School of Health Studies News

Undergraduate Calendar 2018-2019 (DOC)

Graduate Calendar 2018-2019 (DOC)

November 12 - November 16, 2018

Walk-In Advising for Spring 2019 Registration

Our advising appointments are FULL until Spring 2019 Registration begins Monday, November 12th. Check the Academic Calendar to determine your first day to register!

If you have not been advised, Ms. Walker and Mrs. Johnson will have Walk-In Advising Hours in Fieldhouse 106:

Monday (11/12) - Thursday (11/15): 9 AM - 12 PM & 1:30 - 3 PM
Friday (11/16): 9 AM - 12 PM

If you are unable to attend during these scheduled days and times, you may qualify to complete the self-advising
form, so the advisors can assist you over email.

As always, walk-in advising slots are limited. First come, first served. Arrive early and prepared! To make the most of your time, review the advising checklist.

Walk-in advising is for SPRING 2019 registration ONLY. For other issues, please make an appointment after November 16th.

Happy registration! Please call 901-678-4316, if you have any questions!

Kathy Walker  Angela Johnson

November 4, 2018

Women's Soccer wins first American Athletic Conference Tournament!

Congratulations to SHS students, Marie Levasseur and Lisa Pershesky, for securing UM's first AAC Championship! The AAC championship marked the Tigers 13th shutout of the season. Please join us in wishing the team good luck as they move on to the NCAA tournament! For more information, visit the Women's Soccer.
Marie Levasseur

Lisa Pechersky

October 29, 2018

Join SHS for a Fall Fun Event to Benefit Rise Against Hunger

When: October 29 from 1 - 3 PM
           1:30 PM Scavenger Hunt Begins
What: Games, Prizes, Food, and Fun

Where: SHS Fieldhouse Memorial Field Track & TIGUrS Garden

Fun Fall Event: October 29 from 1- 3 PM at the SHS Fieldhouse Track & Garden

October 9, 2018

Dr. Niki Bray Wins 2018 Bruce Chaloux Scholarship for Early Career Excellence

Dr. Bray is at it again! The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) recently announced Dr. Bray as the recipient of the 2018 Bruce N. Chaloux Scholarship for Early Career Excellence. The Chaloux Scholarship recognizes "individuals who achieve extraordinary accomplishments in the field of online education at an early stage in their careers." For more information, read the OLC article.

September 28, 2018

Dr. Ruth Williams-Hooker Awarded by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Congratulations, Dr. Ruth! Dr. Ruth Williams-Hooker, Associate Professor of Clinical Nutrition, was recently granted two awards from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). First, the Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group presented Dr. Ruth with the Creative Nutrition Education Award of $500 for her mobile grocery store tours. Dr. Ruth was always awarded AND's 2018 Allene Vaden Memorial Grant for Foodservice Management Research. This $5000 grant was awarded for Dr. Ruth's nutrition education in a high school culinary program. For more information and to view other recipients, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation

Photo of Dr. Ruth Williams-Hooker

September 26, 2018

CWiC Framework announces Dr. Niki Bray among Executive Committee Members

Join us in congratulating Dr. Niki Bray, PETE instructor and instructional designer, for her appointment to the Courseware in Context (CWiC) Framework Executive Committee for the 2018 - 2019 term. This committee is considered to be experts in courseware and digital learning in higher education. Dr. Bray was also selected as Chair of a subcommittee on Alignment, where she will work to ensure alignment of CWiC Framework to all other assets of the Digital Learning Solutions Network (DLSN), a Gates Foundation organization. The CWiC team workes to design a network-centric approach to strengthen digital learning in post-secondary institutions with a particular focus on improved outcomes for vulnerable populations. Dr. Bray says, "It's a great honor to be considered a leader amongst a group of other great leaders."

For more information, Updated Courseware in Context (CWiC) Framework Launches with New Guide to Courseware Adoption and Refined Accessibility Attributes and Quality Indicators 

Headshot of Dr. Niki Bray

September 13, 2018

You're Invited: Grand Opening of SHS Student Lounge

SHS is proud to announce the grand opening of the new SHS Student Lounge in Fieldhouse 204. Please join us for the open house on Thursday, September 13th from 9 AM - 4:30 PM. Donuts and coffee will be served.

