Monday, September 1, 2014

Alumni Highlight - Ashley McConkey

May 2014 graduate Ashley McConkey shares her internship and current employment in this month's Alumni Highlight:

Graduate and Professional School Fair

Graduate and Professional School Fair will be held on Tuesday, September 23, 4-7 pm in the Festival Ballroom.   More than 120 graduate programs have already registered to participate including 13 medical schools, 33 additional health-professional programs, 34 law schools, and a wide range of other programs representing virtually every discipline and interest area. Representatives of institutions from across the country will be at JMU, hoping to discuss their programs with JMU students.  This is an opportunity that should not be missed.  Information for students is available at
As explained on the web site listed above, students can review the programs that will be participating through Recruit-A-Duke.  Colleges will be attending from across the country, from New England to California.  Participation is free for JMU students, but students will need to register in advance.  (Registration instructions will be added to that web page soon.)  This event is not for Seniors only!  This is a great opportunity for students at all levels to learn more about potential career pathways and what will be needed to be admitted to particular types of programs.  This event is co-sponsored by the JMU Graduate School and the Office of Career and Academic Planning.  It is a collaborative effort of JMU, Bridgewater College, Eastern Mennonite University and Mary Baldwin College.   

Hilton Head Health Institute Internship Opportunity

We received this message from Internship coordinator at Hilton Head Health Institute on Hilton Head Island, SC. 

I would like to introduce myself as the administrator for the Hilton Head Health Program Internship.  In the past, this has been coordinated by our Fitness Director, and the internship program will continue to be managed by our General Manager, Jessica Brantley.  However, I will be the main point of contact for any students wishing to apply for an internship here at Hilton Head Health. 
If you are not aware of who we are and what we do, I would encourage you to visit our website, www.hhhealth.comto see what we are really about.  In brief, we are a world renowned, award winning health spa resort.  We focus on helping individuals create a personalized health and wellness experience and provide an environment for rapid personal growth - developing new healthy habits, jumpstarting weight loss or managing stress are some of the many ways guests choose to begin living a more fulfilling life, healthy lifestyle.
Hilton Head Health has the best singular opportunity to provide exceptional learning and training experiences for Health Management professionals.  Because their chosen field is broad and because health is not solely linked to one lifestyle aspect, the curriculum will expose the intern to all of H3 Program sectors of comprehensive wellness. The intern can expect guidance and support from a highly trained professional staff with expertise in their related health promotion area. 
Our intention is to extend and expand the intern’s education.  While providing opportunities for them to reinforce their strengths, interns will also address and strengthen weaker areas of interest or talent.  Ideally, this will allow the intern to participate in an extensive learning opportunity.
This facility also included an Application Packet. See Jana for this information
Thank you,
Human Resources Representative
843.785.3286 x152

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

YMCA Looking for AFAA Certified Group X Teachers

The Staunton-Augusta YMCA is looking for AFAA certified group fitness instructors who can teach a variety of classes such as STEP, Cardioboxing, and Strength-related classes.  If you have this certification, and live near Staunton (I-81 exit 222), this would be a great opportunity!

Want to get your AFAA group exercise certification? Look into taking this elective course this fall!

KIN 422: Advanced Principles of Group Exercise Leadership, 3 credit hours****course not offered SP14

Course description: Theories, principles and procedures involved with leading group fitness classes. Students will gain knowledge and experience in class design and choreography development. Programming for children, older adults, pregnancy and aquatic exercise will be included. Practical and written assessments will occur throughout the semester. Participation in group exercise classes is a requirement. Students will have the opportunity to enroll in the AFAA Primary Group Exercise Certification offered on-campus in December.
Course prerequisites: GKIN 100, KIN 202, OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR (for non-KIN majors)
This course will be half lecture and half physical activity lab. The lab will allow students the opportunity to practice the theory learned from lecture.
When: Tuesday/Thursday 2:00pm-3:15pm Location in Godwin 208 and Multipurpose Room.

Instructor: Jana Walters (

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Summer 2014 Fieldwork Sites

Where are students completing fieldwork this summer? From Harrisonburg to Korea to Australia!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

What are the May 2014 graduates are planning to do?

Seek employment in physical activity promotion/wellness. Apply to Physical Therapy graduate programs.
Seek physical therapy technician employment
Begin summer employment with Potomac Paddlesports
Begin Exercise Physiology graduate program
Begin full-time employment at East Coasters Bike Shop as lead bike fitter. Seek admission to Physical Therapy graduate programs.
Begin DPT program at University of Delaware
Begin DPT program at University of Maryland
Begin DPT program at Shenandoah University
Begin Master of Science in Exercise Physiology program at Wake Forest
Seek employment as a personal trainer
Begin Masters of Education program at University of Southern California in Post-Secondary Academic & Student Affairs
Begin employment in Sports Performance
Seek employment as Physical Therapy Technician and personal training in the Harrisonburg area
Begin employment with Emergent Technologies in Vienna, VA
Apply to Physical Therapy graduate programs
Begin Doctorate of Chiropractic program at Palmer Chiropractic College
Seek employment in public health/health promotion
Seek personal training employment
Seek health/fitness specialist employment in the Northern Virginia area
Begin Accelerated Nursing Program at Jefferson College
Begin Accelerated Nursing Program at UMASS
Seek health care employment
Seek clinical exercise physiology employment
Begin employment as a Health Coach at Health Solutions
Begin employment as an Office Assistant in a Dermatology practice
Begin employment as a full-time Physical Therapy Technician in Richmond
Join the Peace Corps, health education emphasis
Seek employment as a CNA to gain patient care hours for Physician’s Assistant graduate programs
Work at a summer camp for children with disabilities
Begin summer employment at First Tee, Harrisonburg
Seek employment in medical sales
Fortify application to DPT programs – boost GPA, gain observation hours
Begin dual degree program at Emory University in Master of Public Health/Doctorate of Physical Therapy

Monday, June 9, 2014

Wellness Employment in Harrisonburg

Sunnyside Retirement Community

Job Title:                                            Wellness Instructor              
Status:                                    Full-time B
Department:                                      Wellness
Hours:                                                8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. M – F and occasional Saturdays

Description:                                       Lead group exercise classes, assist senior residents with one-to-one exercise sessions, and guard pool areas.

Requirements:                                   High School diploma and 2 years of experience in wellness/fitness or a combination of education and experience in field.  Must have the ability to train/certify for lifeguard if not already lifeguard certified.

Resumes may be sent to Annie Shaffer.  Contact info below.

Annie Wagner Shaffer
Sunnyside Wellness Director

3935 Sunnyside Drive, Suite A
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Office: (540)568-8289
Fax: (540) 568-8352