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Course Catalog 2016-2017 
Course Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Athletics and Physical Education

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Natalie Winkelfoos, Delta Lodge Director of Athletics, Dept. Chair

Adrian Abrahamowitz, Instructor, Head Baseball Coach
Constantine Ananiadis, Instructor, Head Women’s Tennis Coach
Jehu (Jay) Anderson, Lecturer, Asst. Football Coach
Raymond Appenheimer, Instr., Head Men’s & Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Andrew Brabson, Instructor, Head Men’s & Women’s Swimming & Diving Coach
Betsy L. Bruce, Director of Recreation & Club Sports
Timothy A. Carver, Lecturer; Director of Sports Medicine
Isaiah Cavaco, Instructor, Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Jillian Dixon, Lecturer, Asst. Women’s Field Hockey Coach
Chelsea Doohan, Visiting Instructor
Lori Flood, Wellness Director
Ronald J. Gresco, Visiting Instructor
Christopher Grossman, Instructor, Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach
Jason D. Hudson, Instr.; Asst.Cross Cntry/Assoc.Head Men’s & Women’s Track &Field
Danielle Hunt, Lecturer, Asst. Cross Country/Track Coach
Eric Ishida, Instructor, Head Men’s Tennis Coach
Kerry Jenkins, Instructor, Head Women’s Basketball Coach
Audrey Kolb,Visiting Instructor
Eric Lahetta, Assistant Athletics Director-Intercollegiates
Meredith (Mimi) Mahon, Instructor, Head Women’s Softball Coach
Lynda McCandlish, Instructor, Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach
Jacqueline McDevitt, Instructor, Head Womens Lacrosse Coach
Blake New, Instructor; Head Men’s Soccer Coach
Barbara Osborne, Visiting Instructor
Dan Palmer, Instructor, Head Women’s Soccer Coach
Erica Rau, Instructor, Head Women’s Volleyball Coach
Thomas W. Reid, Lecturer
TIffany Saunders, Instructor, Head Women’s Field Hockey Coach
Eric A. Stewart, Visiting Instructor
Julie Tamarkin, Visiting Instructor
Kelly Verda, Visiting Instructor


Oberlin takes pride in the fact that since 1896 physical education has been considered an important part of a liberal arts education. To accomplish this goal, the Athletics and Physical Education Department has a five part structure: 1) general recreation; 2) physical activity courses; 3) intramurals; 4) club sports and 5) varsity intercollegiate sports for men and women.


Physical Activity Program

It is the purpose of the activity program to contribute to the liberal education of students through experiences in movement and to encourage their physical and mental well being. A broad program of aquatics, dance, sports, and body integrating experiences is offered to help the students develop skills, attitudes, and other resources that will enable them to lead an active and productive life.

Members of the department welcome consultation with students regarding the selection of experiences that will best meet their needs and interests. Any course change after registration must be made through the Department of Athletics and Physical Education office.

All courses in the general activity program are offered for Pass/No Pass grading only.

Students are permitted to receive a maximum of two credit hours in any one activity course. Since most activity courses are 0.5 credit, a course can be taken a total of four times. Should students wish to receive more than two credits in a particular course, they must petition the Physical Education Curriculum Committee with a specific request/justification. Varsity Athletic credit is exempt from the two-credit limit.

Independent Fitness. In limited numbers, students may choose Independent Fitness activities. In consultation with a Department of Athletics and Physical Education staff member, students “contract” a fitness activity for a minimum of three hours per week. Participants will be required to report their weekly activities either through a log or meeting with the instructor as agreed upon. Credit is limited to one-half (0.5) per module, and staff members are limited to no more than 15 such students per module. A maximum of two credits of Independent Fitness may be applied toward graduation.

General Physical Activity Program

Physical activity courses are offered each module. Full semester activity courses bear one credit (1.0) while modular activity courses bear one-half credit (0.5).

All physical activity courses are co-curricular; there is a limit of how many co-curricular credits may count for the Oberlin degrees. For more information about how co-curricular courses count toward degree requirements see The College of Arts and Sciences  , The Double-Degree Program  , or The Conservatory of Music  

Courses offered by the Department of Athletics and Physical Education in the general activity program are all coed unless otherwise noted and include the following:

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