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

We are continuing to progress toward the fall semester—one that, happily, will include in-person instruction and the return of our students. We will do that safely by following health guidelines. One part of that is the Illinois Pledge, and I urge you all to visit this link and agree to the terms of this pledge.  Thank you to all who are diligently focused on creating effective student experiences both on-line and in-person!  And, thank you to all of you playing the crazy version of Tetris that is rearranging/modifying this fall’s course schedule.

Another part of the campus safety plan is free testing that is available at two locations on campus. We have been told that all students, faculty, and staff must test before or when they return to campus. It is a saliva test and takes just minutes, with results within 24 hours (mine came back in 3 hours).  That hardest part is coming up with enough salvia on demand!  Please take advantage of this opportunity.  Be sure not to eat or drink anything a half-hour before your test and bring your University ID.  

I am pleased to see how you all continue to produce during this trying time and are still working hard to ensure your success and the success of your students. To that end, remember, we are still collecting information about accomplishments and successes to publish in The Dean’s List. We still have many successes to celebrate! 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


The College of AHS has created an informational page that includes a collection of campus resources to help with migrating instruction online.  If you have suggestions for other resources to add to this page, please send a note to


Illinois' Exercise is Medicine on Campus (EIM-OC), a program calling upon universities and colleges to engage in the promotion of physical activity as a vital sign of health, has achieved gold status according to the American College of Sports Medicine. EIM-OC UIUC is spearheaded by KCH associate professor Nick Burd, Alana Harris, Associate Director Assessment, Student Wellness, and Adventure Recreation, and KCH graduate student Alexis King. EIM-OC encourages faculty, staff and students to work together toward improving the health and well-being of the campus community.


The Motor Control Research Lab in partnership with the Illini Fall Prevention Clinic is conducting an online survey to explore how the COVID-19 lockdown has affected physical function, and fall-risk in the U.S. population. The ultimate goal of this survey will be to understand the circumstances (i.e. location, timing, precipitating factors, etc.) and risk factors of falls during the COVID-19 lockdown to ensure that we can learn valuable lessons in terms of behavioral and environment modifications to prevent fall-related injuries in times of enforced self-isolation at home. You are invited to complete this survey if 1) you are at least 18 years or older, 2) you understand written English, 3) you live in the U.S. The survey will close on Aug. 30. You can find the survey here.


The 2020 Campus Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement recognize outstanding individual and group outreach efforts. Age-Friendly Champaign-Urbana was honored with the Team Award for Excellence in Public Engagement. Led by Wendy Bartlo of the College of Applied Health Sciences and Jeff Woods of Kinesiology and Community Health, the initiative demonstrates the significant impact of university and community partnerships.


The News-Gazette featured a story on how Clarion Mendes, clinical assistant professor and director of Clinical Education in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science, is helping transgender women find their voice.

KCH assistant professor Neha Gothe appeared on WCIA to talk about her yoga study.

One of our Masters of Health Administration students, Ariel Freehill, talked about a change to her Applied Practice Experience

RST student Matt Maguire discussed how the IRUC helped him overcome the disappointment of his original internships being canceled by COVID-19.



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.


Clinical faculty in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science are working hard to offer telepractice services to meet the needs of graduate students and the community. SHS students need to gain as many telepractice hours as possible this summer in order to be able to graduate on time. The goal is to recruit as many clients as possible, with services offered through Aug. 16. Please share this information with people you know who might need speech-language pathology or audiology clinic services. You can find more information here.


START, a research program focused on aging intended for AHS undergraduate students, has a website designed to showcase the program. AHS faculty members played a critical role in training these students. We encourage you to take a look at some of the fantastic research being undertaken through this program.


If you are conducting research related to COVID-19, or are otherwise helping to solve the coronavirus pandemic, we'd like to know about it.  Please send a brief description of your involvement to

We are also asking our alumni to share information related to how they may be helping to mitigate the pandemic.  We will continue to share these stories as we learn of them.

The Dean's List is delivered on Monday. To ensure inclusion of your announcement, submit information by 5 pm the previous Friday. Please submit your announcements or calendar items to Items will be reviewed and edited for style and grammar.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Phone: (217) 333-2131 FAX: (217) 333-0404

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