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9 May 2008
Kandy and Moe Smith Named JSU's Outstanding HPER Alumna & Alumnus - 2007-2008 Academic Year

The Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Department of Jacksonville State University is proud to announce their selection of Kandy G. Smith as the Outstanding Alumna and Marion E “Moe” Smith as the Outstanding Alumnus for the 2007-2008 academic year.

Kandy & Moe Smith Named Jacksonville State University's Outstanding Alumna/Alumnus of the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation for the 2007-2008 academic year.

Kandy G. Smith, Physical Education teacher at John Jones Elementary School, Rainbow City, AL since 1977, recently received Jacksonville State University’s Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) Department’s 2007-2008 Female Outstanding Alumna Award. She received her B.S. Degree in Physical Education from JSU in 1972.

For the past 35 years, Kandy has been an exceptional professional in the field of physical education. Her many accomplishments include: Top money Raiser in Etowah County as Coordinator of Jump Rope for Heart, 2007 Certified Star Sportsmanship Program Instructor, County Coordinator for Elementary Track Meets for Etowah County PE Teachers, Chairperson for John Jones Elementary Text Book and Fixed Assets programs, and Cheer Coach at Glencoe High School for 20 years where her squad won State runner-ups twice in the Nation/WCA Nationals.

In addition, Kandy has hosted numerous Practice teachers and Practicum students from JSU as well as conducted many Etowah County PE teacher workshops. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors Alabama Cheer Coaches Association and Alabama State Association for Health, PE, Recreation, and Dance.

Kandy states her objective after many years of teaching PE is: “My class is the best class everyday for each student!”

Marion E “Moe” Smith, Principal of Glencoe High School, received Jacksonville State University’s Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Department’s 2007-2008 Male Outstanding Alumnus Award. He received his B.S. Degree in 1971 and MS in Education in 1977 from JSU. Moe earned an Administration Add-on Certification from the University of Alabama in 1984.

Moe began his teacher/coaching career in 1971 at Pell City High School. In 1977, he made the move to Glencoe High School as teacher/coach. In 1985, Moe was the Assistant Principal of Glencoe Middle School, and since 1988, has served as Principal of Glencoe High School.

Moe’s many accomplishments include: 1991 to present, Area and Region Coordinator for football, basketball, baseball, and softball and Chairman of the Bryant-Jordan Program; 1993 to present, Secretary/Treasurer of the 6th District Athletic Board; 1994-2007, served as a member, Vice President and President of AHSAA Central Board of Control; 1998-99, served on the State Superintendent of Education Task Force to make eligibility requirements more stringent for athletics and extracurricular activities; 1998-2000, served on the State Selection Committees for Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame and Bryant-Jordan Program; 1999-2000, Chairman of Statewide Public School/Private School Relations Committee, and from 2003 to present, served on the Building Committee for a new AHSAA building.

In 2005, Moe was honored with an induction into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame and the same year, he received the Jacksonville State University Athletic Hall of Fame Distinguished Alumni Service Award.

Kandy and Moe are married with a daughter, Christa Smith Urban (son-in-law Andy Urban), son, Casey Smith, and grandson, Brayden Urban.  Kandy and Moe’s hard work and many accomplishments shine a bright light on the HPER program at JSU.

The Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at JSU would like to congratulate both Kandy and Moe on their many accomplishments and contributions in the field. They have represented our department and JSU extremely well.

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