JONESBORO, Ark. — Hytrol Health Club Coordinator Lauren Matheson Ryan received the 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award from the Arkansas State University Department of Health, Physical Education and Sport Sciences during A-State’s homecoming activities on Nov. 2.
The award is presented to individuals who demonstrate professional achievement, community service, and continued involvement with the A-State HPESS department. Ryan supervises an internship program at Dan’s Health Club for the university’s health promotion and exercise science degree programs and as a community rotation site for the nutritional science program in the College of Nursing and Health Professions.
“Lauren's professional contributions have had a direct impact on our department and students,” said Chair of HPESS Paul Finnicum, Ph.D. “She has supervised a number of A-State students and provided those students the bridge from the classroom to the workplace as they completed their internship. The internship is the capstone experience for A-State students majoring in health promotion or exercise science and while Dan's Health Club provides a great laboratory for the students, Lauren's professionalism serves as an example of best practices for our students.”
She earned her bachelor’s in health promotion and master’s in exercise science from A-State and serves on the HPESS Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion Program Advisory Committee. Ryan joined Hytrol in 2014 and is responsible for Hytrol’s health club including staff, equipment and classes.
“I am truly honored by this recognition,” Ryan said. “There is a special place in my heart for the department. I found my passion for health and fitness through this department, the faculty and the classes that prepared me for this career. I love being able to help current students do the same and continue to impact the employee wellness field.”
She resides in Jonesboro with her husband, Kevin.