A recreation major at Pittsburg State University was recently recognized as PSU's Health, Human Performance and Recreation Undergraduate Major of the Year at a state convention.
Matt Osterthun, a senior in HHPR with a minor in business administration, received the honor at the Kansas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention, held Oct. 29-30 in Emporia, Kan. The award denotes outstanding work in community involvement, academic achievement and extracurricular activities.
Osterthun is originally from Arkansas City, Kan., and has attended PSU for the past four years. After this semester, he will complete an internship while working toward building a career as an athletic director.
"Everybody likes Matt that meets him," said Janice Jewett, assistant professor in HHPR and one of the faculty members who chose Osterthun for the honor. "Regardless of your background or age, he's a friend to all."
Osterthun has worked as an assistant to the YMCA sports director, served as an Afterschool Program Leader through the YMCA, and most recently served as a supervisor at the new Student Recreation Center and Kansas National Guard Armory at Pitt State.
Each HHPR department (or its equivalent) at seven Kansas schools chose one student for the honor. The nominating faculty members released a glowing statement in regards to Osterthun's credentials: "Matt has obviously chosen a profession in which he is well-suited and exemplifies the traits and characteristics that KAHPERD members are proud to recognize."
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