New Master of Science in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology approved by Regents

American Psychological Association describes it as ‘hot’ career

Green Bay, Wis. — From world-class athletes to “weekend warriors,” across every area of recreation and fitness, performers are increasingly looking to sport psychologists to get them one step closer to their personal bests.

Now, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will help prepare these dedicated athletes and performers with a new Master of Science in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology degree program, accepting applications August 1, 2019. The program was approved by the UW Board of Regents on Friday, July 12, 2019. Classes begin in fall 2020. More information is available on the program website).

Industry analyst Plunkett Research Ltd. (American Psychological Association*) estimates that the U.S. sports market—everything from ticket sales for major league games to equipment sold in sporting goods stores—generates $400 billion in revenue in a typical year. This profitable market brings with it an increase in pressure on athletes to perform at optimum levels. That’s where UW-Green Bay’s new program comes in.

“The M.S. in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology is an interdisciplinary subfield of psychology that applies psychological knowledge and clinical approaches to optimize the performance and well-being of athletes, exercisers and other performers,” explains Program Director, UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Jana Fogaca. “The field considers the developmental and social aspects of sport and performance participation, and systemic issues associated with sport and performance settings and organizations.”

The program complements UW-Green Bay’s sizeable and highly-acclaimed Psychology program (one of the University’s top-enrolled programs) and aligns with the city of Green Bay’s internationally recognized sport and entertainment industries, UW-Green Bay’s Division I athletic classification and ongoing efforts to increase graduate offerings aligned with campus and regional strengths.

“With robust growth and a starting point of more than 550 students majoring in Psychology, UW-Green Bay is positioned to be a leader in sport, exercise and performance psychology, and subsequently, it is expected there will be high student demand for the program,” said UW-Green Bay Provost Michael Alexander. “We proudly have two tenure-track faculty members with specialization in sport psychology (the only certified mental performance consultants in Northeast Wisconsin), which will continue to enhance the region’s stellar reputation in the field.”

The curriculum includes 39 credits offered during the fall, spring and summer semesters. Program coursework satisfies the application requirements to be a certified mental performance consultant under the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Graduates will be prepared to work as behavior coaches; consultants in private practice or with performance improvement consulting firms; for university athletics departments, sports clubs or youth academies; or for industries such as the military, aviation and medical, with occupations that focus on performance improvement.

According to Fogaca, classes will be infused with a variety of hands-on and applied activities. Supervised practicum and internships will also be offered. An emphasis will be placed on teaching and student learning. The program will admit approximately 20 new students per year, with preference for full-time students. Students will take courses in both regular 14-week semesters (fall and spring), in addition to one course in the summer between years one and two of the program. Courses will be delivered using a combination of predominately face-to-face instruction, with some online course offerings and independent work in the form of internship and thesis.

The program will have two tracks: applied and thesis. In the applied track, students will have one year of internship to prepare them to work with performance enhancement and health improvement. In the thesis track, students will work on advanced research topics that will prepare them to pursue a Ph.D. after graduation. The program also offers opportunities for electives that can be directed to the students’ interests, including classes with other programs on campus, such as business, social work and health management.

Sport, exercise and performance psychology is an interdisciplinary subfield of psychology that brings together aspects of counseling psychology, health psychology, kinesiology, human biology and other disciplines. Additionally, the mission clearly addresses an intent to meet Northeast Wisconsin’s need for professional graduate programming, while building upon regional economic and cultural strengths. Sports and performance-related industries provide opportunities for the program to develop the community-based partnerships and collaborative faculty scholarship and innovation.

In addition to its own athletics program, the Green Bay Phoenix, the region hosts the world-renowned Green Bay Packers and multiple other professional and semi-professional teams, including the Green Bay Blizzard (indoor football), Green Bay Booyah (baseball), Green Bay Voyageurs (soccer), Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (baseball), Green Bay Gamblers (hockey), and the Wisconsin Glo (women’s basketball). The program coordinators have been connecting with community partners who could collaborate in research or be an internship site, including Green Bay Packers, Bellin Health Titletown, Aurora BayCare, and Green Bay Area Public Schools, along with the University’s NCAA Division I athletics program and UW-Green Bay Music.

