Congratulations to Jeffrey Fairbrother, PhD, who recently received the 2018-2019 Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Program Alumni Fellowship.
The SEC Academic Leadership Development Program (SEC ALDP) Alumni Fellowship is designed for individuals who are in senior leadership positions at SEC universities (i.e., home institution). The aim of the fellowship is to provide opportunities at other SEC universities that allow recipients to strengthen their professional experience and deepen their knowledge in a specific area of administrative leadership that is of interest to the fellow and the fellow’s home institution. The purpose of Fairbrother’s project is to examine communications about expectations as they are conveyed during hiring, mentoring, and evaluation of tenure-line faculty members.
Fairbrother was one of two ALDP alumni from all SEC schools to receive the award this year.
Shelby Peel was recently awarded the 2018–2019 Oscar Roy Ashley Graduate Fellowship. This fellowship is awarded to deserving and talented returning students who have demonstrated excellence in academic performance.
Shelby is currently working towards her Doctorate in Kinesiology and Sports Studies, emphasis in Biomechanics, under the supervision of Joshua Weinhandl, PhD. She is also concurrently completing a Master’s in Statistics and has maintained a 4.00 GPA through two years of this challenging academic endeavor. In addition to her excellence in the classroom, Shelby has demonstrated a high level of scholarly productivity. She has three first author manuscripts under review, and has been an instrumental collaborator on five other research projects. Shelby continues to present her research at regional, national, and international conferences. Shelby recently presented at the Mid-South Biomechanics Conference, where she was recognized with a student presentation award, and at the XXVI Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics in Brisbane, Australia. This summer she has plans to present her research at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics in Minneapolis, MN, and internationally at the 8th World Congress of Biomechanics in Dublin, Ireland.
Anayston Casey will tell you she cannot believe she almost talked herself out of studying abroad. The senior Kinesiology student spent the spring semester of 2017 in Christchurch, New Zealand studying at the University of Canterbury. Casey says, “After reflecting on my time in New Zealand, I am absolutely amazed at the fact that those five months were the most rewarding of my collegiate career.”
While in New Zealand, Anayston was enrolled in 16 credit hours in courses such as Sport Nutrition, Athlete-Centered Coaching, A Backpacker’s Guide to World Cinema, and Strengthening Communities through Social Innovation, which was a service learning course. Her experiences included shadowing an Occupational Therapist at the Allenvale School of Special Education, which allowed her to gain patient contact hours required for graduate school, restructuring communities that had been destroyed by an earthquake in 2011, and the highlight of her trip, which was working with Recreate NZ, where college students led trips across the country with groups of youth with disabilities.
“In addition to seeing something beautiful at every corner, I believe studying abroad allowed me to become established as a professional in a culture that was different from my own,” declares Casey.
Students who are interested in studying abroad should go to the UTK Programs Abroad office in Melrose Hall or visit their website.
The Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies at the University of Tennessee honored Brody Ruihley, PhD as its Sport Studies Alumni Scholar for 2017-18. Ruihley, who received his PhD in Kinesiology and Sport Studies with a concentration in Sport Studies and specialization in Sport Management from UT in 2010, is currently an assistant professor in the Sport Leadership and Management program at Miami University in Ohio.
As recipient of the alumni scholar honor, Ruihley returned to the UT campus on February 26, 2018 to deliver a presentation on his line of research entitled, “Fantasy Sport: Why it Matters.” In the presentation, he emphasized the size and scope of the fantasy sport industry as well as the important role fantasy sport users play in shaping sport media programming. In addition to his research presentation, Ruihley provided a guest lecture in the undergraduate “Intercollegiate Athletics” course and discussed his professional experiences with current PhD students in the department’s sport studies doctoral seminar.
“It was a tremendous honor to return to campus where so many memories were made and where my academic career truly began. Seeing so many familiar people from support staff, faculty, to advisors and current students warmed my heart,” Ruihley said. “This Alumni Scholar program is an excellent way for alumni to come back and share their work with their academic family, to receive support and encouragement, and to speak with doctoral students about their experiences. Academia can be a lonely profession at times, but events like this remind me that I have many people in my academic circle that are pulling for me and proud of the work I have accomplished.”
