The College of Education and Human Development hosted a college-wide scholarship donor and recipient luncheon, the annual “CEHD Celebration of Scholars,” on April 20 at McNamara Alumni Center that included several of the School of Kinesiology‘s own. At the event, alumni and friends met and learned more about CEHD and the student award recipients and offered thanks to the donors.
Three Recreation Administration course take first place: REC 2151 Outdoor and Camp Leadership (recognized for its unique class structure and trip to the Apostle Islands in Northern Wisconsin), REC 3322 Outdoor Recreation Winter Skills, REC 3321 Outdoor Recreation 3-Season Skills, and REC 4311 Programming for Outdoor and Environmental Education. PE 1205 Scuba and Skin Diving takes second, and PE 1033 Foil Fencing took third. REC 4301 Wilderness and Adventure Education in Belize ranks in as ninth on the list.
School of Kinesiology adviser Katie Koopmeiners has been nominated the co-chair of the U of M’s Academic Advisory Network (AAN) board for the 2018-19 academic year. The AAN fosters opportunities for professional growth, personal development, and community building for advisors and student services professionals from across the Twin Cities campus. It also provides a forum for discussion and the exchange of ideas and information regarding academic advising within the University community.
Koopmeiners advises undergraduate major students in recreation education and sport management, as well as minor students in coaching, health & wellness promotion, outdoor & recreation education, and sport management.
Kristin Farrell, the School’s honors program academic adviser, will be a member on the AAN board during the 2018-19 academic year.
The article, Girls on the Run, focuses on Weiss’s work in determining the success of an innovative youth development program that uses running and other physical activities as a platform for teaching life skills and healthy habits. Girls on the Run was started in 1996 in Charlotte, NC, with a small group of 13 girls, and has grown to over 200 councils in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Weiss’ study was designed to evaluate whether the organization was effective in achieving its goals. Her study results revealed that girls participating in the program compared favorably to a control group in their ability to manage emotions, resolve conflict, help others, and make intentional decisions. In addition, girls who started the program below the group average made
dramatic and lasting improvement in physical activity level, confidence, and connection to others.
Participants in the fourth annual China Champions Program(CCP) were celebrated at their Graduation Celebration on Thursday, April 19, at Burton Hall Atrium. Jean Quam, dean of the College of Education and Human Development, Beth Lewis, director of the School of Kinesiology, Li Li Ji, professor and founder of the program, and Meredith McQuaid, associate vice president and dean for Global Programs and Strategy Alliance highlighted the importance of this cultural and educational exchange between the University of Minnesota and Beijing Sport University.
During the 2017-18 academic year, the five Chinese Olympic and world champion athletes in the China Champions Program (CCP) attended specially designed courses in the School of Kinesiology. CCP provides academic courses, seminars, workshops and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to elite athletes from China as a collaborative educational project with Beijing Sport University (BSU).
Guests at the Graduation Celebration were impressed with a slideshow and a performance that highlighted the scholar-athlete’s experiences during their time in Minnesota. Special thanks goes to Jill Griffiths, director of the 2017-18 China Champions Program, who organized a comprehensive schedule of outreach opportunities and social events in addition to the educational program.
Congratulations to this year’s participants in the China Champions Program!
Yuhei Inoue, Ph.D., assistant professor of sport management in the School of Kinesiology, is featured and profiled in the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of CEHD Connect. The article, Fans for Health, highlights Inoue’s research in ways that sports spectatorship can lead to a sense of belonging, specifically in older adults.
Inoue partnered with Daniel Wann, a psychology professor in Kentucky, and they won funding for a pilot study from the North American Society for Sport Management. Inoue and Wann collaborated with Minnetonka Senior Services, having half of the study participants attend University of Minnesota volleyball games. Participants were surveyed after attending the games, and the results found that participants felt a closer bond to the volleyball team and the senior services center. From the results, Inoue is currently developing an associated theory.
Kelly Roysland Curry, School of Kinesiology alumna in Sport Management (B.S. in 2007) and Kinesiology (M.Ed. in 2009), was named a 2018 Rising Alumni this month by the CEHD Alumni Society, which recognizes “rising alumni from across our college who have achieved early distinction in their careers, demonstrated emerging leadership, or shown exceptional volunteer service in their communities.” On April 23, she became the new assistant coach for the Gopher Women’s Basketball team.
Roysland Curry played for the Gophers from 2004-07, and coached both at the U of M and at Macalester College after graduation, demonstrating her skills and leadership on the court and with her work in the community. She will be assisting Lindsay Whalen, another Kinesiology alumna, who is new head coach of Gopher Women’s Basketball.
Xue is in the dual degree program for the M.Ed. in Sport Management, a collaboration between Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) and the School of Kinesiology. She and fellow student Shulin Li began the program last fall. Xue was a student in KIN5511 Sport and Gender taught by Jo Ann Buysse, Ph.D., and Buysse encouraged her to publish the project/paper that she wrote for the class. “I really appreciate Dr. Buysse’s encouragement and help,” says Xue. “I also appreciate that the Kinesiology department provides such an amazing class.”
Katlyn Koepp, Kinesiology doctoral candidate and member of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIHP), recently received the Department of Cardiovascular Disease Circulatory Failure Research Award from the Mayo Clinic. The grant project, titled “Exercise Capacity and Abdominal Visceral Adipose Tissue in non-HFpEF controls,” will examine the roles of aerobic capacity and abdominal visceral adipose tissue in heart failure patients.
Developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects about 6% of school-age children. It is characterized by uncoordinated movements and poor motor skill learning. DCD significantly interferes with a child’s activities of daily living and academic performance. It has long been assumed that impaired body awareness (proprioception) is compromised in children with DCD and that proprioceptive deficits underlie the motor problems in children. This is the second study in a series that objectively assessed proprioceptive status in children with DCD and documents that DCD is indeed associated with a proprioceptive dysfunction, which likely contributes to the motor problems in children with DCD.
Jeanna Wieselmann, a Ph.D. candidate in STEM Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, received the highly competitive P.E.O. Scholar Award for the 2018-2019 academic year. Wieselmann was one of 100 winners selected from 741 applicants to receive the $15,000 award based on her scholarship, academic achievement, and career goals. P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women. The P.E.O. Scholar award is specifically for women within two years of completing a doctoral level degree.
Sydney Michael, a junior in the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) minor, received the prestigious Critical Language Scholarship. The award offers students the opportunity to take part in intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences abroad as part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. The scholarship is highly competitive, with less than ten percent of applicants accepted.
Michael, an Asian Languages and Literature major, will use the scholarship to study Japanese for eight to ten weeks in the environmentally conscious town of Hikone.
“I’m hoping this experience abroad in a society that differs from American society will help me develop my intercultural competence and allow me to become a better global citizen in today’s hyper-connected world,” Michael says.
She credits her coursework for preparing her to study abroad, especially CI 3613 which focuses on intercultural communications. “Much of what I’ve learned from class has positively impacted my life as a language learner, improved my communicative competence, and generally prepared me to live a fulfilling life as a global citizen.”
Michelle Harbin, M.S. and doctoral student in the School of Kinesiology and member of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIHP), is the lead author of an article published in the Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging. The article entitled “Intra- and inter-day reproducibility of low-flow mediated constriction response in young adults” examined the relationship of low-ﬂow mediated constriction on maximal dilation during reactive hyperemia as well as the intra- and interday reproducibility of brachial low-flow mediated constriction. It was observed that low-flow mediated constriction did influence the maximal dilation during reactive hyperemia, however, low-flow mediated constriction was found to be variable limiting its potential as a marker of endothelia function.
Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and LIHP director, and Joe Ostrem, Ph.D., graduate of the School of Kinesiology are also co-authors on this article.
Christopher Curry, Ph.D. student in the School of Kinesiology, has been awarded an NSF-funded fellowship for 2018-19 through the Center for Cognitive Sciences and the Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science, based on his strong interest in interdisciplinary research. The 12-month stipend of $34,000 provides comprehensive funding through the center’s training grant titled “NRT-UtB: Graduate training program in sensory science: Optimizing the information available for mind and brain“. Curry’s research focus is looking at ways that Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality devices could be used in rehabilitation settings for patients who may have sensory and motor deficits.
Thomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor of movement science in the School and Victoria Interrante, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering are serving as Curry’s fellowship mentors.
A memorial event, “Celebrate the Life of Mary M. Mullen (February 1933 – December 2017)” will be held on May 19 from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm at the U of Minn/Duluth’s Bagley Nature Center. Mary M. (Muggs) Mullen was a pioneer of women’s athletics and outdoor education who changed the UMD educational experience. Her tremendous caring and generosity extended a reach to many in a way that changed their lives. In honor of Mary, the “UMD Mary M Mullen Scholarship Fund” was created and provides an opportunity for women in physical education or outdoor education. It is through this scholarship that the advancement of women in these fields will support Mary’s legacy of opening doors for women and girls. The celebratory event will feature stories of Mary and a Memorial Bench Dedication; lunch will be served. Please RSVP.
Beth Lewis, Ph.D., director and professor in the School of Kinesiology, was named Fellow by the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) at their 39th annual conference held April 11-14 in New Orleans. The organization confers fellow status “in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of the science and practice of behavioral medicine. Among the considerations for this distinction are academic, professional, clinical, legislative, or other meritorious accomplishments.”
At the conference, Lewis co-chaired a session, “How Do We Incentivize Physical Activity?” and presented a poster with postdoctoral fellow Katie Schuver, “The effect of exercise and wellness interventions on preventing postpartum depression and stress: The Healthy Mom II Trial.” She also presented another poster, “Effective and efficient email management in academic leadership roles.”
School of Kinesiology alumna and beloved U of M and professional basketball player Lindsay Whalen has been hired as head coach of Gopher women’s basketball.
Whalen, who was starting point guard for the Gophers from 2000 to 2004, was a three-time All-America star. During her tenure, she was the program’s all-time scoring leader at 2,285 points, and her powerful presence propelled women’s basketball into the forefront at the University. Average attendance at Williams Arena increased more than 900% during her career as a Gopher.
After four years playing for the U of M, Whalen was drafted by the Connecticut Sun and played for six seasons before returning to Minnesota in 2010 to play for the Minnesota Lynx. She graduated from the School of Kinesiology in 2006 with a B.S. in Sport Science (now Sport Management). She will continue to play for the Lynx and coach for the Gophers.
A few of the many media reports, including Whalen’s press conference, are linked below.