Check out exciting news and updates from the LSU School of Kinesiology!
Check out exciting news and updates from the LSU School of Kinesiology!
video of the Ribbon Cutting ceremony

A Historic Day for a Historic Building

On Tuesday, October 24th, we were thrilled to be part of a historic moment as we celebrated the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the renovation of the Huey P. Long Field House. Our school proudly resides in this remarkable building, and this renovation signifies a new chapter in our journey of knowledge and discovery.
The event was a spectacular gathering of dignitaries and donors, all instrumental in making this incredible restoration a reality. Governor John Bel Edwards, LSU President William Tate, and CHSE Dean Roland Mitchell shared insights into the building's history and the profound impact the renovation will have on LSU students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners who enter its doors.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards speaks at podium. LSU President Tate speaks at podium. CHSE Dean Mitchell speaks at podium.
In addition to the main ribbon-cutting ceremony, special events were held throughout the day to recognize our generous donors. Ochsner Health's donation for the impressive Ochsner Wellness Center had its own ribbon-cutting ceremony, and we also honored the Baton Rouge Orthopedic Clinic for their contribution to establishing the Baton Rouge Orthopedic Clinic Kinesiology Classroom.

Later in the afternoon, a ribbon-cutting celebration for the Amelia M. Lee School of Kinesiology Director's Admin Suite took place, honoring former LSU Department of Kinesiology Chair, Amelia Lee, for her remarkable contributions to LSU and the field of Kinesiology.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our donors for their invaluable contributions; this building restoration would not have been possible without your support.

If you haven't had the chance to visit the Field House since its reopening, we look forward to welcoming you soon!
Ochsner Health cuts ribbon in Ochsner Wellness Center. BROC dignitaries, CHSE Dean Mitchell, and School of Kinesiology interim director Alex Garn stand outside the Baton Rouge Orthopeadic Clinic Kinesiology Classroom Kathy Hill, Amelia Lee, and Melinda Solmon stand outside the Amelia M. Lee Kinesiology Admin Suite.
SOK faculty Melissa Thompson speaks to Governor Edwards, President Tate, Dean Mitchell, and Provost Haggerty. President Tate and Governor Edwards speak in the Ochsner Wellness Center. Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne speaks with SOK faculty Guillaume Spielmann.

State-of-the-Art Lab Unveiled

Welcome to the Dr. Monroe J. Rathbone, Jr. & Mrs. Barbara F. Rathbone Human Anatomy & Cadaver Lab, a state-of-the-art facility located at the LSU School of Kinesiology within the historic Huey P. Long Field House. This cutting-edge lab was made possible through the generous support of the Rathbone family and is now a hub for scientific exploration, education, and research.
In this captivating video, we invite you to take a virtual tour of this remarkable space, showcasing the facilities that enhance the learning experience for students, educators, and researchers alike. The lab is equipped with the latest technology and resources, making it an invaluable asset for those seeking to understand the intricacies of human anatomy.
We also sit down with dedicated Teaching Assistants, who share their personal experiences and insights about taking courses in this lab. Their stories provide a unique perspective on the importance of hands-on learning and the impact it has on their academic journeys.
A little lagniappe - To thank the incredible generosity of the LSU Vet School for allowing us to use their cadaver lab for over 16 years, Kinesiology student Ireland Coates created a beautiful mixed-media painting for the Vet School. Read more here!

Alumni Feature

Nathan Baer
Nathan Baer, PhD
In the dynamic world of sport management academia, the trajectory of individuals like Nathan Baer, PhD, stands out as an inspiring example. Baer's academic journey, from earning his BA in Psychology and German at North Central College to his current role as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Sport Management at Southeastern Louisiana University (SLU), is marked by academic excellence and a passion for meaningful research.
collage of new faculty

Welcome, New Faculty!

The We are thrilled to welcome the following new faculty to the LSU School of Kinesiology: 
  • Kirsten Cunha - Athletic Training
  • Jaclyn Hadfield - Exercise Physiology
  • Lisanne McCuller - Human Movement Sciences
  • Efthymios "Makis" Papadopoulos - Exercise Physiology
  • Dan Yost - Sport Administration

Alumni in the News

This Fall, Kinesiology alumni Kenneth Elliott, NR-P, Paramedic Tech, and Associate EMS Instructor gave a guest lecture in the Dr. Monroe J. Rathbone, Jr. & Mrs. Barbara F. Rathbone Human Anatomy & Cadaver Lab.
Sport Administration alumni William Graham IV graduated this past August as a Summer 2023 Engaged Citizen through the LSU Center for Community Engagement, Learning & Leadership.
Doctoral alumni Jessica Stroope, PhD, recently had her work highlighted by the CDC via "X," formerly Twitter. Learn more about her dedication to improving health & wellness in our state by empowering rural Louisiana to move! 
Exercise Physiology graduate, Brett Davis, PhD, began an appointment as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville.

