Faculty & Staff

Robert Arnhold, Ph.D., Director

Robert Arnhold, Ph.D. is a full professor in the Department of Physical and Health Education and coordinator of the Adapted Physical Activity Program at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Arnhold has received four federal grants over the past 10 years including two from the U.S. Department of Education – Office of Special Education Programs (H325K), one from the U.S. Department of Education – Rehabilitative Services Administration and one from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He has received over $6 million in funding for programs for students with disabilities over the past 10 years.

Dr. Arnhold has published over 20 papers over the past four years many on the topic of public policy and health promotion for persons with disabilities. He has presented over 25 papers at international, national, and regional conferences including the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity, the North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity, the American Public Health Association, and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

Dr. Arnhold was invited to speak at the White House Summit and Research Forum on Improved Health and Fitness for Americans with Disabilities and serves on an “Expert Consensus Panel for the I Can Do It, You Can Do It” program with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition and is a consultant with the University of California – Irvine Medical School, the Miller Children’s Hospital, and the University of California – Long Beach for a research project on the effectiveness of mentoring in physical activity for youth with Spina Bifida. He also co-chair of the Governmental/Advocacy Committee for the National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disability (NCPEID) and is on the Board of Directors for the ARC of Butler County, PA.

Dr. Arnhold received the Congressional Award and the William A Hillman Distinguished Award from the National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities and the Graff Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse in 2012. He also received the Adapted Special Interest Group Outstanding Program Award for the SRU Transition Program from SHAPE America in 2015.

Dr. Arnhold received his Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Education from Temple University in 1977, his Master of Science Degree in Adapted Physical Education from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 1980, and his Ph.D. in Adapted Physical Activity from Texas Woman’s University in 1988.

 

Room 125 Morrow Field House
Department of Physical and Health Education
Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock, PA 16057

Phone: 724-738-2847
Fax: 724-739-4806

robert.arnhold@sru.edu

Mary Holmes, Rock Life Coordinator

Mary is currently obtaining her Master’s degree in Adapted Physical Activity at Slippery Rock University.  She completed her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Slippery Rock University.

Along with Rock Life, Mary is involved with Envision Blind Sports, Transition Achievement Program, Goalball, and Unified Sports.

Room 102 SE Annex
Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock, PA 16057

Phone: 724-738-4739

mary.holmes@sru.edu

Emilia Hobbs, Rock Life Assistant Coordinator

Emilia is currently obtaining her Master’s degree in Adapted Physical Activity at Slippery Rock University.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Emilia has been an active student in the programs and opportunities offered in the Adapted Physical Activity program in addition to having 5 years of prior experience working part-time in the field.

Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock, PA 16057

Phone: 507-402-4130

emilia.hobbs@sru.edu