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Instructors Eva Price and Allen Adeimy make a difference in activity life of Home Schooled Children:

A Home School Physical Education Class, offered by Eva Price and Allen Adeimy, enriches the learning experience of rising PE teachers. Prior to their teaching experiences within the public school system, this program (piloted in Fall 2009 by Eva) allows EXSS students in the Physical Education degree the chance to make lesson plans, observe, and facilitate activity with actual home-school students.

Before the program was developed into a lab, Eva held 4 days of classes serving about 30 Pitt County home schooled students. She had her undergraduate class observe her teaching a PE class to the students. The last day of the experience, they held an activity day themed around the TV program "The Amazing Race". Allen Adeimy's EXSS 3530 students assisted with this activity, serving as activity facilitators. Based upon that experience, the two instructors decided to take on this venture as a team, and expanded into a lab that spans 10 weeks in the semester. The students in EXSS courses serve as the instructors for the Home School Students. Classes run on Mondays for the last 10 weeks of the semester, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am in Williams Arena.

Biomechanics Lab News

The Biomechanics Lab incorporates education and research into one process (to be possibly named, edusearch, although we're still contemplating this term) by providing undergraduate and graduate students various scientific tasks, responsibilities, and research opportunities. We presently have eight undergraduates and seven graduate students engaged in these activities. For example, graduate student Jeff Morgan and undergraduates Steve Wiggins and Bill Churchwell are investigating an alternative strength training protocol that incorporates, "visuomotor," training and graduate student Alexis Sidiropoulos and undergraduates Steve Roseno and Ryan Manbeck are investigating the biomechanical factors involved in controlling and modulating walking velocity. These students have conducted all participant recruitment, testing, and analysis activities. All the students contribute to the Laboratory education and research missions and all develop a deeper understanding of science, truth and beauty.

The Laboratory and student success was evident at a recent, regional biomechanics symposium, the 8th Annual Human Movement Research Symposium at UNC-Chapel Hill. 13 current and former students contributed to five presentations delivered by graduate students Jimmy Metzinger, Robert Brady, Ryan Hill, Jeff Morgan, and Alexis Sidiropoulos. Ryan and Alexis won the two presentation awards; Ryan for best poster and Alexis for best oral presentation. Additionally, Jeff and Ryan were finalists for the awards. These students and others will also give presentations at the upcoming ECU Research Week.

Within the past year graduating graduate students have gotten jobs in other biomechanics laboratories. Tim Copple now works in the Applied Neuromechanics Research Laboratory at UNC-Greensboro, Mike McNally works in the Movement Analysis and Performance Laboratory at Ohio State University, and Ben Long is works in the Human Performance and Biodynamics Lab at Winston-Salem State University. All three now-tax-paying citizens work as laboratory managers and are responsible for supervising all laboratory research activities.

The BIG News in the Biomechanics Laboratory is the departure of Professor Tibor Hortobagyi for greener pastures in the form of a faculty position at the University of Groningen in Groningen, Holland. Didn't know Tibor could speak Dutch. Tibor was at ECU for over 20 years and will be a tough nut to replace. Fortunately, the hiring freeze was not applied to this position and the Lab is currently searching for a new faculty member.

Laboratory faculty presently include Paul DeVita, Patrick Rider, and Tony Kulas. Please visit the Laboratory website, http://www.ecu.edu/http://www.ecu.edu/cs-hhp/exss/biomechlab.cfm, or for that matter, please visit the Laboratory at 332 Ward Sports Medicine Building.

Human Performance Lab News

Several of the graduate students at the Human Performance Lab are given assistantships. These students help to run the Cardiovascular Health Assessment Program (CHAP). They are taught the skills to perform body composition assessments, Know Your Number Risk profiles, and maximal exercise tests with 12-lead electrocardiograms. The testing program gives the graduate students a chance to practice the skills they read of and learn in their courses, as well as to apply the knowledge about exercise with live participants. The students also help us facilitate exercise training programs in the FITT building. Anyone who goes through our assessment program or who is screened and exercises in a research study may participate in our exercise program. Memberships are paid for by the semester. We currently have 35 regular exercisers in the FITT building. Exercisers are given individual attention and workouts range from cardiovascular work to overall fitness with circuit and interval training.

