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The kinesiology department is comprised of the majors of athletic training, exercise science, and physical education. The department also offers minors in health education, physical education, exercise science and kinesiology and well as the offering of the health dynamics academic programs.  It also oversees the inter-collegiate athletic and club and intramural sports programs.

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Dr. Brian Rider Published in the International Journal of Health Promotion and Education.

Read his article here.


Dr. Chad Carlson, Contributing Author on the Book Selected for the North American Society for Sport History 2016 Anthology of the Year Award.

Dr. Carlson contributed the chapter entitled: “The Greatest High School Basketball Game Ever: The Showdown of Wootten’s DeMatha vs. Alcindor’s Power in 1965” which was published in DC Sports: A Century in Transition, ed. David K. Wiggins and Christopher Elzey (University of Arkansas Press). Read more about the book here.


Brian Morehouse Named BCAM Women's Coach of the Year.

Coach Morehouse was honored after guiding the Flying Dutch to a 26-2 overall record during the 2015-16 season. Read more here.


Dr. Dunn's Student/Faculty Research is Published in
The Journal of Research in Music Performance

Recently Exercise Science Program Director, Dr. Maureen Dunn, teamed up with students Natalie Woodberry, Julia Slesinski, Megan Herzog, Miranda Orlando, and Jessica St. Clair for a collaborative research project. This project brought together the worlds of exercise science and musical, the results of which were published in the Spring, 2016 issue of the Journal of Research in Musical Performance. The title of their article is "Effects of Expiratory Muscle Strength Training on Lung Function and Musical Performancein Collegiate Wind Instrumentalists."
Read the article here.

2016 Department Award Winners Announced

The following students have been named recipients of the department awards:

Exercise Science Majors of the Year
Chelsea Root

National Association of Sport and Physical Education
Outstanding Majors of the Year
David Brown

Seymour Pre-Physical Theraphy Award
Elizabeth Sitterley

Susan Allie Physical Education Award
Elizabeth VandeWege

Athletic Training Junior Book Award
Kyle Niswonger

Miner Stegenga Award
Jacob Chipka

Alvin Vanderbush Student Athlete Award
Anna Krueger

Kathleen White Memorial Award
Mikaela Harrell

Lawrence "Doc" Green Award in Athletic Training
Emily Florek

Dorothy and Russell Siedentop Awards
Maura McAfee
Brock Benson

William and Mabel VanderBilt Family Award
Tyler Marone

Otto VanderVelde All-Campus Award
Boone Marois

John Schouten All-Campus Award
Sarah Sheridan

Dr. Steven Smith Featured for Service in Jamaica

Each year Professor of Kinesiology and Head Men's Soccer Coach, Dr. Steven Smith, leads groups of Hope students to serve in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Dr. Smith has a long-standing relationship with the Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf and Rosemount Missionary Church and was featured in a local newspaper for the work he and 31 Hope students performed over Spring Break. The church was on the receiving end of donations of manual labor and monies channeled toward building a multi-purpose building that will be used as a homework center for youth in the community.



Capestany Family Named WMTA Tennis Family of the Year

On Sunday, April 24, DeWitt Tennis Center Director, Jorge Capestany, his wife, Marti, and daughter, Carli ('15) received the West Michigan Tennis Association's Family of the Year Award. Congratuatations to the Capestany for being such great ambassadors for the sport and Hope College!!


Kinesiology Faculty Awarded
Nyenhuis Summer Research Grants

Professors Chad Carlson and Mark Northuis have been awarded Nyenhuis Summer Research Grants. These research grants are extremely competitive and prestigious and provide another opportunity for exceptional opportunities for experiential learning for students. 

Dr. Carlson will be working with Ty VanWieren (2017, Kinesiology) and Harrison Blackledge (2017, Communication/Management/Ministry) to study the concept of rivalry in sport from a philosophical and theological perspective. They will specifically look at the ways in which rivalry and competition in sport are and are not compatible with Christian faith. And they will be working on a research team over the summer with a Calvin professor/coach and two Calvin student-athletes.

Dr. Northuis will be working with Cameron Jones (2017, Exercise Science) and Rachael Webb (2017, Exercise Science) on a study titled, "Assessment of Oxygen Deficit in Steady State Exercise." The purpose of this study is to examine the effects that two weeks of detraining and the subsequent resumption of training have on the oxygen deficit mechanics in trained collegiate middle and long distance runners.


