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What’s Holding Them Back? Informing Retention and Success of Kinesiology Undergraduates

Jessica L. Kutz, Melissa Bopp, and Lori A. Gravish Hurtack

’ Experiences in Kinesiology and Alumni’s Education and Career Trajectory Context: The Pennsylvania State University The Department of Kinesiology at The Pennsylvania State University (PSU) is in the College of Health and Human Development (eight departments) and has 45 full-time employees (19 fixed term, 26

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Challenges to Culturally Responsive Teaching in Physical Education Teacher Education Alumni: A Mixed-Methods Analysis

Sara B. Flory, Craigory V. Nieman, and Rebecca C. Wylie

challenges of enacting CRT in alumni of a PETE program. CRT and Self-Efficacy Teaching diverse students is a highly complex and arduous task ( Ladson-Billings, 2011 ). Students come to school with a variety of interests and biographies that impact the way they learn. These interests and biographies often

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Employment Status of Alumni of an Undergraduate Sport Management Program

Janet B. Parks

This study investigated the employment status of the alumni of a large undergraduate sport management program. Information was collected and analyzed relative to demographics, graduate school status, placement strategies, current positions, and salaries. Data treatment included descriptive statistics and chi-square. Statistically significant differences were found (a) between women and men relative to placement strategies, (b) between women and men relative to salaries, (c) between salaries of the major employment classifications, and (d) between salaries in positions related to sport management and those unrelated to sport management. Recommendations included encouragement of further investigation of the significant differences found in this study, utilization of the findings in career education, additional research focusing on career development rather than on employment status, and the use of more sophisticated research designs and more powerful statistical analyses in future studies of sport management career paths.

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Mainstreaming and Maintaining: Perspectives of Social Justice from HBCU PETE Alumni

Langston Clark, Anthony Heaven, and Usman Shah


The primary purpose of this study was to garner the perspectives of teaching for social justice (TSJ) and teacher education for social justice from individuals who were previously or currently are affiliated with physical education teacher education (PETE) programs at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). A second purpose was to elucidate the meaning of TSJ as it pertains to PETE faculty who were once students of color at HBCUs. Participants: The participants were five Black Americans (three men and two women) alumni of HBCUs.


The research design was descriptive-qualitative using an interviewing approach for data collection, which also included artifact analysis. (Gay, 1996). Specifically, primary data were collected through semistructured in depth interviews. Data analysis occurred through the usage of immersion.


The emergent themes were: mainstreaming and maintaining, intergenerational justice, and different and divergent.


Results of this study indicate that: the nature of social justice is contextual; HBCUs prepare students to teach within both the mainstream and Black communities; and that values and practices related to social justice are passed from teacher educator to teacher education student.

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Examining the Culturally Responsive Teaching Self-Efficacy in Physical Education Teacher Education Alumni

Sara B. Flory, Rebecca C. Wylie, and Craigory V. Nieman

and CRT. We used the Culturally Responsive Teaching Self Efficacy Scale (CRTSE; Siwatu, 2007 ) to answer the following research questions: • What elements of culturally responsive teaching do alumni of a PETE program feel most efficacious to enact? • How do teacher demographics and school

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“It Shaped My Future in Ways I Wasn’t Prepared for—in the Best Way Possible”: Alumni Volunteers’ Experiences in an Adapted Sports and Recreation Program

Meredith Wekesser, Guilherme H. Costa, Piotr J. Pasik, and Karl Erickson

including current MSU students, employees, alumni, and local community members. Most programming takes place on MSU’s campus in various facilities including a newly renovated Americans with Disabilities Act accessible indoor arena. Athletes in the program have a diverse range of disabilities with 18

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Creating and Retaining an Inclusive Graduate Program in Kinesiology

Ting Liu, Michelle Hamilton, and YuChun Chen

. Mentors can also learn from their mentees, who may bring new perspectives and ideas. Overall, being a mentor can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience for graduate students. Retention Strategy II: Alumni Connect In addition to the peer mentoring program, we have established an alumni connect database

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An Intervention to Support Collegiate Student-Athletes in the Transition to Meaningful Lifetime Physical Activity

Melinda B. Smith, Diane L. Gill, and Erin J. Reifsteck

, intrinsic motivation involves participation in an activity for the inherent satisfaction of involvement ( Ryan & Deci, 2000 ). The SA alumni have reported struggling with intrinsic motivation for physical activity without the specific goals that they relied on during their college training programs

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Baylor University’s Football Stadia: Life Before McLane Stadium

Chad Seifried, Tiffany E. Demiris, and Jeffrey Petersen

Multiple bridges and the 24,000+ bricks that make up the “Bear Walk” further connect the stadium to the Baylor campus and serve to recognize the nearly $1.6 million in gifts that many other friends, alumni, students, and partners of Baylor made to help fund the construction of McLane Stadium. 4 Overall

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From the Playing Fields of Rugby and Eton: The Transnational Origins of American Rugby and the Making of American Football

Adam Burns

Whichever side of these debates one finds the more compelling, no one really disputes that English public school alumni or “old boys” (particularly those who went on to the universities of Oxford and Cambridge) played an important role in codifying both Association rules in 1863 and Rugby Union rules in