Dr. Elizabeth Holbrook and two of her students set out this fall to find ways to improve healthy habits for residents in Roanoke's West End community. Their suggestions could be incorporated into a city revitalization plan for the area.
Ali Hamden sees NASCAR fans' passion for racing upclose through her job coordinating events and guest services for the North Carolina speedway.
Creasy, Buriak launch Efficiency of Movement program
The duo from the Health and Human Performance department watch sports on television, but they aren’t always looking for the score. Instead, they watch for the progress that they are making in the way that athletic officials are trained.
A student turned teacher of athletic training, this Maroon believes that he has come full circle in his experiences—and followed his passion the whole way.
The Health and Human Performance department holds a “journal club” once a semester. Athletic training students and area health professionals come together to discuss current articles related to sports medicine and the health field.
Between faculty meetings and finals, Drs. Maina, Buchholz and Grant find time to march to the beat of their own drums after creating a faculty band last fall. None of the aforementioned faculty can be found in the music department, but these three still know how to perform for a crowd.
"We want to show students that they don't have to hit the treadmill, that they can play rec basketball and soccer. We provide all the equipment, so they just basically have to have athletic shoes and shorts, like showing up for P.E. class," says Ryberg.
While many students thrive in the classroom setting, some find more inspiration through hands-on learning opportunities in the lab.
“Not many students can say they have national championship exposure, but our students can,” says Buriak.
With the help of Dr. Matt Rearick and his expertise on the study of human motion, Hess performed research that has prepared him well for graduate school.