Foundations for Fitness Program Featured in Blog

Click here to find out how our faculty and students are serving the Holland community through the Foundations for Fitness program.


Professors Carlson and Rider to conduct research on "The Pull"

Dr. Brian Rider and Dr. Chad Carlson were the recent recipients of a Frost Research Center grant to examine various historical, philosophical and physiological aspects of the ultra-endurance competition known as "The Pull," which has a rich, long-standing tradition for the college. This study will add to the body of knowledge regarding physiological changes during ultra-endurance anaerobic activities, as well as a provide a human interest examination of the history and philosophy relating to collegiate traditions centered around sport and activity. They will be working with several students on this project.


Exercise Science Students Present at Michigan Conference for the Amercian College of Sports Medicine

Top row:Professor Slette, Aleksandrs Molenaar, Andreas Slette, David Lenzi, Hannah Johnsen, Gwen Casper, Elizabeth Lane, Dr. Rider. Bottom Row: Natassia McQueen, Jessica Vlisides, Caitlyn Campbell, Katerina Buck

Professors Stein Slette and Brian Rider took 10 Kinesiology students to the Michigan ACSM conference in Gaylord Michigan on February 4th and 5th. This annual conference provided students with the opportunity to present their original research. Four Hope students Hannah Johnsen (’16), Gwen Casper (’16), Caitlyn Campbell (’17) and David Lenzi (’16) presented at the conference.

Hannah Johnsen presented the results of her study, “The Effects of Foam Rolling Compared to Dynamic Stretching on Flexibility.” She completed this study last semester working under the guidance of Dr. Kevin Cole.

Caitlin Campbell presented data on a project she's been working on with Dr. Mark Northius and Dr. Morrison. Her project, “Dieatry Habits in Overweight and Obese Children: Impact of a Childhood Wellness Intervention,” involves Hope College's "Foundations for Fitness" program, an ongoing childhood wellness program for families in West Michigan.

Gwen Casper proposed a research project, “The Effects of Foam Rolling on Flexibility and Vertical Jump Performance in Division III Volleyball Players,” that will examine the effect of foam rolling on jump height and flexibility among female athletes.

David Lenzi proposed a research project titled, “Sodium Bicarbonate: A Comparison Between Treadmill and Cycling Ergometer Time to Exhaustion” examining the effect of sodium bicarbonate on exercise fatigue in runners and cyclists.

Both Casper and Lenzi's studies are being done for partial fulfillment of their KIN 422 Human Metabolism Lab requirements. The projects are being overseen by Dr. Brian Rider and Dr. Maureen Dunn respectively.

Other schools present at the conference were: Central Michigan, Michigan State, Michigan Tech, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Saginaw Valley State, Lake Superior State, Grand Valley, Alma, and Oakland University.

Most schools participated in a Kinesiology-Jeopardy tournament on Thursday evening. Hope’s team consisting of Gwen Casper, Andreas Slette, and David Lenzi finished in third place.



Physical Education Majors Honored

Jacilyn Clark, David Brown, and Danielle Nowicki (pictured from left to right) were honored with the Outstanding Educator Awards by the Michigan Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.


Caroline Hannema selected to lead at
2016 NCAA Student-Leadership Forum

Caroline Hannema, who serves as Assistant to the Athletic Directors and as an Assistant Swimming and Diving coach, has been selected by the NCAA to serve as a small-group facilitator at the 2016 Student-Athlete Leadership Summitt in Phoenix, AZ. This four-day event hosted annually by the NCAA, engages a diverse and dynamic representation of student-athletes, coaches, faculty and administrators and provides pertinent and customized sessions to enhance their personal awareness and leadership skills.


Jorge Capestany named Tennis Industry Magazine's
USPTA Pro of the Year

After being named the USPTA’s 2015 Alex Gordon Award for the Professional of the Year, Tennis Industry named Jorge Capestany the USPTA Member of the Year. Capestany is one of only 10 people worldwide to hold Master Professional distinction with both the USPTA and PTR. He has been a speaker at more than 70 conferences and has held multiple leadership positions with the USPTA nationally and in the Midwest Division. Currently, he manages the DeWitt Tennis Center at Hope College. Read more here. Read the article in Tennis Industry.

Becky Schmidt Writes Volleyball Step-by-Step Guide

Becky Schmidt

A new book by Becky Schmidt, head volleyball coach and assistant professor of kinesiology at Hope College, provides a step-by-step guide for players and coaches that has been informed by a coaching career that has included more than 300 wins since 2004 and a national championship. Read More.


