School of Kinesiology welcomes alumni scholars in new lecture series


LSU School of Kinesiology (SOK) hosted five of its doctoral alumni this fall as part of a premiere lecture series. In conjunction with the Concepts and Applications course, visiting Shanghai University of Sport (SUS) exchange students heard from Chinese scholars on topics relating to kinesiology research.

The five SOK doctoral alumni, all originally from China, included:

Xiang Ping, Professor, Texas A & M University

Weidong Li, Associate Professor, The Ohio State University

Tao Zhang, Assistant Professor, University of North Texas

Xiangli Gu, Assistant Professor, University of North Texas

Zan Gao, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota

“This is something unique that we’ve introduced this year,” said SOK Director Dr. Melinda Solmon. “We want our exchange students to have the best experience possible during their time at LSU. We are just as eager to learn from them as they are from us.”

During their two-day visits, each scholar made presentations about their research to LSU faculty and graduate students and later presented their work to SUS students. These lectures were followed by a social event on the second day of their visit for the scholar and the SUS group. 

“Inviting our alumni back to share their experiences serves as a great example of the opportunities LSU affords while also allowing our students to see themselves reflected in a successful professional. It was a logical next step in growing the prestige and success of this program,” Dr. Solmon said.

This is the third year that the School of Kinesiology has hosted exchange students from China.

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The LSU School of Kinesiology advances the understanding of physical activity, sport, and health to optimize the quality of life for diverse populations through excellence in teaching, learning, discovery, and engagement.

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About CHSE

The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. Formed in 2012, CHSE brings together programs and capitalizes on individual strengths to create a dynamic new college that addresses the socially significant issues we face as a state and nation. The College is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs.

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