Faculty members and students in the West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences were recently recognized for outstanding teaching, research and service for the 2015-16 academic year. The College announced the awards of 23 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students.
Brady Nolan received the SHAPE America Outstanding Major of the Year Award and was recognized as a WVU Foundation Outstanding Senior, along with Sarah Verdis. The following students received the Outstanding Student Award in their program: Brady Nolan, undergraduate Athletic Coaching Education and Andre Schneider, MS graduate, ACE; Sarah Verdis, undergraduate PETE and Ashley Dugas, MS graduate PETE; Jun-hyung Baek, Doctoral, Coaching and Teaching Studies; Allison Fansler, undergraduate Athletic Training and Kjersti Traaen, graduate Athletic Training; Anna Onderik, undergraduate SEP and Jay Stewart, graduate SEP; Nick Davidson, undergraduate Sport Management and Erin McClafferty, graduate Sport Management.
Clayton Kuklick, assistant professor, Athletic Coaching Education, was recognized as teacher of the year. Kuklick serves as an inspiration for his students and is recognized for his energy and passion as a teacher. His coaching background at the collegiate level has channeled his teaching and research interests toward coaching development and improving athletic performance while using technology.
James C. Hannon, professor and assistant dean of academic affairs and research, was recognized as outstanding researcher. Hannon’s research focuses on pediatric physical activity and fitness measurement and physical activity interventions. He had 20 publications and 15 professional presentations in 2015, in addition to being named Distinguished Scholar of the National Association of Kinesiology in Higher Education.
Allison Hetrick, assistant professor, athletic training, was recognized as professional servant of the year. Hetrick serves on numerous national professional organizations and provides athletic training support for the WVU Women’s Basketball team.
CPASS recognized staff with Shining Star awards: Robin McKinney, Barbara Ridenour-Dalton and Myia Welsh.