E-News Fall 2017

New Faces in AHS

Undergraduate Affairs Has New Dean

Dr. Gretchen AdamsDr. Gretchen Adams has assumed the position of Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Student Affairs in the College of Applied Health Sciences. Learn more about Dr. Adams.


AHS Welcomes New Faculty Members

Seven scholars have joined the ranks of the AHS faculty as assistant professors. We introduce them here.

New Students Eager to Get Started

More than 400 freshman and transfer students have joined the College of Applied Health Sciences this fall, and many of them attended our New Student Welcome on August 25. Meet some of them.

Dr. Green Consults on Sport Development in Brazil

Dr. Chris GreenDr. Chris Green of the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism traveled to Sao Paolo this summer to lend advice on using sport for development. Read more.


Dr. Kirk to Be Honored at ASHA Conference

Dr. Karen KirkDr. Karen Kirk, head of the Department of Speech and Hearing Science, will receive Honors of the Association during the 2017 Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Read about it.


Distinguished Alumni and Scharper Award Recipients Announced

Mannie JacksonJean DriscollMannie Jackson, who blazed trails as a student at Illinois and in business, will receive the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Applied Health Sciences. Premier wheelchair athlete Jean Driscoll will receive the 2017 Harold Scharper Award from the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services. Read more about these alumni.

AHS Alumni Dominate Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees

hall-fameMore than half of the 2017 into the Illini Athletics Hall of Fame attended the University of Illinois as students in AHS and its predecessors. Find out who they are.

AHS Homecoming Tailgate and Tent Party

student in stands holding up sign that reads Go IlliniOn Saturday, October 28th, between 9:00 am and 11:00 am, all AHS alumni and friends are encouraged to stop by our tent for complimentary food and drinks prior to the football game. The tent will be located in Lot 31, directly west of Grange Grove, across from First Street. Please RSVP by contacting Kathy Saathoff at ksaathof@illinois.edu, or by calling 217-244-8408.

Student Achievements

RST Student Wins Prestigious Award

Quian LiDoctoral student Qian Li, who studies issues related to effective tourism advertising with Professor Zhuowei Huang, received a 2016 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad. The award recognizes the academic excellence of non-government-funded Chinese students studying overseas in 32 countries and is granted across all fields of study.

SHS Student Receives Rompala Scholarship

Jared AndersonJared Anderson, a student in the Doctor of Audiology program who is completing his full-time audiology externship in priviate practice this year, was awarded the Nichole Ann Rompala Scholarship. Associated with the Sertoma Speech and Hearing Centers, the scholarship recognizes outstanding academic performance as well as experience and interest in providing services to communicatively impaired or multiply handicapped populations.

Goldstick Fellowship Goes to SHS Student

Veronica Vidal VelascoVeronica Vidal Velasco, a doctoral student in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, has received the 2017-2018 Goldstick Fellowship from the Illinois Department of Special Recreation. Veronica was selected for this prestigious award for her work on supporting peer interactions of children with developmental communication disabilities. Phillip C. and Beverly Kramer Goldstick established the fellowship to recruit and train future faculty in the area of communication and disability.

iVenture Accelerator Includes Community Health Student

isabel KadiriIsabel Rose Kadiri, a 2016 graduate of the Community Health degree program, was a member of a team chosen to participate in this summer’s iVenture Accelerator. Her team launched Slay’d, a mobile referral platform that connects women of color to skilled local stylists. Isabel and her team received working space, stipends, and seed funding to cover prototyping, research, and travel for her venture. They also had to opportunity to take workshops with experts and to meet with Chicago’s top investors and entrepreneurs. Isabel is now pursuing a master’s degree in the College of Business at Illinois.

Humanitarian Work Takes DRES Student to Kenya

Arielle-Rausin and a friend, each sitting in a wheelchairUniversity of Illinois wheelchair track and field athlete Arielle Rausin spent two weeks in Namuki, Kenya, with the Walkabout Foundation this summer, helping to distribute more than 200 pediatric wheelchairs to children aged three to 18 who have disabilities. Through fundraising efforts at the London marathon, Arielle had raised the money to provide 10 of the chairs herself. She taught the children, who had never had wheelchairs before, how to propel the chairs, engaged them in mini races, and showed them what is possible through videos from Paralympic competitions. Arielle is the founder of Ingenium Manufacturing, which uses 3D printing to create wheelchair racing gloves used by athletes around the world.