Students

Rocio Ellis: recipient of the Catherine Virginia McCulley Memorial Endowment Fund - established in honor of the memory of Catherine who was an outstanding graduate of ECU who received her MA in Exercise Physiology in 1992. Catherine was tragically killed in April 1993.

Christina Amato: Fall 2010 received an award for CREED week, awarded to one student per college or school.

Sarah Kehe and Jake Ernst: received the graduate scholar awards from the ECU graduate school, which pays each $4,000 per year. These awards are given according to the student's outstanding academic credentials during the application process to identify students and offer incentive for these outstanding students to join our university.

Dustin Raymer, 2nd years Masters in Exercise Physiology student is in the American World Powerlifting Conference (AWPC) on September 1, 2011 in Idaho Falls. He has already set 3 National Junior records (Squat, Deadlift and Total). If everything goes to plan, he could walk away with 4 Junior American records (Squat, Bench, Deadlift and Total), 2 Junior World Records (Deadlift and Bench) and 2 Men's Open American records (Bench and Deadlift). I'll update you guys right after the results are announced.

Undergraduate: Outstanding Exercise Physiology Major Award - Jennifer Kurowicki

PhD Program in Bioenergetics and Exercise Science

Bioenergetics and Exercise Science PhD students Justin LaFavor and Kathleen Gavin received $5000 Doctoral Student Research Grant awards from the American College of Sports Medicine.

Justin LaFavor: Role of NADPH Oxidase Activity on Muscle Microvascular Endothelial Function in Human Obesity.

Kathleen Gavin: Role of Subcutaneous Adipose Tissue Estradiol in Regional Lipolysis in Premenopausal Women.

The students are led through their various activities, such as Cooperative Learning, Balancing, Fitness, Dance, Tumbling, Space Awareness, Frisbee Skills, Target Games, and Flexibility to name a few. Eva and Allen have gone a step further by teaching the parents about physical education. They offer group exercise classes that keep the parents healthy while inspiring activity ideas for their home-schooled children.

Eva reports that 82 home schooled students are enrolled in their activity program, and another 50+ are interested in joining. The participants' ages are 4-14 and they may try to get some high school aged students in Fall 2011. The gym is brimming with activity and motion at the current enrollment. Organization of the participants takes a job in itself - a table at the entrance to Minges has name tags with each child's name and his or her assignment to a group (orange, yellow, blue, etc) according to age. The program starts dead on at 10:30AM, no lingering around. Parents either watch or go exercise with Allen, while Eva monitors the activities in Minges.

The EXSS PE students are divided into 8 groups of three to four students, or teaching groups. Each week one of them is responsible for planning two 8 minute activities for the home school students. One activity is geared toward students aged 4-9 years old, while the other targets 10-14 year olds. The program is experimenting this semester with keeping one group of students with 1 group of instructors for the entire period, simulating more closely an actual PE class experience (vs. just an activity experience). At the end of each semester, a fun activity day is planned. The fee is $20 a family (not per kid) for this experience.

For the ECU students, this experience provides a very logical progression in their teacher preparation. In EXSS 2123, the students observe teachers in the Public Schools. In EXSS 2900, the students create lesson plans and practice teaching them to their classmates. With the Home School experience, real students are brought into Williams' arena, and the ECU students prepare activity and lesson plans and practice on elementary and middle school aged students. This leads into experiences in later courses, where ECU students go into the public school system to teach. During their internship, ECU students assume the role of teacher in a public school for a 4-month period. The home school lab provides a logical progression to get teacher candidates prepared to teach when they graduate.

