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Interdisciplinary Student Starts Collaborative Program

Posted: April 27, 2017

Student Blake Fountain has created an interdisciplinary studies major by combining the exercise science and safety studies minors. This semester, Fountain is participating in an internship under the direction of Shannon Hockwater, lecturer of exercise science in the Health, Nutrition, and Dietetics Department. 

As part of his internship responsibilities, Fountain has started a collaborative program with Renee Ratliff and Mary Lou Vaughan from the College Based Transition Program.

The first collaborative effort of its kind at Buffalo State, the program’s goal is to integrate matriculated and transition students in a fun, safe fitness program on campus.  

Students and volunteers work out twice per week for 45 minutes each session. Circuit training, cardio machines, free weights, and machines are utilized.  This program also utilizes an agility ladder, cones, pods and, bands to achieve all aspects of fitness. Participants have the opportunity to have their body fat evaluated once per week.

Hockwater directs fitness programs at other colleges, including the University at Buffalo and Canisius College, and hopes to build the Buffalo State program into a coordinated, year-long regimen. 

Volunteers are welcome to join the effort. For more information, contact Hockwater at (716) 878-3233 or

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