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The 2014 Cohort holding up a banner of a photo when they were in their first yearOn Monday April 30, 2018, the 2014 EdD in KIN cohort arrived on campus for their third and final official campus visit. Being their third campus trip, their familiarity with one another and comfort navigating around campus was evident. Though nervous about defending their dissertations, the semesters of hard work that have lead up to this moment helped mitigate their apprehension.. “It was obvious that the students were excited to share their findings and offer suggestions of how their work would make a difference to others. Family members, friends, current students and faculty attended the presentations, which were all recorded so they could be shared with those unable to attend,” remarks Pam Brown, Director of the Educational Doctorate in Kinesiology Program (EdD in KIN).  

Over the course of three long days, every member of the 2014 cohort successfully defended their dissertation. Each defense focused on a specific problem in their field, with issues ranging from how to address inequalities of kids in Title I schools, to the methodology of teaching taekwondo to senior citizens. It was evident to all who came to see the defenses that the unique perspective provided by each students’ life experience served to amplify their energy to incite change. “[They] are all excellent presenters of their work, better than many PhDs. They know their work, its limits and contributions, and they care about their work and how they can continue to contribute and improve their own work, their profession, and the larger field of kinesiology,” notes Dr. Diane Gill.” The EdD Faculty could not have been more proud, I know that these students will use their dissertations to make a difference in their profession. Several have already started the process,” adds Dr. Brown.

After three longs days of dissertation defenses, the 2014 cohort was able to relax at their celebratory dinner held at The Public in downtown Greensboro. “It was great to see our first cohort at their defenses and graduation – and especially at our downtown celebration with everyone – including families and friends,” reflects Dr. Gill, “That was the highlight for me.”  Photo of the 2014 Cohort with their Families

For others, the highlight might have been walking in their cap and gowns attending the KIN commencement ceremony. There in a hot and crowded gym, the entire department of Kinesiology, now the fifth-largest department on campus, congregated with loved ones to celebrate May and August graduates. Eric Tucker,  a soon-to-be graduate of the EdD in KIN program, was the keynote speaker. If he was nervous, it was undetectable. Perhaps because he found all the strength he needed in his peers sitting in the front row or maybe because addressing 500 people in a crowded gym is nothing compared to the grueling work of earning a terminal degree while holding down a full-time position and maintaining a personal life.

“All of us had to manage multiple responsibilities while completing this program – including full-time work, family commitment, and a number of unexpected life changes,” Tucker stated in his address. “But, we had a choice: we could let these challenges prevent us from moving toward our goals, or we could use personal strength and resiliency as a source of motivation. And therefore, we adapted to our new life; acknowledged our progress; and perhaps most importantly, realized that our individual success was inherently connected with our interdependencies and interrelationships upon one another. Diverse human experiences gave rise to diversity of thought, coupled with a deep sense of resiliency and dedication to overcome the challenge of doctoral studies. No matter where you began this race, despite the barriers you might have faced along the way, our collective determination and hard work are allowing us to reach the finish line together.”

The flexibility, perseverance, and sense of humor are things that this cohort will always be remembered for. As Dr. Brown notes, “It was so exciting to celebrate this moment with the 2014 cohort. I was so proud of their accomplishments and felt like they were my kids graduating. The EdD program is like a family and this group of students were willing to take a risk and help us build a successful online program.”

To read all of Eric’s speech please click here. And to the 2014 cohort, you are unstoppable. We look forward to seeing all that you will accomplish.

Head shot of Hannah WoffordHannah Wofford, an EdD in KIN student, and current VP of the North Carolina Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Association (NCCRA), was asked by the American Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitaiton (AACVPR) to write about the field through the perspective of both a professional and a student for their recent web based newsletter.

“This article was intended to remind those in the field of the investments and rewards that come with educating emerging professionals. As I continue to evolve as a professional and as a student, my experience in the EdD program has been a rewarding addition to my career.”

To learn more click here to read the full article.

EdD in KIN Student, Andrew CageCongratulations to Andrew Cage,  who was recently named Head Athletic Trainer of the Year for NCAA Division III by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Intercollegiate Council for Sports Medicine.   Andrew, current EdD in KIN student and a health and kinesiology instructor at UT-Tyler, was voted by his peers for this award.  From all of us in KIN well done Andrew!

Read the full story by clicking here.

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Our graduates are quite outstanding, with more than just their academics. Read below for more information on our students who won awards at the Commencement Ceremony yesterday, May 3, 2018.

Graduate Student Awards and Bios:

American Kinesiology Association Master’s Scholar

Yangyang Deng is UNCG’s 2018 American Kinesiology Association Master’s Scholar.  Yangyang has been one of the key graduate assistants in the Pedagogical Kinesiology Laboratory.  This includes her dedicated assistance in Science of Healthful Living, a large-scale project designed to plan and test a science-based physical education curriculum in middle schools.  She is recognized as a quick learner and, whether working in the lab or teaching physical activity courses, she is known for both her expertise and for being a team player.  In addition, Yangyang is a high ranking martial arts master and has volunteered her teaching expertise at several local functions.  According to her nominator for this award, Yangyang “always holds a high standard for herself and strives to achieve this standard”.

