Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology
Waters College of Health Professions


Faculty Named to Engaged Scholar Program


NAKHE, an inclusive community of kinesiology professionals, extends its mentoring efforts into the area of scholarship by supporting mentoring and networking opportunities for tenured associate professors. The Engaged Scholar Program encourages faculty to continue their professional development efforts by providing financial support and a mentor/senior scholar.

For the second time in five years, a faculty member at Georgia Southern University has been named to the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education’s (NAKHE) Engaged Scholar Program.

Charles “Hal” Wilson, Ph.D., associate professor of kinesiology in the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, has been selected for the program. Over the next 12-month period, Wilson will have the opportunity to collaborate with senior scholar, Doug Hochstetler, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Health and Behavioral Studies at James Madison University, with the intent of completing a scholarly product.

Health Sciences and Kinesiology Students and Faculty Conduct Research on Peripheral Neuropathy

Under the guidance of Professor Li Li, Ph.D., Georgia Southern University graduate student Kelsey Lewis has spent the last year conducting research on peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that is a result of damage to the nerves outside an individual’s brain and spinal cord which results in weakness, numbness and pain.
“Many people are not aware of peripheral neuropathy; therefore, they do not understand the consequences the condition has on balance and activities of daily living,” stated Lewis. “Individuals with peripheral neuropathy are at an increased risk of falling.”
As lead investigator, Lewis was responsible for recruiting participants, communicating with participants, scheduling testing sessions, collecting data and leading the research team throughout the study. The research team consisted of Li, Lewis, undergraduate exercise science student Austen Arnold and visiting scholar Mengzi Sun.
Arnold’s interest in biomechanics led him to take notice in Lewis’s research project and noted Lewis’s leadership for his growth in research. “My responsibilities started off as more of a note taker, but as time progressed, I was given the opportunity to take on more aspects of the research,” stated Arnold.
Data was collected from individuals 65 years and older with a physician’s diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy, diabetic neuropathy, diabetes, or healthy. Having multiple participant groups allowed for data comparison.
“Not knowing if an individual has the condition can have consequences,” noted Li. “The consequences can be severe without early intervention as early intervention can slow down, or even reverse, the course of development of the symptoms and their underlying pathology. The benefits of early intervention would diminish with the development of the severe symptoms of the disease.”
Data revealed many of the participants had early-stage peripheral neuropathy without even knowing they had the condition.
“By knowing where the individual is deficient, a rehabilitation program can be tailored to meet their needs,” explained Lewis.
Results of the study were shared on May 12 during a virtual panel with research participants as well as members of the community.
After graduation, both Lewis and Arnold have opted to continue their education with Georgia Southern. Lewis began the Doctor of Physical Therapy program on the Armstrong Campus this past May and Arnold will begin his graduate studies in kinesiology this August on the Statesboro Campus.

Alumna Working to Make Athletic Trainers a Standard in Campus Recreation

Patient care has always been an aspect of athletic training that has drawn Jenna Morogiello (’17) to the field and now in her current role as the Coordinator of Injury Prevention and Care at Campus Recreation and Intramurals (CRI) at Georgia Southern University, she spends her time evaluating, diagnosing and treating patients that visit the clinic in addition to responding to injury calls the clinic may receive inside or outside of the facility.

Morogiello had two goals as she progressed through the master’s program: 1.To work in a field she loved and 2. To publish her thesis research. When she decided to advance her education, she knew she wanted to attend a university where she would have the opportunity to learn about interpreting and producing research. In 2015, the New Jersey native headed south to Georgia to obtain her Master of Kinesiology with a concentration in Athletic Training at Georgia Southern. While working toward her graduate degree, Morogiello served as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for CRI.

“When I started my journey, I did not know much about working as an athletic trainer for recreational sports, but quickly fell in love with it. I felt welcomed into the CRI family and really enjoyed all of the content and skills I learned in my athletic training courses,” stated Morogiello. “The graduate Athletic Training program taught me more than I ever imagined learning about interpreting and producing research. I knew that learning how to digest and reproduce research would be an essential skill set to better my clinical practice and to share my knowledge with the scientific community.”

One of the biggest challenges regarding the athletic training field is the lack of knowledge regarding the skills and expertise athletic trainers can offer, therefore Morogiello has written extensively on this through the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA). “I have worked hard to educate and advocate for athletic trainers and campus recreation at the local and national level. I am part of the Risk Management Committee for Campus Recreation and Intramurals and I am becoming more involved with NIRSA and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). My mission is to have athletic trainers be the standard in campus recreation, rather than the exception.”

Since graduating Morogiello has published several articles to include the following: 

“I truly look forward to going into work each day and providing my patients with relief from their pain and disablement. There is nothing more satisfying than a look on a patient’s face when he or she is able to be pain free and fully functional in a time frame they never thought was possible. This excitement is tenfold when my athletic training students provide the treatment they have learned through our rotation.”

Master of Health Administration Reaccredited

Georgia Southern University’s Master of Health Administration (MHA) has been reaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), an interdisciplinary group of educational, professional, clinical and other health organizations who establish the standards of measurement of graduate healthcare management education. 

“CAHME accreditation has been the gold standard for verification of quality graduate educational programming in the field of health administration since 1968,” said Joseph Crosby, Ph.D., professor of health sciences and MHA program director. “The MHA program at Georgia Southern University has maintained this accreditation continuously since 2005, demonstrating its commitment to achieving the highest standards of educational quality in the field.”

Program accreditation ensures students a quality educational experience, ensures employers that graduates from Georgia Southern are well-prepared for healthcare management responsibilities and ensures accredited programs have access to the best practices and higher quality student body.Housed in the Waters College of Health Professions, the MHA degree is offered on Georgia Southern’s Armstrong and Statesboro campuses. To learn more about the MHA program, visit

Estep Named Next Generation of Campus Recreation Winner

Junior exercise science major Samantha Estep was one of eight outstanding students and the grand prize winner of the inaugural Next Generation of Campus Rec writing contest.

Estep’s article, “Work in Rec Opens Up New World of Possibilities,” was published in the April edition of Athletic Business and highlights Estep’s time working at Georgia Southern University Campus Recreation & Intramurals (CRI) and how it has shaped her into the person she is today.

Estep will receive an all-expense paid trip to Athletic Business’s annual conference held in Baltimore, Maryland, in November and was given the opportunity to participate in an Instagram takeover day on April 16, 2020.

“This recognition is important to me because it is not only about what I’ve done with CRI, but how CRI and its professional staff helped me achieve my goals. Before CRI, I didn’t know what kind of career I wanted to pursue, but working there has helped me find my passion,” stated the Canton, Georgia native.

“I chose to study at Georgia Southern because of its personal and small college feel even though it is a rather large school. I have been able to form relationships with professors who have helped me network with many other schools and businesses in Georgia and around the country.”

After graduation, Estep plans to pursue a career as a physical therapist and continue her work as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer. “Georgia Southern has prepared me for my future by challenging me in regards to my individual goals while also encouraging me to branch out in a much larger way than I ever expected.”

The Next Generation of Campus Rec program was developed by Athletic Business and NIRSA as a way to demonstrate their dedication to helping the campus recreation profession succeed.

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