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Greetings from the Chair: 2015

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Greetings, I hope this newsletter finds you well. A great number of things have changed since I came to Cal Poly 16 years ago, but the important things remain the same: we continue to prepare our students to become leaders in meeting important social needs by providing them with exceptional Learn by Doing experiences.

The Kinesiology Department maintains its commitment to combatting obesity through the Center for Solutions Through Research in Diet and Exercise (STRIDE.) Yes, that "Center for" is new — STRIDE became an official universitywide center this year. Already home to more than $10 million in NIH-funded, obesity-related research, STRIDE is now better positioned to compete for foundation grants and other funding. STRIDE offers students an opportunity to work with faculty on their research or assist with outreach and programming in our local community as part of a class, lab, internship or volunteer program.

The department is also looking toward the future. We are developing a new bachelor's degree in health science. If approved, the new degree will better serve our students in the evolving job market.

We welcomed Alison Ventura to the faculty this year. She has immense potential as a teacher and scholar, and I am confident that she will prove to be an excellent addition. Alison is a graduate of Arroyo Grande High School, and I recently worked out that she was a student there the year I supervised my first Cal Poly student PE teacher (Bridget Sage) at the high school. Christine Hackman will join the faculty this fall. Christine is originally from New York but recently earned her doctorate from the University of Alabama.

This year we were fortunate to receive funds to replace some aging furniture. Our entire first floor lab and classroom area will be refreshed with new furniture and storage cupboards. We are hoping to raise money for additional equipment in the coming years with the goal of bringing our lab equipment up-to-date throughout the building.

I want to thank all of our alumni and friends for their support this past year — your contributions make a real difference in the lives of our students. Your student days may be over, but your education is still in full swing as long as you continue to Learn by Doing. Take care and keep in touch!

Kevin Taylor

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