Posted by Emily Hart on 2011-03-09

Ralph Gold, Samford University professor of exercise science and sports medicine, was a program presenter at the Southern District American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) convention Feb. 16-20 in Greensboro, N.C.

As the Alabama state president-elect for, Gold made two presentations at the convention: “Challenges and Successes of Service Learning” and “Cross-Training: Is It Essential for Athletic Performance?”

“AAHPERD provides an opportunity to interact with other professors of like-mindedness from the other 13 states in the southern district and to collaborate with them on issues pertinent to health, fitness and wellness,” Gold said.

Gold first joined the Samford faculty in 1986 and returned in 1995.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.