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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. 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’ve had a taste of spring and it’ll soon be back again!  

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.  

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


The College of Applied Health Sciences in collaboration with Grainger College of Engineering offers a new one-year intensive Master of Science in Health Technology (MSHT) starting in Fall 2020.  The MSHT combines human factors, engineering principles, and design, and culminates in a capstone project with industry and community partners. Scholarships available, accepting applications now! Students can sign up to attend a virtual Info session Tuesdays from 5-6 p.m. here:  For more information, email:


Chris Kinder, a third-year doctoral student in KCH with a concentration in pedagogy, was awarded the Thom L. McKenzie Research Award, which is given to promote the development of future researchers in the field of physical education, physical activity, and public health. This national award is funded through the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America. The proposal is entitled: An evaluation of children’s physical activity during youth development summer program and collaborators involved were Kevin Richards, Naiman Khan and Amy Woods, all of KCH.


The 25 semifinalists for the graduate student edition of the 2020 Image of Research competition were announced, and RST Caitlin Brooks is one of them! Awards for First Prize ($500), Second Prize ($300), Third Prize ($200), and Honorable Mention ($100) will be announced on May 1. The winner of the People's Choice will receive a $100 award. All awards are dispersed as professional development travel funds. For details about the competition, see the Graduate Student Image of Research website.


Three Master of Public Health alums discuss what working on the front lines in the battle against COVID-19 is like.

For stroke survivors, light physical activity is linked to better daily function, according to a new study by KCH assistant professor Neha Gothe.

Clarion Mendes, clinical assistant professor and director of Clinical Education in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science, and Amanda Lawrence, clinical assistant professor in SHS, are featured in our latest podcast about the impact of COVID-19 on so-called non-essential health issues such as speech-language pathology and audiology and how those patients are treated.

Sharon Zou, an assistant professor in Recreation, Sport and Tourism, is quoted in an article in on the states hit hardest by COVID-19’s impact on tourism.

KCH senior Rae Balthazor's final season with the gymnastics team was cut short by COVID-19, but she talks about her supportive teammates in a story from the News-Gazette.

RST master's degree recipient and member of the Super Bowl-champion Chiefs Nick Allegretti talks about how COVID-19 is affecting the NFL's plans.


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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