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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]
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]
The Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies (RPLS) program is a dynamic undergraduate program designed to prepare students to enter a professional career in a field that provides individuals, families, and communities the opportunity to develop happy, healthy, and satisfying lifestyles. This holistic approach allows us to examine many disciplines as we explore the motivation of individuals within the four domains of physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development across the lifespan--and how people use recreation and leisure in their lives. This program is designed to provide a strong academic foundation, while. . . [Read Full Story]
The Human and Sport Performance Lab's (HSPL) cohort of graduate students consistently brings passion to their academic work and research endeavors, often with their research questions inspired by their own participation in sport and physical activity. By drawing on their involvement with physical activity, these graduate students bring unique perspectives to their research experiences. Below you will meet some of the bright HSPL graduate students who are translating their everyday activities into ground-breaking research! Sam Johnson (Concordia University St. Paul Track and Field Long and Triple Jump Coach): Sam combines. . . [Read Full Story]

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