Dr. Mark Kelley,
assistant professor of sports medicine, and alumnus Joe Colosimo ’94 will be
honored by the Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association during Alumni and Family
Kelley, director of the sports
medicine program, will accept the PBAA Teaching Excellence Award.
Kelley has taught at Pitt-Bradford
for nine years, directing the sports medicine program and serving as director
of freshman seminar for several years.
Before coming to Pitt-Bradford, he
was a graduate teaching assistant in the anatomy lab at Slippery Rock
University. He has worked with the Bradford Family YMCA developing a diabetes
program through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Kelley holds a doctoral degree from
Capella University in leadership for higher education, a master’s degree in
exercise and wellness promotion from Slippery Rock University and a Bachelor of
Science in sports medicine from Pitt-Bradford, which he earned in 2003.
His research interests include
physiological responses to endurance athletes, high altitude and body
A Bradford native, Kelley is active
in the community, serving as the head girls’ cross-country coach for Bradford
Area high School, where he is also the assistant boys’ track coach, and working
as a physical activity instructor with KidShape obesity prevention and wellness
program for children.
A runner in his own right, Kelley
has six marathons under his own belt.
“Mark is an extremely qualified and
inspirational individual,” wrote Kate Hetherington ’08, one of the alumni who
nominated Kelley. “When teaching, he makes sure that everyone is involved and
fully understands the subject matter. Outside of the classroom, Mark is a
professor who is easy to talk to and is more than willing to help guide a
student through his or her academic journey.”
Past recipients of the PBAA Teaching
Excellence Award are Dr. Vincent Kohler, Dr. Marvin Thomas, Dr. Michael
Stuckart, Dr. Patricia Bianco, David Blackmore, Dr. Richard E. McDowell, Dr.
Richard Frederick, Jeffrey Guterman, Lizbeth Matz, Isabelle Champlin, Dr.
Gautam Mukerjee, Dr. Warren Fass, Don Lewicki, Dr. Helene Lawson, Dr. Stephen
Robar, Dr. Shailendra Gajanan and Dr. Tony Gaskew.
Colosimo, who was nominated by
Robar, will receive the PBAA Distinguished Volunteer Award for his career work
with students for the more than 15 years. Most recently, through his leadership
with Pennsylvania Kinzua Pathways, he has created learning opportunities for
Colosimo participates in alumni
career programming such as the annual Backpack to Briefcase program and mock
job interviews. He also volunteers his time to deliver financial planning
education to students and meet with students individually about career
Colosimo, who lives in Warren, is
active with PKP, a group working to construct mountain biking trails in the
area of Jakes Rocks in the Allegheny National Forest.
Last fall, Colosimo worked with
Robar, who directs the environmental studies program at Pitt-Bradford, to have
students prepare an environmental survey of the area, cataloguing wildlife and
plants. The survey took place this summer.
“Joe consistently puts the interests
of his alma mater and its students first and foremost whenever and however he
can,” Robar wrote in his nomination.
Former recipients are Dennis Lowery ’63-’65, Susan Silvestri
’72-’74, Gregory Silvestri ’73-’75, Bill Krieg ’64-’66, David Higie ’74-’76,
Sharon Knouse ’88, Sandra Macfarlane ’80-’82, Anita Dolan ’88, Tim Fannin ’78,
Ward Garner ’89, Craig Hartburg ’73-’75, Ryan Race ’07, and Danielle Munksgard.
notable events that will be a part of Alumni and Family Weekend are the Annual
Block Party Saturday, Oct. 5, and a Welcome Back reception.
Also at the
awards brunch, the newest members of the Athletic Hall of Fame will be
Awards Brunch will be held in the Frame-Westerberg Commons in the Mukaiyama
University Room at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. The cost is $15 for adults, $6 for
children ages 6-12, and free for children less than 5. The public is welcome to
attend. For registration, visit www.upbalumni.org/afw.