KIN Alumni Newsletter

August 2019 | Volume VIII

Letter from the Director's Desk

Esteemed KIN Alumni,

Summer is drawing to a close, and a new academic year begins. It has been a busy summer. Although many left campus for the summer, the School had a full house with international students who attended the month-long Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) in Kinesiology.

I’m proud to say that the KIN spirit thrives amongst our alumni, as almost half the classes of the Summer Program were taught by members of our alumni and half were PhD students. More

Dr. Andrea Bundon on the importance of community conversation

Dr. Andrea Bundon joined the School of Kinesiology in 2016. Part of the sociocultural research group and the Centre for Sport and Sustainability, her research focuses on the intersections of disability, sport, and inclusion – or exclusion. “I’m really interested in how people with disabilities are engaged in physical activity and sport, what are the conditions of their participation and what are their experiences both positive and negative in these environments,” she says. “That’s the overarching theme of all the work I do, and it’s very important to me that my work is grounded in the individual’s experience and that they’re speaking for themselves. Although my methods vary across projects, the consistent theme is that I’m going to try to engage with community members in some way.” More



Dr. Eli Puterman SSHRC Partnership Grants, Killam Connection Winner

Congratulations to Dr. Eli Puterman for his role in recently awarded SSHRC Partnership Grants (PGs). The PGs are SSHRC's largest grants and the program is designed to advance research partnerships and knowledge mobilization in the social sciences and humanities through shared intellectual leadership and mutually beneficial collaboration between researchers at postsecondary institutions and organizations of various types.

The School is also pleased to announce that Dr. Eli Puterman’s “Healthy Aging from Cells to Societies” course is the winner of the 2019-2020 Killam Connection Competition. The grant provides an opportunity for faculty and graduate students to engage with leading scholars on matters of importance.

Dr. Rosalin Miles Hidden Heroes Award

The School of Kinesiology extends its congratulations to Rosalin Miles, Research Associate working in the Indigenous Studies of Kinesiology, for winning the Hidden Heroes Award from the Office of Joyce Murray, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra. The Hidden Heroes Award honours Vancouver residents for their outstanding work in the community.

Dr. Rosalin Miles is the founder of the Indigenous Physical Activity & Cultural Circle (IPACC), which has hosted five annual 5km runs with the Musqueam community to promote physical activity and well-being. Dr. Miles was nominated by former Chief Gail Sparrow of the Musqueam band for her role in shaping the non-profit, hosting the annual National Indigenous Physical Activity & Wellness conference, and showing the importance of giving back to the community as a First Nations woman. 



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Student Feature

Margaret Pham First UBC Athlete to win Google Cloud Award

Junior field hockey player Margaret Pham of the University of British Columbia has been named as the 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Team Member of the Year, College Division. It is the first time a UBC athlete has earned this recognition. More


Alumni Stories

Angelo Graffos BKin 2016, MSc 2019

KIN Alum wins the VCHRI Rising Star Award for his work in musculoskeletal injury. More

Serena Lusk BHK 1997

KIN Alum influences and shapes community wellness for the City of Richmond. More


Jama Mahlalela BHK 2004

Congratulations Jama! The School of Kinesiology is very proud of one of our own, KIN Alumnus Jama Mahlalela – head coach of Raptors 905, the organization’s developmental team squad, and key member of the team that helped the Raptors secure their big win against the Golden State Warriors to win Canada's first National Basketball Association championship on June 13th, 2019.

Throughout the playoff run, he and his 905 coaching staff were advance scouts, analyzing hours of video of opposing teams, then briefing players on what to expect when they went into battle with their opposite numbers. Read more about the Canadian hero of the summer, Jama here!


Your Event Recaps

UBC vs. University of Tokyo Baseball Classic | August 13th

Thank you to all those who attended the UBC vs. University of Tokyo Baseball Game on August 13th 2019, the feature game of UBC’s first ever International Collegiate Baseball Classic! The UBC Thunderbirds defeated the University of Tokyo 8-2 in front of a crowd of 3,300 — the Baseball Classic marked the first time that a Japanese Varsity Baseball team has ever played on Canadian soil.

Game day started out with the School of Kinesiology holding a demo and seminar on the science of sport for all tournament players and coaches from Japan and the U.S., led by Rob Boushel and Carlos Cantu. More

Wearable Sensors for Balance and Movement Summer School  | August 12th-16th

The School’s Origins of Balance Deficits and Falls research cluster supported by the VP-Research held its first Summer Course on ‘wearable sensors’ attracting ~40 students from across Canada and internationally. More



Upcoming Events

Running Free: Documentary Premiere and Panel | September 18th, 6:30pm



How far did you roam when you were a kid? Did you know that the ability for children to play and explore unsupervised is referred to as independent mobility, and is an important part of a child's mental and physical wellbeing? Do you want to learn more about the benefits of independent mobility, and how it relates to the physical inactivity crisis today?

The UBC School of Kinesiology, together with Alumni UBC, invites you to the premiere screening and panel discussion of the documentary film 'Running Free: Children's Independent Mobility' at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please click here. Admission is $10 & students are free with ID.

alumni UBC 2019 Achievement Award Dinner & Auction | November 21st, 6:00pm

The UBC School of Kinesiology is pleased to announce that professor emeritus Dr. Douglas Clement, C.M., MD’59, cross appointed to Kinesiology and Family Practice (1999), will receive the 2019 UBC Alumni Achievement Award for Faculty Community Service. We hope that you will join us at the Fairmont Hotel, Vancouver, to honour Doug, who through his extraordinary endeavours has contributed to the creation of an exceptional UBC and to changing the world.

Tickets for the alumni UBC 2019 Achievement Awards Dinner and Auction are now available for purchase. Auction proceeds from this evening of celebration supports the UBC Blue & Gold Campaign for Students.

To purchase tickets, click here

Toronto Meet & Greet Survey | Wed, December 11th x

This December, the Director of the School of Kinesiology, Dr. Rob Boushel, will be in Toronto to attend the CCUPEKA (Canadian Council of University Physical Education and Kinesiology Administrators) Conference. If you are attending the conference, please let us know so we can find you there!

As one of the School's initiatives, we are eager to re-connect with our alumni, to learn about your achievements and career journey, and to share news with you about the School's research, innovations, and new directions. We are conducting a brief poll to see how many of our Toronto alumni are interested in attending a casual, after-work meet & greet hosted by Rob Boushel, in downtown Toronto on December 11th, 2019. There are 290 KIN alumni living in and around greater Toronto, and we would be delighted to meet you for a drink. We'd like to get to know you!

If you are interested in attending, please complete the following 1-minute survey


KIN Mentorship Program | September 25th (Application Deadline)

Interested in building your leadership skills? The deadline to apply as a mentor with the 2019-2020 Kinesiology Mentorship Program is coming up! This commitment is a great opportunity to give back to UBC, create connections, and contribute to student's professional development skills. We are recruiting Alumni mentors from diverse career backgrounds.

For more infomation on the KIN Mentorship Program, click here.

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