2021 Kinesiology Department Seniors
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The Department of Kinesiology offers sport and movement-based programs supported by superior teaching, scholarship, and service.
The Department of Kinesiology creates and sustains sport and movement-based programs supported by superior teaching, scholarship, and service. We promote sport and movement excellence.
The Department of Kinesiology is one of the largest departments in the College of Health Professions, with over 30 full-time faculty and more than 1,200 undergraduate students. Currently residing in Burdick Hall, we offer students enhanced learning experiences in our state-of-the-art classrooms, a computer classroom, a student computer lab, an athletic training simulation lab, practical instructional facilities, faculty research space, and a gymnasium facility.
Students graduating from our programs join the work force in a range of fields, including exercise physiology, sports nutrition, strength and conditioning, physical education, recreation management, health and fitness, community relations, professional sports, medical and pharmaceutical sales, and sports medicine and physical therapy clinics.
Many also go on for further training through graduate studies in areas such as athletic training, public health, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nutrition, sport management, education, and chiropractics.
"Derek is an intelligent, motivated, and mature student who well deserves Outstanding Senior Award. While maintaining his role as a member of the TU men's golf team, he has also displayed his academic and professional excellence in the classroom. Besides his 3.98 GPA, Derek and his team won the Sport Marketing Case Competition in my class. Derek has also worked with me through Independent Study to develop and manage the Department of Kinesiology Instagram account. He is a reliable worker, always on time, and communicates with people in a professional manner. It was my pleasure to be a part of his growth at TU. Wish him all the best in his future after graduation." -Dr. Ari Kim
"Blessing is one of the most dedicated students I have met. She is always willing to take advantage of a new opportunity, even if that means taking on extra work. Despite the difficulties of this past year, Blessing presented research the MARC-ACSM conference where she was one of the undergraduate finalists, received a Research Impact Award, and was acknowledged as the local American Kinesiology Association Undergraduate Scholar. I've very much enjoyed having Blessing on my research team over the past year and a half. She will be starting her Doctorate in Physical Therapy this Fall at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and I have no doubt that she will be an excellent physical therapist!" -Dr. Rian Landers-Ramos
"Samantha (Sam) is a brilliant selection for the Outstanding Senior Award. Sam embodies all of the values and skills we hold dear in our program: intelligent, personable, empathetic, and focuses on bettering the lives of others. Sam is particularly excellent at integrating social justice pedagogies into physical education settings. This past year, she received SHAPE Maryland’s Outstanding Future Professional Award as well as one of SHAPE America’s National Major of the Year Awards. Recently, her research abstract was published in Research Quarterly in Exercise and Sport titled, “Gay men’s reflective experiences in physical education: Affects and orientations in a visual economy.” Given her excellent academic, service, and research record – Sam will be matriculating for her Masters Degree at The Ohio State University where she has earned the Dean’s Graduate Enrichment Fellowship. We are very proud of Sam’s accomplishments and know she will make a profound impact in our field." -Dr. Dillon Landi
"Kaitlyn is a kind, well rounded student with a tireless work ethic. She successfully manages her academics while fulfilling many roles. She cares for patients, assists peers with coursework, holds a position on the AT club board, and is a regional student senator. Her versatility and willingness to contribute to all aspects of the AT major make her a wonderful representative of the athletic training program." - Mary Nadelen, Clinical Associate Professor