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Grit and determination pays off for master's grad

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David Carr has learned the art of perseverance. After 10 years and numerous hardships, he has landed his dream job as a college football coach.

His journey started when he was coaching at Shepard University which required a master’s degree to teach. While earning his online sport management master’s degree in 2007, Carr and his family were going through a difficult time. His wife was fighting cancer which she ultimately survived.

SEP student recognized as Volunteer of the month

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Wayne Sasso, senior Sport and Exercise Psychology student, was awarded the title of Volunteer of the Month after devoting time to the Mental Health of America, Monongalia County. Sasso spent two-days-a-week calling for donations, filing and helping clients create resumes and set up email accounts. Most importantly, he leant a listening ear to those who needed it.

“I like being able to sit and talk with people from different walks of life. I really enjoy their stories,” said Sasso.

Vote for CPASS Dean Brooks

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The Best of Morgantown 2016 awards competition aligns Morgantown businesses, personalities and organizations in a friendly battle. Traditionally, folks cast their votes for their favorite places to eat, shop, play and more. Now, for the first time in this annual rivalry, you can cast your vote for Best Dean.,

CPASS student learns how to manage studies, military and running

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Alyson Snyder is an undergrad PETE major, minoring in music performance. She has served active duty in the military for four and a half years.

Snyder serves in the WV Army National Guard with the 249th Army Band and was recently promoted to the rank of sergeant. Upon her promotion, her unit put her in charge of physical training. Snyder began competing in Army ten mile races three years ago to stay in shape and challenge herself.

Join the CPASS food drive to support local families

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Some Morgantown area families and WVU students face tough times throughout the year and especially during the holidays and cold weather. This holiday season, the CPASS Dean’s Advisory Board is coordinating a food drive to help fill the shelves of surrounding food banks. Please help by donating non-perishable food items from Monday, Nov. 16 through December 11. Bins are placed throughout the CPASS building. For more information, contact Taylor Opperhauser,

Please consider donating the following non-perishable items for the drive: canned beans, rice, tuna, chicken, sardines, grains, pasta, tomato paste or personal care items.

Mr. Mountaineer award honors student's passion and hard work

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CPASS student Brady Nolan of Reader and Joy Wang of Charleston were announced as this year’s honorees during halftime of the WVU vs. Texas Tech football game on Nov. 7 at Milan Puskar Stadium. The awards are given each year as part of WVU’s Mountaineer Week festivities.

“I applied to be Mr. Mountaineer because I have respect for the award which is given to a male student who shows outstanding academic achievement and extracurricular involvement. I have represented the University in several ways throughout my undergraduate career and I thought my involvement and academic success would make me a good candidate for the award,” Nolan explained.

College faculty, students and alumni shine at state, national conferences

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Numerous CPASS graduates and one doctoral student presented at the SHAPE PETE Conference in Atlanta at the end of October, including CPASS faculty Eloise Elliott, James Hannon and Stephen Harvey.

Tyler Goad, current doctoral student, discussed PETEtechnology applications. Recent doctoral program grads, Luciana Braga and Kacey DiGiacinto, presented while graduates Rachel Gurvitch, Georgia State University, Beth Hersman Khalaf, Wright State University, Tony Pritchard, Georgia Southern, and Scott Townsend and Derek   Mohr, Appalachian State University, also presented.