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

Welcome to November! Thanksgiving break, which will mark the end of in-person instruction for this semester, is right around the corner. I thank you all for your hard work and dedication in keeping us on track. I look forward to the times ahead when we'll all be back together on campus. 

Tomorrow is Election Day. I hope you all will exercise the right that many fought long and hard to secure, and make sure that your voice is heard. I also want to remind you of something important that Chancellor Jones stated last week: Elections do not alter our respect for one another. During these charged times, compassion, dignity, and respect are our core values. If necessary, I remind you that AHS has an embedded clinical counselor, Kim Peters, who is located in Huff Hall, Room 245. Students, faculty and staff can schedule appointments directly with Kim at or 217-333-3704. 

We still want to hear about your projects, publications and plans! We are 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


KCH assistant professor Neha Gothe has received an appointment as a part-time Beckman Institute faculty member. Congratulations, Neha!


RST graduate alum Andrew Hanson's thesis entitled, "Examining the Fundraising Challenges Faced and Strategies Utilized in the NCAA Division II Athletics Environment," has been selected by the Graduate College to represent the University of Illinois in the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools’ (MAGS) 2021 Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award. Only two master's thesis are being nominated from the entire university—in Social Sciences, and in Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering. Andrew's thesis will represent UIUC in the Social Sciences category. RST associate professor Jon Welty Peachey is Hanson's advisor. Good luck, Andrew!


Save the date—Nov. 5—for the next installment of the Beckman Director's Seminar Series, when KCH associate professor Marni Boppart will discuss "Pursuing the Fountain of Youth: Development of Novel Therapies to Rejuvenate Aged Skeletal Muscle." 


CHAD Director/Associate Dean for Research/KCH Professor Jeff Woods told the News-Gazette he is worried about the health risks from a decrease in physical activity due to the pandemic.

The Sapora Symposium tipped off last Wednesday with a panel on the contributions of basketball coaching legend Lou Henson. The News-Gazette profiled how much impact Henson had on Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips, Big Ten referee Ed Hightower and assistant coach Rob Evans.

Wellness Ambassador Lauryn Praet talked about how proud she is to be doing her job on campus.

RST grad student Tyler Underwood, son of the Illini basketball coach, talked about his decision to return to school, and the team.


Speaking of news, you can find more of our great content on faculty, staff, students and alumni on the News & Feature tab on our website. Find our podcasts, AHS E-News, Moving Forward magazine and more!



A new study seeks individuals 18 and older to assess nutrition status. The study aims to examine relationships between various nutrition assessment techniques. There is one in-person session lasting approximately one hour, and one remote/virtual visit.  In-person we measure your anthropometrics, cognitive tasks, and simple eye tests and a skin test to understand your habitual diet. You complete surveys about your diet and physical activity habits remotely. Compensation is $40 via Amazon gift card. Contact Monica Kashi in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health.


The Exercise Psychology Lab is committed to promoting exercise as an easy, fun and safe way to improve health and well-being. During this time when COVID-19 has disrupted our daily lives, we are offering free, Zoom-based group exercise sessions led by our research staff. Exercises are tailored toward middle-aged and older adults with moderate levels of fitness. Sign Up Here! Exercise classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m.


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