D&E students, faculty attend conference

Three faculty members and two groups of Davis & Elkins College students recently attended the West Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance conference in Bridgeport.

With the theme “Standards and Evidence Based Practice,” the three-day conference offered activity and lecture sessions focusing on curriculum models, instructional strategies and technology applications, among other topics. Some of the workshops were designated for higher education professionals, while others were geared for young professionals and college students.

“It’s important to attend these conferences to provide additional staff development and keep up to date on the newest programs available,” said Dr. Mary Ann DeLuca, chair of the Sport Science Department.

DeLuca, along with instructor of exercise science Jennifer Riggleman, attended the first day of the session and accompanied students Jessicca Baker, a freshman from Nutter Fort; Clinton Bennett, a senior from Harman; Kyle Crist, a senior from Hagerstown, Md.; Allison Dant, senior from North East, Md.; Troy Patterson, a senior from Newark, Ohio; Amy Turner, a senior from Glen Allen, Va.; Mallory Wishard, a senior from Waynesboro, Pa.; Taylor Morton, a freshman from Huntingtown, Md.; and Chelsea Myers, a freshman from Williamsport, Md.

Sport science instructor Mandi Larkin attended the second day of the conference and accompanied students Will Kendrick, a freshman from Martinsville, Va.; Brian Glessner, a freshman from Clinton, Md.; Hunter Sechler, a sophomore from Bridgewater, Va.; Morton and Myers.

WVAHPERD’s mission is to promote and support quality health, physical education, recreation and dance in West Virginia. The organization provides its members with a professional network to help with development, certification, leadership, advocacy, research, funding, technology and assessment.

The Sport Science Program at D&E offers three options for the Sport Science major: exercise science, physical education and sport management.

The program provides leadership and facilities to improve the understanding and skill level of students; assists students in gaining better understanding of effective movement patterns; encourages students to improve and maintain physical fitness, and prepare them for related careers; and provides working knowledge of the physiology of exercise and exercise testing in preparation for employment or further education.

More information is available at or 304-637-1243.