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

I hope you and your families are in good health and finding ways to ease the sense of isolation.  Sunny days are always good for that, even if it just means looking out the windows.  We continue to do pretty well, with a few problems here and there.  As usual, Sara and our tech staff have to come the rescue when we need them.  The college will stay in touch as we work through the problems.  Remember to be sure to check the college and campus websites for relevant 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.  

I don’t know about you, but I have started wearing a mask to protect others.  Boy, I find it annoying and can hardly wait to get to where I can take it off.  On a really positive note, I’m starting to see paper goods in the stores again (even TP!). We’ll get through this.  

Stay in touch with each other, your extended families, and your neighbors. Help if and when you can. Get outside when it’s not raining, exercise, and, laugh as often as you can!  Above all, stay safe.

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 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


Join The Health Care Engineering Systems Center for the COVID-19 Virtual Summit today, April 6, from 9:30 a.m. to noon over Zoom. The goal is to bring healthcare providers, industry professionals, and experts in data together to exchange views and ideas regarding COVID-19, its challenges, and solutions. For more information and to register, please click here.


Kinesiology and Community Health Department head Amy Woods has been elected as a Member-At-Large of the National Academy of Kinesiology. The NAK promotes and enhances kinesiology as a unified field of study and disseminates news about the field of study to faculty and the public. The Member-At-Large role's responsiblities include general communication to current and potential member institutions. KCH professor Kim Graber is a member of the board of directors of NAK. Congrats, Amy!


Although we did announce the College of AHS award winners back in January, we held off sharing the great news that AHS had a faculty member who received the campus award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching.  (We were going to wait until the public ceremony to announce it, but alas, that ceremony has been cancelled like so many other events.)  Please join me in congratulating Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo as the recipient of this award.  Congratulations, Sandraluz!

It's fitting also to share again those individuals who were recognized with College awards.  Kudos to all for your outstanding work.

College Awards

  • Staff Excellence Award: Terri Daniels
  • Academic Excellence Award: Jeannette Elliott
  • Excellence in Guiding Undergraduate Research:  Naiman Khan
  • Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring: Jake Sosnoff
  • Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching: Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo
  • Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching TA: Liselle Milazzo
  • Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Instructor:  Justine Kaplan
  • Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Faculty: Justin Aronoff


Four members of the AHS faculty have been honored by the university administration for their positive impact on our Illinois graduating seniors. Congratulations to:

  • Justine Kaplan, Interim Director, MPH & MSHA Programs, Clinical Assistant Professor, KCH
  • Susan Farner, lecturer, KCH
  • Steve Petruzzello, Professor/Associate Department Head, KCH
  • Don Hardin, adjunct instructor, RST


Alumni of the Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Health Administration, and Community Health programs in AHS were featured on WCIA-TV for their work in helping mitigate COVID-19.

Kinesiology and community health assistant professor Neha Gothe and her colleagues examined the relationship between physical activity and physical function in stroke survivors. As reported by the Illinois News Bureau, Gothe and her colleagues found that those who engaged in more light physical activity also reported fewer functional limitations.

KCH assistant professor Neha Gothe and SHS professor Keiko Ishikawa discussed the first week of online instruction in our latest AHS podcast.

KCH professor Jake Sosnoff collaborated with researchers in the Applied Biomechanics Lab at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine to use virtual reality to study early detection of multiple sclerosis.

RST adjuct instructor Robyn Deterding and her husband Mike are making sure Carle hospital staff is well-fed by delivering food from local restaurants such as Hickory River Smokehouse, Wood N’ Hog BBQ, Bunny’s, Monical’s and Subway.


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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