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Lori Ploutz-Snyder

Professor and Dean
University of Michigan School of Kinesiology

Although this semester looks very different from previous years, the School of Kinesiology faculty, staff, and I were still very excited to welcome our students (either virtually or in-person) to campus. The team has worked hard to evaluate all our courses to determine which are well suited to remote, hybrid, or in-person teaching. We started the semester with our best portfolio of course offerings, and we remain flexible to respond to changing circumstances.

It’s difficult to plan for uncertainty, especially in higher education, but everyone continues to rise to the challenge. The outpouring of support to and from our Kinesiology community since March is, frankly, pretty amazing. Our students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, and friends are lending a hand, giving and getting advice, patiently working through tech and scheduling hiccups, and finding clever solutions to new problems.

Although national and global issues are top-of-mind right now, it’s important to remember the bright spots. 

Our faculty have secured more than $9 million in external grants for important research endeavors that make our communities healthier, safer, and stronger. They’re working with our students on issues like preventing and treating concussion; increasing corporate social responsibility; maintaining older adults’ health and mobility, examining and dismantling racial and gender inequities in sport; and getting home-bound kids into a physical activity routine. This is just a handful of the many research projects that are currently in the works.

We’re now ramping up for our move to the new Kinesiology building. By January, for the very first time in our school’s history, all of our faculty, staff, and research will be under one roof. Our new building is the single greatest tool we have to build our Kinesiology community. Generations of students, faculty, and staff will benefit from its state-of-the-art resources, flexible spaces, and prominent location in the heart of Central Campus.

We’ve also established the Kinesiology Grad/Undergrad Emergency Aid (COVID) Fund to assist students with temporary expenses related to COVID-19, such as medical, technology, housing, and tuition support. It’s our hope that, with this support, a global pandemic won’t stop students in need from earning a life-changing Michigan degree in a safe and engaging environment.

We’ve done so much – and yet, we still have so much to do. We can get there, but only with your help. I encourage you to support our students, our research, and our future by making a gift to the COVID Emergency Aid Fund or Annual Fund today at donate.umich.edu/kin.

Leaders are forged in times of crisis, and this global health pandemic has shown that our community members are, without a doubt, the Leaders and Best.

Thank you and Go Blue!

Lori Ploutz-Snyder Signature

Lori Ploutz-Snyder
Professor and Dean
University of Michigan School of Kinesiology

P.S. See the latest building updates and photos at kines.umich.edu/newbuilding.

 

It’s difficult to plan for uncertainty, especially in higher education, but everyone continues to rise to the challenge. The outpouring of support to and from our Kinesiology community since March is, frankly, pretty amazing. Our students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, and friends are lending a hand, giving and getting advice, patiently working through tech and scheduling hiccups, and finding clever solutions to new problems.

Although national and global issues are top-of-mind right now, it’s important to remember the bright spots. 

Our faculty have secured more than $9 million in external grants for important research endeavors that make our communities healthier, safer, and stronger. They’re working with our students on issues like preventing and treating concussion; increasing corporate social responsibility; maintaining older adults’ health and mobility, examining and dismantling racial and gender inequities in sport; and getting home-bound kids into a physical activity routine. This is just a handful of the many research projects that are currently in the works.

We’re now ramping up for our move to the new Kinesiology building. By January, for the very first time in our school’s history, all of our faculty, staff, and research will be under one roof. Our new building is the single greatest tool we have to build our Kinesiology community. Generations of students, faculty, and staff will benefit from its state-of-the-art resources, flexible spaces, and prominent location in the heart of Central Campus.

We’ve also established the Kinesiology Grad/Undergrad Emergency Aid (COVID) Fund to assist students with temporary expenses related to COVID-19, such as medical, technology, housing, and tuition support. It’s our hope that, with this support, a global pandemic won’t stop students in need from earning a life-changing Michigan degree in a safe and engaging environment.

We’ve done so much – and yet, we still have so much to do. We can get there, but only with your help. I encourage you to support our students, our research, and our future by making a gift to the COVID Emergency Aid Fund or Annual Fund today at donate.umich.edu/kin.

Leaders are forged in times of crisis, and this global health pandemic has shown that our community members are, without a doubt, the Leaders and Best.

Thank you and Go Blue!

Lori Ploutz-Snyder Signature

Lori Ploutz-Snyder
Professor and Dean
University of Michigan School of Kinesiology

P.S. See the latest building updates and photos at kines.umich.edu/newbuilding.

 

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