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Kinesiology Department — 2019 EU graduation awards

Published on May 29, 2019 by Paul K. Logsdon

(L-to-R) Shown are Rebecca Pierce, named the 2019 “John & Cora Irene Holsinger Award for the “Outstanding Student in the Kinesiology Department;” Kade Kelley, “Outstanding Graduate in Exercise Science;” Mackenzie Farmer, “Outstanding Graduate in Allied Health;” Karsten Leigvold, “Outstanding Graduate in Physical Education;” and Austin McCleery, “Outstanding Graduate in Sports Management.” // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Department of Kinesiology at Evangel University has announced its 2019 graduation awards. The awards were given during the Baccalaureate service Thursday, May 2, in the Robert H. Spence Chapel auditorium.

The department offers allied health students the opportunity to learn the art of patient care and injury prevention with degrees in athletic training, occupational therapy and physical therapy.

Other kinesiology students earn majors in exercise science, sport management and physical education (with K-12 certification).


The following awards were presented:

Outstanding Graduate in Allied Health

  • Mackenzie Farmer from Verona, Missouri

Outstanding Graduate in Exercise Science

  • Kade Kelley from Urbana, Missouri

Outstanding Graduate in Physical Education

  • Karsten Leigvold from Centennial, Colorado

Outstanding Graduate in Sport Management

  • Austin McCleery from Aurora, Missouri

The John & Cora Irene Holsinger Award for Outstanding Student in Kinesiology

  • Rebecca Pierce from Rice Lake, Wisconsin


The Class of 2019

Evangel University and its seminary saw 511 degrees conferred this spring at the joint graduation ceremony May 5, 2019.

The 61st Annual Commencement for Evangel and the 46th Annual Commencement for Assemblies of God Theological Seminary were held concurrently in the James River Church auditorium in Ozark, Missouri. The two schools were consolidated in 2013 and combined their graduations in 2018.

More than 4,000 family and friends from around the world gathered on Friday to celebrate the students.

There were 511 graduates earning 32 doctoral, 105 master’s, 323 bachelor’s and 51 associate’s degrees. The majority of the AA’s were from Evangel’s James River College campus.

The speaker was Dr. Greg Mundis, a 1999 Evangel graduate, “missionary kid,” and orthopedic surgeon specializing in spine deformity surgery. Mundis regularly performs spinal surgeries overseas, making it possible for children to have access to surgical procedures that are largely not available in their home countries.

The pre-graduation story is on the Evangel University website and has a feature on Mundis and his life of service to the needy.

Evangel University, which includes AGTS, is a comprehensive Christian university committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the church and society globally. Evangel serves more than 2,100 students from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries, offering 65 undergraduate majors and 19 master’s and doctoral degrees.




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The Behavioral & Social Sciences Department

The Business Department

The Communication Department

The Education Department

The Humanities Department

The Kinesiology Department

The Music Department

The Natural & Applied Sciences Department

The Theology & Global Church Ministries Department