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Illinois College of Applied Health Sciences

Dear AHS faculty and staff:

Hi, all. The announcement this week from the Office of the Provost about more in-person instruction in the fall is promising news for everyone. This news, along with increasing availability of COVID vaccines, makes me believe we are finally turning the corner toward resuming pre-pandemic life.

We still 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


Our latest Alumni Spotlight focused on Monique Mills, who completed BS and PhD degrees in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science. She is now an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Houston.

Dr. Travis Gayles, a 2010 PhD Community Health graduate and now chief public health officer for Montgomery County (Md.), was recently featured on CBS' 60 Minutes to discuss the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.

KCH alum Jade Brinkoetter has returned to campus to work as the director of nutrition for the Illini football team.

The latest Beyond the Gym Floor podcast features KCH Teaching Assistant Professor Jamie O'Connor speaking with Matt Jahnke, a physical-education teacher at Bottenfield Elementary in Champaign.


RST Assistant Professor Joelle Soulard has received a Campus Research Board Grant for her research titled "Transformative Museum Experiences: From Self-Reflection to Social Change." The research project is designed in collaboration with the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.


Jason Schroeder has joined the Undergraduate Affairs Team as the new Recreation, Sport and Tourism Academic Advisor. Prior to joining AHS, Schroeder, who also is a two-time graduate of RST (B.S., 2013; M.S., 2016), spent 4 1/2 years in the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics as a Learning Specialist and Coordinator of the Academic Coaching program. Welcome, Jason!


All students and faculty are welcome to attend the Spring 2021 Health Technology Speaker Series. All talks are held on Zoom—please pre-register for the events. The next speaker is Elizabeth Mynatt of Georgia Tech on March 26 with her talk titled, "Designing Ubiquitous Computing Technologies for Care Networks to Support Aging in Place." 


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 features 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 full schedule is on this web page. Next up on March 11 is Jeanne Ford, Director, Operations, 2022 Special Olympics USA Games.


The Department of Kinesiology and Community Health is hosting a seminar series this spring.  You can the find the schedule and all the Zoom links to the seminars here. The next seminar on March 12 features Marquell Johnson, Professor of Kinesiology, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, with his talk, "Adapted Physical Activity & Physical Activity Monitoring: Personal Interests & Professional Engagement Collide.”


The Student Leadership Awards & Scholarships program recognizes students and registered student organizations for academic excellence, a commitment to leadership at the University of Illinois, and a dedication to service at the local, national, and international level. Please share this information with others (staff, faculty, students) who may be in a position to submit nominations. The deadline is March 15. You can find more information here.


KCH Professor Wendy Rogers will be a speaker in the International Women’s Day Celebration, “Thirteen Women Who Changed the World: Untold Stories,” taking place today. The annual event for faculty, staff, students, and community members is co-hosted by the Humanities Research Institute and the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program, and recognizes people who have made a difference in academia. To register for the event, click here.


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!


We are looking for full-time working adults (age 18-64), who are low active and experiencing stress, for a remote 10-week yoga study. Participants will complete surveys and computerized tests remotely and get eight weeks of moderate-intensity, flow-based yoga intervention, delivered remotely. 
Participants will get $60. To participate, fill out the interest survey or email us.

We are investigating the link among foods, eye health, and thinking ability. Participation involves 1-2 in-person visits to our lab (2.5 hours a day) and 1-2 online sessions (One hour each). Children will be asked to complete eye tests & perform computer-based cognitive tasks. Participants may also qualify to receive daily snacks for four weeks. Families will earn $100 to $300 for their participation. Contact Ginger Reeser in KCH for more information.

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 for more information.


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