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Carla Santos  

Message from the Department Head

Dr. Carla Santos welcomes you to this issue of RST E-News. Read her message here.

 
Joan Braswell  

“It Felt Right to Give Back”

RST alumna Joan Braswell has endowed a scholarship for undergraduate students in RST. Meet Joan here.

 
Robert Rossman  

Dr. Rossman Honored as Distinguished Alumnus

Dr. J. Robert Rossman received the College of Applied Health Sciences’ Distinguished Alumni Award. Learn more about Dr. Rossman here.

 
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From Student to RST Professional: The Role of Internships

Undergraduate students gain invaluable real-world experience through the RST internship program. Alumni and friends of the department help make it successful. Read more about the internship program here.

 
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Annual Sapora Symposium Says “Let’s Get REAL”

This year’s symposium focuses on entrepreneurial and applied leadership. Read more about the symposium here.

 
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ORPR Is Building Bridges

Recreation, sport, and tourism play significant roles in building healthy communities. RST’s Office of Recreation and Park Resources partners with people and agencies around the state to bring that perspective into sharp focus. Learn more about ORPR here.

 
Laura Payne and Alo Pulido standing in front of a mural of large bird wings  

“CREATE Bridges” Creates Internship Opportunity

Recent graduate Alo Pulido worked with ORPR director Dr. Laura Payne on a project targeting five counties in southern Illinois. Read about her experience here.

 
Jason Schroeder  

RST Alum Returns as Advisor

Jason Schroeder will guide undergraduates through their studies. Meet Jason here.

 
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What impact do the Olympics and mass-sporting events have on public health?

Sharita Forest of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign News Bureau spoke with Dr. Miki Sato about his research. Read her interview here.

 
Diego Acosta  

Undergraduate Student Profile: Diego Acosta

Diego Acosta will pursue graduate studies after completing his BS this semester, but he hopes to work with Major League Baseball in the future. Meet Diego here.

 
Guangzhou Chen  

Graduate Student Profile: Guangzhou Chen

PhD student Guangzhou Chen is addressing a gap in research with his dissertation on the impact of event cancellations on communities. Learn more about Guangzhou’s research here.

 
Andy Szabo  

Alumni Spotlight: Andy Szabo

Now the director of partnership development for the Oakland Athletics, alumnus Andy Szabo shares his views on his time in RST with AHS media relations and editorial specialist Vincent Lara-Cinisomo. Read the Q&A here.