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

Happy Memorial Day.  It seems weird to have no activities or parades, light traffic, and only a few people in the grocery store today.  Now that’s really saying something on a holiday weekend.  Despite no events, I hope you got outside and enjoyed the summer-like weather!  

With the semester winding down, our workloads are changing.  Now, more than ever, we need to take care of our emotional and physical health.  Connect with others, celebrate the good things, and be kind to yourself. Last week I heard about the impact the pandemic is taking on our mental health. As they ticked through the symptoms, I realized what a toll all of this has taken on my own sense of well-being.  If you are struggling, know you are not alone in feeling stress, sadness, and even anger.  Reach out, we can connect you to supports and resources. 

As I said last week, we continue to plan for returning to on-site work. As soon as campus approves our plans, I’ll get them out to you.  Some of us will continue to work remotely, full or part-time, for most of the summer.  That will ensure we can continue our social distancing measures.  We will have taken safety action prior to many of you returning to campus (e.g., marking floors to ensure social distancing, getting PPE and separators). Everyone — faculty, staff, and employed students — will be required to do a short COVID-19 safety training program before returning to onsite work.  You’ll be receiving an email about that soon.

Researchers — you should be hearing from campus about amending your lab safety plans.  Those of you who have plans will receive an email from campus this week about updating and adding COVID-19 safety measures.  I’m still waiting to hear how campus will communicate with the rest of you.  

Continue to check the college and campus websites for relevant COVID-19 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 ( Once again, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Finally, remember, we are still collecting information about accomplishments and successes to publish in The Dean’s List. We still have lots of successes to celebrate!  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


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


KCH assistant professor Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo represented AHS during the May 22 Senior Leadership Retreat, which featured Chancellor Robert J. Jones and Provost Andreas C. Cangellaris, among dozens of other university leaders. Lara-Cinisomo presented on mindfulness and thoughtful leadership in the time of a pandemic.


DRES alumnus Chuck Graham, who served one term as a state senator in Missouri and was a longtime advocate for people with disabilities, died May 19 of a heart attack, his wife, Kate Graham, told the Missourian. He was 55. Graham began using a wheelchair in high school following a car accident and went on to become a member of Illinois wheelchair basketball team, playing under coach Brad Hedrick. 


Clinical faculty in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science are working hard to offer telepractice services to meet the needs of graduate students and the community. SHS students need to gain as many telepractice hours as possible this summer in order to be able to graduate on time. The goal is to recruit as many clients as possible, with services offered through Aug. 16. Please share this information with people you know who might need speech-language pathology or audiology clinic services. You can find more information here.


KCH assistant professor Neha Gothe received a grant from the National Institute on Aging to fund a new project entitled "Yoga, Aerobic and Stretching Exercise Effects on Neurocognitive Performance: A Randomized Controlled Trial." Congratulations, Neha!


Wendy Rogers of KCH and Raksha Mudar of SHS received a Phase II SBIR grant to study social engagement through video technology. The researchers received media attention from WCIA, WAND,and the News-Gazette.

Our Expert Q&A series continued this week with RST's Laura Payne, who discussed what the COVID-19 pandemic meant for parks and our recreational activities.

KCH professor David Strauser made an appearance on WDWS Radio to discuss his Expert Q&A on the impact of COVID-19 on marginalized workers.

Joey Peters, a PhD candidate in Kinesiology and Community Health, teamed with Gies School of Business alum Arielle Rausin on a successful grant to make COVID-19 masks for people with a spinal cord injury.

Peters and Rausin were also featured on WCIA, as well as WAND.


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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