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

Now that we have a blueprint regarding how students will return to campus this fall, we can begin to plan in earnest for what the next semester will look like.

As Chancellor Jones said, the safety and health of our students will be of the utmost importance. But we also must continue to ensure that faculty and staff stay safe and follow the guidance of health officials when it comes to wearing a mask, washing our hands, and maintaining a safe distance when in AHS buildings.

More of you are returning to work on site, and you will receive personal protective equipment as you do. I want to encourage you to take time to learn about new procedures for moving around campus, and to attend training sessions related to what your course will look like in the fall, as well as the procedures for a return to research.

Continue to check the college and campus websites for relevant COVID-19 information and resources. Access these from the links in the SPECIAL NOTE section on the College’s home page ( and the campus’ COVID-19 website ( Once again, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Finally, remember, we are still collecting information about accomplishments and successes to publish in The Dean’s List. We still have many successes to celebrate!  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


The College of AHS has created an informational page that includes a collection of campus resources to help with migrating instruction online.  If you have suggestions for other resources to add to this page, please send a note to


In addition to the changes announced in May—Amy Woods joined the Dean's office as the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Reggie Alston shifted to focus on the increasingly demanding area of academic affairs, stepping into the role of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Kim Graber became the Interim Head for KCH—we will have one more change on Aug. 16 when Karen Kirk steps down in anticipation of retirement. Pam Hadley will then become the Interim Head for SHS.


Clinical faculty in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science are working hard to offer telepractice services to meet the needs of graduate students and the community. SHS students need to gain as many telepractice hours as possible this summer in order to be able to graduate on time. The goal is to recruit as many clients as possible, with services offered through Aug. 16. Please share this information with people you know who might need speech-language pathology or audiology clinic services. You can find more information here.


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.


RST assistant professor Julian Woolf has been awarded a BiRimingham­Illinois Partnership for Discovery, EnGagement, and Education(BRIDGE) research grant to investigate licit and illicit approaches to performance enhancement in sport. The project was selected for funding under the auspices of the BRIDGE strategic partnership initiative.


Coinciding with the International Day of Yoga on June 21, KCH assistant professor Neha Gothe received a $3.5 million grant to expand upon her research into the neurocognitive benefits of yoga practice and comparing it with aerobic and stretching-strengthening exercises.

A new study of older adults in Colorado and Illinois, authored by Julie Bobbit, the director of the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences undergraduate program,and Hyojung Kang, KCH assistant professor, indicates that people primarily used cannabis to control chronic pain but also to treat symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions.

Our Expert Q&A series continued this week with Jay Lopez, an RST graduate student and event manager for the City of Long Beach (Calif.), about how COVID-19 affects the event management industry.

Ty Weber, an Illini baseball star and graduating RST senior, discussed how COVID-19 affected his plans to play pro ball, signing with the Giants, and why he picked RST for his studies.


If you are conducting research related to COVID-19, or are otherwise helping to solve the coronavirus pandemic, we'd like to know about it.  Please send a brief description of your involvement to

We are also asking our alumni to share information related to how they may be helping to mitigate the pandemic.  We will continue to share these stories as we learn of them.

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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