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NMSU student honored with prestigious award

A New Mexico State University College of Education student will be honored with the prestigious National Association for Sports and Physical Recreation (NASPE) Physical Education Major of the Year award.



Jennifer McConnell, a student in the New Mexico State University Department of Human Performance, Dance and Recreation, will be honored with the National Association for Sports and Physical Recreation (NASPE) Major of the Year award in April for being an exemplary student and contributing to NMSU and the community. (Photo by Jack Diven)

Jennifer McConnell, a student in the Department of Human Performance, Dance and Recreation, will be honored with the award for being an exemplary student and contributing to NMSU and the community. She will travel to the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Health national conference in April to receive the award.

"To receive this award is a great privilege because not only did the professors and people within the department recognize my abilities and achievements in and outside of the classroom, but they also will be recognized nationally at the convention," McConnell said.

Students must be a junior or a senior, have at least a 3.0 GPA and be nominated by a teacher or an adviser to be eligible for the award. Students also must have served their school or community for a minimum of two years during their undergraduate career.

The mission of NASPE is to enhance knowledge, improve professional practice and increase support for high quality physical education, sport and physical activity programs through research, standards development and distribution of information.