The Home School Lab gives area home school families an opportunity to get quality Physical Education instruction, which is both professionally administered and well rounded. Many of these families use specific activities, such as Tae Kwon Do, Dance, or Soccer to serve as their Physical Education. The lab gives them a more balanced PE experience in a professional basketball arena. The class serves as a social opportunity for both the home-schooled students and parents, and allows parents to connect and share ideas as well as an opportunity to learn how to teach PE to their children.

Human Performance Lab Faculty

Joe Houmard (HPL Director): Joe is working on a grant with the University of Pittsburgh researching the gastric bypass procedure and whether exercise helps those who have it lose and maintain their weight loss. He was also invited to be on a National Institutes of Health panel discussion in Bethesda, MD this past Fall 2010.

Tim Gavin - Assistant Chair, was promoted to professor in the summer of 2010. Together, he and Stacey Altman arranged an external review of our department this past March 3, 2011. This was a great opportunity to get feedback on our program and how we are perceived by students and other departments within the university. Three of Tim's students presented at Southeast ACSM held in Greenville, SC this past spring, Feb. 3rd thru 5th. Jake Ernst, Christina Amato, and Hadley Peacock presented their research.

Bob Hickner, is the director of the PhD program in Bioenergetics and Exercise Science. The program has 14 PhD students currently enrolled. Three will graduate this summer (Tre Sloan, Melissa Reed and Tracey Woodlief) and we will bring in two new students in the Fall (James Hinkley and Patrick Davis) He is also co-leader with Skim Cummings in the Research Core of the Center for Health Disparities Research. The Research Core leaders coordinate and conduct health disparities research with members of the faculty and community. We have started an internal funding program of disparities-related interdisciplinary pilot studies this past Fall, so we anticipate some of those funded researchers will use the pilot data to submit external grants revolving around health disparities.

Scott Gordon - Concentration coordinator of graduate students for M.S. in Exercise Sport Science, Ex Physiology concentration - invited Adjunct Research Instructor in the DEPT of EXSS for 2010-2011 academic year, Rengfei SHI, PhD. He is focusing on the mechanisms underlying diminished capacity for overload-induced growth in aged skeletal muscle. Shi comes from Shanghai University of Sport, Shanghai, China in the department of Biochemistry and Exercise Nutrition.

Created and overseen by Dr. Matt Mahar (Program Director for EXSS Masters degrees) and Rhonda Kenny, and run by graduate students in the Physical Activity Promotion graduate degree. ASAP is a safe, very active haven for about 10 students per semester. They enjoy a variety of activities in Christenbury gym, led by physical activity leaders, from basketball, jumping rope to in-line skating. The kids also have some quiet time with supervised homework. Children of ECU staff and faculty are able to join, based on availability. Grace Anne Edwards currently runs the program and is a graduate student in Physical Activity Promotion.

The Adapted Physical Education program and
The Developmental Motor Lab

Students who choose to major in Adapted PE have a number of opportunities to gain practical experience. While providing a service to over 100 children with disabilities annually, these students gain observe and work with a variety of disabling conditions including: attention deficit disorder, autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, orthopedic/sensory impairments, and specific learning disabilities. Program graduates are prepared to develop and implement individualized education programs, assess motor skills of individuals with disabilities, consult with regular physical educators, and develop adapted sport programs.

Recently, a graduate of the program, Lara Brickhouse, and others were highlighted in the Greenville Daily Reflector for their work in the Pitt County School system. Funded by the PCMH Foundation and ECU, the team provides adapted PE to 25 schools in the system. Volunteers from ECU's education and recreation majors help run the programs. Dr. Decker and colleagues developed a curriculum handbook that can be used by schools for lesson plans, guidance and ideas. Dr. Decker says that Pitt County Schools is in the process of institutionalizing the format the Adapted PE program created. The PCMH Foundation helps support one graduate student per year for assistantship.

