Alumni Movements

February 2021 | Volume XIX


School News


An Invitation to Submit Your Memories as a Student on Campus

Since its inception in 1946, the School has evolved through many different phases, from being known as the School of Physical Education, to the School of Human Kinetics up to today’s incarnation as the School of Kinesiology. However, the essence of the School has remained the same: Studying What Moves Us!

Celebrating milestones is more important than ever when times are uncertain. But how do we celebrate when people must stay physically distant to be safe? We're working to find alternative ways to mark the milestone. One way we can share in the glow of this occasion is to post your memories with the community. We want your stories, old photographs and videos. Click on the button to share today! 

Submit Your Memories!


Gateway Building Public Consultation

On February 4, 2021, UBC Campus and Community Planning held two public consultations on the Gateway Building, the future home of Kinesiology. The public comment period for this project is now closed but if you are interested in learning more about the building, please click on the button below. 


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UBC named one of BC’s Top Employers in 2021

We are very happy to say that UBC was named one of BC’s Top Employers in 2021!  This designation recognizes the British Columbian employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work and the most progressive and forward-thinking programs. As a foundational partner and stakeholder in MoveUBC and the Move U Crew, the School of Kinesiology is delighted that one of the top reasons cited for the designation is that UBC encourages physical activity through the “Move U Crew“, who provide guided movement breaks in classes, conferences, and meetings, and hosting guided walks. 

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Research News

Drs. Moss Norman and Jan Hare Awarded Funding for:
(Re) Imagining 
Indigenous-Centered UBC Campus Recreation 

Congratulations to Dr. Jan Hare (Associate Dean, Indigenous Education) and Dr. Moss Norman (Assistant Professor, KIN) for being one of four teams across UBC awarded Campus as a Living Lab (CLL) Fund grants. These inaugural grants are designed to support innovative research projects on the Vancouver campus that support strategic sustainability priorities and embody the principles of a living lab.

Drs. Hare and Norman will use their award to support their project (Re) Imagining Indigenous-Centered UBC Campus Recreation. The project will address two UN Sustainable Development Goals, including ‘Good Health’ and ’Sustainable Cities and Communities', by responding to several priority calls to action within UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP), with an over-arching objective with an over-arching objective to decolonize campus space and advance and support Indigenous self-determination through socially and culturally sustainable campus recreation. 

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Effects of Aerobic Exercise Training on Daily Psychological Processes in Family Caregivers: Secondary Analyses of a Randomized Controlled Trial

Eli Puterman is the principle researcher in this new study that states "Four decades of research have established that increased exposure to daily stressors is as important as major stressful life events in shaping health and wellbeing." The aim of the study was to examine the effects of a 24-week aerobic exercise training program on daily psychological processes and the occurrence of stressors in a group of previously physically underactive family caregivers of patients with dementia.

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Andrea Bundon Serves as Guest Co-Editor of Special Issue of QRSEH Journal: Contemporary Digital Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health 

A special issue of the Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise & Health, QRSEH journal (Volume 13, Issue 1, 2021) has been published on the fascinating and timely topic of ‘Contemporary digital qualitative research in sport, exercise and health.’ The journal was edited by Dr. Andrea Bundon, an assistant professor in the UBC School of Kinesiology and by Dr. Victoria Goodyear, a senior lecturer in Pedagogy in Sport, Physical Activity and Health who specializes in digital technologies and social media in young people’s health and wellbeing at the University of Birmingham.

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 Alumni Stories

"From the Exposome to the Socioexposome in COVID-19 Research—A Call for More Multidisciplinary Research"

Three recent UBC Kinesiology PhD grads, Sarah Koch (2018), Liv Yoon (2019), Bieke Gils (2014), have recently published an article in the JAMA Network (December 29, 2020). The KIN alumnae make a call for a multidisciplinary research approach that encompasses perspectives from both natural and social sciences to studying health disparities in the wake of COVID-19. As a respiratory physiologist, an environmental sociologist, and a cultural historian respectively, Koch, Yoon, and Gils are applying this holistic understanding of the body in this Commentary and in their research pursuits.

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Preet Gandhi (BKin ‘18)

New Podcast Series

Joshua Britton (BKin ’15) 

New Podcast Series on Health Produced by two KIN Alumni

Sicker Than Your Average Health Show (STYAHS) is a new podcast series produced by two UBC KIN alumni, Preet Gandhi (BKin '18, MSc '20) and Joshua Britton (BKin ‘15, MD '21). These two Kinners share their passion for health literacy and advocacy with an entertaining spin on a variety of health headlines. To pique your interest, the first two episodes cover the world’s most expensive drug and the future of AI and robots in health care!

Listen and subscribe on Spotify, Apple, or Instagram.


Betty Baxter (BPE '75)

Congratulations to Betty Baxter (BPE '75), for her Hall of Fame Induction, highlighting her illustrious career in volleyball! 

Betty played volleyball at UBC and was a member of the Thunderbirds team that won back-to-back National Interuniversity Sport titles in 1972-73 and 1973-74. In 1974 she was named BC’s University Athlete of the Year. Betty is a co-founder of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and the National Coaching School for Women.

