Barnes to Receive 2010 PRIDE Award

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Dr. Jeremy Barnes

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Nov. 30, 2010 – Dr. Jeremy Barnes, professor of health, human performance and recreation at Southeast Missouri State University, will receive the PRIDE Award during commencement exercises at 2 p.m. Dec. 18 in the Show Me Center.

The Provost’s Research, Instruction and Development for Excellence (PRIDE) Award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence as a teacher, an extraordinary level of scholarship and service, and whose overall accomplishments are especially noteworthy. Barnes was selected for the award by the Council of Deans after nominations were solicited from each of the University’s colleges and schools. The recipient of the award is honored for exemplifying the teacher/scholar model. This is the 15th year Southeast has presented the PRIDE Award.

In addition to receiving the PRIDE Award, Barnes will serve as the grand marshal at commencement exercises Dec. 18 and will present the address at the Honors Convocation scheduled for 10:30 a.m., also in the Show Me Center.

The Provost’s Research, Instruction and Development for Excellence (PRIDE) Award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence as a teacher, an extraordinary level of scholarship and service, and whose overall accomplishments are especially noteworthy.

Barne received his bachelor of arts in leisure studies from Leeds University, England, and his master of science in therapeutic recreation and his doctoral degree in health education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  He teaches courses in the health promotion option of the health management bachelor degree program and the graduate level nutrition and exercise science program.  He is certified as a health and fitness specialist by the American College of Sports Medicine. 

Barnes maintains memberships in at least seven professional organizations, serving on several committees and in several offices at different times.  His research interests include health behavior change, body composition assessment and weight loss programs, substance abuse prevention and worksite health promotion.  Barnes has directed health promotion programs in corporate, public and university settings, with participants ranging from school-aged children to senior adults.  He has served on 12 graduate thesis committees; co-authored 14 articles, two book chapters, and 27 abstracts, and is a regular contributor to local publications on health and fitness; and is the faculty advisor to the Southeast Missouri State University Health and Wellness Association.  In addition, he has given more than two dozen national presentations and acquired funding for 17 external grants and contracts.

In addition to a prolific body of published work, Barnes seeks to advance awareness and understanding of health issues through a variety of activities, including, his work with Project CHARLIE (Chemical Abuse Resolution Lies in Education) a substance abuse prevention program in all Cape Girardeau elementary schools. He has served as an advocate for the American Heart Association at Lobby Day in Washington, D.C., on two occasions; and serves on several state committees that deal with cardiovascular disease prevention. His efforts have been recognized by the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce University Educator of the Year award; Southeast’s College of Health and Human Services awards for Outstanding Researcher (three times) and Outstanding Service to the Region (twice); and the Southeast Missouri Business Group on Health Above and Beyond Award. 

In his spare time, Barnes enjoys staying fit, reading, gardening, fishing, cooking, playing guitar, music, and spending time with wife Pamela, and his three children: Taylor, 11, and twins Matthew and Emma, age 9.