Recreation, Exercise & Sport Science Department (RESS)

Recreation and Exercise & Sport Science programs at Western educate students in disciplines that help us become all that we can be.

People need physical activity as well the opportunity to re-create themselves with departures from routine we call recreation. Western's scientific approach to optimizing human physical achievement – in our renowned High-Altitude Performance Lab, in our awesome recreation and fitness facilities, on high-country trails and on the slopes – benefits from our location on one of the world's highest altitude college campuses. When you achieve excellence in our rarified atmosphere, you learn you can achieve it anywhere.

Programs of Study

Scholarships

PLEASE NOTE: Scholarships associated with academic programs usually have a specific scholarship application form that can easily be obtained by contacting that academic program's office or visiting that academic program's web page.

If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid office at 970.943.3085 or 800.876.5309.

 Degutis, Ernest Memorial Scholarship

Degutis, Ernest Memorial Scholarship

ESS Scholarship Available to:

Full-time students at Western who are Juniors or Seniors. Must be a declared major in Exercise and Sport Science. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or greater. Show outstanding achievement in four of the following five areas; Special Talents, Leadership, Obstacles Overcome, Community Service and Unique Endeavors.

ESS Scholarship Provided by:

The estate and family of Ernest Degutis.

Amount: Award depends on funds available.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western Exercise and Sport Science faculty in consultation with the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid as needed. Award made at the end of the spring semester each year.

Application:
Contact the RESS Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2010 - Wright Gym 209

Find out more about Western's Exercise and Sport Science at www.western.edu/ess

 Eastman Awards in Recreation & Outdoor Education (ROE)

Eastman Awards in Recreation & Outdoor Education 

ROE Award is Available to:

The Eastman Awards recognize and encourage ROE majors who show diversity and outstanding achievement in the recreation field.

There are 4 Eastman Awards available:

New Student Award

Open to both new freshmen and new transfer students. Students must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and freshmen must also have a 21 ACT or 990 SAT. Students must also show a documented commitment to recreation as their major field of study at Western. Must show outstanding achievement in at least three of the following five areas:

  • Special Recreational Talents
  • Unique Recreational Endeavors
  • Obstacles Overcome
  • Community Service
  • Leadership 
Achievement Award

Available to junior and senior ROE majors with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students must act as an outstanding role model in and out of the classroom and uphold the values of the recreation and leisure profession.  Must show outstanding achievement in at least three of the following five areas:

  • Special Recreational Talents
  • Unique Recreational Endeavors
  • Obstacles Overcome
  • Community Service
  • Leadership
Service to Humanity Award 

Available to junior and senior ROE majors. Must provide documentation of their outstanding service project(s).

Eastman Academic Award

Available to junior and senior ROE majors with a minimum GPA of 3.6 in the ROE program. Students must act as an outstanding academic role model.

ROE Awards are Provided by:

Don Eastman.

Amount: Amount depends on fund availability.

ROE Award Recipients Selected by: 

Western ROE Faculty.

Application:
Contact the RESS Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2010 - Wright Gym 209  

Find out more about Western's Recreation and Outdoor Education Program at www.western.edu/roe.

 Praxl, Hannah E. Award

Praxl, Hannah E. Award

Praxl, Hannah E. Award is Available to:

Junior or senior women who are full-time students majoring in Exercise and Sport Science and have a cumulative 3.2 GPA.  The Praxl award recognizes leadership and professionalism in addition to outstanding academic performance.

ESS Scholarship Provided by:

Friends, faculty, and alumni in recognition of Ms. Hannah E. Praxl's long and illustrious service as a member of the Division of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Western.

Amount: $200

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western State Colorado University Exercise & Sport Science faculty at the end of the spring semester each year.

Application:
Contact the RESS Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2010 - Wright Gym 209

Find out more about Western's Exercise and Sport Science at www.western.edu/ess

 RESS Student Professional Development Fund

RESS Student Professional Development Fund

Exercise and Sport Science Scholarship is Available to:

ESS and ROE majors who are full-time students at Western. The Student Professional Development Fund is to support professional activities such as professional certification exams, conference attendance, research, or other professional preparation activities. 

ESS Scholarship Provided by:

Alumni Donations 

Amount: Approximately $400 awarded every semester.

Scholarship Recipient Selected by:

Western RESS faculty committee  

Application:
Contact the RESS Department for application and deadline information. (970) 943-2010 - Wright Gym 209

Find out more about Western's Exercise and Sport Science Program at www.western.edu/ess.

Find out more about Western's Recreation and Outdoor Education Program at www.western.edu/roe.

Directory

Faculty

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Phone: (970) 943-7131
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High Altitude Exercise Physiology Director
BA, Mt. Holyoke College, MS, PhD, Colorado State University
Phone: (970) 943-2027
Office Location: Wright Gym 224
Assistant Professor of Exercise & Sport Science
BA, Western State Colorado University; MS, Colorado State University; PhD, University of New Mexico
Phone: (970) 943-7132
Office Location: Wright Gym 227
Phone: (970) 943-2179
Office Location: Wright Gymnasium 232
Senior Lecturer in Recreation and Outdoor Education
B.A., John Carroll University; , M.S., Western Illinois University
Phone: (970) 943-2115
Office Location: Wright Gym 222
Professor of Recreation and Outdoor Education
B.A., Eastern Washington University; M.S., Colorado State University; Ed.D., University of Northern Colorado.
Phone: (970) 943-7129
Office Location: Wright Gym 224
Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Science
B.S., Penn State University, M.A., PhD., West Virginia University
Phone: (970) 943-2241
Office Location: Paul Wright Gym room 234
Chair, Department of Recreation, Exercise & Sport Science
BA, Grand Valley State University; MS, PhD, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Phone: (970) 943-7133
Office Location: Wright Gym 229
Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Science
BA., Western State College
Phone: (970) 943-2083
Office Location: Wright Gym Pool
Professor of Recreation and Outdoor Education, Recreation and Outdoor Education Program Coordinator
B.S., University of New Hampshire; M.A., Harvard Graduate School of Education; Ph.D., University of New Hampshire.
Phone: (970) 943-2118
Office Location: Wright Gym 223
Lecturer in Recreation/Sports
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Lecturer in Exercise & Sport Science
PhD, University of Northern Colorado, MS, University of Memphis, BA, University of Colorado, Boulder
Phone: 970.943.2149
Office Location: 233 Wright Gym
Lecturer in Sports & Recreation
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Senior Lecturer in Recreation and Outdoor Education
B.A., University of Western Sydney; M.A., University of New England at Armidale.
Phone: (970) 943-2292
Office Location: Wright Gym 232
Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Science; Manager, High Altitude Performance Lab
B.S., Grand Valley State University; M.S., Northern Michigan University
Phone: 970.943.2104
Office Location: Wright Gymnasium 225
Continuing Education Instructor
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