The Adapted PE program has helped develop activities, gather special needs equipment and gather people trained in this specialty to offer programming to children with disabilities. They love to play as much as any kid does, so this program, helps them stay included in the normal playfulness of childhood.

To prepare for working with the children with disabilities in the field (either in schools, hospitals, or clinics), students in this field attend on-campus practical sessions on a weekly basis. The Developmental Motor Lab and various stations in the Minges' gymnasium and hallway are activity sites. Activities performed may include dance, balance and various motor skills, as well as more specialized, individual skills. Students come from the Pitt County Schools' Exceptional Education programs. There are around 10-25 students that come to each class and they are matched 1 to 1 with students within the adapted PE courses taught by Dr. Decker and Dr. Boswell.

Students in the MS and MAEd degrees in Adapted PE may work in Physical Education in schools, as Recreational Therapists or as Special Educators or they may go on to Physical Therapy. Not all find that they are best matched for working with disabled populations, but Dr. Decker says that the ones that respond best to the challenge of working with disabled children are those who have the most challenging clients assigned to them. They have to make decisions about activities, extended plans, and format individualized education plans for the teachers they assist. They learn to identify the specific needs of the children they are paired with---providing a learning experience for both the graduate students and children.

Dr. Decker majored in Physical Education as an undergraduate, and while in school, had visions of one day working with an Olympic team. One of his classes involved volunteering to exercise train a man with disabilities, and he ended up volunteering with 2-4 disabled people per semester. Eventually, he was offered a chance to do his masters in Adapted PE.

Dr. Decker recalls his days working with deaf patients, performing activities in a developmental motor lab, and working in an orthopedic hospital. He got a job with disabled adults aged 22-50 who essentially needed job placement. He spent a lot of time teaching boxing, calisthenics and complicated skills---training disabled adults to improve their fitness levels under the guise of job training. Through his Masters program, he was asked to coach Special Olympics in the New York area and in a sense achieving his goal of working with an Olympic team. He landed a job when doing a project at Ohio State's developmental motor center. Decker came to us at ECU in 1990, with coursework and structure in Adapted PE laid out by preceptors Dave Porretta and Ernie Schwarz. The popularity of Dr. Decker and Dr. Boni Boswell's outreach to children with disabilities is far greater than the program can accommodate. This practicum serving as the outreach for disabled children makes up 40% of the students' grade.

Dr. Boni Boswell

Dr. Boswell asked for a guest event and was surprised when she received an ok from Ms. Tamar Rogoff, world renowned choreographer and her co-worker, Mr. Gregg Mozgala who is an actor/writer who happens to have cerebral palsy. She presented a symposium in November of 2010 titled "Moving Beyond Limitations: A Choreographer's Approach to Cerebral Palsy" at the ECHI. Boswell explained that Rogoff started off the idea for dance therapy with Mozgala not aware of the movements he could not do---and eventually, he was moving outside of the limitations initially perceived about his movements.

Boni has incorporated DanceAbility into the Adapted PE practicum as mentioned above. DanceAbility - is the development of an international program with a vision to use dance as a creative art experience for all children. It explores using dance to strengthen and balance the body so that physical capacity for creative expression "expands beyond current expectations". Dr. Boswell became certified in this program in Helsinki, Finland. The course lasted 5 weeks in the summer of 2009. The program teaches and promotes "inclusion" methods which provide an opportunity for all people to have positive dance experiences.

The concept of Danceability was co-founded by Alito Alessi, now artistic director of DanceAbility International. He developed a sequence of movements to help students and teachers achieve positive dance experiences. The goal of the program is to bring able-bodied and disabled people alike together to seek out common ground - essentially to make art that supports community-building. By perceiving possibilities and limitations and identifying common denominators, the participants are reinforced for their abilities instead of isolated for their disabilities. Alessi was here in a 2 ½ day workshop in April 2011. He focused on how to integrate people through what he calls "contact improvisation", which is done with movements that teach students about finding balance points, and using the person with disability's weight to create dance and to use the movements they do have.

