Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Public Advocacy Contest at JMU

Fall 2015 Public Advocacy Contest:
How can you use ethical reasoning to improve your health and wellness?
The Fall 2015 Public Advocacy Contest is being sponsored by the Communication Center and University Health Center. All undergraduate students are eligible to enter and will be asked to answer the question "How can you use ethical reasoning to improve your health and wellness?”.  Participating students will win some of the $200 prizes, including $100 for first place.
What to do if you are interested:
·        Register online ( by Tuesday October 27.
·        Record your 5-7 minute entry speech at the Communication Center by Tuesday, November 4.   To record your entry, schedule an appointment at the Communication Center, Student Success Center, room 1155,
Finalists will be contacted by Friday, November 6 to present their speech at the final showcase on Thursday, November 12 at 6pm in the Madison Union Ballroom.  A panel of judges from various campus departments will determine the winners.
Questions?  Accommodations?  Contact Paul Mabrey, Communication Center Coordinator, or Veronica Jones, UHC Assistant. Director - Marketing, Communications, and Outreach,

Monday, September 28, 2015

Fall 2015 Fieldwork Site List

Where are Exercise Science students completing fieldwork during the Fall 2015 semester? 

Future Plans for the August 2015 graduates

Employed as a Physical Therapy (PT) technician at Atlantic PT
Seek admission to DPT programs (many students)
Employed as PT tech at Advantage Physical Therapy in Elkton, VA
Apply to Physician Assistant (PA) programs
Gain more PT experience
Enter United States Coast Guard
Employed as PT tech at Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group
Seek employment as exercise specialist
Employed as Personal Trainer at American Family Fitness, Colonial Heights, VA
Employed at Healing Paths, Reston, VA
Work on getting patient care hours to apply to PA programs
Employed as full-time trainer/coach at Explosive Performance, Stafford, VA
Employed as PT tech at The Therapy Network

Summer 2015 Fieldwork Sites

Where did Exercise Science students complete fieldwork this summer?

Friday, September 25, 2015

Lifetime Fitness in Godwin in October

Do you want to complete practicum or internship in commercial fitness? Do you want to be employed as a personal trainer in a metropolitan area after graduation? Would you like to use internship as a springboard to employment? 

Lifetime Fitness Recruiters are visiting Godwin Hall in October!

Personal Training recruiters from LifeTime Fitness will be on-campus in Godwin Hall Room 344 on Friday October 23 from 10am – 1pm to provide information regarding personal training internship and employment opportunities.

As the Healthy Way of Life Company, Life Time (NYSE: LTM) delivers the certified professionals, comprehensive businesses and incredible destinations that help people positively change their lives every day. The Company's healthy way of life approach enables its customers to achieve their health and fitness goals by engaging in their areas of interest — or discovering new passions — both inside and outside of Life Time's distinctive and large sports, professional fitness, family recreation and spa destinations. Today, the Company operates 102 centers under the LIFE TIME FITNESS® and LIFE TIME ATHLETIC(SM) brands primarily in suburban locations, in 22 states and 28 major markets.

A short presentation will begin at 10am, 11:10am and 12:10pm. Time at the end of the session will be used as an open forum for question and answer.

You do not have to attend the entire 3 hours. Each presentation will be the same, to allow as many people as possible the opportunity to attend. Attend for as long as you can, when you can.

Dress is business casual. Bring a resume and cover letter to leave if you are interested in being considered for a spring semester internship or employment.

Contact Jana Walters,, 568-3949, with questions.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Personal Statement Workshops

The University Writing Center is hosting Personal Statement Workshops

Revision Workshops:
Ask questions
Get feedback from peers and UWC staff
Improve your draft

Friday, Oct. 16
2:30 – 4 p.m

Friday, Nov. 6
2:30 – 4 p.m.

For more details and to reserve your spot, email Lucy Malenke:!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Interested in a career in Occupational Therapy?

***NEW*** Pre-Occupational Therapy Information Session:  September 25, 2015 12pm to 1pmThe OT faculty is providing an information session for anyone interested in knowing more about JMU’s MOT program. Registration is required. You can sign up by sending an e-mail to now until September 22, 2015. More details will follow after registration.

International Service Learning Trips

International Service Learning Announces:

Thanksgiving Break Trips: Global Health: Mexico (Baja) November 21st- November 29th ($1495)
Global Health: Mexico (Baja) November 25th- November 29th ($965)
Winter Break Trips:
Physical Therapy: Costa Rica December 27th- January 5th ($1995)
Global Health: Tanzania December 27th- January 7th ($1995)
Global Health: Belize December 27th- January 5th ($1945)
JMU student-only trip to Belize in May! Email for more information.

