People, Places, and Programs

By August 12, 2015News & Events

The Academy is Proud to Announce the Launch of its New App

With the usage of mobile devices increasing every year, it can be extremely difficult to create meaningful connections to consumers; college students are no exception. Although the Academy’s website is already responsive to appear on phones and tablets, the creation of an app was another way for the Academy to be present in the various mediums that students and consumers use to access information every day.

Found in the Google Play and Apple App store, the new “US Sports Academy” app allows users access to key resources all in one place. They can explore current news stories about contemporary issues in sport on The Sport Digest, read peer-reviewed articles on The Sport Journal, and receive the latest Academy news. It also archives videos of Sports Talk, the Academy’s weekly live broadcast on hot topics in sport. Users can also watch videos and read more about the Academy’s programs and degrees. App users are encouraged to engage on social media including Facebook and Twitter and are able to sign up for exclusive monthly e-newsletters. Access to the bookstore via the app also makes it extremely convenient for users to purchase their books, gifts, school apparel, and even fine art prints.

Photograph of phone“I hope this new app will become a trusted resource for students, alumni, and others in the sports industry,” said Jennifer Kelly, Web Master at the Academy. “The amount of quality information accessible in one place attests to the Academy’s hard work as the world’s only free-standing regionally accredited school of sport and largest graduate school of sport in the world.”

The app is free to all users. Go to to see a preview of the app and download to your mobile device. Download this must-have source of knowledge today!

Academy Doctoral Teaching Assistant Sandra Geringer to Present to the Ladies Sports Academy in the UAE on How to Have Fun with PE

Academy Doctoral Teaching Assistant Ms. Sandra Geringer will be attending the First Physical Education Teachers Forum at the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on September 15, 2015. Her presentation “FUNdamentals of Making Physical Education FUN for ALL” focuses on a fun way to get youth interested in physical education (PE).

The forum will bring together PE teachers from government and private schools across Abu Dhabi and the UAE, with hopes to facilitate an open discussion and exchange on the PE curriculum in the country. The Forum will take stock of the way and means by which youth is introduced to sports at school and how sport participation can be further encouraged through existing education mechanisms.

Engaging students who all have different learning styles is one of the biggest challenges in education. A fun factor needs to be established in PE classes in order to combat declining physical activity. Shifting from a competitive sports model to leisure time physical activities could help kids develop a positive attitude toward a physically active life. Experts recommend 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day, and making physical activity a fun and integral part of life can help increase youth activity across the board.

Geringer has over 20 years of experience in sport administration focusing on tennis, athletic policy, accreditation, and legal issues. She has also participated in the Academy’s International Diploma in Physical Education and Sport Coaching 2014 program in Malaysia as an educator.

Academy Art Committee Member Emerita Susan McCollough Staying Busy

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From left to right: Academy President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, Mrs. McCollough, her husband and 2015 Theodore Roosevelt Award recipient Dr. Gaylon McCollough, and Dr. Rosandich’s wife Mrs. Sally Rosandich, are seen standing in front the painting, “Starry Night.”

Academy Art Committee Emerita, Susan McCollough, was featured in a solo art exhibition at Gulf Coast Arts Alliance (GCAA) in Gulf Shores, Ala. The GCAA is hosting this special exhibit, “August Abstracts,” through August 29. One of Mrs. McCollough’s paintings (right), “Starry Night,” was painted from a photo taken by the Hubble Telescope. This is one of five paintings from her “Galaxy Series.”

Mrs. McCollough’s work was recently recognized when two of her paintings were selected for display at the Exhibition Florence Biennale in Florence, Italy, which will be held in October 2015. The paintings chosen for exhibit in Florence will be on display at the GCAA Art Gallery during her “August Abstracts” special exhibit. In addition to that honor, Mrs. McCollough was chosen as one of the artists on exhibit her work at the ArtExpo in New York, April 14-17.

Distance Learning Faculty Member Dr. Michael Spino Recounts Running for Lyndhurst

Dr. Michael Spino is a long-time Distance Learning Faculty member at the Academy. He has taught and coached throughout the world and is the author of six books on the mental and physical aspects of sport. His book, “Beyond Jogging: The Innerspaces of Running,” was on the New York Times Best Seller list. As a college cross-country and distance coach at Georgia Tech and Life University, he coached many All-Americans and won 12 national championships. He is the Founder and CEO of True Champion LLC, a mind and body online coaching company. He was the Director of the Esalen Sports Center and earned his Ph.D. at the University in Europe- Lille2 University of Law and Sport, one of Europe’s most prestigious sport-research institutions.

The Record, a newspaper out of New Jersey, has recently caught up with Dr. Spino to talk about his running career that began in Lyndhurst High School in Lyndhurst, New Jersey.

Looking back more than 50 years later, Dr. Spino’s memories of competing for Lyndhurst extend beyond results. As much as his success means to him, the support he received from the community means just as much.

“It was an inspirational place to live in those days,” Dr. Spino said. Continue reading here…

Student Coaches in Thailand Give the Academy a Thumbs Up for its Seminar in Sports Medicine

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Dr. Jamie Butikofer is pictured centered, surrounded by several students from the “Seminar in Sports Medicine” course.

Dr. Jamie Butikofer has been leading a group of students in Thailand as he teaches “Seminar in Sports Medicine,” a course that is part of the Academy’s International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) program. The Academy, in conjunction with the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT), has been teaching its ICSC program for over a decade.

The course took place from July 13-17 and is the fifth course in a six-part series, with the final course being “Workshop in Sports Medicine/Rehab.”

For over four decades, the Academy has provided programs in sport education to students throughout the nation and in more than to 60 countries across the globe. In fact, a new agreement has been signed between the Academy and the SAT, continuing an 11-year relationship between the two parties.

Distance Learning Faculty Member Dr. Brian Wallace Competed in Tallahassee Senior Games

Photograph of WallaceDistance Learning Faculty member Dr. Brian Wallace competed in the 2015 Tallahassee Senior Games in March 2015. He came in first place in the javelin throw with a distance of 29.39m and second place in the discus throw with a distance of 31.28m.

Dr. Wallace served five years at the Academy as the Chair of Sport Fitness and is currently a member of the National Faculty, an adjunct professor at Florida State University, and a Seminar Speaker for Cross Country Education on Exercise Testing and Prescription for health care personnel.

He also directed the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Fitness, and Testing Center at Tallahassee Memorial Regional Medical Center. As a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine his numerous publications in scientific, medical, and fitness journals include Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, and Physician and Sports Medicine.

With over 25 years in health, fitness, and athletics as a researcher, professor, player, coach, and trainer, Dr. Wallace represents the gold standard in applied research. His training, certifications, research, and experience with everyone from Olympic and professional athletes to cardiac and diabetic patients has allowed Dr. Wallace to create a testing and training system that sets the standard for the health and fitness industry.

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