DanceAbility in our Adapted PE program here at ECU is open to children with autism, CP, spina bifida, and those with intellectual disabilities. The ECU students involved in helping this program take EXSS 3906 (Physical Education) and EXSS 2500 (Dance in Public Schools), and may come from Therapeutic Recreation, Physical Education, or Heath Education. Around 25 students meet on Monday nights to learn processes and skills needed for the program. After that period of training, the students will help to run the practica for children. The program is advertised by fliers distributed to elementary schools' exceptional education departments.

Dr. Boswell's trek to ECU involves starting out as a major in dance and then she switched to Adapted PE during her masters and PhD program. (but did maintain a minor in dance). Her dance background has definitely added to the education of our students and has added a viable service to the Greenville community. In 1986, Dr. Boswell was in a film "Wheelchair Dancing" which won a bronze medal in an international film competition in Berlin, West Germany.

Student news from Adapted PE

Ann Hughes, outstanding HHP alumni, was the guest speaker at our graduation in December 2010. She graduated (MAEd) in Adapted PE in 1993. She received the 2009 Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year. (NCAAHPERD) The award was presented to Ann at the 62nd annual convention in Winston-Salem, NC. She also was awarded the Outstanding Alumni award by the College of Health and Human Performance in 2010. She worked as an adapted PE Specialist in New Hanover County where she developed an integrated system allowing students to access the NC Healthful Living Curriculum, regardless of their disability.

HFS and ASAP News

The After School Activity Program (ASAP) was created and overseen by Dr. Matt Mahar (Program Director for EXSS Masters degrees) and Rhonda Kenny, and run by graduate students in the Physical Activity Promotion graduate degree. ASAP is a safe, very active haven for about 10 students per semester. They enjoy a variety of activities in Christenbury gym, supervised by physical activity leaders (PALS)--from basketball, jumping rope, to in-line skating. The kids also have some quiet time with supervised homework. Children of ECU staff and faculty are able to join, based on availability. Grace Anne Edwards currently runs the program and is a graduate student in Physical Activity Promotion.

Rhonda Kenny:

Rhonda is the director of the Health Fitness Specialist undergraduate option in the department of EXSS. She moved from the PE option in 2006 after serving as Internship Coordinator and the Alternative Licensure Coordinator for that major. She and Dr. Matt Mahar are also in their 4th year of running the After School Activity Program at Christenbury, where children of staff and faculty are able to come for after school activities and fun. The children play in Christenbury gym with a group of pals, or graduate students.

Dave Kemble:
  • 2010 - HHP Ray Martinez Teaching Award
  • Summer of 2011 - will be running my 3rd EXSS Athletic Conditioning Camp
  • Established NSCA CPT endorsement for HFS (Certified Faculty Mentor)
  • Received the USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sport Performance Coaching Certification
  • Mentored five HFS undergraduate students who passed this same certification

James Wheeler who interned at Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego was on a TV spot with Todd Durkin (owner of Fitness Quest 10) to advertise Todd's new book. James just got hired by Fitness Quest 10. Another student interned at Hilton Head Health Institute and was able to see the taping of the reality show Heavy on A&E.

KINE Faculty News

Katrina Dubose, came to ECU with degrees in Exercise Physiology with a minor concentration in epidemiology. She is a Physical Activity Epidemiologist with the Health Fitness Specialist option in EXSS. She currently teaches the courses EXSS 3804 Management of PA and Fitness; Obesity: Prevention and Treatment; and Physical Activity and Public Health.

