Two outstanding alumni recognized by College of Health and Human Performance

May 14 2007

Indiana State University’s College of Health and Human Performance recognized two outstanding alumni, R. William Rump of Vincennes, and Walter “Kip” Smith of Bloomington, during its annual banquet on April 27.

Both recipients of the college’s Outstanding Alumni award show a commitment to their profession and continued commitment to education.

R. William Rump is a 1979 graduate of ISU with a bachelor of science degree in physical education and secondary education. In 1979, he also completed his master of science degree at ISU in physical education administration.

Rump has had a distinguished career at Vincennes University, beginning as an assistant professor of physical education and assistant director of intramural-recreational sports, and now serving as the assistant interim dean of the division of health sciences and human performance.

Throughout his career, Rump has been recognized for many contributions to his profession. From 1987-1989 Rump served as the president of the Indiana Recreational Sports Association, and from 1984-1985 he served as the vice president of the Indiana region of the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. In 1999, Rump was honored by Vincennes University as the recipient of the Blue and Gold Cord Award as the university’s outstanding faculty member.

Rump continues to be involved with various committees at Vincennes University. He oversees the operation of the physical education complex, the newly opened student recreation center; and various outdoor instructional, athletic and recreation fields. In addition, he’s responsible for the delivery of the competitive intramural sports program which includes some 35 team, individual, and dual sports offerings.

The second recipient of the outstanding alumni award by the College of Health and Human Performance was Walter “Kip” Smith, a native of Bloomington, formerly of Mentone. Smith graduated from ISU in 1973 with a bachelor of science degree in physical education/athletic training, and immediately obtained his master’s degree with a specialization in athletic training from the University of Arizona.

Smith has been a National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) board-certified athletic trainer for 33 years. He also has coordinated and provided collegiate sports medicine services for the University of Pittsburgh and Indiana University, where he currently serves as a kinesiology staff member in the athletic department. Smith is actively involved in his profession by serving as a lecturer at several sport medicine clinics, workshops, meetings, book reviewer, consultant, and has been published. He also served on the NATA Ethics Committee for 13 years and was instrumental in the writing of the Code of Ethics as it is today. In 2000, he was awarded the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award. In addition, Smith serves on the ISU College of Health and Human Performance advisory board.

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Contact: Anna C. Berchild, director of development, Indiana State University Foundation, (812) 237-7927 or aberchild@isugw.indstate.edu

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Indiana State University’s College of Health and Human Performance recognized two outstanding alumni, R. William Rump of Vincennes, and Walter “Kip” Smith of Bloomington, during its annual banquet on April 27.

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