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SEP doctoral student earns NCAA research grant

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A fourth year sport and exercise psychology doctoral student, Stefanee Van Horn, has received an NCAA graduate student grant to support her research: “An Examination of Coach Provided Social Support to Injured Athletes.” Van Horn is the second CPASS student in two years to achieve the NCAA award. Megan Byrd was the first.

Van Horn explains why the award is important to her. “Receiving a grant as a graduate student feels fantastic. It has helped me continue to see the value in the research I am engaging in and helps me demonstrate my abilities as a researcher.

College to host film viewing featuring graduate and Hall of Fame member

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CPASS will host the film, "The Man Behind the Suit," a new documentary featuring Robert DeProspero and his life as a retired Secret Service agent who was head of security during the Reagan administration. The event, scheduled on Thursday, December 1, 7 p.m. in CPASS room G-06, celebrates DeProspero’s career, family life and community service. DeProspero is a Morgantown native, CPASS Hall of Fame and WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni member. Following the film presentation, audience members will be invited to participate in a Q&A session.

Chris Roth to speak to WVU PETE students

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A WVU physical education teacher education graduate is putting a new spin on physical activity in southern West Virginia. Chris Roth, Eastern Greenbrier Middle School physical education teacher and 2016 West Virginia Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year, will visit campus on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 11 a.m., CPASS room G08. His presentation is entitled Re-imaging Middle School Physical Education in Greenbrier County, WV. The event is free and open to the public.

Roth, along with his Greenbrier County colleagues, introduced mountain biking, archery, disc golf and slack lining into middle school physical education. These curricular changes occurred in partnership with WVU CPASS faculty and were funded by a Carol M. White Physical Education Program grant, through the U.S. Department of Education.

PETE student recognized for outstanding achievement and service

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A number of WVU Physical Education Teacher Education students and faculty attended the West Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance conference on October 20-21. This is the first of a series of stories celebrating their success at the conference.

Obi Atkinson, PETE undergraduate student, won the Bea N. Orr Student Award, presented to outstanding students in the field.

PETE graduate student receives Dance Educator of the Year award

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Annie Machamer, PETE master’s grad and current EdD student, earned the Dance Educator of the Year award at the West Virginia Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance conference, October 20-21.

Machamer is thankful for the experiences she received from the WVAHPERD organization. “The conference as a whole allowed me to be exposed to a wide variety of opportunities, learning from other educational leaders and networking within my profession,” Machamer explained.