In addition, the proposed program compliments the suite of undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs developed around the central theme of health, sports and performance at UW-Green Bay (e.g. Bachelor of Science programs in Psychology, Human Biology (Health Sciences, Exercise and Nutritional Science emphases), Theatre & Dance and Music; and Master’s programs in Athletic Training and in Nutrition and Integrated Health.

Curricula will align with the standards of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) for master’s‐level programs. The program will include all courses required for AASP members to become Certified Mental Performance Consultants (CMPC). Two faculty who are CMPC will supervise students who choose to pursue this certification.

The program also comes in a time when the Association for Applied Sport Psychology is building and strengthening its national certification (CMPC), which is increasing the demand for professionals in this area, with the largest growth seen in the military and baseball teams.

*The American Psychological Association describes the field as a “Hot Career” (http://www.apa.org/gradpsych/2012/11/sport-psychology.aspx), and included the growing demand for sport psychologists in its 2018 Annual Trends Report (Trend #3). The Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) also describes the area as an up-and-coming field that has seen a substantial increase in attention over the last decade (http://www.appliedsportpsych.org/about/about-applied-sport-and-exercise-psychology/).

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to nearly 8,000 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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UW-Green Bay to Host Public Hearing on Mission Change

Green Bay, Wis. —The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will hold a public hearing on its Mission Change. UW-Green Bay is seeking a substantive change to the select mission in order to adopt a mission that matches established programs and partnerships; demonstrates commitment to new branch campuses and communities; and better aligns with the vision of the institution.

Thursday, March 14, 2019
5:30 to 7 p.m.
UW-Green Bay Campus
Fort Howard Hall, Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, Wis. 54311

Appearances at the Hearing and Submittal of Written Comments

Regent Robert Atwell will preside over the public hearing, to provide interested persons with the opportunity to make an oral presentation on the revised statement. Each individual who registers to speak will be given up to three minutes for an oral presentation. Registration will be available on site before and during the listening session. Only those who are registered will be able to provide a statement regarding the proposed mission statement.

The proposed mission change is available online at https://www.uwgb.edu/chancellor/mission/proposed.asp. Questions can be directed to Ben Joniaux, Office of the Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay at 920-465-2067 or JoniauxB@uwgb.edu.

 Accessibility

Persons with special needs or circumstances regarding communication or accessibility at the hearing should contact Ben Joniaux at 920-465-2067 or JoniauxB@uwgb.edu. Accommodations such as ASL interpreters, English translators or materials in audio format will be made available on request to the fullest extent possible.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to nearly 8,000 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, Division I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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Live video streaming available for Regents meeting, Feb. 7-8

The Board of Regents February meeting will be webcast this week from UW-Madison. Live video streaming is scheduled for the following times:

Thursday, Feb. 7, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 8, from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

The full Board agenda and all supporting materials are available online in PDF format. Troubleshooting Tips: If you have problems with your computer’s media player, please contact your own technical support staff. If you do not see the most current date on the media streaming webpage, try doing a Reload or Refresh of your web browser. After the meeting concludes, a news summary will be posted to the UW System News page. You can also receive occasional updates from the meeting on Twitter by following @uwsystem or using the hashtag #UWRegents.

New Regent and Nicolet Bank CEO Robert Atwell addresses UW-Green Bay graduates

Regent Robert (Bob) Atwell brought greetings to graduates from the UW System and the UW Board of Regents during the University’s Fall 2018 Commencement Ceremony on December 15. Atwell is the founding CEO of Nicolet National Bank and has 34 years of experience as a Wisconsin banker. A graduate of Beloit College (’80) and the Yale School of Management (’83), Atwell is a frequent speaker on leadership and community banking, as well as ethics, faith and economics.

