean in February 1964.

1967:

  • A certification in Drivers Education is offered in the Department of Health Education.

1968:

  • Dr. Paul Varnes succeeded Mr. Spurgeon Cherry as the chairman of the Department of Intramural Athletics and Recreation.

1969:

  • Dr. Ruth Alexander became the chairwoman of the Department of Required Physical Education for Women.

1970:

  • Dr. C.A. Boyd is named Dean of the College.

1971:

  • The College changed its name to the College of Physical Education, Health and Recreation.
  • The master’s program is revamped. The original degree names are changed to Master in Physical Education and Master of Arts in Physical Education while separate degrees are created for health education: Master in Health Education and Master of Arts in Health Education.
  • The Department of Recreation adds certification in dance.
  • Dr. Clarence Moore became the chairman of the Department of Required Physical Education.
  • Dr. Wynn Updyke became the chairman of the Department of Professional Curriculum.

1973:

  • The College adds an elementary school physical education option for both men’s and women’s curriculum to Bachelor of Science in Physical Education.

1977:

  • The Bachelor of Science in Recreation major is expanded to offer public recreation and therapeutic recreation options.
  • The dance certification is moved under the Bachelor of Science in Physical Education.

1978-1979:

  • The Bachelor of Science in Physical Education curriculum was reorganized. The degree now included Professional Physical Education with Teacher Certification with concentrations in either elementary or secondary physical education, Professional Physical Education without Teacher Certification with concentrations in either applied physical education careers or scientific graduate preparatory, and Non-Degree Concentrations in either coaching or dance.
  • The Bachelor of Science in Health Education options underwent reorganization. The specializations became health education and health sciences, school and community health, community health, health education and environmental studies, health and patient education and finally, health education and driver’s education.
  • The Center for Physical and Motor Fitness was established.
  • The UF Lambda Chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma, National Professional Health Education Honorary was created under the direction of Dr. Barbara Rienzo.
  • The Leisure Education and Parks Students (LEAPS) group was formed.
  • College Council was formed.

1979:

  • More options were added to the Bachelor of Science in Health Education: community health education, school and community health education, patient health education, environmental health and safety education, emergency first aid and personal safety, driver’s education and public safety, communication in health education and health behavior and health education.

1981-1982:

  • The College created the new specialization of Applied Careers in Exercise and Sport. Within this specialization, the following concentrations were offered: physical fitness specialist, graduate school preparatory program, athletic administration, athletic training, and physical education for the handicapped.
  • The Department of Recreation gained recognition as it becomes the 25 th out of 300 recreation programs nationwide to be accredited by NRPA/AALR’s Council on Accreditation.

1982-1983:

  • An aquatic concentration was established in the Applied Careers in Exercise and Sport option.
  • Two new health concentrations, wellness and health occupation education, are created.

1985-1986:

  • The College began to offer a Master of Science in Recreational Studies.
  • The Department of Professional Physical Education became the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences.
  • Changes within Health Education included adding specializations in health promotion and emergency medical services.

1986-1987:

  • The Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences establishes a specialization in pedagogy of physical education.
  • Tourism and camp administration specializations are added to the Department of Recreation.
  • The UF Student chapter of Florida Association for Professional Health Educators was formed.

1986: The College changed its name to the College of Health and Human Performance and appointed Dr. Patrick J. Bird as the new dean.

1986:

  • The College changed its name to the College of Health and Human Performance and appointed Dr. Patrick J. Bird as the new dean.
  • The first Stanley Lecture is held featuring Dr. Michael Pollack’s presentation, “The Scientific Basis for Prescribing Exercise for the Healthy Adult.”

1987-1988:

  • The Department of Health Education changed its name to Health Science Education and establishes the Florida Center for Health Promotion.
  • The Center for Physical and Motor Fitness became the Center for Exercise Science.
  • The Department of Recreation also undergoes a name change, to the Department for Recreation, Parks and Tourism. This department begins to grant both a tourism certification and an outdoor recreation certification and establishes the UF Chapter of Rho Phi Lambda, National Recreation/Park/Tourism Honorary.
  • HHP also began to offer new master’s degrees in Exercise and Sport Sciences and Health Science Education.

