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, 

We have much to be grateful for as we enter the holiday season. This Fall was our first semester with a majority of classes in-person since the start of the pandemic, and we’re pleased to say that it has been a successful semester. Additionally, the renovations for the Huey P. Long Field House have progressed with some exciting developments and milestones in the restoration process (read more below).

Our faculty continue to support our vision to “achieve international recognition for scholarly contributions to physical activity, sport, and health” through their research. This Fall, they have published in top journals, collaborated across the University and community, and even presented research to the United Nations. 

Lastly, our program continues to sustain high growth each year, and we have over 140 students graduating this semester. We look forward to celebrating them this Friday. 

From myself and all of us here at the School of Kinesiology, I want to wish you a happy holiday, as well as a safe and prosperous new year.

Melinda Solmon, Ph.D., FNAK
Director and Roy Paul Daniels Professor
School of Kinesiology
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Huey P. Long Field House Restoration | Ochsner Health Establishes Ochsner Wellness Center at LSU

Ochsner Health has made a $4 million leadership gift to LSU’s College of Human Sciences & Education, establishing the Ochsner Wellness Center within the Huey P. Long Field House. The new center is part of a $29 million renovation funded in partnership with the State of Louisiana through capital outlay funding and through philanthropic gifts from individuals and industry leaders like Ochsner. Read more about this gift here.
While the renovations have hit an exciting milestone (check out this video to learn more!), there is still time for you to leave your mark on the Huey P. Long Field House! Below are different opportunities to share memories and add to the legacy of this historic building.
  • Naming Opportunities: scroll down for architectural renderings and brief descriptions of the 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's your Field House story? We want to hear it!
For more information and project updates, visit Huey P. Long Field House Restoration.
A little lagniappe! Check out some of our faculty and staff below on their "Hard Hat Tours" of the Field House construction this Fall!
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Student Feature

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Madalyn Navarro
While injuries may be a setback to some, to former competitive gymnast Madalyn Navarro, they sparked her curiosity in the field of physical therapy and helped guide her academic path at LSU. Now a senior studying Human Movement Science, Madalyn shares highlights from her time at the School of Kinesiology and advice for fellow students. Read more here.
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Save the Date | 2022 Kinesiology Career Fair 

We're excited to announce that the School of Kinesiology Career Fair will take place in-person this upcoming Spring! This event is a great way for business owners to connect with LSU students and for alumni to search for jobs. 
The Kinesiology Career Fair will take place Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at the LSU Student Union - Ballroom. 
For additional information, check out Handshake, LSU's innovative online career platform, connecting students and alumni to employers, job opportunities, career events, and career resources. Sign up as an alumni or employer today!

Alumni in the News

Take a look at all the exciting news from LSU School of Kinesiology alumni!
Megan Steinmetz, SOK alumna, was named UNO's director of baseball operations, one of the few women to hold that role at a Division I institution. 
LSU Alumnus Avery Atkins honored with No. 18 jersey for 2021 LSU Football season.
LSU School of Kinesiology alumnae Aliyah Andrews and Kristen Nuss were nominated for the 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year.
SOK alumna Abigail Caffey was lead author on an article recently published in Brain Journal. The article, Evidence of residual cognitive deficits in young adults with a concussion history from adolescence, was written with SOK faculty, Marc Dalecki, PhD.
Alumnus Beau Lowery named LSU Director of Sports Medicine.
Alumna Ginny Fuchs competed at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as a member of the U.S. Women's Boxing team.
SOK Alumna Kristen Nuss and teammate Taryn Kloth win their first AVP Gold Series Championship in Atlanta, Ga. on August 15, 2021.
2016 SOK alumna Lauren Norton named Associate Head Athletic Trainer at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee.
Kristen Nuss named 2021 winner of the Allstate Sugar Bowl's James J. Corbett Award top female amateur athlete in the state of Louisiana.

Faculty Research & Award News

SOK & Student News

The Master of Science in Athletic Training program held two Virtual Open House webinars to educate prospective MSAT students on the application process, scholarship opportunities and more. View a recording of this webinar here.
Current Sport Management doctoral candidate, Tiffany Demiris, received a Doctoral Research Grant Award from the North American Society for Sport Management.
Kinesiology student Michelle Veillon-Bradshaw, advised by Dr. Marc Dalecki, is named a Fall 2021 Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher Awardee by LSU Discover.
Congratulations to the following PhD students for their successful doctoral defenses:
  • Ahyoung Song, Neuromuscular Control Strategy During Object Transport While Walking: Adaptive Integration of Upper and Lower Limb Movements
  • Matthew Scott, Exercise and Bone: Older Adults, Type II Diabetes, and Ketogenic Diets 
  • Amanda J. Weathers-Meyer, An Examination of Yoga to Improve Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress in Firefighters 
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