School of Health & Human Sciences Outstanding Graduate Student Award – Master’s

Sydney Boggs is the Kinesiology Department’s Master’s winner of the 2017-18 School of Health & Human Sciences Outstanding Graduate Student Award.  Sydney won this award due largely to her expertise in teaching physical activity.  A former collegiate athlete, Sydney has taught a number of undergraduate physical activity classes and is particularly renowned for her ability to teach soccer.  In addition, she was the primary graduate assistant in UNCG’s Helping Others Participate in Exercise (HOPE), a community exercise program for middle and older age adults.  Sydney’s duties in HOPE included the physical training of the participants and assisting in the supervision of undergraduate trainers.  According to her nominator, Sydney could “leverage her relationships to motivate, train, and teach our participants as they trust her and value her knowledge and experience”.

School of Health & Human Sciences Outstanding Graduate Student Award – Doctoral

Eungwang Oh is the Kinesiology Department’s Doctoral winner of the 2017-18 School of Health & Human Sciences Outstanding Graduate Student Award.  Eungwang has provided instruction for the department as both a teaching assistant and as an instructor of record.  He has worked with undergraduate and graduate students in both face-to-face and online settings.  As a student himself, he has been described as a “calm and insightful participant”.  In considering candidates for this award, Eungwang stood out for his service as the graduate assistant in the Kinesiology Department’s new online Doctor of Education program.  According to the program’s director, his contributions in this role were immeasurable.  He was an integral part of almost every aspect of the program, serving as the primary support staff person throughout the academic year, and assisting with the planning and hosting of the various visits to campus made by the students.  “He did this all with a smile, and his kindness and effectiveness was noted by others around campus who interacted with him throughout the planning process.”  “He is just a special person that really makes a difference in the lives of others.”

Mary Channing Coleman Scholarship – Master’s

Warren Bryan is the Master’s winner of the 2017-18 Mary Channing Coleman Scholarship.  While a member of UNCG’s varsity tennis team throughout his undergraduate and first year of his graduate studies, and while serving as a volunteer assistant coach during the following year, Warren managed to maintain a 4.0 grade point average.  But tennis is only one area where he served UNCG.  As the first-ever Graduate Assistant for Communication in the Division of Enrollment Management, Warren coordinated the social media presence for the Division, creating a “go-to” source for potential students.  In addition, as an intern in UNCG’s Athletic Department, Warren conceived and created the Spartan Cup, a point system designed to motivate student athletes to become more engaged in campus activities beyond athletics.  Warren’s insightful and collaborative reputation resulted in his service on the Athletic Department’s Rebranding and Strategic Plan committees and in his being named the 2017 Spartan of the Year.  Within the Kinesiology Department, Warren was an active participant in the Sport and Exercise Psychology area, including volunteer work in mental skills training in summer soccer camps.  As one faculty member said, “Warren is an exceptional student academically, an engaged citizen in departmental activities, and a wonderful representative of UNCG.”

Mary Channing Coleman Scholarship – Doctoral

Brian Cone is the Doctoral winner of the 2017-18 Mary Channing Coleman Scholarship.  As one of the key graduate researchers in the Kinesiology Department’s Virtual Environment for Assessment and Rehabilitation (VEAR) Laboratory, Brian has investigated walking patterns and their relationship to fall risk and prevention, which culminated in his second-place finish in UNCG’s Three Minute Thesis competition.  He has also shared his expertise in motor control with undergraduate students through teaching courses and through mentoring undergraduate research assistants in the VEAR Lab.  Beyond his research and teaching, Brian has served as an exemplary citizen within and outside of UNCG.  As president of UNCG’s Student Government Association, Brian led the charge of updating the Association’s constitution to bring it in line with current UNCG policies.  He is also the founding president of the UNCG Science Advocacy and Policy Society.  Brian’s commitment to advocacy and policy extends beyond UNCG, as he also participated in the Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering Program in Washington, DC, engaging with congressional representatives to advocate for steady and sustainable scientific funding.  He also participated as a Fellow in the North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership.  According to his nominator for the Coleman Scholarship, Brian is “representing UNCG in a positive manner by taking his scientific training and translating it into advocacy and policy efforts within the federal government.”

Undergraduate Student Awards and Bios:

School of Health & Human Sciences Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award

Jason Moody is the Kinesiology Department’s winner of the 2017-18 School of Health & Human Sciences Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award.  Jason won this award his outstanding dedication to the Kinesiology department. His involvement with the Kinesiology Club was a major reason the faculty felt he was perfect for this award. In addition, Jason’s involvement in multiple research programs within KIN and his overall  academic success were highlights in his resume. According to his nominator, Jason has never missed an opportunity to “step up” to help Kinesiology.

