KIN Alumni Newsletter

November, 2019 | Volume XI


School News

We are happy to announce the following Kinesiology alumni were inducted into the inaugural class of Canada West Hall of Fame:

  • Dr. Dick Mosher (BPE 1966)
  • Glenn Steele (BPE 1987)
  • the late Marilym Pomfret (BPE 1954)


L-R: Don Wells, Dick Mosher, Dr. Robert Boushel

Photographer: Bob Frid 

On Saturday October 12, 2019 UBC held a recognition ceremony celebrating Dr. Dick Mosher’s induction into the inaugural class of the Canada West Hall of Fame. Dick was a 12-time CW champion, nine-time national champion, and was named national Coach of the Year on three occasions.

Not only was Dr. Mosher a celebrated coach, he was also a celebrated Academic, retiring in August 2012 from the School of Kinesiology. In 1975 Dick became a faculty member in the School of Physical Education and Recreation (now the School of Kinesiology) UBC. Dick enjoyed a scholarly research career, with his academic responsibilities for the last eighteen years of his career co-ordinating the Masters in Human Kinetics, MHK (now Masters in Kinesiology) program, along with the development of the Coaching Science option. [More]

UPCOMING: Young Alumni & Students Trivia Night | November 15

KIN Young Alumni Leaders Yingying Zhou and Angelo Graffos invite you to a fun night of trivia and awesome prizes. Join us for some food and drinks, meet and network with current KIN students, and be ready to show off your knowledge!

Come early as the first 20 people to arrive will receive a surprise door prize! All those who attend have a chance to win more awesome raffle prizes, including a pair of Canucks tickets!



In Memoriam - Sandy Silver (1950-2019)

It is with sadness the School has learned that former Kinesiology Instructor and UBC Volleyball Coach, Sandy Silver passed away October 14th, 2019 having suffered a stroke. Sandy was a champion of women in sport, breaking down barriers for many who followed. She was the starting setter for the Toronto Blues Women’s Volleyball, York University, and Ontario Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Association East Championship. She served as assistant coach to Canada’s National Women’s Team during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Sandy taught in the School of Kinesiology beginning in 1979 as an Instructor, and coached the UBC Women’s Volleyball team (1979-1983). Her coaching career came to a halt in 1984 while she battled cancer. Sandy continued to be a leader in sport for women, with a devotion for volleyball and empowering people, serving as Canada West Volleyball Convenor (1992-2016). Her contributions to the sport of volleyball have been recognized with her inductions into both the Volleyball Canada’s Hall of Fame, and Volleyball BC Hall of Fame. Our condolences go to her family and many friends in sport.


Alumni Profiles

Shelina Babul PhD, 2001

KIN alum a North American leader in concussion recognition, response and prevention  [More]

Caitlyn Geary BKIN, 2019

Lead author of a recent peer reviewed article published in Journal of Physiology [More]


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Student Features

Grant Philips-Hing

Third year, health sciences stream

KUS leader shares his diverse campus involvement initiatives. [More]

Christy Wee

Fifth year, interdisciplinary stream

KIN student shares her unexpected academic journey and co-op work experience. [More]



Kinesiology Co-op Job Postings

Are you an employer looking to hire UBC KIN Co-op students in the upcoming year? The Kinesiology Co-op program has accepted 46 new students to the Program for this year.

We are currently accepting Job Postings from Employers for the January - April (4 month) or January - August (8 month) terms.

If you would like more information about becoming a KIN Co-op Employer, please visit the co-op website, or if you have a job to post for KIN Co-op students, please contact the co-op office at

Co-op Website


Upcoming Events

Dean's Distinguished Lecture | November 19

Senator Sinclair served the justice system in Manitoba for over 25 years. He was the first Aboriginal Judge appointed in Manitoba and the second in Canada.

He served as Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry in Manitoba and as Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). As head of the TRC, he participated in hundreds of hearings across Canada, culminating in the TRC’s Report in 2015. He also oversaw a multi-million dollar fundraising program that supported TRC events and activities, including travel funds for survivors to attend TRC events. [More]

Space is limited, so please register using the link below.



Killam Public Lecture Series: "Healthy Aging, From Cells to Societies"

This public lecture series is organized by UBC professor, Dr. Eli Puterman. Stay tuned for more details on registration and lecture descriptions.


Events Recap

Climate Comeback Video Launch | October 10

An Evening of Hopeful Discussion around Climate and Sport.

On October 10th, the School of Kinesiology’s Centre for Sport and Sustainability (CSS) teamed up with UBC Climate Hub to host the launch of an inspiring mini-film produced by the Climate Hub. The 90 second video, available for viewing [here], features individual UBC athletes who relay inspiring sport-related ‘comeback’ stories from physical injuries that threatened to end their careers.

After opening remarks by Director of the School Dr. Robert Boushel and Director of the Centre for Sport and Sustainability Dr. Brian Wilson, the video was screened, followed by a lively panel discussion. The panel, moderated by UBC Wellbeing Director Dr. Matt Dolf, featured two of the student-athletes from the video, figure skater Aspen Ono and swimmer Markus Thormeyer, as well as Grace Nosek, student Director of Climate Hub, and Dr. Andrea Bundon, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology.

L-R: Prof. Brian Wilson, Director of CSS; Prof. Andrea Bundon (PhD' 14); Matt Dolf (PhD' 18), Director of UBC Wellbeing; Aspen Ono, panelist & athlete in the film; Grace Nosek, Student Director of UBC Climate Hub & Executive Producer of the video; Markus Thormeyer, panelist and athlete in the film  

Photographer: Julia Zhu

The Great Trek Relay & Fall Classic Run | October 26

Thank you to the students who came to represent KIN at the Great Trek Relay and Fall Classic Run on October 26th! Students joined UBC KIN Director Dr. Rob Boushel, KIN staff Kathy Manson and Anna Scales, and PhD student Shalaya Kipp in celebrating UBC's history of student leadership and advocacy.

The Great Trek Relay and Fall Classic Run hearkens back to original Great Trek of 1922, which inspired the founding and construction of UBC’s Vancouver campus. In 1922, students began a campaign to encourage the building of more classrooms and facilities for the university's rapidly expanding student body. They embarked on a march called the 'Great Trek' from Downtown Vancouver to Point Grey, and presented a petition of 56,000 signatures, collected from residents of Vancouver in support of more suitable building at UBC. This prompted the Cabinet in Victoria to approve the continuation of construction in Point Grey, giving us the UBC Vancouver Campus as we know it today.

For more information on the history of the Great Trek Festival, click [Here]

Back row L-R: Kathy Manson, Shalaya Kipp, Sarah Sauer, Kaia Herbst, Aneesha Mehta, Natascha Lam, Director Robert Boushel;

Front row L-R: Randy Gao, Jalen Hamilton, Robert Graham, Gary Sidhu,​​​​​​ Anna Scales




The School understands that many of our alumni live at a distance or have demands that keep you from attending events and seminars that are held throughout the year. We are happy to announce that audio recordings and podcasts of these events are now being made available on the School website.

If you’ve missed an event that you wished you could have attended, or if you want to keep up on research trends by listening to special lectures and seminars, please click here to listen.

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