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Dr. Jason Miller Publishes First Book


Dr. Jason Miller, Chair of Exercise and Sports Science, just published
his first book, available on Amazon. For more information, please read more.

Class of 2015

Heidi Ventrasca presented an abstract entitled  Rate of Performance Increase in American Female Weightlifters Over Ten Years of Competition. This project was funded by the CAIRS undergraduate research grant at OCU, a grant awarded to Heidi and Dr. Miller over the summer.

More 2015 accomplishments to come!

Class of 2014

The Class of 2014 boasted some impressive accomplishments. With 12 graduates; some of those graduates are pursuing graduate school and some great professional opportunities including OU Occupational Therapy School, coaching opportunities, dental hygiene school, chiropractic school and one student even pursing an MBA. We are very proud of the Class of 2014 and look forward to great things from them in the future.

The following were the departmental award winners: Outstanding Senior: Anna Gentry

Rising Star (Outstanding non-senior student): Elizabeth Agre

Outstanding Senior Capstone: Kate O’Halloran

Students Present at TACSM


Students from the Exercise and Sport Science Department went to Forth Worth, Texas, recently to present research abstracts at the annual meeting of the Texas chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Graduate student Jessica Peterson presented
an abstract titled "Fitness a Stronger Exercise Motivator Among United States Female Collegiate Exercise Physiology Students Compared to Czech Republic," and undergraduate students Anna GentryElizabeth Agre and Derek Howell presented abstracts titled "Monitoring the Approach Jump of a Female Collegiate Volleyball Team Over Two Seasons," "Correlations Between Physical Characteristics and Hip Pain in Dancers" and "Selected Predictors of 
Hip/Ankle Mobility for Baseball Pitching Performance and Ball Velocity,"

Conference Presentation


Exercise and Sport Science faculty member and Chair, Dr. Jason Miller, presented two research abstracts at the annual conference for the National Strength and Conditioning Association this month in Las Vegas. The abstracts presented were titled "Selected Predictors of Volleyball Playing Ability in Female Collegiate Volleyball Players" and "Selected Predictors of Championship Cross Country Running Times in Male and Female Collegiate Cross Country Runners."

The later abstract was co-authored by OCU exercise science student Elizabeth Agre.

OCU Launches Exercise Science Grad Program, Cancer Research Program


Oklahoma City University will begin offering an Exercise and Sport Science master’s degree and the Cancer Control Research Apprenticeship Program in the fall.

The 36-credit hour graduate  program is designed for students who are seeking to study within a specialized area of the science which includes clinical exercise physiology, sport performance enhancement, and health and fitness promotion.

Director and professor Tom Darling said one of the things that makes the OCU program unique is the opportunity for students to participate in the Cancer Control Research Apprenticeship Program.

“There are other cancer research programs around the country, but most of them are run through university medical centers or research institutions,” Darling said. “The purpose of the program is to mentor students in the study of exercise and its role in cancer prevention, cancer treatment and cancer control.”

Darling said he is hoping to establish a cancer exercise program for cancer survivors and caregivers serving in the community in partnership with the OCU degree. He is also developing a clinical tract in exercise physiology.

Exercise and Sport Science graduate classes will be offered in the evenings, welcoming non-traditional and working students.

For admission requirements and more information about the Exercise and Sport Science master’s degree program, visit the OCU Petree College of Arts and Sciences website at or call (405) 208-5094.

OCU Weightlifting Club Member Accomplishment


Tanner Strunk, World Religion major and a member of the OCU Weightlifting Club, competed at the Copperhead Olympic Weightlifting meet in Van Alstyne, Texas, last month and won the 62kg weight class. His total also qualified him for University Nationals, which will be held in Tennessee in April.

Professor Appointed to Cancer Research Center


Oklahoma City University exercise and sport science professor Tom Darling received a three-year appointment to the Cancer Health Disparities research program at the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center.

Darling, as an affiliate member of the team, will focus his research agenda on cancer control. His work will include investigating the effect of exercise and mental imagery in alleviating symptom severity and enhancing quality of life, and exploring the cancer burden and the role of the caregiver.

He also plans to work on related research as indicated by the cancer center’s objectives, which includes the relevance and importance of addressing cancer health disparities on specific societal groups in Oklahoma like Native American tribes and underserved communities.

The Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center is on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus in Oklahoma City. It is the state’s only comprehensive academic cancer center.

Professor Noted for Achievement


Exercise and Sport Science Chairman Jason Miller presented a research poster at the National Strength and Conditioning Association national conference in Providence, R.I., last week. The title of the research project was “Predictors of Running Performance in Female Collegiate Cross Country Athletes.” 

Miller’s department is also hosting the Level 2 Senior Coach United States Weightlifting certification on campus July 27 through 29.



Miguel Beltran (Exercise and Sport Science major) was named Sooner Athletic Conference baseball player of the year! Congratulations, Miguel!

2012 Student Achievements