Welcome home: Join us for the Oct. 7 tailgate

Join us on Saturday, October 7 for a special college-wide tailgate. We promise food, photos, games and fun! 

Bring your family and RSVP by September 23.

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Save the Dates: College Events

Mark your calendars this fall for our Fall Retreat, Paper Airplane Challenge, Homecoming Tailgate and Spring Awards.

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Christine Wegner Named Fellow of North American Society for Sport Management

Congratulations to Christine Wegner, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Coaching Excellence and instructional assistant professor in sport management, for being named a North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) Research Fellow.

Fellow status honors achievements in sport-related scholarship disseminated through the society.

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Long spaceflights, frequent travel take a toll on astronauts’ brains, study shows

The findings of a new study that looked at how the human brain changes during spaceflight could provide valuable guidance for future space exploration planning.

“We found that the more time people spent in space, the larger their ventricles became,” said Rachael Seidler, Ph.D., a professor of applied physiology and kinesiology and an author of the study. “Many astronauts travel to space more than one time, and our study shows it takes about three years between flights for the ventricles to fully recover.”

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Survey reveals why people choose to visit Florida

Florida is known for its great weather and beautiful beaches, but why are people really flocking to the sunshine state? A University of Florida survey, led by Rachel J.C. Fu, Ph.D., director at the Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute and chair of the Department of Tourism, Hospitality & Event Management, examined the various factors involved in visitor decision-making and found that social media plays a huge role in why people visit Florida.

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Celebrating Doug DeMichele's 38 Years of Service

Celebrating nearly 40 years of service, the College of Health & Human Performance wishes Doug DeMichele, Ed.D., instructional professor in sport management, a happy retirement. Dr. DeMichele retired this spring.

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Pegboard test assessing movement could aid Parkinson’s research, study shows

UF-Northwestern research team, including Drs. David Vaillancourt and Bradley J. Wilkes in the Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology, reports pegboard test could provide objective marker of Parkinson’s motor symptom changes.

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Celebrating scholars and donors

Thank you, Gators! With the support of generous donors, this spring we awarded more than 100 scholarships to deserving students. On April 28, we celebrated this community of scholars and donors over lunch with special guests Albert and Alberta.

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Institute for Coaching Excellence Announces New Director

Christine Wegner, Ph.D., has been named as incoming director of the Institute for Coaching Excellence, effective May 16. The institute was founded in 2022 by outgoing director Michael Sagas, Ed.D., professor of sport management.

Dr. Sagas will be departing UF to serve as dean of the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management at the University of South Carolina.

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Congratulations, Gator Grads!

Over Commencement weekend this spring, the college celebrated candidates earning 10 doctoral, 149 master's and 399 bachelor's degrees.

Congratulations to the Class of 2023!

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2023 Spring Awards: Celebrating the College Community

On April 28, the University of Florida College of Health & Human Performance recognized 19 alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends making an impact within The Gator Nation and beyond.

These honorees are a source of inspiration and pride.

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New Director of Career Development and Global Engagement

Michael Fitzgerald has been named the inaugural Director of Career Development and Global Engagement for the College of Health and Human Performance. His term begins on May 5. This role reflects the college’s commitment to increasing career readiness for students and enhancing faculty and student engagement with the world.

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Happy Gator Day!

HHP is proud to join The Gator Nation for in championing the Gator Good!

At HHP, we’re advancing the way we live, work and play by promoting healthy living, training the next generation, enhancing physical performance and enriching lives.

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Congratulations, Gator Grads!

Over commencement weekend this spring, the college will celebrate 10 doctoral graduates, 91 master's and 332 bachelor's degree recipients.

HHP master's and bachelor's degree recipients and guests will hear addresses by Steve Mesler, BSESS '00, three-time Olympian, World Champion and co-founder of Classroom Champions, and Alexis Halstead, a graduating senior leader in applied physiology and kinesiology aspiring to be a physical therapist.

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The most successful WrestleMania of all time? Florida sports professors saw it coming

WrestleMania 39 became the highest-grossing and most successful event in the history of World Wrestling Entertainment, with more than 500 million views in two days. Kyriaki (Kiki) Kaplanidou, Ph.D., professor in sport management, co-authored a piece last year on the WWE.

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From all of us in the College of Health & Human Performance – thank you to our graduate students. You are a critical part of our college and we are grateful for everything you do.

Learn about activities happening throughout the week of April 3.

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Michael Reid Awarded American College of Sports Medicine Honor Award

Michael Reid, Ph.D., dean of the College of Health & Human Performance and professor in applied physiology & kinesiology, was awarded the honor award at the Texas Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine in February. 

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D.K. Stanley Day 2023: Celebrating the College of Health & Human Performance

The 2023 D.K. Stanley Day Committee and the College of Health & Human Performance welcomed the university and greater community to a special lecture, lunch and poster symposium in celebration of our first dean and the college's commitment to enhancing the quality of life.

The day kicked off with the lecture from UF Alumna Chynna Clayton, BSR ’10, BA ’10, CEO and founder of Matriarch Made Development and former director of travel and event operations for Michelle Obama.

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Welcome #UF27!

Congratulations to our newest Gators! The College of Health & Human Performance (HHP) gives you an education unlike anywhere else. Here, you have the opportunity to study, explore and make a profound difference in people’s lives. We empower students with the tools, knowledge and confidence to fulfill their dreams and become remarkable assets to their communities.

At HHP, you will gain more than just an education – we are confident you will also find a home.

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Meet Russell Gaither, MS APK '22

Russell Gaither, MS APK ’22, is a performance specialist with Orlando City Soccer Club where he has helped players develop in performance nutrition, mental skills, and strength and conditioning.

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We Heard You Holler! Thank you, Gators!

The fifth “Stand-Up and Holler: Gator Nation Giving Day” was held on Thursday, February 16. On this day, Gators from around the world donated to various causes across UF and in support of the College of Health & Human Performance.


The Unstoppable Benny Vaughn (BSHSE ’85)

This Gator is hailed as the Father of Sports Massage. Growing up Black in the Jim Crow South prepared him to be the leader and innovator he is today.

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UF achieves No. 1 ranking for online bachelor’s degree programs

For the second year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked University of Florida as the top institution in the country to offer an online bachelor’s degree. The rankings organization also named UF as the country’s No. 1 university for veterans and active-duty service members to earn an online bachelor’s degree.

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Congratulations to Ashlee Ossiboff and David Vaillancourt

The College of Health & Human Performance is proud to announce the 2023 Teacher of the Year and Doctoral Dissertation Mentoring Award.

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Save these 2023 dates

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for Gator Nation Giving Day, D.K. Stanley Day, Scholarship Convocation, Spring Awards and Commencement.

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