During the 2016-2017 year, the School of Kinesiology and Health Science is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its creation as the Department of Physical Education & Athletics back in 1966-1967 as well as the 50th year of the undergraduate academic program, which enrolled its first class of students back in the fall of 1967.
And there is much to celebrate! What originated back then as an innovative academic program with fewer than 20 students has grown today to be York University’s third largest undergraduate program with 3,000 students, a graduate program (Masters and Doctoral) with more than 150 students, and 46 full-time faculty – many of whom have been recognized for their teaching and service, and many of whom are engaged in world-class research. York’s varsity sport teams are continuously highly ranked, have brought significant pride and reputational advantage to the University over the years, and have fully adorned Tait McKenzie’s main gym with championship banners. Our intramural, inter-college, sport club and lifestyle/instructional programs and activities have, for the past fifty years, enhanced the campus experience for student participants numbering well into the hundreds of thousands.
To celebrate this milestone, a planning committee has developed a campus awareness program, complete with a logo, banners and flags; created this web site; and will be offering several special celebratory events in the winter, spring and summer of 2017.
For our 50th celebration, we have also launched an initiative to profile a number of our alumni who have distinguished themselves or are distinguishing themselves in their respective fields of endeavor, or have pursued or are pursuing interesting or innovative careers. These profiles can be found on this web site. A number of our physical education/kinesiology grads are also being invited during the 2016-2017 academic year to deliver guest lectures to current students in the core courses of the undergraduate curriculum.
This year marks a wonderful occasion on which we can reflect on the School’s and program’s origins, on our students, faculty and staff from over the years, and on our many collective accomplishments and contributions. We hope you will share in our excitement and take the opportunity to participate in our 50th celebration where possible.