Greetings to all Kinesiology & Health Sciences alumni!
Can you believe it? Another school year has come and gone, and on Sunday, May 12, we added another 100 newly minted graduates to our growing list of Kinesiology & Health Sciences alumni. Welcome to the family. This year's graduation ceremony was a joyous event, and we were lucky enough to have the weather cooperate. Robert Mueller, the second longest serving director of the FBI, delivered the commencement speech, and, following the College-wide ceremony in William & Mary Hall, our students came to Adair Hall to receive their degrees (please take a look at accompanying pictures).
This year's Kinesiology & Health Sciences Major of the Year Award went to Rebecka Hoffman. After receiving her award she spoke briefly about what being a Kinesiology & Health Sciences major meant to her in front of the more than 600 people in attendance at Adair Gym. Yes, it was pretty packed in there that day, and I think it accurately reflects the growing popularity of our major. In fact, as I write this we have 170 students enrolled as Kinesiology & Health Sciences majors.
The good news does not stop there. First and foremost, we now have baby Katherine (Looft-) Wilson and baby Catherine Ickes to add to our enrollments even though they won't be attending classes at the College for another 18 years or so. A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Robin Looft-Wilson and Scott Ickes--and their spouses, of course--for their brand new bundles of joy!
Our faculty has been active in areas outside of producing extremely cute babies. Ken Kambis will be teaching two nutrition courses in the William & Mary outreach program at Cambridge University in England this summer. Also this summer, Scott Ickes will be doing research in Uganda exploring solutions to chronic malnourishment problems there. Ray McCoy will be assuming responsibilities as Chair of the College's Protection of Human Subjects Committee. He will be joining Robin Looft-Wilson, who currently serves as Chair of the Institutional Animal care and Use Committee. In the past year, Robin was also named the Associate Director of the College's interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience. Congratulations to Ken, Ray, Robin, Scott, and the rest of our faculty; you make us proud.
Also making us proud are the academic achievements of the recently graduated Lia Servidio, who this spring was initiated into the Phi Beta Kappa organization. With Lia's addition, a total of four of our majors earned inclusion to PBK during the recently completed academic year. I will use this opportunity and point of pride to again emphasize the importance of providing our undergraduate students--they are all outstanding--with the resources they need to excel both in the classroom and in the laboratory. Please do whatever you can to help us serve and improve our growing department. It would be greatly appreciated. And remember, no gift is too small.
As a final word, let me remind you once again that you can always keep up with what is new in your department by visiting the Kinesiology & Health Sciences website. And of course, if you have some news that you would like to share with your fellow alumni, please feel free to use our online form to do so.
Have a great summer,
Michael R. Deschenes, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Kinesiology & Health Sciences