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College celebrates inclusiveness by hosting WVU 2017 Diversity Cup

Diversity Cup 2017 winners

The West Virginia University campus celebrated the Third Annual Diversity Cup Five vs. Five Coed Soccer Tournament on October 7, hosted by the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences and in partnership with WVU Campus Recreation and the WVU Sport Management Club. 

The popular event embraced the spirit of sport, friendship and inclusiveness as part of Diversity Week 2017. This year’s winning team is Club WV, coached by Brandon Wayda, WVU Engineering major.

College faculty, students shine at 2017 state conference

Faculty and students displaying 2017 WVAPHERD awards

Several WVU CPASS faculty and students received awards at the 2017 WVHAPERD Conference in Shepherdstown, WV on October 26.

Eloise Elliott, Ware Distinguished Professor, received the first Dana Brooks Mentor Award. As the recipient, Elliott demonstrated excellence while serving as a mentor to health and physical activity professionals, students and others in fields that promote healthy lifestyles.

CPASS graduate named inaugural director of state mountain biking league

Cassie Smith posing with students

A CPASS graduate will serve as the founding director of the West Virginia Mountain Biking League. The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) has named Cassie Smith to lead their efforts in the mountain state.  

Smith explains the excitement that comes with the NICA designation. “West Virginia, as one of the newest states accepted into the NICA family, will benefit from the effort. As league director, I’m honored to lead the effort of getting more kids on bikes,” said Smith.

WVU ranked one of world’s top universities in high-profile ranking

The College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences during a sunny school day.

West Virginia University has been ranked among the top 1.5 percent of the universities in the world by the Center for World University Rankings, the largest academic ranking of its kind. 

“This ranking shows that West Virginia University is known around the world as a leader in teaching and research,” said  William Brustein, vice president for  global strategy and international affairs. “Thanks to the great achievements of our students, faculty, staff and alumni we are being recognized as a leading global university.” 

Reed College of Media launches new Sports and Adventure Media major

Videographer at football game

West Virginia University’s  Reed College of Media has developed the only known undergraduate major in the country to focus on sports and adventure media.

With its big-time college sports programs and beautiful natural setting, the Mountain State is a mecca for sports and adventure enthusiasts, and also the perfect setting for the new major designed to prepare students for careers in sports journalism and adventure media communications.

CPASS to honor 2017 Hall of Fame, Outstanding Alumnus Inductees

2017 hall of fame inductees

The  West Virginia University  College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences will induct five graduates into its 2017 Hall of Fame and name its Outstanding Alumnus on Friday, October 20, at the  Erickson Alumni Center beginning with a reception from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and formal induction ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

The College will honor Jean Irion with the Outstanding Alumna award. The 2017 Hall of Fame inductees include Cynthia “Sam” Booth, David “DC” Colt, John Gay, Daniel F. Mahony and Olana “Tick” Hedrick-Sheaffer. 

SEP student uses strength and conditioning minor to build her future career

Abby Reid and three Georgetown women's basketball players take photo.

Sport and Exercise Psychology student Abby Reid is using her minor in strength and conditioning and internships at Division 1 universities to pave the route of her career path.

This past summer, Reid interned for the strength staff of Georgetown University’s football team. “It was my first time working with football and the strength staff let me have a lot of coaching time with the guys. That really helped me decide that I would want to pursue a possible career as a football strength coach in the future,” explained Reid.

WVU-sponsored youth special needs program to benefit from technology-based partnership

Group photo of the Pascack Pi-oneers

West Virginia University professor’s partnership with a high school robotics team has led to the development of a robot that will enable kids with special needs to kick a soccer ball.

Andrea Taliaferro, associate professor, directs the College of Physical Activity and Sport SciencesFriday Morning Adapted Physical Education Program, a collaborative partnership between WVU and Monongalia County Schools. The clinic provides physical education and activity programing for children with special needs. 

Student profile: Steve Robertson

Steve Robertson and Floyd Jones

WVU’s Sport Management degree is a blended, or hybrid, program which means students complete the majority of the work online, and come to the WVU campus in Morgantown during a two-week period over two consecutive summers.

That worked out well for Steve, since he works full-time and puts in a lot of hours with his marketing job at Longwood. He had never taken online classes before, and was a little unsure at first.

PETE grad featured in upcoming Alumni Pioneer Session Week

Bobby Waugh

Join us, Friday, Oct. 6, 12 p.m. at the Erickson Alumni Center to listen to PETE alumnus Bobby Waugh speak about inclusion in sports. This is part of the WVU Alumni Association Pioneer Session Week

Waugh is from Hagerstown, Maryland, but lives in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. He teaches and coaches in Washington County Maryland. Waugh teaches Health and Physical Education at Pleasant Valley and Williamsport Elementary Schools. He teaches an evening on-line health class at Williamsport and Hancock High Schools. Waugh  is the head Unified Bocce Coach at North Hagerstown High School and works with the Washington County Recreation Department. He is currently in his ninth year of teaching and tenth year of coaching.