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Youth programs support inclusion for children with disabilities

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The National Inclusion Project has once again partnered with West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences to continue a program designed to break down barriers between those living with disabilities and those without through one simple, yet powerful, everyday activity — play.

The continuing partnership will support training for instructors and student mentors in Lifetime Activities programs including the WVU National Youth Sports Program, swim lessons, and gymnastics classes.

CPASS sport leadership classroom lecture series provides broad management styles overview

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Every spring semester, juniors and seniors majoring in sport management are required to take Leadership in Sport Organizations SM 350. In this course students get the opportunity to learn and discuss the basic tenets of leadership theory and its application to sport.

Last spring, Dr. Gonzalo Bravo, associate professor and course instructor, decided to go beyond the books and invite industry front-runners to the classroom to discuss their perspectives on leadership in various fields such as community development, collegiate athletics, outdoors expeditions and higher education administration. From February to April, five high profile heads visited CPASS and provided students with various perspectives of how direction occurs in and outside the domain of sport.

Hard work and determination have paid huge dividends for Honor's student

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College of Physical Activity and Sport Science’s Honor’s College student Brady Nolan. Brady has earned significant recognition during his career as a student. Nolan’s awards were a result of passion to excel and hard work.

Nolan is a senior athletic coaching education major. He was named a 2015 WVU Foundation Outstanding Senior and selected as 2015 Mr. Mountaineer, served as a New Student Orientation leader and as a member of the Mountaineer Marching Band for three years. Nolan was named as the alternate Mountaineer Mascot for 2014-2015. He was sponsored by the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences.

Grad students' hard work leads to impressive career, academic offers

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Multiple Sport and Exercise Psychology current and former graduate students have recently received academic-based recognition, career offers and interviews for competitive positions.

“These SEP graduate students have done a fantastic job and worked very hard for all these opportunities. I’m impressed with their amazing accomplishments,” said Sam Zizzi, professor, SEP.

New scholarship supports Athletic Coaching Education careers

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A desire to repay West Virginia University for positive experiences has led Steve Hyer to establish a new endowment for the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences that will provide scholarships for CPASS students.

“This gift offers excellent opportunities for our students. The funds fill an ongoing need at CPASS as we expand our programs and learning experiences for students,” said Dana D. Brooks, CPASS dean and professor of Physical Education.

CPASS Research Day encourages exploration, strengthens partnerships

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The College of Physical Activities and Sport Sciences hosted 2016 Student Research Day in April at the Evansdale Library. This event allows students to present their research topics and receive direct feedback about their work.

“CPASS has developed a very strong research agenda among the students and faculty. Our students are learning not only how to conduct high quality research, but also how to use this research to develop better practice,” explained Jack Watson, professor and chair, Department of Sport Sciences.

Determination to overcome challenges helps grad to succeed

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A series of unexpected twists and turns have guided aCPASS student to an undergraduate major, and now, a decision about the right fit for a graduate program. Allison Fansler, WVU Honor’s College student, will graduate from  WVU on May 13 with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training, and will begin the physician assistant master’s program at Alderson Broaddus University at the end of May.

Fansler’s road to her undergraduate degree was difficult at times. She suffered an ACL injury which involved a lengthy recovery. Fansler then sustained another knee injury, which required a cartilage implant and a more significant surgery.

May graduate adds Fulbright grant to her list of accolades

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Nicole Young, Sport and Exercise Psychology 2016 May graduate, was awarded a Fulbright grant to work as an English teaching assistant in Malaysia for 10 months, beginning next January. Young is from New Castle, Pa., about 50 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, with a population of 24,000.

“I know that living in Malaysia will be a completely different experience than what I am used to here. The areas that I may be teaching in are poorer, rural areas so it will be an adjustment. As far as teaching goes I think I think it will be fun to connect with secondary school aged students,” Young explained.

WVU group fitness minor uses love of fitness to work with soldiers in the National Guard

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Ariel Buric credits her education and mentors at WVU for helping her follow her passion. She recently began working with reserves and active duty soldiers in the National Guard, focusing on health and wellness principles.

“I chose my education based on my interests and the minor for the same reason. I love how the body works as a machine and enjoy teaching people how to use it more efficiently,” Buric explained.