Chair of NSPF® Instructor Education Committee
Recognized by Truman State University
Fontaine C. Piper Movement Analysis Laboratory dedicated for extraordinary contributions
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, October 18, 2011—Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri, dedicated the Fontaine C. Piper Movement Analysis Laboratory (Piper Lab) on October 8, 2011. The Lab honors the extraordinary contributions that Dr. Piper has made in the areas of health science and exercise science education. The state of the art facility will integrate the three disciplines for which Dr. Piper was most-closely identified: biomechanics, motor learning/control, and anatomy.
Dr. Fontaine Piper is also a highly respected educator in the pool and spa industry. He has dedicated the past 23 years as chair of the National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF) Instructor Education Committee. That committee is responsible for training and certifying all National Swimming Pool Foundation Instructors. Dr. Piper continues to maintain an active schedule traveling all over America in support of the foundation’s education mission.
“Training and certifying the foundation’s education instructors is akin to laying the foundation of a building. Everything gets built from there. Fontaine has played a pivotal role in elevating the National Swimming Pool Foundation as the leading education organization in our field,” emphasized Thomas M. Lachocki, Ph.D., CEO with NSPF. “It is no surprise that Truman State has erected a building of academic learning in his name. It is a reflection of his excellence.”
When asked to offer a comment, Dr. Piper was reminded of Pasteur's famous quote, "Chance favors the prepared mind." He then expounded that "education remains the key to success. I was fortunate to have walked through the doors of opportunity when they were opened to me." "These are lessons people should remember whether they grace the halls of academia or the halls to the pump room," added Lachocki
In 2005, Dr. Piper retired after 34 years of service to Truman University. In 2006, the university announced a three-year campaign to create the Piper Lab. Through the generosity of many, including a $5,000 donation from the National Swimming Pool Foundation, that lab is now a reality. The lab and equipment will enable students to conduct cutting-edge research and prepare them for advanced study in important public health domains such as Parkinson’s, diabetes and child obesity.
Dr. Piper retired from Truman as Dean of the Division of Human Potential and Performance in 2005. He also served as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Natatorium Director, and Director of the HES program. As HES Program Director, Dr. Piper was responsible for shifting the mission of the program from health and physical education preparation to health science and exercise science. The program is ranked as one of the best in the nation for undergraduate exercise sciences.
The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) is a non-profit organization founded in 1965, giving back over $3.7 million in the past seven years to fund grants to prevent illness, injury, and drowning, and to demonstrate the benefits of aquatic activity. The Foundation works towards its mission to encourage healthier living through aquatic education and research with its collection of educational products and training. NSPF is the leading educator for professionals who service, operate, and regulate public and private pools and spas. Visit www.nspf.org for more information.