Professional Series Event Presents ‘Building Bridges for Those Under the Bridge’

PULLMAN, Wash. — One educator’s work with the poor, marginalized and homeless is the topic of the annual Gordon/Enberg Professional Series presentation Nov. 17 on the Washington State University campus.
Vanderbilt University faculty member Sharon Shields will present “Building Bridges for Those Under Bridges — Lessons in Connectedness,” at 4 p.m. in Todd Hall, Room 276.
Shields is a professor in the Department of Human Development at Vanderbilt University, where she focuses on work with the poor, marginalized and homeless in and out of the classroom. Shields was recently awarded the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s Distinguished Service Award for community involvement through classroom experiences. Shields’ research has focused on women’s health issues, preventive health research related to the poor, school health issues in communities, and health issues for minority women. Currently, she is preparing a report on the Tipper Gore Fund project dealing with mental illness among the homeless population.
The professional series is an annual event maintained through an endowment fund that honors Carol E. Gordon and Mary Lou Enberg for their contributions and dedication to the profession and commitment to students and colleagues. The series sponsors lectures and seminars for students and faculty in the areas of administration, curriculum, motor development, motor learning, sport psychology, teacher preparation and women in sports.
Gordon was chair of the Department of Physical Education for Women from 1962-1983, and Enberg served on the faculty of the department from 1960-1983.
Washington State University’s Department of Kinesiology and Leisure Studies is in charge of the annual event.