PEHR department to change name

The Department of Physical Education, Health, and Recreation at Western Washington University plans to change the department name to the Department of Health and Human Development effective fall 2015 in order to emphasize the goals and outcomes of its programs in kinesiology/physical education, health and recreation, announced Charles Sylvester, chair of the department.

"All of the academic programs in PEHR are committed to the social, moral, physical and psychological growth and development of individuals and their communities," Sylvester wrote in an email announcement. "We believe the name change better expresses our holistic and shared mission, as well as communicates a more coherent identity to our WWU colleagues and other constituencies (e.g., students, the public, legislators) in an already cohesive department."

For more information, contact Sylvester at 360-650-3541 or