Physical Education Alumni Association

The Physical Education Major Program had its beginning at the State Teachers College in Hyannis in 1937. When the college closed in 1944, the State Teachers College at Bridgewater accepted the transfer of undergraduate women who were health and physical education majors. The Health and Physical Education Major Program was then established at Bridgewater, and in 1946 the alumni formed an association.

Physical Education Alumni Association is active today under the umbrella of the Bridgewater Alumni Association (BAA). It is the oldest constituency group of the BAA.

All physical education graduates of Hyannis State Teachers College or Bridgewater State University are considered members. Any physical education major who attended either of these institutions for at least one semester may also be a member. 

BSU physical education alumni have been generous donors over the years, establishing several related gift designation options where your contribution can make a difference.


The Comeau Award is given to a graduate of the Department of Movement Arts, Health Promotion and Leisure Studies at BSU who has been an alumnus/a for at least five years. The recipient must have demonstrated extraordinary interest in a profession related to health, physical education, or recreation.

The Damon Physical Education Scholarship Fund was established through a charitable gift from Ms. Jeanette (DiPaoli) Damon, ’54, in recognition of her undergraduate experience in physical education at BSU. This scholarship will benefit a deserving female student majoring in Physical Education with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher who intends to become a physical education teacher.

The Dr. Mary Jo Moriarty Award is presented annually by the Physical Education Alumni Association to a member of the graduating class of the Department of Movement Arts, Health Promotion and Leisure Studies. The recipient is selected on the basis of outstanding service to the department and the university.
 Income from the fund is used to underwrite, in part, an annual lecture sponsored by the Physical Education Alumni Association.

The Professor Johanne Smith Award was established to honor Johanne Smith, professor emerita, of the Department of Movement Arts, Health Promotion and Leisure Studies, and is awarded for outstanding teaching, leadership, commitment to excellence, and service to students and the teaching profession.
The Thornburg Physical Education Scholarship was established with a gift from Dr. Thornburg to be given to a deserving student majoring in Physical Education. Preference is given to students with a minimum GPA of 3.3 or higher, campus and/or community involvement, and documented financial need.

Do you want to be in the know? You can get the latest news and events for this club by reaching out to any of the alumni volunteer leaders listed below or sending an email to (please include your contact info and express your interest in future updates). 


Donna Medeiros, ’86, G'01, G'05 - President
Nancy Seablom Sarno,’64 - Secretary
Marcia Crooks, ‘55
Emily Manion, ‘03
Maria Melchionda, ’83, G’93
Maureen Collins Minasian, ’88
MaryLou Thimas, ‘68
Pamela Tremarche, G’02