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

Greetings, all. After two weeks of instruction, I presume we are all readjusting to the realities of navigating campus during a pandemic. For those struggling with the transition to hybrid or online instruction, I urge you to take advantage of faculty resources available to you.

Some of you might have run into difficulties entering your buildings because of COVID-19 concerns. Please make sure you are getting tested on the days you are scheduled. You will need to have up-to-date test results in order to gain access. You may use the app, your I-Card, or have a printout of testing results as your evidence. Download the Safer in Illinois app, as it allows you to keep track of your testing schedule and results.

You may have seen Chancellor Jones' email last week that put in place increased enforcement of COVID-19 guidelines for undergraduates. As I mentioned in my email last Wednesday, I urge you to continue to comply with health guidelines, such as wearing a mask, practicing good hygiene and maintaining social distance requirements when conducting meetings.

Despite all this uncertainty, 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


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.


Beginning Aug. 13, Zoom cloud recordings will automatically transfer to a user's “MyMedia” within Illinois Media Space (Kaltura) at the end of the recording session. The integration drastically streamlines the process of uploading Zoom recordings into Media Space. Please note that beginning tomorrow, Sept. 8, any recordings more than 30 days old that are stored in Zoom Cloud will be deleted. Please download ALL recordings in Zoom Cloud before tomorrow. For more information about integrating Zoom recordings into Media Space, check this out, and for questions about this integration and how it will impact your Fall 2020 live Zoom sessions, please contact Sara Shrader: 


Data Visualization and Analytics Overview for AHS Researchers

Join us for a presentation by Loretta Auvil, Senior Project Coordinator at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. This presentation will provide an overview of visualization techniques, some analysis tools, and a brief demonstration of Tableau, an interactive data visualization software. You can register here.


RST assistant professor Julian Woolf has collaborated with researchers at George Mason University and Northern Illinois University on a new publication entitled, "Relationship Dynamics between Parents and Coaches: are they failing young athletes?" in the journal Managing Sport and Leisure. Results indicated poor communication, mistrust, and a lack of shared goals between parents and coaches. These results suggest the child's development is compromised. Co-author Ed Horne of Northern Illinois is a graduate of the RST doctoral program.

KCH assistant professor Chelsea Singleton is the co-author of a paper entitled, “Addressing Food Insecurity Through a Health Equity Lens: A Case Study of Large Urban School Districts During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” published in the August edition of the Journal of Urban Health. The study found that as schools begin to welcome students back in person or for virtual learning, equity must be at the forefront of decisions pertaining to emergency school meal distribution. Singleton collaborated with researchers at Washington University and Columbia Teachers College.

KCH associate professor Nick Burd, KCH assistant professor Naiman Khan and KCH professor Steve Petruzzello are co-authors of a publication entitled, "Of Sound Mind and Body: Exploring the Diet-Strength Interaction in Healthy Aging," in the journal Frontiers In Nutrition. The paper proposes a framework that underlines the value of protein foods and resistance exercise for aging strong. The lead author is Andrew Askow, a doctoral student in KCH.


The AHS communications staff spoke with new AHS students about campus life, why they decided to come to campus—or stay home—and how COVID-19 is changing their expectations. Brooklyn Clough of SHS is our first subject.

The New York Times wrote about a study on gentle exercise for adults older than 65 co-authored by Daniel Aslan, a new doctoral student in Kinesiology and Community Health and a member of KCH professor Jake Sosnoff's Motor Control Research Lab. Aslan's study was also featured in Bicycling Magazine.

Our AHS podcast, A Few Minutes With, this week features RST associate professor Toni Liechty, who discusses why people get involved in fitness programs, and what keeps them involved. 

And we have stories introducing new faculty Jacob Allen of KCH and Dan Fogerty of SHS.



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.


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.

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