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July 28, 2011

Kinesiology students presenting posters at TRIO/McNair Scholars event August 2

Two Kinesiology B.S. students, Jordan Langen and Angela Ziemer, are presenting their research and posters at the U of M TRIO Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program's Nineteenth Annual Poster Presentation and Reception. Jordan and Angela are two of twenty students from the U of M-Twin Cities and Carleton College who are conducting research this summer under the direction of distinguished faculty research mentors at the U of M. The gathering provides an excellent forum to display the research efforts of these exceptional McNair Scholars along with their faculty mentors.

Jordan, a senior, has been working with Dr. Stacy Ingraham and Dr. Jane Yank to present data from a marathon class offered in Kinesiology each spring. Angela, also a senior, is a pre-physical therapy student in the Clinical Movement Science subplan.

All are invited to attend the event on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Coffman Memorial Union - Mississippi Room. Refreshments will be served.

May 18, 2011

Sarah Norgren, Kinesiology B.S. major, awarded UROP grant

A Kinesiology B.S. student will be working with Dr. J├╝rgen Konczak, biomechanics professor, on a UROP program award next year. Beginning in the Fall, Sarah Norgren will be working in Dr. Konczak's lab on her project, "Effect of Muscle Vibration on Proprioception." Congratulations and welcome, Sarah!

May 6, 2011

C&I students receive awards for photography contest

photo contest imagephoto contest imageOut of the numerous photographic entries submitted to C&I's 1st Annual Photo Contest, two students received awards for their outstanding images. Amy Frederick, a graduate student in the literacy education program, received the 1st place prize for her submission "Working with developing reader" and Suzan Koseoglu, a graduate student in the learning technologies program, received the 2nd place prize for her submission "LT Students getting ready for the Polar Plunge."

The photographic entries were judged on how well the image(s) portrayed a sense of C&I student life and culture.

Congratulations to Amy and Suzan!

March 4, 2011

Calvin Mai, Kinesiology major, profiled in CEHD article

Calvin Mai transferred to the U of M from UW-Milwaukee in 2008 because he was looking for just the right program (and also to be closer to home). He found it in Kinesiology. Calvin combines his hockey and soccer talents with an interest in a career in health care, possibly physical therapy. He'll graduate this spring with a B.S. Read his story, featured on the CEHD Web site, at:

November 5, 2010

Kinesiology undergraduate awarded UROP

Kinesiology major Lauren Hemingway has received an award from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). She will be working on projects with Prof. Tom Stoffregen in his Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory (APAL).

November 4, 2010

First Gopher Adventure Race is a success

On October 22, under an unseasonably warm sun, scores of University students, faculty, and staff participated in the U of M's first Gopher Adventure Race. The race, conceived and organized by Dr. Connie Magnuson, Kinesiology lecturer in recreation, park and leisure studies program, was so successful that plans are already being made for the GAR 2011.

For more details, check out the Gopher Adventure Race Web page ( and watch the video at

October 20, 2010

Excitement builds for Gopher Adventure Race

The Gopher Adventure Race, conceived and organized by Dr. Connie Magnuson, lecturer in recreation and outdoor education, is featured in the St. Paul Pioneer Press today. Read about how this adventure race, the first at the U of M, is different from others, and the excitement it's generated over the last few weeks. The race will be held this Friday, October 21, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. It starts on the U of M's East Bank.

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June 25, 2010

CEHD students climb a mountain and more in Learning Abroad trip to Kenya

Connie MagnusonDr. Connie Magnuson, School of Kinesiology lecturer, led a group of 13 CEHD students on a U of M Learning Abroad course to Kenya in May. While climbing Mt. Kenya (the second highest mountain on the continent), students, faculty, and expert guides presented lessons on topics such as the impact of global climate change, wildlife preservation, political involvement in wilderness management, wilderness and minority cultures and more. The students stayed for a few days in the village of Kambi, living with families in the village and preparing a newly built classroom for 6th grade students at Kambi Primary School. The students' many life-changing experiences are captured in an inspiring video created by Dr. Magnuson:

June 15, 2010

Kinesiology graduate drafted by Minnesota Twins

Kyle Knudson.jpgKinesiology graduate Kyle Knudson has been drafted by the Minnesota Twins. Knudson was a catcher for the Golden Gophers baseball team and graduated this spring with his B.S. in sport management. Read more at GopherSports and USA Today.

Knudson was featured in the story "More than a game" on athletes and academics in the fall 2009 issue of Connect.

June 11, 2010

Sport Management undergraduate minor approved

A new undergraduate minor in Sport Management has received University approval and is available to students beginning this fall.The free-standing minor requires 17 credits and "provides students from different disciplines the opportunity to explore interest in the sport industry, while combining their passion for sport with sport management concepts and practices."

A description and list of requirements is available in the Twin Cities Undergraduate Catalog at this link:

May 21, 2010

Kin undergrad Sigrid Casey featured in Rec Sports Member Newsletter

Sigrid Casey, Kinesiology B.S. student, is featured in the Recreational Sports Member Newsletter for April. Read about Sigrid's interests and aspirations, download the Member Newsletter PDF.

May 10, 2010

Three Kinesiology students are among Honors Program graduates

Three Kinesiology undergraduates from the Honors Program will be celebrated at CEHD Commencement this Thursday:

Matt Moore is graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University Honors Program and will enter the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the U of M next Fall.

Audra Ragan is also graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University Honors Program and will enter the physical therapy program at Washington University in St. Louis.

Chris Reiff started his undergraduate career in the Kinesiology Honors program. He will enter Medical School at UW-Madison next Fall.

