Tag Archives: Exercise and Sports Science

Students: Kendra Marsteller

Criminal justice major explores her passion in classroom and beyond

By Audrey Webb

Kendra Marsteller outside Jowers Hall, where she has worked part-time during all four years of her Texas State experience

Kendra Marsteller outside Jowers Center, where she has worked part-time as an administrative assistant while completing her degree.

Some students come to Texas State to explore a range of subject areas before settling on one that interests them enough to pursue as a career. Kendra Marsteller came here to immerse herself in an interest she began displaying at an early age.

“My mom said that when I was a kid, I would always play with toy cop cars,” she laughs.

Marsteller graduated on December 15 with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice. Continue reading

Alumni: Daniel Bernal

New grad to make a difference with degree in exercise, sports science

By Mary Kincy

Daniel Bernal

Daniel Bernal, a candidate for December graduation from Texas State, is pursuing a future in occupational therapy with his degree in exercise and sports science.

Daniel Bernal is leaving Texas State after four years with a degree in exercise and sports science, ready to make a difference in the world — although how he will do so is a subject for debate.

“My parents always told me, ‘Just do what you love,’ and I like being around people — I like helping others,” he says. With that affinity in mind, Bernal plans a future built around occupational therapy, even if the path he will walk to arrive at that destination is up in the air. Bernal plans to attend a graduate program — site unknown — in 2012; meanwhile, he’s casting about for leads on a relevant internship. Eventually, he hopes to land a job working in a physical rehabilitation center with individuals who have experienced traumatic injuries, mental health problems and other disabilities. Continue reading

Alumni: Ally Kelly Davidson

Graduate wins American Gladiators,
launches chain of ‘boot camps’

By Britney Munguia

Ally Davidson celebrates her victory on American Gladiators with her husband, Jeff Davidson.

Producers of Hulk Hogan’s popular reality competition show, American Gladiators, didn’t know what to expect when Ally Davidson showed up for tryouts in her wedding veil.

The program, which airs on NBC, showcases amateur athletes battling against stunt professionals and other athletes in contests of endurance and physical strength with names like The Joust, The Wall, Hang Tough and the Eliminator.

On the day of her wedding, Feb. 2, 2008, Davidson tried out for American Gladiators — with her wedding veil on. She and her new husband, Jeff Davidson, both were invited to compete in the show, and she walked away as grand champion of the second season with $100,000 and a new car.

Davidson, who is originally from Austin, came to Texas State on an athletic scholarship. The former basketball player graduated in 2006 with a bachelor’s in exercise and sports science.

She now runs a series of fitness camps called Camp Gladiator, funded by her winnings from American Gladiators. There are 13 locations in Austin and 25 in Dallas, as well as locations in San Antonio, Houston and Oklahoma City, Okla.

Competitor Magazine has voted Camp Gladiator as “Best Boot Camp in Texas.”

Adventure-seeking children also have the opportunity to participate in Camp Gladiator for Kids, with activities including rock climbing, relay races, tug of war, dodgeball and more.

Bobcat Faces: Zachary Bartel

Student blends passion for sports
with passion for education

Zachary Bartel


Zachary Bartel has a true passion for sports, and he understands the importance of physical fitness education.

Bartel knew he was in the right place because Texas State “has one of the best education departments in the nation. I enjoy teaching others new things and really enjoy playing sports, so I chose a major that was centered around helping others with sports.”

Bartel is an exercise and sports science major, with a minor in mathematics, and he has been on the Dean’s List three semesters. Bartel says he was able to accomplish it by using resources on campus.

He suggests that students “take advantage of all the resources that Texas State has to offer. There are resources on campus that are there to help students succeed, such as the SLAC Lab and Supplemental Instructors. The best place to study is the Alkek Library, especially on the top floors because there are some really nice views of San Marcos.”

Bartel combines his study skills with love of the game, as he is the president of the Loud Crowd and the director of operations for the tailgate committee.

“The thing I love about Texas State is there are a lot of friendly people here, and I enjoy meeting them. I also love the athletics here at Texas State because this is a very exciting time for Texas State students to support the ‘Cats as we continue The Drive to FBS and continue to win championships.”

Bartel has found a plethora of different experiences and people, and as he says, “I have learned that every student at Texas State has a different story to tell and that it is cool that all these different stories have one thing in common: They are all told by Bobcats.”

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Bobcat Faces: Chris Haywood

Exercise and sports science major
takes career path seriously

Chris Haywood

Chris Haywood came to Texas State because he wanted to pursue his bliss: health and fitness.

And as a result, he is scheduled to graduate this summer with a bachelor’s in exercise and sports science, with the career goal of serving as a strength coach for a professional sports team and eventually opening up his own human performance facility.

“Exercise sports science came easy to me, and I enjoy learning new things about an always-changing field,” he says.

His dedication to the subject goes beyond the classroom. He is up every day at 4:30 a.m. to work out, and he has made it a point to expand his knowledge of his chosen field.

“You can’t base your qualifications strictly on your bachelor’s degree,” says the graduate of Pflugerville’s Connally High School. “You must actively pursue formal and personal education. The combination will make you a valuable asset in the workplace.”

Continuing to challenge yourself also requires some knowledge of yourself, he says.

“You need to know your study habits and plan your class schedule accordingly,” he says. “If you hate to study late at night, like me, it’s OK to schedule a large break during the day to study.”

Haywood also has made time to serve as the president of his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi, and participate in the Black Men United and the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization. He also was the winner of the MLK Day Poetry Contest, and he has earned the LBJ Achievement Scholarship and Cecil Mayo Scholarship.

“Texas State is a good school, but only as good as you make it,” he says. “To get the most out of your experience, you should be proactive and mold yourself into a valuable young professional.”

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