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Illinois College of Applied Health Sciences

Dear AHS faculty and staff:

Hello, everyone. I hope you weathered a rainy weekend and got caught up on rest, your favorite TV shows, and time with family.

Last week we got news from the Chancellor's Office that vaccinations will be required for students to return to campus. Those who do not choose to vaccinate will be required to continue testing and wearing masks. Faculty and staff will not be required to vaccinate, but will also be required to continue testing and wearing masks if not fully vaccinated. The Safer Illinois app has now been updated to give you permanent "green light" status if you are fully vaccinated and have uploaded your vaccination records to McKinley Health. If you are fully vaccinated, I encourage you to upload your vaccine record, as it alleviates you from having to test. More detailed information on requirements, policies and expectations for the fall semester will be coming soon.

As you were notified last week, I have been reappointed as Dean for the next five years. I am thrilled to be able to continue to serve this incredible college. It is because of all of you that I am looking forward to the next few years together. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to stay connected with you and all the great things happening in the college.  

I love seeing all the updates about media coverage, grants and publications, so I encourage you to continue sharing your accomplishments to publish in The Dean’s List. 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


The University of Illinois was designated on Friday as a Purple Heart university for its commitment to helping military veterans achieve their goals. We were honored to have Chancellor Jones speak at the ceremony, which was attended by a number of local elected officials and dignitaries.

Ret. Sgt. Garrett Anderson, outreach coordinator at the Chez Veterans Center, appeared on WDWS radio on Monday to talk about the event. WTVO, WAND and WICS also gave coverage to the honor.

Eighteen Illinois athletes qualified to take part for Team USA in the Tokyo Paralympics, and the News-Gazette spoke to two of them in Brian Siemann and Jenna Fesemeyer.

KCH Associate Professor Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo was interviewed Wednesday on WDWS radio to discuss her two studies on caregivers of military veterans, an understudied and often overburdened population.

KCH Assistant Professor Jacob Allen got a CHAD grant to study the "potential additive effects of fiber and exercise."


You are consistently using the Internet for your research needs, but did you know AHS has an Intranet? Using the AHS Intranet, you can get answers to questions such "Who do I ask about purchasing orders?"


The Division of Disability Resources & Educational Services is hiring a full-time Career Services Specialist. The Career Services Specialist will be responsible for supporting the career/employment needs of students with disabilities registered with DRES through: (1) the development, implementation and evaluation of career readiness programming for DRES Students, (2) collaboration with UIUC career service units to create more inclusive campus career experiences, and (3) the establishment and maintenance of employment-related partnerships in industry. Read the full job description and find instructions for applying here.


The Audiology and Speech Language Pathology Clinic is offering group and individual therapy this summer. Illinois residents can receive telepractice services over Zoom from June 14 to Aug. 6. For more information, visit, email, or call 217-333-2205.


Investigators of the VetCareMind study are seeking a graduate hourly student certified to lead mindfulness-based training classes to help modify the curriculum from in-person to live stream. Investigators of the VetCareMind study will interview caregivers of veterans with neurocognitive disorders and/or posttraumatic stress disorder to ensure the modified training is responsive to caregivers’ technological needs. Please contact Dr. Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo if you are interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity.

Are you/were you a caregiver to a veteran with brain-related disorders, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and/or any other neurocognitive disorders? Are you 60 years of age or older? If the answer is yes, now is your chance to be part of the first-ever study that is trying to understand the needs and experiences of older caregivers of veterans with brain-related disorders to provide recommendations for new programs and services.  If you are interested in participating, please use any of the following options to complete the brief online screener to determine if you are eligible. The online screener can be found here.

We are looking for 55- to 79-year-old adults who are looking to become more physically active. Join a free, six-month activity program consisting of stretching-toning, aerobic exercise and yoga. Participants will engage in free, supervised exercise classes and receive free exercise equipment. Researchers will gather data as part of the program, which begins Aug. 30, and you can earn up to $240. For more information, go to the Say Exercise website.

We are recruiting children for a paid research study about how facemasks impact speech understanding in noisy environments. We’re looking for children 8-12 years old who speak English as their first language. The study lasts one hour. Participants are paid $15. Free parking. Daytime, evenings, and weekends available. Email

Twenty-one-to-seventy-year-old adults with hearing loss  or normal hearing are sought for a two-hour behavioral study and one-hour brain imaging (MRI) study. If you are not sure about your hearing, you may still be able to participate. We will do a free hearing screening. Free parking and compensation provided. Email or call 333-7561.


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