Past Program Happenings


  • In an immersive learning class this past fall through Building Better Communities (BBC), Dr. Blom, second year SEP student Akanimo Akpan, and a team of students developed and piloted Values Through Sports.  VTS is a character education program that can be infused into youth sport leagues, check out their website here!    

  • Mike Stout and Stephen Woodward, BSU SEP alumni, each accepted a position in 2013 as a Master Resilience Trainer - Performance Expert (MRT-PE). They will be employed through DCS and will be working with the U.S. military soldiers out of Fort Knox. We wish you all the best Mike and Stephen!

  • Akanimo Akpan, a second year in the program, was selected in October 2013 to receive the 2014 Midwest District Ethnic Minority Graduate Fellowship Award through AAHPERD (American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance). Congratulations on your great work Akanimo!

  • In the fall of 2013, Dr. Blom and a team of Ball State faculty were awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of State to use soccer in order to encourage peaceful living and citizenship in Tajikistan.  Visit their Facebook page here!   
  • Dr. Razon and Shannon Powers were awarded an immersive grant for a group of undergraduate students to go to the Buley Center in Muncie in the fall of 2013 to teach Zumba and better nutritional habits to interested participants from the community.   

  • Four current students, Sarah McGary, Joe Stonecypher, Alisha Sink, and Bobby Hilliard, presented at the annual Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Conference in New Orleans, LA this year.  Three students presented at the poster session and one student assisted Dr. Blom in a lecture presentation.    

  • We are proud to announce that two of our 2013 grads were accepted into doctoral programs.  A big congratulations goes to Brian Foster on his acceptance into the Sport Psychology doctoral program at Florida State University and to Erica Pasquini on her acceptance into the Human Health Performance doctoral program at the University of Southern Mississippi. We wish them well!   

  • The Sport and Exercises Psychology program faculty presented two awards for the 2012-2013 academic year.  The award for Program Researcher of the Year was given to Erica Pasquini and the award for Practitioner of the year was given to Will Drumright.  Each year everyone in the program does excellent work, but congrats to these two on an exceptional job well done.   

  • Brian Foster, now an SEP grad, was a co-recipient of the Korsgaard Outstanding Graduate Student award for the 2012-2013 academic year. Awesome job Brian!      

  • In the spring of 2013, Dr. Lindsey Blom went on WISHTV to discuss the events at the Boston Marathon with Julie Patterson and Circle City Go Girls as runners were gearing up for the Indy Mini Marathon.  She also gave some tips on how to prepare mentally for a long distance race.     


  • Emmy Kaiser, a second year SEP student, went to the summer Olympics in London to compete for the United States in the Paralympic Games.     

  • Jacob Cooper received a $10,000 Cohen Peace Fellowship grant in 2013 to conduct his project entitled, "Soccer for Peace in Jordan: A Qualitative Analysis of Program Effect."   

  • Dr. Blom’s Soccer for Peace and Understanding in Jordan was a success! You can check out her work by visiting the project’s Facebook page.