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CAHS faculty member joins national youth fitness board

Eloise Elliott shown with long blond hair, smiling.

West Virginia University Ware Distinguished Professor Eloise Elliott is the newest member of the Cooper Institute FitnessGram Advisory Board, designed to promote life-long fitness and wellness through research and education.

The Cooper Institute works to provide research and programs that focus on the importance of physical activity across all stages of life. FitnessGram is one of the institute’s youth initiatives that strives to educate children and adolescents about the benefits of physical activity now and later in life.

Feature: Relentless spirit binds two Mountaineers

Head shots of Chloe Simpson and John Gay

John Gay, EdD, loved students with drive. He could recognize those who had potential and ambition, and then poured encouragement into them to help them believe that they could achieve and do more. He was the kind of professor, dean, scholar and man whom a student would stop in an airport years later to thank him for the nudge he gave them to be better.

He would have loved Chloe Simpson.

CAHS celebrates members of its first graduating class

students hold hands and sing country roads

The West Virginia University commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 17 marks the first time degrees will be conferred from the College of Applied Human Sciences. While the name is new, the rich experiences and thorough education is the same as it ever has been.

This group of graduates dealt with the challenges of COVID during their collegiate careers along with the challenge of resuming learning in a new way. Several students cited a personal connection between their professors that helped them to succeed during that time.

Creating outdoor activity options for West Virginia families

Female mountain biker wearing helmet, gloves and sunglasses going through water, covered in mud.

Cassie Smith, a West Virginia University physical education graduate (1993), is passionate about getting people outdoors to become more active. As director of the West Virginia Interscholastic Cycling League, Smith counts on dedicated coaches and other volunteers as the key to the success of the WV National Interscholastic Cycling Association.

Celebrating five years in the Mountain State, Smith says establishing WV NICA is a huge accomplishment. “Not only are we seeing more kids on bikes, but we are recruiting parents as coaches. In five years, we grew from 130 athletes and 50 coaches to 405 athletes and more than 200 coaches,” Smith said.

WVU faculty member recognized for rural education and social justice efforts

Kim Floyd, on left, wearing black top and son, Kasey, on right, wearing glasses and white shirt.

The American Council on Rural Special Education has established a new award in honor of Kim Floyd, associate professor in the College of Applied Human Sciences School of Counseling and Well-being, and her son, Kasey.

The ACRES board created the Kim and Kasey Floyd Rural Social Justice Award to recognize individuals or organizations who have worked to personally address inequities in educational opportunities or access due to systemic social injustice for persons with disabilities who live in rural areas and are further disenfranchised or disempowered.

WVU mourns loss of former dean, J. William Douglas

Former Dean Bill Douglas wearing wire framed glasses, dark suit jacket, white dress shirt and dark solid tie.

J. William (Bill) Douglas, an alumnus of West Virginia University and former dean for the WVU School of Physical Education, died on Monday, Oct. 31.

A native of Morgantown, W.Va., Douglas earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from WVU and was a member of the Mountaineer baseball team. He earned his doctorate degree from Ohio State University in 1969.