Faculty Research News & Accolades

LSU Kinesiology Professor, Senlin Chen, PhD, and his team have been awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) R15 grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). This grant is dedicated to their research endeavors aimed at benefiting the children of Louisiana and advancing the understanding of obesity prevention in the state's youth. 
SOK faculty Nicholas Fears, PhD, and LSU School of Education faculty Paul Mooney, PhD, received a $250,000 award from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation to start an independent living program for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities on LSU's campus.
Brian Irving, PhD, was an Invited Instructor to the National Institute of Health's annual course, Isotope Tracers in Metabolic Research: Principles and Practice of Kinetic Analysis.
Janene Grodesky, PhD, was named to the inaugural cohort of Communication-Intensive Teaching Faculty Fellows by the LSU Office of Academic Affairs and Communication Across the Curriculum. 
Athletic Training faculty, Rebecca Hirschhorn, PhD, was selected as 1 of 7 faculty to participate in the 2nd cohort of the Association for Athletic Training Education (AATE) Faculty Institute.
Senlin Chen, PhD, was selected to give the Raymond A. Weiss Lecture keynote speech at the 2024 SHAPE National Convention this spring. Additionally, Chen presented the keynote address at the prestigious Korean Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (KAHPERD), as well a keynote for the Korean Association of Sport Pedagogy this Fall.
Claire Zvosec, PhD, was invited to serve as an editorial board member for COSMA (Commission on Sport Management Accreditation) and on the Conference Abstract Review Board for the Applied Sport Management Association.
Exercise Physiology faculty Neil Johannsen, PhD, was highlighted in an article by LSU College of the Coast & Environment. In the article, "High Heat and Training Camp: What Summer Heat Means for Athletic Training," Dr. Johannsen spoke to his work with LSU Athletics to better understand ways to help athletes cope with extreme heat during training. 
Led by Senlin Chen, PhD, the School of Kinesiology held its first session for the 2023-24 LSU School of Kinesiology Research Symposium on Friday, October 27, 2023. Exercise Physiology faculty Guillaume Spielmann, PhD, presented his lecture, "Can we exercise our way to a fitter Immune System?"
Sport Management faculty Per Svensson, PhD, was appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Sport Management.
Eight faculty received awards from the School of Kinesiology Scholarship First Grant Program: Drs. Nicholas Fears, Jaclyn Hadfield, Ryan Hulteen, Hyun Kim, Emily Marcinowski, Efthymios "Makis" Papadopoulos, Yizhou "Tyreal" Qian, and Claire Zvosec.
Yizhou "Tyreal" Qian, PhD, accepted a position on the editorial board of the journal Communication & Sport, a publication in association with the International Association for communication and Sports.
Chad Seifried, PhD, and Senlin Chen, PhD, were awarded 2023-24 SEC Faculty Travel Grants.
In addition to her School of Kinesiology Scholarship First Grant, Hyun Kim, PhD, was awarded the Council on Research Summer Stipend, an LSU Provost's Fund for Innovation in Research award, and a CHSE Faculty Research Grant.

SOK Student News

Congratulations to the following PhD students for their successful doctoral defenses:
  • Joshua Granger - Exercise Physiology, The Effects of Acute Hyperosmolality on Immune Cell Functions and Nutrient Sensing. Faculty advisor: Brian Irving
  • Erika Garcia Mora - Motor Behavior, Relation between fine and gross motor skills and the observation of sociocultural factors across the first year of infancy. Faculty advisors: Arend Van Gemmert and Emily Marcinowski (co-chair)
Students from the Health & Physical Education program attended the 2023 Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (LAHPERD) convention November 1-3, 2023.
As part of his experience as an SEC Emerging Scholar, Exercise Physiology doctoral candidate James Stampley recently attended the 2023 SEC Emerging Scholars Program and Career Preparation Workshop at the University of Arkansas!
On September 28th, LSU sport management doctoral candidate Olga Khokhryakova had the incredible opportunity to speak on a panel at the United Nations event, "Peace Beyond the Pitch: Prevention of Violent Extremism through Sports."  
Six students were elected as officers for the Pre-Occupational Therapy Club: Taylor Jarrell (President); Annabelle Williams (Vice President); Blakely Heltz (Membership Chair); Kennedy Streuer (Secretary); Kori Deslattes (Treasurer); and Kaitlyn Delcambre (Public Relations).
SOK student, Amanda Palermo, was accepted into the Physician Assistant program at LSU Health New Orleans.
Study abroad spotlight: Last summer, 20 kinesiology students spent two weeks in Italy discovering how art and science collaborate in shaping their understanding of the human form.
Throughout the semester, School of Kinesiology students are named LSU Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes (CCACSA) Student-Athletes of the Month. November: Skylar Martin (Kinesiology) and Kylie Mueller (Kinesiology); October: Elena Arenas (Sport Administration), Sean Burrell (Sport Administration), Daimion Collins (Sport Administration), and Da'Marcus Fleming (Sport Administration); September: Brady Neal (Sport Administration) and Mason Williams (Kinesiology).
Kinesiology undergraduate student, Mary LoGuidice, was awarded a TAF Honors College Thesis Research award to add special testing on samples to her honors thesis, as well as an LSU Discover Grant and ORF Undergraduate Travel Award to present a poster at the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research annual conference in Washington DC.
Sport Management doctoral student, Amanda Barefoot, established the LSU Graduate Student Writing Collective to foster a supportive and collaborative community that empowers graduate students to become confident writers who can effectively communicate their research, ideas, and insights.
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