School News

UBC School of Kinesiology is Ranked 1st in Canada and North America, and 4th in the World!

We are proud to announce that the UBC School of Kinesiology, together with UBCO School of Health and Exercise Sciences, ranked 1st in Canada and North America, and 4th in the World in the 2021 QS World University Rankings. Our graduates are employed in many different fields, as the School of Kinesiology is a springboard of opportunities to many careers in a variety of disciplines ranging from sports administration and coaching to biomedical research and health sciences. This is a testament to the excellent work being done in the School.

Celebrating 75 Years of Graduating Top-Notch Alumni!

Where Are You Now?

We are asking alumni to connect with us for the School's 75th anniversary by submitting a few short sentences and a photo to share what you have been doing since graduation. We will compile these stories and share them as part of the anniversary celebration with your fellow alumni. We look forward to your submissions and thank you in advance for your participation.

Share your Story

A Visual Evolution of UBC KIN
Across 75 Years!

You are invited to view an interactive Historical Timeline that serves as a snapshot with highlights of the evolution of the School, starting with the foundation of the School and taking us into 2021 and the future. Click the button below to see the timeline.

See the Timeline


Help us tell the School's Story! 

As we are unable to come together to celebrate the 75th anniversary in person, we invite you to share memories of your time here as a faculty or staff member with the broader UBC and KIN communities. Click the button below to upload your memories in the form of stories, photographs or videos.

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Moving On!
Onwards and Upwards for Elise Le Brun!

We bid a fond farewell to the School's Student Engagement Officer, Elise Le Brun who leaves us on April 9th to take on the role of Manager, Student Engagement at Langara College. Elise joined UBC Kinesiology four years ago in a shared position with the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers and has grown KIN's Student Engagement portfolio by leaps and bounds. She has guided hundreds of KIN students in their undergraduate journey through participating in high-impact and transformative experiences like mentorship, orientations, and student government.

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Faculty News

“You Can’t Go to the Park, You Can’t Go Here, You Can’t Go There”: Exploring Parental Experiences of COVID-19 and Its Impact on Their Children’s Movement Behaviours

Congratulations to Guy Faulkner, Negin A. Riazi, Kelly Wunderlich, Madelaine Gierc, Mariana Brussoni, Sarah A. Moore, and Mark S. Tremblay.

The COVID-19 outbreak and related public health guidelines have changed the daily lives of Canadians and restricted opportunities for healthy movement behaviours for children. The purpose of this study was to explore how parents experienced the pandemic-related restrictions and how they impacted their children’s movement behaviours.

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Sport BC Athlete of the Year Honours Dr. Patricia Vertinsky with 'In Her Footsteps, Celebrating BC Women in Sport' Award

Congratulations to Patricia Vertinsky who, as part of Sport BC’s Athlete of the Year Awards, has been selected as one of the two 2020 Honourees to the In Her Footsteps, Celebrating BC Women in Sport recognition program. The award ceremony took place virtually on Thursday, March 25th, 2021. The School is proud of the important work Dr. Vertinsky has done to advance women and gender politics in the realm of sport and kinesiology. Dr. Vertinsky’s story will also be presented and profiled in the In Her Footsteps exhibit at the BC Sports Hall of Fame.

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Moss Norman and Jan Hare Awarded Funding for their project, (Re)Imagining Indigenous-Centered UBC Campus Recreation

Congratulations to Jan Hare and Moss Norman for being awarded a Campus as a Living Lab grant. The grant supports research projects on the Vancouver campus that uphold strategic sustainability priorities and embody the principles of a living lab.

The project will address two UN Sustainable Development Goals, including ‘Good Health’ and ’Sustainable Cities and Communities.' It will respond to a call to action within UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP) with an over-arching objective to decolonize campus and advance and support Indigenous self-determination through socially and culturally sustainable campus recreation.

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Brian Wilson and CSS Team Awarded Grant to Establish Emerging Research Cluster: 'Mobilizing Sport & Sustainability Collective'

Professor Brian Wilson, Director of the Centre for Sport and Sustainability and the CSS team were recently awarded a 2021/22 Grant for Catalyzing Research Clusters in the recent UBC GCRC competition. The GCRC program is designed to foster and support networks of researchers spanning multiple disciplines at UBC who form interdisciplinary teams that foster partnerships and collaborations, develop new research questions, address key societal and cultural problems and work together to solve challenges that transcend traditional boundaries.

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 Alumni Stories

Robyn Freiheit, BKin 15

Robyn is currently a Master of Public Health student at the University of Porto in Portugal. She continues her role with UBC as the alumni UBC representative for Portugal and recently had an alumni story published in Alumni UBC’s Trek Magazine.

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Joseph Iacobellis, BPE 74, MPE 77

Joe is a Vancouver legend in his own right and was dubbed 'the Man with the Midas touch’ when it came to the longevity and success of the Athletics Program. Joe also was responsible for laying the foundation of today's academic Kinesiology degree program at Capilano University. 

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Sara Hodson BHK '02, Advocates to Abolish Gym Membership Taxes 

In March, Sara Hodson joined the Breakfast Television show to endorse the Fitness Industry Council of Canada's (FIC) proposal to the federal government to make gym memberships and services tax deductible. They discussed how exercise plays a vital role in the physical and mental health of Canadians, and that a tax deduction on fitness services will motivate Canadians to get the extra support they need for preventative care.

Watch the Interview


Recognizing our Alumni Leaders and Donors

We Couldn't Do it Without You!

Thank you to the Mentors in this Year's 2020-2021 KIN Mentorship Program  

On Thursday, March 25, 2021, the KIN Mentorship Program held a wrap-up event to celebrate the end of a successful program. This year, 38 alumni served as mentors. To learn who participated, click here.

At the event, two alumni mentors were recognized for their 5-year service and valued contributions to KIN's Mentorship Program.

Glen Mulcahy, BPE 1991

Glen is the founder and CEO of Paradigm Sports and the Executive Director of For the Love of the Game. The key goal for both organizations is to educate people about best practices that ensure sport is a positive experience for youth.

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Atila Ozkaplan, BHK 2001, MSc, 2004

Atila is the VP of Production Operations at NBC Olympics and oversees the set and studio-builds for other major sporting events such as the FIFA World Cup.

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Upcoming KIN Events

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | 3:30pm-4:30pm PST

Join a discussion on April 21st with Dr. Maureen MacDonald, the director of the Vascular Dynamics Laboratory, to explore the impact of high-intensity interval training on the blood vessels and heart in individuals with coronary artery disease and the use of heat therapy as an alternative to exercise-training.

For more information and a private zoom link, click the button below.

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UBC Announcements & Events

Your Next Step
Alumni UBC offers career resources and webinars to support alumni and graduating students.

Fact vs. Fiction: Countering the Spread of Misinformation on the COVID-19 Vaccines

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 |12:00 - 1:00pm PST

Hear from UBC experts on how to navigate through the misinformation to make your own decisions regarding health and wellness.

The Habit Course: Building New Habits to Launch Your Career

From Wednesday, May 12 - Wednesday, June 9, 2021

In this five week live online program, you will learn practical tools to develop new habits that support your productivity and allow you to be intentional with your time and energy.



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