Alumni Movements

September, 2020 | Volume XVII



Message From UBC School of Kinesiology Director, Professor Robert Boushel

Dear Members of our Alumni Community,

It has been six months since we've had to make a quick pivot into our new virtual existence at UBC. The time has passed quickly. Fall is upon us and the faculty and staff have worked hard through the summer to develop strong online curriculum and programs for our new and returning students. This week, students commence their studies; both Terms 1 and 2 will be taught remotely. That means our incoming students will miss the on-campus experiences that often mark the start of new friendships. I encourage each of you to consider serving as a mentor to one of our students in the KIN Mentorship Program. If ever there was a time our students needed a mentor, this is it! Applications are being accepted now until September 23rd. 

The university is working very hard to ensure our students, especially our new students, have a positive social and academic experience. Imagine Day - which is typically marked by club tables lined up by Osborne, pep rallies and a grand finale concert - was virtual this year. Our enthusiastic Kinesiology Undergraduate Society (KUS) will hold its traditional festivities such as KIN Camp Online from September 14th-18th. The innovations are remarkable!

Our faculty members have spent the summer testing technology and figuring out how to virtually integrate students into the community to ensure they can fulfill laboratory requirements and continue to do valuable community outreach work. It's been quite an adjustment for our faculty but I can see that they are truly invested in seeing our students thrive and succeed.

In addition, UBC researchers have been returning to labs in phases since July. As with most workplaces, we have to ensure we adhere to rigorous guidelines and procedures to safeguard the health and safety of our graduate students, faculty and staff members. 

I hope that you and your families are doing well during these unusual times. Remember to stay healthy and safe - keep your body and mind moving!


Dr. Robert Boushel
Professor and Director
UBC School of Kinesiology

Introducing a New Name for the KIN Alumni Newsletter:
Alumni Movements

We have recently given the UBC School of Kinesiology Alumni Newsletter a new name. "Alumni Movements" speaks to the fundamental focus on movement in Kinesiology. It also reflects the dynamism of our alumni community. There is a health and wellbeing movement afoot in society and you, our valued alumni, are helping to lead this movement!  As graduates in the field of Kinesiology, we encourage our alumni to continue to Study What Moves You in life. Please know that each of you are valued by the School and we hope you will remain connected to and engaged with the KIN family!  

As a small token of our esteem for our alumni, we  offer you this award-winning Kinesiology banner image that we have created to use as cell phone wallpaper. We hope you will like it and use it as a symbol of pride in your UBC School of Kinesiology. You may view and download the new UBC KIN cellphone wallpaper here!




Upcoming Events


September 25th, 2020  | 7PM PST

UBC’s Homecoming is a celebrated tradition to kick-off the start of the school year and it’s our biggest school spirit event. This year is no different. Join us in a virtual celebration featuring an all-star line-up of UBC notables, familiar faces and surprise guests. 

Everyone is invited, with appearances by:

  • President Santa J. Ono and our new Chancellor, Stephen Point
  • UBC star athletes
  • The Tenors
  • Missy D
  • Nardwuar and more

Invite your bubble for a virtual viewing party while rocking your T-Bird gear in blue and gold!

In addition to the Virtual Celebration, UBC has also put together a full weekend of fun activities for you and your family to take part in. Click on the activities below to register! 

Be sure to tune in for the RBC x Music Tailgate Show @ 6:30pm PDT before the Virtual Celebration! 

For more details and to see the full schedule, click here; and remember to scroll to the bottom of the page to pre-register for the Virtual Celebration! 


KIN Homecoming Kickoff! Join us for an Online Social & Virtual Escape Room Game of Clue

Friday, September 25th, 2020 | 6:30-8:30PM PST

Back by popular demand! Join our Young Alumni co-lead, Kelly Wunderlich (MSc ’20) as she hosts a 60-minute virtual escape room game! Once you're done, there will be time to meet up with old Kinners and get to know other members of the KIN alumni body, all from the comfort of your own home.

Sign up individually or with a partner to “escape” an online room in under 60 minutes. A successful escape will require you to work with a team to find clues, connect hints, and solve challenging puzzles. The escape room is loosely based on the CLUE board game.

Register Now

Career Crossroads Podcast: Episode #2

In this monthly podcast series, Young Alumni leads, Yingying Zhao (BKin19, MM20) and Nikol Grishin (BKin '20) interview KIN alumni to bring their stories about navigating the changing economy and finding work in a virtual world after graduation.

