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Dr. Felicia Cavallini Bio

A native of San Antonio, Texas, Felicia graduated from Providence High School in the top of her class, while earning All-State honors in volleyball, basketball and track.

A 1984 graduate of Rice University, Dr. Cavallini received a B.A. in Education and Kinesiology with a concentration in Coaching/Teaching from the Department of Human Performance and Health Sciences while earning academic honors. A dual sport athlete at Rice, Felicia played both volleyball and basketball for the Owls. While earning a M.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction, Felicia was an assistant coach of the women’s basketball team at UTSA. In the seven years to follow, Dr. Cavallini coached women’s basketball at SienaCollege, ProvidenceCollege, University of Southern Indiana and ColgateUniversity. In addition, Felicia taught and coached in secondary education in the state of Texas. Earning her doctorate degree at the University of Houston in Pedagogy, Dr. Cavallini became an assistant professor at Lamar University in the Department of Professional Pedagogy. Her research emphasis include health and wellness, acculturation, demographic background, basic knowledge of health and fitness concepts, current health issues, physical activity level, gender differences, barriers to exercise and exercise adherence within all populations, especially the Hispanic population. Joining the Limestone family in 1995 as an Associate Professor, Felicia is currently a Professor in the Department of Physical Education.

Dr. Cavallini has accomplished numerous presentations and peer review publications both nationally and internationally while becoming a 2 time recipient of the Limestone College Fullerton Teaching Award.  In more recent years, Dr. Cavallini teamed up with the Department of Health and Environmental Control in the state of South Carolina to implement a “Community Gardens” grant at Limestone College and Cherokee County. From 2010-2013, she is directing, implementing and nationally presenting a feasibility study assessing the walkability and physical activity readiness on the Limestone College campus, Historical Neighborhood, Downtown and the Old Mill section of Gaffney, South Carolina. She is currently applying for local, regional and national funds to implement a first rate fitness trail that can connect these areas.