Student Activities

Exercise Specific Health Panel A Success

On February 24th, 2015, the Student Association for Sports Science hosted an exercise specific health professionals panel for anyone looking to work in the field of health care.  The panelists discussed their specialties followed by Q&A from the audience.  The panelists above from left to right are Amy Hoeh, President of Student Association in Sports Science, Kate Hosking UP Health System PT for MTherapies, Bryan Dixon UP Health System Sports Medicine Physician, Nancy Uschold MARESA PT, Jeff Kinnunen UP  Health System Exercise Physiologist and Scott Drum NMU Exercise Physiologist.

Jordan Receives Award

Scott Jordan, Assistant Professor of Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management, receives theWEA (Wilderness Education Association) Frank Lupton Service Award.

The 2015 WEA Award Recipients:

Student/Leader Award: Rebecca Roehm (Indiana Univeristy) Outdoor Educator Award: Taito Okamura: President of WEAJ (WEA Japan) Organization Award: Rare Earth Adventures (President of the WEA) Frank Lupton Award: Scott Jordan,  Paul Petzoldt: Guy Savoie (Key note speaker, owner of Voyageur Wilderness Programme (VWP) located on Nym Lake, border of Quetico Park pristine wilderness area, Ontario, Canada)  

Polar Roll Fat Bike Race

Exercise Science graduate student, Kevin Phillips, showing his skills on a fat bike. Here he's shown jumping down steps in downtown Marquette in route to a finish in the 15-mile Polar Roll Fat Bike race. He's currently collecting data on his thesis related to the physiology of riding a fat bike on dirt versus snow...a one of a kind study to date.  

Marmalick Selected for Student Senate

Halie Marmalick, Sophomore Athletic Training student from Gladstone, has been selected as one of 12 Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association's (GLATA) Student Senate. Halie will serve as one of two student representatives from the state of Michigan. She was nominated for this position by Julie Rochester, Professor and Director of the Athletic Training Program at NMU. Halie will begin her position (two-year term) in March at the GLATA Winter Meeting and Symposium in Wheeling, IL. The GLATA Student Senate works to advance the profession of athletic training through student collaboration, professional interaction, and educational programming. Halie is the first student from NMU to be selected to the GLATA Student Senate.  

Costa Rica 2014

Students studying abroad in Costa Rica encounter a leatherback sea turtle.  Pictured from left to right are David Kronk, Instructor; Jenna Dayton, Outdoor Recreation Major; Jacqelyn Guth, Pre-Vet Major; Dr. Keith Clancy, Assistant Instructor and Cassie Brennecke, Zoology Major. 




Professors Carlson, Coleman, Joubert, and Tremethick along with NMU's HPO Health Educator Lenny Shible and six NMU students presented and attended the 2014 MAHPERD Conference in Traverse City.


Athletic Training Conference


Julie Rochester with NMU alum and NMU Distinguished alum - Diane Husic (professor - Moravian University, PA)  Diane is the facilitator of the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative Leadership Fellows program.  Rochester is a fellows graduate and served as a panelist at this year's program in Indianapolis at the NCAA headquarters.  Rochester discussed how student-athletes suffering from concussion can suffer significant difficulties in the classroom while on the road to recovery.


European Headache and Migraine Trust International Congress


Pictured is Dr. Maggy Moore (Athletic Training). Dr. Moore presented her work on the Effect of Physical Activity and Hours of Sleep on Symptoms Scores Following Migraine at the European Headache and Migraine Trust International Congress. September 20-23, 2014. Copenhagen, Denmark.


