February 2019 | Volume lll

Welcome to 2019 - the Year of the Pig!

Here at the School of Kinesiology, we celebrate many of the traditions of the diverse cultures represented both on and off campus. And so, I’d like to wish you all a Happy, Healthy, and Successful Lunar New Year!


On the stroke of midnight, wishes of good fortune are expressed, fireworks explode into the sky and red envelopes are filled with money and exchanged as millions of people around the world ring in the Lunar New Year. In the Chinese zodiac calendar, this is the year of the pig – which is often considered an auspicious year, signifying wealth and fortune for all. In this spirit of fortune, UBC kicked off its Blue and Gold Campaign to support the success of its students. We encourage our alumni with degrees in KIN, Human Kinetics, and PE to consider making a financial contribution towards our KIN students. No gift is too small!


This year marks a renewed era of community spirit – a characteristic for which the school has long been known. It has been some time since we have been able to reach out to engage you in our activities and I apologize for the hiatus. As a first step towards this renewal, we would like to reinvigorate our relationship with you, our alumni community, and hope you will join us in this endeavour. I look forward first to visiting our Richmond-based alumni on April 2nd at 5:30pm. There, I’ll be sharing the remarkable advancements the School is making, including new changes within the School and new research findings. An invitation will be going out to you soon, so mark your calendars and I hope to see you then.


I’d like to stress how important and valued your involvement in the School is, as your interest and participation will benefit KIN students and assist in creating meaningful and impactful change through faculty and student research innovations. We want to hear from you. In the spirit of reaching out and getting to know you, I urge you to take the time to fill out this survey in this newsletter, to share your information and thoughts with us!


I look forward to meeting you soon. Happy New Year!



Dr. Robert Boushel

Director and Professor

UBC School of Kinesiology



Let Us Get to Know You! 


Please take 5 minutes out of your day to fill out this informational survey. Click here for the alumni survey.


The School wishes to share information of interest, create meaningful alumni programs and offer volunteer leadership opportunities that are of value to you. If you are interested in learning about KIN today and getting involved with your School, reconnecting with friends, finding a supportive like-minded network or in giving back to this generation of students in some manner, we ask that you fill out this survey. We value your input!
Many thanks from the KIN Alumni department!

Lunar New Year Celebration | Jan 21 2019

On January 21, 2019, UBC President Dr. Santa Ono and Alumni UBC threw a Lunar New Year celebration. The School of Kinesiology was represented by Director Dr. Rob Boushel and Alumni Manager, Kate Castelo, who hosted several of our KIN alumni at the Jack Poole Hall, in the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. 

For more pictures, click here

Winter Classic | Jan 18 2019

In the biggest UBC Men's Hockey game of the season, the UBC Thunderbirds drove into over time, but utilmately lost 3-2 to their opponents, the Calgary Dinos. 

Thanks to all our KIN alumni raffle winners, and congrats to 4th year KIN student Kyle Becker for a great game!

For Winter Classic 2019 photos with the KIN party, click here


Don't Forget to Follow our New and Improved Social Media Accounts!

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Award Winners

Andrew Au BKin 2019

Andrew is the recipient of the 2018-2019 Premier Undergraduate Scholarship & Wesbrook Scholar award, as well as the Carl Bradford Robertson Scholarship, in recognition of his outstanding academic achievements, participation in sports and involvement with student and community acitivities. 

Andrew is the President of the Kinesiology Undergraduate Society (KUS), and is in his final year in the Health Sciences Stream.

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Terry McKaig BHK 1997

On February 2, 2019, Terry was inducted into the Okotoks Dawgs Hall of Fame, which recognizes those who contribute to the growth of amateur baseball, and the development of state of the art baseball facilities.Terry was head baseball coach at UBC for 18 years, and assumed the role of director of UBC baseball in 2015.

The Okotoks Dawgs are a collegiate summer baseball team that seek to produce varsity and professional level athletes, several of whom are now Thunderbirds Baseball players.

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Nikola Girke BHK 1999

KIN Alumni ambassador, West/North Vancouver.

Four-time Olympic athlete and top female windsurfer in Canada now in the executive coaching business.

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John L. Young BPE 1969

KIN Alumni ambassador, Richmond.

Elementary and Secondary School teacher now ambassdaor at Olympic Oval, founder of the Forever Young running club for seniors.

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Atila Ozkaplan BHK 2001, MSc 2004

KIN Alum now VP of Production Operations - Olympics with the NBC Sports Group, 5-time Sports Emmy award winner.

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Young Alumni Spotlight

Pauline Chuang BKin 2017

KIN Alum in Australia pursues a play-based rehabilitation environment for kids, aspires to shift from reactive care to proactive care.

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Zoe Sarafis BKin 2017

KIN Masters student in Switzerland fronts research in spinal cord injury and neuroscience.

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Brian Chih-Yu Yang BHK 2011

KIN Alumni chapter leader, Shanghai.

KIN Alum overcomes spinal injury, leads the fitness & fitness nutrition industry in Shanghai.

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Professor Emeritus

Dr. Jack Taunton (right), professor emeritus of UBC KIN, has known the importance of sports medicine since he was a boy. Despite suffering major health setbacks in his youth, he made a full physical recovery due to extensive phyisotherapy.

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Call for Reunions


Do you ever wonder what your old classmates are up to? Let us help you get together! 


If you are interested in organizing a class reunion for the years: 1969, 1979, 1989, 1994 or 2009, please send us an email at We are here to support your class celebration, so get in touch! For more information on reunions, please visit our site here, or read our reunion planning handbook here


Senior Alumni Focus Group: Get Involved!

Calling all senior alumni who graduated in 2008 and prior. 

An active and engaged alumni network enhances the value of your KIN degree. You have great ideas about governance, event planning, finance and communications. Why not share these with your alma mater?

We are looking for committed members to join our Senior Alumni group, and to build a strong KIN alumni community. Your knowledge, experience, and expertise will shape the future of the alumni program and foster the relationship between you and the School. 

If you are interested in joining us and contributing to the future of the alumni program, contact us by emailing


Job posting: Tenure-Track Instructor in Applied Anatomy 

UBC KIN is looking for an instructor to teach exercise testing, prescription, and program design, expected to begin July 2019. Applications close March 31, 2019. 

To apply, click here

Upcoming Events


Dr. Mark Carpenter: Fear of Falling | March 4, 2019

Young Alumni Social at Mahony's, DT | March 14, 2019

KIN talks in Richmond | April 2, 2019

Young Alumni Social at Mahony's, Downtown | 7pm, March 14 2019

Mark your calendars! Come meet old friends and make new ones at Mahony's on Burrard Landing, Canada Place. Get ready for a fun night: every attendee will have a chance to win a prize! For location details, click here.



KIN Goes on the Road! First Stop – Richmond! | April 2 2019

We know how challenging it is to come all the way out to UBC’s Vancouver Campus, so Dr. Rob Boushel, Director of the UBC School of Kinesiology, would like to come out and say hello. Over the next period, Dr. Boushel will conduct a speaking tour of major cities and municipalities in the Lower Mainland. He’d like to share news about the School, and about some of the impressive faculty research and innovations.

This is a call-out to our Richmond-based Alumni! Mark Your Calendars for Tuesday, April 2nd 5:30pm-7pm. Richmond will be the 1st stop on the speaking tour. We hope that you will come out after work for an informal KIN-Alumni gathering. Dr. Boushel’s academic training is in cardiovascular and exercise physiology including the adaptive response to various forms of training in various populations. Please standby for an e-invitation with a confirmed venue from your Richmond alumni host, John L. Young, BPE 1969.