Many students visit family, friends, or beaches during spring break, to relax and de-stress from their hectic school schedule. Fun and unwinding are a necessity for college students on break but some students find volunteerism and service to be just as relaxing and rewarding as a day at the beach! Here are two examples of Kinesiology students that gave back to their community during their spring break. Recent grads Nolan Anderson '13 and Zach Willing '13 volunteered at the Minnesota Special Olympics over their spring break. The Minnesota Special Olympics. . . [Read Full Story]
The School of Kinesiology's student subcommittee of the Graduate Education Committee hosted the first Kinesiology Research Symposium in April. The symposium consisted of two sessions of presentations by graduate students. Justin Geijer, Amanda Williams, and Lana Huberty presented in the first part of the day, while Andrea Stark, Tyler Bosch, and Patrick Wilson presented in the second, covering a wide range of topics in the discipline of kinesiology. Between the two presentation sessions, 20 undergraduate and graduate students shared their research posters to an open audience. Posters represented research. . . [Read Full Story]
The students in PE 1262 competed in the Eau Claire Marathon on May 5. Ninety-five students started--and completed--the race! Co-instructors Dr. Stacy Ingraham and Ph.D. student Chris Lundstrom had oversight of the training, classroom instruction, physiological testing and course administration. This is the fifth year this course has been offered through the University of Minnesota's Physical Activity Program. All five years, all students have completed the marathon. This year was a particularly difficult year of training as a result of the never-ending winter, which made for treacherous trails and increased. . . [Read Full Story]
The School of Kinesiology is the proud home to the Physical Activity Program (PAP). Directed by Brandi Hoffman, the PAP provides more than 50 physical activity courses each school year. With over 6,000 student participants, courses range from basic conditioning to rock climbing to broomball to SCUBA. The program utilizes many of the University's premiere athletic and recreational facilities, making them accessible to the entire student body. Not only are there a diverse set of courses offered, but also the skill levels vary in order to continually challenge students. Additionally,. . . [Read Full Story]
School of Kinesiology alumnae Amanda Smock (Ph.D., 2010) has taken her triple jump career much farther than the collegiate level. Smock was first drawn to the triple jump when she began competing in track and field for her high school. Smock explains that "the event is the most enticing due to its technicality." It was the technical and scientific aspect of the triple jump that initially grabbed her attention. After high school, Smock moved forward with her training at North Dakota State University, competing for the women's track and field. . . [Read Full Story]

Celebrating Our Olympians

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Olympic fever was everywhere this past summer—and the School of Kinesiology was no exception, with four connections to the Summer Olympics in London. Alumni representing the School were former Gopher star and current Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen (B.S., sport management, 2004); triple jumper Amanda Smock (Ph.D., exercise physiology, 2010); and Olympic Committee Member Angela Ruggiero (M.Ed., applied kinesiology, 2010). In addition, Roberto Sobalvarro, instructor for PE 1031 Sabre Fencing and PE 1033 Foil Fencing in the School of Kinesiology, was the head coach of the bronze-medal-winning Women's Epee U.S.. . . [Read Full Story]

Featured Program: KinTeach

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The physical and health education programs, along with the developmental/adapted physical education (DAPE) and the coaching certification program, make up the KinTeach graduate program. This program includes both initial and additional licensure programs for individuals with bachelor's degrees who want to become licensed teachers. These graduate-level programs provide rigorous, professional teacher preparation in accordance with the Minnesota Standards for Effective Practice for Teachers and the Content Standards adopted by the Minnesota Board of Teaching. KinTeach students enter a 12-15 month program integrating educational theory with classroom practice. An extended student. . . [Read Full Story]
Dr. Chelsey Thul is a "double Gopher," having received both her masters (2008) and her Ph.D. (2012) from the School of Kinesiology. Over the course of her career, Thul has developed a unique and specialized research agenda, combining public health, sport psychology, and prevention science. Her dissertation in particular explores how Somali females use and conceptualize physical activity spaces. The impetus for her dissertation project stemmed from a 2008 study with her adviser Dr. Nicole LaVoi. The purpose of this study was to explore Somali and Ethiopian adolescent females' experiences. . . [Read Full Story]

Did You Know?

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The School of Kinesiology is home to 10 labs and centers, including two new centers in 2012. Dr. Zan Gao's Physical Activity Epidemiology Laboratory (EPI) and Dr. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal's Sports Medicine Psychology Lab (SMPL) joined the School's renowned docket of research centers. Gao's lab focuses on improving the health of Americans through empirical research with the innovative focus on exergaming--using video games in physical activity interventions. The SMPL studies the psychological and social factors that relate to physical activity injury risk, response and recovery, such as the emotional responses of. . . [Read Full Story]
The Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology (LIHP), directed by Associate Professor Don Dengel, is located in Mariucci Arena on the U of MN's East Bank. The focus of the LIHP is to examine the effects of various diseases (cancer, obesity, etc.) and treatments (aerobic exercise, weight loss, medication, etc.) on peripheral, cardiac and cerebral vascular systems in an integrative approach. To measure the human body in an integrative approach, the lab uses many state of the art techniques--some of which were developed or adapted in house. The LIHP works closely. . . [Read Full Story]