School of Natural & Social Sciences
HHPS: Featured Students
Pictured (L-R) Josh Fedde,, Cody Christensen, Kristen Halvorson, and Dr. Donovan Conley.
American College of Sports Medicine Competition
Cody Christensen, Josh Fedde, and Kristen Halvorson finished third in the national Student Bowl competition held at the 60th annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana May 28-June 1, 2013. The team competed representing the Northland Chapter ACSM in a Jeopardy style contest against 8 other top regional teams from ACSM regions across the United States. The University of Texas at El Paso finished first followed by the University of Kansas and Wayne State College. However, WSC outscored national powerhouses Brigham Young University, University of Connecticut, Eastern Michigan University and East Carolina University. It is noteworthy that this is the third appearance by WSC at the national ACSM meeting and they won it all in 2009. Congratulations Cody, Josh, and Kristen we are very proud of you! Way to go Wildcats!
2013-2014 Majors of the Year
Wayne State College HHPS faculty recently announced the 2013-2014 recipients for "Major of the Year" in Sport Management (Kelsey Oltmanns), Exercise Science (Leisa McClintock), Applied Human and Sport Physiology (Rachel Mabrey), and K-12 Physical Education (Macy Hagen).
Major of the Year Sport Management
Kelsey Oltmanns is a senior Sport Management major at Wayne State College. She has held multiple leadership positions on campus during her time at WSC including: S.P.O.R.T.S. Club president and secretary, Circle K International Nebraska- Iowa District Board Member, and New Student Orientation Ambassador. Kelsey has also worked under the direction of Mike Barry for the WSC Event Staff and Recreational Center. Dr. Chad Maas, associate professor of Sport Management commented “Kelsey is one of the most motivated students that I have seen come through the Sport Management program. Whether it is serving as an officer in SPORTS club, working on a class project, or gaining experience in the athletic department she never gives anything less than spectacular effort. She is always looking for ways to better herself. She is very deserving of this award and we will be proud to call her a WSC alum.” Her future plans are to complete an internship in Recreational Management with a YMCA program. Her hometown is Crofton, NE and she is the daughter of Russ and Tracy Schmidt and Jeff and Lori Oltmanns.
Leisa McClintock is a junior double majoring in Exercise Science and Sport Management. Leisa has been named to the Dean’s List every semester of her college degree work and has received the Presidential Scholar Athlete Award for the past four years. Leisa is currently a sophomore on the Wayne State College Volleyball team. She is also a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and Wayne State Cardinal Key. Dr. Barbara Engebretsen, Exercise Science professor, commented “Leisa McClintock is one of the hardest working students I've had the privilege to work with. One needs only to watch her play volleyball to see that she pours her heart into everything she does. She sets the bar, and everyone else becomes better. But that is not what makes her special. She is also one of the most determined and humble people I've ever met. She gives it her all, not to get the spotlight, but to make a difference. Congratulations Leisa! This honor is so richly deserved.” This April, Leisa will be inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. She is the daughter of Tim and Angie McClintock of Sioux City, IA.
Major of the Year Applied Human and Sport Physiology
Major of the Year Physical Education
Macy Hagen is a senior Physical Education and Health K-12 major at WSC. She decided in the third grade that she wanted to be a Physical Education teacher, and has stayed on that path since. Macy’s passion is to work with the youth of the community and share her knowledge to make a difference. While at WSC, Macy was a four year member of the Women’s Soccer Team, secretary of Cardinal Key Women’s National Honor Society, a member of the Philomathean Presidential Honor Society, a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, and a Dean’s List recipient every semester. Currently Macy is student teaching in the Bellevue Public Schools District at Bellevue West High School and Two Springs Elementary School. Associate professor of Physical Education Dr. Kevin Hill commented “Macy Hagen could be used as a model for the ideal modern physical educator. She is intelligent, articulate and has a passion for educating young people. Macy exudes enthusiasm in everything she does. She has excelled as a college athlete and in the classroom. She will make an outstanding teacher and role model.” Macy is the daughter of John and Lisa Hagen from Bellevue, Nebraska.