Alumni News

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Where are our alums? Well, one, Carl Salyer (Class of ’04) was recently appointed as the University of Maryland’s new Water Polo Coach. What a great job for a Kinesiology major!! Check it out here.

Ethan Buch (undergraduate Kinesiological Sciences Honor's student, class of '99 - Masters, class of '02 advisor: Contreras-Vidal) has been selected as an NIH-Oxford University Scholar in Biomedical Research. This Scholarship, which is affiliated with the Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships is, is the premier biomedical sciences academic award through which students carry out international collaborative biomedical research. As a Scholar, the student will serve as an ambassador to catalyze international scientific cooperation and collaborative research. He will also be provided educational experiences designed to promote an understanding of the ethical, legal, commercial, and governmental policy implications of their scientific research. The goal is to promote the education of the future global leaders in biological and medical science. Way to go Ethan!

Law school! Yes, that is what Shiva Kashani (Class of '04 winter) is doing. She attending the University of Baltimore, School of Law while also working as a paralegal in a law firm in Bethesda.

Isn't Kinesiology a great major? Yet another of the many options for a student with a background in Kinesiology! Great job Shiva!!

Take a look at what Susan "Subie" Marvin (Class of 2000) has been doing since completing her bachelors degree in Kinesiological Sciences. Subie attended to Northwestern University for a certificate in Prosthetics. After completing her residency and passing her board exams, she is a Certified Prosthetist and has her dream job at East Coast Orthotics and Prosthetics in NYC where she works out of one the major Manhattan hospitals including the Children's Hospital of NY (Columbia Presbyterian Hospital). Check out this career at and

Martin Block, Ph.D., (Ph.D. Class of '90) is currently an Associate Professor in the Kinesiology Program, Curry School of Education, at the University of Virginia. This is his 13th year at UVA. He is the Director of the Masters Program in Adapted Physical Education (APE) and also works with doctoral students in APE and motor development/learning. He recently received the College Professor of the Year Award from the Virginia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (VAHPERD). He is the author of the popular text: A teacher's guide to including students with disabilities in general physical education. He also recently co-authored two texts: Cases studies in APE, and Assessment in APE. As a Maryland alum working at rival UVA, his greatest pleasure is walking around campus with a "Go Terps" shirt the day after Maryland has beaten Virginia!

WINTER 2004-05 Updates

Recently, one of the graduates from the Department of Kinesiology, as well as the current leading scorer in ACC football, was honored for his stellar performance both on and off the field. Here is a brief excerpt from the article focusing on our very own Nick Novak (Class of 2004, December). "Maryland's Nick Novak, the Atlantic Coast Conference's all-time leading scorer in football, has been named as the recipient of the James E. Tatum Award, ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced today.

The Tatum Award is given annually in memory of the late Jim Tatum to the top senior student-athlete among the league's football players. Tatum, a two-time ACC Coach of the Year, coached in the fifties at both Maryland and North Carolina and believed strongly in the concept of the student-athlete . . ."

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FALL 2004 Updates

A “Surgical Specialist’ with the Transplant Resource Center of Maryland! Impressive – that’s what Jen Vargo (Class ’04) is doing. She works in bone and tissue recovery for potential transplant patients. What a rewarding career. And according to Jen, all those anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology courses were great background.

Jen reports that this is a great career possibility for Kinesiology majors. Check out these web pages regarding career opportunities:

Transplant Resource Center of Maryland:
Washington Reg. Transplant Consortium:
United Network for Organ Sharing:
Assoc. of Organ Procurement Organizations:

And be sure to become a donor!