Category Archives: Students

Telles presents at national student employee conference

tellesjJuan Telles, CEHD Student Services student employment development coordinator & front desk manager, presented this month at the National Student Employee Association conference in Pittsburgh, PA. The title of his presentation was “Connections Between Universal Instructional Design and Supervision of Student Workers.” His presentation focused on ways to develop student employees using a Universal Instructional Design (UID) approach. UID provides theories, tools, and approaches to teaching that caters to different learning styles. Using this type of an approach with student employee professional development caters to the different needs of students and also provides support for their holistic supervision.

TRIO programs celebrate anniversaries

50_40_25_logoThe U of M TRIO programs in CEHD are celebrating their anniversaries this year: Upward Bound, 50 years; Student Support Services, 40 years; McNair Scholars, 25 years. The federally funded programs ensure equal opportunity and equitable access to higher education for underrepresented students. Watch this video highlighting the impact of their work and a tribute video to Bruce and Sharyn Schelske, who worked with U of M TRIO programs for over 40 years.

C&I’s Bic Ngo receives $1.75 million grant to increase opportunities and services for Asian American students

Bic Ngo, Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction is co-leading a grant to provide increased access and educational opportunities to Asian American students.
Bic Ngo, associate professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, is co-leading a grant to provide increased access and educational opportunities to Asian American students.

Bic Ngo, associate professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, and Josephine Lee of the College of Liberal Arts received a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to increase services for Asian American students at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities (UMTC) campus. The $1.75 million grant is specifically aimed at providing “assistance to Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institutions to enable such institutions to improve and expand their capacity to serve Asian Americans and Native American Pacific Islanders and low-income individuals,” according to the award letter.

“The project seeks to provide our Asian American students with culturally relevant learning environments and programs in ways that nurture cultural integrity and academic success,” said Ngo.

The implementation of the grant at UMTC will be called the “Asian American College Excellence (AACE) Project.”

Ngo and Lee plan to roll out the AACE Project via several avenues, including a resource center (with computer lab and tutoring space), a teaching and learning library, an increased number of Asian American Studies classes, a speaker series, a youth summit, a teaching pathways program, and a tutoring and mentoring program among others.

One of the major tasks for the first year of the grant is to establish the resource center that will provide a place for many of the project activities as well as a dedicated space for the students to study, hang out, and build community.

Dr. Ngo is committed to analyzing issues relating to educational equity and cultural identity in immigrant students’ education. She teaches in the Ph.D. program for Culture & Teaching.


Kim presents at 28th International Sport Science Congress

Young Ho Kim, a doctoral student in the field of sport management advised by Dr. Lisa Kihl, gave a presentation at the 28th International Sport Science Congress in commemoration of the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. His presentation, “We are All Innocent, but Socialized into Being an Offender: Why Do We Believe School Violence Occurring in the Sport-Related Departments is a Form of Discipline?” consisted of preliminary data findings from his research on violence in schools. The purpose of the study was to examine how innocent freshmen may become offenders as time goes by, and how the practices of school violence are transferred with each grade. To analyze the collected data, multiple theoretical frames were applied, such as the Stanford prison experiment, obedience to authority theory, social learning theory, and differential association theory.


Sport Management senior Jayson Watkins to present research at McNair Scholars Poster Presentation & Reception Aug. 4

Jayson Watkins, a senior pursuing a dual major in Sport Management and Psychology,  will be presenting his research and poster this Thursday, August 4, at the 25th Annual McNair Scholars Poster Presentation & Reception. Jayson is one of seven CEHD students who are conducting research this summer under the direction of distinguished faculty research mentors as part of the TRIO/McNair Scholars Program.

The gathering provides an excellent forum to display the research efforts of these exceptional McNair Scholars along with their faculty mentors.

Jayson has been working with faculty mentor Douglas Hartmann, Ph.D., to present data from his project, “Parent Understanding of and Involvement in Organized, Out-of-School Activities.” The project is part of the Kids Involvement and Diversity Study (KIDS) in the Department of Sociology. Jason is advised by School of Kinesiology adviser Alyssa Maples and CEHD advisers Tracey Hammell and Chinh Truong.