In Episode #2, Yingying interviews Shayne River Casey-Shaw (BKin 2017, PT20), a certified physiotherapist, yoga and pilates instructor who turned her passion for retreats and rehabilitation into an online business when COVID-19 hit.

You can follow and listen to this episode and more on Soundcloud and Spotify.



Career Crossroads Podcast: Episode #3

September 24th, 2020

In the upcoming Episode #3, Young Alumni lead, Nikol Grishin, interviews Hannah Haughn (BKin 2017), a former member of the women's varsity field hockey team at UBC. The interview will delve into why Hannah has chosen to pursue a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and whether playing a sport at a professional level played a role in making this decision. Most importantly, Hannah will share the tools and skills she gained while attaining both her athletic and academic goals. Stay tuned for the release of this episode on Soundcloud and Spotify on September 24th, 2020. 


2020 Saltin International Graduate Webinar: Foundations to Frontiers

October 7-8th, 2020

We invite all interested alumni to register for the 2020 Saltin International Graduate Webinar: Foundations to Frontiers, on October 7-8th, 2020. This annual, integrative research-based course covers basic and applied science topics on various physiological systems and extends to common clinical physiological applications. Thematic areas in physiology will range from subcellular signalling to organ function and systemic integration. The international aspect of the course facilitates the exchange of diverse topics, research perspectives, experimental approaches, research design and national traditions. For more information and to register, click here


 Alumni Stories

This could be you!

We want to connect with you and learn about where you are! Do you have a story to share with your fellow alumni? A tale of inspiration perhaps, or a journey that demonstrates innovation in your industry? Maybe you have a passion project that you want to share! Whatever it is, we want to hear it! Connect with us and have your story featured as an alumnus profile in our newsletter and social media!

Your experiences out in the world are important to us!

Submit your story on our website, or email us at

Jama Mahlalela

BHK '04

Coach of the Raptors 905, Mahlalela was a key contributor to the Raptors taking home the 2019 NBA Championships against the Golden State Warriors. Jama took time recently to generously share his reflections, memories and advice about his time in KIN.

Turning back the clock, we see the different steps Jama's took towards his career today, and the advice he lives by to become who he is today.


Martha McCabe

BKin '12

Martha McCabe is a 2-time Olympic swimmer in the 200m breaststroke and the founder of Head to Head Mentorship Program which promotes mental resilience and physical wellness. 

As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Martha came out publicly this year, hoping that her story she could inspire other young female athletes to feel comfortable with themselves.


Ben Baharami

MKin '13

Reflecting on those who supported him through his undergrad and MKin programs at UBC, Ben states that he owes his inspiration to become a Strength and Conditioning coach to the opportunities and coaching he obtained over the years. 

By embracing opportunities given to him at UBC, such as through the Varsity Gym, Ben has honed his experiences and passion into the career he has today.


Alumni Lead News: Farewells and Welcomes


We are sad to say farewell to Angelo Graffos (BKin 2016, MSc 2019), who served as Yound Alumni Co-lead from 2019-2020. We are grateful for his contributions to the alumni body and the School for his time, energy and generous spirit. Angelo is moving on to pursue his goal to become a teacher. We welcome Nikol Grishin (BKin 2020) who has offered to work as the Alumni Co-lead with Yingying Zhao, who continues in her role for another year. Our appreciation for your deep involvement with the School goes out to them. 

Yingying Zhao, Young Alumni Co-lead

With a global pandemic at hand, we Young Alumni leads had to get creative on engaging with you! Special thanks to Kelly Wunderlich (MKin 2017) for hosting a virtual room escape. We are definitely looking forward to online hangouts where you can get to know alumni near and far, all while keeping a safe distance apart. If you are a podcast lover, the Young Alumni leads are currently working on a monthly Career Crossroad series, where we invite recent graduates to share their journeys after Kinesiology, both in and outside the field! Our first couple of episodes are released on Spotify, give it a listen! If you like our episode or want to be on it, reach out to our hosts Yingying Zhao and Nikol Grishin!


Why get involved with our alumni community now, you ask? Because we can lift each other up and the next generation with us. Whether you have a health-related vocation or are a self-starter or somewhere in between, your experiences and learnings have immeasurable value to our current students and recent graduates. Ready to give back? Here’s how…

For more ways to get involved as KIN alumni, click here.