Student and Faculty Travel and Activity

The week of September 13-20, 2014, will be remembered as the time two Exercise Science faculty and two graduate students from the School of Health and Human Performance traveled to Pontresina, Switzerland for the 2nd annual International Rock Climbing Research Congress (IRCRC). Dr. Phil Watts presented on geometric entropy related to top rope versus lead climbing, which was a study completed with Dr. Scott Drum and grad students, Kevin Phillips and Matt Kilgas.  Furthermore, Phillips and Kilgas each presented their own research related to different starting positions during a dyno move and static stretching prior to an explosive arm jump maneuver, respectively. Dr. Randy Jensen, who did not attend IRCRC, helped with Phillips’ study. The conference was an excellent time for networking with professionals, including sport and exercise science professors, mechanical engineers, graduate students, national sport climbing coaches, and orthopedic surgeons from all over the world, including Germany, Australia, Czechoslovakia, England, Scotland, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, and France. A highlight of the conference was recognizing how often Dr. Watts’ past research was cited by other professional presenters. In one phrase, Dr. Watts’ is a true “rock star.” His many contributions to and world leading publications in the area of rock climbing physiology bloomed in full force. Perhaps the third annual IRCRC, set for summer/fall 2016, will be held in the United States and directed by Dr. Watts and others, including Dr. Vanesa España-Romero from Spain, a former visiting researcher in Exercise Science with Dr. Watts. Stay tuned.

Dr. Scott Jordan on Navigating Career Changes


Dr. Scott Jordan (Outdoor Recreation, Leadership, and Management) recently published an article in Outdoor Insider a publication of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education.  Check it out here!


Dr. Scott Drum Completes 83.5-Mile Run

School of Health and Human Performance Professor Scott Drum completed an 83.5-mile run that included Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Isle Royale National Park. Please click here for additional information.


Professor Maggy Moore presenting at the ImPACT  LIVE TRAINING  WORKSHOP
July 31-August 1, 2014  Pittsburgh, PA



2014 ISBS Conference


One graduate student Cale Anderson and alum Mitchell Stephenson attended the July 2014 ISBS conference held in Johnson City, TN along with Dr. Randy Jensen and former NMU Professor Sarah Clarke. All had the opportunity to present their research in biomechanics.


Draw the Line With Daisies


Jamie Frederickson and Kelly Busch, Health and Human Performance students in the Community Health Education Major, present at NMU’s Celebration of Research. Under Professor Bree Carlson, students in HL 322 International Health sold Daisy seeds in order to educate and raise money to fund efforts against honor killings. All proceeds were donated to the United Nations Development Fund for Women to assist this group in eradicating the 5,000 honor killings that are reported every year internationally


Students and Faculty Travel to Belize


Professors Yuba Gautam (Health) and Eileen Smit (Nursing) led students on a study abroad program in Belize. In Coordination with Pro World and the Ministry of Health students organized mobile health clinics and served approximately 200 people. Focused on service learning, students conducted health assessments and screenings, conducted home visits, distributed vitamins, provided tooth varnishing for children, and provided health education and counseling for children and adults.



The Teaching of Rock Climbing



During the week of May 11, 2014, Professors Watts and Thompson traveled with students to Devil's Lake State Park for the RE 358 teaching of Rock Climbing Class. Fortunately the non-porous quartzite of Devil's Lake Park dries quickly, so even with wet weather students had hands on opportunities to learn how to teach rock climbing. To see a slideshow of 28 years of Teaching of Rock Climbing with Dr. Watts click here!

International Collaborative Research

Optic flow influence on treadmill walking and running



Dr. Randy Jensen (Exercise Science--Biomechanics) coordinated research which included Pierfrancesco ​Scatena (University of Konstanz, Germany), Dr. Scott Drum (Exercise Science--Exercise Physiology), Dr. Maggy Moore (Athletic Training), and undergraduate students Brenna Sellman and David Cleveland. This research was funded by a College of Health Sciences and Professional Studies grant along with funding from Graduate Studies. Working as a team, researchers studied optic flow influence on treadmill walking and running. Dr. Jensen discussed the research with Shawn Householder TV6 News  Image 1 Dr. Randy Jensen and Pierfrancesco, Image 2 Dr. Jensen during data collection, Image 3 Dr. Drum during data collection. The researchers would like to thank Fred and Beth Benzie for their assistance with the filming.



