The Visiting Scholar Program is a wonderful opportunity for the department and its students. However, it is an opportunity that goes beyond the individual department. It touches the entire Sinclair community along with outside professionals, organizations and community members. It is a time for the department to work together and offer a program that is exciting and rare for students to experience without leaving the area.
The Exercise, Nutrition and Sport Sciences Department have had the privilege of hosting two Visiting Scholars. In 2005, the department was awarded their first Visiting Scholar Dr. Wayne Westcott, researcher and author. In preparation for his visit the department gathered a multitude of outside contact information, worked with Marketing, Corporate Services and the Foundation. It was hard work, but very rewarding. It felt like a famous Rock Star was coming for a visit. Dr. Westcott arrived on October 18, 2005 from Quincy, Massachusetts. He participated in receptions and presentations over the course of a couple of days. His focus was on Health and Fitness, highlighting Childhood Obesity. Several noteworthy benefits occurred from the dedication of the department taking ownership of the Visiting Scholar Program; Wayne Westcott now sits on our department’s Advisory Board, making an annual visit and the impact of his presentation led to the instillation of youth sized exercise equipment that was installed at an area Elementary/Middle school to help address the Childhood Obesity in our own neighborhood.
Our department sent another proposal in 2008 and was again awarded the Visiting Scholar. This time the department worked hard in preparation for Dr. Barry Franklin to visit Sinclair. Dr. Franklin is Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Laboratories at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. His visit on October 23 and October 24, 2008 was again a huge success. He presented topics on Exercise and Aging and Cardioprotective Fitness. The networking opportunity and relationship building was priceless. Our department has established credibility in the community in part due to the relationships we have built with high profile professionals in the field. With Dr. Franklin’s visit we were able to establish internship opportunities for our students in Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness through Miami Valley Hospital.
I can’t say enough wonderful things about the program and the opportunities that it provides. As chair, I know that the experience of hosting a Visiting Scholar is a lot of work, but the rewards are worth every moment.
If you are interested in submitting a proposal, feel free to contact me, I would be happy to assist!
Exercise, Nutrition and Sport Sciences (937)512-2706