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Interest in inspiring others to live a healthy lifestyle leads student to create wellness brand

Photo of Nick Knopf, founder of Disruptive Athletics.

In the world of athletics, there are hundreds of brands, influencers, products and accounts to follow and keep up with. Each may have their own story, but how often is there an opportunity to watch one build from the ground up?

Nick Knopf, a Maryland native, is a sport and exercise psychology major, with a minor in business administration. While researching different schools, Knopf wanted somewhere that was new to him along with offering a degree similar to kinesiology, the study of body movements. West Virginia University happened to fulfill his passion.

CPASS graduate offers career advice to navigate sports business field

Photo of Karin Torchia and students she met with during her visit.

Karin Torchia grew up as an army brat, moving every one to two years through junior high school. As she settled into new towns, she found that the best way to make friends was through sports.

"I was a tomboy; I loved playing every sport that I could. It was fun for me and it was something that I could do anywhere we lived," said Torchia.

WVU team focuses on improving state and national student learning through physical education

Photo of GA helping helping a student in a PE class.

The term ‘accountability system’ is a popular topic. In 2015, a new act, Every Student Succeeds Act, allowed each state more freedom and flexibility to impact the quality of wellness and health of every student through physical education.  

PE is part of a well-rounded education. The Department of Education has opened the doors to incorporate physical education as a part of critical subject areas in schools. This is a perfect opportunity for PE to become a focus again.

Graduate Assistants help train WVU athletes

Photo of graduate students Jarrod Burton and Billy Cedar

For some, strength training and conditioning might look intimidating. For others, it might be a way to relieve stress. For graduate assistants Jarrod Burton and Billy Cedar it’s their passion and a future career plan.  

Burton and Cedar are both working with student-athletes from high school to collegiate levels. As strength and conditioning coaches, they are focused on helping athletes train and reach their goals.

CPASS graduate finds home with Charlotte Hornets

Photo of Alyssa Johnston

A new city holds new adventures, which may be intimidating to most people but for West Virginia native Alyssa Johnston, it represented her career vision.

Johnston (SM 2018) took a chance and moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where she landed a job with NBA Charlotte Hornets.

Seeking Youth and Adult Participants: Sport Diplomacy Program - Sport for Social Change, Mexico

Students and children posing after Soccer Game in Mexico

West Virginia University is seeking applicants for a U.S. State Department Sport for Social Change exchange between the U.S. and Mexico. The program will involve an eight-day trip to Mexico with the goal of using the sport of soccer to promote leadership and empowerment among young women in Mexico. The U.S.-based participants will later interact with participants from Mexico during a 13-day exchange in the United States to build on lessons learned in Mexico.

Team coordinators are seeking 20 participants from West Virginia, Virginia or Pennsylvania to take part in this program. The team will select approximately 10-12 professionals and 8-10 students (at least 15 years old) to travel to Mexico in late April 2019 (exact dates depending upon airfare) to participate in a soccer exchange with Mexican youth and adults. 

Sport and Exercise Psychology class hosts historical pioneers panel

Photo of participants in panel discussion

The Sport and Exercise Psychology program offers numerous classes that range from professional issues, psychological perspectives to sports in American society. One class focuses on the history and sociocultural contributions to sports in America, specifically historical figures who are African American.

“As a student, their presence in class today and listening to their speeches was very inspirational, motivating and knowledgeable. Their golden experiences are a reminder for this generation to understand the history and its importance," said Farhan Shaikh.

The Olympic Studies Centre in Switzerland features WVU faculty member’s writings

Portrait of Gonzalo Bravo

A book, recently published by a West Virginia University faculty member, has been incorporated into the Olympic World Library (OWL), housed within the Olympic Studies Centre (OSC) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The book “Sport mega-events in emerging economies: The South American Games of Santiago 2014” was part of an ambitious project by Gonzalo A. Bravo, sport management associate professor, WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences.

Campus Recreation graduate assistant positions available for next academic year

Photo of campus recreation center

The WVU Department of Campus Recreation has announced five graduate assistant positions based at the Student Recreation Center.  Positions are designed as two, one-year contracts covering the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years.

Graduate assistants will oversee administrative duties, staff supervision and project and event management. 

CPASS graduate makes impact on physical education in schools

Photo of Shannon Nash, 2009 PETE graduate

Since the 1970s the child obesity rate in the U.S. has nearly tripled, according to the Centers for Disease Control. As the rates climb, the importance of physical education for children becomes more and more critical.

As a teacher, Shannon Nash, physical education teacher education (BS 2009), realizes the need for leaving a lasting impression for a healthy and active lifestyle for every student.