Kinesiology Announcements Archive

Wednesday, Oct 2, 2019

Four graduates and a former faculty member representing kinesiology, health and human services programs at the University of Northern Iowa will be inducted into the school's Elinor A. Crawford and William R. Thrall Hall of Excellence at a luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 5, in the UNI Commons Ballroom.

This is the 16th annual ceremony, with more than 130 current inductees with the addition of this year's class. The following alumni will be inducted this year: 

Leland J. Wise Jr.  (B.A. ‘67, M.A.,’70); served as superintendent for 21 years in districts in Iowa, Ohio and Virginia after beginning his career teaching physical education and coaching at Decorah High School. He previously served on the Iowa High School Athletic Association Board of Control and as a State High School and NCAA National Wrestling Tournament official. 

Emily Jones (B.A. ‘04, M.A. ‘06); a physical education teacher education professor at the University of West Virginia who received the BigXII Faculty Research Award in 2015 and the SHAPE American Mabel Lee Award in 2016-17. She has authored or co-authored more than 30 national or international publications and presented at national and international conferences. 

Rochel Rittgers’(B.A. ‘81); honored in 2013 as the most distinguished athletic trainer by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. A member of the Illinois Trainers Association Hall of Fame, she served as medical director for Division III National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) wrestling and cross country championships. She is currently senior minister of the Infinite Living Holistic Health and Spirituality Center, Bettendorf, Iowa. 

Jianyu E. Wang, (M.A. ‘00); a professor in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University-Bakersfield, where his primary focus is on physical education teacher education. He has received numerous honors in research and teaching from positions in CSU-B and the Guangzhou Institute of Physical Education and the Guangdong Higher Education Department. 

Christopher Edginton received an honorary award in recognition of his efforts as director of the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services from 1991-2010 and his leadership with William Thrall and Carol Bean in guiding the Hall of Excellence ceremonies for 10 years. Edginton recently retired from UNI. 

Inductees are chosen using the following criteria: demonstrated mastery of their profession; significant contributions to their profession; demonstrated scholarly activity through publications and presentations related to their profession; positions held in professional organizations; and completion of at least 10 years of service to their profession.

UNI has one of the oldest health, physical education and leisure services programs in the United States, going back to the Department of Physical Culture which was established in 1896. Coursework in physical education dates back to 1878 at what was then known as the Iowa State Normal School.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the ceremony on Saturday, contact Kelli McCarthy at 319-273-5141 or


Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019

Congratulations Hannah for your acceptance into Creighton's Physical Therapy School.

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019

UNI Orchesis Dance Company Spring Gala: Join the Orchesis Dance Company for their annual Spring Gala on Friday, April 12th at 7 pm or Saturday, April 13th at 2 pm. It is at Oster Regent Theater on Main Street in Cedar Falls!
Orchesis Dance Company Applied Choreography Showing: Join the Orchesis Dance Company for their applied choreography showing on Wednesday, April 24th at 3:30 in WRC 185! Come see student choreographed pieces performed by members of the company. 
Orchesis Dance Company Fall Auditions: Love to dance? Orchesis Dance Company will be holding auditions for the upcoming fall semester on Wednesday, April 17th at 6:30 in WRC 185. The audition will include jazz, ballet, modern and an optional tap portion. Bring any shoes you have but none are required. Wear form-fitting clothing, like a leotard and leggings, and arrive 30 minutes early to warm up. If you cannot make it but would like to still try out, or if you have any questions, contact Mandy Masmar at

Monday, Dec 17, 2018

Mackenzie Haag describes how the Exercise Science major has helped her toward her goal of physical therapy school.

My time at UNI has been greatly enhanced by both my academic and extra-curricular experiences! Being an exercise science major has given me opportunities to strengthen my skills in biomechanics, neuromotor control, exercise physiology, and other areas that will greatly benefit me in physical therapy school. This major also gave me the opportunity to complete an internship at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines in the cardiac medical intensive care unit. After graduation, I will attend physical therapy school to obtain my doctorate in physical therapy and work as a licensed clinician. While at UNI, I've also been a member of the UNI Cheer Squad as well as other student organizations including the Pre-Physical Therapy Club, Student Life Team, and the University Honors Program. 

Monday, Dec 17, 2018

A quote from Sierra Chapman regarding her experience at UNI. 

"During my time at UNI, I had a million ideas on what I wanted to do as a future professional. I bounced around between multiple majors before I finally found my niche in Movement and Exercise Science. I decided it was how I could help people in the health field without going on to get my doctorate. Through classes and multiple study abroad experiences, I knew I was on the right track. Along with that, I had multiple internships and work opportunities within the community that solidified hands-on wellness was my goal. After graduation, I will begin in the profession as a Health and Fitness Professional at a local gym and fitness studio."

Friday, Nov 9, 2018

Congratulations Lea on your new career with Trail Point Aquatics and Wellness. Click here to read more.

Friday, Nov 9, 2018

Alexis Astor describes her experience at UNI. Click here to read the full story.

Thursday, Oct 11, 2018

Congratulations Tyler for your acceptance into both Washington University in St. Louis and Des Moines University's Physical Therapy School.

Thursday, Oct 11, 2018

Congratulations Alex for your acceptance into Des Moines University's Physical Therapy School.

Monday, Aug 27, 2018

Graduate student Nate Kubik has accepted a position as the assistant student life coordinator at the health education and services center (HESC) at Hawkeye Community College. Congratulations, Nate.