Fairmont State University faculty member receives leadership award


FAIRMONT, W.Va. – Fairmont State University Health and Human Resources Chairman Jan Kiger was recently named the recipient of the 2020 Recreation and Leisure Leadership Award. The Society of Health and Physical Education for West Virginia (SHAPEWV) presents this award to a member who demonstrates exceptional and creative leadership in the recreation profession or as an innovative college-level recreation educator.

Jan Kiger (courtesy Fairmont State University)

University president Mirta M. Martin said she couldn’t think of anyone more worthy of the award.

“I strive to instill leadership and citizenship in students through outdoor leadership programs,” Kiger said. “I am certainly honored to receive a state-level Recreation and Leadership Award, as those are the two areas where my passion is. However, this would not have been possible without my colleagues and our students.

Kiger’s Falcon Park and Trail project, which launched in 2020, was highlighted in his appointment which created green space at Fairmont State to enhance creativity, problem-solving and academic performance through the nature-based learning.

Falcon Trail Project (courtesy Fairmont State University)

“The Falcon Trail is such a unique project because it was implemented at a time when many other programs could not move forward during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Kiger continued. “This initiative came about as a result of collaborative efforts between the Fairmont State Foundation, the Student Government Association, and the Facilities and Grants Departments. We are very fortunate to be able to provide a space that allows our campus and surrounding communities to engage in the outdoors. “


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