Cambridge, Mass. (November 30) -- MIT Director of Physical Education Carrie Sampson Moore recently received the "Distinguished Alumni Award" from the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. The award was established in 2010 and is selected from over 70,000 alumni, honoring alumni who have brought distinction to their professions and communities. The event, which honors just 25 alumni each year, took place at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota campus.
"Carrie is incredibly deserving of an award that recognizes those who have made a positive difference in the lives of children, youth, families, schools and organizations and whose achievements bring honor to the college," said Dani Korman, MIT swimming and diving head coach and physical education instructor. "Carrie has created a program that empowers the students at MIT while teaching them wellness skills that will last for a lifetime. She is also an outstanding mentor and co-collaborator with the instructors she works with and challenges us to find new ways to connect with the students and advocates for our own balance of life while working at MIT."
Recipients of this award span a diverse range of academic disciplines and career paths; business and civic leaders, counselors and social workers, educators and activists, entrepreneurs and the most the most dedicated of volunteers.
Moore is a 1989 graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education with a concentration in coaching. She also went on to earn her Master's degree in kinesiology in 2001 with a focus on sport management and sport psychology. Over her 25-year career in higher education sport and fitness, Moore has worked at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Miami University in Ohio and now at MIT. She has been with MIT since 2002 and has been in her current role since 2005.
"Carrie's leadership and contributions to MIT Physical Education cannot be measured," said Matt Breen, MIT physical education instructor. "She is highly respected by her colleagues and always has the best interests of MIT students. I have learned a great deal from working with Carrie over the past six years and am looking forward to that continuing into the future."
In her position as the Director of Physical Education, Moore is entrusted with taking the strategic direction and vision for physical education from concept to reality by providing leadership and development, curricular guidance, and facilitation and management of MIT's comprehensive Physical Education program. At MIT, the Physical Education program involves more than 4,000 undergraduates annually as the student body completes the Institute's general PE requirement. Moore also actively serves on the MIT senior management team, the Departmental Advisory Board, the Faculty Council as management representative and many other division and departmental committees. She was also a member and presenter for the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) for 15 years and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Kinesiology in Higher Education (NAKHE) for the last 10 years.