Exercise Science students pump it up for academic bowl

November 08, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

GCU News Bureau

Laura Verduzco, Payton Greer and Devin Vigneault (second from left to right) placed fourth in a recent academic bowl. Their advisor is Dr. Zachary Zeigler (left).

A team of Grand Canyon University Exercise Science students performed well in recent competitions.

Seniors Payton Greer, Devin Vigneault and Laura Verduzco went up against 22 other teams in an academic bowl at the Southwest American College of Sports Medicine annual Conference recently in Orange County, Calif., and placed fourth. It was where they also presented posters on research they have been conducting as part of a GCU Research and Design Program group in the POWER lab.

Greer’s research was titled, “Can Fitness Stave off the Deleterious Impacts of College Weight Gain?” Vigneault’s poster presentation entry was, “The Role of College Weight Gain on Weight Satisfaction and Eating Behaviors, and Verduzco’s was titled, “The Impact of Smoke Exposure on VO2 Max and Arterial Stiffness in Wildland Firefighters: A Pilot Study.”

Payton Greer, Laura Verduzco and Devin Vigneault (foreground, from left) prepare for competition.

The students attended the conference with College of Science, Engineering and Technology Assistant Professor Dr. Zachary Zeigler.

“It was a great experience for them,” Zeigler said.

Also, Greer, Vigneault and Verduzco competed in the American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Is Medicine Mascot challenge. The challenge required them to create a 90-second video that includes the university mascot and highlights how they promote Exercise is Medicine on the University.  The video came in third out of roughly 30 entries in the fan-favorite contest. Video

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