CPASS ENEWS

CPASS faculty member guides WVU weightlifters at national competition

Dr. Hornsby coaching a female weight lifter Guy Hornsby, teaching assistant professor, Athletic Coaching Education, serves as the volunteer head coach for West Virginia Weightlifting, a USA Weightlifting registered club and WVU Sport Club. Weightlifting is contested both nationally and internationally. Established competitions include the Pan American Championships and World Championships along with the Summer Olympic Games program.

West Virginia Weightlifting saw two WVU students, Khlaed Almenaies (56kg) and Aaron Snoberger (77kg) competing at the 2016 National University Championships in New Orleans, LA, this September.

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CPASS graduate finds success through local soccer club

Kowisky smiling in front of a soccer field Pursuing his dreams while making an impact. That’s what student, Andre Kowisky has been doing since graduating with a master’s degree from WVU. Kowisky transitioned from CPASS to growing his role as a coach for the Morgantown United Soccer Club in Morgantown, WV.

Kowisky received his bachelor’s degree in physical activities and sport science from Universidade Vila Velha (UVV) located in his hometown of Vila Velha, Espírito Santo, Brazil. He then pursued his education in the United States, graduating from CPASS this May with an MS in athletic coaching/performance coaching.

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Internships lead grad to launch career

Headshot of Zach Vaji in business attire Recent CPASS graduate Zachery Vaji embodies the meaning of determination as a Mountaineer by taking the initiative to make his goals a reality.

Vaji, from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, enrolled at WVU in 2012 and by August, 2015 he had earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management. He continued his education and graduated with a master’s degree in sport management in August 2016.

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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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