“Active” Classroom Learning - FitDesk® Used During Lecture

in ES 315 Exercise Physiology


Dr. Lanae Joubert and Dr. Scott Drum of the School of Health and Human Performance, along with Exercise Science graduate students, Alex Holley and Matt Kilgas, are conducting a research project funded by a College of Health Sciences and Professional Studies grant using the relatively new FitDesk®. The results, forthcoming at the end of this semester, are expected to be, well, revealing! Stay Tuned!

Pictured is Dr. Scott Drum on the FitDesk® with his trusted colleague, Dr. Lanae Joubert, looking a bit weary and distracted. Hmm, what will happen next?



Ryan Weatherwax, Megan Nelson, Alicia Denherder and Mitch Stephenson attending the Rocky Mountain ACSM, March 28-29, 2014 in Denver, CO.  Alicia presented a poster on the efficacy of myofascial release modalities and is a current Sports Science student at NMU.  Mitch was the MC of the Student Bowl.



Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management Students



Students from the Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management Major (ORLM) helped out at North Star Academy's Polar Bear Winter Festival at the Lucy Hill Luge in Negaunee, MI. ORLM students worked with K-6 students - helping them participate in snowshoe, XC ski, sled, and luge activities.


Panel Presentation on Concussion


Please join us for a panel discussion with leaders in the concussion field. Julian E. Bailes, M.D., Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery--University of Chicago, Marguerite Moore, Ph.D. AT, ATC, NMU School of Health and Human Performance, J. Bryan Dixon, M.D., Marquette General Health Systems, Mark Lovell, Ph.D. FACPN, Co-developer of ImPact. View the recorded session at


Rock Climbing--Spring Break 2014

Research By Exercise Science Faculty and Students



Feb. 2014 NMU exercise physiologists Dr. Phil Watts and Dr. Scott Drum will be spending their semester break at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in northwest Arkansas conducting research on geometric entropy in rock climbers. Exercise Science graduate students Matt Kilgas and Kevin Phillips will assist with the project.  The research will employ digital video analysis of the complexity of movement during rock climbing for two ascent styles - top-rope and sport leading. This research is funded by a College of Health Sciences and Professional Studies Grant.

Image--Dr. Phil Watts rock climbing at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch.



                    Students Have Hands On Practice

                    Promoting Healthy Behaviors!



Feb. 2014 The annual Wildcat Wellness Health Fair, took place on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 in the University Center Great Lakes Rooms.  Sponsored by the Health Promotion Society student organization and attended by hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and community members, this lively event provided FREE health information, screenings, access to dozens of health professionals and LOTS of prizes in a fun atmosphere.  Professor Barb Coleman, Health Fair Coordinator sums it up "There is a common ground for all people, and that is their health and well-being.  Bringing our campus community together to impact their health is the main goal of our Health Fair."


Noquemanon Cross Country Ski Race

Provides Opportunities

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Jan 2014 Noquemanon veteran Dr. Phil Watts receives bib 195 from his relay partner Miles Prahl of the Twin Cities (yellow vest). Behind Dr. Watts is Dr. Scott Drum (red jacket).Students from the Health Promotion Society provide their talent and skills to the race.  Students from the Student Athletic Training Organization man an aid station. The School of Health and Human Performance is fortunate to be located in a setting that naturally provides opportunities to challenge human performance!


Polar Vortex and Winter Camping


Jan 2014 The news reports were dismal with forecasts of subzero temperatures, the coldest weather the UP had seen in decades. These forecasts did not stop a group of eleven Outdoor Recreation students and three instructors from a winter camping trip for RE 356 Wilderness Stewardship. Well-equipped and with expert instructors, students learned how to not only survive in extreme cold—but to enjoy the experience. Lead instructor Professor Lindsay Bean shared, “We didn’t really realize the severity of the cold and the large affect it was having until we were almost through the worst of it. We just thought it was really cold out! When we plan for this course, we always plan for extremes in temperature and precipitation. Students have a very strict clothing and equipment list that they must adhere to, the university provides additional necessary equipment, and our food is carefully planned to maximize energy.”

