President Wallace Loh, Jo Bauer, Dean Boris Lushniak
October 16, 2018

The University of Maryland marked the 125th anniversary of its Department of Kinesiology last week with events that reflected on a rich legacy and looked ahead to a promising future. Alumni, faculty, staff and friends convened to help commemorate the department and its contributions to the scientific study of human movement and its role in health. 

The celebration event was made possible by Daniel Wagner and Dr. Lynn Wagner-Owens.

The anniversary festivities were held throughout UMD’s 2018 Homecoming Week and included a seminar featuring four alumni members of the National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK); a tour of the department’s laboratories; a luncheon featuring presentations on the past, present and future of the Department of Kinesiology; a performance by the Gymkana troupe; a book signing with alumni Joy Bauer;  and a tour of the new UMD Cole Field House. 

The NAK speakers included:

Professor, Auburn University

Dr. Brown is a member of the Health Disparities Cluster at Auburn University and directs the Hypertension and Vascular Health Lab in the Auburn University School of Kinesiology. He is a Fellow of the American Heart Association Council for High Blood Pressure Research and the American College of Sports Medicine. He serves serves as a board member for the American College of Sports Medicine and is an associate editor for the Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine and the World Journal of Hypertension.

Professor, Northeastern University

Dr. Charles Hillman currently holds appointments in the Northeastern University Department of Psychology and the Department of Physical Therapy, Movement, and Rehabilitation Sciences. He also directs the Northeastern University Center for Cognitive and Brain Health. Dr. Hillman has published more than 180 refereed journal articles, 11 book chapters, and co-edited a text entitled Functional Neuroimaging in Exercise and Sport Sciences

Professor, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Jensen is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas at Austin. She also holds appointments in the Department of Psychology, is a member of the Institute of Neuroscience, and is the co-founder of the Autism Project at the University of Texas. Dr. Jensen’s research focuses on developmental motor control and her work includes the evaluation of strategies for rehabilitation of lower extremity function. 

Professor Emeritus, George Mason University

Dr. David K. Wiggins is professor emeritus of sport studies at George Mason University. Born and raised and now residing in California, he has a special interest in studying the interconnection among sport, race, and American culture and has published extensively on the subject. He has served as editor of both Quest and the Journal of Sport History and is currently president-elect of the North American Society for Sport History.

Speakers also included Dr. Bradley Hatfield, professor and chair, UMD Department of Kinesiology, associate dean, UMD School of Public Health; Dr. Wallace Loh, president, UMD; Dr. Boris Lushniak, professor and dean, UMD School of Public Health; Dr. Sam Clevenger, lecturer, Towson University; Dr. Shannon Jette, associate professor, UMD Department of Kinesiology; and Joy Bauer, Today Show nutrition expert, author and founder of Nourish Snacks.

Many graduates, faculty, staff and friends of the department attended to connect with their mentors, former colleagues and friends. Among the notable guests were former Maryland School of Public Health Dean and former Kinesiology Department Chair, Dr. Jane Clark; Professor Emeritus and former Kinesiology Department Chair, Dr. Dave Clark and Maryland School of Public Health Dean's Council Member, Dr. Ayne Furman, ‘77.

Established in 1892 as the Department of Physical Culture, the department now offers one of the most popular majors at UMD. With over one thousand undergraduates and over fifty graduate students actively pursuing their degrees, Kinesiology is the sixth largest major overall with Public Health Science as the fourth largest major.

Today, the Department of Kinesiology stands as a national leader in research and education. Its community of researchers, instructors, students and alumni continue to build a legacy of excellence in teaching, research, and service.


Kinesiology 125th Anniversary Celebration