Jorge Capestany named
National USPTA Professional of the Year

Jorge Capestany, manager of the DeWitt Tennis Center at Hope College, has received the national 2015 Alex Gordon Award for the Professional of the Year from the United States Professional Tennis Association.

The award recognizes a member who, over a career, has demonstrated exemplary achievement in seven areas, including contributions to USPTA and the United States Tennis Association (USTA); as a teaching professional, player and coach; education, research and publications; organizational affiliations; and contributions to the community. Read more here.


Jorge Capestany awarded the USTA Cap Leighton Award

The USTA Midwest Section announced that DeWitt Tennis Center Director, Jorge Capestany, was awarded the Cap Leighton Award which recognizes the tennis teaching professional who contributes to tennis in his or her community beyond his livelihood.  This person gives freely in promoting involvement in tennis for players of all levels and ages, and assists in developing tennis programs and participation in these programs. Read more here.


Professors Carlson and Brumels present at the 2015 Christian Society of Kinesiology and Leisure Studies Conference.

Dr. Chad Carlson gave a presentation titled "Movement Foundations: A "Kines-theology" of Play," while Dr. Kirk Brumels presented on the topic of "Youth Sports vs. Youth Group: Time Prioritization of Today's Youth and it's Impact on Christian Formation." The CSKLS exists to serve as a catalyst for individuals interested in integrating the Christian faith into the disciplines of kinesiology and leisure studies.


Professor and Head Volleyball Coach, Becky Schmidt, has co-authored "The Volleyball Coaching Bible," Vol. II, recently published by Human Kinetics.

Read an excerpt here.


Professor and Co-Athletic Director, Tim Schoonveld,
receives H.O.P.E. award from the Class of 2015 before delivering the Commencement address.

For the second year in a row, a member of the Kinesiology Department was named the Hope Outstand Professor Educator of the year by the graduating class.

Read more.



2015 Department Award Winners

The following students have been named recipients of the department awards:

Exercise Science Majors of the Year
Andrew Borror and Kristin Cekander

National Association of Sport and Physical Education
Outstanding Majors of the Year
Jacilyn Clark and Dean DeVries

Seymour Pre-Physical Theraphy Award
Kristine Hansen

Susan Allie Physical Education Award
Nicole Sparbanie

Athletic Training Junior Book Award
Emily Florek

Miner Stegenga Award
Jilian Sommerville

Alvin Vanderbush Student Athlete Award
Lindsey Bieri

Kathleen White Memorial Award
Kristine Hansen

Lawrence "Doc" Green Award in Athletic Training
Andrew Erickson

Dorothy and Russell Siedentop Awards
Brittany Berry and Corey McMahon

William and Mabel VanderBilt Family Award
Kristine Hansen and Kristin Cekander

Otto VanderVelde All-Campus Award
Collin Breit

John Schouten All-Campus Award
Jenna Grasmeyer


Professor Kyle Morrison receives the Social Sciences "Young Investigators Award"

A collaborative faculty-student research project led by Kyle Morrison of the Hope College kinesiology faculty has won the college’s sixth annual “Social Sciences Young Investigators Award.” Morrison worked with senior, Jessica Krantz and junior, Jorgie Watson (all pictured below.) Read more here.


Hope Graduate, Andrew Chapin '03, was a finalist for the 2015 Governor's Fitness Award for the State of Michigan in the category of "Champion for Health."

Andrew was a Kinesiology and Psychology major at Hope and received his teaching certificate in K-12 Physical Education. Since graduation he has been teaching high school Physical Education, Psychology, and Healthy Living courses at Mason High School in Mason, Michigan.  



Jorge Capestany receives PTR TIA Commitment to the Industry Award

The national recognition was presented on Thursday, Feb. 19, during the 2015 Professional Tennis Registry/Teaching Industry Association International Tennis Symposium, held in Hilton Head, South Carolina.  Capestany was honored for his long-standing commitment to tennis and the PTR. Click here to read more.



Kinesiology Faculty Members Awarded Nyenhuis Faculty Development Grants

Dr. Steven Smith and Dr. Chad Carlson were both awarded Nyenhuis Faculty Development Grants for student-faculty collaborative research to be conducted this summer.

Dr. Smith's research will focus on discovering if the qualitative motor performance characteristics of obese children may be having an impact on their movement abilities. He will be working with student researcher, Sam Barthel ('16).

