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

Hello, all. By now, you should have all seen the news that spring break has been canceled and that the start of the spring semester has been pushed back a week to January 25, 2021. With all that has happened, I am heartened that we have been so successful to this point, about a month before the Thanksgiving break. Keep it going! Continue to heed the advice of our health experts by wearing a mask when on campus, washing your hands frequently, and maintaining at least six feet of distance from each other.

We still want to hear about your projects, publications and plans! 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.

Stay well!

Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell
Dean, College of Applied Health Sciences


Former RST department head Bill McKinney died last week. You can read a wonderful tribute to Bill here from RST professor Kim Shinew. The News-Gazette obituary, written by Bill's children, is a wonderful tribute as well.  Rest in peace, Bill.


SHS Professor and interim department head Pamela Hadley has a new publication entitled, "Exploring Sentence Diversity at the Boundary of Typical and Impaired Language Abilities” resulting from the 2019 JSLHR Research Symposium: Advances in Specific Language Impairment Research and Intervention. All articles from the symposium are Open Access and include links to the symposium presentations.  


Ann Fredericksen, coordinator, Accessible Media Services and Disability Specialist at DRES, has been selected to receive the 2020 Larine Y. Cowan Make a Difference Award for her amazing efforts in captioning for our students and the entire campus! Congratulations, Ann!

Brianna Legner, a first-year MA student in SHS, has been selected by the Children's Craniofacial Association’s (CCA) as the newest member of their Speaker’s Bureau. The CCA offers #ChooseKind curriculum guides for teachers, including books that encourage choosing kindness, embracing diversity, and believing in oneself, and the Speakers’ Bureau arranges for children and adults with facial differences to share their story in front of an audience. As an advocate, Brianna will speak to school-age children in elementary schools about choosing kindness. Congratulations, Brianna!  


RST's annual Sapora Symposium begins Wednesday, with a theme of sports and social justice. RST clinical associate professor Mike Raycraft was on WDWS last week to talk about the legacy of legendary basketball coach Lou Henson. Dr. Raycraft comes on in the 74th minute.

SHS freshman Abby Martinez talked about navigating campus life during COVID-19. 

KCH assistant professor Neha Gothe had her study on the impact on yoga and brain health written about in Scientific American.


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 M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and Doctor of Audiology Programs are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Our M.A. and Au.D. programs are undergoing re-accreditation with a virtual site visit taking place today and tomorrow. You can participate via Zoom. Password: 877603. Meeting ID: 922 6097 6251.


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.



RST assistant professor Suiwen Zou is seeking individuals who are interested in participating in a study of attitudes towards national parks. You will read a scenario about a visit to a national park and answer a few questions about it. Upon completion, you will be included in a drawing for $25 Amazon gift cards. If interested, take our survey.


A new study seeks individuals 18 and older to assess nutrition status. The study aims to examine relationships between various nutrition assessment techniques. There is one in-person session lasting approximately one hour, and one remote/virtual visit.  In-person we measure your anthropometrics, cognitive tasks, and simple eye tests and a skin test to understand your habitual diet. You complete surveys about your diet and physical activity habits remotely. Compensation is $40 via Amazon gift card. Contact Monica Kashi in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health.


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.


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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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