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Online master’s program offers best of both worlds for sport management graduate student

Portrait of Jared Horan in his office

Jared Horan was recently admitted into the sport management graduate program; however, life threw him a curveball, or, more accurately, a well-aimed puck. 

After being accepted into the program, Horan was offered a position with the Wheeling Nailers, the minor league affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He decided he had to accept the sales position opportunity and launch his career within the sports industry. 

Sport Management student uses research opportunity to expand undergraduate experience

Portrait of Caitlyn Lyons in front of her poster on research day

Caitlyn Lyons, sport management major with minors in communication studies and business administration, began an internship with the Pittsburgh Penguins last spring.   

“I knew this would be a major influence on my professional development, however, my professor, Dr. Floyd Jones, saw more for me. After some discussion, a little persuasion, and a whole lot of encouragement I agreed to take part in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) this July. 

Sport management major finding the balance between student and athlete

Portrait of Nick Snyder in formal attire at a conference.

The West Virginia University baseball team was center stage this season, advancing to the NCAA regional tournament as announced last May. There were many names swirling around with the success of this team - one of them was Nick Snyder. 

Snyder is a sport management major hailing from Marlton, NJ. Why did he select WVU? The answer is two-fold. 

Internship helping shape future career options for recent SEP graduate

Katerina Lake posing in her graduation gown with a hat that says "Stay Blue and Gold"

Katerina Lake, a new sport and exercise psychology graduate, currently serves as an assistant program manager for Camp Female empowerment and Wellness initiative (Camp WeFi) with Youth Enrichment Services (YES). 

YES is a nonprofit organization that aims to design and implement educational opportunities for minority and underserved children living in public housing and economically disadvantaged communities. 

Networking connections important for new alumni success

Headshot of Stephanie Mock against a gray background.

Once a mountaineer, always a mountaineer is a well-known rallying cry for the Gold and Blue faithful. Stephanie Mock embraced that mantra during her time as a student at WVU and has continued that dedication to her alma mater as she progresses in her professional career. 

Mock graduated in 2013 with her bachelor’s degree in sport management. During her education, she was a strength and conditioning intern for both the WVU and University of Pittsburgh Olympic sports teams. 

WVU begins renovations to create Steelcase Education Active Learning Center

Rendering of Steelcase Education Active Learning Center.

West Virginia University was recently awarded funding to support the development of a collaborative classroom through Steelcase Education. The Steelcase Active Learning Center is envisioned as a future hub for instructional innovation, twenty-first century learning and faculty development on the Evansdale Campus.

The Steelcase Active Learning Center, located in the Health and Education Building and valued at $67,000, will feature flexible workspaces designed for collaborative learning and problem-solving. The physical space will support the use of mobile devices, distance learning technologies, and other interactive features to facilitate a more fluid teaching and learning environment for both students and instructors. 

Major creates career opportunities within coaching and applied science

Students using weights and other workout equipment.

Students at West Virginia University can now focus on the dynamic industries of high-performance athletics and recreational sport, creating one of the only undergraduate programs in the country specifically featuring coaching and performance science.  

 The Coaching and Performance Science program, housed in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, blends sport and movement science knowledge and professional development to prepare graduates for the growing field of athletics and applied sport sciences. Students can complete extremely valuable hands on learning with faculty, WVU Athletics, WVU Medicine or a variety of sport organizations.  

New major combines helping others within a health science related career

Students in class observe a presentation about the skeletal system

A new major at West Virginia University will open a flexible track toward health science and non-school based community health related careers. Students in the Health and Well-being major can tailor a degree program within a diverse field, targeting a variety of roles.

The new curriculum, housed in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, is designed to help students plan their degree program while preparing for the next step following graduation. The customizable major features community partnerships, hands on learning, student research and mentorship.

WVU faculty awarded CDC grant to help southern West Virginia communities build healthy futures

Vegetables, chicken and milk on a table with the Be Healthy WV logo in the corner.

Improving the healthy lifestyle landscape in some West Virginia areas might sound like a tough task, but a group of passionate West Virginia University faculty and staff believe the secret lies in empowering communities and providing the support they need to take control of their own health.

Last fall, faculty from WVU Extension ServiceWVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences , and WVU School of Public Health and West Virginia Prevention Research Center entered into a five-year contractual partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and launched the Be Wild, Be Wonderful, Be Healthy project.