Frequently Asked Questions
Listed below are some general questions that relate to the whole of the Faculty. For more specific frequently asked questions please visit the respective pages:

Q: What is FKRM?

A: FKRM is an acronym for the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management. FKRM physically comprises of three buildings on the University of Manitoba Fort Garry campus, one on the University of Manitoba Bannatyne campus and encompasses undergraduate and graduate programs, the HLHP Research Institute and Bison Sport and Active Living.

Q: What is the history of the Faculty?

A: In 1933, a director of recreation position was created at the University of Manitoba. It was not until 1950, however, that a Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics was established. The purpose of this unit was to provide physical education courses for the various schools and faculties and to direct, organize and supervise the intramural and intercollegiate athletic programs.

In February 1964, the Senate of the university approved the establishment of a three-year program leading to the degree Bachelor of Physical Education. In June 1966, the status of School of Physical Education was achieved. Senate approved the establishment of a Master of Physical Education degree program in May of 1979. This degree is offered through the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

A Bachelor of Recreation Studies degree was approved by Senate in April 1981 and Faculty status was achieved in May 1982.

In 1992, the Faculty established the Health, Leisure and Human Performance Research Institute to facilitate, conduct, and disseminate research of the highest quality in the areas of human movement and leisure studies in order to contribute to an enhanced understanding of health and human performance.

In 1990 the Master of Physical Education was changed to the Master of Science. In the spring of 1998, a four-year degree program, the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, a revised three-year BPE degree and a Master of Arts in Recreation Studies were approved by the Council on Post-Secondary Education. In September 2004, the degree designation of the Bachelor of Recreation Studies was changed to the Bachelor of Recreation Management and Community Development.

In December 2005 Senate approved the name change of the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science degree program to the Bachelor of Kinesiology degree program, which became effective in the fall of 2006. At the same time the Master's of Science in Exercise and Sport Science was renamed the Master's of Science in Kinesiology.

Effective July 2007, the University of Manitoba Board of Governors approved the recommendation to change the Faculty name to the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management.

Q: What is HLHP?

A: HLHPRI is an acronym for the Health, Leisure and Human Performance Research Institute. It is a Type I Institute that is housed within the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management. (Type I means that it is a Research Institute that is part of a Faculty.)

The Institute promotes its mission through a number of programs and activities, including a small grants program, visiting scholar program, and a graduate student travel awards program.

A key objective of the Institute, which is to facilitate knowledge transfer, has been achieved through the initiation of five different structured partnerships. These partnerships have been with groups ranging from Parks Canada to the Canadian Sports Centre Manitoba, each of which has brought a new Research Affiliate to the Institute.

Health, fitness, community living, leisure, aging, at risk populations - these truly are some of the important issues within our society today. As we start off the new millennium, the Health, Leisure and Human Performance Research Institute has a very important role to play in helping to answer the many questions that contribute to our overall quality of life within Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and beyond.

Q: Who was Max Bell?

A: Max Bell was a philanthropist who lived from 1912-1972 and was considered highly generous. A dedicated athlete and fitness enthusiast, Max Bell was an internationally recognized sportsman. He played both football and hockey.

The vision and spirit manifest in Max Bell's business and sports enterprises also pervaded his myriad of philanthropic activities. Dedicated to the education of young people, he contributed generously to various boys' camps and provided countless university scholarships anonymously.

His legacy to his credo is the Max Bell Foundation, which he established with the gift of a substantial portion of his estate - over $17 million in F.P. Publication shares - shortly before his tragic and premature death on July 19, 1972 at the Montreal Neurological Institute.

Since his death, the Foundation has authorized hundreds of grants totaling more than $65 million to a wide range of organizations across Canada. It is fitting that the multipurpose Max Bell Centre houses the Health, Leisure and Human Performance Research Institute and field house. The Centre is designed to encourage community participation in physical activity and athletic excellence.

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Q: Who was Frank Kennedy?

A. Frank Kennedy was the first director of physical education and a leader in physical education in the province. Frank William Kennedy (1917-1970) was born in Lyleton, MB, obtained his teaching certificate in Brandon, taught in Russell and Shoal Lake and served as Sports Director with the armed forces in Canada, the United Kingdom and Italy during World War II. At one time he held provincial records in the 100-yard dash and the high jump.

Frank married Kathleen King in 1941. He was awarded the B.P.E. with gold medal from the University of Toronto in 1947, before joining the athletic staff of the University of Manitoba. Subsequently, whilst on leave-of-absence, he obtained his M.P.E. (1950) and Ed. D. (1955) from Columbia University.

When the School of Physical Education was established in 1964, Frank was its Founding Director and was responsible for implementing the first degree program. He soon made plans for improved recreational and athletic facilities. Although the leader in its planning, he did not live to see the completion of the "Frank Kennedy Centre".

Active in many professional organizations, he was three times president of the Western Intercollegiate Athletic Association, and 1964 President of the Canadian Intercollegiate Union. He consistently emphasized the importance of sport and recreation to the education of the individual. He died in office on February 20, 1970.

Q: Where are you located?

A. The Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management  is located on the beautiful and historic University of Manitoba campus in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. More information...