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Vol 5 No 12 
December 2001

ISSN 1097-9743

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The ASEPNewsletter is devoted to informative articles and news itmes about exercise physiology. It is a monthly magazine of news, opinions, exercise physiology professionals, and events that shape exercise physiology.  We welcome interested practitioners, researchers, and academicians to e-mail the Publisher their thoughts and ideas.

From the Editor: 
Dave LaBore, MA, EPC
Director, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, St. Lukes Hospital

This month's ASEPNewsletter is dedicated to the ASEP President, Dr. Richard Kreider and his overview of the committee assignments and the continued development of the Society.

ASEP On The Move
Richard B. Kreider, PhD, EPC, FACSM
Professor and Assistant Department Chair, Director, Exercise and Sport Nutrition Laboratory, Department of Human Movement Sciences and Education, he University of Memphis, 106 Elma Roane Field House, Memphis, TN 38152-3480

In the Presidential Address that I delivered at the 4th Annual ASEP meeting, I indicated that one of my initial goals was to evaluate the activities of existing ASEP committees as well as to determine whether additional committees were necessary.  During the last two months, I have been evaluating the progress made by ASEP committees and have developed list of action items in consultation with ASEP Past Presidents and Committee Chairs.  Through the vision and leadership of our Past Presidents, Committee Chairs, and many ASEP members, significant progress has been made to advance the profession of exercise physiology.  However, we must continue to move forward if we are to realize our vision.

This newsletter provides an update about some of the initiatives we have planned for ASEP this year.  As you will see, ASEP is on the move.  However, we will need your help to accomplish some of these goals.  Please look over the administrative and committee initiatives described below and help us accomplish these goals.  The best professional organizations are those whose members take an active role in various initiatives and activities.  We can only move ASEP forward if its members actively engage in the professional development of exercise physiology.  I look forward to your involvement in ASEP.

Administrative Initiatives
Membership Information Update
In an electronic age, we have found one of the best ways to keep people informed about the activities of ASEP is through e-mail.  However, a number of our members email addresses are no longer functional.  Please look at your mailing and email address in the Directory of Membership and send an email to the ASEP National Office to let them know if the information is correct and/or needs to be revised.  They will then update your contact information on the Directory of Membership.  We are planning on developing a member email listserve so that we can enhance communication among ASEP leadership and members.

We are planning on developing an electronic newsletter that can be sent to ASEP members through the email list-serve.  The purpose will be to provide a means of updating ASEP members in a timely manner about various activities of ASEP in order to encourage their involvement.  In order to do so, we need you to update your email address in the Directory of Membership by sending an email to the ASEP National Office.

Membership Drive
If ASEP is going to make a greater professional impact, we need to increase membership.  The best way to do this is if our current members invite others to join ASEP.  Therefore, ASEP is going to provide you some incentive.  From now until March 31, 2002, you will receive a 20% discount on your annual membership fees for every professional member that you encourage to join ASEP and a 10% discount for every student member that you encourage to join ASEP.  In addition, the top three ASEP members who encourage the most professionals and students to join ASEP will receive a complimentary registration at the next ASEP Annual Meeting.  This means that if you sign up 5 professional members or 10 student members you will have no annual membership fees for one year.  If you are one of the individuals who signs up the most members, your conference registration will be waived at the next meeting.Additionally, your membership efforts will be recognized at the Annual Meeting.

Student Chapter Drive
One of the best ways to encourage student membership and involvement in ASEP is to start a student chapter at your university.  However, students won’t take the initiative to do so unless they are given an incentive and/or faculty supervisors take an active role in encouraging them to start a student chapter.  Therefore, from now until March 31, 2002, students who join ASEP as part of a new student chapter will receive a 50% discount on their annual membership fee.  I am also going to propose to the ASEP Board of Directors that we have an award at the Annual Meeting for the largest and most active ASEP student chapter.  Students at the University of Memphis have been organizing their student chapter and plan to bring this award home to Memphis.So let the competition begin!

Accreditation Drive
Accreditation of academic programs is essential to professionalize exercise physiology.  However, this requires administrative support and direction.  Therefore, over the next few months, ASEP will be developing an email list of key faculty and administrators at leading academic institutions in order to encourage them to seek academic accreditation.  If you are interested in ASEP sending a letter to faculty colleagues, Department Chairs, Deans, and/or Provosts at your institution, please email the appropriate names, titles, addresses, and email addresses to my office.  I will send a personal email letter to these administrators to inform them about ASEP accreditation.

