Click here to see this online

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

As I have said in previous weeks, I hope all is well with you and your families.  I know everyone is waiting for the opportunity to get some things back to the way they were before, even if it is just a little more freedom. Maybe lifting some of the restrictions on May 1 will help.  But, when you go out, make sure you wear a mask.

We are in the home stretch of the semester, with the semester ending in 10 days. You all worked wonders in moving all operations online while keeping students’ interests and needs central in our work. I had the opportunity to tell a reporter from the Illini Alumni Magazine how proud I am of all of the dedication and hard work I have seen in the past month. Please give yourself a pat on the back or stand in front of the mirror, look at yourself, and say, “Way to go!”  Speaking of great things, I hope you will take the time to read the College’s April 2020 e-news (emailed to you). When you finish, I know you will have a smile on your face. The College of AHS is pretty amazing.

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 ( 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. 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 healthy and happy,

Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell
Dean, College of Applied Health Sciences


The 2020 Spring College Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 7, at 2 p.m. via Zoom.  More details will be coming soon. We will have items ready for voting by the faculty so please be sure to mark your calendars.


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


Keep up with the latest news in AHS by checking out the new edition of the AHS e-newsletter. Awards, scholarships, conferences, even a Hall of Fame announcement. Read all about it.


The COVID-19 pandemic forced us to cancel in-person award ceremonies, but we won't overlook our award winners. Congrats to AHS faculty who won campus-wide awards, as well as students from SHS, RST and KCH.


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. Please share this information with people you know who might need speech-language pathology or audiology clinic services. Contact us to set up an appointment. You can find more information here.


Our faculty includes experts on many topics and in the weeks ahead, we'll be conducting Q&As with them to find out how COVID-19 is affecting their research focus areas. The first one was with RST professor Bill Stewart on how green space could be affected going forward.

The first of our new series, Alumni Spotlight, published this week featuring RST graduate Charles Burton, now head of the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club of Champaign. Please have a read!

Recreation, Sport and Tourism PhD candidate Caitlin Brooke wrote about Life and Research in the time of COVID. Brooke is also a semifinalist for the 2020 Image of Research competition. Winners will be announced May 1. For details about the competition, see the Graduate Student Image of Research website.

Kinesiology and Community Health alum and Disability Resources and Educational Services athlete Steve Serio talked to the News-Gazette about the postponement of the Paralympics and life in an outbreak.

KCH undergrad student Dele Harding and RST graduate students Reggie Corbin and Oluwole Betiku have aspirations of playing in the NFL next season. They spoke with Bob Asmussen of the News-Gazette before Thursday's draft.


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.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
110 Huff Hall  |  1206 South Fourth St., Champaign, IL 61820 MC-586
Phone: (217) 333-2131 FAX: (217) 333-0404

facebook logo twitter logo