April 2020   
On behalf of the College of Health & Human Performance, I wish each of you and your families health and wellness during this unprecedented time.

The University of Florida continues to be one of the world’s leading research and teaching institutions, making a tremendous difference in light of the challenges we face today and in the future. At the College of Health & Human Performance, we remain focused on ways to help others – in the Gator Community and beyond. You will see some highlights of our work in this edition of the Performance Newsletter.

I join you in being proud of the Gator Nation and most especially of our faculty and staff who continue to lead in myriad ways.

Mike Reid
When the world starts to slow, we say Go.
And when the world needs leaders, we say Gators.
COVID-19 Tips on Addiction, Supporting Athletes and Mindfulness

HHP experts Rob Leeman, Ph.D., Laura J. Barnes and Kim Holton, Ph.D., offer tips and guidance to help navigate the coronavirus pandemic.

Tourism and Travel in the Wake of a Pandemic

“We haven’t seen a global crisis that’s impacted every country globally and every facet of the tourism industry.”

Lori Pennington-Gray, Ph.D., in the Tourism Crisis Initiative shares insight through recent features on Reddit and the New York Times.

HHP Researchers Contribute PPE to UF Health

Researchers in the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, in coordination with the HHP Research Office, have stepped up, donating gloves, face masks, N95 respirators, disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer, to UF Health.

Women in Athlete Development Symposium Goes Online

Organizers of the two-day symposium featuring nationally respected women leaders, experts, practitioners and researchers in the field of athlete development moved the event online. More than 80 professionals and students from the U.S. and abroad participated along with 16 speakers and special guests who shared valuable industry knowledge and insight.
Celebrate the #UFHHPgrad Class of 2020!

While the ceremonies have been rescheduled, that won't stop us from celebrating our latest graduates. We hope you will join us on Friday, May 1 to view videos and share posts using the #UFHHPgrad hashtag.


Rachel J.C. (Chen) Fu, Ph.D., will join HHP as the chair for the Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management effective August 1, 2020. Dr. Fu joins the college from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she is a professor in the Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management.

While we won’t be able to gather in person, we did want to take this opportunity to recognize our outstanding Spring Award honorees. Read about them and offer your congrats!

The UF Motorsports Forum highlights multiple disciplines within HHP and across the university from the physical endurance it takes to excel to the business of the sport and its leadership. Hear past interviews with racing leaders Max Siegel, Marc Miller and Charlie Kimball.

You Can Help – Gators Hiring Gators
Are you in a position to recruit or refer Gator alumni to your organization? HHP is looking for alumni interested in hiring students for full-time, part-time and internship positions. Email Tiffany Griffith to get started – tgriffith@ufsa.ufl.edu.

Help is Available
The Career Connections Center is proud to serve distinguished UF alumni and the support doesn’t end after graduation. Alumni career services include access to Gator CareerLink, educational workshops and events, and individual Career Planning sessions with certified career coaches. Learn more.

Career Connections Center Nexus Podcast
Tune in to the Career Connections Center podcast as they explore unscripted conversations around values, interests and career goals. Give it a listen.
Save the date: May 5, 2020 #GivingTuesdayNow