Department of Kinesiology

School of Health and Human Sciences

News and Events

Kinesiology students comprised 75% of UNCG’s Webinars Worth Watching finalists! Congratulations: 

  • Elvis Foli, “Biomechanics, Birth Control, and Biochemistry: Examining a Risk Factor for ACL Injury Using a Multidisciplinary Approach” – Finalist
  • Kyoungyoun (Anne) Park-Braswell, ”Differences in the Brain Function and Structure between Various Degree of Knee Laxity Individuals” – 2nd Place
  • Mark Snow, “Creation of Online Active Learning Faculty Development Page” – People’s Choice

Mark Snow, a member of the 2017 cohort of EdD in KIN students, recently competed in UNCG’s Webinars Worth Watching (W^3) Competition. During the competition, Mark had 10 minutes to present his work in a webinar format. His presentation was titled, “Creation of Online Active Learning Faculty Development Page.” Mark completed this project as a part of his practicum experience this past semester. The purpose of his practicum experience was to create a learning management system (LMS) for faculty to learn about the importance of active learning. To see his full presentation click here

In its first year, W^3 is a competition supported by UNC Greensboro’s Graduate School and University Libraries. The purpose of the competition is to give students a platform to practice communicating their work effectively and quickly within a virtual programming tool. 

Mark told us, “It was a great experience!  I think it did a lot towards my development as an online instructor as well as making me really get in deep to determine the emphasis of what I am trying to accomplish with my dissertation. I was so happy that Dr. Brown recommended that I propose for the contest.” He suggests that more EdD in KIN students participate in the competition next year so that we can continue to share all of the great work being done in the Kinesiology field. 

The EdD in KIN program believes community is an important aspect of an online program. Thanks to the EdD community for supporting Mark in this competition. Mark shared, “The support of my EdD cohort was absolutely amazing and I would not have won the people’s choice award without their support.” Congrats Mark! We are excited to see where this project continues to take you. 

Congratulations are in order for two other KIN students as well: 

  • Elvis Foli, Kinesiology, “Biomechanics, Birth Control, and Biochemistry: Examining a Risk Factor for ACL Injury Using a Multidisciplinary Approach” – Finalist
  • Kyoungyoun (Anne) Park-Braswell, Kinesiology, “Differences in the Brain Function and Structure between Various Degree of Knee Laxity Individuals” – 2nd Place

Allen Adeimy is a physical education educator and athletic director at Ellerbe Middle School. Now in his fourth year as a doctoral student a part of UNCG’s EdD in KIN, he is working on his dissertation to complete his degree. His project focuses on Ellerbe Middle School’s in-school intramural sports program and its effects on school improvement. Adeimy has been running this program for the past four years and has seen firsthand the positive effects it has had on his students’ experiences. In his dissertation he hopes to empirically show the success of this program. 

We want to congratulate Allen as he was awarded a Bright Ideas Education Grant to fund this work. For more information on the Bright Ideas Education Grant check out their webpage here. Adeimy and his dissertation project was also highlighted in The Richmond Observer. Click here to read the full article. 

Congrats Allen! We can’t wait to hear more about this project! For more information about the EdD in KIN program click here

The EdD in KIN program recently hosted our annual winter social. The social is a chance for students, alumni, faculty, and families to come to campus for partnership, pizza, and play. Over 80 students, alumni, faculty, and family members were in attendance for the event. 

The evening kicked off in the Coleman gym where everyone enjoyed a meal of pizza, wings, hummus, and cookies. Students, alumni, faculty, and families were able to chat about school, work, and life outside. Kids were able to run around the gym and play with basketballs, hula hoops, and more. 

After a great social, the group moved to the Greensboro Coliseum to catch a UNCG Men’s basketball game. Students, alumni, faculty, and families cheered the Spartans to a victory over Chattanooga, concluding a very fun winter social for this EdD in KIN family.  

Community is a key factor in the success of our online program and the strong community we have was evident as these students came together for this event. We look forward to supporting our student’s success through events like this that bring us all together. For more information about the EdD in KIN program at UNCG click here

At the recent Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) National Conference, KIN faculty, Dr. Erin Reifsteck was awarded the Dorothy V. Harris Memorial Award. “The Dorothy V. Harris Memorial Award acknowledges the distinguished contributions of Dr. Dot Harris (1931-1991) to sport psychology by recognizing the efforts of a current AASP scholar/practitioner in the early stage of their scientific and/or professional career.” The recipient of the award must meet the following criteria: Received a doctoral degree no more than 7 years prior to nomination; Made significant contributions to AASP through presentations, publications, and/or involvement on committees; and Demonstrated a record of scholarship that clearly establishes the individual as a leading scholar/practitioner when compared to a group of people at similar stages in their careers. 

