Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation

Alumni Profiles

My professors at Missouri Western knew what it would take for a graduate to get hired in the 'real' world. They required multiple internships that helped me become a well rounded individual in my field. My professors taught me professionalism, proper communication, responsibility and initiative.

Cory Burnett, '98 / Administrative Assistant of Basketball Operations / Indiana Pacers

The solid, comprehensive education I received at Missouri Western more than prepared me for graduate classes and the physician assistant program in medical school, and has served me well in my career. The smaller class sizes and personalized attention from professors maximized my education experience.

Stacey L. Karns, ’87 / Physicians Assistant-Certified

Missouri Western’s HPER Department is top notch. My experience as a student was very positive – my professors took a personal interest in me and made me feel like it was ‘all about me.’ I credit the university for getting me where I am today.

Leisa Blair, ’88 / Principal / Savannah Middle School

The professors, courses and experiences Missouri Western provided gave me a broad base that prepared me for situations I encounter daily in my career field. My time spent as an intern in the St. Joseph area was especially valuable and special. Missouri Western created many 'golden' memories that I will not soon forget!

Dustin Holcumbrink, '05 / Junior Sales Executive / Memphis Redbirds Baseball, Triple-A Affiliate for the St. Louis Cardinals

I enjoyed my classes with the HPER professors, and I try to follow their example in my classes today. They emphasized how important it was to be well prepared but also flexible, and I find this to be very true.

Max Veale, '93 / Physical Education Instructor / Savannah R-III School District