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CHHS Talks: A newsletter of the College of Health and Human Sciences

Issue 16, March 2017

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Li


Langdon Wins Scholarship of
Teaching and Learning Award

Jody Langdon, Ph.D., associate professor of kinesiology in the School of Health and Kinesiology, has been awarded the Georgia Southern University Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Award for her research focused on autonomy-supportive teaching.

The award recognizes the body of SoTL work produced by recipients, with a special emphasis being placed on research that has been completed during the past three years. As a recipient of the SoTL award, Langdon has received a monetary award and has been invited to serve as a featured speaker at the 10th Annual SoTL Commons Conference in Savannah, Georgia, March 29-31.

“I consider winning this award one of my greatest accomplishments and one that is also a reflection of the wonderful people I have collaborated with,” stated Langdon. “I feel SoTL research gives me the information I need to be a better teacher and it allows me to put ideas into practice in a way that is systematic and meaningful.”

By utilizing autonomy-supportive teaching as a guide, Langdon has conducted research on the effects of the flipped classroom model on students’ course experience, basic need satisfaction, motivation and course performance. Langdon’s research has extended to include the effects of an autonomy-supportive training program on the teaching behaviors of graduate teaching assistants. Her most recent engagement in SoTL has been focused on metacognition and how three different types of metacognitive strategies (exam wrappers, informational videos and group quizzes) enhance student learning.

As a current professor involved with the Georgia Southern University’s QEP, Write3, Langdon has used her involvement to research the various influences of different types of assignments on student writing in exercise science.

Langdon makes the fourth faculty member from the College of Health and Human Sciences to be awarded this honor since it was created in 2009. The award recognizes Georgia Southern faculty members for their outstanding contributions to the SoTL. Each year a competitive selection process determines the recipient.

From Classroom to Runway

College of Health and Human Sciences senior fashion merchandising and apparel design major, Heidi Viterbo, packed her bags and headed to New York to promote her fashion line, Heidi Becca. Viterbo presented her Fall 2017 collection at Small Boutique Fashion Week (SBFW) on February 9 at Studio 450.
SBFW is internationally known and is the only business oriented runway show geared toward small business owners, emerging designers and novelty designers. Though the event is a subsidiary of New York Fashion Week, it is known as one of the top events for independent brands. Though SBFW is not one of the biggest shows held during New York Fashion Week, it has been around for 10 years and continues to grow.
Viterbo had the opportunity to be a part of the SBFW 10 year anniversary show and was selected to present her collection in both the opening show at 12 p.m. and the closing show at 8 p.m. “Through this experience I have learned so much more about presentation, speaking, preparation and networking,” recalled Viterbo. “Fashion week is nothing to take lightly and I was excited to be able to be a part of it.” Though this was Viterbo’s first show, she is looking forward to doing many more in the future and already has one scheduled for this summer in Atlanta.

Concussion Study Published in American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology

John L. Dobson, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Health and Kinesiology, Mary Beth Yarbrough, College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS) alumna and academic advisor, Jose Perez, graduate exercise science student, Kelsey Evans, CHHS alumna, in collaboration with Thomas Buckley, Ph.D. (University of Delaware) had their research, “Sport-Related Concussion Induces transient Cardiovascular Autonomic Dysfunction,” published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology.

Dobson and his colleagues have spent the past several years investigating the effect of concussions on cardiovascular function. The study included 12 college students who had suffered a concussion while participating in a recreational sport. Students were compared to 11 controlled participants who were matched by sex, height, and mass and had no history of concussions. Researchers administered tests that measured involuntary changes in heart rate and blood pressure. The study found that concussion causes short-term impairment of the cardiovascular system, but the cardiovascular symptoms typically resolve within three days of the injury.

Read the full article, “Sport-Related Concussion Induces Transient Cardiovascular Autonomic Dysfunction”.

Pruitt Awarded 2017 Puckett-Merriman Award

More than 500 physical educators participated in the 30th Annual Share the Wealth Physical Education Conference on Jekyll Island January 26 to 28. This conference is sponsored annually by the Georgia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (GAHPERD) and includes an exhibit hall, group activities, demonstration sessions, guest lectures, and participation sessions.

Kitty Pruitt, senior lecturer of physical activity and dance, and Starla McCollum, Ph.D., professor of physical education, from the School of Health and Kinesiology presented the session “Fitness of the Line” where upper elementary, middle and high school teachers were introduced to some basic high energy line dances that can be used to promote fitness. Pruitt also co-presented the session “Get Moving & Get Acquainted Activities” with presenters from Georgia, New Jersey and North Carolina.

During the opening session of the conference, Pruitt was awarded the 2017 Puckett-Merriman Award. The award recognizes an individual who shares an enthusiasm for learning that embodies the true spirit of the “Share the Wealth Conference” and helps teachers grow professionally and personally. “I was very surprised and honored when I was selected for the Puckett-Merriman Award,” stated Pruitt. “I appreciate the fact my profession recognizes my enthusiasm for sharing my knowledge with others.”

