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

Happy New Year! I hope you’ve enjoyed your time off, and have recharged for a new semester. The year has gotten off to a chaotic start at the national level, and anxiety levels are high. We will get past this dark time in our nation’s history, and we must have faith in a brighter future. Already we received good news as a community that the COVID vaccine is available in Champaign County for people aged 75 and older, and I’m sure we’ll be hearing more soon. Let’s set an optimistic tone for our students, and look forward to all of the great things we will accomplish this spring!

We want to hear about all these great things! 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.

Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell
Dean, College of Applied Health Sciences


AHS is using non-recurring cash to support faculty and staff in creating plans for new, revenue-generating activities. You can download a call for proposals here. The proposal format requires a brief explanation of your idea along with the support you’ll need to develop a full proposal for your targeted idea. 


A publication authored by KCH Professor Jeff Woods, his doctoral student Noah Hutchinson, and colleagues entitled, "The COVID-19 pandemic and physical activity” in the journal Sports Medicine and Health Science has been chosen as the SMHS 2020 best paper award based on the downloads on ScienceDirect and citations. Woods is also Director of the Center on Health, Aging, and Disability, and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Applied Health Sciences. Congratulations, Jeff!

RST Professors Kim Shinew, Monika Stodolska, and Bill Stewart co-authored a paper entitled, “Going the Extra Mile: Building Trust and Collaborative Relationships with Study Participants,” in the journal Leisure Sciences. The purposes of this paper were (1) to characterize strategies to build trust and collaborative relationships with historically oppressed populations, and (2) to identify ethical tensions that arise. The researchers found that decisions in research need to be made in a deliberate and transparent manner as the consequences affect everyone involved in the research. RST PhD graduates Mariela Fernandez, now at Clemson University, and Rasul Mowatt, of Indiana University, were also co-authors.


A project led by Maureen Gilbert, Coordinator, Office of Campus Life in the Division of Disability Resources & Educational Services (DRES) and titled, “Adapting the DRES Wellness Gym to Meet New COVID-19 Guidelines,” has been selected to receive a grant of $23,555 through the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s 2020 2nd Cycle Direct Effect Quality of Life grants program, funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living.


Several AHS faculty and staff members, including Maureen Gilbert of DRES, SHS Assistant Professor Ian Mertes, KCH Assistant Professor Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo, and RST Professor Kim Shinew, were named in the News-Gazette's Illini Insider on Friday for their various accomplishments.

SHS Assistant Professor Pasquale Bottalico appeared on WILL's 21st Show on Jan. 4 to discuss the best masks for speech intelligibility. 

KCH Assistant Professor Jacob Allen was our latest guest on the A Few Minutes Podcast to discuss his research on how diet, exercise, and stress influence the gut microbia community.

KCH alum Willie Merrill was named to the Komarek (Ill.) Elementary School District 94 Board of Education.


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!


The AHS Teaching Academy established a peer support system to provide instructors across the College the opportunity to regularly interact and brainstorm ideas for teaching online. Aptly named “DIG” (courtesy of Matt Rispoli), the Digital Instruction Group meets weekly for an informal coffee hour on Thursdays at 11 a.m. So far they have discussed best practices in using Zoom, taken deep dives into assessment strategies, shared some hits and misses in teaching, and much more. If you’re interested in joining them next semester, contact Sara Shrader or Amy Woods, or email


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