West Virginia University sophomores and juniors are invited to a special Faculty Dinner Series presentation featuring Ed Etzela psychologist, associate professor of sport psychology at WVU and former Olympian.

The event, the second in this years series, will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 23) in the Mountaineer Room of the Mountainlair. Etzels interactive talk is titledSome Keys to Your Success from a Life in Sports.

Etzel won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles in the mens English match rifle event, and he was a gold medalist in the 1978 World Championships and 1979 Pan American Games.

In addition, he was an 11-time national champion and set numerous national rifle records as a member of the U.S. Shooting Team.

Etzel had a highly successful 12-year run as Mountaineer head rifle coach. He amassed a 101-3 career coaching record from 1976-89, coached more than 30 WVU All-Americans and led his teams to five NCAA National Championships during the 1980s.

His career also included serving in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps during the Vietnam War and 10 years in the U.S. Army Reserves, retiring at the rank of captain.

Etzel is the psychologist for the WVU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, a staff member of the WVU Carruth Center for Counseling and Psychological Services and the NCAA CHAMPS /Life Skills program coordinator at the University.

At WVU , he has been a mentor to undergraduate and graduate students, teaching a variety of sport psychology courses.

Additionally, Etzels service to the University includes sitting on the WVU Faculty Senate, Faculty Senate Executive Committee, Council for Womens Concerns, Advisory Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs and Social Justice Council.

Other activities range from being a consultant on the U.S. Olympic Committees Sport Psychology Registry to chair of the American Psychological Associations Division 47 Education Committee.

Faculty Dinner Series

The Faculty Dinner Series is part of Experience WVU and the Sophomore/Junior Year Experience initiative.

The program brings students and faculty together, so they can enjoy complimentary meals and informal conversation with the goal being to help students have a successful college experience,said Sheila Powell, special assistant to the vice president for Student Affairs.

The dinners provide opportunities for sophomores and juniors to learn more about a subject in their particular major or area of interest, hear from outstanding faculty and spend time with other students with similar interests, she added.

Tuesdays dinner will include a chicken dish, green beans, salad, rolls, apple crisp and gingerbreadand participants will receive a free gift.

WVU sophomores and juniors interested in attending the free presentation and dinner should e-mail kelli.eisentrout@mail.wvu.edu to reserve a space.

One more Faculty Dinner Series event is planned for this fall. Tom Sloane, senior associate dean of students, will present a slideshow and give a talk onAround the World in 12 DaysNov. 12.

For more information, go tohttp://sophomorejunioryear.experience.wvu.edu/.