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!
2012-2013 Majors of the Year
Wayne State College HHPS faculty recently announced the 2012-2013 recipients for "Major of the Year" in Sport Management (Alexandra Blackburn), Exercise Science (Carly Hegemann), Applied Human and Sport Physiology (Kristen Halvorson and Nick Kolar), and K-12 Physical Education (Nicholas Allman).
Major of the Year Sport Management
Alexandra Blackburn is a senior Sport Management major at Wayne State College. While at WSC, Ale was the Assistant to the Vice President of S.P.O.R.T.S. Club, Treasurer of P.R.I.D.E., President of WSC-Peer Educator Network, and a member of Rice Rowdies. During her time at WSC, Ale worked for Mike Grosz, Sports Information Director at WSC, and also worked at the Morey and Pile Hall front desks. Chad Maas assistant professor of Sport Management commented “Ale has been an outstanding student and tremendous asset to the Sport Management program during her time at Wayne State. She is always looking for ways to improve herself and is not afraid step out of her comfort zone. She is very deserving of this honor.” Her future plans are to complete an internship in sports information or event/facilities management with a Division I athletic program. She is the daughter of Ron and Teresa Bentz of Jefferson, IA.
Carly Hegemann is a junior Exercise Science major and Psychology minor at WSC. She was recently accepted into Graduate School at the University of South Dakota and will begin work on her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy after she completes her degree at Wayne State. Carly is currently the HHPS Academic Tutor and has been named to the Dean’s List every semester of her college degree work. She is also a member of SHAPE, Red Cross, and Health-Science Clubs. Exercise Science professor, Dr. Donovan Conley commented “Carly is an exemplary student who is diligent, hard-working, energetic, and she is passionate about sharing her enthusiasm for and expertise in health and fitness with others. Carly is highly deserving of this award and has a bright future in graduate school and beyond. She is the daughter of Dave and Brenda Hegemann of Howells, NE.
Kristen Halvorson and Nick Kolar (sharing the award)
Major of the Year Applied Human and Sport Physiology
Nick Kolar graduated from WSC with Magna Cum Laude honors in December 2012 with a major in Applied Human and Sport Physiology. He is currently employed as a Sports Enhancement Specialist at Madonna ProActive's Sports Performance Department in Lincoln. While at WSC Nick was a member of SHAPE and Pre-Physical Therapy clubs, he served as the HHPS department tutor, he was a member of Blue Key National Honor Society, he was on the Dean's List every semester while at WSC and, he is currently a member of the NSCA pursuing CSCS certification. Dr. Kris Hinnerichs, associate professor commented “Nick is an excellent role model for other students in the HHPS Department and on campus. He works hard to accomplish whatever he sets his mind to and is always willing to help others along the way.” Nick is the son of Kevin Kolar and Sally and Kurt Sandall of Wisner, NE
Major of the Year Physical Education
Nick is a senior Physical Education major at WSC. He chose a career in Physical Education because he has a passion for physical fitness and finds it very rewarding to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for fitness with others. In addition, his mother has been an inspiration to his career serving as a Physical Education teacher at Bryan Middle and Omaha South High Schools for the past 10 years. Dr. Kevin Hill associate professor of Physical Education said “Nick consistently exceeds my expectations for a pre-professional physical educator. His work in the classroom has been stellar in every way. In addition, as a student teacher he stepped in and took over classes immediately and functioned in a manner one would expect of an experienced educator. Nick is currently student-teaching in the Bellevue Public Schools at Fort Crook Elementary and Bellevue West High School. He hopes to find a teaching position in the Omaha area, but believes any job will be rewarding. Nick is the son of Mary and Kevin Allman originally from Mason City, Iowa.