The West Virginia University School of Physical Education Hall of Fame will celebrate its 20th year by inducting four alumni Friday (Oct. 12) at the Erickson Alumni Center on the Evansdale Campus.
A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the formal induction ceremony beginning at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The 2007 Hall of Fame inductees are Debra S. Berkey of Grand Junction, Mich., James Bialek of Elkins, Albert Blatnik of Wheeling and William R. Tancred of Sheffield, England.
In addition, this years Outstanding Alumnus Award will be presented to John C. Spiker of Morgantown and John and Anita Fleming, also of Morgantown, will receive the 2007 Deans Service Award for outstanding service to the National Youth Sports Program.
The Hall of Fame class of 2007 inductees represents internationally recognized college professors, administrators, scholars and business leaders,said Dana Brooks, dean of the School of Physical Education.The inductees received numerous honors and awards for their service contributions to their various professions.
The School of Physical Education is proud to add the names of this years class of inductees to its growing list of outstanding alumni.
The Hall of Fame induction is part of the School of Physical Education 75th Anniversary activities taking place this academics year. For more information about events, visithttp://www.wvu.edu/~physed/75thanniversary/.
Brief bios of the honorees follow:
Debra S. Berkey
Berkey earned a masters in physical education and motor development and a doctorate in professional preparation, pedagogy and behavior analysis from WVU .
She is professor and chair of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Western Michigan University.
Along with her administrative responsibilities, Berkey teaches classes in movement concepts, elementary physical education methods, intern teaching seminar and nature and bases of motor behavior.
Berkey is active professionally both on a state national level as a member of the Michigan Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and the American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
At the national level, she has served as chair of the Recognition Review Committee, member of the District Services Committee, Viability Criteria Committee, Financial Affairs Committee and Board of Governors. She has also served as reviewer of the Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Bialek earned a masters in physical education at WVU . While pursuing his degree at the University, Bialek served as a graduate teaching assistant with the School of Physical Education. He was WVU assistant baseball coach from 1975-1977 and equipment manager from 1977-78.
He then served as associate director of Admissions at Davis&Elkins College from 1978-80, where he was also assistant baseball coach.
Since 1982, Bialek has owned and operated the Bialek Insurance Agency.
He is a member of several professional organizations including the Tygart Valley Life Underwriters Association and the National Association of Life Underwriters. He has served as West Virginia state chair of the Nationwide Insurance Companies advertising board.
Bialek has served as a member of the WVU School of Physical Educations Visiting Committee, a member of Davis&Elkins College Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee, a former president of the Randolph County Davis and Elkins Alumni Association, trustee chairman for the Elkins First Baptist Church and member of the Directors Club of the WVU Mountaineer Athletic Club.
Blatnik was appointed director of the School of Health and Physical Education and athletic director at West Liberty State College in 1964.
While on sabbatical leave from West Liberty in 1967-68, he earned his doctorate in health and physical education from WVU . Blatnik then returned to West Liberty State College and remained there until his retirement in 1986.
Blatnik held membership in the state and national American Association of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (AAHPER) and was a member of the West Virginia Board of Education Association.
As a member of the AAHPER , he helped write the requirements for programs of physical education in state colleges and universities in West Virginia and presented this information at the national meeting of AAHPER .
He also served on the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference board of athletic directors and also represented West Liberty State College on the state Faculty Committee Advisory Counsel to the WVU Board of Regents.
William R. Tancred
Tancred received his doctorate in physical education from WVU .
After serving in the Army with exemplary military conduct and being a first class instructor in the Army Physical Training Corps, he taught and lectured in schools, colleges of education, polytechnics and universities.
During the latter part of his educational career, he was director of Physical Education and Sport at Sheffield University and then professor of Sport Studies at Buckinghamshire Chiltern University College from which he retired in 2001.
During his career, he was instrumental in developing courses in sports and recreation management and sports coaching at the postgraduate level.
Tancred published more than one hundred articles on sport, health, fitness and sports management in refereed journals. He has also had books published, presented numerous papers at conferences and received grant funding for his research.
He has served as a consultant to numerous sports businesses in the United Kingdom and Australia.
John C. Spiker
Spiker received a bachelors in physical education from WVU , a masters from the University of Pittsburgh and certificate in physical therapy from the University of Pennsylvania.
He has over 30 years of extensive professional experience in both the physical therapy and sports medicine fields.
From 1969 to 1972, Spiker was assistant athletic trainer for the University of Pittsburgh. He served as athletic trainer and physical therapist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, from 1973 to 1975.
Spiker then came to WVU where he coordinated the development of the WVU Athletic Training curriculum and served as the coordinator of Athletic Training from 1975-1991.
He is currently adjunct associate professor for the WVU School of Physical Education. He also is coordinator of Medical Services for the WVU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.
In addition, Spiker serves as president and CEO of HealthWorks Rehab&Fitness.