063 Better support of student-athlete mental health (Hilinski’s Hope)

Just over a year ago, WSU quarterback Tyler Hilinski passed away and the Hilinski’s Hope foundation began. Focusing on mental health awareness in student athletics, Hilinski’s Hope is continuing to make a difference. We caught up with Kym Hilinski to learn more about the recent progress of the foundation and the importance of Hilinski’s Hope in student athletics.

062 Increasing teachers and leaders of color

Roughly 45 percent of school children in Washington state are designated as people “of color.” But there’s only about 10 percent diversity among teachers and school administrators. This isn’t a new problem. And universities are certainly not just now working on solutions. But thanks to being the first recipient of the George Brain and Gay Selby Faculty Award in Educational Leadership, WSU Vancouver’s Katherine Rodela is working to bridge that diversity gap.

061 Budding Moneyballers take on Phoenix

If you’ve ever watched the movie Moneyball, or read the book off of which it was based, you’ll know that the narrative goes something like this: everything we thought we knew about the game of baseball might be, at worst, just dead wrong, or, if we’re lucky, a little off. Either way, we’re wrong. The solution, of course, is to merely focus on great analytics and question the way things have been done. Problem solved, unbelievers be damned.

Well, a quartet of Washington State University students, led by team leader and sport management student Dante Ludlow, is soon taking their analytic prowess to a conference in Phoenix… a conference meant specifically for baseball analytics. While there, they’ll take part in a competition in front of baseball executives, with a dream of perhaps catching a few eyes and, even better, job offers.

060 Aquatic Intervention for those with Cerebral Palsy

Individuals with Cerebral Palsy suffer from all kinds of effects such as issues with muscle tone, posture, bone growth, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, and so on.

At Washington State University’s Bruya-Wood Undergraduate Research Conference, we spoke to Justin Harrer and Morgan Davis, two kinesiology students within the College of Education, about things that can be done to enhance quality of life for those with Cerebral Palsy. Specifically, using aquatic intervention for both physical and psychological benefits.

059 WSU ROAR and its ever-present impact

There’s a life-changing program at Washington State University. It’s called ROAR. It’s designed for students with intellectual or developmental disabilities and it gives them a traditional, on-campus experience. It’s also a first in Washington state.

The initial class consists of four stellar students, and one of the best things about ROAR, is that it not only has a positive effect on the students themselves, but through those students, a positive effect on those involved in any capacity with the program. Like WSU soccer player Maddy Haro.

058 Exercise aids fighting depression

Over the last few years, researchers and scholars within Washington State University’s kinesiology programs have touted the benefits of exercise, both informally, and as part of the Exercise as Medicine initiative. At this year’s Bruya-Wood Undergraduate Research Conference, we caught up with student Jessica Krull, who goes into more detail about how exercise can actually help fight depression or depressive symptoms.

057 Exercise to improve symptoms of Parkinson’s disease

There are currently three main treatment options for Parkinson’s disease, though the downside to them include harsh side effects, invasiveness, and high cost.

We caught up with kinesiology student Collette Edge at the Bruya-Wood Undergraduate Research Conference, and she told us about one other treatment option: high-amplitude action-observation (HAOO) group fitness and how it can help decrease symptoms for moderate-level Parkinson’s disease progression.

056 A Fulbright to Macedonia and #AgentOfChange

WSU College of Education professor Joy Egbert has received a Fulbright Specialist Award and in March will spend three weeks in Macedonia.

It’s not the first time Joy has traveled abroad for Fulbright. Many years ago, she traveled to Russia. Since that time came more experience and more wisdom; an outlook that Joy recognizes will help her more on this trip.

She talks to us about the impending travel, her theories on immersive language acquisition, the role of a mentor, and what makes her an #AgentOfChange… all while she’s on a sugar high.

055 Agents of Change: Valencia Toomer

There are principals, and then there are principals-of-the-year principals. Valencia Toomer is the award-winning type! She’s a College of Education alumna, and we’re excited that she recently was honored in North Carolina for her excellence. We talk to her about the award, and how at the root of everything, she’s an agent of change by believing in helping the whole child.

054 INTO Higher Education

At Washington State University, one aspect of the Drive to 25 initiative is to increase enrollment of international students. To achieve this, WSU became one of 11 universities in the United States to partner with INTO. INTO is a private organization that partners with universities to connect potential students with opportunities in higher education. Chad Gotch is an assistant professor and the INTO coordinator for the Educational Psychology program and he spoke with us about the dynamics and impact of INTO.