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

Thank you to everyone who attended the all-college meeting.  As you can tell from all of the awards and recognitions we highlighted in the meeting and the promotions, honors, and accomplishments identified below, we have a lot to celebrate.  And, we’ve been in the news several times over the past month.  All of this reflects well on the college and highlights the importance of the work you do.

We are planning for returning to on-site work. The process will take some time and could reverse itself if we see an upsurge of new COVID-19 cases. I expect there will be hiccups along the way.  Please be patient.  We are trying to find our way in a novel situation while trying to anticipate what we need to do to keep everyone safe. Faculty—your research poses complex situations. When asked, please don’t delay in providing us with your safety plans. Re-opening your labs depends on these plans and our success in obtaining PPE and making needed adjustments.

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 ( 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. 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


Please join me as we congratulate the following faculty members who were recently promoted! Marni Boppart has been promoted to Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health; Fatima Husain has been promoted to Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science; and Laura Rice has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health.  Congratulations to all on this well-earned achievement!


Congratulations again to Kinesiology and Community Health Professor Marni Boppart, who was awarded the 2020 Beckman Vision and Spirit Award. The annual award, which includes $150,000 in research funding, was created to honor Beckman Institute Founder Arnold Beckman by recognizing a faculty member who has fostered collaboration in their research and exemplifies Beckman’s vision. Boppart was recognized as influential in her interdisciplinary work, especially in leading Beckman’s Extracellular Vesicle Imaging and Therapy working group.

Robyn Deterding, adjunct instructor in Recreation, Sport & Tourism, has been recognized with the National Intramural-Recreational Sport Service Award by the The National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA). These national and prestigious awards are presented in appreciation of the considerable volunteer efforts various NIRSA professional and student members have made to further NIRSA and the collegiate recreation field this past year. In addition, Maureen McGonagle, an RST alumni, was also awarded and recognized for her contributions and leadership.


Thanks to everyone who attended the Spring College Meeting last Thursday.  Join me again to congratulate the faculty and staff who were recognized during the meeting for their outstanding contributions to our college and university.  


CO+RE, a pilot program supported by the OVCRI and intended to foster and extend community-campus partnerships and civic scholarship, awarded two $20,000 grants to AHS faculty.

KCH teaching assistant professor Brynn Adamson is the principal investigator for one of the grants, entitled, "MOVE MS and Beyond: Fostering group exercise for individuals with MS and other disabilities through research-supported community programs." Collaborators are Toni Liechty of RST, and Laura Rice and Chung-Yi Chiu of KCH. Community Partners are Urbana Parks Department, National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

RST associate professor Jon Welty-Peachy is the PI on the second grant, entitled, "Examining the effects of a youth-based sport for development program on socio-emotional learning and academic efficacy." His collaborators are RST assistant professor Jules Woolf and KCH assistant professor K. Andrew Richards. The community partner is the Don Moyers Boys and Girls Club.


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. Please share this information with people you know who might need speech-language pathology or audiology clinic services. Contact us to set up an appointment. You can find more information here.


Speaking of telepractice, SHS clinical assistant professor Jennifer Dahman and graduate student Nina Iraci appeared on WCIA-TV to discuss the recently granted variance allowing students to count telepractice hours toward internships.

Dahman and Iraci continued their blockbuster media tour by appearing on WDWS Radio.

Our Alumni Spotlight series continued with Anne Murphy, a 2002 master's degree recipient from what was then Leisure Studies, and who is now senior director of development at the College of Engineering at Oregon State University.

KCH professor David Strauser was the latest faculty member to take part in our Expert Q&A series, discussing the effects of COVID-19 on the marginalized workforce.

Taylor Edwards, a 2019 recipient of a bachelor of science degree from RST, was named autonomy representative for all Big-Ten student-athletes.

Kim Pollock was a wheelchair basketball hero at the University of Illinois, playing on the 1969 and 1970 National Wheelchair Basketball Association national championship teams. But he recently was a different kind of hero, jumping into a river to save three kids. Read the amazing story on the DRES alum in the St. George News.


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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