Mary Channing Coleman Scholarship – Undergraduate

Ashley Sanchez is the undergraduate winner of the 2017-18 Mary Channing Coleman Scholarship.  Ashley has been a fantastic representative of Kinesiology and UNCG. Ashley has been a volunteer undergraduate research assistant in the Virtual Environment for Assessment and Rehabilitation Laboratory (VEAR Lab). Ashley’s task since joining the lab has been to assist in a project where participants step over obstacles presented in virtual reality while walking on a treadmill, providing a safe, yet visually challenging task that is designed to decrease fall-risk.  For this work, Ashley was awarded the UNCG Undergraduate Research and Creativity Award for her project titled “Integrating virtual reality into walking rehabilitation”. In addition to volunteering as an undergraduate research assistant, Ashley has provided significant service to UNCG by serving as a Staff Leader with the Spartan Orientation Program and volunteering as a Kinesiology (KIN) Club member for the Triple Lakes Trail Race and other KIN Club events. Furthermore, she has served as a Summer Camp Counselor at Camp Carefree, which is a special needs camps in Stokesdale, NC.

The Ellen Griffin “Spirit” Award – Undergraduate

Chris Pishev is the winner of the Griffin “Spirit” award for 2017-18. Chris has distinguished himself within the Kinesiology Department through his academic aptitude and service contributions. Chris has excelled academically throughout his time at UNCG, consistently earning Dean’s list honors and graduating Magna cum laude with great honor. In the summer and fall of 2017, Chris volunteered with the Helping Others Participate in Exercise (HOPE) program. His role was to individually train middle and older aged adults in the Kaplan Center, focusing on muscular strength and endurance, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, and mobility. Chris was highly regarded by the participants for his knowledge of anatomy and physiology as well as his ability to apply principles of physical fitness on an individual basis.

On April 15, 2018, KIN Doctoral student, Yubing Wang (Curriculum and Instruction) not only presented at the 2018 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting  in New York City but came back home with the Larry Locke Graduate Student Research Award!  His presentation and award are for his work on “Three-year trajectory of interest in learning exercise knowledge,” a study funded by UNCG’s Graduate School Summer Research Assistantship and which was previously presented at the KIN colloquium earlier this year.

This award is given out to one outstanding student each year.  From all of us in KIN, way to go Yubing!!

Dave and Teri Standing together at a conferenceFor two PE teachers, getting their doctorate this summer will fulfill long-awaited career goals.

Earning a doctorate is something Teri Schlosser has always wanted. The Rockingham County, N.C., lead elementary PE teacher says the online format is making it happen.

“I was getting better as a teacher every semester, and I felt like I was able to apply the information I was learning in class right to my students, including motivation, getting them excited, and having them value physical education,” says Schlosser.

Dave Jones, a PE teacher in Wake County, N.C., has wanted this degree for 10 years.

“Without this program, the only one in the country of this nature, I would probably not have taken this next step in my professional career,” he says. Dave has already helped institute a school-wide policy change  to increase students’ physical activity in high-poverty schools to help them become more fit and potentially raise their academic performance as a result.  

Teaching during the day and working as a personal trainer most evenings, he has relied on friends in his cohort for feedback and support. Through shared documents, video chatting, and texting, students complete group projects and form unique friendships.

Check out the full article by clicking here.

March 27, 2018

The American Hebrew Academy (AHA) is the only international Jewish college prep boarding school in the world. Some senior students at AHA are enrolled in a year long internship course in which they collaborate with UNCG faculty on a science based research topic. This collaboration not only prepares students for the coming college experience, it also gives them the opportunity to perform an in depth research project on something they’ve been considering to pursue.

Julianne Schneider decided to do her research project under the supervision of the Department of Kinesiology’s  graduate students Chanel Lojacono and Jason Jakiela. Schneider utilized Kinesiology’s Applied Neuromechanics Laboratory where she learned various technical skills including the use of the lab’s motion capture system. After learning the equipment, Schneider is now quickly adapting to the pace of the lab, and starting her own research on obstacle crossing success due to trail limb elevation. One interesting aspect of the lab is a very special treadmill with an attached harness so that the research participants wouldn’t trip during her study. Her findings? “Participants should do a practice run before they perform the study so it doesn’t scare them, thus skewing the data.”

Julianna presented a poster of her research and findings, and states she enjoys research thoroughly and looks forward to doing more.

A special thank you to Dr. Tammy Williams, Academic Dean at AHA, and Dr. Scott Ross, Department Chair.

Michael Kress, Kinesiology Undergraduate student, has quite a name among the faculty and staff in the Department of Kinesiology. From a Kinesiology Honor Marshal to an exemplary academic student, Kress is simply outstanding. It’s no question of why he was awarded the 2018 Student Excellence Award.

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When asked “what does receiving this Student Excellence Award mean to you?” he explains “Receiving this award means a great deal. I work very hard to be an excellent student and receiving this award shows me that the faculty in the Kinesiology Department not only notice it, but they care about their students enough to nominate me. I am proud of this accomplishment but even more proud to know that I attend a university and belong to a department where they truly care about a student’s education as much as the student does.”

Congratulations, Michael!