WVU professor recognized for academic achievement in sport and entertainment

Dallas Branch portrait

Dallas Branch, WVU sport management associate professor emeritus, will receive the 2017 Academic Achievement in Sport and Entertainment Award from Sport Entertainment and Venues Tomorrow (SEVT), in recognition of his contributions to the sport management and marketing fields. Branch will receive the award during the upcoming SEVT Conference in Columbia, SC on March 23, 2017.

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Celebrating 150 Years of accomplishments at WVU

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From humble beginnings as an agricultural college in 1867, West Virginia University has become a premier research institution with a focus on world-changing innovations that are making a lasting impact in the fields that matter most. During the past 150 years, WVU has been committed to educating and training future leaders, conducting groundbreaking research and performing public outreach and service.

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Bolton Center for Sport Ethics to host performance psychologist

Sam Maniar portrait

Performance psychologist Sam Maniar, Ph.D., will visit campus on March 17, 2017 at 12 p.m., CPASS room G08, to speak about the ethical challenges to consultation in professional sports. The CPASS Russell “Bud” Bolton Center for Sport Ethics will host the event, which is free and open to the public.

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PETE grad acts as passionate advocate for Special Olympics

Bobby Waugh and unified bocce athlete at Capitol Hill Day Bobby Waugh, elementary physical education teacher and unified bocce coach, spent time on Capitol Hill this month speaking to members of Congress and advocating for the Special Olympics and unified sports.

Waugh, PETE master’s graduate, strives to improve the lives of students with special needs and create partnerships for athletes through the power of inclusion. Unified bocce pairs students with and without special needs, allowing students to earn a high school letter and form bonds practicing and competing together.

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West Virginia University to host first National Eating Disorder Awareness walk

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West Virginia University is hosting a National Eating Disorder Awareness walk for the first time in the state of West Virginia. The NEDA walk, which will help raise funds and awareness for individuals struggling with eating disorders, will kick off national eating disorder awareness week on Sunday, February 26 at the Student Recreation Center. Check in time is at 11 a.m.; the event is free and open to the public.

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CPASS expert to speak at Science on Tap

Science on Tap event graphic An upcoming WVU Science on Tap presentation will feature Sam Zizzi, professor, CPASS Sport and Exercise Psychology, Wednesday, March 15, 7 p.m. at the Morgantown Brewing Company.

Zizzi will focus on The Zen of Sport Performance, featuring how mindfulness supports improved athletic performance. Zizzi has worked with athletes at many levels and will share a selection of stories over a cold brew.

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National organization honors athletic training faculty member

Vince Stilger

Vincent Stilger, WVU athletic training program director, HSD, ATC has earned the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) 2017 Service Award. The Athletic Trainer Service Award (ATSA) recognizes NATA members for contributions as a volunteer at the local and state levels. 

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ACE students gain real world experience through club sports partnership

Club athletes being assisted by ACE studentsThe College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences athletic  coaching education program has partnered with West Virginia University Club Sports for the third year in a row. This unique arrangement allows graduate assistant strength coaches to provide physical training to sports club participants. Both ACE students and club sports athletes have benefited from the collaboration.

Prior to this program, a lack of resources left club teams to provide their own strength and conditioning training. Athletes receive a higher level of coaching originally only offered to competitive teams.

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