Check out exciting news and updates from the LSU School of Kinesiology!
Check out exciting news and updates from the LSU School of Kinesiology!
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Greetings from the Director, 

The 2020-21 academic year has been filled with challenges for everyone. Remote teaching and learning has been difficult in many ways, but I want to commend both faculty and students for their efforts to adapt to the circumstances created by the pandemic. We continue to be vigilant, but we are looking forward to the return of typical on-campus activities in the future. 

Along with the difficulties we have faced this year, there have also been several positive things. It was an undertaking, but faculty offices were relocated from the Huey P. Long Field House to Pleasant Hall, and all research laboratories have been moved to the basement of the Gym Armory so that the restoration of the Field House can proceed. Construction is now in full swing, and we await the completion of a first-class renovated space.
We also are pleased to announce new faculty joining our ranks. Heather Allaway, PhD, joins the Exercise Physiology department. She comes to us from Texas A&M University Health Science Center and will start teaching at LSU Fall 2021. From Auburn University, Rebecca Hirschhorn, PhD, will begin instruction in our new Master of Science in Athletic Training program this May. Finally, Michael Rutledge, PhD, has a joint appointment with the School of Kinesiology and the School of Education. Learn more about our new faculty later in this email.
As we end the semester, we hope you have an enjoyable and safe summer. Thank you all for your support of the School of Kinesiology, and as always, Geaux Tigers! 

Melinda Solmon, Ph.D., FNAK
Director and Roy Paul Daniels Professor
School of Kinesiology
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Huey P. Long Field House Restoration

The restoration of the Huey P. Long Field House is coming along, and we have new video footage to share with you! Please click on the image above to watch a video on the renovation progress! 
Don't forget about the ways you can leave your mark on the Field House: 
  • Naming Opportunities: scroll down for architectural renderings and brief descriptions of these game-changing spaces that will host students, research, and community collaborations.
  • Share Your Stories: this historic building was once home to LSU's Student Union. What is your Field House story? We want to hear it!
For more information and to learn how you can leave a legacy at HPLFH, visit Huey P. Long Field House Restoration.

Alumni Spotlights

Jaclyn Connors, BS KIN: Health and Physical Education Teacher Certification '20

This spotlight features 2020 Health and Physical Education Teacher Certification graduate Jaclyn Connor. Learn how the School of Kinesiology helped her become a top recruit in her field and more here.
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Donald Bier, MS: Sport Management, '20

Nebraska-native Donald Bier discusses the benefits of a program with students from all over the country in this alumni spotlight. Read about his career aspirations and more here.

Student Features

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Abigail LaFleur 
Junior, Human Movement Science
New Orleans-native Abigail LaFleur stays busy. She is a UREC Group Fitness Instructor, a member of the LSU Triathlon Club team, as well as in the Ogden Honors College. And this spring, she has been busy with another undertaking through her Spring 2021 Research Grant: studying standardized exercise regimens in fruit flies to better understand how genetic variations impact exercise. Read more about Abigail here.
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Caroline Hudlow
Senior, Sport Administration
In addition to graduating this May and starting a new job with the Lakeshore Foundation (a fitness, recreation, sport, and research organization for people with physically disabling conditions), Caroline Hudlow also has roles with the local and national Wheelchair Tennis Association. In this article, Caroline shares insight on internships, work experience, and why getting involved is critical to success. Check out her full interview here.

SOK Welcomes New Faculty!

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Heather Allaway, PhD - Exercise Physiology

Heather Allaway, PhD, is a new faculty member in the School of Kinesiology's Exercise Physiology department. She will start teaching at LSU Fall 2021. Read more about Dr. Allaway here.
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Rebecca Hirschhorn, PhD - Athletic Training

Rebecca Hirschhorn, PhD, joins the School of Kinesiology as a faculty member in the Athletic Training program and will begin teaching at LSU this upcoming June. Read more about Dr. Hirschhorn here.
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Michael Rutledge, PhD - Sport Administration

Michael Rutledge, PhD, was hired as an adjunct during the Fall 2019 semester and accepted a full time joint appointment with the School of Education and the School of Kinesiology in January 2021. Read more about Dr. Rutledge here.

Connection Corner

Looking to hire a fantastic LSU student for your organization? Then check out Handshake, LSU’s tool for creating jobs, interviews, and networking events. 
Handshake is specifically designed to connect employers to university students, and is the perfect place to showcase your organization and recruit Tigers for internships, part-time, or full-time opportunities.
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In the News

From the LSU College of Engineering: It’s incredible the chain of events that a chance meeting can set off.

When LSU Kinesiology Professor of Professional Practice and Athletic Training Program Director Ray Castle stopped by Catholic High School to visit with its head athletic trainer, Eddie Breight, he didn’t know he would meet James Robert III, who was born with half of a palm and no fingers on his left hand.

Full story here. 

"Meet the Preceptors" Video Series

Did you know students in our Athletic Training program work with preceptors across LSU's campus and in the community? These opportunities help students gain first-hand experience and knowledge. 
Meet four of our preceptors below and subscribe to the School of Kinesiology Youtube Channel to view them all! 
We're also looking to add videos about our community partners in other disciplines, so if you work with SOK students and would like to be featured, email us at
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Faculty Research & Award News

  • Senlin Chen, PhD, and Per Svensson, PhD, were awarded the Distinguished Research and Early Career awards respectively from the 2020 CHSE Staff & Faculty Awards
  • Senlin Chen, PhD, received the SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators) Joy of Effort Award.
  • Janene Grodesky, PhD, received a 2020-2021 Happy Award from the LSU Center for Community Engagement, Learning, and Leadership.
  • Jan Hondzinski, PhD, was selected as the Invited Senior Lecturer for Motor Learning and Control at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Annual Conference.
  • Michael Martinez, PhD, begins term as Co-Editor of the Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics.
  • Tyreal Qian, PhD, received the 2020 Sport Marketing Association Research Grant.
  • Per Svensson, PhD, was selected as LSU’s nominee for the prestigious Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program.
  • Chad Seifried, PhD, was interviewed by Sports Degrees Online.
  • Claire Zvosec, PhD, has been named incoming Co-Editor of the Journal of Amateur Sport.

SOK & Student News

  • Michelle Veillon-Bradshaw, Human Movement Science, under Marc Dalecki, PhD, had her work (O'Neil M, Phillips B, Jones B, Dalecki M. Prolonged eye-hand decoupling deficits in young adults with concussion history from adolescence: issues with task novelty or ongoing task demand?) presented at the Virtual Society for Neuroscience conference in January 2021. 
  • Seungmin Kang, Sport Management, successfully defended his dissertation and will graduate Spring 2021.
  • Erica Kellyn Smith, Athletic Training, was awarded the Murray Burch Memorial Scholarship sponsored by Family & Friends of Murray Burch through the NATA Research and Education Foundation. To contribute to the LSU Foundation's Murray T. Burch Memorial Athletic Training Student Scholarship, click here.
  • School of Kinesiology students were Honored Across LSU.
  • Three SOK students graduated with the Engaged Citizen Distinction for Fall 2020.
  • Matthew Scott, Exercise Physiology, successfully defense his dissertation and will graduate Spring 2021.
  • LSU listed 13 out of 50 for Best Sports Management Degree Programs for 2021 by

Photo Gallery: Orientation of the Inaugural LSU MSAT Class of 2023!

Check out images from the Master of Science in Athletic Training Acceptance Day, Friday March 26, 2021. Students and their families received a campus tour, learned about the program, and met members of their cohort.
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