“Knowing the weather forecast, we did change our plans quite a bit. When it got really cold, we decided to stop moving camp and just stay where we were. Everyone built snow shelters, which are key in staying warm as snow has excellent insulating properties. A ‘quinzee’ with three people in it can maintain a temperature well above zero, no matter what the temperature and wind are doing outside."

“Another huge factor in keeping everyone safe during a trip or course like that, is just watching out for yourself and others. Awareness is key. We’re constantly asking ourselves and others, ‘How are you?’ ‘Are your hands cold?’ ‘How are your feet?’ ‘Do you have enough water?' etc. You really learn to take care of yourself and others.”

Additional pictures can be found at



Ecology and Eco-Tourism

Costa Rica 2014


Jan 2014 Students in RE 495 traveled to Costa Rica in January 2014 to study ecology and eco-tourism. Students blogged about the challenges and the beauty of Costa Rica at

Sports Science and Exercise Science Students Attend Regional Conference

From left to right: Adam Shultz (MS, Ex Sci alum, 2010), Amy Hoeh (SS undergrad), Brenna Sellman (SS undergrad), George Brooks (Professor at UC-Berkley and Keynote Speaker, MWACSM Conference 2013), Alicia Denherder (SS undergrad, also presented an oral presentation at MWACSM 2013 about The Efficacy of Myofascial Release Interventions between High Intensity Exercise), and Bry Bellovary (current Ex Sci MS student).

A group of NMU Sports Science (SS) and Exercise Science (ES) students traveled to Merrillville, IN for the annual Midwest (i.e., MI, OH, WI, IN, IA, IL) American College of Sports Medicine Conference on November 8-9, 2013. They had to put up with the driving and poor jokes of Assistant Professor, Scott Drum. A highlight of the event was attending Dr. George Brooks’ Keynote Lecture about the history of lactic acid. Dr. Brooks is an internationally known researcher and speaker from the University of California – Berkley. He’s fondly known as the “grand father” of exercise physiology and especially for his work with lactic acid that spans almost 44 years. Aside from listening to lectures, Alicia Denherder, a junior in the SS division of HPER and pre-Doctor of Physical Therapy student, delivered a 10-min oral presentation titledThe Efficacy of Myofascial Release Interventions between Bouts of High Intensity Exercise. Two other SS undergrads, Amy Hoeh and Brenna Sellman, also attended the conference. Additionally, ES graduate student, Bry Bellovary, and ES graduate program alum, Adam Shultz, attended. The group collectively agreed it was a great experience and are busy planning research projects to potentially present next year.

Exercise Science Alumni and Friends Breakfast


Alumni and friends of NMU Exercise Science Division in the School of Health and Human Performance at NMU met for breakfast at the 2013 American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeing, Indianapolis, IN. Attendees included: Phil Gallagher, PhD – Ex Sci alum and Exercise Physiologist at Kansas University, Paul Eigenmann, MS – Ex Sci alum from Switzerland, Phil Watts, PhD – NMU Faculty, Bryan Dixon, MD – Marquette physician, Barb Coleman, MS – NMU Faculty and alum, Scott Drum, PhD – NMU Faculty, Sarah Breen, PhD – Visiting NMU Faculty from Ireland, and Cindy Anderson, MD – Marquette physician

Professors and Graduate Student Travel to the Annual Rocky Mountain ACSM Conference


Left to right in the photo: Dr. Phil Watts presented the opening keynote address at the conference – a review of the physiology of rock climbing with a focus on children and youth. Dr. Scott Drum is the outgoing President of the RMACSM and was one of the coordinators of the event. Dr. Lanae Joubert presented the closing keynote address at the conference – the role of physical activity and B-vitamin status on blood homocysteine levels. Ryan Weatherwax, graduate student in Exercise Science, presented a research poster on increased ejection fraction during and after chemotherapy in a breast cancer survivor.

Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association


Over 900 people, including 30 NMU students, attended the 45th Annual Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association conference in Wheeling, Ill. The meeting and symposium fosters students with networking and leadership experience, while providing professionals with opportunities to earn continued education credits through workshops, lectures and learning labs.

Michigan--American College of Sports Medicine

MIACSM.jpgSeven School of Health and Human Performance students, three undergraduate and four graduate, attended the Michigan American College of Sports Medicine (MIACSM) in Gaylord, MI at Tree Tops Resort recently (Feb 2013). Three of the students, Bry Bellovary, Ryan Weatherwax, and Megan Suer, presented for 10-minutes each about the incidence of rhabdomyolysis in CrossFit® participants, Herceptin use and ejection fraction change in a breast cancer survivor, and carrying various loads while running, respectively. Additionally, three students participated in the MIACSM Student Quiz Bowl. Overall, the conference was great for networking with other students and faculty from all over Michigan.


Faculty Led Study Abroad--Costa Rica


RE 495 The Role of Ecotourism in Sustaining Ecosystems in Costa Rica January 2-12, 2013 ten students traveled to Costa Rica with faculty leaders David Kronk and Janel Krooks. The course introduced students to a variety of ecosystem methods used to manage Costa Rican protected land areas in a sustainable way. Students visited dry forests, cloud forests, tidal pools and beach ecosystems while learning the biology and ecology of these areas, as well as the impact of ecotourism. Please see additional information from the University of Georgia's residential campus in Costa Rica. Click here for a video of the trip


Students Travel to the Michigan Association for Health, Physical Education Recreation and Dance


Eleven School of Health and Human Performance students and five faculty members traveled to Traverse City to attend and present at the Michigan Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Annual Conference. In addition, NMU students hosted the MAHPERD Cup during the conference.


ISBS - Melbourne, Australia

Mitchell Stephenson, Erika Purdy and Dr. Randy Jensen went to the ISBS (International Society of Biomechanics in Sport) held July 23-6, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. Mitch presented a poster titled "Reliability of knee joint measures in a cutting movement." Erika made an oral presentation titled "Force and time analysis of backstroke to breaststroke turns." Both were coauthors, along with other students, on a paper Dr. Jensen presented titled "Effect of acute feedback on knee angle and movement during a horizontal land and cut maneuver."

ACSM - San Francisco



At the ACSM in San Francisco, a number of current and former students met up with NMU faculty: Left to right - Stephanie Howe (former student, now Ph.D. candidate at Oregon State), Dr. Randy Jensen, Dr. Brian Dixon (Marquette physician), Dr. Phil Watts, on the other side: Paul Eigenmann (former student, now a Fitness Specialist in St. Gallen, Switzerland), Bryanne Bellovary (current GA), Molly Burger (undergraduate and former Freshman Fellow with Dr. Watts).

The following presentations were made: Erich Petushek (former GA, now Ph.D. candidate at Michigan Technological University) presented "The Effect of a Dynamic and Static Start on Snatch Pull Technique and Performance." Bryanne Bellovary (current GA) presented: "Comparison of Isotonic and Isokinetic measurements of extension/flexion strength and Quadriceps-Hamstring ratio." Molly Burger (undergraduate and former Freshman Fellow with Dr. Watts) presented "Effect of High-Intensity Interval Training on Stride Distance During Treadmill Double-Pole Roller-Skiing" Dr. Jensen presented "Analysis of jumping technique via functional principal components data analysis versus peak ground reaction force." and "Effect of Acute Feedback on Landing Patterns in a Horizontal Land and Cut Maneuver." Both had a number of student coauthors and for the latter, Sarah Leissring (undergraduate and former Freshman Fellow with Dr. Jensen) was the lead author. Dr. Watts presented "Strength: volume ratio for the forearm in climbers and non-climbers."