Kansas State University


Department of Kinesiology

From our department head

Craig HarmsWelcome to our summer 2017 Department of Kinesiology newsletter. It is packed with news and information about graduate and undergraduate academic programs, students, faculty, research and alumni.

It has been my pleasure to serve as department head for the past three years. After 20 years with the department, I am both amazed and thrilled to see the growth and positive changes that have occurred in the department. We have truly extraordinary faculty committed to providing our nearly 700 undergraduate and 40+ graduate students with an excellent education. Our faculty’s research seeks to discover new knowledge related to physical activity and health and translate this knowledge to improve people’s lives. Both faculty and students are creative and industrious as they successfully work together to achieve this goal.

Some highlights include new additions to the department. Carl Ade is a physiologist who joined the department last summer as an assistant professor – his profile is below.  Gina Bensenyi, behavioral scientist, will be joining the department next month as an assistant professor. These new faculty members will be outstanding contributors to the department.

We’ve also had several faculty and students receive university and college awards this year – which we’ve highlighted below. These include Tim Musch recognized as a University Distinguished Professor, the highest honor bestowed on a faculty member at K-State.

The first Kinesiology Advisory Board met this past April and included Jarrod Nichols, chair; Kelli Aldredge; David Brandenburg; Ty Kane; Larry Noble; Kate Robben; Michelle Hutton and Kristie Winter. They are an outstanding group to work with and I’m excited about how they can contribute to the mission and vision of our department.

We’re making a concerted effort to connect and reconnect with our alumni, so I encourage you to please check out our webpage at k-state.edu/kines, follow us on Facebook at K-State Kinesiology and through Twitter @KStateKines and @Craig_Harms. We’re always glad to welcome alumni back and encourage you to stop by if you’re in the area. Thanks for all you do for K-State Kinesiology!

Craig Harms