New planned gift to establish an endowment to help WVU faculty, students expand research efforts

Dr. John and Kacey Gay taking a photo together.A newly established planned gift from Dr. John and Kacey Gay will create an endowment in support of the West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences. The Dr. John and Kacey Gay Endowment will support future research and teaching initiatives in the college.

The college will recognize the Gays’ gift in naming the CPASS Research Wall in the couple’s honor. Their gift amount, estimated to be in excess of $2 million, would become the second largest gift currently received by the college. 

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New WVU endowed professorship established to improve wellness of adults in the state

Professor Sam Zizzi smiling for a photoA newly created endowment in support of the West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences will focus on community-engaged research to advance the health, wellness and physical activity of West Virginia’s adult population. 

The inaugural Dr. Pat Fehl Endowed Professor was awarded to Sam Zizzi, professor, CPASS Sport and Exercise Psychology program, to support research and health promotion initiatives aimed at improving the health of West Virginians.

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National leader to speak about physical inactivity and its impact on the health industry

Headshot for Dr. Steven Blair An expert in exercise physiology, physical activity and fitness, Dr. Steven Blair will speak at West Virginia University about physical inactivity and why it poses a massive health risk.

Blair will present to WVU faculty and students on Wednesday, October 19 at 3 p.m. in room G-08 of the College and Physical Activities and Sport Sciences building. The presentation, titled “Physical Inactivity: The Biggest Public Health Problem of the 21st Century,” is free and open to the public.

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Coed soccer tournament will celebrate Diversity Week at WVU

2015 Winning team holds up the Cup The College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, in partnership with the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and the WVU Brazilian Student Association, will celebrate the spirit of sport, friendship and inclusiveness during Diversity Week 2016 by sponsoring the  Diversity Cup – Five vs. Five Coed Soccer Tournament.

This tournament will take place on Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9 on the turf fields located in front of the CPASS building on the Evansdale Campus. Registration is free and open to all WVU undergraduate and graduate students. 

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CPASS Doctorate Student receives grant to fund dissertation research

Janaina Fogaca in front of the CPASS building Janaina Fogaca, CPASS doctorate student, has received a grant from the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. 

Fogaca’s research focus is supervision in applied sport psychology. “I am trying to find out what approaches to supervision are being currently used and how they relate to service-delivery competence in beginning supervisees. Supervision is one way of making sure that the new professionals getting into the field are competent to work with clients. However, it is a topic that is not well researched and none of the associations of sport psychology provide official guidelines to supervision,” Fogaca said.

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New endowment established to help future generations of students fulfill their dreams

Linda and Pete Zulia donorsPeter and Linda Zulia have created a new endowment in support of a scholarship for the West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences. The Peter and Linda Zulia Endowed Scholarship was established to launch opportunities for WVU athletic training students.

“This endowment that Linda and I have created is established in part for what CPASS, and the Athletic Training Program specifically, offered me when I was a student athletic trainer. Quite simply, we are excited to create an opportunity for the benefit of future WVU Athletic Training students so that they can fulfill their dreams,” Zulia explained. The endowment gift amount to CPASS is $25,000.

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CPASS grad continues success through professional level coaching

Takahiro Mori on the court at professional basketball game

Like many other CPASS alumni, Takahiro Mori has found success. Last year, Mori returned to his home country of Japan to work as an assistant coach/skill coach for a professional basketball team, Alvark Tokyo. Mori, athletic coaching education master’s graduate (May, 2015) worked for the WVU men’s basketball team as a student manager. 

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SEP student presents research at Summer UG Research Symposium

Dr. Dana Voelker (left) and Elizabeth Janeiro (right)

Elizabeth Janeiro, a sport and exercise psychology student, presented research, in collaboration with Dr. Dana Voelker, as part of her eight week-long summer internship. Janeiro presented her project at the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium,in late July at the Erickson Alumni Center.

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