Student Clubs

HPR Student Clubs

The School of Human Performance and Recreation is home to seven student clubs, all designed to further engage and interact students with their discipline, while providing a fun environment for social activities. 

Active clubs within HPR are listed below. Click on the plus signs to find out more about each club.

Athletic Training Club

The Athletic Training Club is a student organization that strives to expand the overall scope of students’ educational experiences by promoting educational activities and allowing students to establish closer contact with those who are involved in the profession of athletic training. This club hosts an annual Homecoming 5K race and seeks out other fundraising opportunities in order to raise funds to attend the annual Student Southeastern Athletic Trainers Association meeting (Student SEATA). The Athletic Training Club is open to students majoring in athletic training. Contact: Dr. Chris Brown (chris.brown@usm.edu)

Exercise Physiology Club

The Exercise Physiology Club is a student-organized, student-driven association of exercise science majors. One of the chief goals of the Exercise Physiology Club is to inform, prepare, and send students to the Southeast American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting. The SEACSM annual meeting is an excellent opportunity to broaden one’s knowledge of exercise science and related fields as well as network with others which may lead to further education and career opportunities. All exercise science majors are invited to join and those who are potentially looking to major in exercise science are encouraged to sit in during meetings. Contact: Dr. Joseph Boyd (joseph.boyd@usm.edu)

Kinesiotherapy Club

The Kinesiotherapy Club is a student-run, faculty-advised, group dedicated to the promotion of professional development and networking of students majoring in kinesiotherapy. Club dues include student membership into the American Kinesiotherapy Association (AKTA), providing students with access to product and program discounts, leadership opportunities, and access to materials and information. Contact: Melissa Ziegler (melissa.ziegler@usm.edu)

Physical Education Major (PEM) Club

The Physical Education Major Club (PEM) is a student organization that strives to expand the overall scope of students’ educational experiences by promoting educational activities and allowing students to establish closer contact with those who are involved in the profession of physical education. This club prides itself on hosting fundraising opportunities in order to raise funds to attend the annual AAHPERD state convention and possible national conventions. The PEM Club is open to students majoring or minoring in Physical Education. Contact: Dr. Robert Doan (robert.doan@usm.edu)

Recreation Club

All therapeutic recreation and recreation administration majors and minors are encouraged to join the Recreation Majors Club. The club and meetings are managed by student officers elected by the members and a faculty member moderator. All members are encouraged to assume leadership roles in planning and conducting the various activities. The club provides educational, developmental, social, and community service opportunities to recreation majors/minors during the fall and spring semesters. Contact: Dr. Mary Ann Aquadro (mary.aquadro@usm.edu)

Sport Coaching Education

The Sport Coaching Education club is open to all students at USM. The goal of the club is to provide students with extended learning opportunities related to sport coaching through peer interaction, guest lectures, and community engagement. Students participate in community service, fundraising, and group activities related to sport coaching. Contact: Dr. Brian Gearity (brian.gearity@usm.edu)

Sport Management

The purpose of this club is to provide educational, social, and practical experience for sport management majors and minors. It exists primarily for undergraduate and graduate students in the sport management field as a means to network with other professionals in similar fields. Contact: Dr. Dennis Phillips (dennis.phillips@usm.edu) or Dr. Brandon Allen (brandon.l.allen@usm.edu)