Summer 2020   
With the start of the school year on the horizon, I wanted to take this time to thank the many community members who have been continuing to go above and beyond despite the challenges we face right now. Gators persevere. This is a year that will make history, from the pandemic, Black Lives Matter and the economy, our community continues to come together, lead and support each other. 

As a college, we will continue to prioritize health and safety while delivering a world-class educational and research environment. If you have not already, I encourage you to visit Our Plan Forward for information about efforts as the fall semester begins.

Wherever this finds you, I wish each of you and your communities health and wellness during this time.

Mike Reid
UF HHP Embraces "No Walls Teaching" (#NWT)

Learn about the ways UF HHP is embracing #NoWallsTeaching when it comes to instruction that extends beyond the confines of a traditional classroom. From leading the dissection of a sheep brain to working with students to develop an integrated community health plan, our faculty remain committed to excellence in education, even from a distance.

Scott Powers on Exercising During COVID-19

What are the risks that go with increased physical activity during the coronavirus pandemic? It is difficult for science to weigh in with specific guidance because of the many variables involved, says Scott Powers, Ph.D.

COVID-19 Tips on Addiction, Supporting Athletes and Mindfulness

HHP experts Megan McVay, Michelle Smith and Steve Young offer tips and guidance to help navigate the coronavirus pandemic.

Interning During a Pandemic

HHP seniors found their final semester internships cancelled or changed with short notice this spring in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. But the sudden transition didn’t stop students from making the most out of their spring semester immersion experiences — a requirement for the completion of their bachelor’s degrees.


This summer, Dean Michael Reid announced several updates within the leadership in the Office of Faculty and Staff Affairs.

Congrats to Stephen Dodd, Ph.D., interim chair in the Department of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management (THEM), on his retirement and welcome to Rachel J.C. (Chen) Fu, as the inaugural chair of THEM.

Hear how Mariel White, a student in sport management, was diagnosed with Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA)—formerly known as Churg Strauss syndrome as a sophomore—and how it left her paralyzed from the waist down.

The virtual commencement for summer graduates will be held Saturday, August 15 at 1 p.m. Tune in to hear addresses by Benny Vaughn, BSHSE '85, and Blake Hutchins, BSAPK '20.


Alumnus and acclaimed chef Edouardo Jordan, BABA '03 BSESS '03, chose to respond to the COVID-19 crisis by feeding others currently out of work in the Seattle restaurant community. Chef Jordan organized a community kitchen provides meals for free to those in the hospitality industry. “We won’t turn away anyone who needs a meal,” says Jordan.

Meet Linda Hansen Caldwell, BSPE ’76. Learn about her lifelong passion for curiosity and her quest to research and teach others about the “Father of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning” Dr. John Gorrie.


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Gators Helping Gators
Are you in a position to recruit or refer Gator alumni to your organization? Are you willing to support current students with their professional development? HHP is looking for alumni interested in hiring students for full-time, part-time and internship positions, as well as alumni who would like to lead presentations, share resources and participate on panels. Email Tiffany Griffith to get started –

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.
Help us celebrate the College of Health & Human Performance's 75th anniversary by making a planned gift that will strengthen our college and influence generations to come. Our goal is to reach 75 planned gifts by the time of our college's 75th anniversary in 2021 – we're only 21 gifts away!

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Learn how to begin your UF legacy now. Contact Lesley Thurston.