You Asked, We Listened

The College of Health and Human Sciences has installed hand sanitizers in high traffic areas in the School of Human Ecology, School of Nursing, and School of Health and Kinesiology buildings to ensure easy access for all students, faculty, staff and visitors. Though using soap and water is the most effective method for reducing the spread of germs, it may not always be readily available therefore the need for hand santizers in the College buildings was brought to the attention of the Dean by CHHS students.

The College is always researching ways to better serve its students. If you have a suggestion or comment, please complete our comment and suggestion form.

From Student to Personal Trainer

When not on campus wrapping up his final year at Georgia Southern University, senior exercise science major Matthew Jackson can be found training and teaching his clients how to live a healthier lifestyle through behavior modification, healthy eating and exercise. Originally from Pike County, Georgia, Jackson came to Georgia Southern with a goal of owning his own fitness/wellness center and has wasted no time in taking strides to reach his goal by starting his own personal training business, Matt Taylor Fitness: “Taylor made fitness for you”.
Last year, Jackson obtained his personal training certification through Aerobics and Fitness of America (AFAA) and has been utilizing his skills and education from Georgia Southern to train clients at 180 Fitness in Statesboro, GA. “The education I have received at Georgia Southern has played a huge role thus far in my career and has equipped me with a background to be able to provide a higher quality of fitness instruction to my clients,” stated Jackson. “As a trainer I have to educate clients on why the things we do are important for our health.” When training clients, Jackson places a focus primarily on functional training and corrective exercise for issues like posture and flexibility.
In his spare time, Jackson volunteers with Teen Reach Adventure Camp which helps at-risk kids and foster kids. He has spent time in the PT clinic with Optim Orthopedics and has volunteered as a little league coach with the Recreation Department.
With a long-term goal of opening a facility that serves multiple needs at one location, Jackson has placed his focus on developing his small business through marketing, branding, and gaining hands-on experience. “Not many students come out of school ready to jump into a career and I feel like I’ve already begun building one even before I graduate,” stated Jackson. “I owe my professors at Georgia Southern a thank you for helping me along my journey.”
Follow Matt Taylor Fitness on Facebook or Instagram to view workouts and food ideas.

Athletic Trainer for a Day

On January 21, Steve Patterson, Ed.D., clinical instructor of athletic training in the School of Health and Kinesiology, spoke with approximately 20 students enrolled in the Jump Start Academy at South Effingham High School about athletic training. The Jump Start Academy program, sponsored by Magnolia Coastlands AHEC, allows students to explore health careers by providing workshops to students. During the workshop, Patterson discussed careers options and education requirements for those interested in entering the athletic training profession.



Eagle Expo
12:00-4:00 p.m., Recreation Activity Center

The Eagle Expo is the largest career fair at Georgia Southern. The career fair is open to employers from all career fields hiring for co-ops, internships and full-time positions. Students from all majors are encouraged to attend!


Application Deadline 

Application deadline for Doctorate of Nursing Practice applicants for Fall 2017 (Domestic and International).
Honors Program Priority Deadline

All currently enrolled Georgia Southern undergraduate students who wish to apply for the University Honors Program to begin enrollment in Fall 2017 should apply by this date. While applications are accepted throughout the year, meeting this deadline insures review proir to fall registration. 
National Youth-At-Risk Conference 
Hyatt Regency, Savannah, GA

The conference trains adults wo serve youth to create safe, healthy, caring and intellectually empowering educational environments that foster the well-being of all children and adolescents.
Last Day to Withdraw without Academic Penalty
Graduation Gala 
10:00 a.m.-6 p.m., Williams Center Multipurpose Room

The Graduation Gala is a one-stop shop for students graduating May 2017. The event is hosted by offices across campus and includes local retail vendors in order to help students ensure they are fully prepared for graduation. Cap and gown orders will be placed here. 
Spring Break-No Classes 

Administrative offices and resident halls will be open.
SoTL Commons Conference 
Coastal Georgia Center, Savannah, GA

The SoTL Commons is an international conference hosted annually by the Centers for Teaching and Technology at Georgia Southern University. Attend high-quality presentations from recognized speakers and join in conversations on SoTL with an international community of scholars. Register online.
Ready, Set, Glow! 5K Run Event
8 p.m., Hanner Fieldhouse

The Ready, Set, Glow 5K is open to anyone! Come run or walk during the night through Georgia Southern University's campus. The event is organized by the Sport and Exercise Psychology Club and proceeds will go toward iRun4, a non-profit organization where people run for those who cannot. At this event, glow sticks, glow bracelets and glow shirts will all be included during the run, along with food afterwards!
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