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

This week I would like to share an email with you.  On Saturday, I received this from Ron Barger, a distinguished alumnus and an active member of the AHS Board of Visitors (Dean’s advisory group).  His message captures the hope and pride we all should feel being part of this great institution and college, and communicates his admiration of all of you.  I cannot improve on Ron’s message, so I will let him speak for himself. Ron’s email said,

I read this morning the State of the University Address that Chancellor Jones gave to the students, faculty, and staff at the University. The messages in his address were powerful and inspiring and I was moved to feelings of awe, gratitude and pride mingled with my tears. The excerpt from the address below continues to resonate in my heart.

Chancellor Jones said,

In a year that has been so hard, so challenging and often feels like it just one layer of darkness placed on top of another, I find inspiration in these words of John Milton Gregory, the first leader of our university: 

‘It is no ordinary work which we are set to do, and it comes to us under no ordinary circumstances. We are not here to reproduce, in this new locality, some old and well-known style of college or university. The hungry eyes of toiling millions are turned, with mingled hope and fear, upon us, to see what new and better solution we can possibly offer of the great problems on which their well-being and destiny depend.’”

The words of Gregory were profound in their day and prophetic about the future that awaits us tomorrow. His words feel like a clarion call for our need to change to this new unfolding world with all of its opportunities and challenges.

… AHS is living this mission that was pronounced 152 years ago and now leading into this new world with this spirit [is] a source of comfort, pride and joy to so many of our fellow Illini.

I add my praise and put you on my list of things to be thankful for during this season.  Stay safe over this coming week.  We are seeing light at the end of the tunnel, even if it is only a flicker right now!!

We still want to hear about your projects, publications, and plans! We are 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


A reminder that AHS has an embedded clinical counselor, Kim Peters, who is located in Huff Hall, Room 245. Students, faculty and staff can schedule appointments directly with Kim at or 217-333-3704. You can learn more about Kim here.


AHS has created a way to invest some non-recurring cash into supporting faculty/staff in creating plans for new revenue generating activities. You can download a call for proposals here. This call asks you to propose ideas for activities/programs that will generate new revenue. The proposal format requires a brief explanation of your idea along with the support you’ll need to develop a full proposal for your targeted idea. 


KCH Assistant Professor Robyn Gobin's Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) grant application has been funded. Gobin will be serving as the principal investigator on a project titled, Rising Up: Engaging Women Veterans in Mental Health Research on Military Sexual Trauma. The total approved budget is $249,998. The objective of this project is to enhance women MST survivors’ engagement in mental health patient-centered outcomes research and empower them to be equitable partners in the research process. Gobin is collaborating with Chez Veterans Center Assistant Director for Research Engagement and Educational Programming Jeni Hunniecutt, Department of Communication Professor Leanne Knobloch, and Illinois Fire Service Institute Research Scientist Terri von Thaden. They are partnering with Smart Policy Works, a Chicago-based community organization that collaborates with stakeholder communities to respond to the rapidly changing healthcare landscape, with special expertise in veterans’ issues.

RST Assistant Professors Joelle Soulard and Suiwen (Sharon) Zou are the co-prinicipal investigators on a proposal entitled, “I-Rural: Reimagining Illinois Rural Tourism through Community and Extension Collaboration,” that has been selected for $59,590 in funding as part of the 2020 Extension Collaboration Grants. Working in collaboration with ORPR and colleagues in Extension and College of Business, their proposal stood out in a crowded field of more than 50 high quality proposals. Co-investigators are RST Dept. Head Carla Santos, RST Professor Laura Payne.


SHS Associate Professor Raksha Mudar was recently featured in an ASHA Leader article for her collaborative research with KCH Professor Wendy Rogers. The team has worked to make’s web-based video chat platform more user-friendly for adults over 60 with and without mild cognitive impairment. Their current research, funded by NIH, is exploring how the technology can support social connection in older adults. Congratulations, Raksha and Wendy.


The Sapora Symposium continues through Dec. 9 in an effort to promote social justice as a vehicle to impact economic development, inclusion, cultural cohesion, gender equity, reconciliation, and ultimately peacebuilding. If you have missed any of the Zoom sessions, you can catch them all here.


The AHS Fall Lecture Series, featuring distinguished faculty in AHS presenting their research, concluded Friday. You can find any lectures you missed right here.


Champaign County schoolchildren are learning some new life skills thanks to the adaption of the IPALS program by KCH Assistant Professors K. Andrew R. Richards and Naiman Khan.

Jeni Hunniecutt appeared on WCIA after the Chez Veterans Center's Veterans Day event.

MPH Program Director & MSHA Program Interim Director Justine Kaplan appeared on WCIA to talk about outdoor dining and COVID-19.

With COVID-19 cases surging, health departments are turning to universities for contract tracers, and that includes SHS junior Diana Morales and KCH senior Emily Williams.


Speaking of news, you can find more of our great content on faculty, staff, students and alumni on the News & Feature tab on our website. Find our podcasts, AHS E-News, Moving Forward magazine and more!



We are examining the effects of two dietary supplements on intramuscular creatine content. The study requires 24 days of participation including a 14‐day supplementation period, two trials with muscle and blood collection, and supervised resistance exercise 3 days per week. You get $500 upon completion and information about your body composition. Email for more information!


The Exercise Psychology Lab is committed to promoting exercise as an easy, fun and safe way to improve health and well-being. During this time when COVID-19 has disrupted our daily lives, we are offering free, Zoom-based group exercise sessions led by our research staff. Exercises are tailored toward middle-aged and older adults with moderate levels of fitness. Sign Up Here! Exercise classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m.


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