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Visiting Scholar plans to make an impact in international field of sports and exercise psychology

Eunjoo Ha portrait

A visiting scholar in sport and exercise psychology will spend the next two years at West Virginia University. EunJoo Ha, from South Korea, will study at WVU through December 2018 during her SEP post-doc to receive more experience and training before pursuing a career within her field.

EunJoo earned a doctorate degree in physical education with a major in sports psychology in August 2016 from Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea.

National strength group selects CPASS faculty member as statewide leader

Guy Hornsby

The National Strength and Conditioning Association has named Guy Hornsby, CPASS teaching assistant professor, as a new West Virginia state director.

As part of a network of volunteer organizers, Hornsby will direct NSCA’s efforts at the state level. State directors coordinate and host the West Virginia NSCA state clinic by communicating with the WV NCSA advisory board, a diverse group of researchers and conditioning related professionals throughout the state.

Undergraduate student reaches new heights in blending boxing and academics

Steven Ware (blue gloves) boxing an opponent

Steven Ware, 28-year-old physical education teacher education student, won the 132 lb. division at the Midwestern Regionals for the National Collegiate Boxing Association in March. He has participated in several state and national tournaments, giving him the chance to challenge himself against fighters from across the United States.

During the championship, Ware fought against a skilled opponent from the US Naval Academy. “It was a great opportunity to test myself against someone of his caliber and I am very happy that I was able to successfully represent WVU Boxing,” he said.

Sweden study abroad trip review

Study Abroad group photo

WVU sport and exercise psychology students embarked on an international adventure during their spring break. The bi-annual spring break study abroad trip to Halmstad and Halmstad University in Sweden offered 11 sport and exercise psychology students the opportunity to attend academic sessions and interact with Swedish students studying the same subject.

However, it was the exposure to a new culture and traditions that really stuck with each student.

SEP doctoral student receives APA Division 47 Thesis Award

Zenzi Huysmans headshot

Zenzi Huysmans, sport and exercise psychology doctoral student, has received the American Psychological Association Division 47 Thesis award for her thesis titled ‘A preliminary exploration of the application of self-compassion within the context of sports injury.’

Huysmans is a third-year international student from Swaziland, a small country in Southern Africa.  She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and completed her masters in SEP at WVU in May 2016.

Celebrating 150 Years of accomplishments at WVU

WVU 150th Anniversary Logo

From humble beginnings as an agricultural college in 1867, West Virginia University has become a premier research institution with a focus on world-changing innovations that are making a lasting impact in the fields that matter most. During the past 150 years, WVU has been committed to educating and training future leaders, conducting groundbreaking research and performing public outreach and service.

As West Virginia University reflects on 150 years of accomplishments, join the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences on April 17, 2017, 2 p.m. in the CPASS main lobby as the college kicks off a week of celebration. The 150th Anniversary CPASS Birthday Bash will commemorate the college’s history and notable alumni along with free treats including cookies, cupcakes and festive giveaways. Special guests will include the WVU Mountaineer, local CPASS graduates and Olympic medalists.  Dean’s Advisory Board students will host an online auction fundraiser during the reception.

WVU professor recognized for academic achievement in sport and entertainment

Dallas Branch portrait

Dallas Branch, WVU sport management associate professor emeritus, will receive the 2017 Academic Achievement in Sport and Entertainment Award from Sport Entertainment and Venues Tomorrow (SEVT), in recognition of his contributions to the sport management and marketing fields. Branch will receive the award during the upcoming SEVT Conference in Columbia, SC on March 23, 2017.

Branch felt both honored and overwhelmed when the organization contacted him with the news. “Previous recipients of this award represent the icons and legends in our sport management and administration discipline. They are among the founding fathers and distinguished leaders in the field. To be recognized with this group as a recipient is truly an honor and also very humbling,” Branch explained.

Bolton Center for Sport Ethics to host performance psychologist

Sam Maniar portrait

Performance psychologist Sam Maniar, Ph.D., will visit campus on March 17, 2017 at 12 p.m., CPASS room G08, to speak about the ethical challenges to consultation in professional sports. The CPASS Russell “Bud” Bolton Center for Sport Ethics will host the event, which is free and open to the public.

Maniar, WVU Counseling Psychology doctoral graduate, has extensive experience working with teams, athletes and executives, from a wide range of sports and industries, about achieving performance goals.