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Recognizing Our 
Alumni Leaders and Donors 

We Couldn't Do it Without You!

Our thanks and appreciation go out to the Canadian Sports Institute and the Mikulec Family

“The Canadian Sports Institute (CSI) and the Mikulec family, have generously made a gift of $50,000 to establish an endowment to support students in the Master of High-Performance Coaching and Technical Leadership in School of Kinesiology.” If you would like to make a contribution to the growth of this professional program, please contact Suzanne Scott, Assistant Dean, Development & Alumni Engagement at


We are Grateful to our
KIN Alumni Speakers who Shared their Career Stories with Students

The School wishes to recognize the generosity of spirit and time that alumni have shared with KIN undergraduate students. This past year, six extraordinary alumni took time out of their schedules to join Dr. Maria Gallo's first-year class online.

"The KIN alumni speakers are one of the highlights of the course. They share how KIN shaped and prepared them for their current careers while imparting wise words on self-development and growth. The students are exposed to diverse paths and careers and are grateful for these honest conversations. Alumni engagement is key to highlight the past but alumni also have an impact on the future of our students." - Dr. Maria Gallo

Many thanks to the following alumni:

Dana Sinclair
(BPE '85)

Performance Psychologist,
Human Performance International

Lindsay Carswell (BHK '95)

Director, Ride to Conquer Cancer, BC Cancer Foundation past UBC KIN Mentor

Sushant Raj
(BHK '95)

Notary Public
UBC KIN Mentor

Joey Alexis
(BHK '06)

Firefighter, City of Surrey
UBC KIN Mentor 

Shelina Babul
(PhD '01)

Associate Director, Sports Injury Specialist, BC Injury Research & Prevention

Gunter Siegmund (PhD '01)

Senior engineer, MEA Forensic, Injury Biomechanics Group



Upcoming Events


Shout-out to our KIN Community! KIN grad students need an audience. Come support them at the 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) Physical Activity and Exercise Competition

Friday, February 19, 2021 | 12:00pm-1:30pm PST

The Three Minute Thesis is an academic competition that assists current graduate students at both UBC campuses with fostering effective presentation and communication skills. Participants have just three minutes to explain the breadth and significance of their research project to a non-specialist audience. Audience members will be able to vote for their favourite presentation to dictate who receives recognition for “Audience Choice.”



Gymnastics Spring Break Camps!

Active Kids will be offering morning camps for the Gym Kids and Excel programs this Spring Break! Stay tuned, all information is now available on their website.

Registration opens: Monday, February 22, 2021 at 7:00am PST

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Join special guest Dr. Paul Zehr, award-winning neuroscience communicator and popular writer/educator for his presentation 'From Batman to Brain and Back Again'

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 | 3:30pm-4:30pm PST

Dr. Paul E Zehr, Professor, Sensorimotor Neuroscience, University of Victoria

A life in science is a journey that rarely follows a strict and linear path. This 'fireside chat' outlines a perspective, and lived experience of following one's passion for martial arts, popular culture, and knowledge-sharing as they converged in a career in sensorimotor neuroscience.

You may join the February 24th seminar via Zoom here. Meeting ID: 647 2456 5135. Passcode: 200117

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You are invited to attend a lively 75th Anniversary panel discussion on Decolonizing Physical Activity and Sport

Friday, February 26, 2021 | 12:00pm-1:30pm PST

In celebration of its 75th Anniversary, the School of Kinesiology is proud to sponsor a panel discussion on “Decolonizing Physical Activity and Sport.” Held in partnership with Move UBC, the UBC Learning Circle, UBC Recreation and UBC Wellbeing, the School co-hosts a discussion that hopes to bring awareness to the importance of decolonizing physical activity and sport. Panellists will present approaches that promote sport and physical activity within Indigenous communities. The event is being held as part of Move UBC Month. 

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Celebrating 75 Years of KIN Stories

UBC's first Gym opened in 1929, and served as the headquarters of the Department of Physical Education until the completion of the War Memorial Gym in 1951.

It then became the “Women’s Gymnasium” until it was dismantled in 1970 to make way for the expansion of the Buchanan Building.

In 1946, planning for the construction of a new building for the School of Physical Education/Kinesiology began. By 1951, the War Memorial Gym became the official home for the School where it has remained for the past 70 years. 

Designed by architect Ned Pratt, famed UBC alumnus and Olympic rower, this building stands as a monument to the fallen soldiers of the Great Wars.

The School of Kinesiology has long outgrown the War Memorial Building (currently divided  across 9 buildings on campus!) and anticipates moving into the new Gateway Building in 2024.

The Gateway Building will express a sense of welcome and announce Musqueam as the host Nation. It will invite people into the campus heart and inspire a feeling of well-being and home to those who enter it.


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Career Resources 

Your Next Step brings together valuable career resources from across UBC to support graduating students and alumni. See below for upcoming career events and workshops! 

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