Katrina is a faculty advisor to Samantha Lehman, a senior in HF Specialist option. Samantha was Katrina's student in the Physical Activity and Public Health course. Lehman developed an idea for a study, titled Faith Based PA and Nutrition Intervention (7 days, 7 ways) with a local church. She was awarded the "Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Award" for her application and the intervention with church members in Bethel was carried out in Fall 2010. During the month of intervention, Samantha and students from HF Specialist courses under Rhonda Kenny and Physical Activity and Aging course with Dr. Luc Carr helped develop challenges for older adult participants which required them to either add something beneficial (eat only fruit and vegetable snacks on a certain day, for example) or to remove a negative activity (leave out sweet beverages one whole day, for example). The participants were asked to perform in the food challenges and record their success while adhering to the challenge. They received pedometers and recorded their steps per day. Each Saturday of the month, members were invited to come to their church to do 35-45 minutes of group exercise. The project gave EXSS students an opportunity to have hands-on experience in group leadership with an actual population vs. a virtual population their peers.

Another study Katrina has been involved in is with the Pediatric Healthy Weight Clinic, headed by Dave Collier, collaborating with Leslie Lutes in the Psychology department and Amy Gross-McMillan in the Physical Therapy department. This study is a telephone based physical activity intervention with children who come to the healthy weight clinic.

This study is 4 months long, with two of the four months of the children being actively involved in the physical activity intervention. They are randomized into the telephone intervention (asking about activity, helping children identify their barriers to exercise, what activities they enjoy and can do from home or elsewhere, for example) or to a control group that receives a weekly newsletter.

The children in the study are recruited during their initial visit to the healthy weight clinic. The kids are given a pedometer to track activity. The study is unique in that it is tailored to each child's activity preferences, giving them a chance to record activity based on what they actually do and have access to (for example, recording duration, frequency of activity vs. steps if the child likes biking). The children are seen by the EXSS students and advisor on 3 different occasions - collecting height/weight, BP, resting HR, waist circumference, and are asked questions about their current activity, their perceived barriers to exercise and then their parents are asked what barriers they think their child has to exercise.

Students who work on this study are one physical therapy student who will use the study information on her culminating research project and another who is a graduate student in Activity Promotion. Katrina said that the children get a chance to come up with what activities/goals/barriers they have and what changes they can make, instead of someone telling them all the information. The EXSS students can then help the children make their goals more realistic, brainstorm about barriers, and provide positive experiences regarding physical activity.

Rebecca Allen is in her 3rd year at ECU in the Kinesiology department. She went to graduate school here at ECU, receiving an MS in EXSS with the pedagogy option. Her background before was in Sociology, in which she later taught at a private school and served as a travel leader in New England. She also helped run Greenville Aquatics and Fitness Center pool programs.

Southeast Fitness Expo at NC State - Rebecca co-presented with Exercise Physiology student, Karyn Guidry, a presentation on Group Fitness Evolution. Another presentation with Chip Davis, a graduate student in Recreation and Leisure Administration. Co-presented " Title Strength", a presentation on aquatics.

Feb 16th thru 19th - she co-presented with Boni Boswell, Bomna Ko, Dana Espinosa, and Eva Price at the Southern AAPHERD conference in Greensboro. Their presentation was a demonstration in DanceAbility, where Rebecca led warm up exercises and she spontaneously set up a group of children grades K-12 to work with the adapted PE students attending the conference to get a "hands-on" lecture. She found a fellow presenting at the conference, and he also happened to have Cerebral Palsy. She kept seeing a number of children with disabilities appear around him and she asked who they were with and whether they may be interested in helping run a workshop. The local man said to ask them, and they complied to help generate a great learning experience for all involved.

Rebecca helps with the Liturgical Dance Guild at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Reverand Hudak and his wife contacted Boni about getting dancers for this event. Rebecca has served as co-coreographer with Dr. Ko. Students of EXSS 2500 get extra credit to participate in the dance presentation. Events for this program were held March 6, Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.

