Physical education faculty members Creason, Grube honored by association

CULLOWHEE – Two members of the physical education program faculty at Western Carolina University received prestigious awards during the annual meeting of the North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance held recently in Greensboro.

Michael Creason, assistant professor of physical education and director of Western’s intramural sports program, received the N.C. Association for Intramurals and Recreation “Lifetime Service” Award. Creason, who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western in 1972 and 1974, has served as intramural director at WCU for more than 28 years. Under Creason’s leadership, Western’s intramural sports program was named Outstanding Intramural Program of the Year 2000 by NCAIR.

Dan Grube, director of the physical education majors program at Western, received the NCAAHPRED Edgar W. Hooks Jr. Young Professional Achievement Award. An assistant professor of health and human performance at Western, Grube earned his bachelor’s degree from Lyndon State College, his master’s degree from Troy State University, and his doctorate from Florida State University. He joined the Western faculty in 1999. His research interests include adventure-based programming and children’s physical education.