1988-1989:

  • Living Well Faculty and Staff Wellness Center opens in the basement of the Florida Gym, directed by Dr. Jill Varnes.

1989-1990:

  • The College offers its first Ph.D. degree offering various specializations.
  • The Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Sciences expanded options and included Pedagogy with concentrations in professional education, grades K-8 or grades 6-12, Applied Careers in Exercise and Sport Sciences with concentrations in exercise science specialist, exercise science graduate preparatory, sport administration and coaching and athletic training and a Minor in Exercise and Sport Sciences focusing on either athletic training, special physical education, aquatics or coaching of competitive sports.
  • The Student Athletic Trainers Organization was established.

1991-1992:

  • The Center for Tourism Research and Development was established within the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism.
  • HHP offers its first cultural and academic exchange program in Germany.
  • The Bachelor of Science in Recreation offers new options in leisure service management, natural resource management, recreation program delivery and therapeutic recreation.

1992-1993:

  • The Department of Health Science Education was ranked in the top 10 percent of programs nationally by respondents to the Florida Quality Evaluation Project Survey.
  • The Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences reclassifies the concentrations in Pedagogy of teaching grades K-8 and grades 6-12 under Teaching Physical Education.

1994-1995:

  • During the last 10 years, HHP’s enrollment has doubled.

1995-1996:

  • The Department of Health Science Education was ranked in the top 10 percent of programs nationally, by respondents to the Florida Quality Evaluation Project Survey.

1996: The Florida Gym’s $10 million renovation was completed.

1996:

  • The Florida Gym’s $10 million renovation was completed. The lecture halls of today were once the stands for sporting events held at the Florida Gym.
  • Living Well moved to Yon Hall.
  • The College’s Advisory Council was established.

1997-1998:

  • The name of the Exercise Science Specialist specialization is changed to Exercise Physiology.
  • The specialization of Sport Administration and Coaching became Sport Management.

1998-1999:

  • HHP faculty exceed $1 million in new external funds for research and graduate student support.
  • Health Science Education added the health studies specialization while Recreation, Parks and Tourism added both travel and tourism planning specializations.
  • The College’s Ph.D. program added specializations in therapeutic recreation and travel and tourism planning.
  • Yon Hall is expanded, giving Living Well added room for their large donation of fitness equipment.
  • HHP’s international exchange program with Sydney, Australia began.

1999-2000:

  • The Ph.D. program offers a specialization in natural resource recreation and the undergraduate program of Recreation, Parks and Tourism adds commercial recreation and hospitality management specializations.
  • For the first time, combined degree programs are offered throughout the College.

2000-2001:

  • The Ph.D. program expands significantly, offering specializations in athletic training/sports medicine, biomechanics, exercise and sport psychology and motor learning/control.

2001-2002:

  • HHP enrollment reaches 2,000 students.

2002-2003:

  • The College’s first study abroad trip is held during spring break in Greece.

2003:

  • Dean Patrick J. Bird retired. Dr. Jill Varnes was appointed Interim Dean.
  • The College reorganized its departments: Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, Health Education and Behavior, and Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management.
  • The College begins a sport management specialization to doctoral students.
  • Dr. Steve Dodd was appointed chairman of the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology.
  • Dr. Robert Weiler was appointed chairman of the Department of Health Education and Behavior.
  • Dr. Steve Holland was appointed chairman of the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management.

2004:

  • The Addictive and Health Behaviors Research Institute within the Department of Health Science Education is established.
  • The Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management established an undergraduate degree specifically in sport management.
  • The Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management Graduate Organization was established.

2006:

  • The College offers the first study abroad trips to China and Paris.
  • The HHP Graduate Student Association was formed.
  • The HHP Ambassadors Program was established.
  • Dr. Steve Dorman became the College’s dean on Aug. 1.

2011:

  • The College receives a gift to create the first named center at HHP: The Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute, formerly the Center for Tourism Research and Development.

2013:

  • Dr. Michael Reid becomes dean of the College of Health and Human Performance.

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