Matt Oliver, recent Black Hills State University physical education graduate, received the Outstanding Major of the Year Award, by the National American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance award (AAHPERD).

Oliver was nominated for this award by Dr. Betsy Silva, associate education professor and chair of the division of Physical Education and Health at BHSU.  Silva nominated Oliver because because he is an “emerging professional who will positively shape the learning behaviors of K-12 students”.

The Outstanding Major of the Year Award is given to a current National Association for Sport & Physical Education (NASPE) junior or senior status member.  The student should be working towards a degree in physical education, kinesiology, sport management, exercise science, fitness/wellness, athletic training, or other closely related major.  A minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) is required and the student must have a minimum of two years of service to the school or community during their undergraduate career.  Oliver will be recognized at the AAHPERD National Convention.

When Oliver was a senior at BHSU, he received the Gary Bush Memorial Scholarship Award from the South Dakota Association for Health and Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.