SHS Student Lounge Grand Opening Flyer

September 12, 2018

Annual SHS Faculty/Staff Mix & Mingle

All SHS students are invited to the 2018 Faculty/Staff Mix & Mingle! Students, this is your opportunity to meet the SHS Dean, get to know your professors, and connect with staff! The Mix & Mingle will be hosted in the Fieldhouse 118 dance studio on Wednesday, September 12th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be food, games, and a school supply give away. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Newsome.

Mix & Mingle 2018; Wednesday September 12th in Fieldhouse 118 from 11:30 to 1:30 PM. Meet your professors, enjoy food and games

September 10, 2018

Matthew Butawan (BS '13) and others published "Modulation of Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress and the Unfolded Protein Response in Cancerous and Noncancerous Cells" in the SAGE Open Medicine Journal. Read the article.

Photo of Matt Butawan

August 30, 2018

Careers & Cones

Enjoy a snow cone with your career specialist, Fonda Fracchia on the Alumni Mall from 11 AM - 1 PM. For more information, contact Fonda Fracchia.

Career & Cones. Cool off from the heat with our team! August 30th. Alumni Mall. 11 AM - 1 PM

August 23, 2018

You're Invited: Sip 'N Chat with SHS Career Specialist

All SHS students are invited to join Fonda Fracchia, the new Career Specialist in SHS, for a meet and greet at Starbucks. Fonda will be available to discuss career development and help students become "Tiger Talent Ready"! 

When: Thursday, August 23rd from 2:30 - 3:30 PM
Where: Starbucks on campus
Who: Fonda Fracchia, Career Specialist for Health and Wellness

Sip 'N Chat with Career Specialist, Fonda Fracchia, on Thursday, July 19th and August 23rd from 2:30 - 3:30 PM at the campus Starbucks

August 6, 2018

PETE Workshop for Arlington Schools

Becky Bocz, PETE instructor, presented a Cardio Fitness Drumming (CFD) workshop to the Physical Education teachers of the Arlington School District on August 6. Why Cardio Fitness Drumming? In Becky's opinion, "Dancing is one way to increase a student's heart rate without them realizing they are exercising. The students get to use sticks to tap on a stability ball, bucket, or floor while various exercises (jumping jacks, lunges, squats, dancing) are incorporated into the routine." CFD also allows students to be creative while designing their own routine and having them focus on the fitness components.

Becky Bocz demonstrates Cardio Fitness Drumming to Arlington School District

July 26, 2018

Standing Desks and Energy Expenditure

SHS researchers published their article "Use of a Standing Desk Increases Energy Expenditure in Obese but Not Normal Weight Subjects" in the latest edition of the journal, Health. The findings indicate that obese participants can realize a significant increase in energy expenditure when using a standing desk, while those or normal weight do not experience the same result. Read the full article here.

June 29, 2018

Find SHS at the 2018 HOSA Conference

Our Coordinator of Recruitment, Jessica Newsome, is in Dallas, Texas at the HOSA-Future Health Professionals International Leadership Conference promoting our Health Studies programs. HOSA is an international student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Division of ACTE. HOSA's two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.

Jessica Newsome stands behind her booth at the 2018 HOSA conference.

June 27, 2018

Research Grant to Study Aloe Supplement

Drs. Bloomer, van der Merwe, and Martin received a $156,000 grant to study the impact of an aloe-containing dietary supplement on measures of gut health and immune function. The study will enroll 75 subjects over the next several months and will involve the measurement of biochemical and subjective measures of overall health. If interested in participating, please contact Matt Butawan at

June 11 - 22, 2018

Second Annual Camp CHEF Is a Success!