There are strong connections between Dr. Reifsteck and Dorothy V. Harris. Both Dr. Reifsteck and Dorothy V. Harris earned their Master’s Degree at UNC Greensboro. Dr. Reifsteck then went on to earn her doctorate at UNCG in Sport and Exercise Psychology. 

Congratulations Dr. Reifsteck! Dr. Reifsteck is an assistant professor at UNC Greensboro and teaches and advises in the EdD in KIN program. 

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Kym Fasczewski, a former graduate student in UNC Greensboro’s Kinesiology program recently published an article in Disability and Health Journal. The article is titled, “I ride for MS: The impact of bike MS participation on motivation for physical activity in individuals with multiple sclerosis.” The purpose of this study was to explore the motive for participation in a Bike MS (multiple sclerosis) event in individuals diagnosed with MS. Her and her co-authors, who were students, found several motives for participation: social bonds, raising awareness for the cause, fundraising, long-term physical benefits, and overall increased quality of life. Overall, Kym found that Bike MS can lead to long-term physical activity participation in individuals with MS. For a link to the article click here. Kym shared that she is really proud of her co-authors who were students at the time the study was conducted. 

Kym had an active role in the EdD program as a graduate assistant for two years while working on her Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Psychology. She is now an assistant professor and graduate program director at Appalachian State University’s Department of Health and Exercise Science. Great work Kym!

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Patricia Williams, a second-year student in the EdD program in Kinesiology and Instructor of Biology at Gaston College, and a colleague were awarded a research grant from the Women’s Impact Fund to study the antimicrobial resistant genes and bacterial species present in the critically endangered Catawba River. The Catawba River provides water to over 2 million people in Western North Carolina. This study will address not only the antimicrobial resistant bacteria present in the water system, but also the potential impact it has on the health of individuals who rely on drinking water from this river.

Addressing a Critical Need in the Community

This research grant serves two main purposes. Patricia shared, “Not only do we want to study the health of the Catawba River, we also want to address real-world research problems with undergraduate students who may not have access to research opportunities.” Gaston College has been a hub for undergraduate research for the past 10 years. Gaston College is one of only two community colleges in the nation to earn certification by the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Science Education. “Our goal is to provide research opportunities to our diverse population of students that allow them to address a critical need in their community.” The college has seen substantial growth in their Associate of Science degree programs and have significantly increased student success and retention through these undergraduate research initiatives.  

Applying Coursework in the Classroom and Research Laboratory

While Williams has received smaller research grants in the past, the EdD in Kinesiology program helped her develop her skills in grant writing. “When I took our required Physical Activity and Health course with Dr. Paul Davis this past Spring, one of our major projects involved writing a small grant on a health and wellness topic that interested us. This activity provided me with the skills needed to branch out and apply for larger research grants that can impact student success in our college while helping our community.” 

Already Making an Impact

Currently, the grant has awarded 5 students with research stipends and at least 7 students with honor’s research credit through their work on the project. “We have collected a lot of data and our students are presenting their research at the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium in November.”For more information on the grant, Women’s Impact fund, and Gaston College Foundation check out the Press Release here. You can contact Patricia Williams, Principal Investigator and Instructor of Biology at Williams.Patricia@gaston.edu for further information.

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Darrnell Clark, a member of the EdD in KIN 2019 cohort, has been elected to the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) board of directors for a three-year term. 

Darnell shared with us, “This is a great personal achievement for me and one that I am particularly proud of. To my knowledge, I am only the second African American to ever hold this position in the 40 plus years of the NSCA. I am truly invested in the involvement in professional organizations. This dates back to my being a student and advisee of Dr. Robert Pangrazi.  It was Dr. Pangrazi who taught me the importance of ‘giving back to the profession.’ As a grad student, he was adamant about our involvement in a professional organization. My goal is to let others in our community know that everyday students, teachers, and coaches can make a difference.”

Prior to this board of director position, he served as the NSCA Southeast Regional Coordinator. In this role as regional coordinator he was responsible for the Southeast Regional Conference, which was held in September and was a huge success (they sold out with over 300 participants). 

We are proud of Darnell for his efforts in giving back to the strength and conditioning profession. Keep up the good work! The press release announcing Darnell and the other members of the NSCA board of directors can be found here


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An EdD in KIN online student, Adam Graham, surprised director of the EdD program, Dr. Pam Brown, last week by stopping by her office door to say hello. Adam was on campus in his professional role as the men’s basketball athletic trainer for Tennessee Tech, who was playing UNC Greensboro Friday night. The UNCG faculty are always happy when online students stop by to say hello in person. It was great to see you Adam! 

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