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

As we start our second week of remote work, I want to congratulate all of you for making it through Week One as smoothly as we did. I know that some of you experienced glitches, slow internet, and dropped Skype meetings. But, for the most part, we made it through with few problems. Thank you to those who volunteered to do extra work or help out where you have limited expertise but willing hands.   I’m finding working from home full-time a bit difficult due to the blending of home and work.  Consequently, I’m forcing myself to dress for work each morning and shutting off most work by 5:30 in an effort to keep separation between work and family life. I hope you, too, have developed some survival routines!

As I said last week, please be patient as things evolve. We will face challenges, we will continue to have some glitches, and frustrations will mount more quickly. 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.

Remember, stay in touch with each other, your extended families, and your neighbors. I have heard from many of you that you are missing seeing coworkers each day. Help if and when you can. Get outside when it’s not raining, exercise, and, laugh as often as 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.  

Stay healthy and happy,

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


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.


Although we are not able to hold our Admitted Graduate Student Open House this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Department of Speech and Hearing has created virtual tours of the Speech and Hearing Science Building and the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Clinic. Additionally, admitted students have been invited to a Q&A session on Friday, April 3, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.  


As we all adapt to online classes and working from home during the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic, the AHS advising staff is here to help—and to encourage! Check out a few of our staff as they introduce their four-legged coworkers, give you a few tips for distance learning, and remind you that we're all still here for our students. Faculty and staff who want to share advice and encouragment for students, please email your videos to Courtney Malcolm or share via Box. Courtney will share the videos via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.


The 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo were postponed until the summer of 2021. Wheelchair track coach Adam Bleakney and paralympic athlete Susannah Scaroni recorded a podcast to discuss their feelings about the decision.

Paralympic champion Tatyana McFadden spoke to NBC Sports Chicago about her disappointment.

RST clinical associate professor Mike Raycraft discussed how the world is coping without sports in an interview with ESPNCU (93.5) host Jeremy Werner.

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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