All are invited to attend the event from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Coffman Memorial Union – Mississippi Room. Refreshments will be served.


School of Kinesiology receives American Center for Cultural Exchange Network’s 2016 Excellence Award

ACCEX award 2016
l to r:  Dr. Li Li Ji;  Harvey Sernovitz, director of Office for Cultural Affairs; Dan Konold, executive coordinator at TUS; William Brashares, dean of international education at Arizona State University; Wang Yi, TUS.

The U.S. State Department has presented the School of Kinesiology and its partner, Tianjin University of Sport (TUS) in China, with the American Center for Cultural Exchange Network’s  2016 Excellence Award.

This is the first year of the award, created to recognize members of the American Cultural Center (ACC) for outstanding work in fulfilling the mission of the organization.

The ACC has twelve centers funded by the U.S. State Department, each focused on a particular area of American culture. The School of Kinesiology and  partner Tianjin University of Sport is the only ACC focused on sport. The partnership’s goal is to “foster and deepen the appreciation for American culture through sport among Chinese students and people in the Tianjin metropolitan area.” The partnership sponsored educational lectures and visits, on-site programs, and collaboration with other ACC network members. A number of School of Kinesiology faculty and staff as well as the U of M community were involved during 2012-2016 in presenting lectures, hosting visiting scholars and delegations, and providing consultation at Tianjin University and other member universities, funded through a grant from the State Department.

Li Li Ji, Ph.D., director of the School of Kinesiology, accepted the award. He says,
“We are truly honored to receive this inaugural award from the U.S. State Department. It is the result of years of dedicated and creative work done by over a dozen School of Kinesiology faculty and supporting staff, many who traveled to China to deliver the programs. TUS has shown tremendous commitment to support the ACC. We thank the U of M China Center and GPS Alliance for guidance and support and will continue to make the ACC a bridge for Sino-US cultural exchange.”
The award includes a $2500 prize to be used for ACC future programming.

KIN doctoral student receives AASP Grant

BillingL_webDoctoral student Lauren Billing has received a grant from the Association for Applied Sport Psychology to support her dissertation work.  Her research project is: “The Efficacy of Affective Behavioral Strategies for Increasing Physical Activity: Implications for Harnessing the Dual-Mode Model.”

The primary function of these awards is to provide support to early career professionals or students for their research endeavors. Her award totals $3,579, much of which will go towards incentives and mailing/equipment costs.

Billing is advised by associate professor Beth Lewis.

FSOS represented at the annual ACCI conference









The FSOS group in front of a statue of James Madison, at the Library of Congress. From left to right: Sarah Burcher, Dung Mao, Joyce Serido, and Veronica Deenanath.

In early June, several graduate students and one faculty member represented FSOS at the annual American Council on Consumer Interests (ACCI) conference in Arlington, Virginia.

The group of graduate students included Sarah Burcher, Dung Mao, and Veronica Deenanath. FSOS faculty member and ACCI president Joyce Serido also attended the conference.

The graduate students presented on the following research:

Sarah Burcher, ” “The Financial Behavior of Low-Income and Ethnically Diverse First-Year College Students: The Power of Parenting and Self-Beliefs”

Dung Mao, “Young Adults’ Financial Behavior, Financial Values, and Relationship Satisfaction: Do Perceptions of Partner’s Behavior or Shared Financial Values Matter?”

Veronica Deenanath, “High School Students’ Financial Behavior: The Role of Decision Context, and Access to Money”

Burcher also received a scholarship.

The group also attended a celebration at the Library of Congress for the 50th anniversary of the Journal of Consumer Affairs (JOCA), the academic journal published by the ACCI.


