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Monday, December 3, 2018

On November 14, 2018, EXP graduate students performed physical assessments on city of Duluth employees at the annual city health fair, which is held at the DECC.  Students assessed body composition, flexibility, strength, muscular endurance, aerobic fitness and other parameters. This is the fourth year our graduate students have been invited to participate in the city health fair.



Thursday, November 1, 2018

Grad students Joe Bauer and Tanner Kramp dressed as professors Joe Warpeha and Larry Birnbaum on Halloween.  Tanner decided to keep his hair. 

Monday, October 15, 2018

This year's Northland Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (NACSM) Conference was held at South Dakota State University (SDSU) October 11-12, 2018. St. Scholastica's Exercise Physiology Program was represented at the conference by Master's student Emma Drackley, Senior Stephany Medina, and department chair Dr. Larry Birnbaum. It was a good conference with good speakers but a long drive from Duluth
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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

EXP Senior Jennifer Blair presented her 2018 summer research at the McNair-Trio Poster Symposium September 26, 2018. Jennifer's study is comparing the tidal volume of wind musicians (i.e., brass, woodwind, and vocal musicians) and non-wind individuals. One of the primary influences for her research is to find a way to support keeping music in public education by showing it benefits pulmonary function. Her study is currently ongoing. Jennifer is advised by Dr. Lisa Kappes, PhD.

Friday, September 7, 2018


The Labor Day holiday traditionally marks the end of summer and with it comes the end of the summer semester!  While we don’t have any traditional summer classes, we do have many students doing internships.  With 22 graduate students and 15 undergrads completing their internships over the summer this year is no different. 

Most of the undergrads completed their internships in fitness settings like the YMCA, independent facilities like Impact Sports Training (IST) in Duluth or similar settings in their home towns, while others worked with more diverse patient populations in programs like Stay Fit (a service in the Benedictine Health Center for independent living seniors).  This is the first time most of these students have been placed in a position of authority and serve as a resource of specialized knowledge so it is the perfect opportunity to gain confidence in what they know and “find their voice” as they interact with various clients or patients.

The predominant career choice for most of this year’s Master’s students was the clinical route: 19 grad students were placed in cardiac rehab or research settings and 5 were in facilities focused on athletic performance or corporate fitness.  Three more students are completing cardiac rehab internships and one is pursuing a fitness setting to complete their internships in the fall semester. 
This is quite unusual, as a mix closer to 50:50 distribution between clinical and fitness/performance has been the long term pattern.  Whether this year’s showing is a blip or a trend will be interesting to see.  In either case, the Department is confident in its ability to offer a curriculum that prepares students for careers that span the spectrum of our field.  

As usual, many students were placed at facilities locally (Duluth, Superior) and within the region (Cloquet, Moose Lake, St.Cloud).  Many more were in the Twin Cities area including sites in Fridley, Coon Rapids, Burnsville, Blaine and Edina.  Two were at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, one was in Madison and three went to Iowa.  Others traveled further afield to Colorado, Montana, North Carolina, Texas and North Dakota!

In terms of job placement, the very early results are positive.  When the summer term ended last week, eleven students had completed all requirements for the internship.  The others will be finishing in the next 3-4 weeks as they complete up to 600 hours so they are eligible to sit for the Registered Certified Exercise Physiologist (RCEP) exam.  Of the 11 students that are completely done, 5 have accepted jobs at their internship sites and several others are currently in the interview process.  Although the Department doesn’t have official records documenting the timing of job offers this year’s results seem very good!  

It has been a successful year for the Exercise Physiology Graduate class of 2018! As we say farewell to them, we look forward to another productive year and welcome 23 new students to the 2018-19 Master’s Program! 

Monday, August 6, 2018

One of or distinguished faculty members, Joe Warpeha, has been directing a power lifting event at the College of St. Scholastica for 10 years.  It has become very popular and has received excellent reviews.  A local news station covered the latest one held on August 4th.  See the link below for details.

http://www.kbjr6.com/story/38813470/usa-power-lifting-hosts-twin-ports-raw-open

Monday, July 9, 2018

Graduate students worked on a cold water immersion study and an inversion study in Applied Exercise Physiology during the latter part of spring semester.