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Celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day

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In honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, the WVU Association for Women in Sports Media and A2WD will host a panel discussion on mental health for women in sports on February 2 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the Media Innovation Center on the 4th floor, Evansdale Crossing or via live stream. The discussion, titled Women in Sport and Mental Health, is in partnership with the Association of Women in Sport Media – AWSM.

The panel will feature Marla Gladstone, doctoral student, CPASS coaching and teaching studies, as moderator. Panel participants include Kayza Massey and Brooke Brown, WVU Women’s soccer student athletes; Olivia Sneed, assistant director of athletics communication and CPASS SM master’s graduate; Sofía España Pérez, clinical and sports behavioral health therapist, WVU Athletics and CPASS doctorate degree in sport, exercise and performance psychology; and Felicia Hooper, behavioral health therapist, Carruth Center.

Establishing goals to measure career achievements

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Maintaining a drive to constantly evaluate life aspirations has empowered CPASS graduate Ted Deljanovan to excel in coaching and his career. Deljanovan, physical education teacher education master’s degree (May 2019), says that goal setting has unleashed unlimited possibilities.

“Regardless of whether it was obtaining full time employment, using it in my coaching to be successful or in everyday life, goal setting and pushing me, my teams and individuals has provided opportunities across the board,” Deljanovan said. “I live the ‘never stay comfortable’ motto and keep setting new ambitions to better my teams and myself.”

A Long Talk anti-racism experience set for February

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The West Virginia University community is invited to attend the anti-racism activation experience titled “A Long Talk About the Uncomfortable Truth” on Feb. 15 and 22 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

The two-day event will begin with a virtual conference organized as thoughtful conversations where participants are asked to listen, view and respond in real time. The discussions will include large and small group settings using the breakout rooms feature.

Students encounter behind the scenes look at college bowl game

Sport management students and faculty member stand together on field at Dukes Mayo Bowl game

During the winter break sport management students and faculty member Patrick Hairston, teaching assistant professor, participated in a field experience learning opportunity at the Duke's Mayo Bowl Game in Charlotte, N.C. The group attend the game between the University of South Carolina and the University of North Carolina on Dec. 30.

Hairston created this practical learning opportunity by connecting with the Charlotte Sports Foundation and other professional contacts. “I wanted the students to learn the lesson of the all hands on deck mentality as it relates to event management.No role is too small or too big in managing a sporting event, especially a college bowl game in an NFL stadium,” he said.

Undergraduate student puts classroom learning into practice

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College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences student Daniel Thompson gained first-hand experience as an intern with WVU’s Office of Health Promotion and Wellness, helping to design the release of the recently announced WVU employee wellness toolkit.

The CPASS health and well-being student attended meetings with faculty and staff to gather information for the project. “I worked directly with Dr. Amy Sidwell on this effort. I met with each of the OHPW priority action teams and the advisory council to understand their well-being priorities,” Thompson said. “Using the knowledge gained from these discussions and a literature review, I established the wellness toolkit and presented it via Zoom to the University community.”

Taking the lead to improve online teaching and learning experiences

Portraits of Michele Korgeski and Beth Bailey

The College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences online instructional designers, Beth Bailey and Michele Korgeski, presented their poster titled “ Trust the Climb: A guide to establishing and managing a quality online framework” at the virtual Quality Matters QM ConnectLX national conference this past November.

“Our virtual interactive poster tour took attendees step by step through our quality assured design and development process, while allowing them to view and download our tools and templates, and explore our delivery platform and framework for inspiration,” Korgeski said.

Graduate assistant strives to influence sport performance

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A passion for rowing has evolved into a lifelong purpose for coaching for a CPASS master’s student. Marija Medelinskaite, from Kaunas, Lithuania, says that making the next move from a student athlete to exploring coaching career options fell into place for her.

Medelinskaite started rowing at the age of 12 in Lithuania and says that she loved the sport from the beginning. She competed at the collegiate level at the University of Central Florida. “After graduation I did not want to separate from it, and I gave coaching a try with Casitas Rowing in Ventura, California. After only a few opportunities, I found it very rewarding and enjoyable,” she said. “That is when I knew I needed to get my master's degree in coaching.”

Coaching and sport education master’s program helps propel career success

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Meet Katie Schoepfer, coaching and sport education master’s student who plans to graduate in May 2022. Schoepfer, from Waterford, Conn., has used her connections and academic experiences to become successful both inside and outside of the classroom. Recently, she was selected to serve as head coach of the U.S. Soccer Under-15 Girls’ National Team.

“My role is to identify and develop young soccer talent all over the country. I make every effort to introduce athletes to standards, culture and style of play of U.S. Soccer to set them up for a long career within the U.S. Soccer Federation,” Schoepfer said.

Living-Learning Community students build professional development skills

Students and faculty member wearing sports teams jerseys are at the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game.

College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences sport management students headed north in November 2021 to expand their networking opportunities while enjoying a Pittsburgh Penguins NHL hockey game. Read more below from sport management student Jenna Livers who shared the group’s road trip experience in a first-hand report.

On November 11, 2021, a group of CPASS sports management students got the opportunity to take an educational and professional trip to network with Pittsburgh Penguins staff and attend a game at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. We want to thank Lindsay Augustine, assistant dean for student and enrollment services, Office of Student Success, and Drs. Patrick Hairston and Justin Wartella, sport management teaching assistant professors, for their coordination and efforts to make this happen.

Local youth soccer partnership creates coaching experience for students

Young children kicking soccer balls on playing field.

An introductory soccer program has provided real life training for 10 College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences coaching and performance sciences students. Raymond Kryzak, director, Mountaineer United Soccer Club, organized and led sessions for the Fundamentals soccer program, an eight-week introductory soccer clinic designed for three- and four-year-old children.

“Last year, we officially partnered with the Fundamentals program and plan to make the same connection in the spring of 2022. CPASS did their part by arranging the use of the facility to host the first coaching and training class in the Morgantown area,” Kryzak said.