Christina Avenirus in Anthropology contacted Dr. Boswell about the Multicultural Festival she directs at Greenville Montessori. Dr. Boswell connected with Rebecca to help organize volunteers to teach dances for the children. Rebecca worked the need into an assignment where her EXSS 2000 students find a game, dance or activity from another culture, report on it and explain it and then the class created a workbook of activities that the school can draw upon for future uses. Rebecca also gave the option of having her students volunteer at the Festival, engaging participants in the activities they came up with. She has 20 volunteers from her 3 sections of EXSS 2000.

Rebecca also encourages her students to volunteer for extra credit in her course---many volunteer for Greenville Parks and Recs, whereas others volunteer for the Liturgical Dance (a small number but loyal group between Rebecca's and Boni's courses).

Tina Karvinen is currently working on two randomized controlled trials with cancer patients. The first is a resistance training study examining the utility of resistance training on improving inflammatory markers, chemotherapy completion and quality of life in newly diagnosed lung cancer patients undergoing curative intent chemotherapy. She has currently randomized 19 patients for the study. Graduate student Dave Esposito has been working on the project with Tina. The goal is to randomize 30 patients.

The second study is a physical activity counseling study with breast cancer survivors. Given there are few resources for breast cancer survivors for physical activity counseling and programming in Greenville, they are testing the effectiveness of a cancer center based counseling study on improving physical activity levels and quality of life in breast cancer survivors. Tina works with Exercise Physiology graduate student, Meagan Piland, on this study. They have currently randomized 21 participants and would like to reach 30.

Sadly, Tina will leave our department in December to move closer to her family in Canada. She is accepting a research chair position there.

Dr. Melanie Sartore-Baldwin

Melanie has qualified for the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) Research Fellow award. NASSM members wishing to gain Research Fellow status must have a continuous and high quality record of scholarship. Minimum criteria must be met (both A and B):

  • Publications: All NASSM Fellows must have published at least 15 refereed publications (3 of the total publications must be within the last 6 years; 3 of the total publications must be in the Journal of Sport Management).
  • Presentations: All NASSM Fellows must have 20 refereed presentations (4 of the total presentations must be within the last 6 years; 6 of the total presentations must be NASSM presentations).

One of the undergraduate classes that Melanie teaches focuses on international aspects of sport and physical activity. She incorporates a television show, Dhani Tackles the Globe, to apply theoretical and managerial concepts. One of my previous students enjoyed the class so much that he decided to pursue graduate school in the same area. This is the email he sent to Melanie:

Dr. Sartore, I had you for EXSS 4301 during the Spring of 2010. First of all I just wanted to say how much I really enjoyed the class, it was one of the most interesting classes I took my entire college career. It really opened my eyes to how sport and cultures are so intertwined with each other. The class totally broadened my horizon on what I wanted to peruse both academically and hopefully professionally. I recently got accepted into the International Sport Management dual degree program at SUNY Cortland in New York. I'll be spending this upcoming Spring in London England getting a masters degree in business then fulfilling the sport management part at SUNY Cortland. Anyway, I never would have been exposed to the international aspects of sport if it wasn't for the interest I took from your class. I wanted to thank you and let you know how much I appreciated what I got from your class. Also for your help during the semester and how patient you were with me, meeting with me during various times throughout the course. Good luck with the current semester and the ones to come, hopefully other students benefit from your teaching as much as I have. Thank you again. Sincerely, Zac Sponhaltz

Dr. Luc Carr

2010-2011 ECU Teaching Grant Award - Funds will be used to create an aging simulation experience to assist in reshaping student's perceptions of functional limitations that come with aging. Students of EXSS 5800 will wear a suit that simulates the aging process and will be asked to complete the Senior Fitness Test.

Recently published a study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine which was testing the feasibility of a pedal machine at work. The study was picked up by the press - Visit publication

Another publication of note: Walks Score as a Global Estimate of Neighborhood Walkability (Am J Prev Med 010:39 (5): 460-463) linked to SciveeCast. Visit publication.

