Kerri and Tim Manning received support from the Elizabeth C. Lane Exercise Physiology Laboratory Research Fund before graduating in 1998.
When she made a generous gift to the Department of Physical Education back in 1995, retired professor Elizabeth C. Lane did not know the impact she would have on two young people's lives.
Tim, M.S. '98 education, and Kerri Manning, M.S. '98 education, came to NIU in the late 90s as eager graduate students with big dreams. Tim, an avid rower, and Kerri, a health advocate, enrolled in the College of Education graduate program to study exercise physiology.
"My senior year in college, I knew I wanted to be a physicians assistant and I knew the kinesiology and physical education program could open doors for me," Kerri says.
Completing a Successful Thesis
Her master's thesis exploring exercise and cholesterol required a great deal of laboratory testing. "Each lab test cost $19.00…it was very expensive," Kerri says. Thanks in great part to the Elizabeth C. Lane Exercise Physiology Laboratory Research Fund, Kerri was able to pay for her research and complete her thesis. The fund that the late Dr. Lane had created was achieving its mission of strengthening and enhancing research endeavors and improving the KNPE laboratory facilities.
Tim points to the discipline and structure he learned while at NIU. He, too, received support from the Lane endowment and credits the gift with helping him complete a successful thesis and prepare for a career in the health field. "The professors at NIU were emotionally and intellectually engaged," Tim says. Tim and Kerri agree that the professors instilled in them a sense of pride in the school and an enthusiasm for their work.
Love Was in the Air
The Mannings discovered they had more in common than their field of study while at NIU. The "Double Huskies" married in 2002 and have two daughters. Today, Tim is director of operations for a health care organization and Kerri is a physicians assistant.
The Mannings say they will always be grateful to Dr. Lane for helping them achieve their dreams—careers they love and a family they cherish.
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