Congratulations, Honors graduates!

April 30, 2010

Graduate Garrett Brown is free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs

garrett brown.jpgGarrett Brown, sport management B.S. student who graduated last fall, was signed recently as an undrafted free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs to play in the NFL. Garrett was a two-year starter at defensive tackle and captain for the Golden Gophers with 99 tackles during his four-years on the team.

February 17, 2010

PE Marathon class featured in MN Daily

Stacy IngrahamThe Minnesota Daily published a feature on a popular PE course last week offered through the School of Kinesiology.

PE 1262 Marathon Training, offered each Spring Semester, prepares students for running a marathon by the end of the semester. What's unusual about this course is that students are logging data as they are training which may contribute to the research on the physical effects of long-distance running.

The class is taught by adjunct instructor Chris Lundstrom. Stacy Ingraham, Ph.D., Kinesiology lecturer and exercise physiologist, heads up the research component of the class.

January 20, 2010

Bod Pod featured in local media

The high-tech Bod Pod from the School of Kinesiology's Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science was featured recently in several local media outlets.The Bod Pod is an egg-shaped device that measures an individual's body composition as they sit in the machine. It provides more accurate and complete measurements than the traditional methods of calipers or water immersion. Links to local media coverage include

"The incredible Egg" - Star Tribune

"Bod Pod Changing Fitness at U of M" - Fox 9

"New machine offers a faster, more accurate way to measure a body, track a fitness routine" - KARE 11

For more information or to schedule use of the Bod Pod email

December 10, 2009

Students present posters in Petit class

Petit38 students in Associate Professor Moira Petit's "Understanding Kinesiology Research" course (KIN 4981) presented their posters in the Cooke Hall lobby on Tuesday, December 8. Students, faculty, parents, and staff attended and presenting students took questions relative to their research.

Click presentation titles below for PDFs of student posters.

The Effects of Powerade Consumption on the Performance Outcome of a Second Bout of Maximal Aerobic Exercise,
Becca Carlton, Anna Fernandez, Katelyn Schmidt, Krista Skoglund, Elizabeth Van Zeyl

Relationship Between Years of Specialization in Division I Golfers and Average Round Score, Jeremy Denzer, Thomas Campbell, Dan DeWitt, Brad Walker

The Effect of Static Stretching vs. Dynamic Stretching on Vertical Jump Performance,
Charlie Erb Matt Englehardt Kevin Netzer Andy Bastian

Effects of Positve and Negatve Video Imagery on Free-Throw Performance, Glatt, P., Heuer, N., Kounlabout, S., Stevens M., Vang, K.

An Examination of Professional Sports Promotional Giveaways and Their Applicability to College Athletics, Mike Bjorkman, Scott Foley, Brandon Jackson

Correlation Between GPA and Physical Activity,
Sara McKay, Danielle Tuomi, Katherine Alm

The Effect of Static and Dynamic Stretching on Immediate and Delayed Vertical Jump Performance,
Amy Pearson, Brett Traxler, Andrew Malovrh, Nick Bartsh

Effect of Music on One-Mile Race Time in Recreational Runners,
Ashley Purdy, Kate Baillon, Dana Roadfeldt., Elise Heitkamp., Jesse Ehlen, Marie Moreno-Webster

Comparison Between Various Training Methods to Predict Sports Performance,
Mark F. Smith, Benjamin J. Peterson, Christopher A. Markwardt, Michael K. Weiler

December 2, 2009

Magnuson publishes in MN Recreation and Parks

Connie MagnusonDr. Connie Magnuson, lecturer in Kinesiology and coordinator of the B.S. in Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies, wrote a feature article for the December issue of Minnesota Recreation and Parks. In "New Learning Opportunities at the University of Minnesota, she describes the new curriculum adopted this fall semester and the array of activities and partnerships that students experience as part of their program. "The new flexibility in the curriculum allows students to design their specific program to match their personal career goals," explains Dr. Magnuson. "Courses in landscape design, human resources, tourism, sustainability, forestry ...and many others are now possible options that were not available in the past." The new curriculum also includes online recreation course offerings to answer today's students' need for more flexible scheduling.

November 13, 2009

Senior kinesiology undergraduate and veteran profiled in UMNews

Tyler JohnsonTyler Johnson, senior kinesiology major, is profiled in a full-length UMNews feature this week. Johnson has managed to juggle family, a business, an internship, and military service while attending school.

Read the full article: Man of many hats.

September 9, 2009

Jill Steinbach is a "Face of Rec Sports"

Jill Steinbach, undergraduate major in Kinesiology, is the featured employee in the September issue of the Recreational Sports Member newsletter. See Jill in Faces of Rec Sports

May 14, 2009

Kinesiology undergraduate wins awards for leadership and service

Heather DornidenKinesiology undergraduate student, Heather Dorniden was awarded a President's Student Leadership and Service Award along with a University of Minnesota Alumni Association Leadership Award. Her academic and athletic accomplishments are detailed in the UMNews article: Big fish, big pond.

May 7, 2009

Senior kinesiology undergraduate profiled in UMNews

Jennifer OjiakuSenior kinesiology student Jennifer Ojiaku was profiled in UMNews. A video and write up are available at On the run: Senior kinesiology student looks at exercise and rehabilitation from every angle.

April 30, 2009

Baker wins UROP grant

Alisha Baker, a sophomore working in the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory, has received a UROP award for her research project, "Posture and locomotion influence perception of a novel affordance". Her supervisor is Tom Stoffregen, Ph.D, professor in Kinesiology.