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

Graduation was bittersweet.  The campus and college efforts were heartfelt.  But the loss of ceremonies was really hard.  I even found myself tearing up while watching the campus video.  How many of you watched and sang the Alma Mater song that the end?  I did!!

We continue to plan for returning to on-site work. It all goes well, the university will gradually start opening work spaces in a few weeks.  We will start with a “skeleton” crew, gradually phasing in people over 8 weeks.  Those whose job tasks include work that cannot be conducted at home or who have found it extremely difficult to work remotely, will return first with some of our administrative staff.  The rest will follow slowly.

The process will take some time and could reverse itself if we see an upsurge of new COVID-19 cases. I expect there will be hiccups along the way.  Please be patient.  We are trying to find our way in a novel situation while trying to anticipate what we need to do to keep everyone safe. Faculty—your research poses complex situations. When asked, please don’t delay in providing us with your safety plans. Re-opening your labs depends on these plans and our success in obtaining PPE and making needed adjustments.

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 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


Congratulations to the AHS James Scholars in the Class of 2020! We appreciate your hard work and determination and look forward to the impact you will have on the future. The winners are:

  • James Scholar Research Award: Veronica Lane
  • James Scholar Leadership Award: Kevin Ding
  • James Scholar Community Service Award: Yiting Du
  • James Scholar Faculty Award: Dr. Keiko Ishikawa

You can find out more about their contributions here.


The University of Illinois began the tradition of inscribing the Bronze Tablets with the names of students receiving University Honors in 1925. According to the Student Code, students must have at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point-average through the academic term prior to graduation, and rank in the top three percent of the students in their graduating class. Congratulations to the AHS students who achieved this rigorous academic achievement.

  • Yiting Du BS, I-Health           
  • Elizabeth Dudzik BS, SHS            
  • Jennifer Goodfriend BS, I-Health            
  • John Hamman BS, Community Health 
  • Karen Hernandez BS, Community Health 
  • Madison Kaufman BS, I-Health, December 2019
  • Gabrielle Kosh BS, SHS            
  • Veronica Lane BS, SHS            
  • Brianna Legner BS, SHS            
  • Yanqing Lyu BS, Kinesiology            
  • Lauren Pangelinan BS, Community Health 
  • Nidhi Parikh BS, I-Health            
  • Jessica Philipp BS, SHS            
  • Rachel Rahman BS, Community Health 
  • Jenna Savell BS, SHS            
  • Johnathon Schulte BS, Kinesiology            
  • Amanda Sugar BS, Kinesiology            
  • Anna Tulley BS, SHS, December 2019
  • Elizabeth Yoon BS, Community Health 


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.


Tune in to WDWS (1400 AM) today (Monday, 5/18) at 4:20 p.m. to hear KCH professor David Strauser discuss the impact of COVID-19 on marginalized workers, many of who have jobs that are labeled essential.

In a story entitled "Fact check: Regular exercise does not weaken the immune system," USA Today uses a quote from KCH professor Jeff Woods, who also directs the Center on Health, Aging, and Disability in AHS, that he originally gave to The New York Times about exercise and COVID-19.

In what might be the first case of a Discovery Partners Institute seed-grant success story, Wendy Rogers of KCH and Raksha Mudar of SHS received a Phase II SBIR grant to study social engagement through video technology. 

Our Expert Q&A series continued this week with RST assistant professor Sharon Zue, who says the tourism industry might have a difficult time rebounding from the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. Navy veteran Erick Klein is graduating from ACES and heading to a doctoral program in occupational therapy at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, but he says DRES was his "center of support."


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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