A Wellness Warrior

Charged with being the champion for OBU’s wellness program, Gina Kraft practices what she preaches.

“I love to run and have run several 5K races in the past year,” she said. “I also have done a couple of five mile trail runs. I also love to mountain bike. I'm not very good, though, as evidenced by the scars from my crashes!”

Kraft also is assistant professor of kinesiology and leisure studies. Her husband, Nathan, is a programmer/analyst at OBU.

“My husband and I were students here,” the 1998 graduate said. “I have had lots of family come through OBU. There was a natural attraction. I had a chance to come back and teach at my alma mater. It was a dream come true.”

Kraft, a native of Duncan, Okla., enjoys the one-on-one time she gets to spend with students.

“The best aspect of the student-teacher relationship at OBU is that as a teacher, I can get to know my students, especially my advisees,” she said. “I have time to do more than sign an enrollment card and send them on their way because I don't have 100 advisees.”

Kraft enjoys exercising. She participates in a variety of active and outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, camping, running, and swimming.

Kraft hopes that her students learn more from her than kinesiology and leisure studies.

“I hope they have a better ability to think critically,” she said. “My field is growing and changing rapidly. I can't hope to teach them everything, but if I can help them think through the processes, they will be able to evaluate and discern the truth.”

Kraft earned her master’s degree in health and sport sciences with an emphasis in exercise physiology at the University of Oklahoma.