SHS held the second annual Camp CHEF (Cultivating Healthy Eaters for the Future), hosting over 40 elementary school campers. Graduate and undergraduate nutrition students and faculty teamed up with the TIGUrs garden to provide a week-long nutrition and culinary experience focusing on Eating the Rainbow. Campers spent each morning in the TIGUrS garden learning about different crops grown on campus, how to grow their own micro-garden, and got their hands dirty by planting their own basil plant. After garden time, campers prepared and enjoyed a refreshing fruit snack such as banana sushi, frozen kiwi pops, and yogurt covered grapes. Food and kitchen safety education was also a component and provided; for example, knife skills illustrating the bear in the cave technique and proper handwashing. Once suited up in their own chef aprons, each team gathered and prepared lunch for all those in attendance. Lunch recipes included cauliflower pizzas, chicken quesadillas, homemade pasta, and omelets with fresh blueberry muffins. A nutrition lesson revolving around the color of the day (ROYGBIV) was delivered by a graduate nutrition student, explaining what key nutrients are associated with the foods discussed and why the nutrients play a key role in living a healthy lifestyle. Each day wrapped-up with fun and physical activity. See pictures below of one of the favorite activities called selfie scavenger hunt!

To learn more about Camp CHEF and future opportunities, please visit, or contact

Campers Sit for Photo  Campers learn to make pasta

Campers find golf cart on scavenger hunt Campers eat lunch together

Campers learn to chop fruit  Student helps campers

Campers learn to make pasta with Danny. Campers make pasta

June 14, 2018

Graduate Students Publish Peer-Reviewed Article

Three recent SHS graduate students published the article, "Ingredient dosing within dietary supplements: Are you getting enough" in the journal Acta Scientific Nutritional Health. Dr. Bloomer and his colleague, Dr. Ryan Yates, were co-authors on the paper. To read the full text article, please click here.

June 8, 2018

SHS Student Wins NCAA Title in Track and Field

Congratulations to SHS student, Luke Vaughn! Luke won the NCAA title for men's discus, earning the Memphis track and field's first NCAA crown since 1981. Congrats, Luke! We are proud of you, on and off the field! Read more about Luke's historic win.

Luke Vaughn throws a discus in the 2018 NCAA Championship.

Luke Vaughn throws a discus in the 2018 NCAA Championship.

June 6, 2018

PETE Grad Earns All-America First Team Honor

Congratulations to SHS graduate, Michael Criticos! Michael set a school record in the 4X400-meter relay at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships this week. Michael also placed fifth in men's javelin event and earned All-America first team distinction. Michael will join the SHS PETE graduate program this fall as a graduate assistant. Please join us in congratulating Michael on his athletic and academic achievements! Click to read more about his accomplishments.

Michael Criticos running in the 4X400 meter relay at the 2018 NCAA Championships.

May 31 - June 1, 2018

Culinary Boot Camp for Camp CHEF Leaders

Chef Ann Butler, founder of Edible Education, conducted a two day culinary boot camp for faculty and students from the nutrition unit on May 31st and June 1st. The boot camp is in preparation for Camp CHEF (Cultivating Healthy Eaters for the Future), which began in 2017, and will run for two weeks this summer: June 11-15 and June 18-22. In addition to providing a fun and engaging experience for 3rd-6th graders, Camp CHEF provides a valuable educational experience to MS Clinical Nutrition students as they complete their dietetic internship rotations. Please visit the Camp CHEF website for more information!

Nutrition student hands another student an egg while working in a group.  SHS nutrition students and faculty practice chopping vegetables.  

Close up of nutrition students hands as they work at a cutting board with vegetables.  Nutrition students smile as they listen to instruction.

Instructor examines the labeling of a bag of shredded cheese.  Instructor examines the tip of a green onion as SHS students and faculty look on.

May 30, 2018

SHS Faculty Shares Message of Water Safety

Debra Wyatt, coordinator of the physical activity program, stopped by Shady Grove Elementary school last week to share a message of water safety to the first and second grade classes. Using the American Red Cross Whale Tale videos, Debra lead a dialogue with the students on the steps to take to be safe in and around water. Want to keep your little swimmer safe in the water? Debra recommends the Whale Tale videos as an excellent teaching tool!

Debra Wyatt leads a presentation on water safety for at Shady Grove elementary school.

