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Illinois College of Applied Health Sciences

Dear AHS faculty and staff:

Hi, everyone. Congratulations on completing the first week of instruction in the new academic year. I am happy to see everyone back in their offices and classes. I hope you all read President Killeen's message about vaccine requirements, which are now mandated for all faculty, staff, and students. If nothing else, this decision indicates the seriousness of the circumstances we find ourselves in now because of the surge in COVID cases. Please be mindful of this new rule, and know that if you are not already vaccinated, you must receive your first dose of a university-accepted COVID-19 vaccine by Sept. 5 

Additionally, a new academic year brings new faculty, and questions about all manner of doing business. I encourage you all to visit our AHS intranet, where you'll find answers to many of your questions.

I love seeing all the updates about media coverage, grants, and publications—and, for the next two weeks, the Paralympics!—so I encourage you to continue sharing your accomplishments to publish in The Dean’s List. 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


Did you know the College of Applied Health Sciences has an Intranet? The webpage is meant to be a central hub for resources you need to conduct your business. Scan the menu to find the resource you need, and if you don't see it, let us know.


Ray Martin brought home the first medal for an Illinois athlete at the Tokyo Paralympics, scoring a silver medal in Friday's 400-meter final. Congrats, Ray!

Susannah Scaroni and Tatyana McFadden followed with medals (gold for Susannah and bronze for Tatyana) in Saturday's 5,000-meter race. Congrats to both!

At the AHS college meeting, KCH Professor Wendy Rogers talked about her research on health and wellness robots as the 2021 King McCristal Distinguished Scholar.

Our Alumni Spotlight returns with Alex Dam, who completed his B.S. in 2017 in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism with a focus on Sport Management and a Minor in Communications. Alex now is an Associate Manager of Content Strategy at NBC Sports.

KCH student Jackie Buczkowski talks about her internship at Active Rehab Clinics in Chicago, where she shadowed the head chiropractor.


RST alum Alex Dam is looking to hire interns for spring and summer 2022 at NBC Sports. If you have students you think would be interested, please email Alex. He is looking forward to giving back!


Need help with Compass, Canvas, Zoom, Mediaspace, or any other eLearning tool? Drop into one of our eLearning Virtual Office Hours every Tuesday and Thursday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. If you can’t make virtual office hours, send us a message or schedule an appointment and we’ll be happy to assist you.


Andrea Paceley, the office manager in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science, was among 16 civil service staff employees recognized for exceptional performance with the Chancellor’s Distinguished Staff Award. Congratulations, Andrea!

The MS in Health Technology program on Aug. 3 celebrated its first graduating class at the Capstone Final Presentations, Awards, and Celebratory Reception at the I-Hotel. Two students received special acknowledgements: Asif Huq received the Michael Vitoux Capstone Excellence Award ($2,000) and Gabrielle Choo-Kang received honorable mention ($1,000).

Join alumni, friends, students, faculty, and staff on Oct. 8 from 3 to 5 p.m. as we celebrate the achievements of our 2021 AHS Distinguished Alumni, Harold Scharper, and Young Alumni award recipients. A reception will follow. We will have more details on the meeting place as we get closer to the event.


All AHS alumni, friends, faculty, and staff are invited to stop by the AHS tent on Oct. 9 from noon to 3 p.m., for complimentary food and drinks prior to the Illini's game against Big Ten rival Wisconsin.


Preliminary testing of therapy integrating peer-sharing, technology, aerobic and resistance training (TIPSTART) to reduce mental illness symptoms in first-generation college students will assess the effects of a new digital health program on mental health, utilization of services, physical activity, and related outcomes. We are looking for first-generation undergraduate students between the ages of 18 to 25, who do not regularly exercise, and who are not currently taking medication for a mental health condition but have received mental health services in the past two years (and can provide proof). For more information, please complete a brief interest survey by clicking here.

The Human Factors and Aging Laboratory is seeking research participants for an IRB-Approved research study titled “Online Robot Survey.” Participants will watch a series of videos of robots performing activities in home settings. This study will last 30 minutes and take place online. Potential participants must be 65-85 years old and reside in the state of Illinois. Participants will have the chance to win a $25 Amazon e-code gift card raffle for their involvement. If you are interested, please click the link.

The Wellness Research Collaborative in Multiple Sclerosis (Well-MS) is seeking to recruit faculty, staff, and students to join our working group. The mission of the collaborative is to support the health and well-being of individuals living with Multiple Sclerosis in Central Illinois and beyond through research and outreach activities. Our group collaborates on grant submissions, publications, and other scholarly activities. We have developed a research registry and database to facilitate data collection and recruitment of participants. We also engage in community outreach activities to support the MS community and foster collaborations with other researchers outside of UIUC. The working groups meets on a monthly basis, and all are welcome to join. If you are interested in being involved with the MS collaborative, please contact Laura Rice for additional details.

Investigators of the VetCareMind study are seeking a graduate hourly student certified to lead mindfulness-based training classes to help modify the curriculum from in-person to live stream. Investigators with the VetCareMind study will interview caregivers of veterans with neurocognitive disorders and/or posttraumatic stress disorder to ensure the modified training is responsive to caregivers’ technological needs. Please contact Dr. Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo if you are interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity.

Are you/were you a caregiver to a veteran with brain-related disorders, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and/or any other neurocognitive disorders? Are you 60 years of age or older? If the answer is yes, now is your chance to be part of the first-ever study that is trying to understand the needs and experiences of older caregivers of veterans with brain-related disorders to provide recommendations for new programs and services.  If you are interested in participating, please complete the brief online screener to determine if you are eligible. The online screener can be found here.

We are recruiting mothers and their children (8 to 12 years old) for a study about benefits of familiar voices in noisy places. Requires two, one-hour lab visits. Mothers record a list of sentences. Then children are tested on their ability to recognize the sentences in noise. Participants are paid $15 an hour. Daytime/evening/weekend availability. Free parking. Email: or call 217-300-8336.


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