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Maryland Celebrates 125th Anniversary of Kinesiology Department

The University of Maryland marked the 125th anniversary of its department of kinesiology last week with events that reflected on a rich legacy and looked ahead to a promising future. Alumni, faculty, staff and friends convened to help commemorate the department and its contributions to the scientific study of human movement and its role in health.

The anniversary festivities were held throughout UMD’s 2018 Homecoming Week and included a seminar featuring four alumni members of the National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK); a tour of the department’s laboratories; a luncheon featuring presentations on the past, present and future of the department of kinesiology; a performance by the Gymkana troupe; a book signing with alumni Ms. Joy Bauer;  and a tour of the new UMD Cole Field House.

The NAK speakers included Dr. Michael D. Brown, professor, Auburn University; Dr. Charles Hillman, professor, Northeastern University; Dr. Jody Jensen, professor, University of Texas at Austin; and Dr. David Wiggins, professor emeritus, George Mason University.

Speakers also included Dr. Bradley Hatfield, professor and chair, UMD Department of Kinesiology, associate dean, University of Maryland School of Public Health; Dr. Wallace Loh, president, UMD; Dr. Boris Lushniak, professor and dean, UMD School of Public Health; Dr. Sam Clevenger, lecturer, Towson University; Dr. Shannon Jette, associate professor, UMD department of kinesiology; and Joy Bauer, Today Show nutrition expert, author and founder of Nourish Snacks.

Established in 1892 as the department of physical culture, the department now offers one of the most popular majors at UMD. With over one thousand undergraduates and over fifty graduate students actively pursuing their degrees, kinesiology is the sixth largest major overall with public health science as the fourth largest major.

Today, the department of kinesiology stands as a national leader in research and education. Its community of researchers, instructors, students and alumni continue to build a legacy of excellence in teaching, research, and service.

Learn more about the Maryland department of kinesiology and the 125th anniversary celebration.