AHS E-News
Spring 2010
Posted: May 13, 2010

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In This Issue

Watch Convocation Live!

For the first time, the College of Applied Health Sciences will broadcast its Convocation ceremony live through Web-based streaming video. Check details and watch the ceremony here.

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Meet Our Graduates!

2010 graduates

Through the Departments of Kinesiology and Community Health, Recreation, Sport and Tourism, and Speech and Hearing Science, the College of Applied Health Sciences is expecting to graduate more than 800 students from its bachelor's, master’s, and doctoral degree programs in 2009-2010. The students we highlight here are representative of the overall excellence of our student body. Bright, committed, and eager to make a difference in the world, our graduates take with them a solid foundation of knowledge and skills upon which we are sure they will build outstanding futures. Read about some of our graduates.

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Students to Share Thoughts, Voices at Convocation

Kevin Fritz

In addition to marching and receiving their degrees, several students in the College of Applied Health Sciences will play active roles in the ceremony. This year's Convocation speaker is community health undergraduate student Kevin Fritz, who will share a message of hope with his fellow graduates. Seniors Michelle Bollaert of Kinesiology and Community Health, Brett Zimmerman of Recreation, Sport and Tourism, and Jennifer Franz of Speech and Hearing Science will join Dean Tanya Gallagher in the traditional singing of "Hail to the Orange." Read more here.

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Top Five Ways to Become Active Alumni

If you've read our stories about undergraduate research and career development opportunities or the Alumni Speaker Series, or visited our student awards page, you know how important alumni are to the success of current AHS students. There are numerous ways to stay involved. Here's how.

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Annual Giving Helps Future Alumna Realize Dream

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Among the many student programs that are supported by annual giving is the Career Development and Leadership Awards program. Undergraduate students may apply for CDLA funds to join professional organizations, travel to professional meetings and conferences, engage in research, and study abroad. Community health senior Jeanita Moore applied her CDLA funding toward a Winter Break Study Tour to South Africa. Read more about Jeanita's trip.

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2010 Student Award Winners

Every year, the Departments of Kinesiology and Community Health, Recreation, Sport and Tourism, and Speech and Hearing Science, and the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services recognize academic achievement, involvement, leadership, and potential among undergraduate and graduate students with scholarships and awards. Most of these are generously funded by alumni and friends of the College of Applied Health Sciences. Meet this year's recipients.

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AHS Undergrads Flex Research Muscle

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More than 200 students from seven colleges and the Division of General Studies participated in the 2010 Undergraduate Research Symposium, held April 15th in the Illini Union. Thirty-three of those students were from the College of Applied Health Sciences. Some participated in panel discussions of their research; others presented their research on posters that were available for viewing throughout the day. Their topics ranged from healthcare and homelessness to home literacy environments, and from physical fitness and cognition to multicultural influences and perceptions of stuttering. Visit the Undergraduate Research Symposium photo gallery.

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Students Reach Out to Community

The College of Applied Health Sciences sponsored its first Service Week, April 23rd to May 1st. A student-driven initiative, Project Outreach involved students throughout the College in activities to benefit non-profit organizations in the Urbana-Champaign community. Learn more about Project Outreach.

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KCH Grad Students Win Cozad Award

Jean Samson and Marissa Siebel, both doctoral students in kinesiology, were members of the IntelliWheels team that took second place in the 10th Annual V. Dale Cozad New Venture Competition. Read more about IntelliWheels.

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Phyllis Hill Award Recognizes Outstanding Mentorship

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Professor Steven Broglio of the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health has received the first Phyllis Hill Award for Exemplary Mentoring in the Edmund J. James Scholar Program. Read more about Professor Broglio.

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Mom's Day Showcases Student Talent

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In addition to information about the College of Applied Health Sciences, moms and dads who attended this year's Mom's Day event in AHS were treated to music and poetry, courtesy of two of our undergraduate students. Read more.

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Alumna Wins Best Dissertation Award

Chih-Chien Chen, who completed her doctoral degree from the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism in 2009, has received the 2010 Harrah's Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award in Hospitality. Now an assistant professor at Temple University, Dr. Chen was given the award for her dissertation entitled "What Revenue-Optimizing Firms Can Do About Deal-Seeking Consumers: The Role of Price Patterns, Timing and Cancellation Policies in Travelers' Advanced Booking Decisions."

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In Memoriam

It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of two of our former faculty.

Marjorie Harris

Marjorie completed her bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois in 1948. She taught two years in Lowell, Indiana, before moving to Massachusetts. There she received her master's degree from Smith College. She taught at Wellesley College and Wheaton College in Massachusetts. In 1958 she returned to the University of Illinois as an associate professor in the Department of Physical Education. She was the director of the Physical Education Activities Program with the Department of Kinesiology when she retired in May 1990.

Laurna Rubinson

Laurna was a professor in community health for more than 30 years before retiring to Tucson, Arizona. She was a research and teaching assistant in the Department of Health and Safety Education while earning her Ph.D. at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During her tenure at Illinois, she served as Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Community Health and also held appointments in the School of Clinical Medicine and in the Institute for Research and Human Development.

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