Professor Lori Helman Publishes Book on “Inclusive Literacy Teaching”

Lori Helman, associate professor of Literacy Education

Responding to the need to prepare elementary teachers for the increasing linguistic diversity in schools, associate professor in Literacy Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and the director of the Minnesota Center for Reading Research, Lori Helman, co-authored Inclusive Literacy Teaching: Differentiating Approaches in Multilingual Elementary Classrooms, just out from the Teachers College Press. The book presents key foundational principles in language and literacy development for linguistically diverse students, providing access to a broad range of research-based approaches in teacher-friendly language.

Readers see these ideas enacted through the journeys of real students as they progress from 1st through 6th grade. What emerges is both a “big picture” and an “up-close and personal” look at the successes, obstacles, and developmental nuances for students learning to read and write in a new language in inclusive classrooms. Throughout, the authors provide crucial guidance to educators that will support them in taking conscious steps toward creating educational equity for linguistically diverse students.

To read the book visit Find out more about the Department of Curriculum & Instruction’s programs in Literacy Education.

Allison comments on Baylor football scandal in Fort Worth Star-Telegram

AllisonR_2015Rayla Allison, J.D., sport management senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology, was interviewed by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram after the news that Baylor football coach Art Briles had ignored and covered up reports of sexual assaults and discrimination by members of his team for years. Briles was fired and Baylor University President Ken Starr has stepped down.

“Some high-profile cases — many rape cases — have come up lately across the nation where the universities didn’t react appropriately to prevent discrimination,” Allison said.  “It’s not just Baylor. It’s not just athletes. And it’s not just male athletes or students who are involved.”

Read the full interview here.


Thul presents MN-KPAH webinar

Chelsey Thul, Ph.D., Chelsey Thullecturer in the School of Kinesiology, presented an MN-KPAH (Minnesota Knowledge to Practice in Adolescent Health; PI: Dr. Lyn Bearinger, Nursing) sponsored webinar to an interdisciplinary maternal and child health audience on May 26th. Dr. Thul’s webinar, “Co-Developing Physical Activity Opportunities with East African Adolescent Girls: Listening, Living it, and Lessons Learned,” focused on three community-based, youth engaged research projects aimed at understanding, developing, and sustaining long-term culturally relevant physical activity programming and opportunities with East African adolescent girls. Dr. Thul highlighted the value in listening, living it, and lessons learned throughout her presentation.

MN-KPAH aims to advance the knowledge/skills of practicing MCH professionals by enhancing their capacity to respond to common and emerging health needs of young people, at individual and population levels. MN-KPAH uses continuing education modalities to improve the practice capabilities of the interprofessional MCH workforce setting ranging from primary care to public health.

Inoue receives two prestigious awards

InoueYuhei-2014Yuhei Inoue, Ph.D., assistant professor of sport management in the School of Kinesiology, has been awarded a 2016 Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence from Emerald Group Publishing. Inoue’s award is in recognition of the best paper of the year in the international journal, Disaster Prevention and Management, and is based on his publication, “Sport and disaster relief: A content analysis,” co-authored with Dr. Cody Havard, University of Memphis.

Inoue is also the recipient of a Janet B. Parks NASSM Research Grant from the North American Society for Sport Management, in the amount of $4,306. His winning research proposal, entitled “The Influence of Sport Team Identification on Mental Health for Older Adults,” looks at how attending sports events may promote social relationships among older adults and positively influence their mental health status.

CSPP doctoral candidate, Durkin, featured in Synthesist for her work studying disordered eating and emotion regulation

Nora Durkin headshot
Nora Durkin

Nora Durkin, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Educational Psychology’s counseling and student personnel psychology program, was recently featured in the University of Minnesota’s Graduate School newsletter, Synthesist, for her work to improve understanding about the causes and consequences of eating disorders and to inform better treatment programs for the broad range of people who suffer from them.

“There is compelling evidence that eating disorder behaviors are used to help regulate strong negative emotions,” Durkin told the Synthesist. “For example, if an individual is feeling ashamed or sad, binge eating might help to reduce such feelings temporarily. This helps to explain why someone might continue to binge eat over time despite many consequences, including weight gain.”