Dr. Tom Raedeke:

MENTOR project - Tom began working with Mike McCammon in 2004 on a grant that allowed him to have the undergraduate Exercise Physiology students work with overweight adolescents. Currently, Tom collaborated with Mike McCammon to include behavioral intervention as well as physical activity. He uses CARE to explain the program: C for competent, A for autonomy, R for relatedness or belonging, and E for Enjoyment….which is what he wants the adolescents to take away from the program.

It is a 1-2 semester involvement where overweight participants, age 12-18 y old, are led through a series of tests for fitness and health and then are led through weekly exercise sessions by a mentor. Mentors for this study are students who have completed EXSS 4992 and use this as 3 hours credit of independent study. Coordinators are also involved and come from both the psychology department and exercise physiology option.

The mentors are trained weekly in lifestyle coaching and motivational interviewing. They do weekly challenges with the participants as well as implement the exercise programs. Their goals are to incorporate healthier, more active lifestyles once they are done with the program. Tom went so far as to incorporate family into the project, by having mentors meet one time per month with the participants' parents, providing reinforcement and ideas for how they can instill lifestyle changes within their child's home life.

When complimented for his accomplishments, Dr. Raedeke said he feels the real accomplishments come from the mentors. They have the direct impact on each child's life. He remains the facilitator of these events. He is glad, however, to include a behavioral approach into the life coaching interventions the adolescents participate in.

Tom also received a Board of Governors award for Excellence in Teaching in April of 2010. His paper titled "The Impact of a Student-led pedometer Intervention Incorporating Cognitive-Behavioral Strategies on Step Count and Self-Efficacy" has been selected to win the Research Consortium's 2011 Research Writing Award, from 2010 Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. His students in EXSS 5200 led the study where one group performed pedometer recording activity with a participant over a 7 week period, and another performed pedometer recording plus behavioral strategies. The group that did the physical activity plus the behavioral strategy had 2000 more steps on average than the physical activity alone group. Ex Phys student Jenna King is co-author on that paper. She synthesized data from the study which spanned over several semesters and about 100 students participated.

Tom left for Sweden in March for a collaborative study with the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences. He will help them study the predictors of "athlete burnout". Tom began working with this group when his paper was reviewed and they offered him a chance to come to Sweden to serve as an external opponent for one of their student's dissertations. He has kept the bond over about 5 years and this will be his third trip to Sweden to collaborate.

Tom also serves on the editorial board for the Sport Exercise and Performance Psychology magazine published by the American Psychological Association

ECU Sport Management at Red Bull Headquarters in Salzburg, Austria

Dr. Stacy Warner

A total of 20 students (9 of which were from ECU) accompanied Stacy to Amsterdam, Netherlands (3 nights); Cologne & Munich, Germany (7 nights); Salzburg, Austria (day trip from Munich); Zurich, Lausanne and the Swiss Alps, Switzerland (4 nights); Milan, Italy (5 nights) during the dates of June 6 - 25, 2011.

ECU Sport Management at the German Sport University in Cologne


This course aims to provide an overview of sport in Europe. Students met with European sport organizations including professional teams, amateur sport organizations, international sport federations, and corporate sport entities in an effort to better understand organizational and institutional structure, cultural patterns, and the dynamics of European society. Specifically, the purpose of the course was to examine the organization of sport within European society; the social organization from amateur to professional sport; sport operations in the global economy; and the cultural implications of sports.

Some of the highlights included seeing : The International Olympic Museum, San Siro Stadium, FIFA Headquarters, Red Bull Worldwide Headquarters, Ferrari Headquarters & Museum, Parma Panthers American Football Club, The Hague and German Sport Universities, and Sport Market (the largest Sport marketing firm in Europe).

Newest Additions

Twins: Patrick Rider, Biomechanics

Macie Lyn Van Meter: born Sunday, July 17th to Jessica and Trevor Van Meter. 6lb 14.7 ounces and 19 inches long.

Information gathered by Julie Cox, prepared by Chuck Baldwin