May 15, 2018

SHS Student Wins Conference Championship

Congratulations to SHS student Luke Vaughn! Luke set a school record throw for shot put at the American Athletic Conference Championship, winning first place. Way to go, Luke! We are proud of your accomplishments in athletics, as well as academics.

luke vaughn 

May 14, 2018

Welcome the New Career Specialist for Health and Wellness Studies

The School of Health Studies is pleased to welcome Fonda Fracchia, our new career specialist for Health and Wellness Studies! Ms. Fracchia will empower SHS students to become "Tiger Talent Ready" as they enter the next stage of their career. Ms. Fracchia assists in career development for students through resume reviews, mock interviews, job search strategies, professional branding advice, and much more! Ms. Fracchia is an alumni of the University of Memphis with corporate experience in health promotion and health coaching. The Career Specialist program is open to all University of Memphis students including undergraduates, graduates, and alumni. Please join us in welcoming Ms. Fracchia!

  • Office: Fieldhouse 371
  • Office hours: By Appointment on Thursdays and Fridays
  • E-mail:
  • Phone: 901-678-5160

To see how Ms. Fracchia can help you become "Tiger Talent Ready," please schedule an appointment by logging in to TigerLink using your UID and password!

May 5, 2018

Commencement Ceremony 2018

Congratulations to the School of Health Studies Class of 2018! Our students made up almost 150 students of the 2,576 students graduating this May from the University of Memphis - the largest graduating class in university history!

Dr. Niki Bray and Dr. Todd Layne take a selfie with students in line for commencement.    Dr. Niki Bray and Dr. Todd Layne take a selfie with students in line for commencement.

Dr. Niki Bray and Dr. Todd Layne take a selfie with students in line for commencement.    Dr. Niki Bray and Dr. Todd Layne take a selfie with students in line for commencement.

April 24, 2018

SHS Registration Party!

Register before you leave for summer break to get the classes you want! The School of Health Studies is hosting a registration for SHS majors. Enjoy free food and beverages as you get on-site help registering for classes from your advisors.

When: Tuesday, April 24th, 1 - 4 PM

Where: SHS Computer Lab (Fieldhouse 162)

Who/What: Ms. Walker and Mrs. Johnson will help SHS Majors register for class

Registration Party Flyer

April 18, 2018

Meet Us in the Garden - Celebrating Earth Day in the TIGUrS Urban Garden

This past Wednesday, the University of Memphis celebrated Earth Day in the TIGUrS Urban Garden. People of all ages gathered in the garden to listen to various vendors promote their mission of sustainability. These vendors ranged from biking groups to jewelers who use driftwood from the Mississippi River to our very own sustainability group on campus. Live music from Brennan Villines and Aaron Brock kept everyone's energy up while they jumped in bounce houses, received henna body art, released butterflies, played with animals at the petting zoo, ate snow cones and sandwiches, and participated in our two fitness classes - yoga and zumba. We had a great turnout this year and are looking forward to another great Earth Day celebration next year! Come celebrate with us and remember to like the TIGUrS Garden on Facebook!

For more photos, please visit the UofM Rec Center on Facebook (@UofMRecCenter).

U of M Staff does yoga during Earth Day.    Campus School student examines butterfly    Campus School student dances during Earth Day

U of M Students slide down bounce house together   Campus School student dances during Earth Day

April 16, 2018

UM Students Teach Campus School Fifth Graders to Swim

The PHED 2703 Teaching Swimming and Water Safety Instructor (WSI) class (offered every spring TR 1:00-2:25), just completed an assignment that doubles as community service for our very own Campus School. During the semester, students of this course learn the techniques to teach others how to swim and then get the opportunity to put their new skills to work. They get to teach the fifth graders from Campus school, six one-hour lessons. Upon course completion, students who have successfully met the requirements have the option to become a certified swimming instructor through the American Red Cross.

UM student teaches a Campus School 5th grader to dive safely into pool.

SHS Instructor teaches a Campus School 5th grader to float in pool.

UM student teaches a group of Campus School 5th graders to swim.