Ruihley has published more than 35 academic journal articles and book chapters. He is also the co-author of The Fantasy Sport Industry: Games within Games (Routledge, 2014). His areas of expertise include fantasy sport, public relations in sport, college athletics, and marketing. Prior to his current position at Miami University, he also held academic appointments at the University of Cincinnati and University of Southern Indiana. While completing his PhD at Tennessee from 2007-10, he was advised by Rob Hardin, PhD.
In this initiative, physicians at the UT Student Health Center assess students’ levels of activity using a 2-item questionnaire called the “Physical Activity Vital Sign”. This is routinely done at office visits, and the data are entered into the medical record system. Students who do not meet the 150-minutes-per-week exercise goal will be referred to the Center for Physical Activity and Health, where they will receive physical activity counseling from Kinesiology students who are trained to give them ideas and resources to get moving.
The UT Foundation recently sent out a publication to alumni that featured seven efforts provided by the university that have made an impact on the world. Camp Koinonia was one of the seven programs detailed in the report. The week-long camp is held in Crossville, TN each spring and allows 200 UT students to connect with 150 children who have various disabilities. Campers have the opportunity to experience sports like canoeing for the first time because of safe, personalized guidance from the students, who have been trained as counselors. Associate Professor Angela Wozencroft serves as the Camp Koinonia program director.
The North American Society for the Sociology of Sports (NASSS) conference took place last week in Windsor, Ontario. At the conference, socio-cultural studies doctoral student Alexander Deeb was awarded the Gary Sailes Graduate Diversity Scholarship. Only one PhD student is selected to receive the award each year. Deeb is currently a second-year student in the socio-cultural studies of sport doctoral program. His research investigates multiracial athletes in sport. Featured left to right in the photo are Adam Love (his faculty advisor), Deeb, and Algerian Hart, who was Deeb’s master’s degree advisor in the sport management program at Western Illinois University. Deeb had also been awarded this scholarship as a master’s degree student in 2015, so he is now a two-time recipient. A more detailed description of the award can be found at the following site: https://nasss.org/awards/graduate-diversity-scholarship/.
Steve Winfree, a 2007 graduate of the Sport Management program, has been fighting for his life the last fourteen years. He recently received news that his life was about to change, just by looking through a new deck of Topps baseball cards from his wife.
During a routine sports physical in 2003, Steve received word that his blood pressure was alarmingly high, which led to the diagnosis of chronic kidney disease. By the age of 21, Steve began having gout attacks that now occur once or twice per month. He has had multiple surgeries on his feet and is at the point now where amputations are being considered. As if that’s not enough to deal with, Steve also has Type I Diabetes which exacerbate his chronic issue. He recently began dialysis as a last resort until a match could be found to donate a kidney.
After being tested to see if she could be a match, Steve’s wife Heather reveals the greatest news he could have hoped for, in a way that is special to both of them. Heather often bought packs of baseball cards when Steve was in the hospital as a way to take their minds off the stress of his medical issues. This pack of cards with the special insert will undoubtedly be their favorite of all time.
The KRSS Department wishes Steve and Heather the best of luck and are hoping for a successful transplant and recovery. Follow Steve’s story on Twitter @Steve_Winfree as he shares updates and continues to raise awareness about organ donation. You can also check out his blog for more information about his journey and how he is using it to encourage others facing similar issues.
Sport Management undergraduate student Tony Hutchins graduated today, but not without some obstacles to overcome. After deciding to come back after serving in the military, Hutchins was dealt an unexpected blow in being diagnosed with skin cancer. He has served as an intern in the athletics program at Sacred Heart Cathedral School for the past year, as he has hopes of becoming an Athletic Director one day. The school recently honored Tony and the impact he has made on their program and those in the community, and he even received a special message from Coach Butch Jones. WATE covered the story.