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WVU celebrates student achievement at year-end commencement ceremony

Students clapping during commencement

The College congratulates our outstanding group of December 2019 graduates for their many accomplishments throughout their student career, as we eagerly look forward to their future successes within their chosen field. Students credit their peers, faculty, staff and alumni for help and guidance in reaching this milestone, all while being a student-athlete, ambassador or volunteer. Students took advantage of internships, field trips, study abroad and mentorship opportunities. Others seized leadership roles as peer advisors. Some changed majors before they found their passion. Regardless of their paths, they all agree on one common thread. Get involved as you make WVU your home. 

West Virginia University graduates publish mindset training textbook for dancers

A rendering of what the paperback version of the book will look like

Dancers often face the same difficulties in their training and performance as athletes: physical and mental barriers, including nerves, anxiety and self-doubt. While coaches and instructors work with their students through physical challenges, internal barriers can be tougher to overcome.

West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences alumnae Ashley Cranney (2016) and Chelsea Wooding (2014) have first-hand experience with these challenges. The book, “Every Count Matters: Mindset Training for Dancers,” utilizes their background in competitive dance and mental performance to reach dancers of all styles and skill levels.

Study abroad opportunity focuses on sport industry in Europe

Fans cheering at Anfield

An upcoming WVU Abroad trip will highlight the business facets of sport in Europe. Students participating in the summer 2020 study abroad adventure will visit Ireland, England and France.

Students will gain firsthand experience about the European sport model and club sports unique to Europe during the May 17-28, 2020 trip.

SEP faculty member uses digital technology to expand teaching efforts

Scott Barnicle

Students in the college’s sport and exercise psychology program are learning key concepts in the classroom with the help of digital media. As time and technology progress, faculty members are using different platforms to support networking in the sport industry. 

Dr. Scott Barnicle, teaching assistant professor and program coordinator, sport and exercise psychology, has played an instrumental role in the application of digital media within the classroom. Barnicle has applied a variety of techniques at WVU, including Skype, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Master's student earns prestigious research award

Kevin Lou

Kevin Lou, CPASS master’s student in the sport, exercise, and performance psychology program, has received a scholarship from the Carl del Signore Foundation in the amount of $1,000. He is one of only five West Virginia University students to receive the award, which recognizes students who are engaged in research activities leading to a research-focused master’s degree.

“Being a recipient of the Carl del Signore Foundation Graduate Scholarship is an honor. I feel the research I am conducting is interesting and valuable to me and my field, and to have other foundations acknowledge that is really rewarding. I am very grateful for the opportunity to be chosen for this award,” states Lou.

Career shift focuses on community engagement for SEP graduate

Jay Spenser Darden

Many college students struggle with the uncertainty of life after graduation and how to apply their major. Sport and exercise psychology graduate Jay Spenser Darden experienced a change in career paths, after discovering his true passion.  

Darden, from Springfield, Va., currently serves as the director of diversity initiatives and community engagement at West Virginia University. Upon earning his B.S. (2011) in sport and exercise psychology, he had career goals of using outdoor and adventure education to encourage healthy lifestyles. While at WVU, he worked as a leader for Adventure WV, gaining valuable insight and knowledge in the field.