Sport and exercise psychology symposium held at MSU

March 1, 2012

Michigan State University hosted the 22nd annual Midwest Sport & Exercise Psychology Symposium (MSEPS) on Feb. 17-18, 2012 at the Kellogg Center.

The purpose of the annual event is to highlight student work in the field and provide unique opportunities for critical feedback and discussion, according to the MSEPS website. The symposium showcases the work of upcoming scholars in a format that allows for open dialogue to occur between students and faculty. Each year, the event is organized and executed by kinesiology graduate students at one of eight universities.

Student chair Samuel Forlenza tweeted under the hashtag #MSEPS that the conference was the largest yet. Over 140 students and faculty were in attendance, representing universities such as Minnesota, Ohio State, Purdue, West Virginia and Bowling Green.

Associate Professor Marty Ewing opened the symposium with a keynote address, and a panel discussion about the future of the kinesiology field was held with MSU kinesiology faculty members Deb FeltzDan Gould and Karin Pfeiffer.

Professor Gould commented, “I think I can speak for Marty, Deb, Tracey (Covassin) and I in saying that we could not be more proud of our graduate students. All their planning and hard work really paid off and made for a great event.”

Organizing graduate students included Dana Voelker, Andy Driska, Ian Cowburn, Bill Harris, Evie Oregon, Moe Machida, Bryan Crutcher, Alison Ede, Eric Martin, Ramona Cox, Katie Griffes, Jed Blanton, Brandon Irwin and Missy Wright. Undergraduate psychology student and Institute for the Study of Youth Sports (ISYS)  intern Lindsay Emerson took photographs.