It is possible to get practicum credit for a trip like these, but it depends on how many practical hours you are able to accumulate. Specifics must be worked out with Jana before the trip. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Physican's Assistant Information Sessions

Interested in applying to the Physician's Assistant program at JMU?

PA Information Sessions
Date                                                                      Time                      Location
Monday, September 28, 2015                    2 p.m.                  nTelos #259
Thursday, October 15, 2015                          5 p.m.               nTelos #259
Tuesday, November 10, 2015                     10 a.m.                nTelos #259

Friday, December 4, 2015                           2:30 p.m.            nTelos #259

Graduate and Professional School Fair is next week

The Graduate & Professional School Fair is on Tuesday, September 22 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Visit the Graduate & Professional School Fair webpage to learn more about the event, including what to expect and how to prepare. Remember, you want to represent yourself and James Madison University in a professional manner during the event so that recruiters have a positive experience with you and our campus community. Dress is business casual. The graduate and professional schools that are attending to recruit for professional health programs are listed below.

A.T. Still University (D.M.D.; D.O.; D.P.T.; M.S.O.T.; M.S.P.A.; O.T.D.)
Campbell University (D.P.T.; M.P.A.P.; Pharm.D.)
DeSales University (D.P.T.; M.S.P.A.S.)
Eastern Virginia Medical School (Medical Master’s degree)
High Point University (M.P.A.S.; Pharm.D.)
Hofstra University (M.S.O.T.; M.S.P.A.S.)
Marshall University (D.P.T.; Pharm.D.)
Midwestern University (D.M.D.; D.O.; D.P.M.; D.P.T.; D.V.M.; M.M.S.P.A.S.; M.O.T.; O.D.; Pharm.D.)
Northeastern University (D.P.T.; M.S.P.A.S.; Pharm.D.)
Sacred Heart University (M.P.A.S.; M.S.O.T.)
Shenandoah University (D.P.T.; M.S.O.T.; M.S.P.A.S.; Pharm.D.)
University of New England (D.M.D.; D.O.; D.P.T.; M.S.O.T.; M.S.P.A.; Pharm.D.)
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (M.D.; M.D./M.H.A.; M.D./M.P.H.; M.D./Ph.D.)
West Virginia University (D.D.S.; M.D.; Pharm.D.)

Friday, September 11, 2015

Jana is moving to online appointment scheduling

Beginning Monday September 21, I will be using the same online scheduler that Paula is using. My link is:

Harrisonburg and JMU Happenings:

I would like to share an opportunity with you for your students interested in biology or chemistry.  I am with the Sentara RMH Medical Center School of Histotechnology and Medical Laboratory Science.   The Sentara RMH School of Histotechnology is a one year program.  The program includes six months of lecture and student labs, followed by six months of rotation through hospital histology labs.  Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the ASCP HTL Certification Exam.  There is a severe national shortage of Histotechnologists, and many of our graduates have jobs before graduation.  The prerequisites for admission to the program include:  a bachelor’s degree, 30 semester hours in chemistry and biology with a minimum of 12 hours in each, at least one college level math class, and at least a 2.5 GPA. More information about the program can be found on our website.
The Sentara RMH School of Medical Laboratory Science is also a one year program.  The program includes six months of lecture and student labs, followed by six months of rotation through all departments in the clinical laboratory.  Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the ASCP MLS Certification Exam.  We are proud to note that our graduates have had a 100% pass rate on the exam for the last 17 years!  The prerequisites for admission to the program include:  a bachelor’s degree, 16 semester hours of biology including microbiology and immunology, 16 semester hours of chemistry including organic and biochemistry, and at least a 2.6 GPA. More information about the program can be found on our website.

What it's like to complete at internship with the American Red Cross. Tues Sept 15, 5-6pm, Student Success Center 3270.

