The Earl Falkenstien Honor Award
Earl Falkenstien was the long time Business Manager for the KU Athletic Department who was loved and respected by students and faculty. This award was established by Earl’s widow, Edith, and his two children, Max and Sandra, to honor his service to the university. In his position as Business Manager, he came in contact with many athletes and Physical Education majors at the university. His family felt it would be fitting to provide financial assistance to a KU Physical Education major rather than endowing an athletic scholarship. Friends and relatives of Earl contributed to the KUEA in his memory. This award is presented annually to the outstanding junior majoring in Physical Education on the basis of grades, character and leadership.
The Jack Wolfe Memorial Award
Jack Wolfe was a KU Physical Education major who grew up in Lawrence and graduated from Lawrence High School, where he excelled in track, basketball, and football. A varsity letterman in track and basketball at KU, he coached high school basketball in Colby. Jack died tragically in a private airplane crash while flying from Colby to Norman, Oklahoma to attend a KU-OU football game. Jack’s mother, Mrs. John Wolfe, his wife Joan, also a KU Physical Education graduate, and Mrs. John Dobbins established this award through the KU Endowment Association with gifts from relatives and friends. It is presented annually to the outstanding senior Physical Education male on the basis of grades, character and leadership.
The Don Henry Health Education Award
After earning a BSE and MSE from The Ohio State University, Don Henry accepted a position at KU as an instructor in health and physical education classes. During the next 37 years, he served the university with distinction. Don was active in national professional organizations and served on the Board of Governors for the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Recreation and was the President of the Central District of AHPER. The Don Henry Award is presented annually to a fourth or fifth year student in Health Education, with a 3.0 GPA or above, who exhibits leadership and interest in their field, is involved in professional activities, and is an example of good health - physically, mentally, socially and spiritually.
The Joie Stapleton Honor Award
A 1928 KU graduate, Dr. Joie Stapleton returned to her alma mater in 1939 as a staff member of the Physical Education Department. In 1952, she received her Doctorate from Teachers College of Columbia University and became head of the Women’s Physical Education Department at KU. A position she retained until her retirement in 1972. During her tenure at KU, Dr. Stapleton received many professional honors including the Presidency of the Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation. This award is presented annually to a senior woman in Physical Education, based on citizenship, academic achievement, participation in extra-class activities and a person who “shares the joys and responsibilities attached to being in this field”.