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Illinois College of Applied Health Sciences
Dear AHS faculty and staff:

Hi, everyone. I am encouraged that the semester seems to be humming along, even with this cold snap hitting our area. Stay warm out there!

As I mentioned last week, if you notice students who are having issues such as missing multiple assignments or not responding to emails, please contact the Student Assistance Center. The Student Assistance Center will follow up with the student and/or make sure a professional from their college follows up.

We want to hear all about your accomplishments and successes to publish in The Dean’s List. Be sure to submit your information. To ensure inclusion in Monday's email, we ask that you send information by 5 p.m. the previous Friday to Items will be reviewed and edited for style and grammar.

Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell
Dean, College of Applied Health Sciences


The Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism is hosting a one-credit hour professional development symposium this Spring. The theme is “Profiles in Leadership” and will feature high profile alumni, and executives from across RST industries. The majority of live Zoom seminars will be scheduled on Thursdays at 6 p.m. The Feb. 11 session features retired Chicago Bulls executive vice president of business operations Steve Schanwald. The full schedule is below and on this web page.

Feb. 18: Mark Steinberg, Excel Sports Management (Tiger Woods' agent)

Feb. 25: Joe Ronovsky, Chief Business Officer, Village of Bedford Park

March 4: Michael Hill, CRM Director, William Hill

March 11: Jeanne Ford, Director Operations, 2022 Special Olympics USA Games

March 18: Andy Szabo, Director, Partnership Development at Oakland A's

March 25-April 22: TBA


The Department of Kinesiology and Community Health is again hosting a seminar series this spring. Below is the schedule. You can find all the Zoom links to the seminars here. The next seminar is Feb. 12, “COVID Control in Theory and Practice” with Dr. Becky Smith, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, College of Veterinary Medicine. 


AHS is excited to partner with Claro Healthcare and the Gies College of Business to present the sixth annual case competition on Friday, Feb. 26. The competition will be open to all majors who are interested in careers in healthcare management consulting. Interested students can learn more about the event and register by visiting the Handshake Event Page. Registration deadline is Feb. 15, at 1 p.m. For students who are in search of a team or for questions about the event, contact Charles Stephens,


KCH Assistant Professor Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo has received a Center for Social and Behavioral Science Small Grant for her proposal titled “Development of a virtual mindfulness-based intervention for caregivers of veterans with neurocognitive disorders and/or post-traumatic stress disorder (VetCareMind).” The study is in collaboration with Raksha Mudar, associate professor in the Department Speech and Hearing Science, and Karen Saban, a professor in nursing at Loyola University Chicago.


KCH Professors David Strauser and John Kosciulek have a new publication entitled, "A tool to measure work adjustment in the post-pandemic economy: The Illinois work adjustment scale" in the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. The researchers found that the Illinois work adjustment scale (IWAS) has the potential to be applied to facilitate positive career development and vocational rehabilitation outcomes for people with disabilities and chronic health conditions. Strauser's collaborators include Research Biostatistician Sa Shen, and doctoral students D. George Strauser and Chelsea Greco.


SHS Doctor of Audiology student Celine Auriemma was selected for a competitive T35 Research Traineeship at Vanderbilt University for Summer 2021. This program is funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. The program provides opportunities for Doctor of Audiology students to obtain significant research exposure in an active laboratory related to hearing science and audiology. She will be mentored by Dr. Todd Ricketts, who investigates the interaction between amplification technology, listening environment and individual differences as they impact benefit derived from hearing aids and cochlear implants. Congratulations, Celine!


KCH Teaching Assistant Professor Jamie O'Connor's latest guest in her Beyond the Gym Floor podcast is Aimee Davis, a physical education teacher and coach at Unity High School in Tolono.

Jamie was herself a guest on the A Penny for Your Thoughts podcast with Brian Barnhart of WDWS, discussing the careers you can pursue thanks to KCH.

An increasing number of older adults live independently but have health conditions that must be managed—both chronic and acute. A grant awarded to an interdisciplinary team including KCH Professor Wendy Rogers aims to investigate some solutions to those issues.

KCH Professor and College of AHS Associate Dean of Research Jeff Woods appeared on the 21st Show on Tuesday to talk about the restart of ISHA sports, safety measures in place and the risks involved.


Speaking of news, you can find more of our great content on faculty, staff, students, and alumni on the News & Feature tab on our website. Find our podcasts, AHS E-News, Moving Forward magazine, and more!


Are you looking to get physically active in 2021? Researchers are conducting a free, six-month physical activity program consisting of stretching-toning, aerobic exercise and yoga. Participants will engage in free supervised exercise classes from April to October (Zoom and some in-person). Compensation up to $240! Contact KCH Assistant Professor Neha Gothe for more information.

RST Associate Professor Liza Berdychevsky is seeking participants for a study investigating the impacts of COVID-19 and related prevention measures on sex life across the life span, including potential changes in quality, quantity, diversity, and meanings associated with sex. Adults of all ages (18+) are welcome to participate in this 10-minutes survey. To participate, please visit here.

KCH Assistant Professor Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo is seeking participants to learn about the needs and experiences of caregivers of veterans with TBI. Participants will be compensated for completing a virtual small group interview. Click here if you are interested in participating. You can also contact (217) 244-9363 or at for more information.


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