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Freesemann Inducted Into Hall of Excellence at Northern Iowa

Published: December 1, 2009

Keith Freesemann, an associate professor of kinesiology at CSULB, has been inducted into The Elinor A. Crawford and William H. Thrall Hall of Excellence at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI).

In 2005, the Crawford/Thrall Hall of Excellence was established in the Wellness/Recreation Center to recognize former graduates of the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services who have achieved notable distinction in their professional careers and to encourage currently enrolled students to strive toward this recognition.

Freeseman earned his master’s degree in physical education at UNI in 1978.

“My induction into the Crawford/Thrall Hall of Excellence at the University of Northern Iowa is a professional and personal landmark honor,” said Freeseman, who has been a faculty member at CSULB since 1979. “Being selected by a premier public university and professional college that publicly acknowledged my works, achievements, leadership, and contributions among colleagues and students is certainly an exciting distinction.

“It was amazing to return to the campus to see how the programs had evolved into educational programs that serve the region with national and international recognition,” he added. “It bought back memories of the professional building blocks that I acquired during my UNI experience that contributed to my personal and professional growth for success at CSULB.”

At CSULB, Freesemann has served the department, college and the university in numerous capacities including department coordinator of undergraduate programs and advising (1993-2003), department associate chair (Undergraduate Programs and Scheduling, 2003-07), co-chair (during search), program director (Athletic Training Education Program, 1979-present) and graduate option coordinator (Sport Injuries Studies).

Keith Freesemann, flanked by Christopher Edginton, director of UNI’s School of HPELS (l) and William T. Thrall, professor emeritus and former HPELS director (r).

He served on the National Athletic Trainers Association Professional Education Committee (1984-92) and was a NATA examiner and serves on the Athletic Training Advisory Boards for both Cerritos College and Mount San Antonio College. Freesemann has been a professional consultant to various California universities and colleges; presented at state, regional and national meetings; co-authored professional articles and grants and co-authored self-studies and reports for Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program and Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education

In addition to his M.A. from UNI, Freesemann graduated from Upper Iowa University in 1977 with a bachelor of arts degree in physical education. After earning his master’s, he served UNI for one year as an instructor and coordinator of the Cardiac Rehabilitation, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Advanced Life Support Programs. He joined the CSULB Kinesiology Department in 1979 as a lecturer of physical education and athletic training and went on to earn a doctor of education degree in higher and adult education-educational leadership from USC in 2000.

–Rick Gloady