Durkin is this year’s recipient of the Emily Program Fellowship which is given to Ph.D. students in the College of Education and Human Development with a preference for studying eating disorders.

Read full article on Nora’s research in Synthesist.

Kinesiology alum Yawen Yu awarded fellowship by Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia

Yawen YuYawen Yu, Kinesiology Ph.D. (2011), recently was awarded a 2-year fellowship by Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia to study “Vestibular function and contribution in children with cerebral palsy.” Dr. Yu’s advisor was Thomas Stoffregen, Ph.D., professor and director of the School of Kinesiology’s Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory.

APAL research to be featured in Experimental Brain Research

Two articles by Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL) researchers will be featured in Experimental Brain Research. In 2014, the impact factor for EBR was 2.036.

The first article, “Postural sway in men and women during nauseogenic motion of the illuminated environment,” is authored by Frank C. Koslucher, Justin Munafo, and professor and APAL director Thomas A. Stoffregen, PhD.

The second article, “The distance of visual targets affects the spatial magnitude and multifractal scaling of standing body sway in younger and older adults,” was written by Munafo, Christopher Curry, professor Michael G. Wade, PhD, and Dr. Stoffregen.

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New school psychology student awarded Robertson Diversity Graduate Fellowship

Mollie Link has accepted the Robertson Diversity Graduate Fellowship. She was nominated by Amanda Sullivan who will also be her advisor when she begins the school psychology program in the fall.

The Robertson Diversity Graduate Fellowship is a new CEHD new foundation fund that will be used each year to support one additional DOVE nominee who is not awarded at the University level.

New special education student receives DOVE

Pang Xiong, a new special education student for fall 2016, has accepted the Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) fellowship. Pang was nominated for this award by Dr. Veronica Fleury who, along with Dr. Rose Vukovic, will be her adviser in the program.

“Pang is committed to improving access to educational opportunities for underserved and underprivileged students with autism and their families with a particular focus on educational inequities and the effect of bilingualism in children with autism,” said Dr. Fleury in her nomination. “She is particularly focused on conducting research that has direct implications for Hmong-speaking individuals and other minority populations, which she is uniquely positioned to be able to accomplish given her personal experiences, background, and skills.”

The DOVE is awarded to students based on the strength of their application, the challenges overcome to excel academically, undergraduate research experiences, volunteer experiences that required a long-term commitment, experiences with other communities, honors, academic performance, strength of references, and the strength of the program’s commitment to provide financial support beyond the fellowship year.

APAL undergraduate student researcher to graduate with Latin honors

Meg Diedrick, an undergraduate student researcher in the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL), is graduating summa cum laude with a BA in biology. As a University Honors Program, she conducted original research, which was supported by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP), for her honors project on postural sway in relation to sex differences in motion sickness in the APAL, under the direct supervision of Professor Thomas Stoffregen.

Pope’s research featured as main story within The Graduate School’s Synthesist

Zachary Pope, Ph.D. student in the School of PopeZ-2014Kinesiology and graduate assistant within the Physical Activity Epidemiology Laboratory, recently had his ongoing grant-funded research highlighted by the University of Minnesota Graduate School with his research featured as the main story within The Graduate School’s Synthesist on May 3rd. The article talks not only of Pope’s ongoing research, but also addresses what research means to him and what drives him to make an impact through the work he is doing.

The article and a fuller description of Pope’s research can be found here:

School psychology student accepts fellowship with STAY!

Hannah JacobsHannah Jacobs, a master’s student in the school psychology program, has accepted a Minority Fellowship Program Fellowship in Services for Transition Age Youth (STAY)! with the American Psychological Association (APA). Through this fellowship, Hannah will receive a $6,000 stipend for one year in addition to trainings, professional development, mentoring, and lifetime access to the APA’s network of over 1,700 fellows.

Now in its third year, the MFP STAY! Fellowship is awarded through a federal grant to the APA form the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).