The topic of Dr. Carlson's research is Antitrust Legislation, Professional Sports Exemptions, and the NCAA's Legal Battles. He will be working with Jason DeWitt ('16) and will be taking a cross-disciplinary look at how the NCAA has responded to the historical and current legal challenges to its power in light of the exemptions that professional sports leagues have received from antitrust legislation.



Jorge Capestany awarded
The Karen Page Distinguished Service Award
by the Michigan Tennis Coaches Association

Jorge Capestany, manager of the DeWitt Tennis Center at Hope College and assistant women's tennis coach, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Karen Page Distinguished Service Award by the MHSTCA. Jorge was presented the award on January 30.
To read more, click here.



Dr. Chad Carlson blogs on Fantasy Football, Metaphysics and Value

Read his posting from September 17, 2014 here.


Kinesiology Faculty Develop
Childhood Wellness Program

A new multidisciplinary program that will help families engage in exercise and learn about healthy lifestyle choices is coming to Hope this fall, thanks to the hard work of three of the department's faculty members.

The program, called “Foundations for Fitness,” was developed byKyle Morrison, Steven Smith and Mark Northuis. It is being funded through a grant from Herman Miller Cares, the company’s employee giving foundation.

Read more from the Holland Sentinel.



Professor Stein Slette Presented H.O.P.E Award


Stein Slette, a member of the kinesiology faculty, has been presented the 50th “Hope Outstanding Professor Educator” (H.O.P.E.) Award by the graduating Class of 2014.

The H.O.P.E. award, first given in 1965, is presented by the graduating class to the professor who they feel epitomizes the best qualities of the Hope College educator.  Slette was named the recipient during the college’s Commencement ceremony, held at the Ray and Sue Smith Stadium on Sunday, May 4.

Read more at:
Hope's website story
Holland Sentinel story


2014 Department Award Winners

The following students have been named recipients of the department awards:

Exercise Science Majors of the Year
Maggie Deaton

National Association of Sport and Physical Education
Outstanding Majors of the Year
Evan Finch

Seymour Pre-Physical Theraphy Award
Natalie Woodberry

Susan Allie Physical Education Award
Dani Nowicki

Athletic Training Junior Book Award
Hannah Doorn

Miner Stegenga Award
Eric Dawson

Alvin Vanderbush Student Athlete Award
Greg Bird and Marietta Schoolmaster

Kathleen White Memorial Award
Allie Hoyt

Lawrence "Doc" Green Award in Athletic Training
Colin Drinkard

Dorothy and Russell Siedentop Awards
Megan Kelley and Nate VanArendonk

William and Mabel VanderBilt Family Award
Rachel Slotman and Natalie Woodberry

Otto VanderVelde All-Campus Award
Michael Atwell

John Schouten All-Campus Award
Sheri McCormack



Athletic Training Student, Cara Conrad, Receives NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship

The senior from St. Joseph, Mich. (Michigan Lutheran HS), will receive a one-time, $7,500 nonrenewable award to use during the 2014-15 academic year. Conrad, an athletic training student, also will be given an all-expenses paid trip to the NCAA Career in Sports Forum on June 5-8 at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis, Ind.

Conrad plans to use the NCAA grant toward graduate school for physical therapy.

Read more.



Kinesiology Department Welcomes
Peter Bodary for Lecture

Hope College students and faculty welcomed Peter Bodary, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Movement Science and Health & Fitness Director at the University of Michigan on Tuesday, March 3. Professor Bodary presented a lecture titled, "Is hepcidin responsible for exercise-induced iron deficiency anemia?"



Orienteering Class makes the most of the
historical Michigan winter!

Students in Professor Stein Slette's Kinesiology 128 Orienteering Class, or as they affectionally refer to it as, "Hardcore Class," have thoroughly enjoyed the long, snowy winter in Michigan. Below are a few pictures from a recent class outing.

Students on an ice-covered Lake Michigan with icebergs
in the background.

Heather Englert, Catie Gammon, and Meredith Busman (pictured L to R) are
proudly showing of that they found Orienteering post number
11 AA deep in the woods at Yankee Springs Recreation Area.


Professor Emeritus George Kraft
Honored By The College

The performance lab at DeVos Fieldhouse on the campus of Hope College has been dedicated in honor of  longtime Hope educator and coach Dr. George Kraft. Read more.


Professor Kirk Brumels Featured In News From Hope, "A Higher Calling"

Sense of calling brought Dr. Kirk Brumels back to his alma mater to serve as program director of athletic training education and associate professor of kinesiology.Read more.




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