Nikol Grishin, Young Alumni Co-Lead

Some people are natural born leaders who constantly give back to their community. Meet Nikol Grishin (BKin '20). Nikol served as the KUS president last year, and upon graduation she has stepped up yet again as the co-lead of the Young Alumni cohort with fellow alum, Yingying Zhao.

As a recent graduate, Nikol's goal is to enhance connection between students and alumni by co-leading the Career Crossroads podcast series while continuing her studies through pursuing an MSc at UBC with professor Bill Sheel. 

Read more about Nikol Grishin here


In Memoriam: Dr. Barbara ‘Bim’ Schrodt (1929 - 2020)

It is with great sadness that the School of Kinesiology announces the passing of Alumna (BPE '51) and Emerita, Phyllis Barbara ‘Bim’ Schrodt at the age of 91.

Dr. Schrodt played field hockey and swam for UBC in the '40s, becoming one of the most prominent names in women’s field hockey in Canada. She went on to teach in what was the Faculty of Physical Education (now the School of Kinesiology) and coached the UBC women’s field hockey team for eighteen years.

To learn more about her extraordinary life click here.


With Your Help, In Memoriam ScholarshipEstablished in Honour of Henrik Moberg Parker

Many thanks to all the generous alumni, faculty, staff, emeriti and members of the community who made a donation to help establish an In Memoriam scholarship in honour of Henrik Moberg Parker. Henrik was a KIN undergraduate student and Varsity sailor who passed away tragically earlier this year. The School, together with his family have created an In Memoriam page for Henrik where we asked people to donate and note their memories of Henrik. 

With your help, we were able to raise $10,000 which allows the School to create an important scholarship for a student in need.  

Learn about the benefits of the new alumni UBC App!

The alumni UBC app is the easiest way to access your alumni benefits. The fantastic features include:

  • Savings deals from alumni UBC partners
  • Instant one-touch connection to over 4,000 online journals
  • Access to Trek Magazine and alumni UBC webinars and podcasts
  • UBC library privileges

There are monthly contests too!

To learn more and to download the app click here.



KIN Faculty & Researcher in the News

KIN Study Shows Fitness will become even more important as the pandemic continues 

Following the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic, post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Di Sebastiano and professor Guy Faulkner's research study finds that the amount of physical activity Canadians engage in has declined. Although moderate-to-vigorous physical activity rebounded up over the first 6 weeks of the pandemic, light and more incidental physical activity did not. More


Professor Kip Kramer Moves to the Faculty of Medicine

Kip Kramer has accepted a new position as Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology, and Therapeutics beginning September 1st, 2020.

The School would like to thank Kip for his contributions over the past 6 years and wish him the very best in his new role.




KIN Mentorship Program is Back

Since 2009, the Kinesiology Mentorship Program has engaged close to 200 alumni mentors and 350 student mentees in experiences that have expanded professional networks, generated confidence around career and life goals and fostered the development of essential workplace skills.

The 2020/2021 Mentorship Program will be running online and we are currently recruiting up to 40 alumni volunteer mentors from diverse backgrounds. 

If you are interested, please apply through this form

For more information about the Mentorship program, click here.

Consider Hiring a Co-op Student This Fall

In response to COVID-19 the Federal Government has expanded the Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) and employers are eligible to receive a subsidy of 75% of a co-op student's salary!

Please note this funding cannot be stacked with any other federal funding program used to subsidize a student's salary. Contact Simone Longpre for more details,

Tenured Professor Opening

The School has an opening for a tenured position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor in the area of ‘Exercise, Metabolism, Nutrition and Health’. Click here for the posting description.

This is a joint appointment with the School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Education, and the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. The successful candidate will also hold a concurrent appointment as an investigator within the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (BCCHR).


Don't forget to follow our new and improved social media accounts for news, events, photos, and opportunities to get involved!

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Career Resources


Thank You

Thank you to all the gracious alumni who partook in some of the events that the School and UBC created for the graduating class of 2020. Many alumni took the time to give advice and encouragement to the graduates of 2020 through a 'Wall of Wisdom'.

We take this moment to continue to thank our supportive alumni community and to welcome our new additions. We hope that as a School, we will continue to engage and involve our alumni in our KIN family.

To donate, please direct your gift to 'other', and type 'School of Kinesiology'. Thank you for your support!


Alumni Engagement Office
UBC School of Kinesiology

T: 604 822 9378

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