ACL Study: Participants sought


You are invited to participate in a biomechanical research study investigating how fatigue effects ACL loading between healthy and ACL-reconstructed males and females. This information will hopefully aid in creating better knee injury prevention programs.

We are particularly interested in recruiting males and females that are healthy as well as those that have experienced an ACL-reconstruction. We ask that you be between the ages of 18 and 30 and are recreationally active. We ask that you are physically active at least 3 days per week for a minimum of 30 minutes each session. We also ask that you not have any lower back or leg injuries within the past six months prior to testing.

This study will involve completing a weight-bearing ankle joint range of motion assessment, a knee joint laxity assessment, a single-leg balance assessment, and a muscle strength assessment of your hip, knee, and ankle muscles. We will also involve motion capture to assess your leg mechanics during landing pre and post an exercise protocol aimed to make you tired. For the motion capture testing, you will perform three tasks. For task 1, you will perform a bilateral box jump from a height of 30-cm, followed by a maximum vertical jump immediately after you land; for task 2, you will jump off of a 30-cm box onto your right foot and make a sidecut move to the left; and for task 3, you will jump off of a 30-cm box onto your left foot and make a sidecut move to the right.

The current study will require you to come into the Biomechanics/Sports Medicine Lab for two sessions, which will last approximately two and a half hours each. If you feel you fit the criteria for this study and are willing to participant, please contact the research investigators Dr. Joshua Weinhandl (, Shelby Peel (, Jake Melaro (, or Lauren Schroeder ( via email or telephone (865) 974-2091 (office number).

Thank you for your time,

Shelby Peel, MS

Graduate Assistant/PhD Candidate, Biomechanics

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies

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Graduate Commons: Official Opening

The Graduate Commons, a dedicated space in the UT Libraries for graduate student use, will have its official ribbon cutting on September 20, at 3:30. If you haven’t had a chance to experience this space, it’s well worth your time to do so, and you are very welcome attend this event. The Graduate Commons is room 131 of Hodges Library, on the 1st floor Galleria. An invitation is attached with all the details. Please join us!

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Graduate Writing Survey for Dissertation


I am Ph.D. student in English (Rhetoric, Writing, and Linguistics) conducting a survey about graduate student writing. I would appreciate your feedback in my online survey.  The purpose of the survey is to better understand what writing tasks UTK graduate students are expected to complete, as well as how much and what kinds of writing instruction UTK graduate students are offered. The survey should take approximately 15  minutes to complete. All responses will remain confidential and secure. Thank you in advance for your valuable insights. I appreciate your trust.

I will be using QuestionPro to field your confidential survey responses.  Please click on this link to complete the survey:

Please contact with any questions.


Kimberly Turner, M.A.

University of Tennessee, Ph.D. Candidate

Rhetoric, Writing, and Linguistics


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All About Mental Health: an LGBTQ+ student panel

Join the Pride Center and Active Minds for a panel discussion by LGBTQ+ students on mental health. Hear from others about their experiences dealing with mental health, seeking services,  accessibility barriers, how other marginalized identities interact with the perception of therapy, and more. We are looking for students interested in sharing their experiences! If you are interested, contact Active Minds exec member Marquist Henderson (he/him/his) at We will have free food!

When: October 8 from 6 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: Student Union 362A/B
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KRSS Senators for Graduate Student Senate 2019-2020

Thank you to Brandie McConkey and Colleen Martinez for volunteering to serve our department and its graduate students as senators in the university’s Graduate Student Senate (GSS).

Brandie and Colleen are both master’s student in Recreation and Sport Management with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation.

The Graduate Student Senate, or GSS, represents the interests of all graduate and professional students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. As the official voice of graduate and professional students, the GSS provides the opinion of the graduate student body to administrators and works towards the betterment of the graduate and professional student experience on campus. In addition, the GSS has partnerships with various organizations and departments on campus to provide valuable programming for graduate and professional students, including Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week (GPSAW), GSS Travel Awards, providing funds to graduate and professional students traveling to conferences to present original work, and a GSS Awards Ceremony and Breakfast, recognizing outstanding graduate and professional students and the faculty and staff that support them.

The GSS participates in the establishment of policies and regulations relating to the graduate program, in consultation with and subject to the final approval of the Dean of the Graduate School and university officials. Furthermore, the GSS also makes recommendations to appropriate decision-making officers in matters concerning graduate and professional students.

Each academic department offering a graduate or professional degree elects their representation to serve in the senate; the GSS president and vice president are elected in annual elections. The voting membership of the GSS consists of the president and vice president plus representatives from each academic graduate program, the College of Law, and the College of Veterinary Medicine. In addition to internal strategic planning and legislative committees, GSS senators serve as representatives on various university-wide committees, including the Graduate Council.

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New Graduate Lab in Hodges Library

The graduate computer lab in Hodges Library moved from room 642 to the newly renovated room 131.

All computers have dual monitors. Desks and tables can be adjusted for individual student needs. There are also outlets available for those working on laptops, comfy chairs for gathering, and study rooms.

Entry is by proximity scanner and will be available only to graduate students.

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Center for Career Development: Handshake

The Center for Career Development is here to provide assistance to students, alumni, and employers with your job search and career needs. If you have any questions, please call 865-974-5435 or email

The Center for Career Development has adopted a new platform, Handshake, to replace Hire-A-VOL as the referral source for jobs, internships, and other professional opportunities.

Handshake is provided at no cost to students. Handshake is intuitive to use and easy to navigate, with all the functionality of Hire-A-VOL plus some additional features. And because it’s offered at more than 500 colleges and universities, it gives you access to a wider national network of employers.

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