AHS E-News
Winter 2010
Posted: December 1, 2010

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In This Issue

AHS Distinguished Alumni

Distinguished Alumni and Scharper Award Recipients

The College of Applied Health Sciences honored four graduates who have built outstanding careers in research, education, and service related to physical and intellectual disability, adolescent health, and leisure. Meet our 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients.

Harold Scharper Award Recipients

The Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services and Delta Sigma Omicron honored two DRES alumni for their contributions to the health and well-being of individuals with disabilities. Meet our 2010 Scharper Award recipients.

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Homecoming Photo Gallery

Homecoming weekend was a busy one for AHS. We dedicated Nugent Hall and a new Audiology Clinic, gave awards to some of our notable alumni, and hosted a well-attended tent party in advance of Illinois' 43-13 win over Indiana University. Visit the Homecoming photo gallery.

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CHAD Symposium

CHAD Symposium

The Center on Health, Aging, and Disability hosted its fourth annual symposium on December 9. This year's theme is "Redefining Disability: New Directions in Research and Practice." Among this year's presenters, Dr. John McDonald discussed promising interventions and realistic goals for rehabilitating spinal cord injuries. Dr. McDonald is Director of the International Center of Spinal Cord Injury at Kennedy Krieger Institute and an associate professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Read more about the symposium.

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AHS Student Launches Groundbreaking Initiative at Illinois

Bridget Evans

Community Health senior Bridget Evans has developed a program to train service dogs for people with disabilities, the first such program to exist on a college campus. The program is supported by the College of Applied Health Sciences, the Mid-America Service Dogs Foundation, and the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Read more about Bridget's project.

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Beckwith Students Raise Disability Awareness

Disability Awareness

Former and current participants in the Beckwith program for students with severe physical disabilities took part in a frank and illuminating discussion of living with disabilities in October, which was Disability Awareness Month. Keynote speaker Stevie Hopkins is the co-founder of 3E Love, a disability awareness clothing line and marketing company. Read more about the Disability Awareness event.

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Alumni Speakers Highlight Administrative Careers

Speaker Series

In its ongoing effort to better prepare students for life after graduation, AHS recently hosted four alumni who gave audience members insight into the professions of health educator, speech-language pathologist, corporate event planning, and healthcare business ownership. Their advice hit the mark for the many students who attended the event, part of the Alumni Speaker Series that was initiated in 2007. Read more about the November Alumni Speaker Series.

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Participate in the Alumni Speaker Series

Have you been wondering how you can give back to the College of Applied Health Sciences? Are you interested in sharing your work experiences with current students? Do you have internship or job opportunities to offer to our outstanding undergraduate and graduate students?

Consider taking part in our Alumni Speaker Series! Hosted by the Office of Academic Affairs, we offer alumni panels in October, November, and March every academic year. Our students consistently describe the events as informative and helpful. Our alumni speakers have connected with potential employees and welcomed the opportunity to promote their fields and organizations, as well as non-traditional career choices.

If you are interested in being a panelist in our Alumni Speaker Series, please contact Renique Kersh, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, at rtkersh@illinois.edu.

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I-LEAP Students Thank Benefactor

Mannie Jackson

On September 30, students participating in the Mannie L. Jackson Illinois Academic Enrichment and Leadership Program gathered to express their appreciation to and receive advice from Mannie Jackson, whose generous gift made possible the support program for underrepresented and first-generation college students. Read more about Mr. Jackson's visit.

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Campaign Leadership Advisory Council Tours North Addition

North Addition

While attending the University of Illinois Foundation Annual Meeting this fall, several members of the Council, who work with AHS to build support for its mission, were given a tour of the Huff Hall north addition. Read more about the Campaign Leadership Advisory Council.

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