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SEP graduate earns internship with prestigious physical fitness program

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Carrie Rishell, 2014 WVU SEP graduate, is adding new skills to her resume through an internship with the President’s Council for Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. 

“My main job at the President’s Council is to assist with whatever is necessary. Recently, that was planning the Eggtivity Zone which was one of the activities at the White House Easter Egg Roll this year. I help with logistical things like preparing documents and scheduling as well as planning some portions of events,” she explained. 

Grad student recognized at 3-Minute Thesis competition

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Ashley Cranney, Sport and Exercise Psychology graduate student and doctoral candidate,earned the People’s Choice award in the 3-Minute Thesis competition recently held on campus. Cranney presented her research, titled “How far is too far? Understanding identity and overconformity in collegiate wrestlers,” April 7 at the Mountainlair. 

Cranney was interested in the competition because the focus allowed students to hone their competences. “The competition was more about the student’s communication skills to effectively convey their research to a non-specified audience,” she explained. 

ACE grad moves into high school coaching position

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Brian Houk, CPASS Athletic Coaching Education graduate, credits connections made as a member of the WVU Men’s Lacrosse team, along with support from CPASS mentors, for helping him land the head coaching slot with the University High School boys’ Lacrosse team. 

“Connections and friendships are important because you never know when an opportunity will arise. I got this job because of connections I made in the UHS program through the WVU Men’s Lacrosse team. Make positive relationships and never burn any bridges,” Houk said. 

Expand your mind and body this summer by taking a Sport and Exercise Psychology class

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CPASS is offering online and on campus SEP courses this summer. Sign   up for Psychological Perspectives in Sport (SEP 272), Sport in American Society (SEP 271), or African-Americans in Sport (SEP 373). On campus courses run three weeks; online courses are six weeks in length. These are General Education Classes and are offered to all students. SEP 271 and SEP 272 are 3-credit courses which fulfill pre-major requirements. SEP 272 fulfills GECs 4 and 6; SEP 271 fulfills GECs 4 and 7 and SEP 373 fulfills GECs 4 and 7. Register today for classes through your STAR account. For more info, contact: Register on line via

SEP 272 Psychological Perspectives in Sport

Dallas Branch Retirement

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Dallas Branch, associate professor, College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, celebrated his career accomplishments with colleagues, family and friends at a reception and dinner on April 15, 2016 at Lakeview Resort in Morgantown and hosted by CPASS.

“Dr. Branch has made a significant and lasting impact upon the sport management program at WVU. As a result of his efforts, this program has received a great deal of national and international acclaim, and has helped the program attract the best and brightest students,” explained Jack Watson, professor and chair, Department of Sport Sciences.

College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences recognizes 2016 outstanding faculty and students

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Faculty members and students in the West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences were recently recognized for outstanding teaching, research and service for the 2015-16 academic year. The College announced the awards of 23 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students.

Brady Nolan received the SHAPE America Outstanding Major of the Year Award and was recognized as a WVU Foundation Outstanding Senior, along with Sarah Verdis. The following students received the Outstanding Student Award in their program: Brady Nolan, undergraduate Athletic Coaching Education and Andre Schneider, MS graduate, ACE; Sarah Verdis, undergraduate PETE and Ashley Dugas, MS graduate PETE; Jun-hyung Baek, Doctoral, Coaching and Teaching Studies; Allison Fansler, undergraduate Athletic Training and Kjersti Traaen, graduate Athletic Training; Anna Onderik, undergraduate SEP and Jay Stewart, graduate SEP; Nick Davidson, undergraduate Sport Management and Erin McClafferty, graduate Sport Management.

College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences announces annual research day

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The College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences will host its 2016 Student Research Day on Friday, April 22, 3-4:30 p.m. at the Evansdale Library, second floor. 

The College will present awards to students for best undergraduate and graduate research projects. The event will involve input from students and faculty and feature research presented at state, national and international conferences as well as work performed within the academic year.

New Office of Student Success will provide resources to support student achievement

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The West Virginia University community is invited to attend the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences’ official dedication of the Office of Student Success. The ceremony will take place April 14 at 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the main lobby of the CPASS building. A reception will follow the event. James Hannon,CPASS assistant dean of Academic Affairs and Research, will host the program and introduction of the new services.

The CPASS Office of Student Success will combine recruitment, advising and retention services, while focusing on the academic and social needs of current students. The office will strive to help CPASS students stay enrolled and graduate in a timely manner.

Physical activity-based mentorship helps improve academic and mental health services

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Skateboarding has led Jeremy Rogers to connect with troubled children. Rogers, sport and exercise psychology graduate, created Colorado Motion to help adolescents overcome daily challenges and teach them life skills, resilience and perseverance. 

“Colorado Motion provides a fresh approach to improving the lives and mental well-being of children and adolescents in the Colorado area. Colorado Motion utilizes the benefits of physical activity and counseling to provide child and adolescent mental health services. While engaging in physical activities ranging from skateboarding to hiking to playing catch, we build a mentorship-based relationship,” Rogers explained.

Personal training minor grad uses aquatic strength training to expand customer base

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Andrew Biederman, who combined personal training, sports communication and entrepreneurship minors to launch his career, has helped develop a training program using aquatics to improve strength training results. 

Biederman, who is a certified personal trainer at Robert Wood Johnson Fitness and Wellness Center in Hamilton, NJ, has worked in the fitness industry for two years.