He is the first regent from Northeast Wisconsin appointed to the Board since Judy Crain served. The following are his remarks:

Good afternoon. It is a privilege to be here today to share in this special celebration. On behalf of my Regent colleagues and UW System President Ray Cross, let me extend a special welcome to all our students and guests joining us for this celebration.

Many people helped these graduates along their journey, providing support in ways both big and small, seen and unseen. From your families and friends — to school teachers and your professors, academic staff members, and so many others who are part of the UW-Green Bay community. Together, they have all had a stake in your reaching this big day, and we thank them.

Today is about celebrating your future. You have put in years of hard work, and the education you have received — and the experience you have gained along the way — are tremendous assets. Your UW-Green Bay professors have worked hard to provide you with the necessary knowledge, skills, and habits you need to achieve success. Perhaps even more than you know, you are prepared for whatever the future may hold.

Today, you are earning more than a degree. We know the vast majority of you will stay right here in Wisconsin to live, work…raise your families. But whether you stay here in the Midwest or venture out around the globe, you are gaining a place in the wonderful and dynamic community of University of Wisconsin alumni. You are taking your place among some of the world’s most capable and respected citizens. You are taking your place among those UW-Green Bay students and graduates that step in and make a difference.

We live in a changing environment, and UW-Green Bay is a university on the move. This University is a key player in the New North, an increasingly diverse and dynamic region of the state, and UW-Green Bay is leading the way in growing and adapting to meet the demands of the community, state and nation it serves.

In my relatively short time on the Board of Regents, it has already become very clear that UW-Green Bay, now a four-campus University with a 16-county footprint, is vital to serving and enriching the lives of its students and their communities. That connection is absolutely essential to the success of our state.

So, as you move the tassels on your mortar boards from right to left, I would like you to keep in mind another role you take on as a graduate of UW-Green Bay.

I also want to challenge you to carry the entrepreneurial spirit of the university into your work, your family and your neighborhood.

I want to remind you that an entrepreneur is not just someone who starts and runs a business. My urban dictionary says an entrepreneur “gets stuff done.” Pay attention to little things and pay attention to people who don’t seem to be powerful and noteworthy. When you deal with people get outside yourself and think about the needs and emotions of others. I promise that this will make you both happier and more impactful. The key to success in work, in family and in life is to help people become better people.

I want to close with a quote from one of the 20th century’s most dynamic and powerful leaders. Teresa of Calcutta went from Albania to India where she founded Missionaries of Charity. Today the 5,700 sisters operate homes in the poorest cities all over the world caring for the sick and the dying. These are profound words of advice she left us:

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; forgive them anyway…
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway…
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; succeed anyway…
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway…
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; build anyway…
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous and full of contempt; be happy anyway…
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; do good anyway…
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; give the world the best you’ve got anyway…

You see…in the final analysis, it is between you and your God; it was never between you and them anyway.

Graduates, cherish your connection to UW-Green Bay, to Wisconsin, and to your fellow alumni — friends you have made in your time here and those you will meet in the future. These connections are real, they are powerful, and they will stay with you forever.

My fellow Regents, your professors, your Chancellor and everyone who has helped you along your journey could not be more proud of your success.

Congratulations, again, to you and to your families. Go Phoenix!

Livestream: Regents are at UW-La Crosse this week

The Board of Regents December meeting will be webcast this week from UW-La Crosse. Live video streaming is scheduled for the following times: Thursday, Dec. 6 from 1:00 p.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m. Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until approximately 10:30 a.m. Full Board agenda and all supporting materials are available online in PDF format.

Troubleshooting Tips: If you have problems with your computer’s media player, please contact your own technical support staff. If you do not see the most current date on the media streaming webpage, try doing a Reload or Refresh of your web browser. Follow the Meeting Online: After the meeting concludes, a news summary will be posted to the UW System News page. You can also receive occasional updates from the meeting on Twitter by following @uwsystem or using the hashtag #UWRegents.