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

Welcome to a new week. We are at the midpoint in the semester. I have to admit it. I was wrong, I didn’t think we would make it this long without moving to being completely remote!  At this rate, we’ll make it to Thanksgiving before going fully remote.  

This week we will hear news about a change in the start date for spring semester, spring break alterations, and more information about what campus will look like, post Thanksgiving break. You may have seen the email that all COVID-19 testing centers have moved indoors. Consult the testing webpage to find the testing facility that is nearest to you. I’ve heard the app now includes wait-times at each testing location.

I know that each of you has been working hard. Daily, I am reminded of your commitment and excellence. Your willingness to help, innovate, and push a little harder speaks volumes about the quality of this college. That said, I’ve been hearing that the stress is starting to mount up. Please remember to take care of yourselves and each other.  None of us has super powers and our mortal powers are being severely challenged.  Take advantage of the assistance that is available to us (  But, more important, be patient with each other, find the joy in your lives, and take the time to listen to each other, offering what support you can, even if it just commiseration.  We will get through this. We really are stronger together!

We still want to hear about your projects, publications and plans! We are collecting information about 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.

Stay well!

Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell
Dean, College of Applied Health Sciences


RST professor Kim Shinew has been selected to receive the 2020 Larine Y. Cowan Make a Difference Award for Leadership in Diversity. Shinew is being recognized for her tireless efforts in advocating for inclusion and access at Illinois. Congratulations, Kim!

SHS assistant professor Mary Flaherty has received an award from the Campus Research Board for her project entitled “The talker voice familiarity advantage for school-age children.” The experiments will investigate the extent to which familiarity with a talker’s voice can improve children’s speech-in-noise recognition by examining children’s ability to hear their mother’s voice in a background of competing talkers. This project will be the basis for examining these effects in children with hearing loss and will pave the way for the development of new intervention strategies designed to improve speech perception and lessen the detrimental impact of competing speech on learning. Congratulations, Mary! 


Danielle Runyon, associate director of external engagement for AHS, has been named president of the Executive Club of Champaign County. Find out more about Runyon's appointment from the News-Gazette. Congratulations, Danielle!


Join us this Fall as we present our new AHS Lecture Series. These lectures feature distinguished faculty in AHS presenting on topics we think will be of interest to you, our alumni and friends. First up, on Nov. 6 at noon Central: Disability Resources and Educational Services presents Virtual Disability Accommodations with Kim Collins, interim director; Ann Fredricksen: coordinator, accessible media services and disability specialist; Brian Siemann: learning disabilities/ADHD specialist; Amanda Carey: access specialist. Please register online. You can see the full schedule for our series here.


KCH assistant professor Mina Raj has a new publication entitled, "Exploring How Personal, Social, and Institutional Characteristics Contribute to Geriatric Medicine Subspecialty Decisions," in the Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges (Academic Medicine). Raj and her collaborators found that institutional characteristics may be particularly important in shaping trainee interest in geriatric medicine.


Our annual Sapora Symposium begins a week from Wednesday, with a theme of sports and social justice. The first panel focuses on Illini basketball coaching legend Lou Henson and his work in integrating college sports.

KCH freshman Sam Harris talked about adjusting to life on campus in a pandemic. 

In her latest edition of the Beyond The Gym Floor podcast, KCH teaching assistant professor Jamie O'Connor spoke with Lindsey Conner of Thomas Paine Elementary School in Urbana.

The Scholar Athlete of the Week last week was Illini golfer Tommy Kuhl, an RST student.


The M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and Doctor of Audiology Programs are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Our M.A. and Au.D. programs are undergoing re-accreditation with a virtual site visit taking place on Oct. 26-27. You can participate via Zoom. Password: 877603. Meeting ID: 922 6097 6251.


AHS has a new embedded clinical counselor, Kim Peters, who is located in Huff Hall, Room 245. As a Counseling Center employee, Kim offers time-limited counseling, connection to group counseling, referrals to community therapists, and outreach and prevention services. Students, faculty and staff can schedule appointments directly with Kim at or 217-333-3704.  More information about services provided by the Counseling Center can be found on this website.



RST assistant professor Suiwen Zou is seeking individuals who are interested in participating in a study of attitudes towards national parks. You will read a scenario about a visit to a national park and answer a few questions about it. Upon completion, you will be included in drawing for $25 Amazon gift cards. If interested, take our survey.


A new study seeks individuals 18 and older to assess nutrition status. The study aims to examine relationships between various nutrition assessment techniques. There is one in-person session lasting approximately one hour, and one remote/virtual visit.  In-person we measure your anthropometrics, cognitive tasks, and simple eye tests and a skin test to understand your habitual diet. You complete surveys about your diet and physical activity habits remotely. Compensation is $40 via Amazon gift card. Contact Monica Kashi in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health.


The Exercise Psychology Lab is committed to promoting exercise as an easy, fun and safe way to improve health and well-being. During this time when COVID-19 has disrupted our daily lives, we are offering free, Zoom-based group exercise sessions led by our research staff. Exercises are tailored toward middle-aged and older adults with moderate levels of fitness. Sign Up Here! Exercise classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m.


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