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American Society of Exercise Physiologists
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Vol 7 No 9 September 2003
ISSN 1097-9743
Editor: Jesse Pittsley 

Being a member of a profession involves a greater level of responsibility and involvement than being in an academic discipline.  No longer may the one approach working a traditional 9-5 job without critically reflecting upon the role of the profession in our society.  Professions, like individuals, have obligations to the culture and it people.  Several of these obligations include the maintenance of ethical standards and conduct, dissemination of a specific knowledge base to the public, requiring itís members to remain current with changing information, and encouraging itís members to be active in the professionís evolution.  Professions do not stand alone and stagnant in our society.  As society evolves, the professional organizations lead their respective professions to stay vital, relevant, and current. 

It was this concept, my interest in undergraduate curriculum development, and reading a wonderful book by Leon Botstein titled Jeffersonís Children:  Education and the Promise of American Culture that inspired me to write an essay for PEPonline this month.  Surprisingly, but purposefully, the essay refers to exercise physiology very little.  The purpose of the paper was to remind others that just discussing health, exercise, disease, and many other obvious topics is not the sole purpose of a exercise physiologist.  The exercise physiology curriculum should not stand alone in an EPís undergraduate training.  Far too often, general education course are perceived to be in a separate class or not relevant to oneís major.  Unfortunately, it is exactly this connection, from our society to our profession, which exercise physiology needs.  For without and a holistic understanding of American and international culture, political science, sociology, psychology, and philosophy, the establishment of a profession would be futile.  Simply stated, without truly attempting to understand a society it is impossible to establish a relevant profession in one.  I invite you to read my essay regarding Dr. Botsteinís book and the value of general education courses in this monthís issue of PEPonline

Also, please take a few minutes and look at the steps taken by the ASEP leadership to continue work on your behalf.  For example, recently, Dr. Robert Robergs, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Exercise Physiologyonline was notified that the electronic journal is listed among other scientific publications in the Directory of Open Access Journals.  The DOAJ covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.  The aim of the service is to increase the usage and impact of such periodicals.  It was launched 12 of May this year, and it has created a lot of positive reactions already in this short time.  DOAJ is provided by Lund University, Sweden, and is supported by OSI (Open Society Institute) and SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).  How would this benefit the authors who publish in JEPonline?  In short, it increases visibility (i.e., dissemination of published articles worldwide free for reuse by other search services) of the JEPonline articles.  Researchers get a one stop shopping site, where they access to open access articles.  Increased access/usage lead of course to more citations, and with increased visibility, easier access and more citations, JEPonline can get higher a"impact factor".  I should point out that there are other listings of the ASEP electronic journals.  As an example, click on the site, the NewJour list of electronic journals, The University of British Columbia Library, and the Electronic Journal Miner.  

Dr. Tommy Boone indicates that Exercise Physiology is now listed among other Healthcare Professions in the "Health Professions Network".  The Health Professions Network is a gathering of health care provider organizations, educators, accreditors and administrators all concerned with exploring current issues and advancing allied health professions. This organization was established as an interactive, cooperative group where the needs of allied health, in general, are put before the needs of an individual organization. No other group has existed with the goal of bringing the varied allied health groups together.  In order to appreciate the opinions of each member of this very diverse organization, The Health Professions Network has strived to be an all inclusive and non-restrictive group. That goal has been the basis of HPN's structure and meeting format.  The Health Professions Network is a uniquely designed organization in that there are no officers or board members. HPN has intentionally maintained a loose structure so that all members have equal voice and "vote"; no member organization is more powerful than any other is. This structure encourages the interaction and group thinking that has been hallmark to the Network. Click on this page to see the listing of the American Society of Exercise Physiologists among other healthcare professions.  Dr. Boone indicates that documents are presently being developed to highlight ASEP as one of the "professions of the month".  For example, take a look at the listing by months.  "What is Music Therapy?" is particular well done.  It will serve as a template for "What is Exercise Physiology?"  Of course, all of this takes time.  

The Wisconsin Association of Exercise Physiologists has a new website.  Jason Young, MA, EPC, ATC is the President of WIAEP.  I understand that he is in conversation with the Board of Certification about the steps to offer the Exercise Physiologist Certified (EPC) exam in Wisconsin.  Within the next several months, information about each of the ASEP state organizations will be posted regarding their yearly meeting and presentation content (and speakers).  The Minnesota Association of Exercise Physiologists is sponsoring a three-hour conference at The College of St. Scholastica to discuss career opportunities for master-prepared exercise physiologists in Minnesota.  The date for the conference is September 25, 2003.  Mr. Nathan French and Erin Rademacher of Arete Healthfit are the primary speakers. 

Mr. Matt Lehn, board certified exercise physiologist of the state of Indiana Association of Exercise Physiologists has just recently been added to the ASEP Board of Directors as has Mr. Matt Wattles of the Idaho Association of Exercise Physiologists.  Congratulatons to both men for their contribution to the ASEP organization.  Dr. Lonnie Lowery of the Ohio Association of Exercise Physiologists has been added to the Board of Directors, too.  The ASEP organization is true to its vision to empower all exercise physiologists, not just those with the doctorate degree.  That is excellent news that has been consistently demonstrated with the founding of ASEP in 1997.

Of particular importance is the upcoming 6th ASEP National Meeting and Conference.  The ASEP President, Mr. Steve Jungbauer, board certified exercise physiologist, is this year's President.  He is the primary person responsible for the meeting protocol.  Just this past week, he instructed the National Office to mail several thousand postcards to help market the meeting in Indianapolis.  Knowing Steve, his MBA degree is at work figuring out the inroads into getting the 6th annual meeting before the public.  It is important that each of us do our part.  Where the opportunity arises, speak about the national meeting and conference.  If you are a college teacher, make plans to attend the meeting and bring your students along with you.  If you are in the clinical or corporate fitness setting, do the same.  Your employees would benefit greatly from the networking possibilities, educational lectures, and get-togethers with other exercise physiologists. 

This conference will also provide an opportunity for exercise physiologists to honor one of our professions great contributors, Dr. David Costill. Nearly, every exercise physiologist has been influenced by Dr. Costillís research and publications. Dr. Costill will receive the Societyís Lifetime Achievement Award.  The 6th Annual Meeting and Conference will be held in downtown Indianapolis. Indiana is home to ASEPís first affiliated state association, the Indiana Association of Exercise Physiologists, which has graciously agreed to plan and host the meeting.  With their help, this meeting will undoubtedly be the largest and most highly attended ASEP meeting to date. 

I look forward to your participation and seeing you in Indianapolis April 1-3, 2004.  Be sure to click on the national meeting page for addition information about conference objectives, call for abstracts, conference exhibition information, the EPC exam, and hotel information.  More will be posted during the next several months.  I understand that several thousand post cards were mailed from the ASEP National Office on September 10.  Tell your friends about the meeting, and plan to attend.

As all of you know, with the upcoming of a new year, there will be the opportunity to give a little of your money to the ASEP organization to help with the expenses.  The contribution I'm referring to is the "membership fee".  Now, you can pay your membership fee by credit card.  Click on the Membership Application page and see what I mean.  Please remember to send a new updated membership application and/or renewal to the National Office.  Should you have questions, don't hesitate to contact You can also use the ASEP Public Forum.

With respect,
Jesse Pittsley 

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