Jamie Sparks, an advocate for Kentucky schoolsâ€™ wellness policies as well as college/career readiness, will speak at Frostburg State University as the 2015 Lillian Wellner Scholar on Thursday, April 9. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the main arena of the Cordts Physical Education Center. The event is free and open to the public.
Sparks began his career as an elementary health and physical education teacher in the eastern region of Kentucky. In August 2010, he became the Physical Activity, Nutrition and Tobacco consultant at the Kentucky Department of Education. In March 2011, he assumed the role of project director for the Coordinated School Health initiative.
In July 2013, Sparks was named co-lead under the newly awarded CDC grant, State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health that was awarded to the Kentucky Department for Public Health. In addition, he served as the vice president for Physical Education for the Kentucky Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance from 2012-2014; he is currently the president-elect. Sparks also chairs the Kentucky Board of Education School Health Committee. Sparks is a physical activity leader trainer with Letâ€™s Move Active Schools and is a PECAT trainer with CDC.
The Wellner Scholar Program was created from an endowment from the FSU Foundation, Inc., to allow the Department of Kinesiology and Recreation to host a series of lectures by nationally acclaimed scholars. It was named for the late Lillian Wellner, a former FSU registrar and physical education instructor.
For more information about the program, call the Department of Kinesiology and Recreation at 301-687-7017. For information about supporting the Wellner Scholarship Program or the FSU Foundation, visit foundation.frostburg.edu or call 301-687-4161.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.