IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management
Athletes live to "get in the game," and IUPUI junior Gayle Brunner is no exception.
Gayle was on the track, volleyball and swimming and diving teams at Northwestern High School near Kokomo, and her love for both sports still permeates everything about her life and career goals in the IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management. She hopes to earn a doctorate in physical therapy, with an eye toward working with older people or with sports injuries.
As one of IUPUI's talented Bepko Scholars, she's well on her way, earning dean's list honors regularly throughout her campus career, qualifying for the Honors Club, compiling a 3.99 grade-point average through her first two years of college and serving as the co-president of the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society.
She's a familiar face among student volunteers at IUPUI, as well, working in the Motor Activity Clinic (helping developmentally challenged youth perform physical activities), serving as a games supervisor for IN Shape Indiana, working at the Wheeler Mission and the Special Olympics, and this fall joining fellow volunteers for a church medical mission to Haiti.
Gayle has been an enthusiastic participant in IUPUI's growing campus life, too. She helped launch the new Student Wellness Coalition, one of IUPUI's rapidly growing number of student organizations. The Wellness Coalition will promote health and wellness among IUPUI students through special events, classes, health fairs, open forums and other programs.
Gayle also is a prolific intramural athlete, captaining a co-ed volleyball team (called Da' Ducks) and a female flag football team (the Grid Iron Mamas II) that twice won the IUPUI women's flag football championship. In her spare time, she runs, swims, dives and rides her bicycle. And like most athletes, she still has that desire to be part of the game: when she completes her education, Gayle hopes to help coach divers and volleyball teams in addition to her career choice.