MSU kinesiology Ph.D. program ranks 6th in nation

MSU kinesiology Ph.D. program ranks 6th in nation

The doctoral program in kinesiology at Michigan State University ranks 6th in the nation, according to a recent report from the National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK). The NAK program review, now in its second iteration, accounts for measures of faculty contributions and student performance during the years 2005-2009. MSU’s 6th-place ranking reflects an assessment that… Read More »

Long-time Kinesiology department chair Feltz to step down, return to faculty

Long-time Kinesiology department chair Feltz to step down, return to faculty

After 23 years of diligence and leadership as department chair of Kinesiology at the Michigan State University College of Education, Deborah Feltz has recently announced that she will step down from her position in August, and return to the college’s faculty. Feltz says she has considered leaving her post for the past year, and thinks about the decision in terms of her life goals. During her… Read More »

Kinesiology senior Heyboer sets new women’s soccer record

Michigan State University kinesiology senior Laura Heyboer scored her 40th goal for the MSU women’s soccer team on Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, making her the top goal scorer in the history of the team. Heyboer’s record-setting goal occurred during the second half of the team’s recent game against UW-Milwaukee. The previous record-holder was Michelle Wise, who set the record at 39 goals in 1989. During her time… Read More »

Kinesiology alumnus Booi becomes new Pirates athletic trainer

Kinesiology alumnus Booi becomes new Pirates athletic trainer

Michael Booi, a 2007 kinesiology alumnus from the Michigan State University College of Education, has been named the new athletic trainer for the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League. In addition to providing player-related medical care for the Pirates, Booi will also assist the Phoenix Coyotes with medical services during NHL training camp. During his time at MSU, Booi was… Read More »

Meet Maria DeWitt: new kinesiology advisor

Meet Maria DeWitt: new kinesiology advisor

This fall, Maria DeWitt will join the team of academic advisors at the Michigan State University College of Education as a kinesiology advisor. Previously, DeWitt was a health science advisor at Oakland University, where she was nominated for Advisor of the Year. She has also worked as a substance abuse therapist at Salvation Army Harbor Light and a child welfare… Read More »

Kinesiology research: Virtual workout partners spur better results

Can’t find anyone to exercise with? Don’t despair: New research from Michigan State University reveals working out with a virtual partner improves motivation during exercise. The study led by Deborah Feltz, chairperson of MSU’s Department of Kinesiology, is the first to investigate the Kohler effect on motivation in health video games; that phenomenon explains why… Read More »

Kinesiology student wins best poster presentation

Kinesiology student wins best poster presentation

Kimbo Yee, a doctoral student in kinesiology, received an award for best poster presentation during the 10th Annual Pediatric Research Day at MSU. Yee’s poster described the effectiveness of Fit Kids 360, a weight management program developed by the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Healthy Weight Center, community groups and local advocates, including two pediatricians: Dr.… Read More »

Kinesiology professor to help shape federal policy on fitness, nutrition

Kinesiology professor to help shape federal policy on fitness, nutrition

Jim Pivarnik, a professor of kinesiology and national expert on pregnancy and physical activity, has been tabbed to help shape federal policy and drive program development on fitness, sports and nutrition. He has been appointed to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition’s science board, formed in 2003 to ensure the messages and programs… Read More »

MSU kinesiology grad stars in “Ruby” reality show

MSU kinesiology grad stars in “Ruby” reality show

P.J. Stahl, who received his bachelor’s in kinesiology from Michigan State University in 2004, is appearing as a personal trainer to weight-loss reality star Ruby Gettinger on her hit Style network show, Ruby, this season. The first episode aired Sunday, March 27. Stahl is a native of Mount Pleasant, Mich. who came to MSU to… Read More »

Kinesiology student wins MSU teaching award

Kinesiology student wins MSU teaching award

Kinesiology doctoral student Erin Kuffel has received one of six 2011 Excellence-In-Teaching Citations presented to outstanding graduate teaching assistants at Michigan State University. The awards were presented on Feb. 8, 2011 at the Wharton Center. Kuffel uses innovative strategies while teaching several courses for kinesiology majors, and she serves as lead instructor for the exercise… Read More »