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Illinois College of Applied Health Sciences

Dear AHS faculty and staff:

Hello, everyone. I hope you all made it through the region's biggest snowstorm since 2013 as best as you could, and I trust the worst of winter is behind us. I am pleased with how the semester is progressing and how you all are adjusting. Please continue to follow guidelines set by campus and the public health department, and make sure to read emails coming from the Chancellor's Office regarding COVID-19 and vaccines.

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


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 first talk, "Board Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE): is BCPE right for me?," is Feb. 26 at noon, with Travis Kadylak, a postdoctoral research associate in the Human Factors & Aging Laboratory. 


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 Feb. 25 will be Joe Ronovsky, Chief Business Officer, Village of Bedford Park.


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 5 will feature University of Iowa Associate Professor Brian Kaskie with his presentation, "The Cannabis and Older Persons Study."


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 on March 8. 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.


SHS alumnae Drs. Suma Devanga and Martha Sherrill and Associate Professor Emerita Julie Hengst have a new publication entitled, “The Efficacy of Collaborative Referencing Intervention in Chronic Aphasia: A Mixed-Methods Study” in the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. This article was based on Dr. Devanga’s dissertation data and was part of a special issue of papers selected from the 49th Clinical Aphasiology Conference. Drs. Hengst and Sherrill were also invited to contribute the article "Augmenting Communicative Environments for People with Acquired Neurogenic Disorders: Exploring Situated Discourse Analysis" to a special issue in Topics in Language Disorders focusing on advances in discourse analysis related to neurogenic disorders. Congratulations to you all!


The Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Clinic is excited to announce the expansion of its pediatric hearing services. The Clinic specializes in newborn hearing screening and follow-up testing, hearing screenings and diagnostic testing for individuals of all ages and abilities, and hearing aid and assistive device fittings and services. The Clinic has also established a new partnership with OSF Hospital in Urbana, IL and is now a primary referral source for newborn hearing screening follow-ups. To learn more, check out this hearing health checklist for children birth to 3 years and this pediatric hearing services flyer. Contact Sadie Braun with any questions.  


KCH Assistant Professor Dominika Pindus and her colleagues found that adults with obesity or who are overweight and who spent more time in prolonged sedentary bouts were more easily distracted. Dominika's study was also featured in Eat This, Not That.

KCH Assistant Professor Naiman Khan, doctoral student Shelby Keye and their colleagues found a positive association between cardiorespiratory fitness and cognition in preschool-age children.

In our latest Alumni Spotlight, we talk to Grace Merrett, who graduated in 2018 from RST with a focus on recreation management and now works as a garden and cooking educator for two elementary schools in the San Diego area.

RST alumnus and Kansas City Chiefs player Nick Allegretti talked to the News-Gazette about what he has learned in his first two years in the NFL.

The latest Beyond the Gym Floor podcast from KCH Teaching Assistant Professor Jamie O'Connor features Jon Beutjer of Lyons Township High School, a PE teacher and former Illini quarterback.


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!


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 at for more information.


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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