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Virtual gathering to highlight international collaboration with Federal University of Parana in Brazil

People's hands working on pins with strings attached and U.S. and Brazilian flag colors overlaying the hands.

An upcoming virtual workshop will feature the expanding partnership between West Virginia University and the Universidade Federal do Parana (UFPR) in Brazil. The April 9, 2021 one-day event, entitled “Research Across Borders,” will emphasize opportunities to expand and develop new collaborations in research, faculty development and graduate student exchanges.

The event is organized by the WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences and the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources and supported by the WVU Office of Global Affairs along with the UFPR Agency for International Affairs.

New leadership announced for WVU Fitness Information Technology Publishing

Eileen Harvey is the new director at FiT Publishing at CPASS.

Eileen Harvey will assume the director of Fitness Information Technology Publishing role, following the retirement of Barb Dalton. FiT Publishing, an international publisher in sport sciences, operates in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences. 

FiT publishes books, peer-reviewed journals and digital products in sport psychology, sport and cultural studies, sport management and physical education. FiT Publishing’s most popular books are available in hard copy and digital formats.

Office of Student Success employee recognized for exceptional service

Melinda Gallagher displays her values coin in front of the CPASS building.

A College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences staff member was honored for her superior dedication during a recent Office of Student Success Zoom meeting. Melinda Gallagher, OSS student success coordinator for online graduate students, received a 2020 WVU Values Coin for her commitment and enthusiasm in her daily role.

“Melinda has been an awesome addition to our office and the glue holding us all together during the past pandemic year. She goes above and beyond her duties, always eager to jump into a project or take on a new challenge,” Elizabeth (Betsy) Robbins, OSS student success coordinator said.

Transforming student recruitment, retention and program initiatives

The plaque in front of the CPASS office of Student Success

Recent transitions within the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences Office of Student Success will further boost the college’s student services offerings related to recruitment and retention. Through staff expansion and reorganization, along with additional opportunities to establish new program initiatives, OSS is well positioned to enhance student services.

Melinda Gallagher and Colton Metzger have joined the team as new student success coordinators. Gallagher will work directly with online graduate students while Metzger will assist undergraduate Health and Well-being students. Cole Smith and Kimberly Cameon have joined OSS in their current roles as web/graphic designer and communications specialist, respectively. Lindsay Augustine will lead OSS initiatives as the newly named assistant dean for student and enrollment services.