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

Hello, all. After three weeks of a new semester, I am pleased to say that our return to campus life seems to be going as well as could have been hoped. Most students, faculty and staff have been adhering to COVID-19 guidelines, and that has resulted in mandatory testing being reduced to just once a week for all except undergraduate students.

That said, please make sure you are getting tested. This website has a list of testing sites and other COVID-related information. All except undergrads have been told to test on Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday. Remember, you will need to have up-to-date test results in order to gain access to your building. Download the Safer in Illinois app, as it allows you to keep track of your testing schedule and results.

AHS continues to move forward and be productive! To that end, we are still 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


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 Sept. 8, any recordings more than 30 days old that are stored in Zoom Cloud will be deleted. 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:


Justin Aronoff, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science, has been selected by the Provost’s Office to participate in the Building Pathways for Emerging Leaders at Illinois. The program is designed for faculty members at the associate and full professor rank who demonstrate leadership potential in their current role. Approximately 12 faculty have the opportunity to participate in this year-long leadership development program annually.

In addition, Wendy Bartlo has been selected to participate in Emerging Women Leaders, a program designed to equip participants with leadership skills and strategies that will positively impact their departments, the University, and the communities in which they live and serve. Participants will attend monthly seminars where senior level women from campus and community leaders will share their insight and experience on topics ranging from networking to identifying individual strengths, to navigating organizational politics. 

Congratulations, Justin and Wendy!


The first class in the Master of Science in Health Technology (MS-HT) program is enrolled for this fall. Now, MS-HT is recruiting for capstone sponsors, seeking companies that have a product or project for the students to work on. The projects offered should enhance the practical human factors and design training that our students receive. The capstone project will afford our Health Technology master’s students the opportunity of tackling “real-world” projects that directly enhance the sponsoring agencies. If you are interested in being a Capstone partner or know of someone who is, email Wendy Rogers or Nicole Holtzclaw-Stone. 


Jeni Hunniecutt has accepted the new position of Assistant Director for Research Engagement and Educational Programming at the Chez Veterans Center. This position also includes a zero-time appointment as research assistant professor in KCH. Hunniecutt has been a visiting research specialist at Chez for nearly three years.


KCH assistant professor Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo has a new publication entitled, "Research Recommendations on the Effects of Postpartum Depression and Pain on Infant Care and Development," in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing. MPH alum Tani Akinbode is a co-author on the publication. This paper is the first to provide a conceptual model to study these factors.

Lara-Cinisomo and Akinbode also collaborated in the Journal of Women's Health on "A Systematic Review of Somatic Symptoms in Women with Depression or Depressive Symptoms: Do Race or Ethnicity Matter?" They concluded that "a pattern emerged with African American and Hispanic/Latina women with depression or depressive symptoms more likely to report somatic symptoms compared with White women. However, it is not clear whether differences were a function of culturally acceptable presentation of symptoms or if the stress of being depressed increased somatization in minority women."


You might have seen Wellness Ambassadors around campus, handing out sanitizers, masks and information flyers. Several of the Wellness Ambassadors are AHS students, and the communications staff is periodically interviewing them. This week it's Jahaira Bustos of I-Health.

Our Beyond The Gym Podcast returned with Season 2. KCH teaching assistant professor Jamie O'Connor speaks with Aric Pelafas, a physical educator at Carrie Busey Elementary School in Champaign.

Illini softball player Kelsie Packard talked about how she picked our RST grad program over the University of Pittsburgh.

And one of our KCH students, Gunnery Sgt. Jon Briick, organized a 9/11 memorial with ROTC members across campus, climbing 2,000 steps in Memorial Stadium to commemorate the 110 flights up the Twin Towers. He appeared on WDWS radio on Sept. 10.



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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