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Illinois College of Applied Health Sciences

Dear AHS faculty and staff:

Hi, everyone. I trust you enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend, a much-needed break after a challenging academic year. I want you to encourage you all to take time to recharge now, before we resume for what should be an exciting fall semester. According to University Housing, 1,000 more students signed up for on-campus housing for fall than the previous year—obviously due to COVID. As Chelsea Hamilton, Senior Assistant Director for Communications and Marketing, said, "Campus will be buzzing!"

Please remember that although the university no longer will require fully vaccinated people to wear face coverings or practice social distancing indoors or outdoors, some of your colleagues and students will still be wearing a face covering, whether or not they are vaccinated. Please respect their decisions.

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


Anajli Forber-Pratt, who received her B.S. in Speech and Hearing Sciences and an M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology, has been named by the Biden-Harris administration as director of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services founder and longtime director Tim Nugent was recently honored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

We continued our series of COVID and the Class of 2021 with Falguni Deshpande, who graduated in May with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences.

Ear trumpets donated by SHS alum John Weaver will be on display for students, the News-Gazette reported. WCIA also featured the ear trumpets on their digital platform.


Join us as we celebrate SHS Undergraduate Adviser Kathi Ritten as she heads off into a well-deserved retirement. Join us via Zoom on June 21 from 3-4 p.m. to share some of your favorite memories of Kathi from her time on campus. Good luck, Kathi!


If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the campus encourages you to upload your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to the MyMcKinley Portal by taking a few simple steps, which are outlined on our Vaccination Record Card upload page.


START, a research program focused on aging intended for AHS undergraduate students, has a website designed to showcase the program. AHS faculty members played a critical role in training these students. We encourage you to take a look at some of the fantastic research being undertaken through this program. Most START students recently presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Noteworthy, Chloe Maghinang from SHS who worked this year in the Aging and Neurocognition Lab, in collaboration with Human Factors and Aging Lab, received an award for Outstanding Presentation for her poster presentation titled Relationship Between Strategic Attention and Inhibition in Older Adults with Varying Hearing Ability.

AHS Faculty members: The program is now accepting applications for 2021-2022.  Train the next generation of aging researchers through the START Program. If you are interested in mentoring a START student, please complete this short surveyEncourage your undergraduate students to get involved and they can earn 2 credit hours per semester.  Students may apply to be a part of the START program here.


KCH Associate Professor Chung-Yi Chiu and her collaborators have received Jump ARCHES funding for the project entitled, "Building a motivational, interviewing conversational agent (MintBot) for promoting COVID-19 vaccination among people with multiple sclerosis." Individuals with multiple sclerosis are likely to be hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccine due to their compromised health condition. This concept aims to develop an accessible, generalizable and efficient digital health solution for promoting COVID-19 vaccination among vulnerable populations, such as people with disabilities.


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.


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.

The Human Factors and Aging Laboratory is seeking research participants for a study titled "A Holistic Understanding of Domestic Robot Acceptance Among Older Adults." This study aims to learn more about how older adults think about robots to assist them in their homes. Participants will be compensated $25. Potential participants must be 65 years old or older, have internet service and a computer, and able to use Zoom and read size 14 font on a computer screen. For more information contact Megan Bayles or KCH Professor Wendy Rogers.

The Voice Lab in SHS is studying the voices of cisgender people who are misgendered. You will be asked to do simple vocal exercises, read a short passage over Zoom, and answer questions about being misgendered. Participation requirements: 18 years of age or older, fluent in English, gender identity same as sex assigned at birth, and gender misidentified because of your voice. Contact Colleen Wilkes in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science for more information.


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