Summer Educational Leadership Institute on Physical Education, Recreation held June 27-July 1

The WCU Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation has teamed with the Inter-Regional Center and the WCU Division of Educational Outreach to conduct its fifth workshop for physical education teachers from Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Faculty from the WCU HPER department and from the Jackson County Schools are giving presentations on subjects ranging from fitness training and testing, to racket and disc sports, to health education and dance. The participants will also have opportunities to experience the beauty of western North Carolina by rafting the Nantahala River or Hiking Panthertown Valley. For more information, contact Dr. Susan Fouts: sfouts@wcu.edu or 828‐227‐3688.

CEAP Faculty Win Grant To Develop “Responsiveness to Instruction” Model

David Strahan, the Taft B. Botner Distinguished Professor of Elementary and Middle Grades Education at WCU, has won a $300,000 grant from N.C. Quest to partner with Transylvania County Schools. The grant is to develop a “responsiveness to instruction” model that will identify individual students’ needs and tailored interventions for those needs. A team of faculty will support this effort, including Axelle Faughn from mathematics, Jessica Cunningham and Bianca Montrosse from psychology, and Tommy Hodges, Nancy Luke, Carrie Rogers, and Roya Scales from the school of teaching and learning.

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Faculty, students test ‘energy mile’ theory in lab

Maridy Troy and Maurice Phipps, faculty in health and physical education and parks and recreation management respectively, have completed a research study examining the ‘energy mile’ theory. The results generally confirm the 35 year old theory and give greater insight to the energy requirements for backpackers.

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HPE Majors Club Named WCU Organization of the Year

The Health and Physical Education Majors’ Club was named the WCU organization of the year for 2011 by the University Center Office for Leadership and Student Development. Continue reading “HPE Majors Club Named WCU Organization of the Year”