2011 ICSPAH Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
The 2011 International Chinese Society for Physical Activities and Health（ICSPAH）Annual Meeting was held in 26A Convention Center in San Diego, California on April 1, 2011. There were 38 members and guests from the United States, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan attending the meeting. Dr. Ping Xiang, the President of ICSPAH and Dr. Li Li, the President Elect of ICSPAH welcomed all attendees. Dr. Ping Xiang presented the Annual Report for the year of 2010. Dr. Tao Zhang, the Treasurer, reported that ICSPAH was financially healthy. As the chair of the membership committee, Dr. Wenhao Liu focused his report on the membership recruiting efforts, which resulted in a steady growth in the membership for the last two years. The members present at the meeting have unanimously approved the Annual Report and the Revisions of the By-Law after a brief discussion. They also elected Dr. Yuanlong Liu from Western Michigan University as President-Elect, Dr. Wei Bian from Slippery Rock University as Secretary, Dr. Yong Gao from Boise State University as Member-at-Large, and Dr. Tao Zhang as Treasurer.
Dr. Li Li presented the 2011 Outstanding Service Awards to Dr. Ping Xiang, Dr. Zan Gao and Dr. Guoyuan Huang to acknowledge their outstanding contributions they made to ICSPAH from March 2009 to March 2011.
Many attendees gave a short speech during open discussion session. Dr. Zhenying Jiang, the founder of the Chinese-American HPERD Scholar Net, which has gradually evolved to become ICSPAH, shared his experience to promote organization growth and development. He also introduced methods to make connections for larger social network. Mr. Zhunming Chen, Consul and Director of Education Office, Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Los Angeles, expressed a warm welcome and the willingness of support to all attendees and scholars in the field of Health, Physical Education and Sport Sciences. Dr. Frank Fu, the Chair Professor and Associate Vice-President in Hong Kong Baptist University, called scholars for manuscript submission or reviewer service for the Journal of Exercise Science and Fitness. Dr. Xiaozan Wang from East China Normal University（ECNU）and the director of Shanghai Office of ICSPAH indicated that all ICSPAH members would be welcomed to visit her university and other universities in China. She would like to play a role as a bridge to develop more cooperation between scholars in the United States and China.
At the meeting, Weihong Ning（Dr. Zao Gao’s doctoral student）, Lijun Tang（a doctoral student at ECNU and currently a visiting scholar mentored by Dr. Wenhao Liu）, Kun Wang（a doctoral student at ECNU and currently a visiting scholar mentored by Dr. Ping Xiang）, Dan Yang（a visiting scholar at West Virginia University from Shenyang Institute of Physical Education）, and Dr. Junwen Wei（a retired exercise physiology professor）joined ICSPAH as new members. Dr. Zhengyi Jiang（Barstow College, California）, Dr. Keh Nyit Chin（National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei）and Ms. Zhong Chen（2008 Beijing Olympics gold medalist of Taekwondo and currently studying at Indiana University, Bloomington）joined ICSPAH as lifetime members. Dr. Frank Fu and Dr. Yong Gao became lifetime members.
The annual meeting was followed by a dinner in Panda Inn, a fine Chinese restaurant in downtown San Diego. It was recommended by Dr. Hua Jin, the President of Chinese Association in San Diego, who also gave a warm greeting on behalf of local Chinese American professors and professionals. Everyone enjoyed the pleasant weather, delicious food and the friendship of the gathering.