Committee Initiatives
Over the last month, I have been in contact with Past ASEP Presidents and Chairs of ASEP committees.  Based on this, I have provided some action items that I have asked committees to work on this next year.  In addition, I have launched two other major initiatives.  The following summarizes some of the major projects each committee will be working on this year.  If you are interested in assisting with any of these efforts, please contact me or the Committee Chair’s to volunteer.

Certification Committee- Chair, Tommy Boone, PhD, MPH, FASEP, EPC
Conduct an item analysis on the written examination and review skills evaluated in the EPC practical exam.  Develop a list of knowledge, skills, and aptitudes (KSAs) for exercise physiologists (EPs) and then compare these KSAs to the written exam and practical exam to make sure the examination properly evaluates these competencies.  Develop an ASEP Guidelines Manual that can be used for EP practitioners and candidates studying the EPC exam. Finalize the EPC “Grandfather” criteria.

Accreditation Committee- Chair, Dale R. Wagner, PhD, CSCS
Finalize methods of evaluation and prepare members of the Board of Accreditation to begin reviewing applications.  Develop a list of email addresses for Department Chairs, Deans, and Provosts of institutions with exercise physiology and/or exercise science programs.Investigate obtaining endorsements for ASEP accreditation from appropriate organizations.

Licensure Committee- Chair, LaGary Carter, DA
Develop a State licensure manual that can help ASEP members obtain State licensure.

Public Education Committee- Chair, Robert Robergs, PhD, FASEP, EPC
Develop a list develop of ASEP members who can serve as ASEP Ambassadors for interested media to promote ASEP.  Develop a web page with a list of ASEP Ambassadors, contact information, and areas of expertise that can be posted to the ASEP web page for individuals in the media to contact.

Research Committee- Chair, Serge P. von Duvillard, PhD, FACSM
Develop an ASEP Research Award for students and faculty for the best paper presented at the ASEP meeting and published in the Journal of Exercise Physiologyonline or Professionalization of Exercise Physiologyonline.  This award will be presented at the ASEP annual meeting.  Develop a letter to be sent to prospective funding agencies seeking support of grants to ASEP.  Investigate developing a Research Foundation for ASEP grants.

Annual Meeting Committee- Chair, Robert Robergs, PhD, FASEP, EPC
Evaluate potential sites and finalize dates and the location for the 5th Annual ASEP National Meeting.  Develop an Annual Meeting Application Form so that individuals interested in hosting the meeting can submit a proposal to the Annual Meeting Committee.  Develop a list of potential invited speakers.

Resource Committee- Chair, Tim Ziegenfuss, PhD, CSCS, EPC
Establish a process for individuals to contribute funds to ASEP.  Explore grant/funding opportunities for ASEP.  Solicit support from corporations and industry to support ASEP through research grants, funding of the annual meeting, and public education.  Develop a list of potential vendors and exhibitor guidelines for groups interested in exhibiting at the annual meeting. 

Other Initiatives
ASEP Journals
The Journal of Exercise Physiologyonline and Professionalization of Exercise Physiologyonline are currently indexed by SPORTDiscus.  However, I would like to increase the exposure of these journals.  Therefore, I have asked Dr. Robergs to further explore the process of having these journals indexed by Medline or other appropriate indexing services.  To do so, we will need ASEP members and others to continue to submit quality research and scholarly reviews to these journals.

ASEP Fellowship
I have asked the ASEP Board of Directors to nominate active ASEP members to become Fellows of ASEP (FASEP) as well as establish credentials and an evaluation process.  My goal is to have prominent members of ASEP to become Fellows so that we will begin to see FASEP listed as frequently as other organizations fellow credentials (e.g., FACSM or FAACVPR).  I believe that this will increase visibility of ASEP in a similar manner as EPC.

Membership Challenge
As I stated in my Presidential Address, our choice is simple.  We either let exercise physiology remain an undefined academic area leading to jobs under the umbrella of other professional groups and/or organizations or we take steps to create our own destiny and profession.  ASEP has laid the foundation so that we can build a better future for exercise physiology.  Now it is up to us to make it happen.  I have developed a challenging agenda of new initiatives and committee assignments.  I ask that you support ASEP by getting involved in one of these initiatives.  If we accomplish the tasks desribed, we will make a difference.


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