April 11, 2018

Celebration of the 20th World Tai Chi Day

From 12:30 to 1:30 pm, School of Health Studies, co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute and Alumni Association at University of Memphis, presented the 20th World Tai Chi Day on campus to promote health, harmony and community through physical activity. After the greetings from Dr. Hsiang-te Kung, Director of Confucius Institute, Ms. Guiling Chang, a Wushu master, and her students performed wonderful Tai Chi and other Wushu exercise. All audience then participated in practice of basic Tai Chi movements followed the guidance of Mr. Michael Coplon, a Tai Chi expert and instructor at the School of Health Studies. The event attracted about 30 to 50 students, faculty and friends on campus. Several students attended the event commented, "This is a wonderful opportunity and we enjoyed it very much."

Ms. Guiling Chang instructs students during World Tai Chi Day

Students perform Tai Chi during World Tai Chi Day under the instruction of Ms. Guiling Chang

MR. Michael Coplon instructs student in Tai Chi

April 4, 2018

Rise Against Hunger

On April 4th, the School of Health Studies hosted a meal packaging event in support of Rise Against Hunger. We had a great turnout with more than 80 volunteers dedicating their time. Over the course of the day we were able to package 11,664 meals to send to children in need. The meal components were Rice, Soy, Dehydrated Vegetables, and a vitamin/mineral pack.

Students package meals for Rise Against Hunger 2018.

March 9, 2018

Dr. Pence receives American Heart Association Award

Dr. Brandt Pence, Assistant Professor of Nutrition, was the recipient of an American Heart Association Grant for his work, "Glycolytic Metabolism and Cellular Function in Monocytes from Older Adults." Not only was Dr. Pence a recipient, but his application was scored in the first percentile of all applications submitted. This is a tremendous accomplishment and speaks to the quality of Dr. Pence's work. The two-year, $154,000 project, will expand upon our understanding of immune function within older adults. Congratulations Dr. Pence!

Photo of Dr. Brandt Pence

February 27, 2018

Dr. Bray and Dr. Martin Presented with SHS Teaching and Research Awards

Please join SHS in congratulating Dr. Niki Bray and Dr. Keith Martin, the recipients of the SHS Teaching and Research Awards, respectively!

Dr. Bray's work is titled, "Decision-making in the classroom using virtual reality." Dr. Bray uses virtual reality as a training simulator to provide opportunities for students to have various learning experiences involving basic, introductory skills across disciplines in the School of Health Studies. Using a simulated classroom environment, students have repeated practice opportunities in a highly engaged, real-time, immersive clinical experience both on and off campus. 

In Dr. Martin's research, he proposes that dietary mushrooms are an untapped source of health benefits which may decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and inflammation. Dr. Martin studies how certain fungi, such as white button mushrooms and portabella, can protect the single layer of cells which line blood vessels. He will also explore how this protection happens by examining the cellular mechanisms such as gene activation.

February 22, 2018

Dr. Powell Recognized as First Time Principal Investigator 

Dr. Doug Powell was recognized at The University of Memphis Annual Research Award Ceremony as a first time principal investigator for his project with the NCAA. Dr. Powell continues to maintain a very productive research program, having published 9 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 28 peer-reviewed abstracts in 2017. For more information on Dr. Powell's work, please see

Dr. Doug Powell receives UM award.

February 19, 2018

SHS Faculty Publishes New Findings on MSM

Dr.s Buddington, van der Merwe, and Bloomer continue researching the influence of methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) on metabolism. To learn more about the study, visit the Natural Products Insider website. 

February 6, 2018

SHS Basketball Night at FedEx Forum 

School of Health Studies alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to cheer on the Memphis Tigers against the Wichita Shockers.

  • 8 pm tip off
  • FedEx Forum, downtown Memphis

If you are an alumni of SHS and would like to attend, reserve your tickets here. We would love to see you there!

January 21, 2018

SHS Annual Meal Packaging Event

Join us on April 4, 2018 as we partner with Rise Against Hunger for our annual meal packaging event. Volunteer or donation opportunities are still available. Email for more information.

January 4, 2018

SHS Graduate Students Present their Research

Recent graduates from the MS program in Nutrition were featured on the newly released 2018 promotional poster for the American Society of Nutrition meeting—the premier scientific meeting for nutrition scientists worldwide. Jessica Hill and Brooks Delahaye both presented their research at the 2017 meeting and an overview photo captured both of them during their presentations (middle photo below). For information on graduate programs.

Nutrition Newsletter features two School of Health Studies Students