Our Student and Alumni Success
Ensuring Student Success
Most of our freshmen students generally know that they like exercise, sport, health and physical activity. Our common core helps students narrow their interests and gives them a better insight into their educational and career options. For example, EXER 201 Introduction to Exercise Science, the first course students take in the department helps them understand the opportunities and careers that are available to them as an exercise science major.
Another advantage of our common core is that it makes it easy to change from one major to another if the student’s career direction shifts after being in the program for a couple of years. Moreover, our programs allow students to select electives or cognate courses that further expand their educational and career opportunities. For example, the business-related cognate courses required in the Sport Management and Fitness and Wellness Management majors provide most of the courses needed for admission to a MBA program after graduation. The science cognate can be tailored to meet the needs of students interested in going to graduate school to prepare for careers in physical therapy, medicine, biomechanics, exercise physiology, and other related fields.
Our faculty’s strong academic credentials are complemented by extensive real-world experience in athletic training, coaching, teacher education, fitness, the exercise sciences, and sport management. But most importantly, we are friendly, approachable and available! We take a genuine interest in student success both personally and academically, helping them do more than excel in the classroom.
We have about 250 students within the department, fairly evenly distributed across the areas of study. A typical upper-level major class averages about 15–20 students, ensuring personal attention and creating discussion oriented courses. Many of our majors are student-athletes. Some are surprised to discover that Department of Exercise Science instructors, most of whom were college student-athletes themselves, understand the unique challenges that face college athletes.
Our faculty foster leadership skills and our students are often elected to leadership positions in state and national professional organizations.
Silvienne Krosendijk and William Mixon (2010) will be pursuing MS in Exercise and Sport Science at East Carolina University.
Robert Connolly, Cameron Hatcher and John Owens have been accepted to MBA program at Campbell University's School of Business.
Joseph Brandon Scott (2010) is playing professional baseball.
Ashley Jones (2010) is seeking graduate assistantship softball coaching, and returning to CU to student teach in fall.
Blake Herring (2007) had his first taste of coaching while at Campbell University by working with 4a Millbrook High School in Raleigh, NC where his team shared the Cap-7 Baseball Conference title. Herring is now in his second year as an Assistant Baseball Coach at Louisburg College. As the teams’ Pitching Coach, he looks forward to working with first recruiting class at Louisburg College.
Mary McLachlan (2007) graduated magna cum laude from Campbell University in 2007. During her junior and senior years, she coached the Cape Fear Christian Academy Volleyball Team to a conference championship and was named the 2007 Coach of the Year by the Carolina Christian Conference. After graduating from Campbell in May of 2008, McLachlan returned to her home state of Washington to teach and coach at Mount Baker High School in Deming, Washington.
Thadd McElreath (2003) enrolled in classes at Campbell in the fall of 2000, the same year he became the youth pastor at Turner's Chapel in Sanford. During his last two years at Campbell, McElreath coached Basketball at Central Carolina Community College while continuing to serve as the associate pastor at Turner’s Chapel. After graduating magna cum laude in May of 2003, McElreath went on to earn a Master of Science degree from Emporia State University in 2005. He currently is employed full-time at Lee County High School as a Health and Physical Education teacher. He also continues to serve as the part-time associate pastor at Turner's Chapel in Sanford.
A good number of our students majoring in Kinesiology or Exercise and Sport Science go on to graduate programs seeking professional allied health degrees. For example, Karl Sheppard enrolled in East Carolina University’s Physician Assistant Program after graduating from Campbell in 2006. Katrina Borsch (2009), Eric Selinsky (2007), Adam Autry (2007) and Brad Keppler (2006) are all pursuing the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree at universities such as the University of Connecticut, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Elon University.
Still others enroll in graduate study in the exercise sciences. For example, Jill Stapleton (2006) earned a MS in Exercise Physiology from the University of Ottawa, Canada. In 2009, Jill elected to remain at the University of Ottawa and study for her PhD. Currently Jill has her own research lab at the University and is studying thermal regulation in persons with type 1 diabetes. Amy Anderson, a 2005 graduate, went on to California University of Pennsylvania where she earned a MS in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. Amy is currently the Head Athletic Trainer at the San Diego Naval Base Sports Medicine Clinic, in San Diego, California. Dan Krause (2000) went on to earn an MS in Exercise Physiology from University of Calgary, Canada. Dan currently works for Amgen in Toronto. Amgen is an international biotechnical pharmaceutical company headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California.