Loenneke to Receive Southeast’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award


Jeremy Loenneke

The Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association will present Jeremy Loenneke of Oxford, Mississippi, with a Distinguished Young Alumni Award on Oct. 29 at the Copper Dome Celebration virtual event during the University’s Spirit Week festivities. Registration is required here. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the option to log in as early as 5:15 p.m.

The award honors alumni under the age of 37 for their outstanding service to and support of the University. Loenneke, a native of Jackson, Missouri, graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in health management and in 2010 with a Master of Science in nutrition and exercise science.

During his time at Southeast, Loenneke wrote his thesis on a cost-effective method of blood flow restriction training. The early work he completed at Southeast helped formalize a method of blood flow restriction that is now known and implemented worldwide. He worked closely with his thesis advisor Dr. Joe Pujol, dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Studies, and Dr. Jeremy Barnes, professor of health promotion.

After completing his education at Southeast, Loenneke attended The University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma, where he earned a doctoral degree in exercise physiology in 2014. Under the guidance of Dr. Mike Bemben, chair of the Department of Health and Exercise Science at University of Oklahoma, Loenneke’s work centered on improving the application of blood flow restriction in order to ensure safe and effective methodology.

Following his doctoral work, Loenneke accepted a position at The University of Mississippi in Oxford where he was recently tenured and promoted to the rank of associate professor. There, he teaches physiology and the impact of exercise on different systems of the body and is the director of the Kevser Ermin Applied Physiology Laboratory. His research group’s primary focus is on skeletal muscle adaptations to exercise with and without the application of blood flow restriction. Specifically, his laboratory is interested in low-load exercise alternatives and the applications they may have on clinical, aging and special populations.

Loenneke has twice received The University of Mississippi’s Thomas A. Crowe Outstanding Faculty Award for excellence in teaching, scholarship and professional service. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, a member of the American Physiological Society and on the board for the Phi Kappa Phi honor society at The University of Mississippi.

He has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and serves on the editorial board for Sports Medicine, PLOS One and the Journal of Trainology. Loenneke has spoken about his work both nationally and internationally.