Program Happenings

We enjoy sharing the news, accomplishments, and projects of current faculty and students in the Sport and Exercise Psychology (SEP) program as well as those of past students!  These are some of the high points for this academic year, but if you wish to look at the history of past happenings then click here!   

  • A big congrats to Brianna Leitzelar for being awarded the best poster presentation at the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (IAHPERD) 2014 conference this past weekend. Brianna's work was on the "Psycho-Social Changes of Paralympic Track & Field Throwing Athletes" Keep up the great work Bri!

  • We will be hosting the Midwest Sport & Exercise Psychology Symposium, February 27 & 28.
  • Dr. Razon (PI) was awarded $500 from the Association for Applied Sport Psychology to help in the promotion of long-term physical activity participation of adults.

  • Dr. Blom, Dr. Gerstein, and alumnus Jacob Cooper presented sport for development and peace work at the American Psychological Association in Washington DC this past August. 

  • Dr. Razon and 2nd year student Matt Ladwig presented research on The psychological effects of a Pre-workout Warm-up at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) conference this past June.

  • Dr. Blom is a faculty fellow at the Center for International Development on campus this fall. The center is aimed to help in the political, social, economic and educational development of the world's poorest countries.

  • Through the Sport for Social Change project, Drs. Blom, Johnson, Judge, and Gerstein and other Ball State faculty and students will host 11 Tajik teachers and coaches on campus in October for a 3-week cultural exchange on using soccer to build citizenship, leadership and peaceful living skills in children. 

  • Alumni Jacob Cooper and Sarah McGary started doctoral programs at Boston University and Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis, respectively.
  • Dr. Razon (PI) and Dr Dieringer (Co-PI) were awarded the ASPIRE Junior Faculty Award for 10K this spring to research the effectiveness of active video-gaming in individuals with disabilities for improving energy expenditure and psychological precursors (perceived competencies, mood states) for long term exercise behaviors. Such an awesome accomplishment! 

  • Dr. Blom is the interim director of the Peace Center this semester, and the Center organizes an event each year to promote nonviolence and memorialize the victims of violent events. This year's event, jointly organized by the City of Muncie, BSU's Peace Center, and the Social Justice League, is a relay event on April 13th, Taking Back April: Relay for Non-Violence, similar to "Relay for Life”.  For more information or to register, click here

  • Two SEP students, Brianna Leitzelar and Matt Ladwig, presented at the AASP Midwest Regional Conference at Bowling Green this past February!  SEP program faculty member Dr. Razon, and fellow SEP students Bobby Hilliard and Kara Holtzclaw were in attendance as well!  Way to represent Ball State!