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College supports annual kids fitness expo

WVU Kids Expo landscape photo

CPASS Physical Education Teacher Education students and faculty collaborated with the WVU Student Rec Center to host the 6th Annual Kids Safety and Fitness Expo, May 23 at the rec fields. The free, family-centered event featured bike safety lessons, an obstacle course, sports, games, the annual tug-of-war competition, hands-on demonstrations and health information for parents. 

More than 200 children and families from the community came out to celebrate, move and explore. CPASS, PETE and Lifetime Activities faculty and students were well represented. "The event enhances the well-being and quality of life for the community," explained Valerie Wayda, associate professor and chair, Coaching and Teaching Studies department. 

WVU Lifetime Activities offers summer class, camp registration

Summer camp photo

West Virginia University Lifetime Activities registration remains open for summer 2017 fitness, wellness classes and camps. Featured class sessions include Wilderness First Aid, scuba, Martial Arts and youth summer camps. The National Youth Sports Program camp, for ages 9-15, emphasizes sports, emotional and physical well-being. The WVU NYSP camp provides a summer food service program. Eligible campers will receive a snack and lunch. 

The Gold and Blue Healthy Kids Camp, for ages 5-11, includes weekly themed activities, teamwork and leadership skills, located on the downtown campus. Space is limited in each class and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit the web site for a complete list of classes, times, pricing and NYSP food service program eligibility. or call 304-293-0859. WVU Lifetime Activities is managed by the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences.

A place to play and learn

trampoline exercises at a gymnastics class

In 2015, the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences made history. It became one of just 13 programs in the country to be selected by the National Inclusion Project to implement a program designed to break down barriers between those living with disabilities and those without through one simple, yet powerful, everyday activity — play. 

The National Inclusion Project’s program model, called Let’s ALL Play, has since been incorporated into the College’s already diverse Lifetime Activities (LA) offerings, creating new environments where children with disabilities ranging from autisum to ADHD can play and benefit from interaction with their non-disabled peers — and vice versa. 

WVU sport management graduate program recognized for global impact

Dallas Branch and Jackie Riggleman

The sport management  graduate program at West Virginia University’s College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences is listed as the 44th best sport management program worldwide (Top 50), and 10th in the United States, according to a global ranking and rating agency evaluating masters and MBA programs.

The CPASS sport management program has appeared in the rankings for the past four years. Eduniversal Best Masters has released results for 2017 in its list of 50 best masters in sports management. 

WVU grad oversees safety for the largest transit system in North America

Cheryl Kennedy

As vice president of the NYC Transit Authority, Cheryl Kennedy oversees the Office of System Safety for the largest transit property in North America, one that carries more than two billion passengers a year and encompasses more than 70 miles of track.

The former Mountaineer basketball player and 1982 safety management graduate is tasked with the daily safety of NYCTA’s eight million bus and rail passengers as well as its 46,000 employees. Additionally, Kennedy is the federal, state and local safety contact charged with the oversight of the organization and its unions.

CPASS student recognized for exceptional accomplishments

Amy Cashin

A fierce drive for leadership, service and competition has earned Amy Cashin the 2017 WVU Order of Augusta. Cashin, from Werribee, Australia, is one of only eight students who have been honored with the prestigious student award from among 44 students who were named WVU Foundation’s Outstanding Seniors.

The Outstanding Seniors award was established in 1995 in honor of the WVU Foundation’s 40th Anniversary, to honor WVU’s most distinguished graduating seniors. The Order of Augusta further recognizes the students for their superior scholarship, demonstrated leadership and public service.  

Desire to expand career motivates international student to pursue second degree in Morgantown

Julio Nakasato at Under Armour Peru

Julio Nakasato, Lima, Peru, was overseeing sports marketing for Adidas Peru. After four and a half years, he knew he wanted to do more with his career. That is when he enrolled in the WVU master’s degree program in sports management.

“I found a new place to call my second home, discovered a passion in the NFL and fantasy football and met amazing forever friends. I learned from the best and found out that the Mountaineer Nation is a family,” Nakasato said.

CPASS professor will promote physical activity at state healthcare conference

Dr. Sam Zizzi

Healthcare innovators from across West Virginia will gather next month in an attempt to prevent and reverse West Virginia’s soaring rates of chronic disease. Sam Zizzi, Pat Fehl Endowed Professor, sport and exercise psychology with CPASS, will share insight and research at Try This for Healthcare Professionals Conference, June 1-3 at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, West Virginia.

The conference will offer practical strategies for engaging patients and communities in movement, food and stress management. Topics include reversing diabetes, approaches to childhood obesity and dietary approaches for opioid dependence.