Message from the Dean

The academic year of 2021-2022 provided everyone in the Gupta Faculty of Kinesiology and Applied Health with another challenging, but rewarding year in terms of teaching and scholarship. After a very successful Spring term, the Fall term began on a very positive note in terms of the return to in-person teaching activities. By the end of Fall term, a difficult decision was made in the University to return to remote learning for most of our students. Exceptions to this were those courses housed in the Athletic Therapy program. It should be noted that the students and course instructors who safely continued their in-person activities in this program did a marvelous job, given the emergence of omicron.

The Gupta Faculty of Kinesiology and Applied Health is proud to offer two programs that are accredited by external bodies. Our Bachelor of Kinesiology program is accredited by the Canadian Council of University Physical Education and Kinesiology Administrators (CCUPEKA). The University of Winnipeg Athletic Therapy program has been accredited since 1999 by the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA). While many of our activities were achieved via computer monitors, this did not diminish the quality and enthusiasm of our faculty and students who continued to pursue their scholarly goals. This was on display by our highly successful KINect week in the first week November which showcased the scholarship taking place in our faculty. I had the pleasure of attending this event which also featured two excellent keynote speakers: Dr. Guylaine Demers (Université Laval, Québec, QC) who gave a presentation entitled ‘Transformational Change: Creating a New Culture of Sport Coaching’ and Dr. Andrew Friesen (Pennsylvania State University, Berks Campus Reading, PA, USA) who gave a presentation entitled ‘Emotion Regulation of Others and Self in Sport’.

Congratulations to our 2021 Gupta Faculty of Kinesiology and Applied Health student award winners Phillippe Larouche (Dr. Henry Woltman Scholarship); Sydney Godbout (Physical and Health Education Canada Student Award); Jasmine Dela Cruz (CCUPEKA Leadership Scholarship); Braeden Kaminski (Gord Mackie Scholarship in Athletic Therapy);  Kassidy Nauboris (Chuck Badcock Scholarship in Athletic Therapy);  Madison Fyvie (Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Undergraduate Student Medal); Katherin Dyck (Sam Diamond Athletic Therapy Scholarship); Mira Cerilli-Koroluk (Manitoba Brain Injury Athletic Therapy Scholarship). I am also proud to acknowledge that we also had a Wesmen Athlete from our Faculty who was honoured with a Canada West women's basketball major award. In March, Kyanna Giles (BPHE 3-Yr in Physical and Health Education) was named the winner of the Courage Overcoming Adversity Award, given to the conference's so-called comeback player of the year, named ‘comeback player of the year by the conference’

In terms of research and scholarship, researchers were awarded significant Manitoba Medical Service Foundation grants. Dr. Natalie Richer received funding for ‘The Impact of Attentional Focus on Postural Stability in the Aging Brain’ and Dr.  Yannick Molgat-Seon for ‘Determining the Influence of Sex and Gender on the Perception of Dyspnoea’. Increasing the research capacity for these individuals also took place during much of the summer and fall with renovations to existing lab space in Duckworth.

Given the challenges presented by budgets, delays caused by forest fires and supply chain issues, the space was improved significantly. The creative vision of Kyle MacDonald and his team in Facilities is acknowledged for their hard work and patience with the Dean. 

Overall, the Gupta Faculty of Kinesiology and Applied Health had a successful year. I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to Dr. Danielle Defries for her hard work as Department Chair, Kinesiology and Applied Health and Dr. Melanie Gregg for stepping in as the acting Associate Dean of Science for one year. I can’t think of a more interesting or challenging year for an administrator than the past one. Finally, I would like to extend a most sincere thanks for the much-appreciated administrative support provided by Sandra Wiebe, Jenna Russell and Rebecca Stephenson. I can’t thank them enough for the outstanding effort of these people who work tirelessly in the background for the faculty.  

 

Douglas Goltz

Acting Dean,

Gupta Faculty of Kinesiology and Applied Health