October 15, 2009

Ogletree wins health educator service award

by K.C. Jaehnig

Roberta Ogletree

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Roberta J. Ogletree, professor of health education at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, has won the Illinois Society for Public Health Education’s Donald B. Stone Outstanding Health Educator Service Award. She will receive a certificate and a one-year membership Dec. 7 in Bloomington.

The award recognizes teachers who have enhanced the lives of others and who have contributed to their discipline. Former student Eric S. Davidson, now associate director of Eastern Illinois University’s Health Service, nominated Ogletree for the award, describing her as a “superb educator.”

“As one who entered the program without a formal health education background, I can say that I learned the most about the discipline through the foundations class she taught,” he wrote in his nominating letter.

“The program plan that she required us to develop has served as the foundation for the sleep hygiene social marketing campaign that Eastern is in the process of developing.”

Davidson also noted that Ogletree advises the campus chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma, a national society for health education professionals and serves as editor of the national body’s journal, “The Health Educator.”

Earlier this year, Ogletree received the W. W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University’s School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. Other honors include service awards from Eta Sigma Gamma and the American School Health Association.

Ogletree joined the SIUC faculty in 1991, winning promotion to full professor in 2002. She earned her doctorate from Indiana University in 1991, her master’s from Bowling Green State University in 1979 and her bachelor’s in 1974 from Eastern.