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University sport performance psychology expert who helps athletes handle stress, set goals honored

Ed Etzel in lobby.

West Virginia University professor and Olympic Gold Medalist who helps athletes learn the art of mindfulness was inducted into the U.S. International Shooting Hall of Fame this past August in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

WVU’s  Ed Etzel received the award, alongside three other American sharpshooters. A licensed psychologist, Etzel is a professor in the  College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences. His research interests focus on performance psychology and its influence on athletes’ mental health.

Register for Diversity Cup coed soccer tournament

2016 Diversity Cup Winners

The College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, in partnership with Campus Recreation and the Sport Management Club, will celebrate the spirit of sport, friendship and inclusiveness during Diversity Week 2017 by sponsoring the Third Annual Diversity Cup Five vs. Five Coed Soccer Tournament.

Registration is open for the tournament, scheduled for Oct. 7 and Oct. 8 on the turf fields located in front of the CPASS building and Towers (Evansdale Campus). Registration is free and open to all graduate and undergraduate students enrolled during the fall semester.

WVU to formalize partnership with Federal University of Parana, Brazil

Students outside of UFPR

A new agreement between West Virginia University and the Federal University of Parana will promote opportunities for research, faculty exchange and a grant collaboration between the universities.

A delegation of four high-ranking university administrators from UFPR, Curitiba, Brazil, will visit the WVU campus on Monday (Sept. 18). The UFPR delegation, which includes UFPR President, Ricardo Marcelo Fonseca, Vice-President of Planning, Budget and Finance, Fernando Mezzadri, Director of International Affairs, Andre Duarte, and Graduate Programs Coordinator André Rodacki, will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with WVU.

Sport management alumnus expands impact within esports industry

Chris Mann

Graduates from the West Virginia University sport management program in the College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences are known for their success in the sports industry. CPASS alumni often land leadership positions within professional and collegiate organizations. As technology and the industry expand, so do WVU graduates and their roles.

Christopher Mann, Sport Management, BS 2002, is the agency lead on the T-Mobile account and was responsible for securing a partnership with the top two North American esports organizations, Cloud9 and Team SoloMid. Mann has served as the senior account director in Global Strategy, Partnerships and Activation for WME IMG for the past year, jumping head first into esports after 10 plus years working on the Campbell’s Chunky Soup NFL campaign. 

Undergraduate student pursues research passion through summer program

Mykal Manswell presenting his research poster

Mykal Manswell checked out numerous universities before selecting the WVU CPASS Sport and Exercise Psychology program.

“The CPASS SEP program is special. The major is not offered in many places in the country. Plus, it allows me to combine my interest in athletics and psychology. This program gives me better understanding of the field and how to successfully interact with athletes,” Manswell said.

Student profile: Katie Sick

Katie laughing

Katie Sick loves her job as a physical education teacher and she wants to be the best teacher she can be. That’s why she is studying for a master’s degree in Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) from WVU Online.

The program is ideal for teachers with demanding schedules. It is a blended, or hybrid, program, which means the students study mostly online, but come to the WVU campus in the summer for two weeks to take intensive classes. 

Summer internship helps student gain insight into sports business

Cody Heffelfinger at Chiefs Training Camp

CPASS undergraduate student Cody Heffelfinger knew he wanted a future in sports so he chose the WVU sport management program to be on the business side of the industry.   

After listening to Dr. Gary Lhotsky talk about his hands-on experiences during the Intro to Sport Management class, Heffelfinger was convinced about what to do next. “The class helped me realize that I need to get out and see for myself how the industry is run,” he explained.  

CATS grad research efforts recognized on national platform

Luciana Braga portrait

Luciana Braga, assistant professor of Sport Pedagogy at California State University Chico, is establishing a research foothold in physical activity promotion among children and adolescents.  

Braga, CPASS Coaching and Teaching Studies, Ph.D. (2014), recently received the 2017 early career research grant from SHAPE America. “This is a competitive grant. The award means recognition of the potential of my scholarly work. This is my first externally funded research project as a principal investigator. I am excited to take on this new challenge. I wrote this proposal with Kevin Patton, my colleague in the PETE program at Chico State,” said Braga.  

SM graduate follows interests, passion to drive his career path

Joe Able Portrait

Joe Abel, Physical Education/Sports Management, B.S. (1985), believes that a college degree helps prepare students to become better learners in business and life. Abel serves as the director of Leisure Services with the Seminole County Government, Seminole County, FL, outside the Orlando area.  

Abel credits the sports focus of his education in expanding his knowledge and understanding of a multitude of different sports, the game and comprehending how to administer sports programs and facilities.   His career experience ranges from managing athletics, pools and community centers to a department that is now made up of libraries, extension, natural lands, trails and parks. His professional experience began in his home state of West Virginia and has continued for the past 28 years in Florida.  

SEP graduate receives research funding

Ashley Cranney portrait

Ashley Cranney, sport and exercise psychology doctoral graduate, has received Association for Applied Sport Psychology funding as an extension of her dissertation work.

Cranney emphasizes the importance of the grant. “This grant will maximize participant recruitment, expedite transcription, and refine analysis. Getting this grant affirms the importance of this line of research which will be a valuable step toward future grant applications and the development of an instrument of sport overconformity,” she explained.