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, 

This fall, we’re excited to announce the relaunch of our Kinesiology Newsletters. You’ll find interesting and relevant information in this newsletter, and we are honored to have each of you as a support base from the alumni and the community.

We hope you’ve all been staying safe and healthy during this uncertain time. The School of Kinesiology (SOK) is proud to continue operating at a high capacity, ensuring our students’ safety and quality of education are our highest priorities. 

The School of Kinesiology has a rich tradition extending over more than a century that carries on today. We first began offering a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1919, with the first graduate degrees following in 1936. Although there have certainly been many changes over the years, we continue to be a student-centered department that is central to the mission of LSU. Our degree programs have evolved over the past century. We now offer a BS in Kinesiology with five concentrations: exercise science and human performance (formerly fitness studies), human movement science, pre-athletic training, health and physical education teacher certification, and physical activity and health. The kinesiology program is one of the largest majors on campus, with more than 1,400 students declaring kinesiology as their major. In 2009, the BS in Sport Administration was approved as a separate undergraduate degree program, growing very rapidly and now serving more than 600 majors. We continue to offer outstanding graduate programs. In addition to the MS and PhD in Kinesiology, we now offer an MS in Sport Management, and will welcome our first cohort of students in the MS in Athletic Training in summer 2021. As we resume our newsletter we will spotlight program areas and share information about students and faculty. 

These are difficult times as we strive during the pandemic to provide the very best academic experience for our students in a safe and healthy environment. When campus fully reopens, and the renovation of Huey P. Long Field House is complete (see below for more information!), we hope that you will be able to visit our new facilities and reconnect with faculty. For now, visit our website to learn about programs and faculty, follow us on social media (buttons below) and share your stories at
For all our Tigers impacted by the recent hurricanes, you are in our thoughts.

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

We’re so excited to announce the restoration of the Huey P. Long Field House is continuing on track. The SOK faculty and staff have moved temporarily into offices at Pleasant Hall, and construction will begin soon at the Field House.
The Field House was the epicenter of student life when it opened in 1932 and served as the first student union. Today, it houses disciplines that enhance the health and wellness of society through teaching, research and outreach programs.
There are several ways to leave your mark on the Field House: 
  • Naming Opportunities
  • Project Updates
  • Share Your Stories
For more information and to learn how you can leave a legacy at HPL, visit Huey P. Long Field House Restoration.

Alumni Spotlights

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Keressa Ackles, '11

LSU School of Kinesiology alumna Keressa Ackles, has always been driven. And with a “laundry list of caregivers” in her family, she knew she wanted to provide care for others in her profession. Her additional passion for sports, led her to the athletic training profession where she found success at LSU and beyond. Read more about her work on the field and off here.

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Keith Leger, PhD, '93

Keith Leger came to the LSU School of Kinesiology with valuable life experience as a former member of the US Navy. His commitment to his family and his education guided him through receiving his bachelor’s degree to teaching and coaching, to numerous administrative roles and ultimately a doctorate in his field. Read more here as he shares insight on his time at LSU, advice for current students, and more. 

Student Feature

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Abigail Caffey
Abigail Caffey made her mark as an undergraduate student at LSU, winning multiple awards and excelling in her research under Marc Dalecki, PhD, in his Motor Behavior and Cognition Lab within the School of Kinesiology. Now as a master's student, she is continuing her track of excellence through further studies and work in her field. Read more about Abigail here.
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SOK Welcomes Ryan Hulteen, PhD, to the faculty!

Dr. Hulteen comes to LSU after completing his PhD in Australia. He specializes in Pedagogy and Psychological Sciences, and his research focuses on theory-driven interventions, determining how activity in children relates to their general fitness and health. He is interested in how we assess motor skills, interventions for improving skills, and the impact development of skills has across the lifespan.
We're excited to have him as a part of the Kinesiology faculty! 
Read more about Dr. Hulteen here.
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Hire A Tiger + Learn About Our Advanced Degrees 

Looking for excellent candidates for internships and/or employment at your organization? Are you thinking of pursuing graduate school? Then check out these virtual events to connect with students, your fellow alumni, and our world-class academic programs.  
Virtual Graduate and Professional Schools Fair: Tues., October 20 from 10am-2pm
Ideal for alumni looking to pursue graduate education!
MS in Athletic Training Program Virtual Open House: Thurs., October 22 from 12-1pm & Weds., November 4 from 3-4pm | Register here!
Learn all about our new MSAT program via an informational webinar.

Virtual School Professionals Networking Day: Weds., October 28 from 9am-12pm
Students planning to work in the education sector should attend this fair!
Save the Date!
School of Kinesiology Career Fair: Tues., March 16, 2021 from 1-4pm (Virtual)

Faculty Research & Award News

  • Alex Garn, PhD - Pedagogy and Psychological Sciences, and Neil Johannsen, PhD - Exercise Physiology, recently co-authored a study with other specialists that was published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. Read more about the article, "Validation of the Activity Preference Assessment: a tool for quantifying children’s implicit preferences for sedentary and physical activities," here.
  • Marc Dalecki, PhD - Motor Behavior, and Meghan Jackson, PhD - Motor Behavior, are both 2020 recipients of the Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award. 
  • Justin Morris, Health & Physical Education, authored "Sprinting Back Into Action: How We Can Look Through the Lens of a Physical Educator To Navigate the New School Year" for the August issue of the LSU School of Education's Best Practices.

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