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The Gates-Karlgaard Award for Excellence in Wellness

March 18, 2013

Sponsored by the Office of Wellness​​​ and the Department of Athletics and Physical Education

The Gates-Karlgaard Award for Excellence in Wellness was established in 2011 in recognition of the commitment to wellness and health promotion at Oberlin College by Linda Gates (Dean of Students, 2005-2011) and Joe Karlgaard, Ph.D. (Delta Lodge Director of Athletics and Physical Education, 2005-2011). The award recognizes student-athlete leaders for their accomplishments in promoting health and wellness on campus and/or in the greater Lorain County community. Recipients of this award have also displayed impressive strides toward improving their own personal health and the health of other members in the community. Moreover, they have demonstrated an exceptional dedication to wellness by making contributions and offering leadership that has furthered various wellness and health promotion efforts. (Wellness can be defined as the proactive and preventative approach designed to provide optimum levels of health, emotional and social functioning.) The award may be presented annually in the spring at an appropriate venue, possibly the Senior Student-Athlete Awards Ceremony.

Honoring Dean Gates and Dr. Karlgaard Dean Gates, a member of the Oberlin College faculty for the past twenty-two years, previously served as Lecturer and Director of Student Academic Services before being appointed Dean of Students in 2005. As Dean of Students, she played a pivotal role in supporting club-sport athletes. In addition, as part of her wellness initiative, she created the position of director of wellness and health promotion. Dean Gates has refined and improved administrative procedures and restructured Student Health Services and the Counseling Center to provide additional support to students. She has been a wonderful asset to the Oberlin College community.

In a like manner, Dr. Karlgaard has played an integral role in the Oberlin College Department of Athletics and Physical Education. Under his leadership, the athletic facilities at Oberlin College have improved, restructured support for club sports has been provided, and a campus-wide campaign for wellness has been established.

Eligibility Students eligible for this award must be graduating seniors who are varsity, club, or intramural sport athletes at Oberlin College. It is also necessary that the selected students obtain a significant number of service or employment hours to wellness initiatives on campus or in the broader community prior to being nominated. Students can be nominated for the award by any faculty or staff member at Oberlin College, regardless of whether he/she is a coach or administrative staff member in the athletics department. Nominations will b​e due by ​​April ​25th ​each year.

Recipients will be presented with a framed certificate and will have their names engraved on a plaque in Philips Physical Education Center.

Submit nominations to ocwellne@oberlin.edu