Points of Pride

2021 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Honors Recipients

Each year the EXR Faculty nominate well-deserving students who best exemplify the spirit and goals of the Exercise Science program for College Honors. We are proud to announce the recipients of the 3 awards for the 2020-2021 year.

 Exercise Science Graduation Marshal: Addison Bryant

Addison Bryant was awarded the EXR Graduation Marshal award which epitomizes the spirit and goals of the EXR program. As a member of the UIS Women’s Softball team, she successfully navigated the role of student-athlete by being on Dean’s List and Coaches Honor Role multiple times. In addition to being an excellent student, she takes an active role outside the classroom as well. Addison has been the Exercise is Medicine on Campus Student Representative since 2019, as well as a leader with the Exercise Science Organization, serving as President for the 2020-21 school year. After graduation, Addison plans to take a year off to travel to Africa for a mission trip with the organization Give Hope, Fight Poverty, and will continue to work at Memorial Medical Center as a Patient Care Technician. Eventually she plans on attending graduate school to pursue her goal of becoming a Physician Assistant.


 Outstanding Exercise Science Student- Health and Fitness Track: Haley Daniels

Haley Daniels has always been interested in how the body works and was eager to learn how exercise and a healthy lifestyle could influence overall health. So, in the spring of 2018 she transferred to UIS to finish her education in Exercise Science. Haley completed an internship with Rochester High School as she worked with the Athletic Director and learned about how sports influence young athletes. That work inspired her to pursue a Master’s Degree in Athletic Training in the near future. Throughout her time at UIS she was on the Dean’s List each semester, and graduated Summa Cum Laude in December 2020.  Haley stated that, “UIS was a wonderful place to finish my degree and I’m so happy for the friendships I developed with classmates and staff during my time there.”


 Outstanding Exercise Science Student- Physical Therapy Track: Kenady Clayburn

Kenady Clayburn has not only been an outstanding EXR student, but she’s also been an engaged EXR student throughout her time at UIS. She gained much practical experience as she worked as a student lead for campus recreation, while also working as a rehab aide at Athletico. In addition, she served as a YMCA camp counselor during the summers. That hard work enabled Kenady to receive employee of the month honors for both Campus Recreation and Student Affairs. Kenady also assisted with the creation of the student Exercise Science Organization and served a leadership role as Secretary too. During her free time she volunteers for Rhythm of Our Youth, an organization through her local hospital that gives free EKGs to high school students in the surrounding areas. After graduation, Kenady plans to attend graduate school and pursue her doctorate in Occupational Therapy.


Congratulations to each of these students and to ALL of our EXR graduates! We are very proud of each of you and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for our EXR STARS!