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PHHS professor earns prominent award

Professor Brad Cardinal has been honored by receiving the highest award given by the Oregon Society of Health and Physical Education (SHAPE).

Professor Brad Cardinal has been honored by receiving the highest award given by the Oregon Society of Health and Physical Education (SHAPE).

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Brad received the 2014 Robert J. Ritson Honorary Life Member Award in early October at the SHAPE conference held in McMinnville, OR.

Formerly known as the Oregon Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, SHAPE grants this award “in recognition of distinguished service to the society and the profession.”

Beyond being the organization’s Centennial Year (1914-2014), the award carries special meaning for Brad because 60 years ago to the year (i.e., 1954), Clair Van Norman Langton, Ed.D., was also recognized. Professor Langton was director of the Division of Health and Physical Education from 1928-1964. Since joining Oregon State University in 1997, Brad has been housed in Langton Hall. Additionally, Brad’s wife, Marita Cardinal, Ed.D., a professor at Western Oregon University, received the recognition in 2013.

“Receiving the award at the organization’s 100th anniversary celebration was especially gratifying,” says Brad, who considers this an aspirational recognition. “Joining the company of others whom I admire is humbling and heartwarming.”