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Dana Brooks Scholarship fundraiser closes June 30

Dean Deana Brooks standing in between two women at a retirement reception.

The CPASS Visiting Committee has established the Dana Brooks CPASS Scholarship in honor of Dean Dana Brooks’ upcoming retirement on June 30, 2019. This new award will benefit future students in the college and maintain the Dean’s honor in the future.

The endowment will provide scholarships for undergraduate or graduate students enrolled at WVU in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences. A student who is a recipient one year is eligible for consideration in any other year, provided they continue to meet the selection criteria.

CPASS doctoral candidate making impact with 2019 AASP Research Grant

Kate Fairhurst headshot, standing outside.

Body image among young adult female athletes has become a hot topic within the sports exercise psychology industry. Kate Fairhurst, a CPASS Ph.D. candidate, recently received the 2019 Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Research Grant to continue her research on the topic.

This grant, which is awarded to students and professionals, will support the completion of her doctoral dissertation, which involves the application of PhotoVoice approaches to explore young adult female exercisers' experiences of their body and body image while exercising in a fitness center environment.

Athletic Training faculty member honored by professional association

Randy Meador headshot in front of beige wall.

Randy Meador, MS, ATC, was inducted into the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association (MAATA) Hall of Fame this May. Meador serves as coordinator of athletic training services for WVU intercollegiate athletic program, Head Men’s Basketball athletic trainer and clinical instructor for the CPASS athletic training curriculum program.

Meador earned his Master of Science degree in athletic training from CPASS (1985), where he then began his long career as the head athletic trainer for the WVU Men’s Basketball team.

Sport Management grad advances with Morgantown-based minor league baseball team

Leighann Sainato standing in front of the West Virginia Black Bears baseball field

From the court room to the ticketing office, and now armed with a new degree, Morgantown native Leighann Sainato has gained a fresh perspective in her young professional career.

Starting as a community relations intern with the West Virginia Black Bears in August 2017, Sainato worked closely with Jackie Riggleman, then the assistant general manager and a CPASS Sport Management masters graduate. Now, two years later, the Black Bears have announced the promotion of Sainato to ticket operations and public relations manager.

Father and son provide donation to support physical education for children with special needs

Golden Flying WV on top of sea of blue

The Friday Adapted Physical Education Program (APE), a CPASS initiative which provides weekly developmentally appropriate physical activity programming for more than 80 school-aged children with disabilities from Monongalia County Public Schools, received a generous donation from Dustin and Damon Casseday in April.

Damon Casseday, WVU Recreation, Parks and Tourism student, and his son, Dustin, have always had a close bond. Until the age of five, Dustin was nonverbal. It wasn’t until he started in the “Son-Rise” program, designed to help Monongalian County parents encourage their children to learn, that Damon saw progress as his son exploded with excitement to learn.

WVU awarded new active learning classroom by Steelcase Education

Photo of proposed active classroom

West Virginia University will expand its commitment to innovative education with an active learning classroom that will support instructors and students by creating an environment that encourages engagement, collaboration and creativity.

The classroom in the Health and Education Building, valued at $67,000, will be ready by the Fall 2019 semester and will be a varied, flexible setting designed to facilitate the hands-on experimentation and problem-solving that 21st century learning demands.

Registration now open for youth camp, fitness and wellness, martial arts and aquatics class

Photo of NYSP volunteer working with children.

Earn Florida open water dive certification through WVU Lifetime Activities. Lifetime Activities is offering a two-day certification for open water diving, the first and final step in an open water certification. Upon successful completion of this course, each student will be ready to open water dive without instructor supervision. The course has a pre-requisite of 200-yard continuous swim and 10-minute rescue float which is administered at the first session. To read more about the course, visit the dive courses page on the website.

Registration is now open for National Youth Sports Program camp. NYSP provides campers a chance to try and learn new sports and activities, along with teaching the importance of being physically active for their own positive emotional and physical well-being. The program emphasizes being a good sport throughout life. Daily lunch and bus transportation provided. To register visit  http://nysp.wvu.edu/registration.

College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences announces 2019 Research Day awards

Dr. Floyd Jones talks to students regarding their research.

College faculty, staff and alumni gathered on April 26 to celebrate 2019 CPASS Student Research Day. Students presented forty posters at the 7th annual event, held in the CPASS main lobby, and featured undergraduate and graduate research along with undergraduate and graduate applied categories.

The College recognized the following winners in each of the categories:

College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences Celebrates Academic Awards

Photo of Dr. Jack Watson and Dean Dana Brooks presenting awards.

Students, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate achievements during the College’s 2019 spring awards luncheon, Friday April 26 at the Erickson Alumni Center.

The College recognized student scholarship recipients established by alumni and donors. Faculty received awards for distinguished research, service and teaching dedication. The College honored staff for years of service and Mountaineer Value Coins.  

Salute to CPASS seniors

A graduating student whose hat says "the best is yet to come"

With graduation right around the corner, several CPASS seniors reflect on their undergraduate time at both WVU and the college. Students from different parts of the world and with various CPASS majors  share their experiences. 

They discuss what they will remember most about WVU, what their degree will allow them to do professionally, what advice they would give their freshman self and how they connected their passion with their major.