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

The Dean's Office has prepared this email to help keep everyone better informed of upcoming events, lectures/symposia, announcements regarding faculty or staff achievements, and other items of interest.

Thank you for being so responsive to all of the changes we have had to make in such a short time frame.  I am so proud of AHS. You have pulled together, being highly flexible and collaboratively supporting one another.  The College, Departments, and Units have many people working behind the scenes to make our remote-work transition as smooth as possible.  Department heads, directors, unit/department support staff, and Dean’s office staff have been working hard on behalf of the entire college, holding all of this together.  I would like to particularly thank Mike Bohlmann and the OIST team; you have accomplished near-miracles over the course of the past week.

Please be patient as things evolve.  We will face unique challenges, there will be glitches, and frustrations will mount.  The college will stay in touch as we work through the problems.  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.

As you “shelter in place,” stay in touch with each other, your extended families, and your neighbors.  As I said in one of my earlier emails, remember we are all a part of our communities.  Help if and when you can.

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.  


Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell
Dean, College of Applied Health Sciences


Classes resume this week, and we know you and your students will have questions. The College of AHS has created an informational page that includes a collection of campus resources to help with that process.  If you have suggestions for other resources to add to this page, please send a note to


Being able to stay connected as we get acclimated to our temporary remote-work reality will be vital. Here are some resources to collaborating remotely.

  • Zoom licensing is sufficient for entire campus. Units without licenses can request them from Webstore at no cost (temporarily)
  • Zoom capacity is a risk—already seeing some issues
  • Zoom BAA to be signed by end of week for HIPAA data compliance
  • Blackboard Collaborate and Skype For Business can also be used.
  • Recommend using Skype for Business for meetings, since Zoom will be heavily used for instruction
  • Google Hangouts Meet can be used
  • Kaltura is the video platform that videos can uploaded to. Anticipate some scale issues also


Department of Speech and Hearing Science faculty and staff are doing their very best to support you, as is the College of Applied Health Sciences. Follow this link for information regarding continuity of education as we face challenges due to the COVID-19 risk.


A publication by Kinesiology and Community Health professor Jeff Woods has been selected as Paper of the Year for 2019 for the journal Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews. The paper, entitled “Exercise and the gut microbiome: a review of the evidence, potential mechanisms, and implications for human health” looks at two studies, one in mice and the other in human subjects, and offer the first definitive evidence that exercise alone can change the composition of microbes in the gut. Congratulations, Jeff!


Research from Kinesiology and Community Health professors Jeff Woods and Weimo Zhu on exercising during the COVID-19 outbreak was featured in The News-Gazette.

SHS' Speech and Language Pathology and Audiology programs ranked among the best graduate programs in the nation, according to U.S. News. Read more about it here.

RST associate professor Jon Welty Peachey and clinical associate professor Mike Raycraft discussed a world without sports in this COVID-19-related podcast.

SHS assistant professor Marie Moore Channell's research was the subject of our latest "A Few Minutes With" podcast. Have a listen.

2019 KCH grad Stacia Simmons was featured by Illinois' Storied website for her fandom of the Illini women's basketball team.

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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Phone: (217) 333-2131 FAX: (217) 333-0404

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