Interested in applying to medical school? AAMC recently sent out an email with a webinar attached here: Thank you for your interest in our recent webinar, "Acing Your Medical School Interviews - Tips from Interviewers", which was presented on Monday, August 31, 2015. Although we reached capacity limitations, the webinar recording is now available to view

Upcoming Events: 
Graduate and Professional Fair: Sept 22nd 4-7pm Festival Ballroom
Career and Internship Fair Sept 28/29th 11-3pm Festival Ballroom

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Fieldwork Information Session Dates

Do you need to complete KIN 471 Practicum or KIN 481 Internship during the Spring 2016 semester? You must attend a mandatory information session. Only those students who attend the information session will be allowed to complete fieldwork during the Spring semester. Meeting times are:

Mon Oct 5, 9am-10am, Godwin 337
Wed Oct 14, 3:30-4:30pm, Godwin 344
Thurs Oct 15, 4:30-5:30pm, Godwin 344
Fri Oct 23, 8am-9am, Godwin 344

Full-time Wellness Employment - Harrisonburg

Full-time wellness employment in Harrisonburg at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community Wellness Center

Friday, September 4, 2015

Exercise Science Student News

Jessie Axsom, Lizzy Powell, and Hannah Kotarski participated in the 4K for Cancer ride from Baltimore to Portland. They left Baltimore on May 31 and arrived in Portland on August 8, a 4,000+ mile adventure that raised money for the Ulman Cancer Fund. Before and during the trip, Jessie Axom collected and processed blood samples from her team members. These samples will be used for her honors thesis on hematological changes in recreational cyclists exposed to high-volume training.

For students in the College of Health and Behavioral Studies

Harrisonburg TeamNurse
Just wanted to pass the news along that we are holding another PCA (Personal Care Assistant) class for September 14 – 18th at the Verona office.  If you could please pass this news along to your students, it would be much appreciated.  The class will be from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.  The class instructs the students how to take care of patients and assist them with their daily activities.  They assist with bathing, dressing, meal preparation, light housework, run errands, etc. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.  
Day/Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM-6:00 PM Sentara RMH Medical Center
2010 Health Campus Drive
Harrisonburg, VA 22801 

Come meet with Sentara Healthcare Leadership and Recruitment to learn about out exciting career opportunities including: -Work live Balance -Flexible Scheduling -Excellent Benefits -Career Development/Professional Growth -Leading Edge Technology & Services 
At Sentara Healthcare, we view each day as another opportunity to be better. To provide patient care that is unmatched, every time. And to give you every occasion to further your career. Our goal is to make you feel more excited to be here every day. Join a national healthcare leader dedicated to growth, innovation, and patient safety at more than 100 sites of care in Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, including 12 acute care hospitals. If you are ready to raise to your career to the next level you can do it here! Questions, please e-mail, Attendees will have their name entered into a drawing for a FitBit! 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Katie Gorman - Alumni Highlight

Katie Gorman completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology in May 2013. She is our newest Alumni Highlight story:

Congratulations Katie!

Muscle and Fitness Online

Muscle & Fitness just recently launched a series called College Muscle, which will run for the duration of the fall semester. A 2013 JMU Alum emailed to let us know about this opportunity. With College Muscle, students can share their fitness and nutrition tips in hopes of potentially being featured on Muscle & 
All articles must pertain to fitness and nutrition and should be between 500 to 1,000 words. If an article is selected that student will be featured online as well as the name of the school. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Research and Service Learning Opportunities in Godwin Hall

Empowerment3/Overcoming Barriers
Research & Service Learning Opportunities

Contact: Dr. Moran ( if you are interested

FITNESS PROGRAMS (Tuesday and/or Thursday Late Afternoon/Evenings):  Godwin Hall
In this program all participants with disabilities wear heart rate monitors and pedometers during their workouts.  Research assistants will have opportunities to work one on one with participants and build appropriate workouts to meet their individualized goals.  We are looking at whether their heart rate/exercise intensity is influenced by the type of activity they are engaged (whether they are using a traditional exercise machine, using the X-box Kinect OR whether they are doing fun physical activities or games, but don’t realize they are working the same muscles or achieving the same goal as they would on a machine).

Assistance needed: Ensuring appropriate data collection during activities; maintenance of HR monitors/pedometers; engaging with participants during workouts; assisting in design of individual workouts.

Quadriciser Study (M-F between 8am-2pm; Tuesday and/or Thursday Afternoons/Evenings) - In local schools
As part of this study, participants with physical disabilities/limitations will utilize the Quadriciser a specified number of days/week for 30-45 minute sessions.  {The Quadriciser® is a passive or active, isometric, automated physical therapy system designed to manipulate the upper and lower body extremities with timed sessions and variable speed control from a static floor position. It is the first and only total body automated therapy system that offers both active and passive therapy, bi-directional manipulation, and multiple seated and lying therapeutic positions.} –

Assistance needed: Assistance fitting each participant to the machine; conducting baseline measurements; assistance administering individual protocol each session; assistance with in-session adjustments; ensuring proper data collection.

More opportunities! Continue reading! .......